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CARES ACT, PPP, EIDL Oh My! - Tax Considerations for 2020

Thursday, January 21, 2021 1pm CT

Tax season is right around the corner. Don’t let 2020’s year of uncertainty make you uncertain of how to complete your taxes. Hear from certified public accountant, David Cawley, MBA, MSA, on how the different loans and grants offered during the COVID-19 pandemic such as CARES ACT, PPP and EIDL will impact you while you file your 2020 taxes. Submit your questions now to to be answered during the moderated question and answer portion of this webinar.

About the Presenter:

David Cawley, MBA, MSA, CPA, CVA, CFE, Partner, Fraim, Cawley & Company, CPAs
David is a Certified Fraud Examiner and Certified Valuation Analyst, specializing in forensic accounting and business valuations. David is also dedicated to helping local businesses and entrepreneurs achieve their goals and helping build enterprise value through innovative accounting and advisory services. David has an MBA (Master’s in Business Administration), Master’s in Accounting and Finance, and is a licensed CPA in the state of Virginia.

Moderated by:

Bill Collier, Owner & President, Arch Engraving
Bill Collier is an entrepreneur. In mid-2003, while still CEO at BC Group, Bill took advantage of an opportunity to buy into Arch Engraving, a small awards and recognition manufacturing company whose owners were retiring. Bill was a 1/3 owner until 2010 when he purchased the entire company from his partners.
In June 2015, Arch Engraving acquired Stiern Laser, who specialized in industrial engraving and marking. They also purchased their commercial property in Fenton Missouri, and moved production operation into the former Stiern facility. Arch Engraving has retail showrooms in both Fenton and in Kirkwood MO.
Arch Engraving was named Veteran-Owned Small Business of the Year for 2019 by the SBA's Eastern MO district.

Using Jigs to Hold Odd Pieces in Your Engravers

Thursday, February 4, 2021 1pm CST

Not all things we engrave are flat and fit perfectly in our engraving beds. Often we have to get creative when we need to engrave odd shaped pieces. Lori Champagne will explain how to use jigs to hold those more unique objects. She’ll cover what materials to use to make your jigs, the hold strength needed and the mobility they’ll need to engrave successfully.

About the Presenter:

Lori Champagne, Owner, Champagne Engraving
Creativity feeds the soul. Lori Champagne lives this adage. She has had many careers from picture framer to Muppet builder, from hotel night auditor to newspaper editor. In 1994 she was looking for a business that was creative, yet with vast business possibilities. She found the awards industry. Over the next 15 years, her California-based shop, Champagne Recognition, won countless awards in the Awards and Personalization Association Retailer Creativity Competition. In 2012, Champagne was featured in a front-page Wall Street Journal article for excellence in creativity. That same year she fell in love, sold her retail shop, and moved to Michigan. Champagne still does some retail work, but today she predominantly operates in a business-to-business setting, assisting other engraving shops to fill difficult orders and performing detailed jewelry engraving. Working in many mediums, her dedicated home-based studio is complete with a panoply of machinery and tooling. Champagne is a long-time member of Toastmasters® and volunteers for various organizations.

CorelDraw 2020 – An Overview

Thursday, February 18, 1 pm CT

Take a tour of the of the latest CorelDraw Graphic Suite 2020. This tutorial will identify new tools and demonstrate how they function, understand their practical applications, and see unconventional uses for these tools as well. Find out how to create efficiencies in production and increase the perceived value of your product and services through improved product designs using these new tools and effects in CorelDraw and Photo-Paint.

About the Presenter

shon rotiShon Roti is the owner of 9th Street Designs, a sublimation and graphic design consulting and promotional products business. A graphic designer, Shon has spent more than two decades working as a production artist and instructor in the awards and promotional products industry. In 2014, ARA named him Speaker of the Year.


Finding Solutions to Fix Customer Artwork

Thursday, May 13, 1 pm CT

You probably receive them every day: artwork that is small, low-resolution, and almost unusable. Worst yet, that is all your customer has!

In this course, you will learn how to work with artwork provided by customers that is, well…terrible! (You know what I mean). Mark Rugen, Director, Education with Mutoh, will walk through different technology solution products that will help you fix the artwork to please your customers.

About the Presenter

Mark RugenMark Rugen is Director of Education for MUTOH America. He is well known for his training and educational materials discussing color printing, software design, and numerous other topics in the wide-format printing market. Mark has over 35 years of experience in the market and has owned and operated two successful sign shops. He conducts his webinars and live training sessions using his real-world shop experience. He is known as the world's expert in FlexiSIGN & Print, a commercial software that is used to design and print on numerous printers using eco-solvent, Dye Sublimation, and UV-LED inks. He is also familiar with CorelDraw, Adobe products, color management, and many other topics that affect the design and production of applications. He has taught major companies such as Delta Airlines, General Motors, and Boeing but is happy to share his experience and knowledge with a small shop as well. You can count on Mark to share a tip or trick that saves time and effort in the daily shop struggle with customer files, software, and printers.

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