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24 Dec. 18 - Jan. 7, 2011 Volunteers needed for tax season


Chandler’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program seeks volunteers as tax preparers, translators and screeners. Volunteers help low- to moderate-income people who cannot prepare their own state and federal income tax returns. Volunteers must complete a free Internal Revenue Service course in tax law starting on Jan. 8, 2011 and then test for their certifi cation level. Once certifi ed, volunteers are asked to donate


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Gilbert Chamber hosts small business program


Registration is now open for the 10-week entrepreneurial education Front Runner program, a series offered to Gilbert and small-business owners through a partnership between the Town of Gilbert and the Gilbert Chamber of Commerce. The Front Runner program places a strategic focus on growing business through optimizing business tools, market research and analysis, using fi nancial tools, one-on-one coaching and guest speakers providing expertise on a variety of topics. This year’s class will also place an emphasis on social media marketing as well as survival tips during this economically challenging period.


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TAX HELP: A Chandler VITA site volunteer assisting a couple with their taxes.


one session per week helping at one of the three Chandler VITA sites from Feb. 7 through April 8, 2011.


Chandler is making a special appeal for VITA volunteers in order to aid its residents in fi ling the forms necessary to receive the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC). Each tax season, Chandler families miss out on thousands of dollars in tax refunds because they are unaware of the EITC credit. More than $190,000 in EITC refunds were claimed by families assisted by Chandler VITA volunteers last year. Other available tax credits include the Child Tax Credit and Education Credit. In 2010, Chandler’s VITA volunteers assisted with the fi ling of 794 personal tax returns and the claiming of $1.3 million in refunds.


Persons interested in volunteering can complete an online application at www.chandleraz.gov/communitydev or contact Jeanne Bosarge with Chandler’s Community Development Division at 480-782-4358.


Pediatric endocrinologist serves SanTan Sun area


Dr. Khalid Hasan, M.D., a board certifi ed pediatric endocrinologist at Pediatric Endocrine Gilbert, which specializes in pediatrics, adolescents and young adults up to 26 years of age, is accepting patients from the Chandler and Gilbert areas.


Hasan began medical training in the Dominican Republic before completing his residency at the Medical College of Wisconsin and his Fellowship at Washington University in St. Louis, MO. He then worked at Phoenix Children’s Hospital for 17 years, starting their fi rst


Fellowship and serving as Division Chief before moving to private practice in Gilbert in 2010. Offi ces are located at 920 E. Williams Field Rd., Suite 102, and 1760 E. Pecos Rd., Suite 326, in Gilbert. Info: 480-821-2883, khasan@pegilbert.com.


Classes begin Tue., Jan. 25, 2011 and will be held weekly from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. through March 29. Registrants must have at least two years of experience as an existing small business or entrepreneur and must have a business registration fi led with the Town of Gilbert. Seating is limited to 20 participants. “Front Runner is taught by proven professionals with proven business success,” says Tad Peelen, co-owner of Joe’s Real BBQ and Joe’s Farm Grill, and recent graduate of the program. “It would be hard to fi nd more relevant, useful business solutions in any other setting. I highly recommend Front Runner to all small business owners.”


The Town of Gilbert was able to secure a grant to offset the cost – normally $1,500 per student – and is offering the program for $150 per student to cover the cost of materials only.


For more information or to register for the Front Runner program, visit www.gilbertft.com or contact John Zupon at 480-503-6762.


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