Scott Kurkian

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Chief Financial Officer, PPA

Scott Kurkian, PPA's Chief Financial Officer, has been with PPA for 20 years and is one of the founders of PPA’s Studio Management Services department and PPA's Financial Benchmark Survey. He has worked with many photography businesses to help them learn and understand the financial aspects of managing a small business and how to use financial analysis to improve profitability.

Scott's Courses

  • Advanced Tax Strategies for Small Businesses

    Instructors: Scott Kurkian
    Video: “Isn’t my home office deduction an IRS red flag?” “How do I determine salaries out of profit?” “Can I deduct my business vehicle?” These questions and more are why you should watch this class!
  • How to Set Up Your Company to Minimize Taxes

    Instructors: Scott Kurkian
    Video: One of America’s more colorful Founding Fathers, Benjamin Franklin, once said that “nothing is certain except death and taxes.” And now that tax laws are much more complicated than in Franklin’s time, it almost takes an expert to run a small business! Don’t worry, though. In this video class, PPA’s financial guru and CFO, Scott Kurkian, gives you that expert advice you need to set up your studio…in a way that works best for you and your business.
  • Introduction to Financial Management: Part 1

    Instructors: Scott Kurkian
    Video: You’re an artist, you’re a photographer…but you’re still running a business. And if you can’t manage your money, you won’t be a business very long. In the first part of this two-part video series, Scott Kurkian, CFO for PPA, walks you through what you need to know to be a great businessperson, not just a great photographer.
  • Introduction to Financial Management: Part 2

    Instructors: Scott Kurkian
    Video: In the first part of this video series, PPA’s CFO Scott Kurkian gave you the basics. In Part 2, you’ll learn how to step up your game, maximizing even more profits through better accounting.
  • Top 10 Financial Mistakes Made by Photography Businesses

    Instructors: Bridget Jackson, Scott Kurkian
    Video: Want to avoid some of the most common financial mistakes made by professional photographers and studios? Of course you do! After all, knowledge is power. In this video class, Scott Kurkian, founder of PPA’s Studio Management Services, and Bridget Jackson, CPA and PPA’s Studio Management Services Manager, discuss mistakes that can sink your business…and how to transform them into a plan for financial success.
  • Understanding the Benchmark Survey

    Instructors: Scott Kurkian
    Webinar: Why are some studios so much more profitable than others? How much of every dollar your studio brings in should you be spending to grow your business, and how much should you expect to keep as bottom-line profit? PPA’s 2011 Financial Benchmark Survey gives you a way to measure success and get those answers. Industry financial guide Scott Kurkian will highlight the findings…and offer his insights into what they tell us about the challenges and opportunities for photography business owners today.
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