blog-post-logoThe below digest is a compilation of blog posts from our Business, Nonprofit, POS, Payroll, and Main websites. Here are the links to the individual blogs;

Corporate blog for Cougar Mountain
Business Accounting Blog
Nonprofit Accounting Blog
POS Accounting Blog
Payroll Accounting Blog

  • Is Self-checkout Right for Your Business? November 20, 2014
    Retailers have been going back and forth over self-checkout for years. Some have tried self-checkout lines and ultimately decided to remove them, while others offer a mix of traditional and self-checkout lanes. Self-checkout has benefits for the retailer and customer, but there are drawbacks as well. Take these pros and cons into consideration before you […] […]
  • Are Your Workers Employees or Contractors? November 20, 2014
    The holiday season is coming, and many retailers will be hiring a large number of temporary workers to cover the increased traffic. Knowing how to classify these workers is important when it comes to properly filing business taxes. If your business hires workers as independent contractors and the Internal Revenue Service or local tax authority […] The post A […]
  • Microsoft Gold Level Partnership November 20, 2014
    This week, Cougar Mountain has been re-certified as a Gold level partner with Microsoft. This is the highest level of Microsoft partnership. As a certified Gold partner, we are endorsed by Microsoft and have a very close working relationship with their company. This demonstrates Cougar Mountain’s high level of industry experience providing services, software […]
  • The Advantages of Workplace Giving Campaigns November 4, 2014
    When asking for donations, nonprofit employees or volunteers often hear the phrase, “I gave at the office.” While some employers run periodic fundraising events, others encourage employees to give donations by deducting the amount from the employee’s paycheck. The end of the year is a perfect time to start as people begin thinking about holiday […] The post […]
  • Four Tips for Attracting Corporate Partners and Sponsors October 30, 2014
    Sponsorships are everywhere in the corporate world, from charities to sports teams. Corporate partners can be a real asset to your small nonprofit, but many organizations struggle with finding and approaching the right partners. According to The Giving Institute’s 2014 report, corporate donations declined an estimated 1.9% in 2013 due to slow growth in pre-t […]
  • Should Your Nonprofit Accept Payment Card Donations? October 23, 2014
    There’s no doubt that many donors prefer the convenience and security of payment cards, but for nonprofits, debit and credit card donations have advantages and disadvantages. It’s important to carefully consider each before you decide whether or not to take plastic. Advantages: Less hassle than accepting cash and check donations. Cash is a tempting target [… […]
  • Seven Ways Small Nonprofits Can Cut Costs Without Reducing Services October 21, 2014
    It’s essential for every nonprofit to minimize costs, especially during tough economic times when funds are hard to come by. When an individual or business makes a donation to a nonprofit, they expect the maximum amount to go toward the cause. Lower your costs without affecting your mission using these simple methods. Save money on […] The post Seven Ways Sm […]
  • Announcing the Release of Denali 4.2 Advanced GL Reports October 7, 2014
    We are proud to announce the release of Denali 4.2 – Advanced GL Reports. This release is full of new features that impact every module. And most of these new features were added as a direct result of your feeback – so keep the ideas and suggestions coming! The top 6 new features in this release […] The post Announcing the Release of Denali 4.2 Advanced GL R […]
  • Announcing the Release of Denali 4.2 Advanced GL Reports October 7, 2014
    We are proud to announce the release of Denali 4.2 – Advanced GL Reports. This release is full of new features that impact every module. And most of these new features were added as a direct result of your feeback – so keep the ideas and suggestions coming! The top 6 new features in this release […] The post Announcing the Release of Denali 4.2 Advanced GL R […]
  • Announcing the Release of Denali 4.2 Advanced GL Reports October 7, 2014
    We are proud to announce the release of Denali 4.2 – Advanced GL Reports. This release is full of new features that impact every module. And most of these new features were added as a direct result of your feeback – so keep the ideas and suggestions coming! The top 6 new features in this release […] The post Announcing the Release of Denali 4.2 Advanced GL R […]
  • Announcing the Release of Denali 4.2 Advanced GL Reports October 7, 2014
    We are proud to announce the release of Denali 4.2 – Advanced GL Reports. This release is full of new features that impact every module. And most of these new features were added as a direct result of your feeback – so keep the ideas and suggestions coming! The top 6 new features in this release […] The post Announcing the Release of Denali 4.2 Advanced GL R […]
  • Announcing the Release of Denali 4.2 Advanced GL Reports October 7, 2014
    We are proud to announce the release of Denali 4.2 – Advanced GL Reports. This release is full of new features that impact every module. And most of these new features were added as a direct result of your feeback – so keep the ideas and suggestions coming! The top 6 new features in this release […] The post Announcing the Release of Denali 4.2 Advanced GL R […]
  • Saving register without it being balanced? September 30, 2014
    You can save your register without it being balanced. There are frequently times when the actual tender in the drawer doesn’t match the recorded transactions. In this case, the overage or shortage will be posted to the GL Account you specified. (If you don’t have General Ledger installed, or if Sales isn’t integrated to GL, […] The post Saving register witho […]
  • Reports are showing too much information? September 30, 2014
    My reports show more information than I want to see. Use the sort and filter options included in each report window to limit the information that appears. The post Reports are showing too much information? appeared first on Payroll Software - Home of Denali Payroll Accounting Software.
  • Resetting customer YTD balances September 30, 2014
    I forgot to reset my customer’s YTD balances before posting for the current year, what do I do now? You can reset the totals; just keep in mind that your customer’s YTD amounts for the new year will be understated. To reset the YTD totals, select Period End Tasks >Reset YTD Customer Totals from the Accounts Receivable menu […] The post Resetting customer […]
  • You want to view a report first before printing it? September 30, 2014
    You can change the print options setting in module preferences so that a report will always display on screen prior to printing. You need to modify the module preferences settings for printing. Select Options > Set up the Module Preferences from the navigation pane. On the Print Options tab, make sure the Edit check box is checked. This allows you to sele […]
  • Setting Up User Groups September 30, 2014
    I have seven users that will have the same rights to the system. Is there any way to apply these rights to all of them at once? To save time and keep security consistent, you can create a group of users which will share the same rights. You can create several different groups with different […] The post Setting Up User Groups appeared first on Nonprofit Acco […]
  • Manual Accounting is Costing You Time and Money September 25, 2014
    Small business owners often start out doing their bookkeeping on paper. Manual accounting does not require a computer and is easy to manage, up to a point. When you start doing a large amount of transactions, manual accounting can become a burden that holds your business back. Let’s examine the ways manual accounting could be […] The post Manual Accounting i […]
  • Nostalgia and Sugar Make a Great Business Model September 25, 2014
    Have you ever had an egg cream? The milk and seltzer drink was a staple in Jazz Era New England, but the decline of the American soda parlor left it to the sugary history books. That is, until the grand opening of Hope’s Land of Candy, a brand-new Long Island sweet shop that aims back […] The post Nostalgia and Sugar Make a Great Business Model appeared firs […]
  • Embezzlement Behavioral Warning Signs September 23, 2014
    While there are many methods embezzlers can use to hide their dirty deeds, there are often warning signs evident in the employee’s behavior long before the theft is uncovered. These warning signs can have legitimate explanations individually, but several red flags together could signify an embezzlement problem. Lifestyle changes Co-workers and management mig […]
  • Accounting Software ROI Calculator September 23, 2014
    What if you could save thousands of dollars each year by simply updating your accounting system? You spend lots of time and effort chasing your vendors (Purchase Order), counting your inventory (Inventory), paying your employees (Payroll), or sending out customer statements (Accounts Receivable), right? So if you could cut the time you spent working these va […]
  • Open register with same amount each day? September 23, 2014
    We open the register with the same amount of cash every day, so I don’t want my clerk to have to re-enter the amount. In the Opening Cash field of the Sales Register Codes window, you can set the opening cash amount for the Register Code. The post Open register with same amount each day? appeared first on POS Software - Home of Denali POS Accounting Software […]
  • How do I recalculate taxable wage totals? September 23, 2014
    My taxable wage totals don’t seem correct. Use the Recalculate Wages window to recalculate taxable wages for employees that appear to have incorrect wages. The post How do I recalculate taxable wage totals? appeared first on Payroll Software - Home of Denali Payroll Accounting Software.
  • Deleting an AR Code September 23, 2014
    How come the system will not allow me to delete an AR Code? If the AR Code that you want to delete is associated with any customer that has a balance on their account, you will not be able to delete the code until their balance is zero. Refer to Entering Customer Transactions for information on adjusting […] The post Deleting an AR Code appeared first on Bus […]
  • I am unable to generate recurring purchase orders? September 23, 2014
    If you know a recurring purchase order exists, but are unable to generate it, what do I do? You might not have rights to generate other buyers’ orders. You can verify this by selecting Options > Set Up Buyer Security from the navigation pane. On the General Options tab, verify that the Generate only my recurring purchase orders check box is unchecked. […] […]
  • Classic Navigation September 23, 2014
    Denali looks different than I’m used to. Is there any way to use Denali with the old navigation? Yes. On the General tab of the CMS Module Preferences  window, select the module check boxes for which you want to use classic. The post Classic Navigation appeared first on Nonprofit Accounting Software - Cougar Mountain.
  • Accounting Blog Summary September 18, 2014
    If you like to read blogs then you will like our new Accounting Blog Summary page. As you know, we have 5 active blogs, one in each of our main websites; Business Accounting Blog, Nonprofit Accounting Blog, POS Accounting Blog, Payroll Accounting Blog, and of course this one. Now posts from all 5 blogs can be viewed […] The post Accounting Blog Summary appea […]
  • Removing SSN numbers from reports September 16, 2014
    I don’t want my employee’s Social Security numbers to appear on reports. In Module Preferences, you can choose to encrypt Social Security numbers on reports and checks. The post Removing SSN numbers from reports appeared first on Payroll Software - Home of Denali Payroll Accounting Software.
  • My on-hand quantity is not correct? September 16, 2014
    My on-hand quantity is not reflecting the correct quantity. The number in the On Hand box does not reflect any unposted stock item transactions. The sum of the numbers in the Committed, Layaway, and Availableboxes should match your On Hand box total. See Committed and Available Stock Items. The post My on-hand quantity is not correct? appeared first on POS S […]
  • 3 Simple Methods Any Retailer Can Use to Reduce Checkout Times September 16, 2014
    When it comes to retail annoyances, long lines and lengthy checkout times rank near the top of the list of customer frustrations. When a customer has selected their purchases, they usually want to pay for their items and leave as quickly as possible. Long checkout times lower customer satisfaction scores and can cause shoppers to […] The post 3 Simple Method […]
  • Freight charge fields are missing in Purchase Order September 16, 2014
    I want to add freight charges to a purchase order, but the fields don’t appear in the entry window. Make sure that the Items to Land drop-down in Module Preferences has eitherInventory or All Lines selected. Also, make sure that your screen layout is set up to show these fields. See Using the User-Defined Fields After Setup for information on setting up layo […]
  • Fixing Corrupt Data Files September 16, 2014
    I suspect my organization data files are corrupt; how do I repair the data files? Try to uninstall and reinstall the module(s) in the organization that you suspect contain corrupt data files. To do this, select Organization Options  > Install/Uninstall Modules  from the navigation pane. Search for more answers in Denali Online Help. The post Fixing Corrup […]
  • I am unable to post to general ledger from other modules? September 16, 2014
    First make sure you chose to integrate the other module to General Ledger, look at the Module Preference settings in the effected module. If you have verified you did that, then make sure you indicated in the Module Preferences window of the General Ledger module that entering your forwarding balances is complete. The post I am unable to post to general ledg […]
  • Embezzlement Behavioral Warning Signs September 11, 2014
    While there are many methods embezzlers can use to hide their dirty deeds, there are often warning signs evident in the employee’s behavior long before the theft is uncovered. These warning signs can have legitimate explanations individually, but several red flags together could signify an embezzlement problem. Lifestyle changes Co-workers and management mig […]
  • 6 Things Small Retailers Need to Know About Sales Taxes September 11, 2014
    Most states require retailers to collect tax from customers at the point of sale and submit the funds to the local tax body on a regular schedule. As a retailer, it’s your job to know and comply with these regulations. Failure to pay sales tax can result in penalties, fines, and even criminal prosecution. Here […] The post 6 Things Small Retailers Need to Kn […]
  • Five Strategies for Reducing Employee Theft September 10, 2014
    While many retailers worry about losses from shoplifters and robberies, the sad fact is dishonest employees commit the majority of retail theft. According to the annual retail theft survey conducted by Jack L. Hayes International, in 2013, one in every 39.5 retail employees stole from their employer, and dishonest employees stole 5.4 times the amount […] The […]
  • Inventory item not showing on location report? September 9, 2014
    When I run a report in Inventory and select a specific location, one of the stock items at this location is not showing in the report. You need to verify that this particular stock item is associated with the correct location. In the Location field of the IN Stock window, make sure that you have the correct location […] The post Inventory item not showing on […]
  • Where are the tax forms? September 9, 2014
    Where do I access tax forms? After you install Aatrix, you can access it from Reports > Tax Reports. Contact your sales representative at (800) 388-3038 for more information about Aatrix. The post Where are the tax forms? appeared first on Payroll Software - Home of Denali Payroll Accounting Software.
  • Deleting an existing bank account September 9, 2014
    How come I cannot delete an existing bank account? You might have open activity connected to the account. Make sure you clear all activity for the bank account and then try to delete it again. See Deleting Bank Accounts for more information. The post Deleting an existing bank account appeared first on Business Accounting Software from Cougar Mountain.
  • Transmitting Data to the Government September 9, 2014
    I want to transfer organization information to the government via an electronic file; how do I set this up? In Controller, select Common Tasks  > Prepare for Electronic Transmissions  from the navigation pane. Read more about Transmitting Data to the Government. The post Transmitting Data to the Government appeared first on Nonprofit Accounting Software - […]
  • What is the easiest way to force a bank account into balance? September 9, 2014
    If you find your bank account balance does not match what you displayed in Bank Reconciliation, you are able to force the balance correction. Maybe the balance is off only a few pennies and you need a quick way to balance the accounts. In this situation you can rebuild the bank account totals. The post What is the easiest way to force a bank account into bal […]
  • I get an error opening the Void Checks window September 2, 2014
    I need to void a check I already posted, but I keep getting an error when I try to open the window. You cannot void a check in the same batch as payroll transactions. If you’re using single batch mode, you need to post your transactions or clear your batch before you can access the Void […] The post I get an error opening the Void Checks window appeared firs […]
  • My finance charges are not calculating! September 2, 2014
    After I generated finance charges, how come no charges were calculated for the customers I selected? Run the Aged Analysis Report with detail and make sure the customers have Terms Codes assigned to them and that the Terms Code is defined correctly. If you use Balance Forward customer types, the finance charge will only calculate correctly after you […] The […]
  • Fiscal calendar settings September 2, 2014
    My fiscal year is not the standard January 1 through December 31; how can I set the dates I want to use? In Controller, select Organization Options > Set Up the Fiscal Calendar from the navigation pane and set up your fiscal calendar according to your needs. Read more Using the Fiscal Calendar. The post Fiscal calendar settings appeared first on Nonprofit […]
  • How do I delete a frequency code? September 2, 2014
    If you find you cannot delete a frequency code, then that code is probably attached to a record, if so you will not be able to delete it. Your options are to either go back to the transaction using the code and remove it, or go to the frequency code and modify or change it. […] The post How do I delete a frequency code? appeared first on Accounting Software […]
  • Adjusting employee information in saved batch August 26, 2014
    I need to make an adjustment to an employee that is already saved in a payroll batch. You can use the Edit buttons in the Prepare Payoll grid to make adjustments. The post Adjusting employee information in saved batch appeared first on Payroll Software - Home of Denali Payroll Accounting Software.
  • What to do with mistakes in the batch? August 26, 2014
    What do I do if I make mistakes within a batch; for instance I discover that I duplicated bills, or want to delete some of the entries? If the batch is not posted yet then it is easy; you simply open the batch and make any changes you want. Delete transactions, or update their information. […] The post What to do with mistakes in the batch? appeared first on […]
  • Why are my statement messages not printing on customer statements? August 26, 2014
    You can print dunning messages, or your own custom message on every customer statement. If you find they are not printing on the statements, most likely the checkbox is not checked to make that happen. Read more about adding messages to customer statements. The post Why are my statement messages not printing on customer statements? appeared first on Accounti […]
  • How do I set up direct deposit? August 19, 2014
    Direct deposit allows you to deposit your employee’s pay directly into their bank account instead of receiving a printed payroll check. Each bank requires specific information, and you will need to get this information to complete the set up. Read more about setting up direct deposit. The post How do I set up direct deposit? appeared first on Payroll Softwar […]
  • Three Ways a Modern Point of Sale System Helps Small Retailers Manage Payroll July 21, 2014
    When most small retail business owners consider a new point of sale (POS) system, payroll isn’t usually the first thing that springs to mind. If your business still uses manual timecards or has a cash register or POS system that doesn’t tie into your accounting software, it could be costing you time and money. Here […] The post Three Ways a Modern Point of S […]