Thursday, December 11, 2014

Brick and mortar office ready for business in 2015...

December is finely here and we are pretty excited for 2015, we have our brick and mortar office almost ready for business, we are also having these last inspections and office arrangements to get fully ready for our current clients and the new ones too.

 I’m also excited because we had grown with more business associates, Tax Preparers, Tax Agents and Networking Partners.

There is a lot of work to do in a location, this is not the first time that we have an office but this time it seem to be a lot more work to do than before. Everything is going great, having neighbor stores and other business owners around is a quite different experience.

Come and visit us at 12331 w Washington Blvd, Los Angeles, 90066.

Monday, November 3, 2014

LeapFrog Project in full Swing in Manila, the Philippines

November is here and the Leapfrog Project will be in full swing tomorrow for the next few days in the city of Manila in the Philippines, The LeapFrog Project is a project of the Nonprofit side of the OREM Organization.

LeapFrog Project
I’m Enrique Otarola, the CEO of the OREM Corporation and Executive Director of the OREM Foundation, I regret not being able to join all this personalities in Manila, at this moment I am attending an IRS National Association of Enrolled Agents in Orlando Florida.

I’m glad to introduce some of the Personalities participating at the LeapFrog Project Symposium.

Lira Luis, AIA, RIBA, CeM, LEED AP BD+C. the LeapFrog Project President and founder member, RBA_USA Board trustee, AIA Practice management knowledge community advisory group, AIA diversity council, Chief collaboration Architect at ALLL Atelier Lira Luis LLC,

Iilya Azaroff, AIA Associate professor, New York City College of technology CUNY, AIA NY design for risk and reconstruction founding Cp-chair + Lab Director of design.

James Karl Fisher, RIBA, AIA, PhD, RIBA-USA President, RIBA Overseas council, The Zoological Lighting institute board director, Zoological Lighting services owner, Architectural Association PhD.

Dr Christine E Bruckner, FAIA, HKIUD, LEED AP, BEAM, AIA International region president, CE Bruckner principal/Architect/ Sustainability consultant, Calexian director energy efficiency solutions, AIA Chairman, ICAG/Sec Int Region/IPP AIA Hong Kong.

Jose Emmanuel H Jalandoni, Ayala Land-Hotels & Resorts President, Ayala Land inc, Senior Vice President Ayala Land Inc, Capital and Hotels Group head.

Carelle Mangaliag, Communications and Change Coach, NPL Master Practitioner, Certified NPL Trainer, PResidnet and Ceo of Translation Manila/Hong Kong/Singapore, Philippine TV Personality/Actor/Singer.

Melissa Sterry, Design Scientist, Futurologist, Writer and Cross Disciplinary designer, developing Bionic City, PhD researcher at Avatar laboratory.

And other personalities such:

Scott Countryman,

Denise Everson,

Gina Lopez,

Rene Meily,

Jose Luis Oquinena,

Eva Mari Salvador

 Please join us in:

Sunday, October 12, 2014

The OREM Corporation New Head Quarters...

Looking for the right place for the OREM Corporation has been challenging in the past few months.

There are lots of   considerations, distance from other businesses, location, first floor, second floor, visibility, driving distance from home, weekend availability, parking for clients, etc.

I’ve considered the shared spaces for the economical prices and the convenience for neighbor businesses too.

We also considered a big location right in a busy street in Culver City, but the monthly budget is not at the point yet.

There is even a store front right across the street of a gas station that could drive traffic to the office. The only down side of this location was the fact that this office didn’t have the interior office partitions required for our organization, which is an office for the Accounting company, another one for the Real Estate and the  Foundation. This last location also needed too much money to be invested in the partition walls and electrical for the offices, not a good option after all.

We searched farther away and found some suitable places and very good looking offices and front stores, unfortunately the budget always came as too far away.

There is a saying, sometimes the solution of your problem is right in front of you but you don’t realize it.

One Saturday night, after having dinner at my favorite Chinese restaurant I got a fortune cookie that told me something like, you found your fortune place.

The same night while walking back home from this Chinese restaurant I saw this Store front with two big windows to a very busy street, with a brick and mortar facade, right in front of a bank branch of the biggest bank chain of America, also right across the street of a busy gas station and surrounded by local businesses, in front on two us stops and with its own parking.

The words that immediately pop in my head was Location, location, location!! And certainly one only can wonder where can I find a better office store front than this one? walking distance from my own home? What else can I desire?

The price range was right at our budget level, so after contacting the owner and having coordinated a visit, and after doing some more research, running more numbers and a smooth negotiation, we signed the lease for this unbeatable location.

So after years of searching we finely found out office for the OREM Corporation. We’ll have more good news to share soon.

This past weeks we were in the process of moving and improving some details of our new Head Quarters.

Monday, September 1, 2014

The importance of Bona fide, Accountability and Governance is essential for an organization to thrive...

OREM Associates and Winners
The importance of Bona fide, accountability and governance is essential for an organization to thrive.

At the OREM Accounting Tax LLC, the OREM Foundation and the new OREM Realty Inc. we have made  this  policy rather  clear. That is why we have the confidence to serve our clients and community   within   multiple States of the USA.

OREM Tax Client
Recently, we had the OREM Appreciation Party to thank our Associates, Clients and Networking Partners that helped us to grow beyond our original national plan.

At the OREM Party we also had a Fundraising for the OREM Foundation and its first multinational effort to rebuild the Philippines devastation from the Yolanda Typhoon, the LeapFrog Project.

When you have credibility, when you follow the requirements and you have bona fide you can do great projects like we did by partnering with the AIA American Institute of Architects, with RIBA the Royal Institute of British Architects and more big names coming on board for the LeapFrog Project.
OREM APP Funniest Video

You can see more of the LeapFrog Project efforts and fundraising in Chicago by visiting the blog I
created last month.

We certainly share a defined goal, and we did take in consideration all opinions about the LeapFrog project at this first Workshop meeting in Chicago.

Celebrity personalities at the
Chicago LeapFrog Fundraising
Other nonprofits with no compliance can lose their 501 © 3 designation from the IRS by not fulfilling their Mission Statements, which is the main reason why the IRS granted them tax exempt status. From our own experience we can say that those 30 application pages were not easy at all. When the nonprofit involves Education it gets even harder to comply and to get approved, it also delays the process. This does not count the time of incorporation prior to apply for tax  exempt status.

“... Leapfrog Project's role and potential for the Philippines is staked out, and a unique role for Filipino architects defined...” - USA Ambassador (ret) John F Maisto, a member of the US White House.

OREM Networking Partners
At OREM Accounting tax we have helped other non profits, corporations, partnerships, LLC’s to reach their success with guidance to the process and identify their weaknesses to fix them.

From our experience, a small portion of clients and non clients can get very emotional and irrational when bad news is delivered. Compliance, compliance and more compliance is the answer. Some are so irrational that want to kill the messenger “literally”, or threaten to sue him.

OREM Associates and Winners
Ask questions, analyze your situation, have an open mind for options, and do not attach emotion to  your choices. Remember that something has  to give for the better of an organization. We can not win all the time so be flexible and negotiating is always your best choice. Be suspicious when somebody wants to impose a one sided idea, sensor the different ideas and when they want  you to just follow the group without even expressing yourself for self interest, privileges, jobs. Etc.

Everybody is entitled to their own opinions, just look around yourself and see who is successful at what they do, who is thriving and who is not. All these decisions  will tell you easily who is doing it the right way and who is not.

Look at our OREM Associates, Clients and Networking Partners at the OREM Appreciation Party, where everybody has its own thoughts. We are an organization where we embrace diversity, but real diversity  is where we enrich our organization with the contributions of all of our individuals and organizations too.
Calysta Videna, Miss Del Mar announcing the iPad winner
proceeds going to LeapFrog Project

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

August and the OREM Appreciation Party

OREM Awards
August is finely here and we cant wait for the OREM Appreciation Party that will be held at the Historic Culver Hotel,  we are excited to announce the opening of OREM Realty office near Culver City.

At he OREM Party we will introduce our future Real Estate Agents too.

We are glad to reward our best Tax Preparers, Tax Agents whose work had helped us to extend our OREM Networks throughout the United States; we will also reward our best Partners that helped us to expand our OREM Frontiers.

Historic Culver Hotel
We are also launching OREM Illinois and OREM Washington with our new Tax Agents and Tax Preparers.

The awards had arrived and they are ready for their recipients whose work and dedication made OREM Grown beyond our original expectations.

We will be awarding some of our clients that partnered with us via Pictures and videos and helped us to expand our Frontiers via marketing we went beyond our expectations reaching individuals and organizations from all over America and the world,

IPad proceeds for LeapFrog Project
We will be also announcing the winner of the iPad mini and the proceeds will go to the LeapFrog Project, a project from OREM Foundation to rebuild the Philippines after the devastation of the Typhoon Yolanda.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

The LeapFrog Project team working in Chicago

Mitchell, Melissa, Billy, Lira,
Enrique and Romeo
Recently in July we visited Chicago to attend the LeapFrog Project workshop and events and we were glad to meet the other members of this project.

This was a very busy business trip for us, we met potential new members for our organization OREM Accounting Tax and we attended meeting for the LeapFrog Project, a project of the OREM Foundation.

The first night we were received by Lira Luis, the Executive Director of the LeapFrog Project with a nice Thai dinner at Thao in downtown Chicago.

Enrique, jimenez, Melissa, Robert and Lira
The second night we attended the networking event at the Apple store in Chicago. What a night, we were able to talk, exchange ideas with the speakers of the night.

The following day we attended the RIBA Royal Institute of British Architects, we met James Fisher the President of RIBA USA who introduced us to Melissa Sterry a Design Scientist, Futurist and Author, during her presentation of BIONIC City, an amazing concept that integrates the function ability, nature and the surrounding environment, this concept goes beyond that and you’ll have to see her presentation to be able to understand the concept.

Melissa and Robert during the boat tour
In between meetings and events we were able to meet and interview potential representatives for OREM Accounting Tax in Chicago and we met a few individuals with great professional backgrounds and network connections in the city.

In the eve we attended the movie presentation courtesy of REBA and we met Kanako Tomisawa Director of Wildlife Renovation Programs.

Amb. Maisto, Lira and James.
On Thursday we had a nice evening boat dinner during a private Chicago Architectural tour narrated and driven by Architect and well known speaker Lira Luis, the boat ride at the Chicago River was amazing because we enjoyed an evening to remember with British celebrity Melissa Sterry, a member   our OREM Marketing & Business Solutions Media specialist and PR Robert Ziemlak, and the OREM Accounting Tax CEO and OREM Foundation Executive Director Enrique Otarola (yes, that is me).
of the Obama administration of the State Department Ambassador John Maisto., The University of the Philippines Professor Romeo Santos,

Amb. Maisto, Melissa, Lira and Enrique
In the eve we had another movie premiere This time at the WIT Hotel, Tis time we met again with all this interesting individuals, this place has such an interesting movie setting that we just reclined our sits while enjoying a glass of good wine and oysters, I have to confess I was so exhausted this eve of having so many meetings and running all over the Chicago for the AIA, REBA, OREM Accounting Tax, OREM Foundation and the LeapFrog Project that I could not help and fell sleep during the movie.

Friday morning was a great day to work for the LeapFrog Project at Hafele Flooring Showroom in downtown Chicago. This time I was glad to be introduced to the President and Publisher of i4design Media LLC, Chairman Board of Trustees of the Harrington College of  Design and also a founding member of the Asia Pacific Federation of Architects Mitchell Obstfeld.

Kanako and Enrique.
We all worked together sharing ideas and experiences at this very diverse group of people, we had professionals from the USA, UK, Asia and South America, with names such as Lira Luis, Melissa Sterry, Romeo Santos, Mitchell Obstfeld, James Fisher and Enrique Otarola.

The LeapFrog Project sales team was in full bloom at the Hafele Showroom figuring out the strategy for the great party night, this time Consultant in Marketing and Sales Trisha Diamond, Sales and Marketing Specialist Eugene Rivera and Robert Ziemlak worked together in the sales and Fundraising strategy for the big AIA Party event at Hafele Showroom.

In the night we arrived early for the setting of the AIA closing Party and LeapFrog Project Fundraising. The red carpet was set inside the showroom due to a  persistent daily rain in Chicago.

Melissa, James and Lira at the workshop
I was glad to see everything went smoothly as planned, our sales tem and fundraising were working really hard selling those raffle tickets and donation were coming along too.

The LeapFrog Project speech was given by Chicago TV Celebrity Billy Dec, you can see him wearing the LeapFrog Project cap in the red carpet group picture,

Then after the closing speeches of the night it was time to announce the winners of the iPads from the LeapFrog Project Fundraising, Melissa announced the winners while I assisted giving the iPads to the winners.

Robert, Lira, Melissa and Trisha working
We are glad we helped the LeapFrog Project in Chicago, this was a fun and busy trip for us.

Now we are working hard for our next venue the OREM Appreciation Party that will be held at the Revolver Video Bar in West Hollywood, we want to thank our Tax Accountants and Agents by giving away awards to our best sales people and for working hard this past years, and also thank our clients too for trusting our company with their accounting and filing tax needs.

We will be introducing OREM Real Estate and our new Real Estate Agents o our friends and clients;
We will be doing a fundraising for the OREM Foundation too.