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December 2012
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QuickBooks Tip
Quotable Quotes
From the Desk of...
Holiday Fun Facts
Spotlight On The Mendelson Academy

QuickBooks Solutions

QuickBooks Tip


Shortcuts for Main QB Functions


As we mentioned in previous QuickBooks Tips, QuickBooks has many keyboard shortcuts to help make your work a lot smoother and more efficient. Here are more examples:

- Ctrl + A : Open Chart of Accounts

-Ctrl + I : Create Invoice

- Ctrl + W : Write Checks

- Ctrl + R : Open Register

- Ctrl + T : Open Memorized Transactions List

-Cntrl + Q : Open Quick Report on any list item

Quotable Quotes


"If you don't like something, change it. If you can't change it, change your attitude."

-Maya Angelou


"In order to succeed, your desire for success should be greater than your fear of failure."

-Bill Cosby

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Founded in 1992, Mendelson Consulting specializes in QuickBooks Solutions and Information Technology consulting services.  Mendelson Consulting was recognized with 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.  We were also 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 served 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... 


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Accounting System Problems?  It's not the end of the world, regardless of what the Mayans say...


According to various reports, the Mayan calendar ends today, December 21st 2012. A lot of doomsday preppers point to this day as the end of civilization, the day when life as we know it comes to an end. That's a pretty bold prediction. You might say, the boldest. Putting in perspective pretty much everything else going on in our respective worlds -- including accounting systems (!!)


There is too little scientific proof (or none at all) about the end of days. Scientists believe that the Earth is overdue for a geomagnetic reversal, which would bring catastrophic effects; however, this can take up to 5000 years to complete and does not start on any particular date. NASA scientists also claim that the 'polar shift' theory is totally impossible; although continents move slowly throughout time (like accounting systems), a magnetic reversal is very unlikely to happen in the next few millennia and would not cause any harm to life on Earth (or your computer).


What doomsday reports fail to mention is the possibility of misinterpretation of what the Mayans intended with their calendar. There are misunderstandings among peoples and nations today, let alone between us and a civilization that lived more than a thousand years ago.


21 December 2012 is nothing more than a normal December solstice.  There is simply no scientific evidence to support any claims of an apocalypse on Earth on 21 December 2012.


When the sun comes out on December 22nd, let it be a lesson on misconception.  The world did not fully understand the Mayan calendar.  Just like when we don't understand something, it is best to ask the experts.  So life goes on... or does it? 


Have a safe December 21st and beyond!



Holiday Fun Facts



Since he covers so many time zones, Santa has 31 hours to deliver gifts. Even with this extra time his reindeer really have to fly! That means visiting 823 homes per second.
Charles Dickens wrote "A Christmas Carol" between October and November of 1843. The story was a hit, selling 6,000 copies in its first month of publication and becoming one his most successful books. Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer first appeared on the holiday scene in 1939, when in-store Santas at Montgomery Ward stores distributed 2.4 million copies of the booklet "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer," written by Robert L. May, a copywriter for the company. Rudolph was nearly named 'Rollo', until May's young daughter suggested Rudolph.
Dreaming of a green Christmas? You may want to think twice before using excessive packaging and wrapping for Holiday gifts. Household waste increases 25% on average during the holiday season between Thanksgiving and The New Year. In the United States, trash from wrapping paper and shopping bags average 4 million tons annually. 
The first candy cane was created in 1670 in Germany. As the story goes, a choirmaster distributed candy sticks bent into the shape of a shepherds' crook to calm his young singers during Christmas services. Presently more than 1.76 billion candy canes are made for the holidays, enough to wrap around the entire world! The largest gingerbread man in the world was baked on February 21, 2006. Weighing in at a whopping 466 pounds, six ounces, it was baked at The Gingerbread House in Rochester, Minnesota.

Spotlight On:
The Mendelson Academy

The Mendelson Academy is off to a great start! November marked our first month of regularly scheduled QuickBooks training courses. We offer our two QuickBooks courses every month, "Concepts" and "Deep Dive". "QuickBooks Concepts" provides an introductory overview of the software, while "QuickBooks Deep Dive" presents a more advanced set of topics.

In addition we are currently offering an additional course each month on a rotating topic. So far in November and December we have held courses on "QuickBooks Data File Management" and "Networking in QuickBooks". These classes have proven quite popular among people seeking more specific training in different niches within the software.

Visit for the full schedule.

Our currently scheduled upcoming special topics courses are "Adventures in Inventory" on January 15th and "Action Reporting" on February 19th. We look forward to offering a wide array of courses on a broad variety of topics -- and invite your topic suggestions! We can also customize a course specifically to the needs of you and your colleagues on any QuickBooks topic for group training.

Our next planned phase is to roll out streaming online courses for the new year. If you have any questions about our upcoming courses, or if you would like to inquire about custom group training sessions, please don't hesitate to contact us. Jake or Susana will be more than happy to help you, call us at 954-447-0250 or email


QuickBooks Concepts

Thursday Jan. 10th

Adventures in Inventory

Tuesday Jan. 15th

QuickBooks Deep Dive

Thursday Jan. 17th

QuickBooks Concepts

Thursday Feb. 7th

QuickBooks Deep Dive

Thursday Feb. 14th

QuickBooks Action Reporting

Tuesday Feb. 19th


Facilities available for group training, designed specifically for you!
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call us at 954-447-0250