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Accountant offers entrepreneurs financially sound advice

Feb. 1, 2002

KALAMAZOO -- Key decisions made by an entrepreneur at the birth of a business can have important -- and sometimes costly -- tax ramifications. But it's never to late to make changes that will save money, according to a Southwest Michigan accountant slated to speak at a Western Michigan University presentation Monday, Feb. 11, in Battle Creek.

Timothy A. Shivley of Shivley & Associates will present "Your Money: How to Count It, How to Keep It" from 6 to 8 p.m. at WMU-Battle Creek's Kendall Center, 50 West Jackson. Part of a monthly series co-sponsored by WMU's Women's Business Development Center and the Battle Creek Area Chamber of Commerce, the program is free and open to the public.

In his talk, Shivley will discuss what to expect from an accountant; accounting software packages for do-it-yourself types, including Peachtree, QuickBooks and Microsoft Money; and the tax ramifications of how a business is structured and whether its owners are also employees.

Shivley is president and owner of Shivley & Associates, an accounting firm located in Commerce Pointe in downtown Battle Creek. The firm provides auditing, accounting, business advisory and tax services to individuals, businesses and not-for-profit organizations. He consults frequently with entrepreneurs and people who are considering starting up a business.

WMU's Haworth College of Business established the Women's Business Development Center in 1999 to offer support to female professionals and entrepreneurs through training, problem-solving consultation, current business information and networking opportunities.

Reservations are required. For more information or to reserve a seat, contact the Battle Creek Area Chamber of Commerce at (269) 962-4076.

Media contact: Jessica English, 269 387-8400, jessica.english@wmich.edu

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