Mark W. Zion is President and owner of Zion & Company, Inc. The firm was established in 1973 by his father Hugh W. Zion. The business counseling aspect of the practice provides business and financial management advice through financial statement analysis, with emphasis placed on developing tax planning strategies for clients to minimize income and estate taxes while maximizing a client's net worth. Mark's credentials as an Enrolled Agent have granted him the right to practice before the Internal Revenue Service at all administrative levels. In addition, Mark is an Accredited Tax Preparer (ATP) and an Accredited Tax Advisor (ATA) by the Accreditation Council for Accountancy and Taxation. In 2006, Mark received his CFP designation. The CFP® is a globally recognized standard established in the industry emphasizing a comprehensive approach to financial planning. Comprehensive financial planning encompasses all the personal and financial situations of clients, including, but not limited to, personal finances, investments, taxation, insurance, estate and retirement planning. Mark is one of two founding partners of Paragon Financial Services, LLC, a registered investment advisory firm. In his spare time, Mark enjoys hunting, entertaining, and serving on the board of the Harvest Hope Food Bank here in Columbia SC.
Black Friday and Cyber Monday need no introduction, but for small business owners it’s all about Small Business Saturday—an annual holiday shopping tradition that gets communities out in support of their local small businesses. Small Business Saturday falls on November 24 this year, so if you haven’t already…start getting the word out.
The Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes (PATH) Act of 2015 requires Forms 1099-MISC reporting non-employee compensation (NEC) in box 7 to be filed by January 31.
Small business owners in many communities offer downtown trick or treat events. Take advantage of this opportunity to build your business reputation. Involvement in local events goes a long way with both existing and prospective customers—indicating a vested interest in your community. Find creative ways to make your business stand out this trick-or-treat season. We hope the following suggestions will spark fun promotional ideas: