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Lake Orion What's The Biz? Jan. 2011

Lake Orion What's The Biz? Jan. 2011

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-- What’s The Biz -- Lake Orion 1
 A monthly collaborative with the Orion Area Chamber of Commerce A monthly collaborative with the Orion Area Chamber of Commerce A monthly collaborative with the Orion Area Chamber of Commerce A monthly collaborative with the Orion Area Chamber of Commerce
Orion Style Orion Style Orion Style Orion Style 
January 2011 Vol. 4 #10
Orion Style 
 A monthly collaborative with the Orion Area Chamber of Commerce
What’s the What’s the What’s the What’s the What’s the What’s the 
Dozens of local busi-nesses were amongmore than 70 entriesilluminating the paraderoute through down-town Lake Orion duringthe annual HolidayLighted Parade Dec. 4.The event, as always,was rife with Lake Orionspirit and hometownpride. Upland HillsFarms wont this year’s“Best CommercialBusiness” float award.
2 What’s The Biz -- Lake Orion -- January 2011
New ID required for paid tax preparers
Orion Area Chamber of Commerce
2010 Chamber Leadership
Acting President
Bill Kokenos
Orion Senior Center 
Alice Young, CPA
Loretta Spatafore
Martha Bergquist
Coffee News
Carl Cyrowski
Michigan Global Solutions LLC 
Theresa Fiorani
Canoe Circle Graphics
Elizabeth Meyer
Genisys Credit Union
Dawn Neely
Seniors Helping Seniors
James Porritt
 Attorney at Law 
Neal Porter
Vette Products
Linda Sickles
Orion Township Public Library 
Monica Squarcia
National City Bank /PNC 
Karen Ulrich
Queensland Marketing
Craig Zmijewski
 AAA Michigan
Executive Director
Alaina Campbell
Orion Area Chamber of Commerce
P.O. Box 484Lake Orion, MI 48361
In just a few days (nine, to be exact) be-gins tax season for 2011.Many morechanges will occuras we turn theclock to January 1,2011 with report-ing and taxes thatwe all hear aboutdaily (Health carereform actuallystarted January 1,2010).But did youknow that yourpaid tax preparerMUST have aPreparer Tax Identification Number (PTIN)in order to continue preparing and filing yourtax returns?This is not an option for paid taxpreparers anymore. This requirement is ef-fective January 1, 2011.Before we go any further on this youneed to understand that everyone who saysthey prepare taxes is not necessarily a taxprofessional.If someone takes a class (or two) andbegins preparing tax returns this does notmake them a tax professional.If they prepare tax returns at work and/oroutside of their regular day job, this doesnot make them a tax professional either.The IRS is working very diligently toregulate the tax preparation industry.The first step is by requiring all paid taxpreparers (notice I didn't say tax profes-sionals) to obtain a PTIN.The next step is to have the unlicensedpaid tax preparers take an exam.There will be two types of exams paidtax preparers will be able to take in orderto continue preparing certain tax returns.One exam will cover Form 1040 wageand non-business income and the earned in-come tax credit (your basic 1040).The other exam will cover Form 1040wage and small business income (your ba-sic 1040, Schedule C and maybe ScheduleE).These exams will be available mid-2011and the paid tax preparer will have until De-cember 31, 2012, to complete one of thesetwo exams.As we begin the 2011 tax season, youmay want to ask your paid tax preparer thefollowing questions: 1) if they intend oncontinuing to prepare your taxes, 2) if theyhave their PTIN for this filing season, and3) when do they plan on taking one of therequired exams to keep preparing your taxreturns.
 Anita Delventhal is President & CEOof A.G. Consulting Services Inc. She is agraduate of Oakland University, an ac-countant, Enrolled Agent with IRS, Accred-ited Tax Advisor, Accredited Tax Preparer and a Certified QuickBooks ProAdvisor with 25+ years of experience in the smalland medium-sized business arena. Anita is also a Five Star Wealth Man-ager voted and awarded by her clients and  peers. She is an expert in the areas of ac-counting, taxation and business planning.For more information visit our website @www.agconsultingservices.com, Call 248-393-0403 or Email her at QBtaxPro@agconsultingservices.com.
Anita Gates Delventhal
 President & CEO, A.G.Consulting Services Inc.
Thank you to AAA-Craig Zmijewski,Vette Products, Chief Financial CreditUnion, Donna Zaner and Hollywood Mar-ket.They donated turkeys, along with theChamber, to assist the Lake Orion HighSchool DECA Club in providing Thanks-giving dinners to 12 needy area families.These businesses stepped up on shortnotice to make someone's holiday specialand we appreciate their generosity.
Thanks for theTurkeys
The Chamber would like to say con-gratulations to three members of ourBoard of Directors who earned re-elec-tion; Carl Cyrowski from Michigan Glo-bal Solutions, Loretta Lussier Spataforefrom uSellonline and Craig Zmijewskifrom AAA Michigan.We would also like to welcome two newboard members-Ron DeLorme with Man-age Max Performance Improvement andPaul Zelenak, Village Manager for LakeOrion.Both of these individuals will be realassets to the organization and we look for-ward to working with them to move theChamber forward.
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-- What’s The Biz -- Lake Orion 3
A message from OACC acting president Bill Kokenos
Alaina Campbell,OACC ExecutiveDirectorBill Kokenos,OACC ActingPresident
2010 in Review: A recap of the year’s events
Upcoming Orion Area Chamber ofCommerceevents:
Networking Group
Wednesday, Jan. 5 and 19, 7:30a.m.-8:30 a.m.Hosted by 1000 Conversations aboutMental Health in Lake Orion, and heldat the Chamber office, 1520 S. Lap-eer Rd., Suite 112 (across fromGolling Buick GMC in the Orion Of-fice Center).
Chamber Luncheon
Thursday, Jan. 13, 11:30 a.m.-1p.m. at Canterbury Village, KingsCourt Castle. Matt Gibb, OrionTownship Supervisor presents hisState of the Township address. Arepresentative from the Lake OrionSchool District will also be on handto answer questions about the up-coming bond election. Cost is $20for members and $25 for non-mem-bers payable at the door. PleaseRSVP your attendance to the Cham-ber office at 693-6300 orinfo@lakeorionchamber.com
Chamber Luncheon
Thursday, Feb. 3, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.at Christi's Bar and Grill RonDeLorme from Manage Max Perfor-mance Improvement and new mem-ber of the Chamber's Board of Direc-tors will speak about best practicesin customer service.
Community Expo
Tuesday, May 11, 4-8 p.m., Lake OrionHigh School Field House. For infor-mation about exhibiting or participatingin a "Taste of Orion" please call the Cham-ber office at 248- 693-6300.
Welcome to the Chamber
•Vert Village BMX
By Bill Kokenos
December has been an exciting monthhere in the Orion area. Holiday festivitiesbegan with the Cham-ber and the Lake OrionDowntown Develop-ment Authoritypartnering to presentthe very first tree light-ing ceremony on No-vember 27 at PNCBank. Carolers wereon hand to providemusical entertain-ment, tree ornamentsmade by the childrenat Pee Wee PatchChild DevelopmentCenter and Blanche Sims ElementarySchool were hung on the tree and there wasa visit from none other than Mrs. Claus her-self.On the same day our very own LakeOrion High School Football team won theirfirst ever State Championship. Congratula-tions to Coach Chris Bell, his staff and allof the players. We are all very, very proudof you.At our Chamber holiday luncheon wehonored Kathleen Klein as our BusinessPerson of the Year. In addition to being theCommunity Affairs Representative forWaste Management she is also veryinvolved in the school districtteaching our children about recy-cling and environmental issues.And many people don't know it butKathleen is also very active as amentor to several children.Saturday night was the AnnualOrion Lighted Parade and what aparade it was. The Orion Area Pa-rade Group honored KathyMcMinn as the Citizen of the Year, and theLake Orion High School State FootballChampions made an appearance, as well.The parade was a huge success and the crowdwas very excited to see that special personwho comes to town just once a year--SantaClaus!The Chamber held our annual electionsfor the Board of Directors. Three incum-bents won re-election, Carl Cyrowski, CraigZmijewski, Loretta Spatafore. Our twonewly elected Board members are RonDeLorme and Paul Zelenak. I would like tothank Rosemary Rangi and Theresa Fioranias they are leaving the Chamber Board. Theycontributed so many things to the board andboth will be dearly missed.We are looking for members to help onthe following committees, the CommunityExpo and a new Commit-tee which is being calledFood, Fun and Fireworks.This committee will beworking with the LakeOrion Downtown Devel-opment Authority and theVillage of Lake Orion toorganize a day of fun andfood in conjunction withour very own fabulous fireworks. We willhave a sign-up sheet at the next luncheon.Any questions about either event please callme at 248-802-5521.The next Chamber luncheon will be heldon January 13th at Canterbury Village inKing's Court Castle starting at 11:30 a.m.Our guest speaker will be Orion TownshipSupervisor Matt Gibb. Matt will give hisState of the Township address. The LakeOrion School District will also be on handto answer questions about the upcomingbond election. Please RSVP to the office at248-693-6300.I would like to wish all of you a veryMerry Christmas and a Happy New Year andremember: Shop Local.As we wind down2010 and look for-ward to a holidaybreak, many businessowners take time toevaluate the past yearand start to look athow they can improveproducts and servicesin the new year. Wehere at the Chamberare doing the samething.2010 broughtmany changes start-ing with the election of new leaders in Janu-ary and then the hiring of myself in April asthe Executive Director. We were then for-tunate to secure an administrative assistantthrough the Michigan Works program,JoAnne Christian. JoAnne has been a greatasset to the office. Her friendly personal-ity and organizational skills help keep thingsrunning smoothly.One of the main improvements identi-fied as a priority for 2010 was providingbetter communication to our members.Thanks to board member Theresa Fioranifrom Canoe Circle Graphics we now have aprofessional, polished and informative emailnewsletter called the Monthly Motivator.The Monthly Motivator goes out the firstMonday of the month and includes infor-mation about upcoming Chamber events,community events and offers members theopportunity to advertise at no cost. TheChamber also began mailing a postcard re-minder with information about luncheonsand the Networking Group. In 2011 we hopeto expand the postcard to a larger size so wecan include more information. The Lun-cheon Committee has also been workinghard to book Luncheon speakers farther outso we can publish a quarterly schedule.The Community Expo held in May atthe Lake Orion High School during parent/ teacher conferences was well attended. Withover 80 vendors, a "Taste of Orion" aisle fea-turing local restaurants and a children's ac-tivity area there was something for every-one to enjoy. A special thank you to theLOHS national award winning DECA cluband their advisor Julia Dalrymple forpartnering with the Chamber in making thisevent such a success. We truly have somevery talented students here in Lake Orion.We look forward to expanding the Commu-nity Expo in 2011.Summer added some new twists forChamber events. A picnic held at Civic Cen-ter Park in June, a family baseball game/ cookout at Friendship Park in August and a joint luncheon held with the Oxford Cham-ber at the Clansman Pub outdoors on thepatio were summer highlights.Fall brought a focus on mid-term elec-tions and the 9th Annual Chili Challenge heldin conjunction with Orion Townships' BarnDaze event. Despite the rain, gallons of ex-cellent Chili was consumed and GenisysCredit Union swept the title for Best Over-all Chili. 2011 will bring the 10th AnnualChili Challenge and what we hope will bethe most successful one yet.
Orion Area Chamber of Commerce
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