Soulman’s Bar-B-Que Backs North Texas Students with Backpack Drive

Drop-offs available at all 21 DFW Soulman’s locations

July 23, 2019 (DALLAS) – With the rise in North Texas school districts that have a high volume of students in need, Soulman’s Bar-B-Que is teaming up with local Dallas radio station, 94.9 KLTY, to coordinate donations of backpacks and school supplies at all of their 21 North Texas locations beginning on July 22, 2019.

“We are strongly committed to the communities we serve. In the spirit of back-to-school and access to a great education for each and every child, we are opening our doors to anyone who wants to gather new school supplies, fill as many backpacks as they can and bring them to any of our collection boxes. Our goal is to get as many supplies and backpacks to students in time for the first day of the 2019-2020 school year,” says Soulman’s Bar-B-Que Director of Marketing, Baylea Wood.

Soulman’s and 94.9 KLTY will be hosting a Kick-Off Event on August 3, 2019 at the Rowlett Chamber of Commerce from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Additionally, there will be four live remote broadcasts in August at the Soulman’s Bar-B-Que locations in Southlake (10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on August 5), Wylie (11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on August 6),  Mansfield (5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on August 7) and Royse City (3 p.m. to 7 p.m. on August 9).

Soulman’s Bar-B-Que is honored to support education in North Texas through numerous initiatives. Throughout the year, Soulman’s Bar-B-Que hosts events that benefit their neighboring schools. Coupled with fundraising for booster clubs, auction donations, team meals and Spirit Nights, Soulman’s is a proud sponsor of education in North Texas.

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 About Soulman’s Bar-B-Que

For more than 40 years, Soulman’s Bar-B-Que has satisfied the hardest to please bar-b-que lovers….Texans!  Founded in Pleasant Grove, Texas in 1974, Soulman’s had only a few simple goals—serve great Texas-style BBQ and offer friendly, sincere service.  Soulman’s original family recipes are still the foundation for the company’s success from their 8 different types of meat that are smoked “low & slow” over only hickory wood to their famous homemade sides, including Ranch house beans and Texas style cream corn! Throughout the years, this family-owned and operated company has remained true to their original strive for success and customer satisfaction and is honored to be considered one of the Top Bar-B-Que Chains in America (2018). Soulman’s currently owns and operates 21 North and East Texas locations in Addison, Allen, Cedar Hill, Forney, Garland, Greenville, Hurst, Hurst- Grapevine Highway, Lancaster, Lewisville, Mansfield, Mesquite, Quinlan, Rockwall I-30, Rockwall Goliad, Royse City, Southlake, Sulphur Springs, Terrell, Van and Wylie. To learn more about Soulman’s Bar-B-Que, visit them online at http://www.soulmans.com or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/soulmansbbq.

 

Media Contact:
Dana Cobb; 972-955-9747
pr@soulmans.com

Tax Alert: IRS Revises Procedures for Obtaining Employer Identification Numbers

As part of its ongoing security review, the Internal Revenue Service announced last week that it is implementing new procedures that will allow only certain individual taxpayers qualifying as the “responsible party” to request Employer Identification Numbers (EIN) for a legal entity. The new procedures will apply to both online EIN applications and paper filings of Form SS-4, Application for Employer Identification Number. The procedures are designed to improve transparency and provide increased security to the EIN process.

An EIN is the nine-digit tax identification number required to be used for the federal income tax filings and reporting for employers, corporations, partnerships, limited liability companies, estates, trusts, sole proprietors, nonprofit associations, government agencies, retirement plans, and other business entities.

Effective May 13, 2019, only an individual taxpayer that has either a Social Security number or an individual taxpayer identification number (ITIN) will be recognized by the IRS as the responsible party eligible to submit an EIN application. Other entities will no longer be able to obtain additional identification numbers for related entities using their existing EIN.

Generally, the responsible party for a legal entity is the person that owns, controls, or exercises the ultimate effective control over the entity. If more than one person qualifies, the entity may choose which individual will be treated as the responsible party.   A detailed explanation of who should be the responsible party for the various types of entities is included in the instructions for Form SS-4.

If the responsible party subsequently changes, the entity should change the official designation by filing Form 8822-B, Change of Address or Responsible Party, within 60 days of the change. Only federal, state, local and tribal governmental entities and the military (including state national guards) are exempt from the responsible party requirements. However, there is no change in the procedures that allow tax professionals to act as third-party designees to apply for EINs for their clients.

The IRS has formally announced the new procedures weeks in advance to ensure that entities and their representatives have adequate time to identify the correct responsible party and comply with the new policy. Please do not hesitate to contact your Whitley Penn tax advisor to assist you in identifying the applicable responsible person for your organizations and ensuring a seamless transition to adhering to the new rules.

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Shred’N Service Purchased by ProShred of North Texas

Chad Turner of Chad’s Shred’N Service announces the company has been purchased by ProShred of North Texas. “We have worked together with Chad’s Shred’N Service, specifically with on-site shredding, for the past several years and we are pleased that Chad will join our team,” says ProShred president Angela Davis. She continues, “We know Chad has done a great job over the past 12 years in developing his company with hard work and keeping the trust of his clients. We plan to continue his efforts in growing the Metroplex area with that same hard work and trust.”

“ProShred offers some additional services that Chad’s Shred’N Service was not in the position to offer in the past, such as hard drive shredding, scanning, scheduled route service, and accepting credit card payments. We believe this synergy will help both Chad and us,” adds Ms. Davis. “We will keep Chad’s telephone number and mailing address for the next several months to help with the transition of his clients.”

Beware of Online Phishing Attacks

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We’ve recently seen an increase in phishing and email spoofing attempts. Unfortunately, many of these impersonation email attacks are not detectable by existing security solutions. The best protection is to be aware and prepared. Here are a couple of helpful tips to avert an attack:

  1. Think before you click! Your first instinct is right 90% of the time. If it isn’t a sender you recognize or something you are not expecting, question it.
  2. Before clicking on ANY link, hover over it with your mouse and the web address will pop up. If it’s a scam, it will be a random URL or name, instead of the legitimate name of the organization they are pretending to be.
  3. Never reply to the email asking if it is legitimate. The hackers often have access to this email and will respond and tell you it’s real. Call the person the email says it’s from, and ask them directly over the phone.
  4. If you’ve opened it by mistake, contact us right away! Microsoft Office 365 will never ask for your login information by email. Call us if you have any questions or concerns about an email in your inbox.

Below you will find a basic guide that showcases symptoms of a phishing attempt: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/safety/online-privacy/phishing-symptoms.aspx

M3 Networks, where your cyber-safety is our top priority.

Have you heard about Mission Central’s new STEPS program?

After spending a year talking to their guests and gathering information about their challenges and needs, Mission Central designed a new program to address what they told us.

STEPS (Self Transformation Equals Personal Success) was launched this past fall. This program provides job, budget, and financial management coaching for working families. The participants in this program are most likely already working — sometimes in more than one job, but they are still not making enough to prosper.

Program participants are encouraged to think about their dream job and receive help in making a plan toward achieving that job. They also receive help with skills like resume writing, interviewing for a job, budgeting, saving money, and repairing poor credit.

Mission Central is currently providing coaching and referral services to STEPS participants, but we hope to add more services to the program in 2018. Some of the services that could help families get a step ahead include helping with transportation costs to work or school, providing matching funds for education programs, or assisting with expenses relating to preparing for a job interview.

In order to begin adding these services in 2018, they need a strong finish in 2017. You can help by making a donation today. All donations made by December 31 are tax-deductible for 2017 and will help them reach their goal of raising $25,000 by the end of the year.

You can give someone a step up in 2018 by supporting Mission Central today.

Disaster Response Professionals outline holiday home fire prevention guidelines

Local Disaster Response Professional Says Keep the Focus on Fire Prevention for a Safe and Joyous Holiday Season SERVPRO® restoration specialist outlines holiday home fire prevention guidelines

Hurst, TX (Grassroots Newswire) November 29, 2017 — The American Red Cross (ARC) cites statistics from the U.S. Fire Administration showing nearly 47,000 fires occur during the winter holidays, claiming more than 500 lives, causing more than 2,200 injuries, and costing $554 million in property damage.

Jessica Henson of SERVPRO® of Grapevine/NE Tarrant Co. cautions homeowners to follow some important ARC guidelines for holiday decorating and entertaining to make sure that the glow in their holiday celebrations is from twinkling lights and not a costly and potentially deadly fire.

* Place Christmas trees and other holiday decorations at least three feet away from heat sources like fireplaces, portable heaters, radiators, heat vents, and candles.

* Purchase flame-retardant metallic or artificial trees. If you purchase a real tree, make sure that it has fresh, green needles that aren’t easily broken. Keep live trees as moist as possible by giving them plenty of water.

* Make sure that light strings and other holiday decorations are in good condition. Do not use anything with frayed electrical cords and always follow the manufacturer’s instructions.

* If you are celebrating Hanukkah or Kwanzaa, keep flammable items, including curtains and holiday decorations, at least three feet away from your candles. Place your menorah or kinara on a non-flammable surface, such as a tray lined with aluminum foil, to catch the melting candle wax.  Never leave lit candles unattended.

* Ensure all candles and smoking materials are properly extinguished after guests leave and always unplug tree and holiday lights before leaving home or going to bed.

“If, in spite of all your precautions, a fire does break out, the most important thing you can do to help save lives is to install and maintain smoke alarms throughout your property,” says Henson. “Having a working smoke alarm reduces everyone’s chances of dying in a fire by nearly half.” Henson notes that the ARC is joining with fire departments and community groups nationwide  to deliver and install a limited number of free smoke alarms in homes for those in need. Contact your local ARC chapter for more information.

The disaster response professionals at SERVPRO, a leader and provider of fire and water cleanup and restoration services, witness the devastation that home fires can cause far too often. They also know that when fire causes a loss of life, there is no “remediation” possible. To keep the focus on fire prevention, rather than fire restoration, SERVPRO has teamed up with the American Red Cross by supporting the ARC Disaster Responder program, and in particular the Home Fire Preparedness Campaign. As a Disaster Responder, SERVPRO pledges dollars and support in advance to help the ARC develop and distribute educational materials and respond immediately when they are needed.

 

“As a SERVPRO professional, I know that even the most diligent fire prevention planning can’t prevent all home fires. That’s why fire safety planning, like installing and maintaining smoke detectors and having a family escape plan, is also important,” says Henson. “If a fire does break out in your home this holiday season, make sure all your family members follow this life-saving advice from the ARC: Get Out, Stay Out, and Call for Help.

For more fire prevention and fire safety tips and information about fire and water damage restoration services, please visit www.servpro.com. For more information on SERVPRO® of Grapevine/NE Tarrant Co., please contact Jessica Henson at (817) 595-2506 or sparish@servpro10457.com.

 

About SERVPRO®

Founded in 1967, the SERVPRO® Franchise System is a leader and provider of fire and water cleanup and restoration services and mold mitigation and remediation. SERVPRO’s professional services network of more than 1,700 individually owned and operated Franchises responds to property damage emergencies ranging from small individual disasters to multi-million dollar large-loss events. Providing coverage in the United States and Canada, the SERVPRO® System has established relationships with major insurance companies and commercial clients, as well as individual homeowners.

Contact:
Jessica Henson
SERVPRO® of Grapevine/NE Tarrant Co.
(817) 595-2506
sparish@servpro10457.com

Atmos Energy Ranked Highest in Customer Satisfaction

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Kelly Pacleb
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DALLAS (Sept. 20, 2017) – Atmos Energy is at the top of consumer lists according to J.D. Power’s 2017 Gas Utility Residential Customer Satisfaction Study. Atmos Energy ranks number one in the south region’s pool of utilities serving 400,000 or more residential customers.

“This ranking demonstrates that our continued focus on safety resonates with our customers.   Safety is our number one priority and our customers have clearly heard that loud and clear,” Vice President of Customer Service Clay Cash says. “Another customer service success is our ease of access. Customers can reach us on just about any platform, mobile included, to make it easy for them to do business with us in this fast-paced, increasingly mobile society.”

The ranking is based on more than 61,000 online interviews. Results noted that customer satisfaction was largely based on the utility’s safety and communication. Atmos Energy’s first priority is always the safety of our customers, community and employees. Details on the survey and results can be viewed here.

About Atmos Energy

Atmos Energy Corporation, headquartered in Dallas, is the country’s largest, fully-regulated, natural-gas-only distributor, serving over three million natural gas distribution customers in over 1,400 communities in eight states from the Blue Ridge Mountains in the East to the Rocky Mountains in the West. Atmos Energy also manages company-owned natural gas pipeline and storage assets, including one of the largest intrastate natural gas pipeline systems in Texas. For more information, visit www.atmosenergy.com. Atmos Energy can also be accessed through social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube.