Hilaire Consulting Group

FINANCIAL & BUSINESS Hilaire Consulting Group (HCG) is a full-service accounting firm. We can act as your accounting department or provide services a la Carte: payroll, managerial accounting services (Treasurer, Controller, Virtual Chief Financial Officer), financial reporting (profit and loss, balance sheets), audit preparation, budgeting, Federal Compliance, cash flows, accounts payable, contract negotiation. We primarily use QuickBooks (Desktop and Enterprise) and have extensive experience with other products, including MAS 90 and ACCPAC. With our wide-ranging use of secure cloud services (Right Networks, Gusto, Dropbox), we can offer our clients 24/7 access to their company’s financial data from anywhere. We can come to your location … [Read more...]

Pick of the Vine

Law Office of Michael J. Primus Bankruptcy allows individuals or businesses in financial trouble to have debts forgiven or, in some cases, make payment arrangements. Often “liquidation” or “reorganization” are the words used to sum up the process when you file for bankruptcy. There are several kinds of bankruptcy cases but Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 are the most common. Which option you should choose depends on several factors and it’s a good idea to consult with a lawyer to discuss this complicated matter. Michael Primus of the Law Offices of Michael J. Primus can help. As a bankruptcy lawyer with over twenty years of bankruptcy experience, Michael Primus has devoted his career to helping people with financial problems. A caring … [Read more...]

Law Office of Michael Primus

WILL I LOSE MY RETIREMENT IF I FILE BANKRUPTCY? There are many misconceptions about bankruptcy, amongst them is the notion that people lose everything if they file bankruptcy. Fortunately, the bankruptcy laws are designed to give the honest but unfortunate person a second chance. To facilitate that goal, the law allows bankrupt consumers to retain necessities of life (referred to as exemptions in legal terminology) while having debts forgiven. In contrast, corporations and limited liability companies are not entitled to exemptions, and if a corporation or limited liability company files bankruptcy assets are often sold to satisfy debts. Some small corporations are owned entirely by one person which complicates matters, and requires … [Read more...]

Tess’ Community Farm Kitchen

Gratitude Thanksgiving is almost here. I was always told to give thanks at this time of year. But some years, I don’t feel like it. I wake up and see all the things that are not right with the world, instead of waking up to joy and happiness. When Tess’ Community Farm Kitchen started, I knew that it would be a “first of its kind”, that there would be challenges. The County’s regulatory activities for the Ag Core, where we are located, have called for continued revising of our business plan, a serious challenge. Through it all, this year, I choose to be grateful and I plan on being the best farm market, cooking school, and commercial production kitchen we can be in 2018. Choosing to be grateful is nothing more than a choice, and choosing … [Read more...]

Timely Feature

Delta Diablo The Season of Thanksgiving is fast approaching and as families plan for special dinners and celebrations it is also time to remember how our actions impact our community and environment. For instance, some homeowners may be surprised to know that one of the main causes of sewer blockage is grease poured down the drain from mouth-watering dishes such as gravy, butter sautéed vegetables, deep-fried turkey and more. Residential sewer and kitchen drain blockages are caused by a build up of fats, oils and grease (called FOG in the pollution prevention business). Also, raw sewage overflows pose harmful health risks and back-ups can require residents to pay for expensive clean up that lead to higher sewer repair bills due to the … [Read more...]

Who’s Who In East County

Lavish Hair and Makeup Studio At Lavish Hair and Make-up Studio, they offer; hair services, face waxing, keratin hair treatment, eyelash extensions and make-up for any occasion. You can get almost anything beauty related done at Lavish to make yourself feel even more beautiful; all under one roof. Owner Isabelle Sexton studied at the Paul Mitchell School of Cosmetology where she earned her Esthetician License and opened Lavish in 2016. Isabelle enjoys the privacy of having her own salon and loves the experience of beautifying women, so she knew this was the perfect career for her. She has always known that she wanted to be her own boss, she even has her mom in a salon suite down the hall. Isabelle’s goal is to have each and every … [Read more...]

From the Desk of the CEO

Return on Ad Spending Your first step will be determining exactly what ROI (return on investment) means to you. Many people use the term but often confuse the meanings. If you’re looking at trying to calculate how much your spending in print advertising translates into sales, you’re technically looking at Return on Ad Spending (ROAS), but the terms are similar enough that many people just use them interchangeably. Other things to consider are, again, to determine what qualifies as “success” - a lead, a conversion, increased advertising awareness, increased brand awareness, etc. For simplicity’s sake, assuming that you’re looking at increased store traffic as your measure of success, here are some things you can do to calculate your … [Read more...]

Who’s Been Snooped?

Envious Designs for Your Home! East Contra Costa County awoke this morning to clear skies, a perfect view of our precious Mt. Diablo, a weather forecast of 94 degrees and we are one week away from Halloween. This year marks my 20th year as the Snoop and I couldn’t be more proud of our East County residents for their prayers, kindness and incredible contributions for the victims of the Wine Country fires and worldwide tragedies. How fortunate we are to have over 50 surrounding farmers taking care of our beautiful farmlands while growing world famous crops and maintaining the grounds to prevent it from harm. Our entire team at The Monthly Grapevine thanks all of you. Off on assignment, this particular business has been on my “to do” … [Read more...]

On the House

Don’t Let The End Of Daylight Saving Time Have You Coming Home In The Dark Come November 5, 2016, at 1 a.m. the clocks will officially “fall back” one hour at the end of daylight saving time, the practice of moving the clocks ahead by one hour every year in March that was implemented March 31, 1918 as a wartime measure, according to History.com. But what does the time change really mean other than gaining back that hour of sleep you lost last spring? In simple terms, it means the sun will rise and set one hour earlier, which equates to more sunlight in the morning and less sunlight in the evening hours. Oftentimes the change takes some getting used to, especially when you are leaving the house early in the morning and not getting back … [Read more...]

For Your Dental Health

Kidney Disease And Oral Health Kidneys perform extremely important functions in the body. They expel waste like urea, help produce red blood cells, regulate blood pressure and regulate calcium, phosphate and vitamin D in the body. Kidney disease often does not exhibit any symptoms until it is in the advanced stages. The dentist can help detect early warning signs by evaluating patients for high blood pressure and determining whether patients have a history of heart and kidney disease. If the early signs are present the patient can be referred to their physician as early treatment can reduce the likelihood of End Stage Renal Disease or ESRD from developing. Kidney disease is a progressively debilitating condition that leads to ESRD in … [Read more...]