Tag: Accounting

Top Automation Tools and Technology for Small Businesses

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The objective of this workshop is to provide you, the small business owner, with a comparison of the top technologies and automation tools available and help you determine which of these is best for your business. The workshop focuses on the following tools and systems:

·      Accounting

·      Payroll Processing

·      Employee Timesheet

·      Point of Sale

·      Customer Invoicing

·      Accounts Payable

·      eCommerce

·      Project Management

·      Email Communication

·      Web Hosting

By the end of this workshop, you’ll have a short-list of the technologies and systems that you’ll want to implement for your business. Don’t miss this opportunity!


This workshop is presented by Kristine Nguyen. Kristine is founder and owner of Pretty Books, a Seattle-based accounting firm that thrives on helping its clients set up, manage, and oversee financial data, processes, and systems. Its modern accounting services include bookkeeping, payroll, financial consulting, business tax preparation, and more. Kristine has more than 15 years of experience working with small businesses to manage and streamline their accounting.

She and her team combine accounting, finance, and business analytics to help clients develop clarity in their work and action plans. Kristine really enjoys implementing tools and technologies to streamline busy-work for small businesses.

Basic Accounting for Business Management

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Understanding your company’s assets, liabilities, income, costs, and expenses can give you a clear view of how your team’s goals impact the specific numbers on each financial statement and affect your company’s overall financial health. Attend on Thursday, Jan. 27, 2022 at 6:30 p.m.

This workshop will help participants develop their skills in the following:

  • Understanding the Balance Sheet
  • Understanding the Cash Flow
  • Understanding the P&L
  • Understanding Key Ratios
  • Managing a Budget
  • Analyzing Variance
  • Developing the Financial Plan for your CPA

Setting Up Your Business’s Accounting Systems

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In this business workshop, you will learn the best methods, applications, and services you can use to set up your financials in a way that gives you and your small business the best chance to succeed. Attend on Thursday, Jan. 20, 2022 at 6:30 p.m.

This workshop will help participants understand the following basic considerations for properly setting up your business’s finances:

  • Shopping for a Bank or Credit Union
  • Opening a Business Checking and a Business Savings Account
  • Considering a Business Credit Card
  • Understanding What Expenses You Need to Track
  • Learning How to Track and to Store Your Expenses
  • Establishing a Bookkeeping System
  • Teaming Up with a CPA
  • Determining How You’ll Get Paid
  • Setting Up a Payroll System
  • Determining Your Tax Obligations
  • Understanding What goes in the Balance Sheet, P&L and Cash Flow

2020 Tax Update: How the EIDL, PPP, ERTC, PUA, and Regional Grants Will Affect Your Taxes

Thursday, February 4, 2021 | 2:00 – 3:30pm

Register at: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_9Aafg1jWRP28Yfl659gcAw

This year, your taxes are likely going to look a little different than they normally do. Last year, a lot of new programs were created to help small businesses. This means you’re most likely going to deal with situations you’ve never seen before including forgiven loans, grants, and unemployment benefits.

The Economic Aid Act passed on December 27, 2020 also extended the Employee Retention Tax Credit (ERTC) created under the CARES Act to include employers that received PPP loans, so any employer meeting ERTC eligibility criteria can now benefit.

Join us for this week’s Eastside Recovery Hub Webinar featuring representatives from the IRS and Falco Sult to learn more about how the different programs will impact your business taxes.


  • Kristina Hudson, Executive Director, OneRedmond
  • Cathye Mason, Stakeholder Liaison, Internal Revenue Services (IRS)
  • Ricky Waldemann, CPA, CVA, MPAcc, Senior Tax Manager, Falco Sult

Business Finance: Business Credit

Is your personal credit preventing you from growing your business?
Want to separate your social security number from business debt?
Need access to vendor accounts or business credit cards?

This workshop will help you separate yourself from your business by establishing credit using your EIN instead of your SSN with a simple formula that will help you gain access to capital. This workshop will also dispel some myths about personal credit to help you improve if strategically!

Zoom link will be provided. Replay available to all registrants

Hiring Independent Contractors

Looking to Hire a Freelancer or Independent Contractor? This no cost webinar will cover what a business owner needs to know in order to prevent expensive consequences.

In the interest of simplicity, it is tempting to engage individuals to do work for your business, or provide services to your business, as “independent contractors.” Yet if you’re not clear on the rules, there can be very costly impacts.


How the state, and specifically L&I, defines employees and independent contractors
How it differs from the IRS
How to classify people properly to ensure you’re in compliance with the law

The presenter is Keith Davis, Associate Business Advisor, Washington SBDC.

Washington Department of Labor & Industry contacts are included.

L&I Employment Standards/Wage & Hour Rules

Register at: https://wsbdc.ecenterdirect.com/events/99271302

L&I Essentials for Business series: Employment Standards/Wage & Hour Rules

Join the Washington SBDC to receive basic employer information for employers in Washington state. This webinar will be help current employers check to see if they are covering the bases and is essential for new and pivoting employers. Considerations from hiring independent contractors to minimum wage, overtime (including recent rule changes), paid sick leave & protected leave, Equal pay Act, worker protections,

This no cost webinar will cover:

Paying wages
Meal and rest periods
Employing minors
Prevailing Wage
Record keeping
The presenter will be Keith Davis, Washington SBDC Associate Business advisor.


Zoom security protocols now require each participant have a Zoom account and be signed into their account from their computer or mobile device. https://zoom.us/ Test zoom at https://zoom.us/test


A Zoom link will be sent to registered participants before the event.

SBA Programs & PPP loan forgiveness updates

Register at: https://wsbdc.ecenterdirect.com/events/99271293

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), in consultation with the Treasury Department, has released a simpler loan forgiveness application for Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans of $50,000 or less. This action streamlines the PPP forgiveness process to provide financial and administrative relief to America’s smallest businesses

Representatives from the SBA and the Washington State Small Business Development Center (SBDC) will review the PPP Loan Forgiveness regulations and related applications.

This will be a one-hour presentation followed by 30 minutes of Q&A.

Topics Covered:

•PPP Loan Forgiveness Forms
•Changes from to PPP forgiveness application
•Definitions of Payroll Use, Costs, Covered Period & Time Frame
•Definitions of Covered Period
•Self Employed Individuals/Sole Proprietors
•Lender Process for Loan Forgiveness & Safe Harbors
•Documents needed to prove loan eligibility and forgiveness
•Deduction of EIDL Advance from Loan Forgiveness
•Representations, Certifications, Audits, Appeals

Step by Step Examples of the Loan Forgiveness Applications


Steve Burke, Washington SBDC Certified Business Advisor

Janie Sacco, Marketing and Outreach Specialist, Seattle District Office, U.S. Small Business Administration

Mark Costello, Deputy District Director, Seattle District Office, U.S. Small Business Administration

Zoom security protocols now require each participant have a Zoom account and be signed into their account from their computer or mobile device. https://zoom.us/ Test zoom at https://zoom.us/test

A Zoom link will be sent to registered participants before the event.