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2018 Ag Seminars

Brooke Eppa
Dec 19, 2017 10:50 AM
2018 AgKnowledge Ag Seminar
 
 

Seminars hosted by Cooper Norman

Pocatello – Friday, January 19th  

Twin Falls – Tuesday, January 23rd

Idaho Falls – Thursday, January 25th  

  

Get your operation future-ready with this half-day seminar:

  • 2018 Tax Update
  • Industry Panel with discussion on current industry issues and Q&A audience participation portion
  • And more
   
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2017 AgKnowledge Seminar

Brooke Eppa
Dec 16, 2016 05:05 PM
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You can register through Eventbrite or call Malinda in our Idaho Falls office at 208.523.0862 for questions or to register over the phone.
$25 per person or $50 per farm (lunch is included)
 
All locations listed below will be in the state of Idaho:
 
 
Pocatello - Tuesday, January 31, 2017
 
Twin Falls - Wednesday, February 2, 2017
 
Idaho Falls - Thursday, February 3, 2017
AgKnowledge future planning
 
 
 
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Itinerary posted here soon
 
 
 
 
 
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2016 AgKnowledge Ag Seminar

Brooke Eppa
Dec 1, 2015 06:10 PM
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You can register through Eventbrite or call Malinda in our Idaho Falls office at 208.523.0862 for questions or to register over the phone.
$25 per person or $50 per farm (lunch is included)
 
All locations listed below will be in the state of Idaho:
 
 
Pocatello - Tuesday, January 19, 2016
 
Twin Falls - Friday, January 22, 2016
 
Idaho Falls - Friday, January 29, 2016
AgKnowledge future planning
 
 
 
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Itinerary
 
Sign in and registration
9:45am - 10:00am
 
Topic 1 - Tax Update
10:10am to 10:55am
 
Topic 2 - Strategic Planning and Retreats for Business
11:05am to 11:50am
 
Lunch
11:50am to 12:20pm
 
Topic 3 - Industry Panel Part 1: Commodity Leaders will give presentations, discuss, and answer questions regarding current opportunities and issues
12:20pm to 1:00pm
 
Break 1:00pm to 1:10pm
 
Topic 4 - Industry Panel Part 2: Commodity Leaders will give presentations, discuss, and answer questions regarding current opportunities and issues
1:10pm to 2:10pm
 
Question and Answer and Wrap Up 
2:10pm to 2:25pm
 
 
 
 
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Conflict Resolution- A Process

Rebecca Salisbury
Oct 15, 2015 01:42 PM

Conflict Resolution: A Process

By Cathy Olson, Business Consultant, AgStar Financial Services

And Rebecca Salisbury, Cooper Norman CPAs and Business Advisiors

 

 The fact that conflict exists is not a bad thing.  Resolving conflict effectively can lead to both personal and professional growth.  Awareness of a situation is expanded and individuals can gain insight into how they can achieve their own goals without undermining those of others.  Resolution brings cohesion, mutual respect, and a renewed drive to work together.  However, if conflict is not handled effectively, conflicting goals can turn into personal dislike and a break down of the team.

 

The dictionary defines “conflict” as “a struggle to resist or overcome; contest of opposing forces or powers; a painful tension set up by a clash between opposed and contradictory impulses”. Simply put, conflict could be defined as a disagreement through which the parties involved perceive a threat to their needs, interests or concerns.

 

Conflict can stem from a variety of causes, and understanding them is the first step in dealing with it effectively.  Some common reasons may include lack of trust, an existing unresolved disagreement, miscommunication, various personalities, ego issues, underlying tensions, or combinations of the above.

 

 People tend to respond on the basis of their perceptions of the situation or the perceived threat facing them rather than the true area of disagreement.  Therefore, any efforts to resolve the conflict must begin with discovering the true source of disagreement. Conflict resolution is “a range of processes aimed at alleviating or eliminating sources of conflict”. Developing a conflict resolution can be useful for effectively managing conflict in your family and in your workplace.  It won’t guarantee an agreement but it greatly improves the likelihood that the problems can be understood, solutions explored, and negotiated agreement can occur within a constructive environment.

 

The following steps outline a conflict resolution process.

 

  1. Create an Effective Atmosphere
    1. Choose a time that is best for all parties.  Pick a place where all parties can feel comfortable and at ease.
    2. Personal preparation
      1. Calm yourself.  Take a deep breath and relax.  This clears your mind and models control.
    3. Generate and/or restore order: 
      1. Generate "Ground Rules"
        1. One person speaks at a time
        2. Commit to listen to one another
        3. Commit to understanding before responding
        4. Commit to confidentiality
        5. Talk directly with the person involved rather than seeking an ally or creating gossip
        6. Attack the issues, not the person/people
      2. Use time-outs
        1. Stop a "fight" that is damaging the process
    4. Hear the story:
      1. Clarify each party's perception of the conflict. Ask questions to get to the heart of the issues. Clean up misconceptions by gethering information to defuse tension.
    5. Listen first and talk second:
      1. Make eye contact and don’t interrupt.  Honor the individual’s need to be heard.  Use paraphrasing to assure understanding.  Encourage the other person to share his/her issues by using statements such as “I want to understand what is upsetting you.”  Reflect feelings; “I can understand how upsetting that is.”  Validate the concerns; “ I really appreciate that we are talking about this issue”.  Try to understand the problem and the other person’s goals while keeping the conversation objective rather than personal.  Be forgiving.  Recognize that it takes courage on the part of all parties: It takes courage to honestly and clearly articulate one’s  needs and it takes courage to sit down and listen to one’s  adversaries.
    6.  Agree on what the problem truly is:
      1. Often underlying needs, interests, and goals can cause people to perceive problems differently.
    7. Generate Options: 
      1. Break the problem into more manageable elements. Deal with one issue at a time.  Avoid “tangents”; “Earlier we were discussing issue A, but now I hear you raising another concern”.
      2. Look for common threads.  Try brainstorming options by writing them down and narrowing down the list.  Look at all ideas while deferring judgment and focus on ones that meet one or more of the shared needs.  Make sure options are workable for all parties.
    8. Agree on a solution and develop “doables”:
      1. This moves the options to resolution and brings closure.  Use the ideas that have the best chance of success.  Generate actions that meet shared needs and build trust.
    9. Mutual benefit agreements and test for satisfaction: 
      1. Ask – “Are you sure this will work for you?”  This should give you lasting solutions to specific conflicts.  Focus on agreements rather than demands.  Find shared goals and needs.  Create stepping stone solutions to move to mutual benefits.  Recognize the compromises or “givens”.  Assure clear communication.

 

Often our response to conflict during times of stress is to ignore it and hope it goes away because there is no time to meet about it or create new procedures.  This dooms us to repeat the same errors rather than learn from opportunities.  It is important to realize that all families and all businesses will experience some level of conflict.  The danger of leaving the conflict unresolved could result in business disruption or family discord.  Using a conflict resolution process will create a higher likelihood of successfully addressing and moving past these conflicts in a manner that will enhance family harmony and business operations.   Businesses and families need to have systems for dealing with disputes put in place during times of harmony so they can be implemented during times of stress.  Does your family/business have channels for expressing problems and concerns that are safe and effective?

 

Sources: 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Conflict_resolution

http://www.teambuildinginc.com/tps/031c9.htm

http://www.qvctc.commnet.edu/classes/ssci121/weeks.html

http://www.ohrd.wisc.edu/home/

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2015 BYU Idaho Tax Competition Winners

Jun 16, 2015 10:21 AM
The winners of the 2015 BYU Idaho Tax Competition are:
 
First Place 
• Derek Ward
• Amanda Gardner
• Jordan Ward
• David Jacobs
 1st Place winners of the BYU Idaho tax competition
 
 
Second Place 
• Richard Butler
• Brandon Caywood
• Preston Davison
• Shane Riley
 2nd Place winners of the BYU Idaho Tax Competition
 
 
Third Place 
• Bryce Olson
• Brantley Brooks
• Jonathan Price
• Brandon Pelfrey
 3rd Place Winners of the BYU Idaho Tax Competition
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2015 ISU Cooper Norman Tax Competition

Brooke Eppa
Jan 29, 2015 10:10 AM
Cooper Norman’s first annual collegiate tax competition took place yesterday, Wednesday, January 28th at Idaho state University.  We invite undergraduate students to participate in the two hour competition.  The participants are presented with 2 tax research topics and are asked to draft tax file memos addressing the issues.  Cash prizes were awarded to the three top teams.  We had over 40 participants.  
 
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AGKnowledge Cultivating Agribusiness

Brooke Eppa
Oct 30, 2014 04:58 PM
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Click on your desired location to register through Eventbrite or call Malinda in our Idaho Falls office at 208.523.0862 for questions or to register over the phone.
$25 per person or $50 per farm (lunch is included)
 
 
 
 
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Itinerary
 
Sign in and registration
9:45am - 10:00am
 
Session 1 - Tax Update: ACA, Farm Bill, etc.
10:10am to 10:55am
 
Session 2 - Protecting Your Business from Fraud
11:05am to 11:50am
 
Lunch
11:50am to 12:20pm
 
Session 3 - Estate Planning and Transition Planning
12:20pm to 1:05pm
 
Session 4 - Industry Panel: Commodity Leaders will give brief presentations regarding current opportunities and issues
1:15pm to 2:15pm
 
Question and Answer and Wrap Up
2:15 to 2:30pm
 
 
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Disclaimer

Brooke Eppa
Jun 9, 2014 10:17 AM
Any material appearing in communication or shared third party content from Cooper Norman is for informational purposes only and is not intended as legal, accounting, or tax advice provided by Cooper Norman. Opinions expressed in communications from Cooper Norman professionals or shared third party content do not necessarily reflect the opinion of Cooper Norman or its associates. These communications are not intended to create, and receipt does not constitute, a legal relationship, including, but not limited to, an accountant-client relationship. Often these materials have been prepared by professionals, but the user should not substitute these materials for professional services, and should seek advice from an independent advisor before acting on any information presented. Cooper Norman assumes no obligation to provide notification of changes in tax laws or other factors that could affect the information provided.
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2014 From the Fields to Financials Ag Seminar

Brooke Eppa
Jan 3, 2014 04:05 PM
Our annual Agricultural seminar will include information on the new repair regulations, Obamacare, Medicare surtax, CRP, payment in kind, captive insurance for ag producers, and ag organizational structures. The seminar is offered at the end of January, 2014 in Idaho Falls (January 28th), Twin Falls, (January 29th), and Pocatello (January 31st). Each seminar runs from 9:45am to 2:00pm. This is a great opportunity for those in the Ag industry to brush up on financial regulations and changes for the coming year.
The cost is $25 per person or $50 per farm. Lunch is included. Malinda West can answer questions or help you register. She can be reached at 208.523.0862 or find her email address at the bottom of the invite below. 
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CN Mobile App

Dec 13, 2013 06:10 PM
Cooper Norman is proud to announce the release of CN Mobile, an Apple-based app to help you with your everyday business needs.  Cooper Norman recognizes that mobile applications have become a fundamental expectation of the modern taxpayer. Our team is focused on resolving your ongoing needs and is dedicated to keeping you connected and informed.

 CN Mobile is designed to help individuals and business owners manage their day-to-day operations quickly and efficiently. CN Mobile is perfect for when you're on the go, need to make a quick reference, or need to calculate the implications of a business decision. CN Mobile connects you to today’s financial news or market trends. CN Mobile also keeps you involved in tax law changes and offers planning ideas.

 

CN Mobile features the following:

 

  • Blog Feed to Cooper Norman’s most recent news and events.
  • Web resources to help you quickly navigate to frequently referenced sites.
  • Current and pertinent tax facts, including our annual tax fact brochure.
  • Business and financial calculators, INCLUDING:
    • Basic Calculator - The basic calculator is designed to perform basic addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division functions. Great for quick use and reference.
    • Breakeven Analysis - The breakeven analysis calculator is designed to demonstrate how many units of your product must be sold to make a profit.
    • Cost of Missing a Discount Calculator - Cost of missing a discount is the equivalent annual interest rate of a discount on early payment to a supplier. Calculate the annual cost of missing a discount.
    • Economic Order Quantity Calculator - Economic order quantity is used to determine the most efficient order size for a company. EOQ applies only when demand for a product is constant and each new order is delivered in full when inventory reaches zero.
    • (iPad Only) Financial Ratio Analysis - The financial ratio analysis offers insight into the profitability, performance, and solvency of any given company's operations.
    • Idaho Investment Tax Credit Calculator - Determine the amount of Idaho income tax credit you qualify for based on capital expenditures made in Idaho during the current year.
    • Like Kind Exchange - If you exchange either business or investment property that is of the same nature or character, gain can be deferred. This calculator is designed to calculate recognized loss, gains and the basis for your newly received property.
    • Loan Calculator - Enter the total loan amount, the annual interest rate, and the number of years the loan will be in existence to determine your monthly payment and total interest.
    • (iPad Only) Net Present Value/Capital Budgeting Calculator - Annual cash flows are used to analyze potential investments by companies, known as capital budgeting. Projected cash flows are generated, and analyzed to determine whether a project meets required criteria for approval.
    • Pay or Play Optimization Calculator - Determine whether it is more advantageous to provide your employees qualified health coverage or subject yourself to the penalties imposed by healthcare reform.
    • (iPad Only) Regular Income Tax Calculator - Use this calculator to get a general idea of what your eventual tax liability may be. Begin by selecting your filing status.
    • Retirement Plan Contribution Calculator - Use this calculator to determine your maximum contribution amount for the different types of small business retirement plans, such as Individual 401(k), SIMPLE IRA, or SEP IRA.
    • (iPad Only) Self Employment Income Tax Calculator - Normally, these taxes are withheld by your employer. However, if you are self-employed, operate a farm, or are a church employee, you may owe self-employment taxes.
  • Portal Access to your personal tax and financial information.
  • Links to Cooper Norman’s social media, as well as comprehensive information about Cooper Norman and the services offered.
  • For iPhone users, quick phone links to each office.

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Download the app today!  In celebration of our  60th anniversary, Cooper Norman is making the mobile app free to download during the month of January, 2014.
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