Ken’s Services

Traditional CPA Services.
  • Audits
  • Financial Statements
  • Tax Compliance
  • Tax Planning
  • Management Consulting
  • Real Estate Tax issues
  • Financial Consulting
  • Profit Expert
  • Business Turnarounds
The Traditional CPA Services:
As a CPA focusing on the unique needs of small businesses, I am available to help with:
  • Financial Statements, compilations and reviews
  • Small business tax compliance
  • Tax planning
  • Management advice
  • Real estate tax law.
Financing Consulting Program:
When you have a customer who has been turned down for loan, you make no money.Ken Cone Sacramento California CPA
I can help by:
  • Addressing the reason the loan was turned down:
  • Poor credit history
  • Improperly prepared financial statements
  • Improperly prepared statement of collateral
  • Borrower’s inexperience in business world
  • Lack of, or poorly prepared business plan
  • Inadequately described use of funds
  • No forecast of cash flow
  • Unavailable profit and loss projection
  • Absence of audit verification where requested
  • Borrower’s poor personal appearance
  • Regarding poor credit history, I can provide specific consulting as to which steps are necessary to correct the problem. Some problems are errors of fact. Others are a matter of developing patterns of paying debt on time. Repairing the latter problem is an issue that requires time to demonstrate the problem has been fixed.
The remaining items on the list fall within the expertise of our CPA training. (Even personal appearance is a subject that is stressed in our role as CPAs.)
Profit Expert :
The small business owner is responsible for integrating three programs:
  • Production – Most business owners understand production
  • Marketing – To survive at all, they succeed at marketing
  • Accounting – Very few are proficient at accounting
  • Accounting provides feedback and direction for production and marketing
    • Accounting converts data into information
    • Information applied becomes knowledge
    • Knowledge leads to wisdom
My mission is to provide the business owner with useful financial information to:
  • Lower taxes
  • Increase profits
  • Make sure there is money available when it is needed to operate and grow
My business assessment compares 20 key financial ratios for a given company against their industry’s average for businesses of similar size based on their NAICS code.
The report provides me with a list of recommended steps to improve weak points and expand on strengths. My job as the professional is to help select a few key steps from the suggested choices. The owner can only concentrate on one to three issues at a time.
Business Turn-Around :
If a business is going down in flames, can it be saved?Sacramento California CPA Ken Cone
In Red to Black in 30 Days, Allen B. Bostrom, CPA provides a recipe for turning businesses around. Naturally, not every business can be saved. What is possible? I am available to assess any business whose survival you, or your client, is concerned about.
There are nine fundamental keys to turning around a business. These are organized into two sets of three categories:
  1. Marketing
  2. Production
  3. Accounting
  4. Immediate changes
  5. Intermediate Changes
  6. Long-term corrections

From Lake Tanganyika to Google Earth: Using tech to help our communities

Today we’re joined by Dr. Jane Goodall, primatologist and founder of the Jane Goodall Institute and Roots & Shoots program. In this post, Dr. Goodall shares her thoughts on how today’s technology can enable more people around the world to make a difference in their communities. Join Dr. Goodall for a celebratory Birthday Hangout on Air today at 11 a.m. PDT/2 p.m. EDT. -Ed.

When I first set foot on the shores of Lake Tanganyika in 1960 to study chimpanzee behavior, I carried with me notebooks, pencils and a pair of second-hand binoculars. I was, at the time, a young woman with no scientific training, but had a strong passion for learning about animals in Africa. In later years I founded the Jane Goodall Institute, dedicated to preserving the habitat of chimpanzees and other animals worldwide.

The author connects with a member of the Kasakela chimpanzee community in Gombe. 
Photo courtesy of JGI.

Today, the mapping technology available to all of us is completely changing the potential for animal and environmental research. My trip in 1960 would have looked quite different today. You have much more power at your fingertips, and you don’t even have to leave your home. Tools like Google Earth let you visit the shores of Lake Tanganyika with just a few keystrokes. And in Gombe, local villagers are using Android smartphones and tablets, in conjunction with Google Maps Engine and Earth Engine, to monitor changes in the forest habitat that affect chimpanzee populations. Technology makes it so easy for people to find and share information and to understand the world around them. And once we understand, we can start to foster positive change.

The Jane Goodall Institute engages local communities from Tanzania, Uganda and across Africa to collect data on forests, wildlife and human activities using Google Android handheld devices. 
Photo courtesy of JGI/Lilian Pintea.

That’s one of the reasons we started the Roots & Shoots program to connect young people with the knowledge and tools they need to solve problems in their communities. The projects undertaken by these young people help them learn important science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) skills while developing real leadership capabilities. Today, Roots & Shoots is launching a new community mapping tutorial for young people to help them use digital mapping technology to identify and address needs in their community. If you’re an educator, we offer online professional development to help you fit our youth leadership model into your classroom and curriculum. You can sign up for the Roots & Shoots MOOC to learn more.

Roots & Shoots groups from Uganda, Tanzania, and Republic of Congo share their projects.
There are more than 8,000 Roots & Shoots groups in 136 countries. Photos courtesy of JGI.

Today, on my 80th birthday, my wish is for young people around the world to think about the ways you can use technology to learn more about the wonderful world we share. Then, to take action, and inspire others to do the same. You have the power to do so much more than I did in 1960, to spark change I could only imagine back then. And you can do it no matter where in the world you are.

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