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JMK Tech’s Kasparek all about helping people use technology

By Jeff Morrow for TCAJOB Justin Kasparek has always known what he wanted to do. “I knew since I was 7 that I wanted to run a business,” he said. [blockquote quote=”Smart home technology is in its rebellious teenage stage. But I believe it will be in every home, some form of it, in the…

Information and Tech

Protect your data by properly training your employees on cyber safety

By Paul Carlisle for TCAJOB Many large-scale manufacturers, construction, and fabrication companies integrate a safety program into their everyday operations — from morning safety meetings, ongoing worker training, to rewards systems for practicing safety measures. But many businesses, both large and small, fail to create even the most basic IT security program, even when the…

Banking & Finance

Charitable trusts can help you do good, transfer assets, and reduce taxes all at once

By Sara Bailey and Kathryn Garrison for TCAJOB Estate planning is never an easy topic to discuss, and incorporating taxes into the picture makes it an even less appealing topic. However, everyone should have an estate plan—even if it’s just a simple will. Those with large and complex estate and gift tax issues will need…

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Hunting works for Washington’s economy and environment

By George Twigg for TCAJOB In Eastern Washington, people understand that hunting is a part of our lifestyle. Even hunters, however, often overlook the role hunting plays in creating jobs, economic growth and supporting efforts to preserve wildlife habitat. As a longtime hunter and past board member of Ducks Unlimited, I know that hunting generates…

Philanthropy

Getting the biggest bang for your charity buck

By Beau Ruff for TCAJOB As this issue is devoted, in part, to the issue of philanthropy, I thought it prudent to review some basic charitable gifting techniques and how those techniques can be employed in a sophisticated manner to help get the biggest bang for your buck. Many of us find value in contributing…

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10 Big marketing ideas for small businesses on a tiny budget

By Theresa Long for TCAJOB The number one mistake that many small businesses make is not developing a marketing plan. Whether they feel like they have no budget for it or haven’t made it a priority – marketing and advertising is an investment, not an expense — even if that investment is in time and not…

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Small businesses must communicate a clear, concise message

By Sara Nelson for TCAJOB The more the Tri-Cities grows, the more competitive the market becomes. The larger the market, the more money moves around the local economy, but the greater the competition is for a piece of that pie. For a small business, that’s a challenge. Bigger businesses have bigger budgets. If a marketing…

Legal & Taxes

Capital gains-now or later: A 1031 Exchange may be the solution

During tax season my father, a W.W.II veteran used to say, “I am proud to be an American and have fought for its freedoms, but I could be just as proud for half as much.” I certainly agree and I am sure many of us feel this way. There are a number of ways to…

Legal & Taxes

Distinguishing the revocable living trust from the will-based estate plan

You’ve likely heard finance experts say it. In fact, Suze Orman wrote about it in the July 2015 issue of the Costco Connection. It is this piece of estate planning wisdom: “A revocable living trust is a document all families should have.” Is this true? Do you need a revocable living trust here in Washington…

Legal & Taxes

2016 brings new Affordable Care Act reporting requirements for small businesses

The vast majority of information necessary to properly comply with the new reporting requirements is found in 26 CFR 1.6055-1 Information Reporting For Minimum Essential Coverage. For those of you who would rather focus on your businesses here are the basic essentials for what you are required to provide. Every person who provides minimum essential…

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