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July 2013
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QuickBooks Tip
Quotable Quotes
From the Desk of...
Summer Fun Facts
Mendelson Academy

QuickBooks Solutions

QuickBooks Tip

Many businesses avoid accepting credit cards due to the fees involved, which can top 3%. However, 97% of an overdue invoice is far better than 0%, or having to wait longer to collect!


You can learn about QuickBooks Merchant Services by calling us at 954-447-0250. It is fully integrated with QuickBooks Financial and QuickBooks Point of Sale and the rates usually beat the competition... 


How can you go wrong? Don't wait, start accepting credit cards with QuickBooks today!





Quotable Quotes

He who conquers others is strong; he who conquers himself is mighty.
-- Lao Tzu

You will find the key to success under the alarm clock.
-- Benjamin Franklin

If opportunity doesn't knock, build a door.
-- Milton Berle

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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... 


Founder and Principal


"Oats are oats"... or are they?


A long time ago, this phrase was heard one morning from a couple while preparing breakfast. After serving herself a bowl of oatmeal, the wife decided to empty the final contents of the cereal from one container (about a serving's worth) into another one that had more oatmeal left in it. The husband stared in disbelief. Perceiving his reaction, the wife said, "Oats are oats" and proceeded to mix the remaining contents into the other one. Why was the husband staring in disbelief? Simply because one oatmeal was organic and the other was conventional.


The wife's contention was valid...  Maybe...  Actually not.  Using the same premise, one could say, "software is software" or "consulting is consulting", or further, "solutions are solutions". If that were the case, all technology solution firms would be considered the same, providing an equal level and quality of service.


During almost every one of our consulting visits, it is customary for us to hear from clients, "Wow, we never thought of it that way" or "No one has ever asked us this before". These comments are not only common but almost obligatory during most of our training appointments. There are techniques learned from over twenty years' experience learning about businesses' processes and workflows. Notice I did not say from over twenty years' experience in training and consulting. A long time ago, one of our clients interrupted during the beginning of a consulting visit saying, "I am impressed. You just gained an extremely clear understanding of our business. How did you do that?" Simple answer was, "If I did not, how could I be able to help you?" More important than that, how did I gain that clear understanding? That, my friends, is hard to put into words. But I will try in upcoming articles. In the meantime, ponder this: How else are oats like consulting? I welcome your comments and replies...


To healthy eating (and consulting)!

The Benefits of Taking a Vacation
Summer vacation
July and August are the most popular months for taking a break. Consider these benefits of play and family-time together and perhaps redefine what vacation represents:


Vitamin D is free

Vitamin D is essential for maintaining healthy bones and keeping the immune systems and nervous system functioning normally. Vitamin D is a fat-soluble vitamin made by the body, in the skin, from exposure to sunlight. While this essential nutrient is available as a supplement, spending some time outdoors each day (as little as 5-15 minutes) can provide the needed benefits. The best part: the sun is free!  Further, preliminary research suggests Vitamin D can help prevent various forms of cancer, including breast, prostate and colon cancers.


Play is not just for kids
Taking time to play has powerful benefits for children as well as adults. Play has been said to be the single most significant factor in determining our success and happiness. Play is just as important as sleep!  Play involves anticipation, surprise and pleasure. Adults who play can enjoy freedom from time, rules and responsibilities, bringing balance to their busy lives.


Relationships are enriched
Spending time together enriches a marriage, which strengthens the family foundation. Through traditions and rituals, such as vacations, any relationship can be enriched. Vacations and other traditions make memories and are the glue that binds us. Vacation can provide an opportunity to talk with one another, learn new skills or discover new interests!


Children feel love, support and safety
Children who witness their parents and grandparents having fun, laughing and enjoying life learn valuable lessons about life. Spending time together as a family provides children with feelings of love, support and safety, which are key components for thriving in today's uncertainties.


Vacation time shrinks stress
Vacation helps shrink stress and anxiety while also boosting the mental and physical health of the entire family. We need a brain break, a detour from deadlines and a timeout from technology! It takes effort to unplug from the ever-spinning world around us, but one's mind, body and spirit will be renewed by re-plugging into the joys of quality time with family and friends. Isn't it time for you to take a break?



Class in Session


Summer may be here but

classes are still in session at

Mendelson Academy!



Check out the schedule below or contact us directly for an even more current list of courses: 954-447-0250... 

Upcoming Events
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QuickBooks Deep Dive 
by Mendelson Academy
This training class covers advanced features of QuickBooks. You will learn how to create reports and graphs, customize forms, track and pay sales tax, handle payroll, write letters, how to share files with your accountant, estimating, time-tracking, and job-costing, and much more!
Thursday August 8, 2013 from 9:00am to 12:30pm ET
QuickBooks Data File Management 
by Mendelson Academy
Learn some of the behind-the-scenes of QuickBooks data files, the ins and outs of file size considerations, tricks on how to speed up QuickBooks, how types and uses of QuickBooks affect performance, and best practices for troubleshooting problem files. We will also discuss what to do to minimize and prevent data integrity loss and review QuickBooks backup options.
Thursday August 22, 2013 from 9:00am to 11:00am ET
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QuickBooks Concepts 
by Mendelson Academy
This training class covers the fundamentals of using QuickBooks for tracking business finances. You will learn how to set up a new company, work with lists, set up inventory, process invoices, work with bank accounts, process payments, enter and pay bills, when to use special transactions, and useful tips and tricks!
Thursday September 5, 2013 from 9:00am to 12:30pm ET