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Tax Planning Strategies for 2019

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Individuals and businesses of all sizes have been impacted by the Tax Law changes that when into effect in 2018. Chris Eck, CPA, CrFA, will help you understand the changes, determine how they affect you, and how you need to plan for the changes. What you don't know could hurt you! Please register online.

Location: Training Room, Westport Police Station, 50 Jesup Road

Chris Eck is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and received his Bachelors in Accounting from Sacred Heart University in 2007. Chris is also a Certified Forensic Accountant (CrFA) since 2013 and the Audit and Attestation Partner at Berkow, Schechter & Company in Stamford, CT. Chris helps small business owners and entrepreneurs grow their business and established organizations take their operations to the next level by providing accounting, planning and tax strategies. His specialties are Tax, Auditing, Accounting, Payroll, Bookkeeping, IRS correspondence, Tax Planning, Consulting, QuickBooks, Tax Research, IRS & State Tax Debt Settlement.

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Effective Interviewing: Convincing the Interviewer of Your Skills

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If you managed to score an interview, chances are the recruiter and hiring manager saw something special in your resume and want you to wow them. How do you use your in-person powers of persuasion to convince the hiring manager that you can do the job and do it well? How do you show your true self, your skills and aptitudes in the best light? How do you insure that you give the interviewer the most complete and accurate impression of your strengths? How do you self-promote in a convincing manner? During this session, Melanie Myers, Director of Organization and Management at The Westport Library, and Ellen Janpol, Business Librarian, will demonstrate how to effectively present your skills (both hard and soft) to the interviewer and convince them that you have the very skills needed for the job.

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Melanie Myers is the Director of Organization and Management at the Westport Library. She was the Global Director for Recruitment, Staffing, Human Resource Information Systems at Save the Children, the largest global, child-focused non-profit agency in the world where she worked for 14 years before joining the Westport Library.

 

 

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Resume Redo: Resumes that Get Interviews

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What does it take to make your resume competitive and move it to the top of the stack for an interview? How do you convey your unique brand and skills? Resume writing standards change all the time and you need to stay ahead of the game to succeed in your goals. Melanie Myers, Westport Library Director of Organization & Management, and Ellen Janpol, business librarian, will review the latest and most effective resume strategies. Melanie has an extensive background in human resources management, and Ellen does resume reviews and career planning strategies at the Library.

Melanie Myers is the Director of Organization and Management at the Westport Library. She was the Global Director for Recruitment, Staffing, Human Resource Information Systems at Save the Children, the largest global, child-focused non-profit agency in the world where she worked for 14 years before joining the Westport Library three years ago.

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Foundation Center Workshop: Introduction to Grant Proposal Writing

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Are you new to grant proposal writing or want a quick refresher? If so, you don't want to miss one of Foundation Center’s most popular classes. Susan Shiroma, Senior Social Sector Librarian at Foundation Center, returns to lead this session that  will provide  an overview of how to write a standard project proposal to a foundation. It will include:

  • The basic elements of a grant proposal
  • The "do's" and "don'ts" of writing and submitting a grant proposal
  • How to follow up, whether the answer is yes or no
  • A brief of overview of how to find grants in Westport Library

Attendees will receive a sample grant proposal.

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Guide to Grant Writing & Fundraising.

Susan Shiroma, Senior Social Sector Librarian, provides leadership and support for Foundation Center public services for social sector and philanthropy professionals in the New York City metropolitan region. Susan’s achievements since joining the organization in 1995 include directing the national expansion of Foundation Center’s proposal writing seminar program and managing prospect and philanthropy research for over 1,000 nonprofit members of Foundation Center’s historic Associates Program. She is a popular and engaging Foundation Center training expert and public speaker. She is has an M.L.S. from Columbia University and a B.A. from Barnard College.
 

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Business Program With Jack Mitchell on Selling the “Hug-Your-Customers” Way

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jack mitchellLearn how to ignite your passion for sales with Jack Mitchell, Chairman of the Mitchell Stores. His newest book, Selling the Hug Your Customers Way: The Proven Process for Becoming a Passionate and Successful Salesperson for Life will give tips to refine selling techniques, boost sales and keep customers coming back for more. 

Location: The Unitarian Church in Westport, 10 Lyons Plains Road

Jack Mitchell is Chairman of the Mitchell Stores (Mitchells/Richards/Wilkes/Marios), a three-generation family business that operates men’s and women’s specialty stores in Connecticut, New York, California, Washington and Oregon that are nationally renowned for their personal service touches and strong relationships. Jack himself has been recognized as one of the top ten retail visionaries of his time by the Women’s Wear Daily. Under his leadership, the Mitchell Stores have become well known for employee engagement and longevity and providing exceptional customer service and high quality merchandise in an exciting, friendly, and visually dynamic atmosphere. 

Jack’s first book, Hug Your Customers: The Proven Way to Personalize Sales and Achieve Astounding Results, was a Wall Street Journal bestseller and received rave reviews in the New York Times. His second book, Hug Your People: The Proven Way to Hire, Inspire, and Recognize Your Employees to Achieve Remarkable Results illustrates a business blueprint to personalize relationships to drive success and achieve greater satisfaction at work.  

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Dig into Databases: Business Edition—ReferenceUSA

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Learn to create effective marketing plans, conduct essential competitive analysis, raise funds and locate people in order to expand & grow their book of business. The online database provides real-time access to more than 44 million businesses and 270 million consumers. Register online.

TJ Pridell is a New England account manager for Infogroup, specializing in the library division and SMB market. Utilizing Infogroup’s business resource, ReferenceUSA, TJ serves as a marketing consultant to the business community and an account manager to the New England library system. TJ Pridell graduated from the University of Nebraska-Omaha with a B.S. in Business Marketing.

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Business: Be More Visible on LinkedIn: Tips, Tricks, and Strategies

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LinkedIn expert Don Wittman will speak on the most up-to-date LinkedIn job search strategies for being found on a results-based LinkedIn search.  He will share his latest research on LinkedIn techniques – much of which is not currently taught by anyone else in his field of expertise.  His uniquely structured Pull Marketing Strategy can effectively generate results.

Note location: Classroom at Westport Police Station, 50 Jesup Road

Don Wittman, CEO of Wittman Technology, LLC and former CTO of Fortune 500 companies, is a LinkedIn author, trainer and consultant.  He is a graduate of Manhattan College.

 

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Small Business Bootcamp: Financial & Tax Planning Strategies

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A lot of change is taking place in the local Westport business community. As different businesses continue to move into the market, it’s more critical than ever that existing and aspiring small business owners follow financial and tax planning strategies tailored to their unique needs. Register online.

Join Caroline Wetzel, CFP®, MBA, AWMA®, and Vice President, Private Wealth Advisor with Procyon Private Wealth Partners LLC, and Chris Eck, CPA, CRFA, and Partner, Berkow Schechter & Company LLP, for a special session designed specifically for small business owners. Caroline will share financial planning tips for small business owners, and Chris will discuss implications of the recent 2018 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act on small business owners. 

Chris Eck is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and received his Bachelors in Accounting from Sacred Heart University in 2007. Chris is also a Certified Forensic Accountant (CrFA) since 2013 and the Audit and Attestation Partner at Berkow, Schechter & Company in Stamford, Connecticut. Chris helps small business owners and entrepreneurs grow their business and established organizations take their operations to the next level by providing accounting, planning and tax strategies. His specialties are Tax, Auditing, Accounting, Payroll, Bookkeeping, IRS correspondence , Tax Planning, Consulting, QuickBooks, Tax Research, IRS & State Tax Debt Settlement.

Caroline Wetzel is passionate about equipping her clients with information and tools to make informed financial decisions. Through financial planning, Caroline assists clients in defining financial goals and determining how to achieve them. Prior to joining Procyon Partners as a Private Wealth Advisor, Caroline worked at UBS for nearly 16 years in both the United States and Switzerland, spending her last 2 years specializing in the development of comprehensive financial plans for affluent individuals, couples, and multi-generational families. Caroline earned her B.S. degree in Policy Analysis and Management at Cornell University and holds an M.B.A. in Finance and Advanced Certification in Marketing from the University of Connecticut School of Business. She also holds the Certified Financial Planner™ and Accredited Wealth Management Advisor designations.

 

 

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Craft Your Million Dollar Book: 7 Steps to 7 Figures

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Author, strategic book writing coach and business development coach Robin Colucci discusses key benefits of writing a book. The extraction and organization of an idea into a cohesive, thought-leader book makes one a true expert and actual authority in your field. Writing a book can grow an existing business, audience and  platform. Even beginning the process can help you realize income growth through:

  • improved messaging
  • greater clarity
  • greater confidence
  • and more opportunities

Robin helps consultants, coaches and CEO founders to leverage the process of finding their authority and writing a book to grow their business and further their cause. She outlines integrating sound business strategy into every aspect of the book writing process in her book, How to Write a Book That Sells You: Increase Your Credibility, Income, and Impact. A writing and editing professional with over 30 years experience, her clients have been published by major houses such as Random House, Doubleday, J. Wiley & Sons, etc. and others have self-published.

 

Note location: Saugatuck Congregational Church, 245 Post Road East

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Financial Plumbing: Plugging Your Profit Drains

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Business advisor Judi Otton wants to make business finance accessible to everyone. Geared for the small business owner and entrepreneur who want to improve profitability, this talk addresses where revenue may be going and what can be done to keep more of it. Combining her lifetime of skills as an engineer, leader and manager, COO and CFO, with her MBA, Judi developed the GrowthCast system of financial management which is a full-service, “CFO for Hire” firm, dedicated to helping small business owners make their businesses as efficient and profitable as possible.

Note location: Saugatuck Congregational Church, 245 Post Road East

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