WHAT DOES GROWTH LOOK LIKE?
By Lisa Purichia
Partner, Director of Entrepreneurial Services

You've no doubt heard the old business adage, "If you're not growing, you're dying." With the passage of tax reform, most experts say the outlook for improved growth is positive. When business leaders are more optimistic, they start making plans to grow their companies.

But what do we really mean when we say that? In other words, what does growth look like?

The most common meaning refers to growing revenue and profitability, or employees and locations. But positive growth doesn't just mean expanding your bottom line or your roster. It can mean any number of ways to improve your organization's processes and capabilities, as well as its reach.

EMPLOYEE SPOTLIGHT: LILA CASPER
Lila Casper joined Sponsel CPA Group one year ago after already having experience in public accounting. As a Staff Accountant in the Audit & Assurance Services department, her duties include conducting audits, reviews, compilations and agreed-upon procedures for clients across a broad spectrum of industries including construction, distribution, manufacturing, service and not-for-profit.

She is a CPA and a member of the Indiana CPA Society (INCPAS), as well as a member of the Fun Committee at Sponsel CPA Group. Lila earned her bachelor's degree in business administration and master of accountancy degree from the University of Texas at San Antonio.

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BEWARE OF MELTDOWN COMPUTER VULNERABILITY
By Chris Edwards
Manager, IT Services

A critical new vulnerability in computer systems has been revealed that could pose a significant threat at any person or organization that wants to safeguard its private information. Called Meltdown, it's the hottest topic right now in information technology circles.

Meltdown lets an attacker access any information in your computer's memory, including passwords, financial data and anything else you've accessed or used on your computer. It is severe, and it can be executed remotely. This vulnerability may also affect some smartphones and tablets.

Meltdown is not a virus, but a vulnerability in the processing chips made by Intel after 1995, which are used in many computers running the Microsoft, Apple or Linux operating systems, as well as some mobile devices.

Dalton Mudd joins firm
 
Sponsel CPA Group is pleased to welcome Dalton Mudd to our team as a Staff accountant in the Tax Services department. He is a graduate of Marian University with a bachelor's degree in Accounting and Finance, and previously interned with Sponsel last year. His duties will include tax planning, preparation and projections for individuals and businesses. Welcome, Dalton!
 
New intern is Skyler McCool 
 
Skyler McCool will be interning with the firm for the next few months, splitting his time between the Audit & Assurance Services and Tax Services departments. He is currently attending Marian University with a major in Accounting and Finance. In addition to preparing individual, corporation, partnership, fiduciary and other tax returns, he will perform audits, reviews, compilations and agreed-upon procedures, primarily for clients in the construction, manufacturing and nonprofit sectors.