TOPThe Mendelson Active Solutions
Technology News YOU CAN USE!August 2011
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QuickBooks Tip
Quotable Quotes
From the Desk of...
Fantasy Football?
Tech Corner
Want to Learn QuickBooks?
QuickBooks Solutions

QuickBooks Tip

Ctrl + Y

For when T accounts just don't cut it. Hit Ctrl + Y when you are in any transaction (ie: invoice, bill, check, etc) and QuickBooks will show you the "behind the scenes" journal entry with debits and credits. This feature is very helpful when trying to figure out what the effect of the transaction is against the GL.
Quotable Quotes


The fact is, that to do anything in the world worth doing, we must not stand back shivering and thinking of the cold and danger, but jump in and scramble through as well as we can. 

-Robert Cushing


We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, therefore, is not an act but a habit.    



Jumping at several small opportunities may get us there more quickly than waiting for one big one to come along.  

-Hugh Allen



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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.

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From the Desk of... 


Founder and Principal


Why Should Small Business Care About Internal Controls? (part 2)



Since most small business owners' background and primary focus are in their business and not in accounting, consultants play a key advisory role in helping a business design and implement sound internal controls.


Here is more on internal controls, part 2 of last month's article...


Accounting system procedures and controls: An important step in setting up internal controls is creating accounting procedures and implementing controls. One example is determining who has access to QuickBooks and which areas and functions they will be accessing. As a rule of thumb we emphasize that no one should use the QuickBooks ADMIN user as their everyday login; you can assign full-access permissions to certain users if needed (especially if additional checks and balances exist), but they should have their own username, to validate the use of the QuickBooks Audit Trail.


Financial statement accuracy: Every small business owner should consider having an independent outside party such as their QuickBooks consultant review their books on a periodic basis. And the owner should also have a good understanding of the financials, which is why we cover that as part of any QuickBooks implementation or training.


In conclusion, internal controls are necessary to reduce the risk of fraud. Without controls or oversight, it is like leaving the door unlocked with the cash register drawer open hoping that no one will steal anything.


This was the topic of the most well-attended breakout session at the recent FABexpo in Tampa, that I had the honor to facilitate. Included in the presentation were examples of how to implement good internal controls using QuickBooks financial software.



Are You Ready For Some (Fantasy) Football?


It's August and fall is just around the corner. Which means millions of fans are getting ready for football season, and most of those fans are actually preparing and studying as much, if not more, than the pros. Why you ask? Fantasy Football...


The popularity of fantasy sports has skyrocketed over the past few years.  Football though, is by far the most popular fantasy sport with over 24 million participants a year.  Fantasy Football is serious business nowadays -- the industry as a whole brings in about $800 million a year! In Fantasy Football, participants pick teams made up of real players and gain points based on real life game performances.


One thing's for sure, Fantasy Football makes Sundays more interesting, more competetive, and a lot more fun. So join a league with your friends or coworkers, get your competitive juices going, and see what the hoopla is all about!

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Mike's Tech Corner


The Life and Death of Malware

Has your computer ever asked for your credit card?

Malware attacks have evolved considerably in just the last few years. At the core of this evolution is the cybercriminals' focus on making money. 

This is how the scam happens: You follow a link in an email or you're just surfing the Internet and something pops up on your screen that says it has found viruses on your computer.  At this point you should just hit a big red X to stop the infection.  If you don't, it will continue to take over your computer.  Some very convincing pop-ups will show up and start a fake scan of your computer.  It is just a matter of time until it asks for $80.00 or some amount of money to fix all your "problems".  Whatever you do, DO NOT ENTER YOUR CREDIT CARD.  These are fake anti-virus products. 

There is one story about a user that entered his credit card information.  The software said there was something wrong with the credit card number.  It suggested that he should try another card.  He did this five times before realizing it was just tricking him into giving several credit cards.  At the end it would charge each card $80.00. Ouch!

If you suspect this is happening to your computer give Mendelson Consulting a call.  We have the tools and experience to get rid of this popular scam.



The Sleeter Group's Accounting Solutions Conference 


Mario will be presenting at The Sleeter Group's Accounting Solutions Conference in Las Vegas, Nov 7-9, 2011.
Use the code MN2011, it's good for $100 off the Regular or Combo (Conference + new Sleeter membership) price, through August 31. More details here
Want to Learn QuickBooks?
Teaching QBs
As we mentioned last month, Mendelson Consulting will soon be offering classes so you can learn QuickBooks from the nation's top experts. Email us to the address below if you would like more information about our upcoming QuickBooks classes. We will offer classes for beginners, intermediate, and advanced users. Also, we're open to suggestions as to what topics you would like to learn about.  Please write to...


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On August 25th, 2011, Mario will

be teaching a webinar,

"Boot Camp for QuickBooks"


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