Competitive Edge Month at the Business Success Center
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View the eBooks section where you can order the book of your choice.
Can you spot your own “ghost competitors”? Read about them in my latest post.
We have some great events planned and many are free. Go here for more information and be sure to RSVP.
- I will be talking about “Owners Success Traits” on March 6. See if you have the right stuff.
- Copyright can protect your work and keep you out of trouble. Hear how from intellectual property lawyer Andrew Eisenberg, Lee & Hayes online at our Bloggers United Meetup, March 10. Open to non-members.
- Spring into action with a mentor. Apply for our First Looks Mentoring program by March 10.
- Get educated — Owners MBA March 14 and 28
- Because everyone needs a “First Success”. . .hear VP Frank Ivy from Anthem Bank on debt funding, March 18 online or in person Co-sponsored by Lee & Hayes, pllc.
- Are you wandering in a sales wilderness? Sales mapping combined with sales and location intelligence will help you find your way. Learn more and see a software tool demo, March 24 at the B2B Meetup online.
And read your newsletter for other great events including a special cruise where you can learn and burn (Roatan, Belize City, and Cozumel in October. Special discount code is Owners MBA.
You also will want to attend the Austin Inventors & Entrepreneurs Association meeting on swimming with sharks March 3, Concurrent Design’s SEEN #17 Solar Energy Entrepreneur Network meeting on March 4 and a special Google Apps seminar at PeopleFund on March 11.
Here’s to your success!
Jan Triplett, CEO
Take Action to Protect Your Business from Cyber Terrorists & Scams
(From information provided by the Better Business Bureau)
Tips to Avoid Email Scams:
Spot common email scams no matter the circumstances, by following these tips:
- Don’t believe what you see. Scammers can easily copy a real business’ colors, logo and even email address.
- Hover over links to check their source. Place your mouse over hyper-linked text and the true destination will appear.
- Be wary of unexpected emails that contain links or attachments. As always, do not click on links or open the files in unfamiliar emails.
- Beware of pop-ups. Some pop-ups are designed to look like they’ve originated from your computer. If you see a pop-up that warns of a problem that needs to be fixed with an extreme level of urgency, it may be a scam.
- Watch for poor grammar and spelling. Scam emails often are riddled with typos.
- Ignore calls for immediate action. Scam emails try to get you to act before you think by creating a sense of urgency. Don’t fall for it.
For More Information
To find out more about scams, check out BBB Scam Stopper.
Insider Fraud & Embezzlement Issues
The Business Success Center recommends that you
- Bookmark the following: Better Business Bureau — for scams, alerts, to check out charities and nonprofits who want your money. Be sure to bookmark their consumer alert site as well as business.
Computer Security Institute — for research on cyber criminal activity, surveys that you can participate in to gather data, and more. Read the latest information they have on scams and worse.
- Take action to protect yourself from becoming a victim of Business Identity Theft™!
- Take action to protect others as well.
- Encourage and engage with providers and allies to do so, too. United we stand, divided we fail.
Please also read Jan Triplett’s post because small and medium businesses are now cyber terrorists favorite targets.
Financial Matters — March Tax Dates
The following are some of the important tax filings for this month. They are taken from the IRS Tax Calendar for Small Business. We recommend you consult your tax professional for their applicability to your business, additional filings you may need to make, and advice.
|Mo||3||Farmers and fishermen: File Form 1040 and pay any tax due. However, you have until Apr 15 to file if you paid your 2013 estimated tax payments by Jan 15, 2014.|
|We||5||Deposit payroll tax for payments on Feb 26-28 if the semiweekly deposit rule applies.|
|Fr||7||Deposit payroll tax for payments on Mar 1-4 if the semiweekly deposit rule applies.|
|Mo||10||Employers: Employees are required to report to you tips of $20 or more earned during February.|
|We||12||Deposit payroll tax for payments on Mar 5-7 if the semiweekly deposit rule applies.|
|Fr||14||Deposit payroll tax for payments on Mar 8-11 if the semiweekly deposit rule applies.|
|Mo||17||Corporations: File Form 1120 for calendar year and pay any tax due. For automatic 6-month extension, file Form 7004 and deposit estimated tax.|
|Mo||17||Employers: Deposit payroll tax for Feb. if the monthly deposit rule applies.|
|Mo||17||S Corporations: File Form 1120S for calendar year and pay any tax due. Furnish a copy of Sch. K-1 to each shareholder. File Form 2553 to elect S Corporation status beginning with calendar year 2014.|
|Mo||17||Electing Large Partnerships: Furnish Sch. K-1 (Form 1065-B) to each partner.|
|We||19||Deposit payroll tax for payments on Mar 12-14 if the semiweekly deposit rule applies.|
|Fr||21||Deposit payroll tax for payments on Mar 15-18 if the semiweekly deposit rule applies.|
|We||26||Deposit payroll tax for payments on Mar 19-21 if the semiweekly deposit rule applies.|
|Fr||28||Deposit payroll tax for payments on Mar 22-25 if the semiweekly deposit rule applies.|
|Mo||31||File Form 2290 and pay the tax for vehicles first used in February.|
|Mo||31||File Form 730 and pay the tax on wagers accepted during February.|
|Mo||31||Electronically file Forms W-2, W-2G, 1098, 1099, and 8027.|
Small Business Regulations & Protections
Crowdfunding proposed changes provokes a reaction from the SBA’s office of Advocacy. Read more in our Politics section of the website.
Business & Entrepreneurs History
(from Where Did She Get All those Dates Anyway by Michelle Carlson and About.com Inventors)
March 3, 1821 Thomas Jennings received a patent for “dry scouring of clothes”. He was the first African-American inventor to receive a U.S. patent.
March 4, 1955 The first radio facsimile or fax transmission was sent across the continent.
March 6, 1899 Felix Hoffmann patented “Aspirin“. Hoffmann discovered that the compound called salicin found in willow plants provided pain relief. And in 1990 Mel Evenson received a design patent for the ornamental design for a paperclip holder.
March 7, 1876 Alexander Graham Bell was granted a patent in for the telephone.
March 10, 1862 The first United States paper money was issued. The denominations were $5, $10, and $20. The paper bills became legal tender by an act of government on March 17, 1862.
March 17, 1845 The first rubber band was patented by Stephen Perry of London.
March 26, 1895 Charles Jenkins patented a motion picture machine.
1895 Louis Lumiere patented a motion picture machine. What Lumiere invented was a portable motion-picture camera, film processing unit and projector called the Cinematographe, three functions covered in one invention.
March 27, 1790 The first shoelaces were invented.
March 29, 2000 The Patent and Trademark Office became the “United States Patent and Trademark Office” and began operations as a Performance-Based Organization
March 30, 1956 Woody Guthrie’s song, “This Land Is Your Land” was copyrighted.
March 31, 1981 Ananda Chakrabarty patented a new single cell life form.
Check out this month’s business anniversaries and special offers at Client News
Congratulate them on a job well done. You’ll find the list in our Client News Section. We’ve also included special offers our clients want you to know about.
Business URLs Worth Bookmarking
Thomas.gov — Federal Legislation
Texas Legislature Online — New state laws
Governor’s Office of Economic Development & Tourism — Texas Business Research Data