WMU News

Advisor offers suggestions on tax strategies for businesses

Nov. 26, 2002

KALAMAZOO -- Western Michigan University and the Battle Creek Area Chamber of Commerce are joining forces for a program Monday, Dec. 9, when a local investment expert will advise small business owners on tax law and strategy.

Timothy A. Shivley of Shivley & Associates will present "Tax Strategies for Small Businesses and Their Owners" from 6 to 8 p.m. at WMU-Battle Creek's Kendall Center, 50 West Jackson. Part of a monthly series co-sponsored by the University's Women's Business Development Center and the chamber, the program is free and open to the public.

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

In his talk, Shivley will discuss whether entrepreneurs should establish their businesses as sole proprietorships, partnerships or corporations; how much businesses are taxed; which items fall under the business's taxes and which under the owner's; strategies for paying less taxes; and tax traps to avoid.

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.

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

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