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Julie Ayers Honored as a 2016 Most Influential Woman by The Mecklenburg Times

Principal Member Julie Ayers, CPA has been named as one of the honorees for The Mecklenburg Times’ 2016 50 Most Influential Women.  Julie’s leadership and professionalism made her stand out among scores of nominees.

At LBA Haynes Strand, Julie has helped lead the firm through a number of mergers and acquisitions, that have turned LBA Haynes Strand into one of the fastest growing privately held businesses in the Charlotte region.  In addition, Julie is head of the tax and charter school accounting departments at the Firm.

“To be mentioned as one of The 50 Most Influential Women is an enormous achievement for me,” says Ayers. “I am proud of the work I have done at LBA Haynes Strand, proud of the work the team has done at LBA Haynes Strand, and proud of my involvement with the women business community over the past 8 years – where I have learned so much and made such amazing connections.”

The 50 Most Influential Women will be honored during an awards reception on Friday, May 20th at the Hilton Charlotte Center City.  Also during the event, the Woman of the Year honoree will be announced.  This special award will be kept top secret until the announcement and will be selected from the 2016 class of honorees.

NC Charter Schools Accounting: ISIS Rebranded as LINQ

We received word that North Carolina Charter Schools will no longer be using an accounting software called “ISIS”.  The group in charge of the accounting software has unveiled a re-brand that will change the name to “LINQ”.  The official switch over will happen on January 29th – including new logos (already unveiled here!), branding, and a new website: www.thinklinq.com.

Curious to learn more about LINQ?

Charter Schools in North Carolina use an accounting software that will now be known as LINQ.  LINQ is designed and supported by a North Carolina company out of Wilmington called, Education Management Systems, Inc.  The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (DPI) actually supplies the software to the Charter School and the Charter School is then responsible for paying the quarterly support payment of $745.00.

The LINQ software accounting program is the Charter School’s primary method of communicating  financial information to DPI.  DPI requires month end reporting of all financial transactions and payroll within the first two business days following month end.  The LINQ software will create the following formatted files for DPI reporting: financial reporting, payroll files, orbit reporting files, and employer reports for Staff ID.

LBA Haynes Strand has a team that excels in using this software.  The functions will all be the same – and the transition from ISIS to LINQ will be seamless among our Charter School clients.  Keep an eye on www.thinklinq.com on Friday, January 29th for the big unveil!