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SCACPA Happenings

WEEK April 23-27 

ADVOCATE
The Advocacy Team scored another victory on behalf of a SCACPA member. We were alerted Tuesday morning that the Department of Employment and Workforce customer service phone operators were giving conflicting instructions as to whether SUITS information had to be submitted electronically or on paper when filing on behalf of firms that have fewer than 100 members. Within 24 hours, we held a teleconference with DEW decision-makers, and they confirmed that the instructions given to our member over the phone were incorrect.  They were also able to listen to our other concerns, such as overlong wait times to be in contact with their phone operators. When SCACPA members alert us to problems with organizations and regulators, we are able to quickly take actions that get positive results.

CEO Chris and Board Member Dr. Clarence Coleman attended a SCBOA meeting this week.

GROW
So far this month SCACPA has managed to grow our student pipeline by adding 29 new student members to the organization!

COMMUNICATE
The communications team has been working diligently to put together membership renewal packets. They have recruited the entire staff to help (when they can) with the assembly line set-up of packet stuffing. This is quite the task considering each packet starts with a folder stuffed with a membership brochure, Spring Splash Accounting Conference flyer and CPE registration form. Next, each packet needs printed address labels and individualized letter from Chris.

Chris, Membership Experience Assistant Brook and IT and Communications Assistant Jeff have all been busy creating new pages for our website and then moving/updating original content. 

EDUCATE
The Spring Splash Accounting Conference is less than a month away! Make sure to sign up before all the seats are full.

Our two new May courses, Auditing Under the New Uniform Guidance (Single Audit) - Yellow Book and   GASB Update - Yellow Book with an original date of May 21 and 22 will be rescheduled. Stay tuned for the new dates!

CONNECT
Membership and Communications Coordinator Jasmine is working with the Chapters on the new Chapter Officers nominations process. If you or someone you know is interested in serving as a local Chapter Leader please send the nomination to jhoveyda@scacpa.org. View full details.

WEEK April 16-20 

ADVOCATE
The Conformity Bill H. 5162; introduced by House Ways and Means Committee Chair Brian White (R-Anderson), is currently at the House and will be going to meeting this week. For more Legislative updates click here

CEO Chris and Board Member Ken Newhouse are testifying for this bill and continues to be a part of the process every step of the way.

GROW
So far this month, we have added 10 new members to the organization. SCACPA will continue to focus on keeping the local talent of the accounting community in the state.

COMMUNICATE
SCACPA has been working hard to update our new website that will be launching soon. The entire communications staff has been in website training. We have also been dividing up responsibilities for the website including, moving old content over and updating it, creating new pages, images and navigation set up. As we move along we are also testing different features and forms of our website to ensure their accuracy.

The CPA Report has officially been mailed out! We have had more calls from members since it’s mailing, and we look forward to continuing to help our members with any questions they may have. 

EDUCATE
Don’t forget to register for our two May courses: May 21, Auditing Under the New Uniform Guidance (Single Audit) - Yellow Book (SMAA01) or Livestream (LIAA01) and May 22, GASB Update - Yellow Book (SMAA02) or Livestream (LIAA02).

Other quality upcoming courses can be found here.

CONNECT
Membership Experience Assistant Brook has created a Central chapter post card with the upcoming social events in the area. This has been printed and will be sent out soon.

Membership and Communications Coordinator Jasmine is working closely with Chapter Leaders for their upcoming Chapter Orientation and Training. She is also currently working on putting together the Chapter Connections for Piedmont and Sea Island.   

OPERATIONS
The SCACPA team would like to thank Tim Baker for coming to our office and teaching staff an Accounting 101 class. This was very valuable for all members of our team. 

WEEK April 9-13 

ADVOCATE
The Post and Courier published an article quoting SCACPA CEO Chris Jenkins in its edition of Sunday, April 8, that considers issues that may arise if SC taxpayers have to maintain two separate sets of book for Federal and State income tax obligations. (“S.C. Taxpayers Encouraged to File for Extension Amid Confusion over State and Federal Tax Codes”)

The article closes with Jenkins encouraging state legislators to enact a law that simply conforms to the Federal code and delay their debates on SC tax reform for the future.

GROW
CEO Chris will be speaking to students at Erskine College this week. We look forward to continuing to promote the profession to these students and have them join our Association.

COMMUNICATE
VP of Membership and Communications Lisa is finishing up the redesign of our membership dues invoice, and it is almost ready to be sent to the printer.

IT and Communications Assistant Jeff and Content Strategist Gregory Hardy have been working on a script and shot layout for the promo video on the Spring Splash Accounting Conference.

Membership and Communications Coordinator Jasmine has been rewording the welcome email for new members and the welcome letter they receive with their certificate of membership.  

EDUCATE
We have two new May classes! Check them out and register; May 21, Auditing Under the New Uniform Guidance (Single Audit) - Yellow Book (SMAA01) or Livestream (LIAA01) and May 22, GASB Update - Yellow Book (SMAA02) or Livestream (LIAA02).

Our Bookkeeper Melissa has been working on our self-study certification and other certification our classes may be eligible for.

CONNECT
Jasmine has also been working with Chapter Leadership on the details of their upcoming Chapter Retreat.

OPERATIONS
We would like to welcome our new Continuing Education Assistant, Alexandria Pierce!

The entire team had training for two days this week on our new website. We are preparing for the launch by checking through content and updating information accordingly.

We would also like to announce we have officially partnered with the company Paychex.

WEEK April 2-6 

ADVOCATE
Content Specialist Gregory has been a source contact for an upcoming newspaper report on the effects on South Carolina of not conforming to the Federal tax code.

We, along with Copper Dome Strategies, continue to monitor Conformity Bill H. 5162; introduced by House Ways and Means Committee Chair Brian White (R-Anderson).

GROW
CEO Chris  will be going to the Piedmont Chapter Student Night this week. It will be great to promote the profession to these students and get them to join our association.

COMMUNICATE
IT and Communications Assistant Jeff  has continued to work on a motion graphic promoting the Spring Splash Accounting Conference.

Jeff has also been working on the graphic design for the folder that will contain the membership information as well as a dues invoice.

VP of Membership and Communications Lisa has been redesigning the wording and structure of the dues invoice portion of this folder.

The Communications team have all been given a portion to update of the dues invoice packet.

The team also continues to create promotional materials for the Spring Splash.

Gregory has sent the Q1 issue of CPA Report to our printer. Look for it in your mailbox soon, and don’t miss our special pages on All-Inclusive Membership, Spring Splash and a review of our Advocacy work.

EDUCATE
The SCACPA Board of Directors has approved a partnership with Clemson University’s tax course offerings! This will boost CPE by about 16 hours in every chapter!

Staff is gearing up for the May 3rd Town Hall. This will be an open dialogue about All-Inclusive Membership.

CPE Manager Renee has finished securing speakers for Spring Splash! She is now working to add more sponsors.

CONNECT
Membership and Communications Coordinator Jasmine has been in contact with all Chapter Officers to get ballots created and then approved to send out to chapter members.

She is also working to add in an article on how to use SCACPA Connect in the Chapter Communications guide.

Membership Experience Assistant Brook has been creating a Central Chapter postcard with upcoming events. .

OPERATIONS
There will be a new employee joining the SCACPA team soon. She will be helping the CPE Department.

WEEK MARCH 26-30 

ADVOCATE
SCACPA continues to push for the adoption of Conformity Bill H. 5162 ; introduced by House Ways and Means Committee Chair Brian White (R-Anderson). Advocating for this bill would be much harder without our Key Person Contacts to speak with local legislators and voice their concerns. Thank you to them and our members who have spoken up on the issue.

CEO Chris Jenkins, VP of Membership and Communications Lisa McGee and CFO Jacque Curtin will all be attending the “Meet Your Legislators” Event this week at the Blue Marlin in Columbia’s Vista, where the main topic of discussion will be Tax Conformity.

Checks for the PAC fund have been going out and our Key Person Contacts have been sending in photos of themselves getting to shake hands and deliver the check. 

GROW
Chris had a great time teaching a class at Winthrop University last week. He asked students to share what their concerns were when it came to the CPA profession. This led to helpful discussion and feedback that we can use when growing the student pipeline, as well as adding student members to our organization. 

Lisa and Jacque had a successful phone call with the Bankers Association last week, they will be helping to promote some of our events.

Jacque is also looking forward to attending a meeting that will focus on strong accounting programs and training teachers to build the profession using these programs.

COMMUNICATE
IT and Communications Assistant Jeff Jenkins has made it possible to listen to our Weekly Federal Tax Podcast through Apple iTunes. View here.

Content Strategist Gregory Hardy and Lisa continue to put the finishing touches on our CPA Report magazine.

Gregory has also been pushing out press releases on our Tax Conformity journey and writing up member emails/blog items on this issue as well.

The Communications team is happy to report that our Spring Splash Accounting Conference postcards have been mailed to members-lookout for one in your mailbox soon!

EDUCATE
CPE Manager Renee Allen-Joye has found the perfect band for our big Spring Splash Accounting Conference! Read all about the “Hot Notes” here. The registration deadline is approaching fast so make sure to sign up.

Renee has one spot open for a government track speaker at the Spring Splash. If you, or someone you know is interested in this opportunity please email her at rallenjoye@scacpa.org.

Jeff and Lisa had a meeting with Brightcove. This company will be helping ensure the quality and ease of our online courses.

WEEK MARCH 19-23 

ADVOCATE
SCACPA and its Advocacy partners have reached a major milestone in Conformity legislation. Conformity Bill H. 5162 was introduced by House Ways and Means Committee Chair Brian White (R-Anderson) on Tuesday, March 20. This is a bill we have actively endorsed and advocated for.

Central Chapter members can help Conformity become law this year by attending the “Meet Your Legislators” Event on March 29 at the Blue Marlin in Columbia’s Vista, where the main topic of discussion will be Tax Conformity. Register Now

PAC Checks are still being distributed by Key Person Contacts thanks to Bookkeeper Melissa Gable and  Membership Experience Assistant Brook Mixson. 

GROW

CEO Chris Jenkins has had a busy week with several meetings. The first was with NASBA (National Association of State Boards of Accountancy).

There will be another meeting with Clemson University on a CPE partnership, and a meeting with the AICPA.

Chris is teaching a class at Winthrop University on Thursday, March 22.

CFO Jacque Curtin has a meeting with the Accounting Fraternity, Beta Alpha Psi.

Lisa McGee and Jacque Curtin have a call set up with the Bankers Association this week to discuss joint events.

Jacque is also reviewing our SCACPA Scholarship information and process.

COMMUNICATE

Content Strategist Gregory Hardy is compiling stories for the March editions of the four editions of SCACPA’s Knowledge Network electronic newsletters and is collaborating with our off-site graphic designer to complete production of the First Quarter issue of CPA Report magazine. If there is a topic you’d like to see covered more thoroughly or if you have an idea for an article you’d like to contribute, contact ghardy@scacpa.org.

VP of Membership and Communications Lisa McGee and her team continue to work on email, physical mail and social media communications for our members.

EDUCATE
Last weeks SC DOR courses went off without a hitch, and we look forward to more successful courses.

We continue to get registrations for our big Spring Splash Accounting Conference! Be sure to register soon, as May 17-18 is fast approaching.

CPE Manager Renee Allen-Joye has secured a facility for the upcoming Fall Fest Accounting Conference. Save the date to attend for Nov. 15-16 at the Marriott in Columbia. 

CONNECT
Jacque is in the final stages of the Chapter Communications Guide.  It has been sent for review and once it is approved it will go to chapter leaders.

Lisa is helping with Chapter Event logistics and distribution of their event information through proper channels.

Anne Ryan in Business Development has added two new sponsors for our Spring Splash. This bring the total number of sponsors to seven! We are excited to continue to add even more.

Membership and Communications Coordinator Jasmine Hoveyda traveled to North Carolina to attend a “For Our Own Development” conference about Membership within different state societies.

OPERATIONS
Many staff members attending a conference to learn more about our data base system called AMNET.

Lisa McGee continues to work with database and website partners in preparation for the launch of All-Inclusive Membership this May. 

There will be a staff training during the first two weeks of April to prepare for our new website launch.

WEEK MARCH 12-16

ADVOCATE
SCACPA’s Advocacy activities this past week were highlighted by CEO Chris Jenkins and Board member Ken Newhouse meeting with House Ways and Means Committee Chairman W. Brian White (R-Anderson). Conformity issues were discussed in detail, and we were able to answer questions about the issue. The talks included our description of the effects to South Carolina if there is no Conformity. We thank Chairman White for his time, and we are glad he heard our concerns.

GROW

The membership team added 7 new student members last week. We look forward to adding many more in the coming weeks! 

COMMUNICATE

Content Strategist Gregory Hardy and VP of Membership and Communications Lisa McGee have continued working on course descriptions for the upcoming CPE schedule.

Greg is also working diligently to complete all interviews and articles for our upcoming publication, the CPA Report.

Membership and Communications Coordinator Jasmine has been working with the nominees for SCACPA’s Board of Directors to ensure they have guidance and all necessary information.

Jasmine is also working on next weeks Chapter Connections for Grand Strand and Pee Dee.

Membership Experience Assistant Brook has been working on the layout for a fold-out informational page in our CPA Report. This will focus on our Spring Splash Accounting Conference.

EDUCATE
The first SC DOR course is this week on March 15. Staff will be available during the course in case any participants need assistance.

CPE Manager Renee Allen-Joye has made great progress in securing speakers for the Spring Splash. She is simultaneously working to secure speakers and facilities for the upcoming CPE year.

Bookkeeper Melissa Gable is researching what the process is like to attain Enrolled Agent credits for some of our courses.

CONNECT
CFO Jacque Curtin is working on the Chapter Communications Guide. This will help our chapter leadership achieve their goals to connect with members.

We continue to promote chapter events such as, the Catawba Chapter’s Meet the Mayor Event on March 22, the Central Chapter’s Meet Your Legislator Event on March 29 and the Central Chapter’s Family Day at Saluda Shoals on May 12.

WEEK MARCH 5-9 

ADVOCATE
CEO Chris Jenkins has been working daily on conformity.  We believe the legislature will make conformity happen in some form, but we are unsure as to when.  

We did learn that the 3% Sales Tax on Services has been deferred to 2019.

Invitations to Central Chapter area legislators are being mailed and hand-delivered this week.  Key Person Contacts have been notified of the Meet & Greet event taking place on March 29 at the Blue Marlin in Columbia’s Vista. 

We continue to reach out to Key Person Contacts to deliver PAC checks.  Please let us know if you can assist. 


GROW

The membership team added 39 student members last week. 

We have updated the Student Scholarship Information page. SCACPA will begin accepting applications in the next couple weeks for the 2018-19 school year. 

SCACPA welcomed two new campus Champions last week from Converse and SC State University. 

Materials were provided for career day presentations. 

COMMUNICATE

Content Strategist Gregory Hardy developed press release messaging targeted at other professional associations about SCACPA’s transition to All-Inclusive Membership. By being proactive about educating the professional associations in South Carolina and across the nation about our new initiatives, we hope to show that our success can be a model worthy of being emulated.

The Membership and Communications Team has been hard at work on Spring Splash promotional materials as well as the CPA Report and other weekly electronic communications such as Current Assets, Catawba Chapter Connections and Central Chapter Connections. 


EDUCATE
The CPE Team has been entering events into Am.Net. Once events have been completely entered into our database, they will appear on scacpa.org. 

The CPE Team has also been working on creating member satisfaction surveys for all events.  

CPE Manager Renee Allen-Joye is working to securing speakers for our conferences and seminars.  She is also on the lookout for a band to play at our Pig-Pickin’ on May 17 in Greenville.  Please let us know if you have any recommendations. 

Members of the CPE team attended the CPE FOOD Group Meeting in New Orleans. Each year, CPA associations and societies gather their CPE departments to share ideas and resources. 


CONNECT
We are arranging great sponsors and exhibitors for the Spring Splash and Pig-Pickin’.  Representatives from our fantastic Affinity Partners and some new vendors will be available to talk to members at the conference. We are looking forward to providing a great evening with networking opportunities at the Pig-Pickin’! Is your company interested in sponsoring? Contact Anne Ryan. 

SCACPA has been working on plans to market the Catawba Chapter’s Meet the Mayor Event on March 22, as well as the promotion of the Central Chapter’s Family Day at Saluda Shoals on May 12.

OPERATIONS
Finance has posted chapter bank statements via SCACPA Connect.  They are working on February month-end tasks to prepare for financials. 

CFO Jacque planned audit committee meeting. 

WEEK FEB.24 - MARCH 2

ADVOCATE 
Content Specialist Gregory Hardy helped draft Conformity messaging as part of SCACPA Advocacy. Letters have been mailed to SC legislators that outline the difficulties taxpayers will face if Conformity action does not occur during this legislative session. 

Brook Mixson and Lisa McGee have been working on Legislator Invitations for the Central Chapter's Legislator Social on March 29.

Melissa has been working hard to contact Key Person Contacts (KPCs) for delivery of PAC checks.

Melissa has also been updating legislator information in our database.  
SCACPA is working with the SC DOR to finalize communications to legislators on Conformity. 

GROW
Jasmine and Jacque represented SCACPA at the Sumter Scholarship Fair on Sat., Feb. 24. Nearly 2,000 parents and students attended. 

CEO Chris Jenkins presented at the SCAAE 2018 Annual Accounting Conference at USC Aiken.  There were 36 educators in attendance who agreed to help promote the CPA credential to their students and are currently in competition to see who can recruit the most students. 

Lisa McGee, Chris Jenkins, Coastal Chapter President Tyler Gibbons and Academic Relations Committee Chair Harris Darver met with Citadel Accounting Educator Cindy Bolt to discuss how to get students more involved with SCACPA and area CPAs. 


COMMUNICATE
The February Knowledge Networks were finalized and delivered. 

The Communications Department staff worked with graphic designers to finalize the Q1 Issue of CPA Report magazine. 

Communications also worked on promotional materials for the Spring Splash Accounting Conference, such as crafting the marketing language for our CPE offerings.

SCACPA’s weekly e-newsletter Current Assets was drafted, edited and sent on Thursday at 3 p.m.  Please let memberhsip@scacpa.org know if you did not receive the email. 

The Catawba Chapter and Central Chapter e-newsletters are being drafted.  

EDUCATE

The staff met to develop a plan to market the 2018-19 CPE Schedule. 

Chris has a phone call with legislators about Spring Splash and who is speaking. 

SCACPA is working on a partnership with Clemson University to provide Tax Update courses throughout the state.  Chris will continue to meet with them over the next 2-3 weeks to finalize. 

CONNECT
SCACPA is working with Paychex to develop a partnership. 

OPERATIONS
Melissa and Jacque finalized January financial statements


 

WEEK FEB. 19 - 23

Promoting the Profession:  Jacque and Membership and Communications Coordinator Jasmine have been gearing up to travel to Sumter for their Statewide scholarship fair. Jeff helped produce a one-page graphic promoting the accounting profession and CPA credential as well as all the scholarships SCACPA offers. This is an exciting opportunity to reach students during different levels of their learning.

Operations: A new printer has been installed in the workroom! Staff is being trained on the different processes.

Executive: CEO Chris went to Georgia for a conference involving other CEOs of state societies. During this meeting peers shared ideas and information as a form of professional development.

Chris and Content Specialist Gregory Hardy had a meeting with SC DOR on conformity. Multiple issues were brought up and reviewed, overall the meeting was very helpful for both parties.

CFO Jacque had a meeting with the Treasurer regarding the budget. She has also been meeting with potential partners.

Greg and VP of Membership and Communications Lisa worked closely with the CPE team to write descriptions for each course we will offer next year. 

Membership: This team had a meeting regarding a new marketing process for upcoming events. This includes design elements, message clarity, media channels and much more.

Our newest team member Brook is learning what it means to be the Membership Experience Assistant. Membership and Communications Coordinator Jasmine is training with Brook to ensure she is supported throughout each process. 

Brook has also been working on graphics for the CPA Report as well as the design for our invitations to legislators regarding our Meet Your Legislators event. 

Content Specialist Gregory Hardy continued to edit and compile articles for the 1st Quarter edition of CPA Report magazine. Of special interest is an overview of the Section 199A deduction for Qualified Business Income of pass-through entities by SCACPA member Jeremy Weaver, CPA. In future issues, we will examine how 199A affects specific industry segments, such as construction, real estate, manufacturing and distribution, agribusiness and other components of South Carolina’s GDP. If you or a colleague have insight into how 199A will impact a specific industry or practice and would like to contribute an article, contract Greg at ghardy@scacpa.org.
IT and Communications Assistant Jeff has been working on editing audio for a tax podcast and the graphics for the Spring Splash post card.

He has also been getting familiar with a new piece of equipment called a TriCaster. The TriCaster will merge live video switching, broadcast graphics, virtual sets, special effects, audio mixing, recording, social media publishing and web streaming into one piece of equipment!


 

WEEK FEB.12 - 16

Advocacy: SCACPA had a significant legislative win last week when the budget bill included an amendment that allows SC to take advantage of additional disaster relief. It is wonderful to see our hard work pay off as advocates for CPAs!
Our Organization has a governmental affairs committee meeting this week. Topics included working with the Administrative Law Court to get a subset of CPAs the right to represent clients and a draft bill to clean up language in title 40 chapter 2 (the regulations regarding accountants).

This draft bill has significant changes. It will simplify the process of becoming licensed by reciprocity and aligns that process with the requirements of mobility. The draft bill also cleans up several sections that are outdated, including portions regarding the CPA exam (updated for the computerized exam), a section that references SSARS, making SCBOA hearings public again and clarification of the educational requirements.

SCACPA also has a meeting with the SCDOR this week regarding conformity.

Executive: CEO Chris Jenkins is working on securing partnership deals for CPE programs that supplement our own CPE schedule.
Chris has also been preparing for the Governmental Affairs Committee meeting and the SCDOR meeting.

CFO Jacque and Professional Education Coordinator Renee had a meeting with the Greenville Chamber of Commerce and the Greenville Convention and Visitors Bureau. The focus of the meetings was to research and secure facilities for our upcoming Spring Splash Accounting Conference.

Jacque also prepped for the Diversity & Inclusion Committee meeting and continued to work on monthly financials.

VP of Membership and Communications Lisa and IT and Communications Assistant Jeff went to Charleston and Greenville to interview members and add their stories to the CPA report.

Membership: So far in February, 12 new members have joined SCACPA!

The membership team continues to work on developing content for multiple publications, including Spring Splash marketing, our CPA Report, Current Assets and Chapter Connections.

Content Strategist Gregory Hardy has been collecting article submissions for the upcoming Q1 issue of CPA Report magazine. This included visiting the offices of Argo & Associates in Anderson, which will be the focus of our next “Firm Advantage” profile series. If you know a CPA firm in South Carolina that will make an interesting subject for an upcoming issue, let Greg know at ghardy@scacpa.org.


 

WEEK FEB. 5 - 9

Advocacy: Content Strategist Gregory Hardy, along with Ken Newhouse, Chair of SCACPA’s governmental affairs committee, and Copper Dome Strategies’ Jeff Thordahl, have been reaching out to the Department of Revenue in an attempt to align strategies to alert state legislators of their need weigh options and address tax conformity before the end of this legislative session.

Multiple solutions exist that would allow South Carolina to conform while maintaining a balanced budget, but choosing the best path will require careful deliberation since there is little previous guidance – or precedence – on how to navigate such sweeping reforms. SCACPA is doing its best to keep Association members appraised of conformity news and what members can do in the near future that will help tell the story of the best conformity path forward that will lower the burdens to individuals and businesses and keep the state from being at a competitive disadvantage compared to its neighboring states.

Operations: SCACPA had our annual office cleaning party! The team had fun organizing and cleaning out all offices and work rooms.

Executive: CEO Chris Jenkins has been meeting with the DOR to create a plan to increase the value of our membership by promoting their CPE courses.

He has also been working on a plan to stress the importance of tax conformity in South Carolina. One facet of this plan is a networking event for the Central Chapter on March 29, called “Meet Your Legislators.” Read more.

CFO Jacque continues to work on audits and budgets as well as meeting with potential partners.
Jacque, VP of Membership Lisa and the entire membership team gathered to group test the new website and provide suggestions for improvement.  

Membership: The team has been setting up meetings to discuss future processes and messaging that will change with All-Inclusive Membership. The current focus is on a reward system for our members and the marketing plan for the first big accounting conference (Spring Splash).

Membership Experience Assistant Brooke is working on the design for invitations that will go out to legislators for the “Meet Your Legislators” event.

Calls about the All-Inclusive Membership have been picking up. We look forward to your feedback! Do not hesitate to give us a call at 803-791-4181 or email communications@scacpa.org.

Business Development Coordinator Anne has been involved in many meetings and discussions with potential partners. We are exploring new affinity partners to bring benefits to our members and connect partners with our professionals. Also, information on sponsoring the Spring Splash is coming soon!


 

WEEK JAN. 29 - FEB. 2

Operations: SCACPA would like to welcome our newest team member Brook Mixson! She will be the Membership Experience Assistant, and we all look forward to working with her.   

Executive: CFO Jacque is working with Bookkeeper Melissa to finalize an audit, prepare 1099s for our vendors and prepare W-2s for employees.

Jacque, VP of Membership and Communications Lisa, CEO Chris and the entire Membership team had a meeting on the future process of managing chapter events.

Melissa also processed PAC checks and sent out thank you letters to individuals and firms that contributed to the PAC/ED fund for 2017. The full list and details of these contributions will be in the next issue of our CPA Report.

Melissa sent chapter officers the chapters’ second quarter financial statements and took minutes at the last Committee of 16 meeting.

Membership: This team has been receiving calls from members since our All-Inclusive Membership Brochure was sent out. We look forward to this feedback and are always eager to have conversations with our members.

The team is also working on the latest edition of the CPA Report.

IT and Communications Assistant Jeff worked on our upcoming marketing guide and employee email signatures. These signatures will include certain “save the dates” so members will have easy and continuous reminders of upcoming events.

Advocacy: Ken Newhouse, Chair of the governmental affairs committee for SCACPA, had an interview with Statehouse correspondent Lindsay Street. The focus of this interview: will federal tax cuts cause an unintended rise in state taxes? Read full interview. 

Ken is also working with Content Strategist Gregory Hardy and Copper Dome Strategies’ Jeff Thordahl so Association members can be appraised of conformity news as state legislators weigh their options. Once the behind-the-scenes numbers weighed by state appraisers are revealed, it will then require one to two weeks of wrestling with what to do before any bill can be introduced. Our team continues to partner with state policymakers to figure out a path toward actions that approach being revenue-neutral in an election year, but there remains a considerable distance before it is figured out. And there are still provisions from 2017 to settle, such as medical deductions and disaster relief. “Everybody’s grasping for solutions, and it’s a political nightmare, but there’s a lot of energy being expended on it,” Thordahl said.

The organization has cut checks to legislators who we believe will support our issues at the state house. We are now looking for Key Person Contacts to help deliver those checks and start a conversation about what is important to the Profession, especially as it relates to conformity.

SCACPA also advocates on an individual level for our members;
A member in Charleston has an issue with an audit completed by the DOR in Charleston. We were able to bring it to the attention of DOR and the problem was solved to the members satisfaction.

A member in Anderson had a concern over the new DEW written authorization form UCE-1010. We were able to reach out to DEW with our concerns. The form has since been modified to allow firms to represent individuals.



WEEK JAN. 22 - 26

Operations: The SCACPA Board meeting last Friday, Jan. 19, was highly constructive. Thank you to all our Board members for traveling to the office and devoting their day to reviewing our progress and taking the time to plan how we can improve. New Staff greatly enjoyed mingling and meeting the Board members.    

Executive: CFO Jacque, CEO Chris and VP of Membership and Communications Lisa were busy preparing for the Board meeting most of the week.

Jacque also worked with Bookkeeper Melissa to prepare December 2017 chapter financial statements. Melissa was also in charge of gathering notes from the Committee of 16 meeting on marketing descriptions for upcoming CPE. 

Membership: This team is proud to announce the All-Inclusive Membership publication they have been working on so diligently is at the printers and getting ready to roll out to members! Lisa had an awesome team to help put this together. Great job to Lisa, Content Strategist Gregory and Communications and Tech Assistant Jeff. 

CPE: Membership and CPE Assistant Dominic has been entering survey results for the Tax Reform classes and mailing out membership certificates.

Professional Education Coordinator Renee has been researching which facilities and speakers to use for upcoming CPE. She had a great time traveling to Charleston last Friday to ensure the tax course, “Tax Reform from 30,000 Feet,” went off without a hitch.

Advocacy: Gregory is working with Jeff Thordahl of Copper Dome Strategies on how to relay conformity news to Association members as the legislative session continues. What promised to be a slow start to the session’s conformity initiatives got slower when sessions were canceled midweek due to anticipated snowy weather in Columbia, but conformity will get its day in the sun.

CPAs are engaged with budget-makers to understand the impact of the new laws at the state level. In the coming weeks, we’ll be able to say with much more certainty the impacts of the new federal tax law on South Carolina’s code, and we’ll see how the General Assembly will wrestle with what it wants to adopt – or not adopt. 

CEO Chris is finalizing changes to regulation regarding reciprocity. He is also looking at multiple solutions to simplify conformity. This includes only addressing items that will impact us this year.

Chris is reviewing the stop gap bill to ensure our modifications to the sections regarding disaster recovery have been added. 


WEEK JAN. 15 - 19

Operations: SCACPA has been interviewing potential candidates for the Membership Experience Assistant position. We look forward to adding the right person to our team.

CFO Jacque met with a potential payroll partner to make the payroll process as efficient as possible.  
 
Executive: Jacque also completed Dec. 2017 financials and helped execute the Tax Reform courses.
CEO Chris has been preparing for the board meeting and working with VP of Membership and Communications Lisa to finalize the All-Inclusive Membership Brochure. 

Membership: This team has been working closely with the CPE team to plan and put together surveys for members to give us their feed back on classes. Both teams are working to enter the survey results in our database system. This will help SCACPA to adapt and improve any programs/speakers/venues etc.

We are excited to say that our first series of Tax Reform courses has had wonderful feedback, and between in-person and online courses there were over 300 attendees!  

Advocacy: Content Strategist Gregory Hardy talked with Jeff Thordahl of Copper Dome Strategies about how conformity will be addressed by the South Carolina General Assembly now that the Legislature is in session, and what SCACPA will report each week as any progress is made. It could take a little longer than usual this year, as the Senate Finance Committee must crunch the numbers to see what impact the federal tax changes have on the state, and that potentially could take a few weeks. You can see the list of names on the Senate Finance Committee under chairman Sen. Hugh Leatherman here.

Chris has had some phone calls from members who are concerned about the new SCBOA requirement stating that you must now have a successor for your firm. We want to make sure that our members are supported and have all the guidance they need, so we have created a sample Practice Continuation Agreement (PCA). View PCA.  

 

 

 


 

 

 

WEEK JAN. 8 -  12

 

 

 

Executive: SCACPA continues to work towards executing the New All-Inclusive Membership.  The team is looking forward to hosting the board members of SCACPA on Jan. 19 to share the organizations process. The entire staff will be present at lunch to talk with the board and introduce new employees. 

The Committee of 16 is proud to note that they have finished next years CPE schedule framework. This committee will continue to meet until they finish the schedule in May. CFO Chris is also working diligently with the Committee of 16 to ensure that SCACPA has the best quality speakers for the upcoming CPE year. If you are interested in volunteering to speak please email him at cjenkins@scacpa.org. 
Chris also will be attending the Piedmont Chapter's Night at the Museum. He will represent the organization while families learn about the importance of financial literacy. 

CFO Jacque worked on December financials and helped secure facilities for our upcoming Tax Reform Courses. 

CPE: SCACPA took the initiative to plan Tax Reform courses for our members taught by tax expert Lynn Nichols. Learn More.
Membership: VP of Membership and Communications Lisa has been working with Content Strategist Greg and IT/Communications Assistant Jeff to finish a 12 page publication on the New All-Inclusive Membership. This will be mailed out to members soon so keep an eye out for it! 

Advocacy: SCACPA is working with Federal Legislation to amend subsection A1 and B2 on Disaster Declaration and tax relief. SC narrowly missed the deadline of declaration to get tax relief. We are working hard to see that this is resolved. 

We are also finishing up final edits on the Legislative Tax Guide. This will be delivered to State Legislation this month. 
The organization is gearing up to tackle Tax Conformity and we understand that it is going to be an exceptionally difficult year. We will work hard to ensure that our members have everything they need.

Lastly, if you are experiencing difficulty working with the Charleston office of the SCDOR please give us a call and ask for Chris. 


WEEK JAN. 1 - JAN. 5

The SCACPA team hopes everyone enjoyed their holidays. SCACPA had an awesome time at our staff Christmas party at Main Street's new entertainment spot The Grand, where we ate tasty food, enjoyed bowling and played tons of other fun games.
Now we are excited to welcome the new year with some wonderful changes! 

Operations: Everyone in the office worked together to ensure our members were helped during the stressful reporting period.
Call volume was especially high, but that is to be expected with so many people at CPE events across the state. 
Membership and CPE worked closely together to get members their transcripts and any attendance certifications they may have been missing.

ExecutiveCEO Chris helped make sure that the Walter Nunnallee events ran smoothly. He also had a wonderful time presenting the SCACPA SC Ethics course. This event was packed with over 200 participants both in-house and online! Chris continued to work on plans for the CPE schedule for the coming year (available in May). The Committee of 16 will be in the office again next week to make sure an amazing schedule is prepared for all our members.

Membership and Communications VP Lisa was joined by CFO Jacque to serve as the onsite coordinators for the Walter Nunnallee Tax Update on Dec. 18 and 19.  Lisa also served as the onsite coordinator for the FASB and AICPA Update on Dec. 20. All together there were over 600 people in attendance for these events.

Jacque, Lisa and Chris all attended information sessions on the new tax reform. They created a series of courses that will be offered exclusively in SC and taught by tax expert Lynn Nichols. These will run from Jan. 16-19. Learn More.

Content Strategist Greg also reviewed the information and produced multiple articles on what to expect moving forward.
 

SEPTEMBER - DECEMBER, 2017 

WEEK DEC. 11- 14
Executive: Our CEO Chris attended a SC Board of Accountancy meeting. Content Strategist Greg wrote an update based on news from this meeting entitled, “SC Board of Accountancy to offer March 1 deadline extension for those whose CPE carryover hours are incorrectly reported.” Chris has also been preparing to present the SC Ethics course we are offering on Thursday, Dec. 21.
SCACPA continued to work with legislators on disaster recovery issues.

Our CPE planning committee, The Committee of 16, began work on the upcoming CPE schedule. This committee is made up of volunteers who want to be involved in the quality education that is provided by the association.

The Academic Awareness Committee met and started its planning for the 2018-2019 membership year.

COO/CFO Jacque has been preparing SCACPA financial statements. Jacque had a conference call with the AICPA Student Pipeline State Participants as well as a conference call with our board treasurer.

She went to Children’s Trust of South Carolina and presented them with a check for $2,600.00. This was a result of a successful fundraising campaign where our members bought “CPAs Give” T-shirts. We are so proud we were able to raise money for such a worthy cause.

Anne in business development was with Jacque at Children’s Trust and spoke briefly at the start of their board meeting about the initiative. She brought some of the CPAs Give shirts for the CT team, and they were excited to be our chosen organization.
Our membership and communications team has been hard at work ensuring that all content is clear and concise. A top priority is keeping members informed of all current, relevant changes that may affect them.  

WEEK DEC. 4 -  8
We would like to thank everyone who attended the Accounting and Auditing Conference on Thursday and Friday. The event required hard work and coordination to put together, and we are so happy our members enjoyed it! 

Executive: SCACPA continued our communication with federal legislators to clarify how the Disaster Tax Relief and Airport and Airway Extension Act of 2017 relate to South Carolina. Staff and committee members are reviewing pre-filed bills for the upcoming SC legislative session. We are also finishing the language to clean up and align the practice act.

Our CFO Jacque participated in an AICPA Webinar regarding the recently proposed tax bill.

VP of Membership and Communications Lisa McGee met with the CPE Facility Generation Task Force. They had a very productive meeting about future facilities where the Association can hold our classes.

CPE: There was a grand total of 310 event registrations from Dec. 3-9. This team also saw to it that the week’s 54 events throughout the state went smoothly.

Anne in Business Development went to the A&A conference to help set up and facilitate great networking opportunities between members and our partner, Kopis. Kopis was a gold sponsor for the conference, and we would like to thank them for participating. Anne also helped set up the membership booth and supplied members with giveaways and promotions.

Membership: The Membership Team has been fielding questions about the new All-Inclusive Membership Model.  We’re excited about all the inquiries we are getting.  Please do not hesitate to call if you have questions. 

Content Strategist Gregory Hardy has been crafting a brochure that will be sent to members that further explains the Association’s All-Inclusive Membership Model.

Guests: McGregor & Company LLP had a meeting in the conference room.

WEEK NOV. 27 - DEC. 1
Operations: The entire SCACPA team has been gearing up for our big A&A conference on Dec. 7 and Dec. 8, 2017.  We have also been busy making sure that all our members are aware of upcoming CPE and any important deadlines.  

Executive: Our CEO, Chris has been reworking some video presentations on the New All-Inclusive Membership Model. These videos have been split up into “chapters” and will be released one at a time to ensure a logical and clear communication of any and all changes coming your way.

VP of Membership and Communications, Lisa, has been very busy putting the finishing touches on our CPA Report. This publication will have a list of SCACPA board members for 2017-18, a peer review program update, an article on Moore Beauston Woodham, a review of our 2017 scholarship recipients and a welcome to the state’s newest CPAs. This CPA report will be coming soon! 

CPE: This team has been hard at work during our busiest season. In addition to helping plan future events, CPE must also keep up with reconciliation for past events and making sure that present events are running smoothly. They also compile evaluations for all classes and instructors.

Communications and Technology Assistant, Jeff, has been working on chapters two and three of our video on the New All-Inclusive Membership Model.

Content Strategist, Greg Hardy, is being trained on all our processes and is doing some wonderful work for us. He is currently learning how our Knowledge Networks work. He is also putting together an article on all the changes being proposed in the new tax bill and what that means for our community.

Membership and Communications have been meeting with Lisa to ensure that all articles promoting CPE are accurate and clear. These teams have also been helping proof the CPA Report and assisting all members that may have questions on their scheduled CPE before the end of the year.


WEEK NOV. 20 - NOV. 24
We hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving with their loved ones! It was a short week for us as our office was closed Thursday and Friday so we could spend time celebrating.  

Jeff,  our Communications and Technology Assistant, has been working closely with our marketing team to create and upload new videos on the All-Inclusive Membership Model. Chapter one is complete and on our Facebook page. More chapters will be coming your way shortly. 
 
Anne, in Business Development, distributed our first SCACPA Firm Guide for Students to all Campus Champions and all firms that submitted a listing! Our hope is this will be a valuable resource for students (and their advisors) when looking for an Accounting career and internship opportunities in SC.

Educators and students who would like copies of this guide can contact Anne Ryan at aryan@scacpa.org with your mailing address and number of copies needed. 

Membership: This team has been working hard to promote the CPE offerings for the rest of the year. We want to make sure all our members have the hours they need to renew their license. This information will be spread across multiple media channels such as mailings, email and social media. 

Communications: Our marketing and communication partner Splash Omnimedia was onsite to review all messaging. This included a December CPE postcard, the Accounting and Auditing Conference Brochure and continued work on adding a page to our website explaining the All-Inclusive Membership Model. 


WEEK NOV. 13-17
Operations: Last week we pulled off the best Fall CPA Summit yet. This tremendous event took team work, organization, determination, focus and so much more. Our team is proud that we could put on an event of such high caliber for our members. 

During the Summit, 12 students were recognized for receiving different scholarships offered by SCACPA, and 17 New CPAs took their new CPA Oath. We are so proud and happy for all of them.   

 Executive: Our CEO, Chris, was even busier than usual. He prepared for Summit and had a Speaker Training Series here at the office. This program ran from Nov. 13-15 and was meant to train future instructors of our CPE classes to be effective and engaging. A special thank you to all the participants and leaders.

Our CFO, Jacque, had a conference call with our partner CPACharge regarding credit card processing services. 

Membership: Membership and CPE worked very closely this week to make sure the Summit ran smoothly. We divided up responsibilities and preparation. This included creating and printing signage, name badges, schedules, programs, speaker packets and registration packets. The facility had to be ready and set up for the number of attendees, catering was set up, and we gathered all sorts of goodies and giveaways for the membership booth. All vendors on site were checked in and had a wonderful time meeting our members.


WEEK NOV. 6-10
Operations: It has been all hands on deck this week! Everyone on our team is pulling together to ensure that our biggest conference of the year, The Fall CPA Summit, is ready to roll. This is a huge two-day conference that includes multiple sessions, a new CPA oath ceremony, and a luncheon to recognize SCACPA scholarship recipients.

We are excited to see everyone in attendance!

Our CFO, Jacque, and our VP of Membership and Communications, Lisa, interviewed potential new employees for our office.  
Executive: Jacque also met with database and website vendors regarding the All-Inclusive Membership Model.

CEO of SCACPA, Chris, has been busy preparing for the Fall CPA Summit as well as preparing one of our new programs--SCACPA Speaker Training. This exclusive new course pulls in future instructors for CPE classes, and teaches them how to be effective speakers! There will be more about how this program went in next weeks happenings. 

Communications and Technology Assistant, Jeff, has been reshooting and editing some more videos that will clearly and concisely explain our All-Inclusive New Membership Model. 

Promoting the profession: CFO of SCACPA, Jacque had a call with the AICPA regarding the Accounting Pilot Bridge Program


WEEK OCT. 30 - NOV. 3
Operations: Several perspective employees were interviewed at our office in Cayce.

 Minutes for four different committee meetings and the board meeting were finalized by our CFO, Jacque. The committees that met were the Diversity and Inclusion Committee, Tax Committee, Education Fund, and Benefits Committee. The remaining meetings for the Diversity and Inclusion Committee were set up for the rest of the year.

 She finished up chapter invoices for September events.

 Jacque is also working on updating the Legislator Tax Guide.  

Executive: Our CEO, Chris, met with Carlos Phillips CEO of the Greenville Chamber of commerce to discuss SCACPA’s new All-Inclusive Business Membership Model. Other topics discussed included the need to tell the CPA story, methods to get CPAs in front of business owners, and a request for facility information.

Pee Dee chapter leaders met with Chris on Friday and are hard at work planning new and interesting Social Events. SCACPA leadership recognizes their commitment to change and applauds the efforts to make the local community stronger.  

Lisa McGee and Chris met with our website development partner to review progress on SCACPAs new ecommerce solution. Our goal with this solution is to maintain the familiar look and feel of the site while creating an easier path to find news and education. 
CPE: Our Professional Education Coordinator, Renee is hard at work setting up the remaining conferences for the year, as well as making sure all our CPE offerings are set up with materials, speakers, facilities, etc.

Chris had an initial discussion about ways SCACPA and NCACPA might collaborate on CPE in the future. SCACPA is testing new methods of CPE delivery with NCACPA this year and may look to expand these offering next year.

Communications and Technology Assistant, Jeff,  put the finishing touches on the student firm guide, monitored live stream events and has been working on graphics and signage for the upcoming conferences.

Anne, in Business Development added two new Members Exclusive Benefits! For more information on how to get your promo codes, click here. All About Gifts and Baskets is giving SCACPA members 10% off their purchase. Colonial Life Arena is offering members up to 7 dollars off tickets for the Harlem Globetrotters in January and the Monster Jam in February. 

Membership: We had 13 new members join us in the past two weeks! This team is also gearing up for our upcoming conferences to have a membership table set up at each of them. 

Communications: Our marketing and communication partner Splash Omnimedia was onsite Thursday working with SCACPA staff to build a communication plan for the All-Inclusive Membership Model. Our shared goal is that every member is aware of this exciting evolution and can prepare for the transition. 

Promoting the Profession: Our CFO, Jacque, talked to the AICPA regarding the Student Pilot Program and data exchange. 

Guests: Dixon Hughes Goodman, LLP had a meeting in the conference room last Friday. 

WEEK OCT. 23-27
Operations: The Benefits Committee met on Thursday. There was also a conference call on the same day for the Jump$tart Board meeting.

Financial statements for the month of September were finalized. 

Executive: Our CFO, Jacque, attended the SC Finance Forum here in Columbia.

Board Members Cheryl, Clarence, Penny, Chuck and Chris attended the AICPA Leadership summit and Fall Council Meeting. The meeting covered several issues relating to the future of the accounting profession and general updates from the AICPA. 

Our CEO, Chris, visited the Georgia Society of CPAs as a guest speaker at the GSCPA Board Retreat, the discussion revolved around the All-Inclusive business model.

The week concluded with a SCACPA Board meeting where the board reviewed feedback regarding the PIUs and All-inclusive business model.

CPE: Many members are finishing up their required hours for the year with our CPE! There were 39 CPE offerings in 4 locations across the state and online, totaling 419 people.

Communications and Technology Assistant, Jeff, made sure that all livestreamed classes we offered ran smoothly. He also worked diligently to improve brochure designs and finish our student firm guide publication. 

Membership: This team had a hand in everything this week. Multiple classes were offered at our office location in Cayce, so they took the time to talk with members and make sure they had everything they need for classes. There was also weekly editing and proofing of all communications that are sent to members. This includes, postcards, brochures, website articles, emails, and much more.

Guests: Our wonderful CLI class had their graduation and reception on Friday. We are so proud of the class and our five graduates of this intensive program. The CPA community is getting some very strong leaders!
 
WEEK OCT. 16-22
Operations: SCACPA’s Tax Committee met with the IRS and SCDOR. The Ed fund Trustees also met this week. 
Our Bookkeeper, Melissa, has been working with our CFO, Jacque, to cost all the September events we offered to prepare for financials.
The NABA (National Association of Black Accountants) High School members had an event to promote the profession and two of our members were presenters. 

Executive: Our CEO, Chris Jenkins, and Membership and Communications Manager, Lisa, were in Chicago where they worked to complete our new website and ecommerce system. The new system will create a new online CPE experience, enable users to find information quickly, and is 100% mobile enabled.

CPE: 43 classes were offered, and 199 people attended (including online) in 4 cities. 

Communications and Technology Assistant, Jeff, has been busy helping us transition to our new phone and internet system. He also helped set up two new computers for our CPE staff.

Membership: This week we have added four new members. We also researched possible new facilities for CPE classes next year and worked closely with marketing to ensure all newsletters and communications were sent out. This involves proofing and editing all types of communications we send to our members.

Guests: Moore Beauston & Woodham had a meeting in the conference room. 

WEEK OCT. 9-13 
Operations: There was a new Telephone and Internet system installed. August financials were prepared by our CFO, Jacque. 
The SCACPA team went to our local Harvest Hope Food Bank for the CPA Month of Service. We helped package food and water that will be distributed to the community. This was a wonderful experience, and we enjoyed volunteering with such an awesome organization.
Executive: CEO Chris Jenkins met with the SC Steering Committee hosted by EY in Greenville.  They discussed legislative priorities, federal and state tax updates.

There was a conference call with the AICPA about the student pipeline. 

Chris and the Membership Manager, Lisa, met with Peter Brews (Dean, Darla Moore School of Business) and Mark Cecchini (Chair, School of Accounting) to talk about how the University of South Carolina School of Business is preparing students for jobs of the future.
 
CPE: This week the CPE Team continues to plan logistics (hotel reservations for speakers, retaining caterers, menu selections, uploading e-materials) for our upcoming webinars, seminars and conferences.
 
Communications and Technology Assistant, Jeff, is editing a video highlighting and explaining our New Membership Model. He has also helped monitor our livestreaming events. 

Communications: This team gathered materials to distribute about our New Membership Model including, brochures, video and updates to our website. 

They are also working on an article about the USC School of Business meeting and how they are adapting for the future of the accounting profession.

Guests: The Diversity and Inclusion Committee had a meeting in the office. 

WEEK SEPT. 25-29  
Operations: Accounting system conversion began. 

Professional Issues Updates: CEO Chris Jenkins and various staff members visited five locations across the state. We experienced record breaking turnout in some locations – Hilton Head (62 attendees), Charleston (217 attendees), Myrtle Beach (103 attendees), Florence (58 attendees) and Columbia (170 attendees).

CPE: SCACPA had 887 course participants attend 11 webinars, 5 Professional Issues Updates and 5 seminars.  

The CPE Team continues to plan logistics (hotel reservations for speakers, retaining caterers, menu selections, uploading e-materials) for our upcoming webinars, seminars and conferences.

Membership: Ten new members joined our CPA community!

The CPE Season is now in full swing – 278 people registered for events this week – many with the assistance of a SCACPA team member. 

Guest(s): Schmoyer & Company booked the SCACPA classroom on Sept. 29.  It was great to have this firm on site and meet many of our members.

WEEK SEPT. 18-22 
CPE: SCACPA had 942 people taking seminars, webinars and conferences this week! We offered 52 courses in five SC cities and online. The CPE Team is working to finalize agendas for the Fall Conferences.  

Professional Issues Updates: CEO Chris Jenkins, Board Chair Cheryl Lang, CPE Coordinator Renee Allen-Joye and Membership Coordinator Jasmine Hoveyda have been touring the upstate.  The turn out for our PIUs this year has been outstanding - 79 in Rock Hill, 66 in Spartanburg and 194 in Greenville.  

Membership: We have six new members this week. 

Promoting the Profession: COO Jacque Curtin attended a NABA (National Association of Black Accountants) - Columbia Chapter event on Sat., Sept. 16 at Allen University.  Jacque was able to promote to CPA Profession to students from Benedict College, Voorhees College, Allen University, Claflin University and South Carolina State University. 

Partners: Business Development Coordinator Anne Ryan was able to bring in two new partners for the Association this month - CPA Charge and Kopis.  Anne has also been on the lookout for new potential partners and is looking for recommendations. 

New Staff: SCACPA welcomed two new staff members this week - Melissa (Book Keeping) and Jeff (Tech Support and Communications). 

WEEK SEPT. 11-15
Hurricane Irma: Prior to and with the arrival of Hurricane Irma SCACPA quickly maneuvered to support our members and SC businesses. We worked to ensure members had resources available to help themselves and clients for disaster preparedness and business continuity. We’ve been working with state and federal legislators to assess the impact to our membership and work towards resolutions. 

Professional Issues Updates: Staff and I have been working to put the finishing touches on the PIU content, and we’re excited to get out and see everyone at this year’s events. We want to thank our Chapter Officers and Chapter members in supporting SCACPA is bringing this event to the membership free of charge. PIUs are free to members and held statewide due to the generosity of our local chapters. 

Firm Visits: CEO Chris Jenkins continued to visit firms to communicate the benefits of SCACPA and our future direction. "I want to thank all of the firm leadership that has taken the time to meet with me. Your feedback and support is appreciated," said Chris.  If you would like to schedule a firm visit please feel free to contact Chris at the SCACPA offices. 

Conferences: Our fall conference lineup is coming together, expect to see updates about our fall conference line-up in your mailbox soon. 

Promoting the Profession: SCACPA was fortunate to be able to attend the University of South Carolina’s Beta Alpha Psi Meet the Firms event on Sept. 13. It was great to meet so many future CPAs and see our members interact with future employees.
Membership: We had 21 new members join the Association, many of them from the SC DOR. Welcome new members!
 


 

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