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Programming Reminder -  Creative Tips for Creative Entrepeneurs

Thursday Febuary 26th, 2009

Date: 2/26/2009
Meeting Type: CDPUG General Meeting
Reception Starts: 6:00 p.m.
Meeting Starts: 6:30 p.m.
Where: Dodd Camera & Video (Downtown)
2077 East 30th Street; 
Cleveland, OH 44115
Driving and Parking Directions on the web site.
Speaker(s): Howard J. Kass, CPA. Zinner & Co. LLP. hkass@zinnerco.com
Cost: Free for members, $10 for non-members.

Creative business owners are often so focused on the creative aspect of developing, growing and running their businesses, they sometimes forget that they are running a business and find themselves at a loss when it comes to making the "right" business decisions. This has become even more difficult with the economy mired in its worst slowdown since the Great Depression and the flurry of stimulus and tax legislation that has been flying around Washington, DC.

Part of making the "right" business decisions involves making appropriate choices in the myriad of tax matters that a business owner faces every day. Howard Kass will sort out some of the recent tax changes that have occurred and will present his top tax tips for small business owners, particularly the creative ones, in a light, informal but informative manner. His goals are to help you discover a diamond or two in the coal bin we know as the Internal Revenue Code and to help you minimize your tax burden.

Howard J. Kass has over 30 years experience serving the accounting and tax needs of both small businesses and individuals. Howard has worked with businesses representing many different industries including graphic arts, real estate, manufacturing, retail establishments, and many others. He is adept at the utilization of ownership structures such as C Corporations, S Corporations, Partnerships, and LLCs.

In addition to his vast tax and accounting expertise, Howard boasts a creative streak, having been an avid photographer for nearly 40 years having traversed the path from black & white film photography to digital and has a particular interest in nature and wildlife photography.

Howard has a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting from Kent State University.

Upcoming meetings and reminders include: 

March 26th 2009Project Management for the Graphic Artist. Mark Smith, Cobalt Group, Inc.
April 29th 2009Legal Wisdom for Graphic Designers. Mark Smith, Cobalt Group, Inc.
May 28th 20095th Annual May Show. CDPUG Members

Community dates of interest
 (See our website for current listings)

February 28th -  Photos & Your Mac / http://www.neoac.org  / 9:30 - 12:00am.

March 10th -  Designing Forms with InDesign & Acrobat / Cleveland InDesign User Group Cleveland Institute of Art. 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

March 14th -  Switching to A Mac & Windows on a Mac / Greater Cleveland PC User Group / Main Classroom Building CSU / 9:30AM - 12:00PM

March 15th -  iLife '09 / MacGroup Detroit | The Birmingham Temple. 28611 W 12 Mile Rd., Farmington Hills, Michigan / 3:00 - 5:00 p.m.

March 30th -  TBD NCMUG / St. James Lutheran Church, 4771 Broadview Rd, (Old Brooklyn), just north of I-480. / 7:00 - 9:00pm.

March 21st -  Fireworks Interactive Prototypes / WebSig Cleveland / Barudan America 29500 Fountain Parkway, Solon, OH 44139-4350 / 10:30AM - 12:00PM

June 6-7 -  WordPress  WordCamp Chicago / More information to follow.

What's News and more

How Much Should I Charge....
This free program, which runs on Adobe AIR, can help you to calculate what you should be charging for your design work. You can download it at  http://blog.hexagonstar.com/feat/

Take Control Catalog offers 30% Discount for CDPUG Members....
When you look through their catalog, they have a very nice selection of books focusing on Apple and Macintosh technology. get your discount at http://www.takecontrolbooks.com/catalog?cp=CPN90219MUG

Flash CS4 Wants Your Feedback....
If you have any concerns or issues with Adobe CS4 the Product Manager for Flash, Richard Galvan, would like to know.  The link is http://blogs.adobe.com/rgalvan/2009/01/concerns_and_issues_with_flash.html

Curious as to who is using your computer when you are out of the room?
Koingo software has come out with a product that can monitor your Mac when any number of user events occur, and can trigger various responses. Not only is this good around the home or office, imagine if your laptop were stolen. You could have your computer activate your iSight, snap a picture of the person that has your computer, and e-mail a picture to you of them. For more info, go to http://www.koingosw.com/products/digitalsentry.php

Reminder about our CDPUG Services Directory....
Did you know our members are really diverse and offer all sorts of services and skills that may be of benefit to your next job or company position? Our Services Directory is a great place to find out more about your fellow member(s) year round. Want to get noticed? Update your entry. It's free for members. Go to 
CDPUG Services Directory

Do you have a topic you'd like to see at one of our meetings? Drop us a suggestion with the subject line of "Meeting Topic" to ezine@cdpug.org


Cool Business Card Ideas
Did you think thatt business cards HAVE to be 2x3.5" black print on white stock. Guess again! Check these cards out...http://www.toxel.com/inspiration/2008/08/07/24-creative-business-card-designs/

10 Tax Deductions Freelancers Can Take
Here are some ideas to help your bottom line when it comes to what you can deduct as a tax deduction. http://freelanceswitch.com/the-business-of-freelancing/10-deductions-freelancers-can-grab/  *This article is being reposted from another source. CDPUG does not endorse, nor vouch for the validity of these ideas and cannot be held liable. Consult with a professional accountant as to your situation. 

About CDPUG 

For more news, job postings, networking opportunities, and archives of past meetings, please log onto our ever improving site: http://www.cdpug.org/ 

The Cleveland Digital Publishing Users Group (CDPUG) 
is a non-profit, professional development and networking organization that provides educational information about digital publishing. Our meeting topics are diverse and platform independent. Memberships are available. For more information about CDPUG and meeting schedules, visit our website: http://www.cdpug.org/

CDPUG meets on the last Thursday of each month at Dodd Camera Video ( www.d oddcamera.com ). Located on the corner of E. 30th St. and Carnegie Ave., 2077 East 30th Street Cleve., OH 44115. 216-361-6805. Reception: 6:00 pm. Meeting: 6:30 pm. Meetings are FREE to members, $10 for non-members. Individual memberships are $40.00. Corporate memberships for 3 individuals at the same company are $100.00.

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Digital ArtZ Ezine Edition, February 2009, Volume 6, Issue 2 / (C) 2009 Cleveland Digital Publishing Users Group