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

  • 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 […] […]
  • 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.
  • 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 […]
  • 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 […]
  • 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 - […]
  • 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 […]
  • 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 […]
  • 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.