December Newsletter 2016
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Take the Right Steps in 2017 to Selecting the Ideal Bookkeeper for Your Business 📝🔍

By Jennifer Barnes, CEO & Co-Founder, Pro Back Office

Ensuring you have the right Bookkeeper or Staff Accountant, Accounting Manager or Controller combo is vital to growing your business. Having a team that can keep track of the day-to-day accounting transactions so that you can maintain operations is imperative. You as a business owner should focus on sales and customers, strategy, vision and making decisions that will help you grow and increase profits. A good accounting team will not only take great care of your day-to-day transactional accounting, but they will oversee other important financial aspects of your business; such as analytics, cash flow management and forward thinking financial advice. 

To ensure that you have found a qualified accounting team, here are a few tips to guide your search.

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Pro Back Office Celebrates Growth With New Office Space & Ribbon Cutting Ceremony 🎉

2016 has been a phenomenal year for Pro Back Office and its Co-founders, CEO Jennifer Barnes. and COO Mike Ford. Along with their partner Scott Palka, staff, clients, friends and family of Pro Back Office celebrated the relocation of their company headquarters with an Open House commemoration and ribbon cutting ceremony conducted by the San Diego Chamber of Commerce. Named the Fifth Fastest Growing Private Company in San Diego, Pro Back Office has grown exponentially since its opening four years ago. Now servicing more than 200 clients throughout the Southwest United States, with their latest services offerings now available in Phoenix, AZ.

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Employee Spotlight: Meet Brenda 🎆

By Marchella Marconi, Marketing Assistant, Pro Back Office

Brenda Navarro is a native San Diegan and has been with Pro Back Office (PBO) as an Accounting Manager for the past two years. She is currently earning her master’s degree in accounting, while raising two boys, and staying on top of all her other projects and plans. With 2016 quickly coming to an end, Brenda shared with us the most valuable things she has learned this year, her life outside of PBO, and her family’s meaningful holiday traditions.

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Pro Back Office Celebrates Entrepreneurship Month With Junior Achievement Society 🎈

This past November, Jennifer and her fellow Junior Achievement Executive Society Board members helped kick off Entrepreneurship Month. The board, consisting of local San Diego entrepreneurs, connected with middle school and high school students by sharing their entrepreneurial experiences, knowledge and passion. 

Junior Achievement (JA) Young Executive Board - Courtsey of JA of San Diego

Learn More Here

Good Reads

Three Proven Strategies that Reduce Workers Comp Costs

When Do You Need a 409A Valuation Update?

HR Corner

The minimum salary threshold will increase on January 1, 2017, due to the CA minimum wage change.  This new threshold will be $43,680.  
Please keep in mind that for exempt employees, the salary threshold is just one part of the picture.  If you need assistance determining if staff should be exempt, please let me know I'll be happy to help.  

Laura Nieman, PHR
HR and Operations Manager

Take Note

Beginning January 1, 2017, the standard mileage rates for the use of a car (also vans, pickups or panel trucks) will be 53.5 cents per mile for business miles driven, down from 54 cents for 2016.

Community Events

1/7 - San Diego Wine & Beer Co., Wines From Around the World Tasting

1/11 - WeWork Networking Mixer

1/12 - BEC, Shaking It Up With a "Millennial" Entrepreneur 

1/17 - ACG, San Diego Success Story: How Local Company Transitioned to National Fortune 

1/23 - Management Development Program for Non-Profits

1/27 - Junior Achievement of San Diego, Casino Night


"The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart. Wishing you happiness." - Helen Keller 💝✨


About Pro Back Office

Pro Back Office (“PBO”) gives you access to highly skilled finance and accounting talent. We have more than 55 professionals in our San Diego office and serve clients throughout the Pacific Southwest region.  Our back office management and project consulting professionals offer expertise in all aspects of finance and accounting from the bookkeeping role to the CFO. 
The three partners of PBO – Scott Palka, Jennifer Barnes and Mike Ford – bring a combined 70+ years of finance, accounting and business consulting experience.  Many of our team members have Big 4 experience in audit and consulting.  PBO’s client base covers many industries including: manufacturing, construction & development, real estate, food & beverage, medical device & life science, non-profit, professional services, healthcare, technology and software.  Our model provides a comprehensive and personalized solution for your finance, accounting and consulting needs by giving you support at varying levels. PBO aims to push work down to the lowest level resource in a cost effective and efficient manner.  Please visit our website at for more information.

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