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October 19, 2016 | Mark Avallone, MBA, CFP®, CRPS®

5 ways to improve your financial situation

4 Financial Strategies to Consider Before Year End

With the start of the fourth quarter, it’s a good time to make sure we are executing on our 2016 financial strategies before year end. For some goals, the calendar year end is more of a guideline, but for others, December 31st is a firm deadline. Maximize your employer’s matching contribution in your 401(k) plan. […]

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October 18, 2016 | Maureen Chowdhury

MCPS Students Visit Strathmore for a Music Lesson   YouTube

Month in Music: Local Concerts Around the County (VIDEOS)

We may be more than halfway through the month of October, but there are still a ton of artists coming through Montgomery County this month. Musicians from various genres and backgrounds will be performing at local venues and the Sound Check blog is your one-stop-shop for a full list. The Fillmore Silver Spring:  Oct. 26- Switchfoot […]

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October 18, 2016 | Girl Scout SU 31-6

Girl Scouts at the museum!

Opening of the National Museum of African American History and Culture

More than one thousand people attended the opening of the National Museum of African American History and Culture. Tickets to visit the museum are very hard to get, and are not available until after December 2016. Thanks to my Girl Scouts Troop, I was able to attend the museum’s opening. The architectural shape of the museum represents the headwear that many […]

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October 17, 2016 | Maureen Stiles


The Money Tree

Preparing to move a child into a college dorm is like driving down the highway and throwing perfectly good money out the window. The bills just disappear in the wind leaving nothing to show for it. One would assume that you would have things—tangible items—after spending all that money but realistically nearly everything either gets […]

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October 17, 2016 | Juanita Farmer, CPA


Cash Flow Management: the Secret to Success

Cash flow is the lifeblood of any small business. Some business experts even say that a healthy cash flow is more important than your business’s ability to deliver its goods and services. While that might seem counterintuitive, consider this: if you fail to satisfy a customer and lose that customer’s business, you can always work […]

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October 17, 2016 | Elaine Blackman


Harry sounds off on government in letters to Post

It stands to reason that retirees have more time to pursue other interests. In Harry’s case, he loved to express his opinions and share his knowledge through writing. So, if you thought you couldn’t learn any more about him, check out these letters I found to The Washington Post – two to journalist David Broder […]

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October 17, 2016 | Girl Scout SU 31-6


SU 31-6 Vendor Fair

Sunday, October 9th, Girl Scout Service Unit 31-6 met at a local church to discuss opportunities being offered to Girl Scouts this year. Among these were riding stables, senator assistants, self defense classes, cooking classes, and tech classes. My personal favorites at the vendor fair were the opportunity to be an assistant to Congressman Chris […]

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October 15, 2016 | Juanita Farmer, CPA


Choosing the Right Business Entity

When you decide to start a business, one of the most important decisions you’ll need to make is choosing the right business entity. It’s a decision that impacts many things–from the amount of taxes you pay to how much paperwork you have to deal with and what type of personal liability you face. Forms of […]

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October 14, 2016 | Jeff Holmstead

Black and white soccer ball on green soccer pitch.

Quince Orchard Boys Varsity Soccer Continue Strong with Win Against Richard Montgomery Rockets, 3-0

The Quince Orchard boys notched their 10th win of the season with a 3-0 victory over Richard Montgomery on Thursday evening. It was another dominating performance by the Cougars, who have now won all 7 of their away games this season, but you wouldn’t have known it if you arrived at the RM stadium with […]

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October 14, 2016 | Laura Rowles


GGCC Hosts Entrepreneur Breakfast on Evolution

The Gaithersburg-Germantown Chamber of Commerce continued its Entrepreneur Breakfast Series on Thursday, October 13, 2016 at the  Montgomery College, Paul Peck Building in Germantown. The fourth in the series was entitled “Evolution is Essential for Entrepreneurs”. “It was great to have so much expertise in one place. Our speakers were very generous with the time […]

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