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April 2021

GFDA Executive Committee Meeting

April 21 @ 8:00 am

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Government Contracting 101

April 21 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Did you know that over $110 million in government contracts have been awarded in Montana in Fiscal Year 2021? That doesn't include State and local contracts. Governmental agencies buy everything from nuts (the nutritional kind) to bolts and any type of service you can name. If you want to check into how your business can get a "piece of the pie", join Lillian Sunwall and Shannon Clancy at Great Falls Development Authority (GFDA) and the Great Falls area Procurement Technical…

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Restaurant Revitalization Fund: The Basics

April 27 @ 2:00 pm

In the coming weeks, food and drink establishments, caterers, mobile food operators, and other eligible applicants will be able to begin applying for the Restaurant Revitalization Fund (RRF). The RRF will be making $28.6 billion in grants to hard-hit food service businesses to help offset lost revenue since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. While details are not fully available, now is the time for eligible applicants to begin planning for the opening of the application portal. In partnership with…

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Restaurant Revitalization Fund: The Basics

April 29 @ 9:30 am

In the coming weeks, food and drink establishments, caterers, mobile food operators, and other eligible applicants will be able to begin applying for the Restaurant Revitalization Fund (RRF). The RRF will be making $28.6 billion in grants to hard-hit food service businesses to help offset lost revenue since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. While details are not fully available, now is the time for eligible applicants to begin planning for the opening of the application portal. In partnership with…

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May 2021

The LaunchPoint: A Pre-Business Workshop

May 4 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Have you been thinking about an idea and always wondered if you could make it a business? Are you a business owner but not a business school graduate? Are you passionate about the thing you do and don't know how to turn that passion into profit? Join GFDA and the Great Falls Small Business Development Center for The LaunchPoint, a business planning and strategies workshop that will walk through the key structures, available tools and why money is important before,…

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GFDA Board Meeting

May 6 @ 8:00 am

Links to the agenda and Zoom meeting information can be found on our Board of Directors Page.

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QuickBooks Desktop

May 6 @ 8:30 am - May 7 @ 12:30 pm
Great Falls College Montana State University, 2100 16th Ave S
Great Falls, MT 59405 United States

For those new to bookkeeping and experienced folks alike! This two-day QuickBooks Desktop course is designed to help entrepreneurs and business managers understand how to best manage money. QuickBooks Pro Advisor Wendy Weissman, owner of Wendy J Weissman, CPA PC in Great Falls, will take you through the foundational elements of the QuickBooks program so you're more efficient in entering revenue and expenses, and better able to communicate with your accountant come tax time. She'll also teach you how to…

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Webinar: Generations in the Workforce

May 6 @ 11:00 am - 11:30 am

Topic: Never before have we had four generations in the workforce. Why are work habits and communication styles so different between generations and how can we work together more effectively? Tara Mastel from MSU-Extension will share the importance of understanding generational differences in order to be successful going forward. This is a 30-minute webinar from 11-11:30am Mountain Time. Presenter: Tara Mastel, Associate Specialist - Leadership Development, Community Development Program Leader, MSU-Extension This training event will be presented online at:  http://www.msucommunitydevelopment.org/smallbusiness.html Hear…

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Restaurant Revitalization Fund: The Basics

May 6 @ 2:00 pm

In the coming weeks, food and drink establishments, caterers, mobile food operators, and other eligible applicants will be able to begin applying for the Restaurant Revitalization Fund (RRF). The RRF will be making $28.6 billion in grants to hard-hit food service businesses to help offset lost revenue since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. While details are not fully available, now is the time for eligible applicants to begin planning for the opening of the application portal. In partnership with…

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KRose – Email Marketing and Facebook Ads

May 11 @ 8:30 am - 11:30 am

In a world where social media can control your message, an email list is vital for your business. Social media is an amazing tool, but algorithms control your action. With an email list, no algorithms are involved – you are in control! They say your business grows as fast as your email list, so come learn how to start, grow, and cultivate your email list while making sales! Say goodbye to wasting money on advertising, and come to this ‘tutorial’…

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Boots to Business – Reboot

May 14 @ 9:00 am - 11:00 am

Boots to Business - Reboot: Entity Selection and Resources for Your Business This is a pre-business workshop is being presented in partnership with the Malmstrom Air Force Base Diversity and Inclusion Council, the U.S. Small Business Administration, the Region VIII Veterans Business Outreach Center and the Great Falls Small Business Development Center. Eligible attendees for Boots to Business are active duty service members, military spouses and families, and veterans of all branches of services. Content covered will include best practices…

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Profit Mastery

May 17 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Session #1 - Module 2 (Module 1 done prior to the workshop) 5/17/21 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM (MDT) Session #2 - Modules 3-5 5/24/21 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM (MDT) In our hands-on Profit Mastery workshops you'll learn to understand your financials, learn how to manage your business to increase profitability, and strengthen your relationship with your lender. Discover how to actively manage YOUR business and accomplish YOUR goals. Alongside other business owners and managers, you will analyze real-world…

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GFDA Executive Committee Meeting

May 19 @ 8:00 am

Links to the agenda and Zoom meeting information can be found on our Executive Committee Page.

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June 2021

The LaunchPoint: A Pre-Business Workshop

June 2 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Have you been thinking about an idea and always wondered if you could make it a business? Are you a business owner but not a business school graduate? Are you passionate about the thing you do and don't know how to turn that passion into profit? Join GFDA and the Great Falls Small Business Development Center for The LaunchPoint, a business planning and strategies workshop that will walk through the key structures, available tools and why money is important before,…

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GFDA Board Meeting

June 3 @ 8:00 am

Links to the agenda and Zoom meeting information can be found on our Board of Directors Page.

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Webinar: Reduce Payment Friction and Sell on Your Website

June 3 @ 11:00 am - 11:30 am

Topic: If the COVID-19 pandemic has taught us anything, it's that consumer purchasing behavior has changed. Nearly every business in nearly every industry can use its website to take orders and receive payments. In this webinar, we'll highlight some of the largest e-commerce platforms, discuss the pros and cons of each, how to make your website generate revenue for your company, and why reducing payment friction will make for happier customers and a happier bank account. Register here - https://mtsbdc.ecenterdirect.com/events/4819

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Development Coffee

June 4 @ 7:00 am

Developers, investors and business professionals throughout the Golden Triangle: join us Friday, June 4th at 7 AM as we continue our virtual installment of Investor Development Coffee. Come share and learn from other members with questions, concerns and updates about projects throughout the region. Now more than ever, keeping in touch and discussing how we find opportunities in the trade area is crucial. Join us via Zoom. If you would like to attend the meeting, email JSchalper@GrowGreatFalls.org or call 406.750.4481…

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GFDA Executive Committee Meeting

June 16 @ 8:00 am

Links to the agenda and Zoom meeting information can be found on our Executive Committee Page.

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Boots to Business

June 17 @ 8:30 am - June 18 @ 4:30 pm
Airmen and Family Readiness Center Great Falls, MT 59403 United States + Google Map

Modules 1-4 6/17/21 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM (MDT) Modules 5-8 6/18/21 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM (MDT) This is a pre-business workshop for transitioning military service members at Malmstrom Air Force Base as part of the Transition Assistance Program. Active duty military, veterans, and military families are welcome. Please inquire about eligibility prior to registering at JNitschke@GrowGreatFalls.org. Register here - https://mtsbdc.ecenterdirect.com/events/4850

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July 2021

GFDA Board Meeting

July 1 @ 8:00 am

Links to the agenda and Zoom meeting information can be found on our Board of Directors Page.

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Webinar – Targeting Alternate Talent Pools

July 1 @ 11:00 am - 11:30 am

This webinar will discuss the hot topic of 2021...talent. As employers struggle to fill vacancies and are receiving fewer than normal applicants for openings, we'll discuss various ways to target, recruit, and attract labor. This won't be your standard 'pay more' or 'write a better job posting' presentation. We'll explore how seeking out underserved or untapped communities can help get your organization to full staffing. Learn more and register here - https://mtsbdc.ecenterdirect.com/events/4820  

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Development Coffee

July 2 @ 7:00 am

Developers, investors and business professionals throughout the Golden Triangle: join us Friday, July 2nd at 7 AM as we continue our virtual installment of Investor Development Coffee. Come share and learn from other members with questions, concerns and updates about projects throughout the region. Now more than ever, keeping in touch and discussing how we find opportunities in the trade area is crucial. Join us via Zoom. If you would like to attend the meeting, email JSchalper@GrowGreatFalls.org or call 406.750.4481…

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GFDA Executive Committee Meeting

July 21 @ 8:00 am

Links to the agenda and Zoom meeting information can be found on our Executive Committee Page.

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The LaunchPoint: A Pre-Business Workshop

July 21 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Have you been thinking about an idea and always wondered if you could make it a business? Are you a business owner but not a business school graduate? Are you passionate about the thing you do and don't know how to turn that passion into profit? Join GFDA and the Great Falls Small Business Development Center for The LaunchPoint, a business planning and strategies workshop that will walk through the key structures, available tools and why money is important before,…

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The New Modern SAM.gov

July 22 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am

News flash! SAM.gov merged with beta.SAM.gov on May 24, 2021, giving a new modern look and feel to the platform that is now known only as SAM.gov. Join us while we explore the new modernized platform and cover what has changed, what will remain the same and the impactful advantages this will have when completing a new registration, updating an existing one, searching contract opportunities and much more. Registrants will receive a zoom link after completing their registration. This will…

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Downtown TIF Q&A

July 29 @ 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Mighty Mo Brewing Company, 412 Central Ave
Great Falls, MT 59401 United States
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We will be hosting In-Person Q&A sessions on the three new downtown redevelopment Tax Increment Financing (TIF) programs: Environmental Safety, Facade Improvement, and Life-Safety Code Compliance. The first is this Thursday, July 29, from 4:30-5:30 PM at The Mighty Mo Brewing Company at 412 Central Ave. Register here - https://conta.cc/3zBf38w

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August 2021

The LaunchPoint: A Pre-Business Workshop

August 3 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Have you been thinking about an idea and always wondered if you could make it a business? Are you a business owner but not a business school graduate? Are you passionate about the thing you do and don't know how to turn that passion into profit? Join GFDA and the Great Falls Small Business Development Center for The LaunchPoint, a business planning and strategies workshop that will walk through the key structures, available tools and why money is important before,…

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GFDA Board Meeting

August 5 @ 8:00 am

Links to the agenda and Zoom meeting information can be found on our Board of Directors Page.

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Webinar – Financing and Grants

August 5 @ 11:00 am - 11:30 am

Presenter: Brigitta Miranda-Freer, UM/MT World Trade Center This training event will be presented online at:  https://www.msucommunitydevelopment.org/smallbusiness.html Hear experts provide an overview of small business development topics and phone in or type/chat questions or comments. We will follow-up with requests for additional information. All webinars are free and open the public at 11 a.m. and will be recorded and archived. Learn more and register here - https://mtsbdc.ecenterdirect.com/events/4821  

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Development Coffee

August 6 @ 7:00 am
NeighborWorks Great Falls, 509 1st Ave S
Great Falls, MT 59401 United States
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Developers, investors and business professionals throughout the Golden Triangle: join us Friday, August 6th at 7 AM as we we migrate to a hybrid model Investor Development Coffee at NeighborWorks Great Falls, as well as via Zoom. Come share and learn from other members with questions, concerns and updates about projects throughout the region. Now more than ever, keeping in touch and discussing how we find opportunities in the trade area is crucial. If you would like to attend the…

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Downtown TIF Q&A

August 10 @ 7:30 am - 8:30 am
Al Banco, 202 2nd Ave S
Great Falls, MT 59401 United States
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We will be hosting In-Person Q&A sessions on the three new downtown redevelopment Tax Increment Financing (TIF) programs: Environmental Safety, Facade Improvement, and Life-Safety Code Compliance. Tuesday, August 10, from 7:30-8:30 AM at Al Banco, 202 2nd Ave S. Register here - https://conta.cc/3zCcfIi

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GFDA Executive Committee Meeting

August 18 @ 8:00 am

Links to the agenda and Zoom meeting information can be found on our Executive Committee Page.

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September 2021

GFDA Board Meeting

September 2 @ 8:00 am
Great Falls College Montana State University, 2100 16th Ave S
Great Falls, MT 59405 United States

Links to the agenda and Zoom meeting information can be found on our Board of Directors Page.

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Webinar – Business Model Canvas/Value Proposition Design

September 2 @ 11:00 am - 11:30 am

Presenter: Jennifer Stephens, SBDC Hear experts provide an overview of small business development topics and phone in or type/chat questions or comments. We will follow-up with requests for additional information. All webinars are free and open the public at 11 a.m. and will be recorded and archived. The Small Business Development Webinar Series is presented in partnership with the U.S. Small Business Administration, the Montana Small Business Development Centers, Montana State University Extension, Montana Economic Developers Association, the Montana Department of…

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Development Coffee

September 3 @ 7:00 am
NeighborWorks Great Falls, 509 1st Ave S
Great Falls, MT 59401 United States
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Developers, investors and business professionals throughout the Golden Triangle: join us Friday, September 3rd at 7 AM as we we migrate to a hybrid model Investor Development Coffee at NeighborWorks Great Falls as well as via Zoom. Come share and learn from other members with questions, concerns and updates about projects throughout the region. Now more than ever, keeping in touch and discussing how we find opportunities in the trade area is crucial. If you would like to attend the…

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Boots to Business

September 9 @ 8:30 am - September 10 @ 4:30 pm
Airmen and Family Readiness Center Great Falls, MT 59403 United States + Google Map

Modules 1-4 9/9/21 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM (MDT) Modules 5-8 9/10/21 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM (MDT) This is a pre-business workshop for transitioning military service members at Malmstrom Air Force Base as part of the Transition Assistance Program. Active duty military, veterans, and military families are welcome. Please inquire about eligibility prior to registering at JNitschke@GrowGreatFalls.org. Register here - https://mtsbdc.ecenterdirect.com/events/4851

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The LaunchPoint: A Pre-Business Workshop

September 9 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Have you been thinking about an idea and always wondered if you could make it a business? Are you a business owner but not a business school graduate? Are you passionate about the thing you do and don't know how to turn that passion into profit? Join GFDA and the Great Falls Small Business Development Center for The LaunchPoint, a business planning and strategies workshop that will walk through the key structures, available tools and why money is important before,…

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GFDA Executive Committee Meeting

September 15 @ 8:00 am

Links to the agenda and Zoom meeting information can be found on our Executive Committee Page.

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Strategic Planning Public Meeting

September 15 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Great Falls College Montana State University, 2100 16th Ave S
Great Falls, MT 59405 United States

Share your knowledge and ideas to grow and strengthen the Great Falls regional economy. The Great Falls Development Authority (GFDA) is developing a new regional economic development strategy. The first step in the process is to gather information about the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats of the Great Falls economy. We invite the community to come share your knowledge and ideas on Wednesday, September 15th from 5:30-7:00PM at Great Falls College MSU, Room B101 (South entrance, door 7).

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Website Bootcamp: Website in a Day – Lewistown

September 28 @ 9:00 am - 4:30 pm

Website Boot Camp, creating an E-commerce enabled website. Does your business need a website?   Are you intimidated or confused by the process?   Would you like to learn how to create and manage your own business  website?  Then join us for an in depth online training course we are calling our Website Bootcamp.  This three session course will teach participants how to create, build and maintain a business website from start to finish including the creation of an online store.  In…

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October 2021

GFDA Board Meeting

October 7 @ 8:00 am
Great Falls College Montana State University, 2100 16th Ave S
Great Falls, MT 59405 United States

Links to the agenda and Zoom meeting information can be found on our Board of Directors Page.

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Webinar: Two Action Items to Improve Your Cybersecurity

October 7 @ 11:00 am - 11:30 am

Hear experts provide an overview of small business development topics and phone in or type/chat questions or comments. We will follow-up with requests for additional information. All webinars are free and open the public at 11 a.m. and will be recorded and archived. The Small Business Development Webinar Series is presented in partnership with the U.S. Small Business Administration, the Montana Small Business Development Centers, Montana State University Extension, Montana Economic Developers Association, the Montana Department of Commerce with additional…

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Strategic Planning Community Meeting

October 12 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Great Falls Civic Center, 2 Park Drive S
Great Falls, MT 59401 United States
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Share your knowledge and ideas to grow and strengthen the Great Falls regional economy. The Great Falls Development Authority (GFDA) is developing a new regional economic development strategy. The first step in the process is to gather information about the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats of the Great Falls economy. We invite the community to come share your knowledge and ideas on Tuesday, October 12th, 7:00 – 8:30 PM at the Gibson Room inside the Great Falls Civic Center.

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Website Bootcamp: Get Ready for Holiday Shopping Online

October 19 @ 6:00 pm - October 21 @ 7:30 pm

Is your business ready for the holiday shopping season? Within the next 3 years it is estimated that 20% of ALL retail sales will be done online.   If your business is not selling its products online you’re missing out on a valuable opportunity to grow and reach new customers. If you’d like to learn how to create an ecommerce enabled website, join us for our 3 part training series – the Website Bootcamp. We will teach participants to create a…

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GFDA Executive Committee Meeting

October 20 @ 8:00 am

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Invest Downtown Great Falls 2021

October 28 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
The Newberry, 420 Central Ave
Great Falls, MT 59401 United States
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Join us Thursday, October 28th from 10:00AM-12:00PM at The Newberry for Invest Downtown Great Falls 2021, sponsored by NorthWestern Energy. Hear about successes, opportunities, tools and resources available to business owners and potential developers interested in Downtown Great Falls. Learn more and register here - https://conta.cc/3CMMgQV

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November 2021

GFDA Board Meeting

November 4 @ 8:00 am
Great Falls College Montana State University, 2100 16th Ave S
Great Falls, MT 59405 United States

Links to the agenda and Zoom meeting information can be found on our Board of Directors Page.

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Webinar: Creating a Basic Branding Package using Canva

November 4 @ 11:00 am - 11:30 am

Learn to create custom, branded graphics for your business quickly utilizing the powerful platform Canva. Presenter:  KJ Kahnle Register here - https://mtsbdc.ecenterdirect.com/events/4824

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GFDA Executive Committee Meeting

November 17 @ 8:00 am

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QuickBooks Online

November 19 @ 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Great Falls College Montana State University, 2100 16th Ave S
Great Falls, MT 59405 United States
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For those new to bookkeeping and experienced folks alike! This one-day course covering the QuickBooks Online platform is designed to help entrepreneurs and business managers understand how to best manage money. QuickBooks Pro Advisor Wendy Weissman, owner of Wendy J Weissman, CPA PC in Great Falls, will take you through the foundational elements of the QuickBooks Online program so you're more efficient in entering revenue and expenses, and better able to communicate with your accountant come tax time. She'll also…

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