A Woman Who I Admire

A Woman Who I AdmireBy Benjamin Sweeney

Over half of the people in the world are women. There are so many women who I admire, including my two grandmothers, my teacher, and my aunts. There is one special woman who I admire most. That special woman is my mom, Deborah Sweeney. Some of the reasons I admire my mom include her intelligence, her kindness, her hard work and her great attitude.

My mom is a very smart person. She helps me with my homework when I am having trouble with it. My mom also helps me with my after school class, Kumon. Even though the questions that she helps with are hard, she makes it look easy. My mom also went to great colleges including UC Irvine and Pepperdine and she owns a big company.

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FREE Incorporation or LLC Formation! Today Only!*

If it’s April 15th, it must be Tax Day. Not exactly the most exciting day on the calendar. But what if we told you that, for today only, we would help you form your own LLC or incorporate FOR FREE!

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Today marks MyCorporation’s third year running offering new entrepreneurs the chance to form an LLC or incorporate for free! All you have to do is use the coupon code MYFREE at checkout, and you’ll get our basic $69 LLC or Corporate Formation package for free – all you have to pay are the state fees!

As many of you may know, incorporating your business or forming an LLC comes with plenty of benefits. Not only can the right business entity help you save on taxes, but incorporation and LLC formation both add an extra layer of protection to your personal and professional assets, and gives your business an added air of legitimacy.

Normally priced at $69, our basic bundle includes an incorporation or LLC with a name check, document preparation and filing, a free domain name, annual report and registered agent services, and QuickBooks Simple Start! So if you’ve ever thought about starting an LLC or corporation, now is your chance to form an LLC or incorporate for free!

Remember that the coupon code for the Free Day promotion is MYFREE. Visit MyCorporation.com between 12 AM PST to 11:59 PM PST on April 15th and get started by answering a few simple questions about your business. MyCorporation customer care representatives will also be available from 6 AM PST to 6 PM PST on April 15th. Just give us a call at 1 (877) 692-6772!

*’Free Day’ offer only redeemable on April 15th, 2014, between 12 AM PST and 11:59 PM PST. Offer is solely for MyCorporation’s Basic Incorporation or LLC formation package, normally priced at $69. One offer redeemable per customer. Customer retains responsibility for paying any applicable state and federal fees.

Magical Month of MyCorp: The Final Week!

Here we are in week four of the Magical Month of MyCorp! We had a good run this year, filled with lots of baked goods, champagne, toy-making, laughs, and decorating on decorating! And this week, we finished up strong.

On Monday we unwrapped, swapped, and bartered to find our perfect presents during the gift exchange.

MMM Gift ExchangeTuesday morning we were greeted with a holiday waffle brunch courtesy of our very own Dana.

MMM Brunch!On Wednesday we had the day off to spend with our loved ones!  

We named Thursday Customer Appreciation Day (though for MyCorp that’s an every day celebration on our end!) and here is our own sales rep Tracy on the phone with a customer chatting it up.

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And today we’re being treated with a catered lunch to celebrate such a fun, festive month.

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Be sure to check out our Facebook page to follow along with us as we ring in the New Year next week!

Magical Month of MyCorp: Week Three

I can’t believe there’s only a little over a week left of this magical month! But we’ve been making the most of this month – check out what our office was up to during the third week of the Magical Month of MyCorp!

We started the week off at our very own MyCreameration Ice Creamery, LLC with some yummy homemade ice cream!

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On Tuesday we stuffed some special friends for children in need.

MyCorpWednesday we closed our eyes for some blind wine tasting (some of us were better than others)!

MyCorpWe got creative (and messy!) on Thursday making our department gingerbread houses.

MyCorpAnd today we’re rounding off the week with a homemade cookie exchange (and a few store bought ones as well – shh!)

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Happy holidays, everyone! Stay tuned for our final full week next week!

The Magical Month of MyCorp: Week Two

Our holiday spirits were at an all time high in week two of the Magical Month of MyCorp, especially as we gear up to head to our company Ugly Sweater Holiday Party this evening! We’ll be indulging in some karaoke, pool, darts, and bar nourishment all around!

We’ll be sure to document the evening with lots of photos, but until then, here’s a taste of our latest office festivities:

We kicked off the week by coming to work dressed in our bundled, winter bests!

Magical Month of MyCorp Winter Dress

On Tuesday we indulged in some gourmet hot chocolate. 

Magical Month of MyCorp Hot Chocolate

Wednesday we tried our luck at the lottery (collectively we won $4).

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We played a fun, festive, fast-paced ornament exchange game on Thursday!

Magical Month of MyCorp Ornament Exchange

And today we’re looking awfully dapper in our ugly Christmas sweaters in preparation for the party tonight – stayed tuned to our Facebook page for photos from our holiday party this weekend!

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Meet the Winner of MyCorp’s Photo Contest!

Melissa Mae Photograpy

Congratulations to the winner of the “Show MyCorporation Your Business’s True Colors” photo contest, Melissa Wolf of Melissa Mae Photo! For this contest, we asked small business owners to sum up the heart of their business in a photograph. We wanted to see what your businesses are all about and what their true colors were like. Check out our interview with Melissa below on how she got her start with her business and her plans for her $1500 grand prize!

What prompted you to start Melissa Mae Photo?

My husband bought me a camera for my birthday the summer after we had our first daughter. He said he saw something in the photographs I had been taking. So my husband and biggest supporter bought me a camera and told me to go for it. I started off just taking pictures of my daughter and then little by little it turned into friends asking for pictures and then their friends asking for pictures. What eventually got me to take it to the next level was realizing the importance of preserving memories. An old college computer hard drive crashed that same summer. I lost about 7 years worth of photographs and memories on there. Wedding, births, our honeymoon, countless vacations, etc. I wanted to help people capture their memories and also more of my own. (Back up your files!!)

What’s the best part of owning your own business?

Getting to work with my family!!! 99% of the time my family is at the shoots (when it’s appropriate). My kids help get kids to smile or feel more comfortable. Incorporating people that are important to me makes it so much more fulfilling and FUN. My youngest is obsessed with taking pictures. She will set up little scenes with her and her sister and just go to town. It makes me happy that I get to share my passion with my family. That I am also home for homework, dinner and sports but that I also get to show my daughters what it’s like to follow your dreams. It’s so very important to me to be a Mom first, but I also try to be a good example of a strong, passionate woman. I’m happy that I get to do that everyday.

Do you have a favorite subject to photograph?

My own family. My two daughters are my muses. Their vibrance for life keeps me excited. Their ideas, Halloween costumes and summer beach days inspire me every single time. More and more though, I’m really enjoying photographing in the water. There is something so peaceful and calming about it. It’s definitely been a new avenue I have really enjoyed exploring.

It’s easy to see by looking at your website that your family plays a large role in fueling your inspiration. How does that inspiration affect your work?

Family is my life. My husband and my daughters are absolutely everything to me. I love seeing in other families what I see in my own. Capturing those little moments that I know are special to me for another Mother or Father is such an honor.

Finally, how will you spend the $1500!?

Oh my goodness – I am really excited to invest the money back into my business. Some new equipment being the first thing on my list. I am so in love with water photography, so, perhaps a wide angle lens for the ocean. Or maybe I’ll just get a jump start on paying taxes this year!

You can follow Melissa on Twitter @melissamaewolf, and also find her photography page on Facebook.

Kicking Off The Magical Month of MyCorp!

We’ve just entered the month of December, so you know what that means…. time for the “Magical Month of MyCorp!” Each day during the month of December, we do something special to keep the holiday spirit alive and well while we’re working away! This has been a tradition for a couple years now in the MyCorp family, and we’re ecstatic to get the ball rolling this year!

Here’s a recap of the magical happenings that went on this week:

On Monday, we welcomed Hanukkah with latkes, wine, and a lit Menorah.

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Wednesday was for blind chocolate tasting – no peeking at the flavors!

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We found ourselves at a yummy pizza party on Thursday.

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And along with our usual Friday bagels, we enjoyed some challah this morning.

Happy first week of the “Magical Month of MyCorp,” folks! Stay tuned for another week of magic and a look at our holiday party next week!

Throwback Thursday: A Look at MyCorp’s Early Website Designs!

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MyCorporation is now into its fifteenth year of business – 15 wonderful years of helping entrepreneurs to create their own small business and get it started on the right foot! We were one of the first, online document filing services, and the … Continue reading

It’s Not About “Surviving” As a Working Woman But Keeping a Great Attitude

My mom and me!

One of my earliest and strongest memories from when I was a little girl was watching and getting ready for the day every morning with my mom. Mom got ready for her work day while simultaneously making breakfast and helping me get ready for school. My mother ran the Anesthesia Laboratory at UCLA and it was a job that took up a lot of her time. Despite the constant hubbub at the hospital she dealt with, I also have vivid memories of her still attending each one of my cheerleading games and of her picking me up after school every day, without fail. Even later in life, when I had my own kids, she graciously watched them one day a week for me up until she retired – and now she’s at least two days per week!

All throughout my childhood and young adult life, there was no other option in my mind to be when I grew up than a hard-working career woman. My mom taught me from a very young age how to be strong in the workplace as well as in every other facet of my life.
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What MyCorp is Most Thankful For in 2012

We have A LOT to be thankful here over at MyCorp – it has been an awesome year, and it has been an absolute blast helping small business owners turn their dreams into an actual business. While we could go on and on and on listing all the people and groups we want to say thank you to, that wouldn’t make a very interesting blog post. Instead, we’ve narrowed the list down to our top five. Continue reading