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PERKINS JOURNAL Thursday, November 13, 2003-BI Busin Financ Visits Sheets in improv- appearance of their now has an easy and option - concrete Stamping been offering for about two months owner Ron Stites been amazed at how has been, done nine stamp jobs started two months said. "And we picked obs without any kind at a custom stamp why. The finished ust like an expen- it  a fraction of the cost. Lg to Stites, stamping takes a great time to complete than )earance of the fin- isn&apos;t its only however - it is durable. Just like, zero maintenance,'" "You can spill any- because it is finished It will last forever wear off." the high qual- used will stand up to high traffic. offers a variety stains and finishes of stamping. Customers from options like tile, Roman slate, granite, fan. and even offer a looks like a board- can produce various :signs. even stamp retaining said. I the company has the produce exactly what an actual sample of and color for our before every job so out business Ron Stites stands on a recently completed concrete stamping project located at a new home construction site northeast of Perkins. The patio is finished in a dark gray Italian slate finish (see inset). Journal photo by Cindy Sheets they can actually see the stamp they're going to get and the color they're going to get," Stites said. Although a concrete stamp job is much quicker than laying rock, it is a longer process than a simple concrete job. The stamp- ing involves a washing and curing process, along with what- ever acid stain- ing or antiquing and sculpture or artwork that might be unique to each job ...... . : For example, Stites said one client selected a sandstone finish that closely resembles the natural color of earth for front porch while an enclosed back porch is sporting a board- walk look. Another client selected a dark gray Italian slate finish for his patio. Patios and porches are not the only options for concrete stamping. The pro- cess can be used on driveways, garden paths, water or rock gardens, and swimming pools. Interior rooms can also sport beautiful concrete stamp floors and walls. According to Stites, all of the stamping work the company has done to date has been resi- dential. He attributes that suc- cess to recommendations made by a local contracting company, Roper Construction. He also said that he has made it a priority that Stites Concrete and Stamping earn a good "ns sales up for August reputation as a company that produces quality work. "Our motto is 'Honesty + Qual- ity = Service'," Stites says. "We are a hometown, small business producing quality work." The company began operating in September of 2000. It handles a variety of large and small concrete jobs, but is currently doing more commercial work, Stites said. "We have done everything from patios, to drainage for the city, storm shelters, and core drilling for Oklahoma State University," he said. "Right Sasser CJ :received $38,441.24 from the Oklahoma Tax Commission its share of sales tax disbursements covering sales tax l of August 2003. This was an eight percent only the third month of 2003 to show an increase over year. Total collections for the first ten months of ,, compared to $369,442 for 2002, a decrease t. area communities showing an increase in collections sales were Agra, Carney, Glencoe, Meridian, Ripley, Tryon, Wellston, and Yale. Area communities show- in sales were Chandler, Coyle, Cushing, Langston, Technology Comer Getting rid of Pop-Ups By Glenn Goodrich Pop Ups, what are they and where do they come from? If you are a computer user who surfs the Internet you have probably seen pop-ups. Pop- Ups are those annoying screens that suddenly appear when you are accessing your favorite sites. Unfortunately, Pop-Ups are not the work of a computer virus, but a type of program called adware or spyware. Adware or Spyware are programs that display ban- ners or advertising while the program is running. These may appear harmless, but most are also tracking your web surfing habits and are trying to tailor themselves to deliver ads based on those habits. For example, while looking at the Ford website, a pop-up window for Toyota might appear. Companies such as Weight Watchers and Eddie Bauer have sued Gator, a well-known adware program provider, trying and Stroud. : .... . i" to prevent these actions. So, how do we rid ourselves of these parasites? Many anti- Pop-Up programs exist; some even utilize the very pop-up technology to advertise their services. One of the cheap- ; est solutions is Spybot, a shareware adware removal program that only asks for donations as payment for installation. Offered by www.safernetworking.org. Spybot can disinfect and remove spyware from any Windows based computer. It is very effective, and has a high success rate. Attended 60 people atteded the Perkins Chamber of Thursday, Novemver 6. Enjoying the meal Glenn Goodrich, owner oJ Glenn Goodrich Consulting, has a degree in management , science, computer systems from Oklahoma State Univer- , sity and has more than 15 years " experience in the computer industry. If you have a ques- Y tion for Glenn, please write to ' him at g, wgosu@yahoo.com. What to Look for in a Good " Financial Advisor ;; By Mel Campbell Strategic Professional Advisors Every one of us, at some point in our life, will need good sound financial advice. Questions arise regarding; retirement savings, college savings, investments, and many other import,ant areas deal- ing with "How can I best grow, or accumulate, assets to meet my qualities. Ask to see the numbers; by using cash flow forecasting techniques you will easily be able to determine if the solution presented will still 'hold water' many years down the road. Next; is your advisor objective? Your needs, wishes, desires and goals come first; Not your advi- sors. Your advisor should clearly ,  now we,re workingona la, r lifofimoneeds?" ....... explaia,how, he/she is being ' job ponrlngon a,n +, ,, Quesns then,'lat i,  vendwe, fm.i gas pipeline job." "How can I protect  assets I him/her to be paid; hourly fees, ' Ron Stites was previously employed as a supervisor with BOLDT Construction, a large general contractor. If you'd like more information about concrete stamping, please contact Stites Concrete and Stamping at 405-547-5300. Aug.2(X Aug.2tX Agra 5,055 3,883 Carney 7,298 5,919 Chandler 145,092 149,194 Coyle 2,825 2,843 Cushing 202,612 203,121 Glencoe 8,111 6,968 Langston 8,124 21,053 Meridian 334 234 Pawnee 39,901 43,358 .Perkins 38,441 35,600 Ripley 3,402 2,435 Stillwater 1,689,980 1,593,748 Stroud 72,468 84,644 Tryon 2,317 990 Weilston 18,809 16,124 Yale 13,036 12,401 Bold = Increase Italics = Decrease .... < !ii: ::5 : and each others fellowship are (I to r) Jim Hyder, Jo Hyder, R. L. Benedict, Ynona Benedict, Steve Willingham, Jennifer Davis, Earl Seat, Rick Kirk, and Harland Wells. Journal photo by David Sasser have worked so hard to accu- mulate? Do I need an estate plan or a business succession plan giving directions for how I want my 'stuff' to be handled? Do I need insurance for my; auto, home, property, life, or long term care needs? And if so, how much.'?" These axe only a few of the questions that will arise as you progress through life's stages. If you are like most people, you have several different people giving you advice; none of it is probably the same. The real question you should ask yourself is; "How do I know if I am getting the best possible advice? Who is helping me look at my entire picture, not just pieces of it?" There are five key points to consider when looking for a good financial advisor. First; is your advisor knowl- edgeable? A good advisor has expertise in a wide variety of planning methods to accomplish YOur goals. Evaluate potential advisor's knowledge by discuss- ing with him/her your situation and your goals; ask what kind of experience he/she has in working with people who have been in a situation similar to yours, interview existing clients to determine thoroughnes.s of the plans put in place, ask about professional training or desig- nations. Remember; although designations are nice, hands on experience planning is best. Second; is your advisor capable of showing you multiple solutions and willing to educate you regard- ing the good and the bad of each? You should expect your advisor to explain each planning option available to you, the upside as well as the downside to each and the long term effect this will have on your ultimate goals. Third; can your advisor dem- onstrate the economic outcome of your choices? Each solution presented will have attractive a sales commission, or possibly ' a combination of both. Recom- :' mendations from your advisor are acceptable, as long as you do not ' feel pressured to make a decision you don't feel good about. If you -'-' have been educated properly, you :[ will be able to make an informed decision about what solution best fits your needs. Finally; is your advisor willing to plan first? Although mentioned in smmnary of this article, this is :' the most important point, Your ' advisor must take the time to; " understand your goals, analyze . and educate you on what you ,, have in place, and show you mul- .. tiple options regarding what other ", solutions are available to further ' meet your needs. A plan that meets , your goals is the first step. The solutions that follow, are the tools : needed to implement your plan. - A good financial advisor will  help you understand how each -': piece of your financial puzzle . fits together and through proper r; planning, help you build the best - picture possible, o 10 ", o ( Mel Campbell and his wife Stephanie Hyder, own Strategic Professional Advisors, an inde- pendent financial planning busi- ,,  ness located on Perkins Main , Street. Mel and Stephanie are ' '. both Certified Senior Advisors, 3 CSA's. They are recognized "c,, statewide for their knowledge, , professionalism, and have pre- J sented educational programs , ( to the following groups: OK "' Independent Agents Association, ,,. Oklahoma City Society of Certi. fled Financial Planners, Norman   Society of CPA's, OK Society i'i of CPA's, Financial Planning : Conference, Oklahoma Associa- tion of Insurance and Financial Advisors, Baptist Foundation oj ", Oklahoma, Methodist Founda- tion of Oklahoma, OK Medical Research Foundation, St. Antho- ", ny's Foundation, and Gordon Cooper Technology Center.