The Stanly News and Press (Albemarle, NC)

October 16, 2012

Do yourself a favor and hire an accountant

By Tom George for the SNAP

Tuesday, October 16, 2012 — When I am meeting with someone who is interested in starting a business, I often use the analogy that “starting to build a business is a lot like building a house.” This got me thinking of the day when, as a young homeowner, I decided to fix something electrical in my house. Needless to say, I almost gave myself a perm. The moral to this story is to hire a competent electrician to install or repair electrical fixtures.

Just like having an electrician for your home, when starting a business you need a competent accountant to navigate the different functions of owning a business. These can include but are not limited to, sales and trust taxes, withholding taxes, unemployment taxes, property taxes, tax deductions and more.

Besides taxes, a good accountant will also help you decide on which legal structure your business should use, how to record your business transactions and can act as a sounding board on the growth of your business.

Every year, I have a local CPA teach a seminar on small business taxes and I make sure that I sit in on every session because tax policy and IRS regulations are continually changing.

The Small Business Center can provide basic tax information and act as a sounding board for your business. I am not an accountant and recommend to all my clients to obtain the services of a qualified and competent account, but I can offer suggestions.

As always, if you are interested in starting a business, the Small Business Center at Stanly Community College can be of assistance to you. I can provide you with one-on-one counseling, access to community college resources, and training. Our training consists of numerous small business-focused seminars throughout the year. You can find our latest seminars at  

Tom George is the director of economic development for Stanly Community College.


Upcoming Seminars:

Guerilla Marketing – Steve Carver, 1-4 p.m. Oct. 15.

So You Want to be a Farmer? – Jeff Rieves, 6-9 p.m. Oct. 16.

Mobile Marketing – Teresa Love, 1-4 p.m. Oct. 22.

Clueless About Accounting? – Semone Crowell, 6-8:30 p.m., Nov. 8.

All seminars are at the Groves building, 143 N. Second St., Albemarle. Free parking across the street at city hall or the library.

Pre-registration required.  Call (704) 991-0192 or online at ment/small-business-center.html.