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December 2013


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If you want the convenience of a calculator, QuickBooks has a built-in "adding machine" -- with tape and all!


In QuickBooks, click anywhere inside of a numeric field (EG, the amount field on a check), press "=" and a mini-tape will appear. Type the numbers you want to calculate, followed by the appropriate operator (+, -, /, *, or =).  Click "C" once to clear an entry, twice to clear the tape -- just like on a real calculator... with the added benefit that the result will populate the desired field!


Learn amazing tips like this by calling us at 954-447-0250!

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Quotable Quotes

Sharing the holiday with other people, and feeling that you're giving of yourself, gets you past all the commercialism.
-- Caroline Kennedy
I like to compare the holiday season with the way a child listens to a favorite story. The pleasure is in the familiar way the story begins, the anticipation of familiar moments of suspense, and the familiar climax and ending.
            -- Fred Rogers

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2013... The Year in Review


As another years draws to a close, it's time to reflect on some events that shaped the year (and us!)


First, my thanks to all of you -- our clients, our friends, and our colleagues. We are fortunate at Mendelson Consulting, where things are getting better year after year, and we have all of you to thank for it. This year there was palpable increased economic activity in all areas we serve, geographically and within industries. Definitely these are signs of prosperity.


In February, during a visit to Silicon Valley, we met with Intuit top level executives and had interaction with QuickBooks product managers, giving our clients an unequaled window to voice ideas and first-hand look at upcoming product features.


Also this year, at the Scaling New Heights Conference in Orlando, I facilitated several breakout sessions. Due to overwhelming demand, included were two full-day sessions (up from one the year before) on Advanced Excel with QuickBooks Data, where we probed deeply into Clearify's data extraction / warehousing technology, QQube.


For the fourth consecutive year, I had the opportunity to lead the International QuickBooks Conference, this time in Bonaire, Netherlands Antilles. This visit to the beautiful pristine island country gave me again the opportunity to experience the local culture -- the people, the food, the life. My appreciation and admiration for the people of the Dutch Caribbean will never wane, with their affinity for laughter and the lighter side of life!


At the Sleeter Group's Accounting Solutions Conference at the Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, I led several teaching and participated in expert panel sessions. Among them were advanced inventory management and QuickBooks technology topics.


2013 was a year of expansion at our own Mendelson Advanced Training Academy -- we grew our course offerings to include: QuickBooks for Accounting Professionals, QuickBooks Data File Management, QuickBooks Networking Deep Dive, Adventures in Inventory (inventory management, in and out of QuickBooks), Action Reporting (advanced QuickBooks reporting), and the already popular QuickBooks Concepts and QuickBooks Deep Dive. We look forward to additional advanced training courses in 2014!


As we wrap up the year, let's remember that people are the foundation of our success. This includes successful clients, loyal friends, and trusting associates who think of us when there is a referral opportunity.  And of course, the dedicated members of our team, whose commitment to success echoes in the entire firm.


From all of us at Mendelson Consulting -- Mike, Carol, Susana, Carlos, Xavier, Keith, Stan, Olga, Jorge, Dimitry, Eduardo, Luz Marķa, and yours truly -- we wish everyone and look forward to a healthy and happy 2014!



Holiday Fun Facts

  • The first holiday card sent was in 1843.  An Englishman named Henry Cole hired an artist to draw a picture of a family sitting around a dinner table.  On the card, he wrote, "A merry Christmas and a happy New Year."
  • Four billion Christmas cards are sent every year.
  • The single busiest shopping hour for the holidays is
    December 24 between 3 and 4 in the afternoon.
  • The cost of all items in the song "Twelve Days of Christmas" this year is $27,393.17 -- an increase of 7.7% over last year! (Source: PNC Wealth Management).
  • Last year, over $100 Billion in gift cards were purchased in the U.S. -- and over 20% of those gift cards were not redeemed. 

Wishing you a

Happy and Healthy

Holiday Season!


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