If you are self-employed, don’t get caught unaware of Self-Employment Tax and the quarterly Estimated Tax payment obligations you may have.

The IRS has stated guidelines of how much to pay and when. Make sure you know what’s required and what to expect so you don’t get surprised by a big tax bill in April.

Thrive Business Group is a Bellingham CPA firm devoted to helping small business and individuals throughout the Bellingham area experience financial success by providing professional accounting and tax services at reasonable rates.

Why Thrive Business Group?

We plan for the future of our small business clients by offering tax planning strategies that will save you money and increase your bottom line. With Thrive Business Group on your side, you’ll have more time to run your business while leaving your accounting, bookkeeping and tax concerns to us. As your trusted financial advisor, Thrive Business Group will also assist in making important financial decisions for the success of your small business.

Our commitment to personal service keeps our clients coming back! Request a FREE initial consultation or call 360-746-8738 today to find out how we can help you.

When: Thursday, January 28, 2015 – 12:00pm – 1:15pm
Where: WWN weekly lunch meeting
Presenter: Siobhan Murphy, CPA, Thrive Business Group



Member | General, Meeting Speakers | January 25, 2015| Comments Off

I have a set of questions that I go through with each prospective client in order to clearly define the website project. The questions help us communicate the purpose of the site, it’s audience, and what the client would like the site to accomplish. I also work with the client to start defining the structure of the site, get ideas about what they might want their site to look like, and think about how they plan to keep the site current.

Benn Design has been developing custom and WordPress websites for small businesses, individuals, and other organizations for over 16 years. Each website I create is unique – yours will feature clean, clear graphic design, arresting photographs, and well-written copy to express your personal message and style. In addition to being a web designer, I have also worked as a graphic designer, technical writer, copywriter, and editor.

When: Thursday, January 22, 2015 – 12:00pm – 1:15pm
Where: WWN weekly lunch meeting
Presenter: Sarah Benn, Benn Design
 
Member | General, Meeting Speakers | January 21, 2015| Comments Off

 

 

SC Awards 2015

WWN is proud to be a member of Sustainable Connections.  Click on image to find out more information!

 

 

Member | Community Events, General | January 14, 2015| Comments Off

As a business owner, you have a lot on your plate – managing employees, keeping clients happy, marketing and growing your business, to name just a few responsibilities.  Consulting an experienced business attorney can help ease your burden and make the process of starting or running your business a little easier.  Emily will help demystify the different types of businesses that owners can choose from – LLC, sole proprietorship, corporations, or nonprofits, as well as sharing some of the options for working with a business lawyer so business owners can get back to what’s really important – running a successful business.

Emily has eight years of experience in the field of business law, helping dozens of businesses in Washington State and British Columbia start or grow their companies to greater success.  She also assists clients in the areas of real estate, estate planning, bankruptcy, probate and LGBT/polyamory legal services.

When: Thursday, January 15, 2015 – 12:00pm – 1:15pm
Where: WWN weekly lunch meeting
Presenter: Emily Rose Mowrey, Attorney at Law, NextGeneration Legal Services, PLLC
Member | General, Meeting Speakers | January 14, 2015| Comments Off

Do you have any of the following?

Anger, Anxiety, Asthma, Depression, Depressed Immune System, Digestive Disorders, Headaches, Heart Disease, High Blood Pressure, Joint Pain, and/or Weight Problems

These can all be signs and symptoms of having too much stress.

Amber is going to touch on 3 areas that can help you cope with the impact of daily stress. She will discuss 5 Foods that help reduce stress. Then the importance of breathing properly will be highlighted. Thirdly, how acupuncture can help you calm your body and mind.

Amber Kreiger, licensed acupuncturist, is board certified by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM), and has been designated a Diplomat in Oriental Medicine (Dipl. O.M.). She has been practicing in Bellingham since May 2009. She is currently seeing patients at Murry Chiropractic & Associates. She is a provider for many health insurance plans. Amber successfully treats a variety of health issues. Amber’s treatment motto is: Traditional Method, Contemporary Approach. Her technique is gentle and effective. Your comfort is her priority.

When: Thursday, January 8, 2015 – 12:00pm – 1:15pm
Where: WWN weekly lunch meeting
Presenter: Amber Kreiger, LAc, Murry Chiropractic and Associates

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As the holidays approach, we could all use a quick but effective technique to help release stress. Marie will show you a measurable way to lower your blood pressure, and have a stress-less, festive season. Dubbed a techno woo woo by Dr. Theresa Murry, Marie has many cool tip and tricks for your health and well being.  She will also show you how color can enhance your body’s energy systems and aura. 

Clairvoyant, Coffee with a Clairvoyant

Ever wonder what’s in store for you in the coming months, or need clarity on a big decision you are about to make? As a clairvoyant and remote viewer, I have the ability to look into your future, providing information that allows you to be discerning about the people and experiences in your life and to move you in a positive direction. I am also able to connect you with relatives and friends who have passed. Two respected companies have tested my abilities for accuracy with excellent results. My clients are located all over the United States and the world, including politicians, business professionals, college administrators and entertainers. I maintain confidentiality at all times. I enjoy meeting my local clients at a nearby coffee shop, and can work with anyone over the phone. I invite you to join me for the most interesting cup of coffee you’ve ever experienced!   Marie Matteson, MS  Clairvoyant, Medical Intuitive, Clinical Hypnotherapist, and Alternative Healing practitioner.

When: Thursday, December 18, 2014 – 12:00pm – 1:15pm
Where: WWN weekly lunch meeting
Presenter: Marie Matteson, Coffee with a Clairvoyant 

Member | General, Meeting Speakers | December 17, 2014| Comments Off

Sometimes the best way to illustrate your profession is to give a real example. Sarah Garrett will be presenting a recent case example of a patient with some very concerning symptoms and abnormal lab results. She will discuss the everyday thought process of a primary care physician and the importance of taking the time to listen to patients, as well as thorough clinical investigation.

Dr. Garrett is a primary care physician with a doctorate in Naturopathic medicine. She sees a wide variety of conditions in her practice and loves to get at the real cause of each, so that proper treatment and management can be made. Treatment options she offers are: standard pharmaceutical prescriptions as well as; herbal medications, dietary recommendations, nutritional supplements, etc.

When: Thursday, December 11, 2014 – 12:00pm – 1:15pm
Where: WWN weekly lunch meeting
Presenter: Sarah Garrett, ND, Fairhaven Integrative Health

Member | General, Meeting Speakers | December 10, 2014| Comments Off

The holidays are upon us, and we find ourselves looking for that special gift for someone or for some great stocking stuffers.

Chris Hansen, Independent Beauty Consultant with Mary Kay, will share some of her ideas for holiday gift giving, and she’ll even have some gift sets available for purchase (some already wrapped).  There are gift ideas for any price range, too.  There are some lovely fragranced hand creams (Vanilla Berry and Vanilla Mint) as well as some yummy lip balms.  Add to those a special “Winter Wishes” shower gel and body lotion set — and there are also four really fun Eye Color Quads (Sandstorm, Black Ice, Autumn Leaves and Chai Latte).  The colors are simply beautiful.

So if you’re stumped as to what to get for someone’s stocking (or a little extra gift), come hear some fun holiday ideas from Chris on Thursday, December 4, 2014 (from noon until 1:15 pm).  Chris will stay after the meeting for a time if anyone has any questions or would like to take some products home.

As always, there will be a few prize drawings!

When: Thursday, December 4, 2014 – 12:00pm – 1:15pm
Where: WWN weekly lunch meeting
Presenter: Chris Hansen, Independent Beauty Consultant, Mary Kay Cosmetics

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Julie Clark will be sharing some of her favorite tips for purchasing a handbag or purse that suits all of your needs, as well as some very specific ideas for keeping that handbag organized for good!

Julie is a wife, mother of three grown sons, two daughter in laws, and is fan of all things organized. She holds a BA degree in Home Economics from Western Washington University and is a member of NAPO. She has owned and operated Organized at Last for over 15 years and is passionate about helping people create emptier, fuller lives.

See more at her website, www.OrganizedAtLast.biz

Today is also her kickoff for 30 Days of Simpler Holidays. Follow her on FB or Instagram.

When: Thursday, November 20, 2014 – 12:00pm – 1:15pm
Where: WWN weekly lunch meeting
Presenter: Julie Ckark, Organized At Last

Member | General, Meeting Speakers | November 19, 2014| Comments Off

“Home” can look very different for different people and it is important to have the right insurance to cover your unique situation.

Types of homes:

Standard “stick-built” home with standard sized-family, mega home for ultra-wealthy or very large families, mobile home, home in course of construction, condo, home you rent out to others, home you rent from another – all require specific coverage and have certain limitations.

For traditional stick-built homes, insurance coverage is segmented into different coverage areas:  Dwelling, Separate Structures, Personal Property, and Liability.  The Dwelling amount is the driver for most of the other coverage limits.

It is important to know what is not covered in your policy.  Flood, earthquake, wars, civil unrest are often excluded.  Also many personal property items have maximum limits that may need to be modified beyond the basic policy for some families.

It is important to take the time to talk with one’s agent to make sure the features of your home are being properly covered or understand what is not covered so that there will not be surprises during the claims process.

When: Thursday, November 13, 2014 – 12:00pm – 1:15pm
Where: WWN weekly lunch meeting
Presenter: Julie Farrow, Julie Farrow Insurance Comapny

Member | General, Meeting Speakers | November 19, 2014| Comments Off

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