Who are the people behind the Business Owner’s Toolkit?
The Toolkit team is comprised of experts from a variety of professional fields, each specializing in addressing the needs of small business.
John Duoba, Publisher/Managing Editor, has 20 years of experience in book, magazine and web publishing, fulfilling various roles in editorial and production management. John holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism and is currently pursuing his Master’s in Business Administration.
Alice H. Magos has over 35 years of experience running the operations of numerous small businesses. She is the author of the CCH Business Owner’s Toolkit™ online advice column “Ask Alice.” Alice is an accountant, a Certified Financial Planner, a Certified Fraud Examiner, and holds degrees from Washington University in St. Louis and Northwestern University in Chicago.
Catherine Gordon has 20 years of experience in tax, business, and financial publishing and has worked as a tax consultant providing services to individuals as well as large and small companies. Catherine holds a juris doctorate degree from the State University of New York at Buffalo School of Law and a BA in sociology from the State University of New York at Stony Brook.
Joel Handelsman has spent over a quarter of a century writing about business, tax, and financial topics. He has experience with multiple new product and business ventures in the publishing industry, has held a variety of management positions, and taught legal research and writing at Roosevelt University. Joel holds degrees from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism and DePaul University College of Law.
Robert Steere has served as general counsel for a state tax department, as tax policy director for a state chamber of commerce, and as a tax specialist for two major CPA firms during his 30-year professional career. Bob holds a BS degree from Michigan State University and a JD degree from University of Michigan Law School.
Susan Jacksack was one of the original authors of Business Owner’s Toolkit and a major contributor to our companion site, Financial Planning Toolkit. She was a nationally recognized and frequently quoted small business and financial expert. Unfortunately, Susan lost a lengthy battle with cancer in 2001. She was admired, respected, and appreciated by all those who knew her. Her friendly and helpful nature is sorely missed by her family, friends, and all those who came to rely on her throughout the years.