Union Democrat staff

Federal, state taxes are due

on April 17

The last day to file 2011 state and federal tax returns without an extension is Tuesday, April 17.

The date was pushed back from its traditional April 15 date because it fell on a Sunday and the next Monday was a federal holiday.

Next Tuesday is also the last day to file an extension with the IRS. The last day to e-file for late filers or tax extension filers is Oct. 15.

Taxpayers have until April 15, 2015 to file an amended return to claim a tax refund.

Sierra Professional Association

The Sierra Professional Association meets on Tuesdays at 7 a.m. at the Pine Tree Restaurant, 19601 Hess Ave., Sonora. The group offers a means of personally advertising each member's business with other executives while enhancing business development through leads.

The next meeting will be April 17 and will feature Rob Walker, Sierra Plumbing, and Matt Stone, MDS Electric.

For membership information, call Kim Parker at 536-1804 or visit the group's website at www.tcspa.com.

Chamber of Commerce

The Tuolumne County Chamber of Commerce is organizing its fifth business summit set for next month.

The day-long summit, which is sponsored by the chamber as well as Columbia College and Mother Lode Job Training, will offer nine workshops on topics like branding, human resources, online marketing and business law. The event is scheduled to run May 1 at Columbia College.

Presenters at the summit will include keynote speaker Marty Keller, founder of Small Business Revolution and former director of the state's Office of Small Business Advocate, as well as Gillian Murphy of the San Joaquin Delta College Business Development Center, CPA David Butler, and others.

Attending the event will cost $45 for member businesses and $35 for each additional staff, as well as $55 for non-members and $45 from additional staff. Morning beverages and buffet lunch are included.

For more information visit mlbusinesssummit.com or register at tcchamber.com. Only 80 slots are available.