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  • A Pinocchio parallel

    I just want to be me, the real me, jeans and tshirt with crazy hair and kids hanging off of me like little monkeys and probably some shimmering snot on my shoulder where someone was crying. This version of me is like most women my age who have children; it’s where I feel most fulfilled, shimmering snot and all.

  • Is your business generic?

    From 1997 through 2002, I stayed busy helping many businesses convert from computer accounting software that was not Y2K compliant.

    To refresh your memory, when the calendar turned over to January 1, 2000, a number of older software codes failed to work properly. This was because a lot of programs used a six-character date, representing the year in two digits.

    This was done to save the costs of data storage; I know, seems funny now. This practice worked great until we cycled to zero-zero. Then, not so good.

  • Spring clean your way to a safer kitchen

    Spring is a great time to target harmful bacteria that can lurk on kitchen surfaces and even in your refrigerator. Harmful bacteria especially like moist environments. A clean, dry kitchen helps protect your family from foodborne illness.

    Some cleaning tips you should practice year round to make your kitchen and your meals safer include:

    Always clean surfaces thoroughly with hot, soapy water.

  • Breakdown of 2016 legislative session

    Legislative sessions tend to be remembered for just a handful of new laws, and this year’s, which ended April 15th, is no different.

    The budget was understandably the most prominent, with its chief highlight being the significant amount of new money the General Assembly put toward the unfunded liabilities of our public retirement systems.

  • A slice of pi for my techie friends

    No, I did not misspell it, Pi as in Raspberry Pi is not a dessert your mom makes; it is a low cost computer that can accept an external monitor, keyboard and mouse, cameras and more. It is a capable little device that enables people of all ages to explore computing, and to learn how to program in computer languages like Python, Scratch and others. It’s capable of doing everything you’d expect a desktop computer to do, from browsing the internet, playing high-definition video, playing games or business applications.

  • Want your money now?

    I love getting paid! However, waiting to get paid, worrying about bounced checks, or paying excessive bank fees; not so much fun. If asked how long I wanted to wait to be paid for my services, my reply would be “immediately.” In fact, sooner if possible.

    Collection of receivables can be a real problem for a small business. The failure to manage timely receivables has led to many small businesses failing. Fortunately, there are solutions to allow a small business to get paid faster, and also allow a greater range of payment options for their customers.

  • Developing talent

    When people ask me what the greatest strength of the Fort Knox Federal Credit Union is, I tell them, undoubtedly, it’s our people.

  • The season of big ideas

    I’ve had my fill of spring-cleaning. I haven’t really even scratched the surface of the spring-cleaning and already I’m done.

    On nice days the sunshine beckons for me to come outside and I can’t think of anything else but what I want to do in my garden and flowerbeds. I love getting my hands dirty and planting new things.

  • Your accounting has left the office

    I wrote last November about the emerging trend toward Cloud Accounting for business and mentioned a few options, such as Bill.com, FreshBooks.com, Xero.com, Lessaccounting.com (Free), WaveApps.com (Free), and the 500lb gorilla of small business accounting - QuickBooksOnline.com.

  • Budget proposals stall in general assembly

    Since House and Senate leaders announced last Thursday morning that budget talks had stalled, there have understandably been many questions from the public about what happened and what is likely to happen next.

    If the conflict could be boiled down to a single word, it would be “education.”  The House believes that, in an era where there is money to meet our core needs and fully fund contributions to our two main public retirement systems, schools and universities should not be cut.