Complimentary Webinars

Over the past several years, HBE LLP has hosted complimentary roundtable sessions for nonprofit leaders in finance and accounting roles. Based on the success of those events, and our commitment to provide meaningful value to nonprofit organizations, we are excited to announce that we are expanding our sessions to incorporate topics that extend beyond accounting and finance. In addition, our sessions will be led by guest speakers with specialized knowledge of the nonprofit industry. These speakers are individuals that we have come to know and trust, and we are anxious to share their expertise with you!

2020 Session 1: Planning for Succession in the Midst of Uncertainty

Succession planning is a challenging topic to address, but it is critical for the success of your organization to have this discussion. The current COVID-19 pandemic has reminded us all that leadership changes will happen, whether we have made plans for them or not. Please join special guest trainer, Ingrid Kirst, to learn more about creating a solid plan to make those transitions smoother.

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2020 Session 2: Legacy Giving Program

Legacy giving, or planned giving, programs are often one of the largest areas of growth for nonprofit organizations. These programs can help diversify assets, while also supporting an organization’s long-term financial health. In this session, hear from special guest Andrew Loudon, estate planning attorney with Ball, Loudon, Ebert, & Brostrom, LLC, who covers the following topics:


  • Best practices for building a legacy giving program within your organization
  • Donor perspectives on legacy giving
  • What legacy giving may look like for donors and nonprofits in the future

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2020 Session 3: Creating a Talent Management Strategy for Your Organization

With special guest speaker, Jeremy Wortman, owner of HRD Initiatives

Most organizations have a clear understanding and plan for their operational strategy. However, when asked if they have a clear strategy regarding their human capital more than 80% say they have “no plan” or “very little of a plan” (e.g., they may have a staffing plan or do some sort of succession planning). Yet, when asked how important their people are to the ongoing, long-term success of their business the overwhelming response is, “critically important.” Thus, there is a large disconnect between the practice of talent management and its idealized state. Accordingly, this session helps leaders understand the robust nature of talent management and how they can begin thinking and creating a more strategic approach to the acquisition, engagement, development, and retention of their most valuable asset – their people.

During this session participants will explore a framework that they can use to immediately begin assessing their own organization in terms of talent management without over-engineering the process. Participants will be intellectually stimulated to think about the people-side of their business in a more comprehensive and deeper manner; thus, positioning themselves to identify areas of enhancement that drives their operational strategy.

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At this semi-monthly complimentary webinar series, held for 10 minutes at 10:00 AM every-other Tuesday, HBE professionals and guest speakers will provide timely updates, information, and education on topics that are important for the growth and success of your business or nonprofit organization.

HBE Virtual Tax Season

Tuesday, January 12, 2020
10:00 AM | 10 Minutes

From plexiglass dividers to Zoom meetings, COVID-19 has made it necessary for businesses to embrace new and innovative ways to meet the needs of their clients while also protecting their health and that of their employees. Please join Scott Becker and Lanelle Herink as they discuss how HBE has responded and adapted to this “new normal.” Scott and Lanelle will also highlight some of tools and technology we will use to serve our clients throughout the 2021 tax season.

Presented by: 

Scott A. Becker, CPA, CFP, CVA, CGMA
Managing Partner

Lanelle E. Herink, CPA
Planes, Trains, and Automobiles: Predictions for the Travel Industry Through the Crystal Ball of Industry Veteran Steve Glenn

Steven Glenn
Chairman of the Board | Executive Travel

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COVID Employment Law Questions Linger for 2021

And a Happy New Year?
COVID Employment Law Questions Linger for 2021

Tuesday, December 8, 2020

Kelsey Heino
Attorney | Goosmann Law Firm

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Year-End Tax Planning: The Big Picture

Tuesday, November 24, 2020

Chad Pfeiffer
Principal, HBE LLP

So often, people focus on tax planning for the here and now. However, to truly plan appropriately for the future, there is a much bigger picture to consider. In this session, we will summarize some year-end tax planning strategies specifically related to achieving long-term financial goals.

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Post-2020 Presidential Tax Platform

Tuesday, November 10, 2020
10:00 AM | 30 Minutes

Jimmy Schulz, CPA, CVA, MT
Partner, HBE LLP

*Special 30 Minute Session*

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Nebraska Community CARES Grants

Phillip Oman, CPA
Senior Accountant, HBE LLP

On Monday, October 19, 2020, Governor Pete Ricketts announced additional Community CARES grant funding to provide assistance to Nebraska businesses, non-profits, and public healthcare providers who have been adversely impacted by the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

In this session, HBE Senior Accountant, Phillip Oman, CPA, will summarize available grant funds, eligibility requirements, and additional details of the program as it relates to small businesses, livestock producers, and nonprofit organizations.

Who Should Attend

  • Small business owners who continue to struggle in the wake of COVID-19 and did not receive funding under round one of the program.
  • Livestock producers who have been adversely affected by manufacturing closures and changing consumer demand due to COVID-19 and did not receive funding under round one of the program.
  • Charitable organizations and care providers who need additional working capital in order to continue serving Nebraska’s children, families, and communities and did not receive funding under round one of the program.
  • Professional advisors that support clients who continue to be impacted by economic hardships due to COVID-19.

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5 Cyber Security Tips to Keep You Safe at Home and at Work

Guest Speaker:
Jessica Spangler
Senior Account Director
Five Nines

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Cyber Exposures: What's Happening & What to be Aware of

Guest Speaker:
Megan Hatch, CPCU, AIC, CWCA
Commerical Risk Consultant

What’s REALLY happening out there. Where are businesses most vulnerable and how can proper insurance coverage protect your business?

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The Basics of Buy/Sell Agreements

With special guest speaker, Mike Pallesen, attorney with Cline Williams

Buy/sell agreements are essential legal contracts for any company that has more than one owner. In addition to ensuring the orderly transition of ownership for both expected and unexpected changes, a company’s buy/sell agreement can be a highly effective succession planning tool when it is prepared and utilized correctly.

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Business Valuation: Methods, Uses, & Advantages

Mike R. Kottwitz, CPA, CVA
Manager, HBE LLP

A business valuation is the calculation of the fair market value of a business or business unit. Valuations are necessary for a variety of reasons: better understanding of company assets and resale value, establishing appropriate partner ownership, enhanced opportunity to negotiate during merger/acquisition, tax planning, and even divorce proceedings. In this session, Mike Kottwitz, CPA, CVA, will cover the following areas of business valuation:

  1. The top three methods used to calculate value
  2. The most common uses of valuations (including case studies/success stories)
  3. The key benefits of obtaining an accurate, and current valuation

Who Should Attend

  • Operational leaders who would like to know more about how a business valuation is completed and how it can be used
  • Business owners who are considering succession planning opportunities
  • Professional advisors who work with clients on succession planning, strategic planning, and/or financing

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Tax Loss Harvesting: A Proactive Approach for Volatile Markets

Christopher M. Bedient, CFA, CFP®
Partner, HBE Wealth Management LLC

Tax loss harvesting can be described as a strategy to sell an investment within a taxable account and realize a loss, allowing an offset again any realized gains or carried over into the future. This session will cover the following points:

  • Differentiate taxable and tax-advantages investment accounts
  • Illustrate stack market volatility in 2020
  • Describe opporunities to reduce your tax liability during a down stock market

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Cost Segregation

With guest speaker, Alan Smith of McGuire Sponsel

When acquiring, renovating, or building real estate, most taxpayers tend to overstate the amount of 39-year real property. This limits the depreciation deductions available to taxpayers in the early stages of their investment. A cost segregation solves this problem by reclassifying assets by maximizing the property eligible for treatment as 5-, 7-, or 15-year property. This depreciation optimization frees up substantial tax flow.

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Data Analytics: Unlocking Value & Unveiling Insights

Data analytics can help businesses and nonprofit organizations unlock the true value of their data by unveiling insights that can move them forward. Whether identifying sales/donor patterns or developing visual representations of financial performance, the goal of data analytics is to provide actionable information and guidance to improve productivity, gain efficiencies, and fine-tune a competitive advantage.

At this session, you will hear from Tony Storer, HBE Manager of Data Analytics and ERP Services. With over 25 years of experience in providing customized accounting/financial management system implementation and support services to clients across a variety of industries, Tony will share his insights on how companies can easily leverage their own data to build value and drive growth.

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Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Updates (July 21, 2020)

The US Small Business Administration (SBA) Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) has provided financial relief to many businesses and organizations who have been negatively impacted by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. However, guidance on the program requirements has been been ever-evolving. At this session, HBE Partner, Jimmy Schulz, CPA, CVA, MT, will touch on the latest developments of the PPP, including what we know now about forgiveness requirements and eligibility.

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General HBE Webinars

SBA/PPP Loan Updates in December Stimulus Bill

Wednesday, December 23, 2020

Presented by:
Brian Klintworth, CPA, MT
Manager, HBE

About This Session

This session provides updates on the provisions of the COVID-19 relief bill passed by Congress on December 21, 2020.

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Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Updates

Thursday, November 12, 2020
30 Minutes

Presented by:
Brian Klintworth, CPA, MT
Manager, HBE

About This Session

This session provides timely updates on the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), including recommended next steps for the loan forgiveness process and how HBE can help with forgiveness applications. Although there are still many unknowns, our team has been diligently reviewing all of the information in or order to stay on top of the process. As banks are starting to accept the applications in force, and the 24 week covered period has expired for most businesses, now is the time to start jumping into the process of applying for forgiveness.