Dr. Gregory A. Franklin to Speak at Tustin Chamber Breakfast 10-14-2015


Dr. Gregory A. Franklin has been serving as superintendent of the Tustin Unified School District since July 1, 2011. Dr. Franklin has worked in public education for the past 30 years. Prior to joining TUSD, he served as superintendent of the Los Alamitos Unified School District, assistant superintendent of educational services for the Glendale Unified School District and assistant superintendent of human resources in the Fullerton Joint Union High School District. He was also principal of Fullerton Union High School and Bonita High School in the Bonita Unified School District, and assistant principal at Saddleback High School in the Santa Ana Unified School District. Read More…  Register for Breakfast

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Wally Karp Memorial Golf Tournament Sponsors

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Thank you to CR&R for becoming a Wally Karp Memorial Golf Tournament Eagle Sponsor and to Enderle Center , Right at Home and Roger Dunn Golf Shops for becoming a Birdie Sponsors! We couldn’t do it without our sponsors.

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TUSTIN, CA, OCTOBER 1, 2015 – HMWC CPAs & Business Advisors (“HMWC”) has been selected by “INSIDE Public Accounting” as one of the nation’s 300 largest CPA firms.   HMWC specializes in serving the financial and tax needs of privately-held businesses and their owners throughout Southern California.  INSIDE Public Accounting is the leading public accounting publication of record.  The “IPA 300” is the only ranking of its kind in the profession.

The IPA 300 issue, published in October, ranks CPA firms by revenues, with $7.6 million being the minimum to make the list this year. This definitive list was compiled by analyzing more than 500 responses to IPA’s Survey and Analysis of Firms. CPA firm associations also assisted in identifying the nation’s largest firms.  The annual IPA rankings are among the longest-running, most accurate and up-to-date for the nation’s largest accounting firms. INSIDE Public Accounting was founded in 1987, and is published by The Platt Consulting Group, located in Carmel, Indiana.

Says Steve Williams, Managing Partner at HMWC, “We are pleased to be recognized for our growth, which stems from our mission to provide our clients, regardless of size, with a level of service and quality that is unparalleled in the industry. This honor reflects the quality of our firm’s partner and management group, as well as our staff and administrative personnel.  We are very proud to have been selected.”

For copies of the 2015 IPA 300 Firms October issue of IPA, please contact Chelsea Page at (317) 733-1920; cpage@plattgroupllc.com.

About HMWC:  For more than 45 years, HMWC CPAs & Business Advisors (www.hmwccpa.com) has specialized in serving the financial and tax needs of privately-held businesses and their own­ers throughout Southern California.  The firm offers a complete array of services, including audit and accounting, tax consulting, Complete Financial Office Solutions, business advisory consulting, estate and financial planning, pension and human resources consulting, information technology consulting, mergers and acquisitions consulting, forensic accounting and business valuation.  Industries served include real estate, contractors, healthcare, manufacturing and distribution, financial services, professional services and not-for profit.   HMWC serves business of all sizes, including emerging businesses, and is one of a few CPA firms nationwide to specifically serve Women-Owned Business and Seniors.  The firm is one of Orange County’s top 15 accounting firms, as ranked by the Orange County Business Journal, and the largest in Tustin.  HMWC is a member of Integra International, Inc., an interactive global network of local independent accounting, audit, tax and consulting firms.

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TUSTIN, CA, SEPTEMBER 21, 2015 – As part of the firm’s community and philanthropic efforts, 18 management, staff and family members of HMWC CPAs & Business Advisors (“HMWC”) volunteered on Saturday, September 19, 2015 to help clean-up the Upper Newport Bay Ecological Reserve as part of the statewide “California Coastal Cleanup Day.”  The Newport Bay Conservancy estimates that at the annual event over 1,000 people venture out into the marsh from the land and the water to remove over 20,000 lbs. of trash and recyclables.  HMWC was also one of the major sponsors of the annual clean-up day.

HMWC volunteers helped collect the trash and recyclables throughout the day.  Coastal Cleanup Day is the only day of the year when volunteers are allowed to enter many sensitive areas of the Bay where trash washes in from surrounding cities, polluting the Bay’s waters, harming its wildlife and threatening public health.  Upper Newport Ecological Reserve totals 752 acres. This coastal wetland, one of the largest in southern California , is renowned as one of the finest bird watching sites in North America. During winter migration up to 35,000 birds may be using the Bay at one time, including several  rare or endangered species. Considered a “critical estuary” habitat, Upper Newport Bay is one of the most pristine remaining estuaries in Southern California.

According to the California Coastal Commission, every year, on the third Saturday in September, people join together at sites all over California to take part in the State’s largest volunteer event, California Coastal Cleanup Day.  In 2014, nearly 67,000 volunteers removed more than 1,190,000 pounds of trash and recyclables from California’s beaches, lakes, and waterways (2015 amounts, when tallied, are expected to be similar).   The event is part of the International Coastal Cleanup, organized by the Ocean Conservancy, which is the largest volunteer event on the planet.

About HMWC:  For more than 45 years, HMWC CPAs & Business Advisors (www.hmwccpa.com) has specialized in serving the financial and tax needs of privately held businesses and their own­ers throughout Southern California. The firm is one of Orange County’s top 15 accounting firms, as ranked by the Orange County Business Journal, and the largest in Tustin.  HMWC CPAs & Business Advisors has been recognized by the Orange County Business Journal’s “Best Places to Work” in Orange County for 2010-2012.  The firm has also been named by the Tustin Chamber of Commerce as the “2012 Small Business of the Year.”









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Wally Karp Memorial Golf Tournament


The 2015 Wally Karp Memorial Golf Tournament, honoring the only Tustin Police Department officer killed in the line of duty, will be one of the City’s most exciting tournament and dinner events, bringing the businesses of the area together for a great day of fun at the beautiful Tustin Ranch Golf Club. A portion of the proceeds from this event will be donated to the Tustin Police Foundation.

DATE: Thursday, November 5, 2015
LOCATION: Tustin Ranch Golf Club
12442 Tustin Ranch Road
Tustin, CA 92782
ENTRY FEE: $195 Per Player
$750 Foursome
Tournament Fees include green fees, box lunch, tee prizes and BBQ dinner
$50 Dinner only
TIME: 10:30am Registration and driving range opens
12:00pm Shotgun Start/ Scramble format
6:00pm Dinner, Awards Presentations, Opportunity Drawings
REGISTER Read more ›

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IRS Identity Theft Workshop Tuesday September 29th at 3:00pm and 7:00pm

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A Weekend of Events



It was a busy week for Chamber members last week. Thursday PGA Tour Superstore held a mixer that was truly made for business. As most of us know the fairway is a place many business arrangements are made and PGA Superstore will help get you in the game. There was food for everyone, Beer, Sangria, Golf Lessons, Free Driving Range Sessions, a putting contest and many giveaways. It was a mixer like no other. Make sure to read the Weekly Tustin Chamber Newsletter to see when PGA Tour Superstore will have their next event. Head to their website at http://www.pgatoursuperstore.com/irvine.jsp to see how to get your golf game in full swing.

On Friday the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic development held a workshop for small business on applying for the California Competes Tax Credit. The Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development is travelling the state to inform businesses about the California Competes Tax Credit. It’s an incentive provided to businesses to promote job creation in the state of California. 25% of all funds are reserved for small businesses that make under $2 million in gross revenues. The tax credit is non-refundable, but can be carried forward for 6 years to offset any taxes owed on the business return to the Franchise Tax Board, and in some cases it can be passed through to the owner’s individual income tax return. The awards for the application period from July 20, 2015 – August 17th, 2015 will total $75 million. 62 people attended of which were several Chamber Members. Chamber Members Clark & Company provided coffee and were on hand to help answer tax related questions. The event took place at the Tustin Library’s Professional Training Center. Chamber attendees included CFO Emily Banks, Board Members Glen Hackler, Rand Sherff, George Strickland, Jerry Craig, and Cindy Brunner. Office Staff in attendance were Office Manager Juanita Jaros and Member Services Associate Lisa Gross. For more information on the tax credit and to see if your business qualifies please contact Clark & Company at http://clarkcompanycpas.com/contact/.

On Saturday Night, chamber member Wilcox Manor hosted an event to raise money for another chamber member, the Tustin Community Foundation. The theme was 1920’s murder mystery, and there was over 100 attendees. The party included a live auction, dinner and a show. TCF’s Erin McPherson Nielsen was in the cast as well as Wilcox Manor’s Michael Demoratz, Chamber CFO Emily Banks, and Chamber Member and Chick-fil-A owner Peter Brakke. Board Member Cindy Brunner’s daughter had a role as did Chuck Puckett, Tustin’s Mayor. This has been “THE MOST SUCCESSFUL TCF EVENT we have ever had!!!” according to Erin McPherson Nielsen. She went on to say “We raised $20,000!! Thank you to everyone who supported the Foundation with your generosity. Can’t wait to give out our grants!”  For more information on upcoming events and how to participate in the Tustin Community Foundation go to: http://www.tustincommunityfoundation.org/Sites/US/CA/Tustin/TustinCommunityFoundation-76764/Web/Home.htm

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Chamber Members Collaborate to Create Something Special

B&GC fundraiser

It was a great night in Tustin. On July 14th Chamber member Pinot’s Palette held a fundraiser to benefit the Boys & Girls Club of Tustin, another chamber member.  Pinot’s Palette had a great painting lined up for everyone who came out. Beginners to expert painters were encouraged to put brush to canvas and step by step recreate a work of art. A Day at the Dunes was the theme for the night’s paining. It was a landscape painting of sandy dunes overlooking the ocean at sunset. There was wine and fun for all in attendance. The most important thing for the evening was that the proceeds of the event went to The Boys & Girls Club. The Boy & Girls Club’s mission is to inspire and empower all young people, especially those who need us most, to realizetheir full potential as healthy, productive, caring, and responsible citizens. The Tustin Chamber of Commerce encourages our members to come together and help promote each other’s businesses. We are extremely proud of Pinot’s Palette for putting on this event for our one of our charitable organizations and encourage all of our businesses to collaborate and do business together. If you are looking for a list of businesses and charities that belong to our chamber please visithttp://business.tustinchamber.org/list. We hope to hear more about successful business partnerships in the future and know that our members are striving to make our community a better place in which to work and live. If you would like your event or hot deal promoted by the chamber please email us details at president@tustinchamber.org.

Chamber members in attendance included, Vice Chair Cris Cusac, CFO Emily Banks, Board Member Elise Perkins and Member Services Associate Lisa Gross.

For more information on Chamber Events visit: http://business.tustinchamber.org/events/calendar/

To learn more about Pinot’s Palette and their painting classes visit: https://www.pinotspalette.com/tustin

And to donate or find more FUNdraisers please visit our friends at the Boys & Girls of Tustin here:


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Bowl of Heaven Ribbon Cutting



The Tustin Chamber of Commerce Celebrated the arrival of one of its newest members Bowl of Heaven last Wednesday. Bowl of Heaven offers Acai Bowls, Juices, and Smoothies that are dairy free and have no sugar added. Their goal is “to delight, nourish, and satisfy each guest in a way that creates loyalty and trust.”

Located in The District, the largest shopping center of Tustin’s Legacy, Bowl of Heaven is a short drive for Tustinites. During our Ribbon Cutting Founder Dan McCormick stopped by to support his newest store. Bowl of Heaven plans to expand its operation to more than 30 stores in the near future. They plan to make our community a better area not only with their delicious meals but with their jobs for Tustin’s youth. Their ideal candidate for Bowl of Heaven employees is someone they can give life skills to make their store, and surrounding area better.

Chairman of the Board Jennifer Dougherty encourages all chamber members and anyone in the surrounding area to make a stop by this great establishment. Her favorite in the North Shore Bowl that has Organic Açaí, Strawberries, Bananas, Blueberries, 100% Apple Juice & MAQ 7 blended together and topped with organic hemp flax seed granola, fresh banana, and honey.

Board members present: Jennifer Dougherty, Chairman, Cris Cusac, Vice Chair, Emily Banks, CFO, Glen Hackler, & George Strickland. Ambassadors Present: James Moore, John Mavros, Patricia Matias & Christian Keeney. Chamber Staff: Lisa Gross,  Member Services Associate. Government Leaders: Mimi Walters showed her support and sent in a certificate for Bowl of Heaven. Board of Equalization Member Diane Harkey’s staff members Andrew Fromm and Karissa Willette presented a certificate. Tracy Tran representing Assemblyman Donald Wagner’s office presented a certificate.

Check them out at http://bowlofheaven.com or visit them at 2423 Park Avenue  Tustin, CA 92872.



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David Behr to speak at next Breakfast 8-12-2015

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Build Trust, Minimize Risk, Increase Credibility
and pave the way for closing more sales—even to your toughest prospects

Workshop Outline:

• NO EXCUSES: Create a No Excuse Environment and Achieve Anything You Want
• PROSPERITY MINDSET TRAINING: Create the Will Power to Overcome any Obstacle
• EVENT MANAGEMENT vs TIME MANAGEMENT: Don’t Mistake Busyness for Business
• POWER of CONSISTENCY: The Key to Success is Two Words. Every Day
• PROSPECTING TIPS: To Help You Stay Motivated and Set More Appointments
• NEGOTIATING STRATEGIES: Selling on Value Instead of Price

What: A powerful workshop that will provide you with the skills and mindset to out-position,
out-sell and out-hustle your competition.
Who: Tustin Chamber of Commerce Breakfast
When: Wednesday, August 12th from 7:30am – 9:00am
Where: Tustin Ranch Golf Club / 12442 Tustin Ranch Road Tustin, CA 92782
Cost: $20.00 Members with RSVP $25.00 non-members and walk-ins
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