Small business tax update workshop slated to be held Feb. 11 in Tyler

TYLER - Better Business Bureau Serving Central East Texas is hosting a Lunch.Learn.Lead workshop for BBB Accredited Businesses/Charities and their guests on Monday, February 11 from 11:30 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. at the West Campus of Tyler Junior College located at 1530 S SW Loop 323 Tyler, TX 75701.

Participants will learn about tax changes which impact businesses, deductions, and other important tax-related topics.

“Preparing for tax time can be especially stressful for small business owners”, said Mechele Agbayani Mills, President and CEO of BBB Serving Central East Texas. “Having the support of seasoned, trustworthy financial professionals can help business owners put together a plan that can save time, worry, and hassle.”

Presenters are Barbara R. Bass and Kris Gusa. Both are CPAs with Gollob Morgan Peddy Certified Public Accountants and are very involved in the community.

“Congress passes, but the IRS interprets,” said Bass. “Knowing the impact of the new tax law on your business is key to making critical and day-to-day business decisions.”

Bass was part of the core group that opened the doors of Gollob Morgan Peddy in 1982. She now has over 35 years of experience in public accounting. She is currently responsible for a variety of tax clients and enjoys concentrating on consulting for small businesses. Barbara is extremely involved in the Tyler community. She participated in the first Leadership Tyler class and has contributed her time and services to Tyler for many years. Mrs. Bass was elected Mayor of Tyler in May, 2008 and completed her allowable terms in May 2014. She graduated from Texas A&M University - Commerce with a BBA in Accounting.

Gusa is the director of the tax planning and compliance department for Gollob Morgan Peddy and has worked there for more than 25 years.  With extensive tax experience and accounting knowledge, she focuses a significant amount of her time on estates and trusts, non-profit organizations and medical practices.  She is also experienced in tax preparation for individuals, corporations and partnerships, including tax planning, consulting and compliance services.

BBB Lunch.Learn.Lead events are free for BBB Accredited Businesses. Non Accredited Businesses are welcome to attend for $10. Lunch is included. For more information about BBB Lunch.Learn.Lead workshops, please contact Coleman Swierc at (903)581-5888.


For more than 100 years, the Better Business Bureau has been helping people find businesses, brands and charities they can trust. In 2016, people turned to BBB more than 167 million times for BBB Business Profiles on more than 5.2 million businesses and Charity Reports on 11,000 charities, all available for free at The Council of Better Business Bureaus is the umbrella organization for the local, independent BBBs in the United States, Canada and Mexico, as well as home to its national and international programs on dispute resolution, advertising review, and industry self-regulation. BBB serving Central East Texas opened their Tyler office in 1985 and serves 19 counties in East Texas.

BBBs are private, self-regulatory agencies that seek the voluntary cooperation of business. When illegal practices are uncovered and the business refuses to cooperate with the BBB, the matter is referred to the appropriate law enforcement agency. Also, BBBs have close working relationships with governmental agencies such as the Federal Trade Commission, with consumer protection agencies, and the State Attorneys General.