Do you know about National Small Business Week? In this month’s blog post, we are discussing National Small Business Week, which takes place this year May 5th – 11th. It is an opportunity for small business owners to receive recognition. The Small Business Administration, or SBA, organizes awards ceremonies to recognize various businesses all over the country. They even have an office in St. Louis, MO!
The SBA provides funding to help small businesses grow and educational seminars to spread knowledge. They accomplish this by working with federal departments to award 23 percent of contracted dollars to small businesses. In addition, they try to help businesses grow is by organizing National Small Business Week every year. This is a week where they offer training, seminars, and recognition awards.
St. Louis SBA award winners are:
The arrival of spring is energetic and exciting. The sunshine and spring showers will soon replace the grey and cold months. Traditionally, it’s common to use this new energy to “spring clean”. We gathered a few ideas on how to use this spring clean vibe for your business!
Office Supplies: How much is too much?
Go through all office supplies to declutter and organize your space. Throw out or donate old and unused supplies. Do you really need all those letter openers?
Emails: Clean your inbox!
How many emails are sitting in your inbox? Take time to organize and archive your inbox. Most email providers allow all archived emails to be discoverable in search inquiries within your email.
Website and Social Media Presence: Update and Refresh
Digital presence is more important now than ever before. Update your metadata and spruce up your SEO. Have old photos on your website? Update them! How about social media platforms? When was the last time you changed your company profile photo and banner? Are you using all the updated features on Facebook and Google?
File Storage: Server or External Hard Drive?
Are documents easily accessible or buried in a mess of irrelevant files? Create file folders for corresponding files and delete old files that you no longer need. Scared of deleting something that you might need in the future? Create an archive or transfer to an external hard drive.
Clean your office!
Dust off that bookshelf, clean out those desk drawers, and wipe off that desk! It is great for your health and morale! Box old files and documents that are no longer relevant. Invest in a new plant for your office or air freshener.
Events in St. Louis: February 2019
Whether you are looking for a special event for Valentine’s Day or looking to kick those winter blues… Check out these handpicked events happening in our area this month!
St. Genevieve Chocolate Walk!
Tickets are required for this fun event, which has sold out over the last 4 years. Stroll through this historic town while a variety of businesses offer you different samples of chocolate.
Valentine’s Day Dinner at Lemp Mansion, The Taste of Lebanon, or… White Castle??
There are a variety of great restaurants offering reservations for your Valentine’s Day Dinner! RSVP at the beautiful Lemp Mansion. Venture to the Taste of Lebanon for a plant based cuisine. Or, take advantage of White Castle offering a candlelit dinner paired with table service!
Escape the cold and immerse yourself in a tropical oasis at Missouri Botanical Gardens Orchid Show!
Open from February 2nd to March 24th. The Orchid Show is an annual exhibition that allows visitors to view the expansive collection of Orchids.
Science on Tap lets you check out brews in a way you never have before!
The St. Louis Science Center holds this annual event hosting a variety of brewers sharing the science behind their brew process! Over 100 different beers will be available for tasting alongside live music!
Check out this awesome opportunity to check out Laumeier Sculpture Park After Dark
This event is featuring artist demos that utilize fire as an artistic medium. The park will have plenty of fire pits for you to keep warm while you check out activities, games, scavenger hunts, and food trucks!
Celebrate Mardi Gras in Soulard all month long!
Soulard is hosting events all month long in celebration of Mardi Gras! Check out The Taste of Soulard, Purina Pet Parade, the Cajun Cook Off, and more!
We are excited to introduce Kevin Roach from The Law Offices of Kevin Roach! Check out his interview below! The Law Offices of Kevin Roach: https://roachinjurylaw.com/
As with every ringing in of the New Year, the time to set goals and organize is now. For many professionals this includes: better productivity for increased revenue, increased work load, and in many cases the most important, improved organization.
The choice can be overwhelming when deciding which will best accommodate your individual business needs with tons of organizational software on the market. Listed below are 3 of the highest rated organizational software to consider investing in for the New Year.
Anytime Organizer Deluxe - By combining your calendars, to-do lists, address book, and notebook into one simple interface, Anytime Organizer Deluxe allows you to organize both your personal and professional life. With the ability to sync to your mobile device, access password organizer, expense reports, and much more from the convenience of your phone. Their color code feature also allows you to organize different areas of your life –allowing you to view appointments, to-dos, and more either separately or at the same time. If you’re looking for an all-inclusive organizing software Anytime Organizer is a great option!
C Organizer Professional- This software includes everything that you need to plan your days effectively, remind you of important events and appointments, and maximize your productivity. With the built in calendar including an advanced notification system, you’ll be sure to never miss an appointment, meeting, or a birthday. All data can also be shared in real- time on a shared network, allowing ease of connectivity and collaborative potential. With additional features such as fully customizable and printable calendar templates.
MSD Organizer- This personal manager’s ability to organize your life lies in its extensive tools. In addition to the standard organizing tools, MSD Organizer also has budget templates, health records, and music or property organizers among others. Along with its organizing abilities, the in depth and comprehensive task manager allows you to set parameters, store information; including its completion status, and broken down into categories. Aside from both of these features MSD also utilizes an address book with more functionality than other organizers, not only providing contact info, picture, and category, but also providing the ability to attach text documents, histories, spreadsheets, and more. With its ability to back up all your documents to a cloud, you can be secure in keeping your personal and professional information safe as well.
Whether you’re looking to increase connectivity and organization as part of a team, or simply for your individual personal and professional goals, investing in tools such as organizational software this New Year could prove to be worth more than valuable in helping your business reach its next level.
AMG Corporate Offices introduces our Tenant of the Month: James Kutten from James Kutten Law Office.
o What is your profession and why did you choose it?
I am a solo practice lawyer specializing in federal tax controversy matters. I help individuals and organizations solve their tax problems.
For thirty-years I was a senior attorney with the Office of Chief Counsel Internal Revenue Service where I pretty much did it all for the IRS, as their lawyer. On a daily basis I advised revenue agents (auditor), revenue officers (collection), special agents (criminal investigation), and appeals officers (administrative appeal). I also litigated cases in the United States Tax Court, representing the IRS in court.
At the end of 2011 I retired as a counsel for the IRS. In late 2011 I had to decide, what do I want to do upon retirement? I have a unique skill set, knowing the IRS from the inside, as their lawyer. I decided I would help people solve their IRS problems. The next decision, should I work for a firm or myself. My wife said, you worked your entire life for someone else, why don’t you work for yourself. So, it was decided, I will work for myself.
The IRS can be a bully. I even the playing field. Have done a lot of good for clients, obtaining unbelievable settlements. But I do not have a magic wand.
o What might someone be surprised to know about you?
I co-teach Federal Tax Procedure at Washington University Law School.
o Do you have a hobby, play a sport, or have any special interests?
I enjoy outside activities, canoeing, kayaking, camping, and bicycle trail riding.
o What job would you be terrible at?
Everything and anything else.
o Where is the most interesting place you have visited?
Every trip is an adventure. I have enjoyed sailing in the British Virgin Islands and the Caribbean. Last summer I took a one-week white water rafting trip down the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon.
o Do you have any advice based on your area of expertise?
Do not let the government push you around.
o If you could work anywhere in the world, where would you choose?
o What is your favorite restaurant from the St. Louis area?
I enjoy ethnic restaurants. I am not a meat and potatoes person.
o What is something you think everyone should do at least once in their lives?
Travel to unique locations. One day a music festival in Cuba will be on my travel list.
o Who’s your go to band or artist when you can’t decide on something to listen to?
I always enjoy the Blues.
AMG Corporate Offices is excited to introduce the Vice President of Development and Board Member of FOCUS Marines Foundation: Norm Harriman.
What is your profession and why did you choose it?
Vice President of Development and Board Member - FOCUS Marines Foundation - It's about Marines helping Marines and other veterans. When I heard about FMF, I was all in.
How long have I been involved with FOCUS Marines?
I have been involved with the FMF since 2012.
What inspired you to be involved with FOCUS Marines Foundation?
The phrase "once a Marine, always a Marine", is not only our motto, it is something that is tattooed into every Marines soul so being able to give back to combat veterans who have sacrificed so much was little more than adhering to our motto.
What might someone be surprised to know about you?
I come from a family of Marines. Dad, brother, son, and me all went through boot camp at MCRD San Diego.
Hobby, sports, special interest.
Hobby - collecting challenge coins. Too old to play active sports but enjoy watching most of them. Interests include golf, traveling and taking care of two rescue dogs which will lose some of my attention as I am a new, first time Grand Pa.
What job would you be terrible at?
Artist. I can barely draw my name.
Who has impressed you most with what they have accomplished?
The men and women who attend the FOCUS program and willing to reverse the downward spiral they find themselves while trying to transition from the battlefield to life as a civilian.
Where is the most interesting place you have visited?
Navajo, Hopi, and Apache tribal lands in Eastern and Northern Arizona
Do you have any advice based on your expertise?
We all can do our part in helping today'a veteran. There are vasts amounts of information on the internet on what to do and how to help. Whether it is someones neighbor, relative, or overhearing a conversation in a restaurant. If you hear of a veteran that is struggling, have a plan of action. It literally could save a life.
If you could work anyplace in the world, where would you choose?
I already have. Right here.
How has working in a shared workplace helped your business?
I have a saying, "your net-work is your net-worth". AMG has offered all of us at FOCUS Marines Foundation the opportunity to work and meet with others in a professional, friendly atmosphere. We are proud to showcase our office and all it offers.
What is your favorite restaurant in the St. Louis area?
Satchmo's Bar and Grill in Chesterfield. Great food and friendly atmosphere plus it reminds me of Cheers when I walk in because they all yell, "Norm"! Susie,s the best day time bartender around. Stop in and tell her Norm sent you.
1. How long have you been in business?
41 years in various corporations and law firms in the St. Louis area (from Fortune 50 companies to being a sole proprietor).
2. No one likes to brag about their business, but if you HAD to what would it be?
I like helping people and educating them about their options. What I do allows me to accomplish this goal. I get to know my clients and their needs and we work together to find solutions.
3. What is your best piece of advice for new businesses with legal issues and preparing their taxes?
Hire a knowledgeable and responsible person who can explain things in an understandable way. You should have confidence in your advisor. Communication is the key.
4. What might someone be surprised to know about you?
I rode in the Little 500 bicycle race at Indiana University and we came in 23rd out of 33 teams. I was in the best shape in my life. Also that I have 4 daughters (meaning 4 weddings).
5. If you could work anywhere under the sun, where would you choose?
On my own, at 400 Chesterfield Center #400- I am very happy here. Convenient to my home and clients.
6. What would be your perfect day off?
Riding my bike on the Katy Trail or taking a long walk at Forest Park. I am a low maintenance person. A lot of good thinking comes during exercise.