THIS WEEK:

  • As February’s Black History Month begins, SCACPA is proud to commemorate the groundbreaking African-American CPAs of South Carolina. Dr. Joseph L. “Joe” Boyd (CPA certificate No. 572) as he describes his journey from a University of South Carolina accounting graduate in 1969 to becoming the Business School Dean of Texas Southern University.
  • Central Chapter members, this Thursday is our annual Meet Your Legislators Night reception at the Blue Marlin, where we discuss tax and other issues with decision-makers in a relaxed setting. If you’re planning to attend this free event that offers hors d’oeuvres and cocktails, please be sure to call your local representative and invite him or her to be there for an enjoyable evening of great conversation.
  • Thank you to SCACPA members who have acted as Key Contact Persons in delivering CPA-PAC checks to legislators for their campaign funds. SCACPA has one of the strongest grassroots networks in South Carolina, and the CPA-PAC is an important part of that effort. The profession has celebrated a long list of legislative victories, but none of those successes are accomplished without legislators who listen to and support our positions.
  • SCACPA is proud to produce its annual “Tax Guide for Legislators,” which assists our representatives with their unique income tax implications of being a state legislator. As we distribute this year’s edition, here are links to additional resources about tax, businesses and South Carolina.
  • Catawba Chapter members, let’s take a break from busy season and get refreshed to finish strong! Join us for food, drinks and great conversations for a Legal Remedy social on Thursday, Feb. 13 from 5:30-7:15 p.m.
  • SCACPA is proud to announce its newest member benefit: group health insurance for CPA firms. You can visit scacpa.org/insurance for more details.

Advocate

  • SCACPA is the only organization in the state the protects and promotes the CPA profession. We’re promoting our #WhyCPA campaign to spread awareness about the differences between an accountant and a CPA, and why choosing a CPA is a smart long-term financial decision. We know choosing a CPA is the right decision, don’t you?
  • Thanks to all who reached out to their communities for October Month of Service. We are blown away by the creativity in your testimonials from your events. There’s going to be a lot of competition for this year’s Community Connected Engagement Award. Thank you to all those who supported local Chapter service projects, it’s not too late to let us know what projects you conducting on your own so we can share it on social media! Just email us at communications@scacpa.org.

Educate

  • Save the date for SPRING SPLASH 2020 on May 14-15 in Spartanburg. The CPE Committee of 16 is finalizing the sessions schedule and registration will open soon. See you there!
  • SCACPA CEO Chris Jenkins is the host of #TechTuesday, a weekly technology update posted to our YouTube channel. Check out our content here and remember to subscribe!
  • If you’ve taken a class via SCACPA’s livestream, you know the convenience of being able to watch and listen to our expert instructors’ presentations at home, in the office, or anywhere you please. We want to make you aware that you are also free to audit a livestream class (or rebroadcast) whenever you like. Registration for livestream is only required to acquire CPE credit. To audit a class, there’s no sign-up or fee involved. Simply pull up the SCACPA livestream player at https://www.scacpa.org/classroom anytime a course is in session. It’s a great way to expand the scope of your knowledge. You can read here about the experience of SCACPA Member Sheri Saunders, CPA, of Spartanburg, as she keeps livestream courses playing throughout her workday at her family firm. While auditing a session on the SCACPA Classroom page, you can still access links for materials and join the discussion with our live chat.
  • If you have attended a South Carolina Department of Revenue seminar or workshop and have questions about your certificate or anything related to your attendance, email TaxpayerEducation@dor.sc.gov or call 803-898-5800.

Communications

  • The fourth quarter issue of South Carolina CPA Report has been mailed and delivered. It features plenty of photos from Fall Fest and October Month of Service, and compelling stories on digital marketing metrics for CPAs by Chris Hervochon, CPA, strategies about pricing by Steven K. Howell, CPA, client loyalty by William H. Brady, CPA, establishing a sponsorship program to inspire younger leaders in your firm by Melisa Galasso, CPA. You can find a sneak peak of the issue here.
  • Your weekly Current Assets e-newsletter is delivered to your inbox every Thursday morning to bring you the latest news in Association activities and events. If it’s been a while since you’ve read it, make sure to check your spam folder.
  • Nearly 90% of existing members renewed their commitment to SCACPA. We’re thrilled to continue to serve you under the All-Inclusive Membership model in the coming year. See what all you helped us accomplish last year in our year in review. Unpaid renewals as of Sept. 30 resulted in termination of membership.

Connect

  • Coastal Chapter members, be on the lookout for news about the return of our popular “Lunch and Learn” events. We’re planning them now to roll out once a month at Sticky Fingers, registration will be opening soon!
  • SCACPA’s Membership Engagement Committee met in our Cayce office last week. Look for news soon on ways that they are helping to create a fulfilling experience for members who volunteer for Association activities.
  • Chapter leaders, remember to use your Listserv email lists to target members in your area about the great social and networking events going on in November. We are stronger together!

Grow

  • With school back in session, SCACPA is excited to have these Student Events scheduled in the coming weeks.
    • USC Student Day is Thursday, Feb. 20, and SCACPA COO/CFO Jacque Curtin will be on to talk with freshmen and sophomores in the business school who have yet to declare a major. Please contact jcurtin@scacpa.org if you are interested in attending to talk with students and meet the future of the profession.
    • The always-popular Piedmont Chapter Annual Student Night will be Thursday, Feb. 27 at Spare Time Entertainment. Following a panel of CPAs from public accounting and industry, it will be a night of food, networking and bowling!
  • SCACPA is excited to present our Student Interview Guide. While still full of tips and tricks on acing an interview, we wanted to hear from our firms exactly what they are looking for in candidates. Gain a competitive edge and use the Student Interview Guide to help propel you forward in your career.
  • Thank you to all the student scholarship winners and their guests who attended the Fall Fest Scholarship Recognition Luncheon. Best of luck with your studies, and here’s to the future of the profession!

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