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Technology News YOU CAN USE!May 2011
In This Issue
QuickBooks Tip
Quotable Quotes
Notes from the Field...
FICPA Business Expo
Int'l QuickBooks Conference
Green Spring Cleaning
QuickBooks Solutions

QuickBooks Tip

Taking a Closer Look

This month, we take a quick glance at 2 of the 6 different industry specific editions of QuickBooks.
Contractor Edition

- Create "Job Costs by Vendor" reports

- Run "Cost to Complete Job" report

- Analyze job profitability


Mfg/Wholesale Edition

- Track inventory reorder point by vendor

- Create Bill of Materials

- Track profitability by product

Quotable Quotes

If a window of opportunity appears, don't pull down the shades.

-Tom Peters

I not only use all the brains I have, but all that I can borrow.

-Woodrow Wilson

Its always too early to quit. 

-Norman Vincent Peale

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Founded in 1992, Mendelson Consulting specializes in QuickBooks Solutions and Information Technology consulting services.  In 2008, Mendelson Consulting was recognized with two prestigious distinctions awarded by Accounting Technology magazine: 'Killer VAR', acknowledging our commitment and character as a value-added-reselling (VAR) organization, and 'Technology Pacesetter', recognizing our reputation among peers and participation on advisory boards and speaker panels at industry events.  In 2009, we were recognized as part of Bob Scott's Insights 'VAR Stars' for our accomplishments in mid-market financial software.
We were the first charter member of the Intuit Solutions Provider Program.  Mario Nowogrodzki currently serves on the Intuit Solutions Provider Program Advisory Council--the only consultant in the nation to serve since program inception, for three consecutive terms.


FABexpo 2011
FICPA Accounting & Business Expo

Tampa Convention Center -- June 8 - 10
Full versions of QuickBooks given away!
Visit the largest Intuit partner booth in the show!
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Notes from the Field... 

Founder and Principal




What would you say if someone approaches you asking for help in getting a large sum of money transferred from a Nigerian bank to the U.S.?  Jump at the chance of it, right?  Especially if the note came by email from an official government source (!!)


Well, I received  a similar note, except it was not for a large sum of money, but instead to help validate and re-implement  an accounting and procurement system for a government agency in Nigeria.  After arduous and careful project due diligence, I found myself bound to Abuja, Nigeria, to perform such engagement for a U.S. health research facility.  It is one of several such outposts of the U.S. Military in Africa.  After this successful  deployment, similar accounting/project management systems would be implemented in the other locations.

So this month's article comes fresh from Nigeria.  A land ripe for development.  Rich in resources, both natural and people.  The emphasis of the project was to create a system to track agency projects, objectives, and activities -- both financial and non-financial -- using QuickBooks.  This involves tracking project budgeted and actual items.  As well as including a procurement system to properly track supplies and fixed assets acquisitions and inventory.  Definitely not a simple short engagement, hence the onsite travel requirement.

A special note of thanks to Doug Sleeter, for recommending us for this multinational project.  I appreciate Doug's confidence in our skills and capabilities of designing simple solutions for complex situations.

Welcome to Nigeria!



Mario to present at FICPA


June 8-10, 2011 - Mario Nowogrodzki to present three sessions at this year's Florida Accounting & Business Expo: "Selecting Accounting Systems for Your Clients", "Sox and Good Internal Controls for Small Business", and "Auditing Today's Small Business Accounting - Using the QuickBooks Audit Trail".
June 21, 2011 - Mario to present the two last topics again at the Broward County Chapter of the FICPA:  "Sox and Good Internal Controls for Small Business" and "Auditing Today's Small Business Accounting - Using the QuickBooks Audit Trail".

FICPA Broward Chapter 



International QuickBooks Conference 2011


2010 Int'l QB Conference
For the second consecutive year, Curaçao has been chosen as the site for the International QuickBooks Conference, to be held November 28-30, 2011, at the Hyatt Regency Curaçao Golf Resort.
Once again, I am honored to be headlining as the featured speaker at this unique conference.  Topics and schedules will be will be made available on our website as the conference draws closer.
As always, many thanks to Aubrey Pasial, of CLASS N.V., for putting together this conference; CLASS N.V. is an Intuit Solution Provider in Curaçao and our Caribbean partner.
This is a great opportunity for individuals and groups to learn advanced QuickBooks topics while enjoying the beautiful Caribbean.
Green Spring Cleaning 


Spring CleaningSpring is a time of year to rejoice; winter is finally over, flowers start blooming, baseball bats can be heard in the air, and of course, time for spring cleaning has arrived. 


With all the chemicals in today's commercial cleaning supplies it can feel like you have to wear a hazmat suit to stay safe from the fumes.  Here are a couple of recipes for some safe homemade cleaning supplies:


All-Purpose Cleaner:


1/2 cup of vinegar

1/4 cup of baking soda

2 liters of water

Mix ingredients and use like any all-purpose cleaner.


Window Cleaner

1/4-1/2 teaspoon liquid detergent

3 tablespoons vinegar

2 cups water

Put all the ingredients into a spray bottle, shake it, and use as you would any spray window cleaner.


Funiture Polish

1/2 teaspoon oil, such as olive (or jojoba, a liquid wax)

1/4 cup vinegar or fresh lemon juice

Mix ingredients; dab a soft rag into the solution and wipe onto wood surfaces.

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