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March 6th Newsletter

EJ Water Cooperative

Jasper and Effingham CEO classes converged in Dieterich in EJ Water’s Leadership Room to meet learn more about EJ Water Cooperative from their leadership. We were reminded of the importance of water to society and also how fortunate we are to have a plentiful supply. It is certainly humbling to take the time to realize how fortunate we are to have the affordable service of clean water in our homes and communities. Some of the topics discussed included how their plants work and where the water comes from by Bill Teichmiller and Dean Swingler, automation and technology used, specifically including GPS and GIS, with Eric Emmerich, Bill Carr, and Travis Schackmann, as well as how water intertwines with the economic development of communities. If you haven’t visited the Gila area as of recent, be sure to take a road trip and see the new water facility EJ is constructing there.


Weber & Co., Sales and Income Tax

Jane Smith with Weber & Co.

Jane Smith, sales tax specialist with Weber & Co. was gracious enough to break away from their busy tax season to meet with Jasper CEO. As we embark upon the details of our class business many great topics of discussion and even more questions arise. Sales and Income tax took top priority as we are thinking through the process of running our own businesses. Jane was able to share with us how to file for a sales tax certificate, tax exempt filing, income tax planning and the importance of record keeping for numerous reason, but especially as we review the aspects of sales tax. It was a wonderful morning with a great leader. Thank you Jane!


Sarah Sellz

We were blessed with another tremendous guest speaker on Thursday as Sarah Kinkade discussed Facebook sales and marketing as well as using Paypal as a consumer and business owner. It was a pleasure to watch the interactions between a budding business woman and the students as they learn to utilize the resources their community provides. Among many other topics we discussed pricing, marketing, advertizing, how to set up proper email accounts with accurate settings, and invoicing. Again, we also discussed tools available for monitoring financials to assist with tracking sales, taxes, inventory, etc. We are so blessed to have such a wealth of knowledgeable business people in our community that are willing to share with us!


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