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Business execs weigh in: sales tax automation is a must for scale, growth

Posted by Kelli Bachofner on Apr 29, 2016

A recent study by Deloitte found that nearly half of all mid-market companies not only automate, but do it in multiple areas of their business. And why not? It’s a great way to offload time-consuming tasks and free up resources for more value-add activities. And what could be more tedious than sales and use tax compliance?

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Topics: empoweredNW, QuickBooks Add-ons & Extensions, Avalara, Sales Tax, Taxes, Small Business Accounting, Small Business Ideas

The tax you probably owe, but aren’t paying: A closer look at consumer use tax compliance

Posted by Kelli Bachofner on Mar 21, 2016

Repost from Avalara
Use tax, the lesser known counterpart of sales tax, suffers from a basic lack of PR. Buyers and sellers alike pay it no mind. Despite 27 states having a dedicated line item in tax returns for reporting use tax owed, only 2% of taxpayers actually report it. This has left the states with a $23 billion deficit annually in uncollected use tax.

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Topics: QuickBooks Add-ons & Extensions, Avalara, Sales Tax, Taxes in Oregon, Taxes, empoweredNW, Vendor Management

Work Smart, Not Hard:  9 Signs that It Might Be Time for CRM

Posted by Kelli Bachofner on Mar 18, 2016

We’ve all heard of the saying “work smart, not hard”.  But when it comes to managing your entire organization, how does your company work?  Many small businesses have decided to “work smart” by capitalizing on their current business relationships and better managing their sales, projects and billing by making an investment in an integrated CRM (Customer Relationship Management) system.

If you’re attending empoweredNW, we’d love to show you some ways your company can work smarter using a CRM that works with QuickBooks. 

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Topics: Customer Relationship Management, empoweredNW, QuickBooks Add-ons & Extensions, QuickBooks Software

Streamline Your Inventory solutions! Join ebs Associates and Fishbowl Inventory at empoweredNW April 26-27, 2016

Posted by Kelli Bachofner on Mar 14, 2016

Fishbowl® Kicks Off Its Leap Year with New Products, Explosive Growth

Fishbowl now integrates with e-commerce platforms and has a number of new online inventory management solutions-

OREM, Utah, March 10, 2016 – In the first two months of 2016, Fishbowl has smashed sales records and launched a variety of new online tools, including plugins with online shopping carts, shipping solutions, and other business tools.

Meet Mary Scott  President, Fishbowl *LIVE IN PORTLAND*

empoweredNW QuickBooks User Conference and Expo

April 26-27, 2016 at the Oregon Golf Club, West Linn, Oregon

Check out the Agenda and Register today!

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Topics: empoweredNW, Small Business Accounting, QuickBooks Warehouse Inventory Management, Customer Relationship Management, QuickBooks ProAdvisor, QuickBooks Software, Fishbowl Inventory Management

Out with the Old, Win with the New

Posted by Robert Lockard on Mar 9, 2016

We’re just a few months into the new year, so millions of people have already made New Year’s Resolutions that they’ve sworn they’re going to keep in order to make this a great year. And by now they’ve hopelessly broken them and returned to their old habits.

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Topics: QuickBooks Warehouse Inventory Management, empoweredNW, QuickBooks Software, QuickBooks Add-ons & Extensions, Fishbowl Inventory Management, Small Business Ideas

QuickBooks Training & Professional Networking *Live Event* April 26-27 empoweredNW

Posted by Denise Loter-Koch on Feb 24, 2016

Network, Learn, Grow!

Come and join us at the beautiful Oregon Golf Club for the most valuable QuickBooks conference in the pacific NW! Meet industry leaders, acquire QuickBooks tips and tricks, and discover what tools you need to cultivate your business!

Why attend?  Top 5 reasons

  1. Get inspired! Become empowered through purposeful networking with QuickBooks partners and customers, consultants and Intuit employees
  2. Receive feedback from industry experts and learn how to improve your QuickBooks set-up to determine what new tools your company needs to save time and money
  3. Stay ahead of the curve by educating yourself about the latest 3rd party add-on solutions to discover how these technologies can help you achieve your business goals 
  4. Attend each session to strengthen your QuickBooks knowledge and develop the skills necessary to obtain your QuickBooks User certification
  5. Have some fun! Let ebs Associates show appreciation to all our wonderful QuickBooks customers through an evening of valuable networking, delicious food and beverages, and exciting entertainment!

 Early Bird Specials Ending March 31!

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Topics: QuickBooks ProAdvisor, New QuickBooks Features, empoweredNW, QuickBooks Warehouse Inventory Management, QuickBooks Add-ons & Extensions, Small Business Ideas, QuickBooks Training or How To, TSheets

QB Connect 2015 QuickBooks Conference: 5 Reasons to Attend Next Year

Posted by Denise Loter-Koch on Nov 9, 2015

QB Connect 2015: 5 Reasons to Attend this and another Awesome QuickBooks Conference Next Year!QuickBooks_conference

The QB Connect 2015 conference last week was in one word: inspirational.  Where else could you find such enthusiasm with thousands of small businesses getting together to learn how to do better and be better with one thing in common:  we all use Intuit's QuickBooks to get business done.  The sessions covered everything from how to improve how you run your business to increasing your profits to providing valuable QuickBooks training.  Here at ebs Associates, we wanted to share 5 things we think were valuable to attendees and offer these highlights as reasons we and others will consider attending the next QB Connect.  The conference was kicked off with Intuit's very own legendary Scott Cook and Brad Smith along with amazing and inspirational speakers such as Bill Rancic, Jessica Alba, Robert Herjavec and yes...one of the greatest people of our time, Oprah Winfrey!  For those of you who had the pleasure of hearing Oprah speak, we all were given the gift to "know your intent."  The conference was full of tips and action items that could make a difference in the success of your business if you were to just apply a few.  If you had the opportunity to attend this conference, we look forward to your feedback and comments on what were some of your valuable takeaways.  Here are a few offered by the attendees from our team at ebs Associates.

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Topics: empoweredNW, QuickBooks ProAdvisor, Small Business Ideas, Intuit QuickBooks Solution Provider

Empowered Northwest May 7-8th QuickBooks Live Training is a Wrap!

Posted by Denise Loter-Koch on May 15, 2015

The QuickBooks “Live” Training Seminar held May 7-8 was awesome! 

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Topics: News & Resources, QuickBooks Training or How To, empoweredNW, Results CRM, Avalara, TSheets, Fishbowl Inventory Management, Payroll Setup



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