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

  • Best Practices for Detecting Payroll Fraud in Your Small Business March 3, 2015
    Payroll fraud is a common problem for businesses of all sizes, but small businesses suffer the most. According to the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners, businesses under 100 employees had over twice as many instances of payroll fraud as larger organizations. The best way to deal with payroll fraud is to be prepared and set […] The post Best Practices […]
  • Essentials of a Nonprofit Business Plan March 3, 2015
    Nonprofit organizations are just another form of business, and every business needs a business plan. Your nonprofit’s business plan is essential for obtaining loans and grants, attracting corporate donors, gaining qualified board members, and keeping the organization on track. Every nonprofit should start out with a business plan, but even after your nonprof […]
  • How Cougar Mountain Software Keeps Your Payroll Taxes Accurate February 26, 2015
    Tax regulations constantly change, and payroll taxes are no exception. If your business overpays, you lose access to valuable financial assets. If your business underpays, you run the risk of an audit, costly fines, and potential criminal prosecution. To prevent miscalculations and over or underpayment, your payroll software needs to change with the law. Her […]
  • Six Common Payroll Pitfalls February 19, 2015
    Payroll errors are extremely common, especially among small businesses. According to Internal Revenue Service (IRS) statistics, 40% of small businesses make payroll errors and incur an average of $845 in payroll-related penalties. Avoiding these mistakes will help prevent payroll penalties and keep your business on the right side of the law. Not Counting Non […]
  • Common Types of Payroll Fraud February 17, 2015
    Payroll fraud is very common and can happen to any business that employs two or more people. Scanning the news can bring up multiple examples without much difficulty, and even these are just the tip of the iceberg. The ones that get reported are usually the most egregious crimes or connected to institutions where disclosure […] The post Common Types of Payro […]
  • Financial Steps for Starting a Small Nonprofit February 17, 2015
    You have a cause and an idea for an organization to serve that cause, but what steps do you need to take to make your nonprofit a reality? Let’s look at some of the financial steps every organizer must take to get their fledgling nonprofit off the ground. Create Your Nonprofit at the State Level […] The post Financial Steps for Starting a Small Nonprofit app […]
  • Practices for Painless Payroll Processing February 17, 2015
    Payroll is one of the few hard deadlines that all businesses with employees share. Missing a payroll deadline can cause hardships for employees and businesses alike. Many states have laws stating employees must be notified in advance when payroll is late, so late payroll payments can result in fines and penalties. Following these practices will […] The post […]
  • Not Everyone Should Be On Your Nonprofit Payroll February 5, 2015
    When it comes to filling some positions at your nonprofit, anyone can do the job. When it comes to employees or volunteers who will handle money, you can’t afford to leave the front door open. According to the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE) 2014 Global Fraud Study, the typical organization loses 5% to fraud […] The post Not Everyone Should B […]
  • What Nonprofit Accounting May Be Hiding February 3, 2015
    While many nonprofits make extensive use of donated equipment, services, and labor, like any organization, some of the organization’s budget must go toward overhead costs. Funding for employee salaries, specialized equipment, fundraising expenses, infrastructure maintenance, and similar expenses must usually come from monetary donations. Organizations that r […]
  • The Basics of Restricted Funds January 22, 2015
    While every nonprofit organization requires funding to continue operations and achieve their goals, not all funding is the same. Some funding comes with strings attached, such as time limits or criteria the organization must meet. Other sources of funding come earmarked for a specific purpose and cannot be used for anything else. Nonprofit income falls […] T […]
  • When Employees Are Also Volunteers: Nonprofit Payroll Risks January 16, 2015
    Most people consider volunteers to be unpaid labor, but for many nonprofits, the distinction is not so cut and dry. For example, what if someone on the payroll offers to come in and man the phones during a telethon or set up tables at a fundraising dinner? Do you have to count these as paid […] The post When Employees Are Also Volunteers: Nonprofit Payroll R […]
  • Now You Can Solve Your Biggest Payroll Challenge January 12, 2015
    The benefits of automated time tracking for payroll, now built in. Do you lose hours of time each week managing handwritten time cards, employee rounding, buddy punching, faxed or emailed timesheets, or simply manually entering employee times into your payroll software? Did you know, according to the American Payroll Association, you can recover those work [ […]
  • Should Your Small Business Outsource Payroll or use Payroll Software? January 12, 2015
    If you’re self-employed or run a business with a small staff, payroll is a simple and relatively straightforward process. When your business grows beyond a few employees, running payroll can quickly become a burden. Payroll is a task you or your employees must do regularly and on time, and the penalties for making mistakes can […] The post Should Your Small […]
  • Announcing the release of Denali 5 with TSheets Time Tracking December 19, 2014
    Today, Cougar Mountain Software released the latest version of their Denali Accounting software. Denali 5 with TSheets Time Tracking will benefit organizations that have the need for in-house payroll and comprehensive accounting processes. The top new features in this release are: Track employee time and attendance with TSheets Update tax codes online Post m […]
  • Announcing the release of Denali 5 with TSheets Time Tracking December 19, 2014
    Today, Cougar Mountain Software released the latest version of their Denali Business Accounting software. Denali 5 with TSheets Time Tracking will benefit small businesses that have the need for in-house payroll and comprehensive accounting processes. The top new features in this release are: Track employee time and attendance with TSheets Update tax codes o […]
  • Announcing the release of Denali 5 with TSheets Time Tracking December 19, 2014
    Today, Cougar Mountain Software released the latest version of their Denali Retail Accounting software. Denali 5 with TSheets Time Tracking will benefit small businesses that have the need for in-house payroll and comprehensive accounting processes. The top new features in this release are: Track employee time and attendance with TSheets Update tax codes onl […]
  • Announcing the release of Denali 5 with TSheets Time Tracking December 19, 2014
    Today, Cougar Mountain Software released the latest version of their Denali Payroll Accounting software. Denali 5 with TSheets Time Tracking will benefit small businesses that have the need for in-house payroll and comprehensive accounting processes. The top new features in this release are: Track employee time and attendance with TSheets Update tax codes on […]
  • Announcing the release of Denali 5 with TSheets Time Tracking December 19, 2014
    Today, Cougar Mountain Software released the latest version of their Denali Nonprofit Accounting software. Denali 5 with TSheets Time Tracking will benefit organizations that have the need for in-house payroll and comprehensive accounting processes. The top new features in this release are: Track employee time and attendance with TSheets Update tax codes onl […]
  • Six Small Business Employee Payroll Tips December 18, 2014
    If your company has more than one employee, payroll is an essential part of doing business. Sloppy payroll practices can lower employee morale and can cause unnecessary mistakes. They can also get your business in hot water with state and federal labor boards and tax assessors. As the year winds to a close, let’s take […] The post Six Small Business Employee […]
  • New Year’s Resolutions for a Healthy Small Business in 2015 December 18, 2014
    Many people set personal New Year’s resolutions, but small business owners should also consider making resolutions for their company. Here are four resolutions that will help your business improve and grow over the next 12 months. 1. Set small and big goals to reach your ultimate goal. It’s nice to have an ultimate goal, but […] The post New Year’s Resolutio […]
  • Small Business Tips to Secure Accounting Data and Reduce Fraud December 17, 2014
    Financial fraud can devastate a small business. An employee who has access to the accounting software records can go a long time before the crime is discovered. Here are nine small business tips you can take to minimize the chances of it happening in your business. 1. Create individual user accounts in your accounting software for […] The post Small Business […]
  • Tips to Prepare Your Small Business Finances for the End of the Year December 16, 2014
    With the end of the year just a few weeks away, many small business owners are starting to think about closing the books. Here are a few tips to make the process as simple and painless as possible. Start Early Don’t procrastinate until the last week of December. Start working on the materials for the […] The post Tips to Prepare Your Small Business Finances […]
  • The Importance of Digital Accounting December 11, 2014
    Some small business owners do their own accounting, but others hand their records off to an accountant. Someone who is trained in accounting and knows what to look for can you save time, money, and frustration. But even the best accountants need information and records from you. When you submit your business records to your […] The post The Importance of Dig […]
  • The Pros and Cons of Mobile Payments December 4, 2014
    Mobile payment systems have been around for years in one form or another, but they have yet to break into the mainstream in the United States. For decades, consumers and businesses have been content to stick with magnetic stripe payment technology, but the ever-increasing number of high-profile point-of-sale (POS) malware attacks and the launch of […] The po […]
  • Cougar Mountain Software and TSheets Partner Up December 4, 2014
    Partnership will benefit small to medium sized businesses that want to save time and effort with TSheets Time Tracking and Payroll Accounting system integration. Boise, ID (PRWEB) December 04, 2014 TSheets and Cougar Mountain Software announced a partnership that will help small to medium sized business streamline time tracking and payroll processes. The pla […]
  • Tips to Prepare Your Small Business Finances for the End of the Year December 3, 2014
    With the end of the year just a few weeks away, many small business owners are starting to think about closing the books. Here are a few tips to make the process as simple and painless as possible. Start Early Don’t procrastinate until the last week of December. Start working on the materials for the […] The post Tips to Prepare Your Small Business Finances […]
  • Moving toward More Secure Payment Card Technology December 2, 2014
    The United States is behind other developed nations when it comes to payment card security. In other countries where payment card use is high, the cards use an embedded microchip instead of a magnetic stripe. The account number is encrypted and requires both an encryption key held by the card issuer and a personal identification […] The post Moving toward Mo […]
  • End-of-Year Payroll Preparations You Can Make Now December 2, 2014
    Most of the year-end tasks associated with payroll have deadlines between the end of December and the beginning of January, but you shouldn’t wait until then to perform them. The holidays are a busy time for many businesses, and others practically shut down as many employees take vacation between Christmas and New Year’s Day. Here […] The post End-of-Year Pa […]
  • We Achieve Microsoft Gold Application Development Competency December 2, 2014
    Press Release announces best-in-class capability and market leadership through demonstrated technology success and customer commitment. Boise, ID (PRWEB) November 25, 2014 Cougar Mountain Software today announced it has attained a Gold Application Development competency, demonstrating a “best-in-class” ability and commitment to meet Microsoft Corp. customers […]
  • 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 […] […]
  • 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 [… […]
  • 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 […]
  • 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 […]
  • 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 […]
  • 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 […]
  • 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 […]
  • 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 […]