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EOY Financial Statements

Common Mistakes on EOY Financial Statements

A2014-10-03O-Nas if the beginning of the new year—with all its accruals, deferred assets, and budget comparisons—wasn’t a big enough bugger, those in charge of end-of- year financial statements have one more obstacle in their year-end reporting: examining the financial reports for accuracy.

Thoroughly reviewing end-of-year reports to ensure accuracy and accountability is vital. With so many items and numbers to look at, that can be an overwhelming task, so we’ve compiled a list of the most common mistakes found on financial statements.

Common Mistakes on End-of-Year Financial Statements and Reports

Overlooking Expense Line Items. Read more >

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IP Addresses

Do you know yours and what it does?

I2014-10-03O-Nat was an almost laughable moment when we—a software company—were trying to explain to an outside technology-marketing consultant why she couldn’t inquiry her IP address to install a simple security feature. It made us realize: if the people we work with don’t fully understand IP addresses, there are
probably a lot of our clients who work on computers all day and still don’t quite understand them either!

What is an IP address?

The IP or Internet Protocol address is a unique numeric label assigned to your computer or smart machine, which allows it to communicate with other
devices on the Internet; sort of a telephone number for your computer. Read more >

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8 Tips to Get Your Family Back-to-School Ready

back to schoolWe are fast approaching what some parents rejoice as the most wonderful time of the year. A new school year is just around the corner, and before we wallow in the joy of occupied children, we still need to get both our kids and our homes ready. Here are eight tips that will help you start the school year off right:

  • Schedule any medical and dental checkups now. By getting these out of the way, you will avoid any missed school time for appointments, or jockeying for those limited after-school slots.
  • Make sure your kids completed any summer reading assignments or projects.
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Scholarship-Winner Binfet’s Essay on “The Role of Technology on Education.”

Flat Classroom SkypeWhat role should technology play in education? That’s quite a big question for any one person to answer! And that is why we are so impressed with Kyla Binfet of West Yellowstone (MT) High School! She is the 2014 Black Mountain Software Scholarship winner for her essay “What Role Should Technology Play in Education?”

Kyla is one of 260 applicants who applied for the 2014 Black Mountain Software $500 Higher Education Scholarship, available to Montana High School graduating seniors who plan to pursue higher education. With that $500 scholarship, Kyla will be attending Trine University in Angola, Indiana (formally known as Tri-State University). Read more >

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Essay: What Role Should Techology Play in Education?

What role should technology play in education?  That’s quite a big question for any one person to answer.  But if you are Jaclyn Rauthe of Flathead High School (Kalispell, MT), then you do so with ease.  Jaclyn’s essay on the topic won her the 2013 Black Mountain Software $500 Higher Education Scholarship.

After careful (blind) review of over 150 submittals, BMS chose Jaclyn’s essay as the winner of the scholarship, based on her answer to the question, “What role should technology play (if any) in the education of yourself, your siblings, or in the future, your own children?” We wanted to share her award-winning entry with you:

Throughout history, we have seen how education is affected by technology.

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Black Mountain Software Awards Higher Education Scholarship

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Black Mountain Software is pleased to announce that Jaclyn Rauthe of Flathead High School in Kalispell, Montana, has been selected as the 2013 winner of the company’s $500 higher education scholarship.

First awarded in April of 2003, the Black Mountain Scholarship was originally given out at the MASBO (Montana Association of Business Officials) conference each year.  In fact, during the first couple of years of its establishment, members of the MASBO board were asked to be part of the final selection process for the submitted essays.

As the interest in the scholarship grew, it became evident we were asking too much of the already busy MASBO board members, so Black Mountain Software took over handling the entire process in-house.  Read more >

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When Two Worlds to Collide: Education and Government

How can city government play a greater role in improving local education…and should they?

Of course, education is a concern for everyone in the community.  Education ensures the future of our children and communities.  More and more, government officials are being urged to play a greater role in the education system, and they are making education initiatives the platform for their campaigns.

But how easy is to bridge the gap between government and the education system?  Here are eight tips for aligning education and government to help both groups unify and form better school initiatives.

1. Talk about the good.  Though budget cuts, larger class sizes, and school official salaries make for easy target practice, it is important to focus on what schools have been able to accomplish—often with so much less: less funding, fewer teachers, and a smaller amount of resources.  Read more >

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