About this event

Learn how to take advantage of current business incentives, including Employee Retention Credit from Carolyn Smith Driscoll, Managing Director of R&D Tax Services at accounting and financial advisory firm BDO. Companies that experienced a 20% or greater decline in gross receipts from 2019 into 2020 or 2021 may be eligible for the Employee Retention Credit. Carolyn will share key information from BDO’s report on recent changes to financial support available to companies. Learn whether you qualify for existing business incentives and how to apply in this informative salon.


Coco Brown CEO

Coco is founder and CEO of Athena Alliance. Prior to her current roles, Coco served as President, COO, and Board Director of Taos, a market leader in IT Services serving hundreds of F1000 companies, including Apple, Cisco, ebay, Facebook, and Silicon Valley Bank. Coco brings rich experience across F1000 companies, start-ups, and nonprofits in the roles of CEO, COO, advisor, and Board member to Athena. She possesses a unique understanding of the breadth of challenges and opportunities of leadership. She empowers leaders to execute successfully, working with them to develop the relationship between a company’s strategy and its organizational design and environment. Coco’s expertise in developing and strengthening these important linkages makes her a powerful C-level advisor and Board member. In addition to serving on the Board of Taos from 2004 to 2014, Coco served as a Board Director for MentorNet during its rebranding, product transformation, and subsequent acquisition by Great Minds in STEM. Coco was on the finance committee supporting the Board of Directors of Samasource and established the Operating Committee for the Silicon Valley arm of Golden Seeds, a New York-based early-stage investment firm. She also currently serves as Chair of the Nominating Committee for the Anita Borg Technology Leadership Award, one of the most prestigious awards honoring women in technology.


Carolyn Driscoll Managing Director, R&D Tax Services

Carolyn has been providing research tax credit studies to companies claiming the credit since 2000. She spent ten years in the national R&D group of a Big 4 accounting firm and has significant experience assisting companies to maximize and document their federal and state R&D tax credits. She has worked with companies in a variety of industries including manufacturing, software development, wireless, high-tech, life sciences, pharmaceutical and aerospace. Additionally, she has extensive experience implementing client consulting projects and providing clients with federal and state taxing agency defense.

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Financial Oversight

Business Incentives

Thu, Jun 03 @ 9:00am PT (1 hr)

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