Michigan Massage Featured in Michigan Homes

Owner of Michigan Massage Professionals Barbara McConnell enjoyed a full-featured write up in Michigan Homes. They explored the healthful benefits of massage and the positive effect it has on stress. “Experts estimate that upwards of 90 percent of disease is stress-related,” McConnell said. “And perhaps, nothing ages us faster, internally and externally, than high stress.”

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Points to Ponder Frrom the Growth Coach

Points to Ponder Frrom the Growth Coach

This Week’s Top Three Points to Ponder

1.) Influence Matters: Our influence over others always trumps our authority over others.

2.) Internal Competition: In the long run, our race is not solely against our competitors, but rather against ourselves and the fears and limited beliefs threatening to trip us up. 

3.) Imagination All Grown Up: Bringing a child-like sense of wonder, curiosity, and imagination into the grown-up world of business might be one of the most mature things we can do.

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The President’s Report

The President’s Report

By Kerry Partin,
Our very first GCBA newsletter is complete. Join me in thanking Vice-President Kelly Perkins in doing such a great job! Check it out!
As Kelly stated in a previous email, this will be a bi-monthly newsletter, so please feel free to send her items to include in the May/June edition. Any ideas or comments would be appreciated. You can contact Kelly at guardian@guardianmartialarts.com.
Also for those of you who have not signed up for Remind, I would hope that you consider doing so. It’s a great way to keep in touch with our members and to push out information to them. You can signup here, https://www.remind.com. I actually sent out an invite twice earlier this month to all of you. Please check your emails and spam box.
I will also be sending out a reminder email just before our meeting, and also the agenda when Kelly has it ready.
Your Website Needs to Be Ready for Mobile Searches

Your Website Needs to Be Ready for Mobile Searches

Mobile devices such as smart phones and tablets are rapidly becoming the most often-used search tools. In fact, Google reports that more searches take place on mobile devices than on computers in 10 countries including the US and Japan.

What does it mean to your small business? Your website needs to be accessible to a whole new category of hardware and needs to be flexible enough to provide a positive experience for your customers. Your website must be easy to use and simple to navigate. If not, your customers may be discouraged from staying on your site, purchasing or learning more about your business.

Palmerworks can build you a site that is mobile ready so you can keep your customers happy and attract new business. Or call 734-560-2791.

IRS Urges Seniors to Remain Alert for Phone Scams During Tax Season

IRS Urges Seniors to Remain Alert for Phone Scams During Tax Season

With the 2017 tax season underway, the IRS reminds seniors to remain alert to aggressive and threatening phone calls by criminals impersonating IRS agents. The callers claim to be IRS employees, but are not.

These con artists can sound convincing when they call. They use fake names and bogus IRS identification badge numbers. They may know a lot about their targets, and they usually alter the caller ID to make it look like the IRS is calling.

The victims are told they owe money to the IRS and must pay it promptly through a preloaded debit card or wire transfer. If the victim refuses to cooperate, they are often threatened with arrest. In many cases, the caller becomes hostile and insulting. Alternately, victims may be told they have a refund due to try to trick them into sharing private information. If the phone isn’t answered, the phone scammers often leave an “urgent” callback request.

“The IRS warns seniors about these aggressive phone calls that can be frightening and intimidating. The IRS doesn’t do business like that,” said IRS Commissioner John Koskinen. “We urge seniors to safeguard their personal information at all times. Don’t let the convincing tone of these scam calls lead you to provide personal or credit card information, potentially losing hundreds or thousands of dollars. Just hang up and avoid becoming a victim to these criminals‎.”

In recent years, thousands of people have lost millions of dollars and their personal information to tax scams and fake IRS communication.

Later this spring, the only outside agencies authorized to contact taxpayers about their unpaid tax accounts will be one of the four authorized under the new private debt collection program. Even then, any affected taxpayer will be notified first by the IRS, not the private collection agency (PCA).

The private debt collection program, authorized under a federal law enacted by Congress in 2015, enables designated contractors to collect tax payments on the government’s behalf. The program begins later this spring. The IRS will give taxpayers and their representative written notice when their account is being transferred to a private collection agency. The collection agency will then send a second, separate letter to the taxpayer and their representative confirming this transfer. Information contained in these letters will help taxpayers identify the tax amount owed and help ensure that future collection agency calls are legitimate.

The IRS reminds seniors this tax season that they can easily identify when a supposed IRS caller is a fake. Here are four things the scammers often do but the IRS and its authorized PCAs will not do. Any one of these things is a telltale sign of a scam.

The IRS and its authorized private collection agencies will never:
•Call to demand immediate payment using a specific payment method such as a prepaid debit card, gift card or wire transfer. The IRS does not use these methods for tax payments. Generally, the IRS will first mail a bill to any taxpayer who owes taxes. All tax payments should only be made payable to the U.S. Treasury and checks should never be made payable to third parties.
•Threaten to immediately bring in local police or other law-enforcement groups to have the taxpayer arrested for not paying.
•Demand that taxes be paid without giving the taxpayer the opportunity to question or appeal the amount owed.
•Ask for credit or debit card numbers over the phone.

If you don’t owe taxes, or have no reason to think that you do:
•Do not give out any information. Hang up immediately.
•Contact the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration to report the call. Use their “IRS Impersonation Scam Reporting” web page. You can also call 800-366-4484.
•Report it to the Federal Trade Commission. Use the “FTC Complaint Assistant” on FTC.gov. Please add “IRS Telephone Scam” in the notes.

If you know you owe, or think you may owe tax:
•Call the IRS at 800-829-1040. IRS workers can help you.

Remember, too, the IRS does not use email, text messages or social media to discuss personal tax issues involving bills or refunds. The IRS will continue to keep taxpayers informed about scams and provide tips to protect them. The IRS encourages taxpayers to visit IRS.gov for information including the “Tax Scams and Consumer Alerts” page.

Additional information about tax scams is available on IRS social media sites, including YouTube Tax Scams.


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This Week’s Top Three Points to Ponder

This Week’s Top Three Points to Ponder

1.) Stop being a lone wolf. Join a pack of other business professionals to share best practices, support and peer accountability. — We can help with that!

2.) Want to help the world? Make your business highly profitable and provide great value to your employees, your customers,  and your community. That’s noble !!

3.) Small Business Challenge: Are you acting like a CEO… Chief EXECUTIVE Officer or Chief EVERYTHING Officer? Isn’t it time to stop wearing all the hats!


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