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COMMUNITY COLLEGE OF BEAVER COUNTY, BIG BROTHERS BIG SISTERS LAUNCH INNOVATIVE WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT

Monaca, PA, March 26, 2019 – Big Brothers Big Sisters of Beaver County (BBBS) and the Community College of Beaver County (CCBC) are launching an innovative workforce development program aimed at bringing neighboring high school students to CCBC’s campus to develop one-on-one mentoring relationships with college leaders. This effort is made possible by a $10,000 […]


The Most Important Steps That You Can Take to Combat Embezzlement in Youth Sports and Other Organizations

By:  Michele Renz If you are a parent of a school-aged child in Western Pennsylvania, you are undoubtedly familiar with the seemingly endless amount of choices of teams, clubs, associations, and groups that are available for your child to join.  For example, take sports.  Not only are there school-related sports teams – there are regional, […]


Cottrill Arbutina Cares About… Supporting Our Clients’ Charitable Initiatives

By:  Michele Renz “Cottrill Arbutina Cares About…” is a blog that highlights the employees and community service of Cottrill Arbutina. On Saturday, February 3, 2018, Cottrill Arbutina employees Vito Farelli, Katie Pagan and Shannon McVey, along with Katie’s boyfriend, Wayne Butler, represented our firm in supporting our credit union clients at the Beaver Valley Chapter […]


A New Year, A New Beginning – Implementing the HMDA Rule

By:  Michele Renz January.  The month marking the start of new beginnings – a new year of good intentions and implementation of resolutions to better yourself personally.  While you undoubtedly started strong toward your goals and still have the best intentions, the reality, at least according to one study, is that 80% of resolutions fail […]


Tax Reform Update

Shortly before lunch on Wednesday, December 13, 2017, leaders from the House and the Senate have reached an agreement on a final tax bill.  A final vote on the tax bill is expected to occur next week.  Highlights of the agreement include lowering the corporate tax rate to 21 percent from the current 35 percent, […]





Forming an LLC in Pennsylvania

By:  Larry Zahn One of the more popular business entities used for small businesses today is the Limited Liability Company, commonly referred to as an LLC.  Many small businesses start out as sole proprietorships, filing a Schedule C with their personal income tax return.  However, the LLC offers several advantages that make this form of […]


Gift Taxes

As we approach the end of the year, many taxpayers consider making gifts to family members and are concerned about the tax consequences of these gifts.  For calendar year 2017, each taxpayer can make gifts of up to $14,000 to as many individuals as they wish without incurring any gift tax liability.  This cap is […]