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Saturday, October 7, 2017

Handling a stinking neighbor

If your business is located in rented space above or alongside a neighbor that creates an odor causing discomfort for your employees, clients and/or yourself, what do you do?

Let me describe one such situation by way of example.

In this example the business that moved in below was a nail salon generating noxios and potentially dangerous odors. The effort started by working with the new business owner, who attempted to mitigate the odors without success. The next step was to work with the landlord, who initially refused to recognize the issue, then came around and began working with his new tenent, again without success. The property was part of a condominium, so the next step was to the condo management, who was aware of the issue but took no action to this point. They wrote a letter to the landlord requesting a meeting. Step four was to get the state environmental group engaged, even though they said they only deal with odors in the “external” environment, not inside a building. So they engaged the town officials to deal with “inside” issues. However, when it became clear that any mediation would move the odors outdoors, the state agreed to investigate.

When the town and state officials engaged with the salon business owner, he agreed to relocate his business where he might be able to successfully mitigate the issues. This process took some six weeks with both businesses and the landlord taking losses. There was another step planned but not implemented: legal action.

How would you handle this type of issue?

Steve Koenig, SCORE Counselor



Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Special Mentor of the Month

We are delighted to shine the spotlight on a distinguished member of our staff who by his or her efforts brings great credit to our organization. This month we are honored to salute:



When Joel joined our Chapter a few years ago, we knew we were bringing aboard someone who would immeasurably add to the skills and expertise we provide each and every day to the many clients who seek our services. Joel is a practicing Organizational Psychologist with 40+ years of service to American corporations, large and small. Utilizing his significant skills Joel has guided companies and coached executives and managers across the country.

His knowledge, analytical skills, and leadership qualities have stood the Chapter in very good stead with his many clients, and were particularly useful this past Fall when the Strategic Planning Committee was first charged with developing our Future Goals. It was only natural therefore, that in that setting everyone quickly turned to Joel to lead and guide us thru the many processes that needed to be utilized in the development of the final Plan. And it’s fair to say the longer the Committee met, the more they respected and turned to Joel for the quiet guidance he consistently provided. The final product, which garnered the unanimous support of the Executive Committee in July is a significant document, much due to Joel’s tireless leadership.

Now, fresh from that assignment, Joel is busily at work, serving on the brand new Certificate Course Academy workshops. There, he is developing a Course that will teach business owners how to find, hire, and develop talent, an invaluable asset in the development of any small business. And Joel will be the main speaker at this all-day event, which he is creating, as one of six that will be offered in the coming year.

To know Joel is to know a family devoted to community service. We proudly salute you, Joel, and gratefully acknowledge you as our Special Mentor of the Month for October, November, and December 2017.




Monday, October 2, 2017

Partnership Tax Returns Requirements & Penalties

A partnership, including a Limited Liability Company treated as a partnership for federal income tax purposes, is required to file Form 1065 for EACH partnership tax year.


For tax years beginning after 2015, Form 1065 is due on or before the 15th day of the 3rd month following the close of the tax year (March 15th for a calendar year partnership)

Form 7004 is used to apply for an automatic 6 month filing extension and must be filed on or before the due date of the tax return.

Failure to File Penalties

A partnership that fails to timely file Form 1065 or files an incomplete return is liable for a penalty of $195 PER PARTNER, PER MONTH up to a maximum of 12 months, unless reasonable cause is shown.

Reasonable cause depends on the facts and circumstances of why the tax return was filed late and is the responsibility of the Partnership partners to prove to the IRS. Examples such as the death of a partner or a partner's family member, a natural disaster, a major illness or disability, a bona-fide financial hardship, destruction of business records, etc. may allow the IRS to forgive or recude lae filing penalties.

A Partnership must also furnish EACH PARTNER with a Schedule K-1 on or before the due date of Form 1065.

The Partnership may also be subject to penalties for failure to furnish Schedule K-1 to its partners.


This article was written by Donald M. Scherzi, CPA, CFP, LLC
Mike Lupo, SCORE Counselor
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Sunday, October 1, 2017

Marketing Tip of the Month

So “old school” yet so good.  Offer discounts to members of certain clubs/professional groups/organizations in exchange for promotions in THEIR  publications.
Martin Kahn, Score Couselor