Intuit QuickBooks Local Tour Coming to the Windy City
Black Enterprise Magazine September/October 2018 Issue

After visiting Boulder, Colorado and Atlanta, the third and final stop that Intuit QuickBooks will make on its nationwide local small business tour, is Chicago, which was recently named one of the most innovative cities in America. Quickbooks is the No. 1 rated small business accounting software.

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QuickBooks Connect Chicago, to be held Thursday, July 16, intends to help arm small businesses – including entrepreneurs and self-employed workers, accountants and developers – with the tools and resources they need to not only succeed but thrive. The one-day conference will consist of multiple interactive sessions designed to inspire, educate and connect the Chicago small business community.

QuickBooks won’t be alone. The company is journeying to the Windy City with mobile payment and shopping platform partners Square and Bigcommerce in an effort to bring value and knowledge to the city’s diverse small business hub. In addition, QuickBooks has invited serial restaurant entrepreneur, New York Times best-selling author and reality show celebrity Bill Rancic to welcome attendees.  Jewel Burks, Partpic CEO and Google entrepreneur-in-residence, will also speak during Intuit’s breakout sessions, which will include lessons on financial fitness, finding customers online, and 5 Key Lessons for every Small Business.

Burks was a panelist at the Black Enterprise Entrepreneurs Conference where she talked about the value of accelerators in helping startups get funding. Headquartered in Atlanta, her company, Partpic, is advised by Covello, a minority-owned collaborative that serves as a “disruptive innovation engine for corporations, start-ups and creatives. Partpic software allows users to locate replacement parts by sending pictures. Their visual search technology recognizes the parts and then alerts salespeople.

As an Entrepreneur in Residence at Google, Burks helps underserved business owners leverage the power of the web and learn how to use Google tools to grow their business online. The Howard University alum has worked as an analyst at Goldman Sachs & Co. and as an enterprise sales associate at Google.

Quickbooks Connect is not only for small businesses. App developers will get the opportunity to meet and network with other developers, accountants and small business owners, and engage Intuit Developer experts who can help speed their QuickBooks app integration and successful launch to the QuickBooks ecosystem.

Quickbooks Connect will be sponsored by Avalara, a leader in sales tax automation for businesses of any size. Its SaaS offers tax compliance services including tax calculation, exemption certificate management, returns processing, and 1099 filing and reporting.

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Marcia Wade Talbert

Marcia is a multimedia content producer focusing on technology at Black Enterprise Magazine. In this capacity she writes and assigns stories to educate readers about social media; digital integration; gadgets, apps, and software for business and professional development; minority tech startups; and careers in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics). In 2012, she received two Salute to Excellence Awards from the National Association of Black Journalists and was recognized by Blacks in Technology (BiT) as one of the Top 10 Black achievers in the tech arena for 2011 at SXSW in Austin, Texas. She has spoken about technology on panels for New York Social Media Week, at The 2012 Rainbow/PUSH Wall Street Summit, as well as at Black Enterprise’s Entrepreneurs Conference and Women of Power Summit. In 2011, chose her as one of 28 People of Color Impacting the Social Web, and through crowdsourcing she was listed as one of BlackWeb2.0's/HP's 50 Most Notable African American Tastemakers in Social Media and Technology for 2010. Since taking on the role of Tech editor in September 2010, she has conceived and produced five cover stories on Technology and/or STEM and countless articles, videos, and slideshows online. Before joining as an interactive general assignment reporter in 2008, she freelanced with Black Enterprise beginning in 2003 while working as the technical editor at Prepared Foods magazine. There she further honed her writing skills and became an authority on food ingredients, including ingredients used in food fortification and enrichment. Meanwhile, her freelancing with Black Enterprise and helped her stay current on issues pertaining to the financial and business welfare of African Americans. As a general reporter for Black Enterprise she attended and reported on the Democratic and Republican National Conventions, where she interviewed Valerie Jarrett, senior advisor and assistant to President Barack Obama and U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder. Marcia has a Bachelor of Science degree in Agriculture with an emphasis in food science from the University of Minnesota, and a Master of Science degree in journalism from Roosevelt University in Chicago. En route to her secondary degree, she served as the editor-in-chief of the Roosevelt University Torch, a weekly, student-run newspaper. An avid photographer and videographer, Marcia is one of several employees at BLACK ENTERPRISE who interned for the publishing company as a college student. She lives in New Jersey with her husband, a food scientist; her seventeen-month-old daughter; and “The Cat”, but still considers Chicago home.