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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.”









Casino gala celebrates Tustin businesses

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TUSTIN – The Tustin Chamber of Commerce announced its business of the year awards during a casino gala that drew more than 75 guests Friday at Tustin Ranch Golf Club.

Named Casino Royale, the James Bond-themed event featured a night of food, gaming, dancing and celebrating local businesses.

Tickets were $75 and included specialty food stations, $1,000 in gaming chips and raffles. Some $12,000 in prizes and gift cards were up for grabs, including food and rounds of golf at Tustin Ranch Golf Club, a painting party at Pinot’s Palette and a humidor from Maxamar Ultimate Cigars.

Here are the chamber’s businesses of the year, chosen from 28 nominees and ranked by the number of votes they received from the public:

• No. 1. Black Parrot Sign Studio

• No 2. CuSELLeration Marketing & Creative Solutions

• No. 3: Orange County Rescue Mission

• No. 4: Rasoi Curry Point

• No. 5: Pinot’s Palette

Contact the writer: 714-796-7963 or BStaggs@OCRegister.com

Tustin spikes Redlands East Valley

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The No. 5-seeded Tustin High volleyball team dominated from start to finish, throttling Redlands East Valley in three sets Tuesday evening in an opening-round match of the CIF-SS Division 4 playoffs at Tustin High.

The Tillers notched consecutive wins of 25-16, 25-9 and 25-17. Tustin will play Cerritos in the second round tonight at 7 at Tustin.


Miguel’s Jr. previews new restaurant

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Miguel’s Jr. brought a bit of Corona to Orange County on Friday when it previewed its newest fast food restaurant for reporters and food bloggers.

The new Miguel’s Jr. is in The Market Place, a sprawling shopping center that straddles Tustin and Irvine along Interstate 5.

Miguel’s Jr. is on the Tustin side, a little west of Jamboree Road on El Camino Real.

Contact the writer: fbuck@pe.com or 951-368-9551, http://www.pe.com/articles/miguel-766830-tustin-store.html


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Along El Camino Real in Old Town Tustin sits dozens of historic buildings, but there’s one that stands out. Built in 1885, a small, red store is considered one of the oldest buildings in the entire city. A sign on the front of the building denotes that it was home to the first doctor’s office in the town. Locals know it as the Jabberwocky. “This building is the prime building in Orange County,” owner Margaret Pottenger said. In 1959, Pottenger says she fell in love with the store’s large bay windows and began renting it for $75 a month. She opened a clothing store, selling only elegant dresses and apparel for teenage girls, virtually unheard of at that time. The name for the store came from the comic “Gasoline Alley,” she says. “Jabberwocky was the latest teenage jargon at the time,” Pottenger said. Five years later, she bought the store and moved into the house behind it, where she’s lived ever since. She ran the Jabberwocky until 1988, when she began leasing it to other tenants. On December 14, 2011, an unattended candle nearly burned her beloved building down. “They weren’t able to save a lot of the back, but the front they did save,” recalls Pottenger. Over the last few years, Pottenger’s nephew and a team began rebuilding the space, but it hasn’t been cheap. To help offset the costs, Linda Jennings, the president of Tustin’s Preservation Conservancy, started an online fundraiser this week. “People who have contributed to this fund talk about the fact that they remember coming here and shopping and how much they appreciated this building,” Jennings said. Jennings set the goal at $10,000 to help finish the construction and pay bills. They hope to find someone to eventually rent the space. No matter who moves in, Pottenger hopes people don’t ever forget what the Jabberywocky means to her and the community. “I just want them to remember that this is the greatest building in town,” Pottenger said.

To donate, visit www.gofundme.com/n2riac.

Courtesy of ABC7 News

Get an up close view of the hangar at the Leprechaun Leap 5K

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By Jonathan Stone / Contributing writer

njitxn-b88323015z.120150209122034000gtu7tmkl.10Looking to get a glimpse inside a Tustin landmark, while raising money for local charities? The upcoming Leprechaun Leap 5K Run gives you that chance.

Completed in 1943, Tustin’s military hangars housed the Navy’s lighter than air patrol blimps. Redeveloped after the war, the hangar complex became dedicated to helicopter operations, eventually becoming the home of the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing.

The base closed in 1993, but the Marine aviators remain a beloved memory for the people of Tustin, proud to have played a part in military aviation history.

Opportunities to venture inside the hangars are rare, but residents will have an opportunity to do just that on March 15 during the Leprechaun Leap 5K Run, hosted by the Tustin Chamber of Commerce. The chip-timed event includes a trip through hangar two as part of a certified 5-kilometer route. This is the fourth Leprechaun Leap and the second time the hangar has been a part of the route.

The race is pet-friendly, and costumes are encouraged. Race day events also include beer tasting, live music and vendors. The Leprechaun Leap raises money for local charities and in 2015 will be supporting Heroes and Healthy Families.

Headquartered in Santa Ana, Heroes and Healthy Families has served more than 20,500 Marines and sailors from nine military installations across the continental United States, Hawaii and Japan since 2004. Its mission is to empower our nation’s military and their families to heal the psychological wounds of war by providing them with critical knowledge and psychological support.

Heroes and Healthy Families also offers a series of marriage retreats for couples that take place on military bases and in Orange County for veterans and active-duty service members from all branches of the United States military.

The proceeds of the 2015 Leprechaun Leap 5K will be used to serve 3,000 Marines and sailors stationed in Okinawa, Japan on April 28-30.

Those interested in learning more about Heroes and Healthy Families and the Tustin hangars are encouraged to participate in the Leprechaun Leap 5K Run by visiting LeprechaunLeap.org, TustinChamber.org and HeroesAndHealthyFamilies.org.

Thank you to the OC Register for the article.

February Monthly Member Breakfast

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Name: Monthly Membership Breakfast
Date: February 11, 2015
Time: 7:30 AM – 9:00 AM PST

The Chamber monthly membership breakfast is your opportunity to meet other members, enjoy a beautiful view while eating a breakfast with fellow Tustinites.  Each month the Chamber membership honors a police officer from the Tustin Police Department chosen by the Chief of Police.  We either have a special guest speaker Lacy Kelly.  Self introductions close out the morning.  Come and join us and find out what is going on in Tustin, guests are always welcome!