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Small Town Stories: North of the River Recreation & Park District

When Finance Director (of North of the River Recreation and Park District) Leda said to her assistant Allison, “You now have an assistant…it’s Black Mountain Software” it made us celebrate out loud!  That’s because our software DOES function like a clerk’s “right hand man” and we DO enjoy getting to know our clients and working one-on-one to meet their needs as if we were sitting in the office right next to them.

Part of that getting-to-know-you process includes finding out more about the towns, communities, schools, and districts that make up our client list.  So when North of the River (NOR) Recreation and Park District recently researched software products and made the switch to Black Mountain Software, we were sure to do our research too – and what we discovered was just how “happening” this organization is! Read more >

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Chronicles of a Montana County Road Warrior in Southern Central Montana (Guest Blog)

by: David Morton, Customer Solutions Coordinator and Guest Blogger for the BMS County Traveling Road Show Series

These are the chronicles of one David Morton, road warrior on a mission to solve client problems for Black Mountain’s Governmental Accounting Software.  What you are about to read is real.

7/8/13 – Almost Wild Goat Skewer

Successful day one. It would be a success if the only thing that went right was managing not to hit the juvenile mountain goat as I rounded a corner along the Clark Fork River. He jumped the guard rail (better him than me) and a quick look in the rear-view mirror revealed he was ok and even feeling spry enough to pose for other drivers’ pictures. Read more >

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Journey of a BMS Summer Intern

by: Abigail Luke, BMS Summer Intern

Week 1 – Hello All!

As some of you may not know, my name is Abigail Luke (you may also call me Abby), and I am the new intern at the Polson office of Black Mountain Software. I will be spending my summer getting to know more about BMS while also chronicling my adventures on the BMS Blog.

Since we will be getting acquainted throughout the summer, let me start by telling you a little bit about myself.

I will be starting my fourth year of college in the fall. I just earned my Associate of Arts degree in Business Management from Salish Kootenai College, our local community college in Pablo, MT. Read more >

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Small Town Stories: Lake Panorama Association, Iowa

lake panoramaBlack Mountain Software is excited to feature the Lake Panorama Association in Iowa as our “Small Town” feature this month.  Anyone who enjoys lakeside leisure would understand why Lake Panorama is an obvious choice; but this place is also home to Black Mountain’s 500th client in our 24th state, which makes it particularly special to us!

As the largest private lake in Iowa, Lake Panorama has 1,400 acres of water surface, and over 30 miles of casting shoreline. The lake is managed by the Lake Panorama Association, which was established 83 years ago and has 1,750 members who represent the 1,000 residents that occupy the land surrounding the lake. Read more >

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Chronicles of a Montana County Road Warrior in SW Montana (Guest Blog, Part 2)

by: David Morton, Customer Solutions Coordinator and Guest Blogger for the BMS County Traveling Road Show Series

These are the chronicles of one David Morton, road warrior on a mission to solve client problems for Black Mountain’s Governmental Accounting Software.  What you are about to read is real.

January 17, 2013 – SW Montana County Tour (Part II), Beaverhead County, Virginia City, Anaconda, and Granite County

At 14 degrees with a south wind, it was quite warm compared to previous mornings in SW Montana. I found my way to the Beaverhead County buildings to meet with Cathy Hucke, Treasurer. She is doing well and Black Mountain software is working for her. Read more >

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How-To Time: Prepping your 1099-MISC

prepping auto 1099 misc softwareSetting Up Your 1099 Object Table

Did you know? All dollars shown on forms printed from the system will go to box 7 –Non Employee Compensation UNLESS the 1099 Object Table has been defined under the Processing 1099s menu.

The 1099 Object table is used to direct ranges of 1099-applicable objects used on claims.  Determine which object numbers will be directed to which boxes using the chart below.  Remember that objects entered must be in the user’s current chart of accounts (found under the Codes/Objects menu item).  Claims coded to an account without an object will automatically report in Box 7 (Non-employee Compensation). Read more >

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Chronicles of a Montana County Road Warrior in Libby, MT (Guest Blog)

by: David Morton, Customer Solutions Coordinator and Guest Blogger for the BMS County Traveling Road Show Series

These are the chronicles of one David Morton, road warrior on a mission to solve client problems for Black Mountain’s Governmental Accounting Software.  What you are about to read is real.

December 13, 2012 -Libby, MT

Well its Sunday, three days after my day two ended (WARNING: Day 2 material just isn’t as fresh as Day 1 and may contain unintended embellishments). But let’s go back…back into the murky world of memory…. Like in the movie Ground Hog’s Day with Ben Affleck….oh wait I mean Bill Murray…nonetheless, my eyes snapped open to the same alarm. Read more >

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Cut the Time It Takes to Reconcile UB Payments

by: Jen Carlson, BMS Installation Team Lead/Senior Support Specialist

Are you tired of taking hours to reconcile your utility billing deposits to your bank statements? Take a load off, and let the utility billing software by Black Mountain Software help you with your cash handling procedures!

You can lessen the time spent reconciling utility billing payments to your bank statement by simply sending your receipt journal voucher to Accounting EVERY time you take a deposit to the bank.*

For example, let’s say it’s the fifth of the month and you are ready to take money to the bank. Once you are done entering into the system all payments to be included in the deposit, immediately do this:

In BMS Utility Billing, go to:

  • Reports >
  • Detail Reports >
  • Collections Journal >
  • Collections Journal Condensed >
  • [OK] to preview >
  • [Yes] to include Payment Types on Summary >
  • [Yes] or [No] to section (depending on if you have sections) >
  • [Enter in a date span of the first of the month to the fifth of the current month]
  • OK >
  • OK >
  • OK >
  • OK >
  • This report should total what you have in cash and checks to take to the bank. Read more >

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    Winner of Tea Drawing Announced

    We are excited to announce Angela Kamm of Isla Vista Recreation & Park District (an unincorporated community of around 23,000 adjacent to Santa Barbara, California) as the winner of our Free Tea/Software contest!  Angela was excited too, stating that being announced as winner is “Totally Amazing!” and “Perfect!”  And how could the chosen winner have been more perfect?  Angela is not only originally from the tea-drinking country of England, but she only drinks organic tea  – which, coincidentally, is exactly the kind of tea we put our name on for this marketing campaign.

    “You couldn’t have found a better winner! I don’t drink coffee, I don’t drink alcohol. Read more >

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    One More Way to Make Payday a Great Day!

    Payday

    Did you know that 60 percent of our Payroll customers are already enjoying the ease and time savings of direct deposit? Why? Because direct deposit saves time, effort, and money, while all the same time keeping employees out of those long Friday bank lines!

    Clerks know that processing payroll payments in an organized and timely manner is essential. Paychecks can’t be late, they must be accurate, and clerks are often in the position of having to process them within a short window of time. Talk about pressure!

    What can ease some of that pressure? Adding the ACH Direct Deposit module to your Payroll software! Read more >

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