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Women Rule as Bloomberg’s Women.com 30 Index Soars

Led by Hewlett-Packard (Carly Florina, CEO), the nation’s 13th largest company, the Bloomberg list of 30 top women-run companies has far exceeded the Dow and demonstrates that women executives are in no danger of not being taken seriously.The list of the top 30 companies run by women also includes such notables as Avon (Andrea Jung, CEO), World Wrestling Federation Entertainment (Linda McMahon, CEO), Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia (Martha Stewart, CEO), eBay (Meg Whitman, CEO), and Advent Software (Stephanie DiMarco, CEO).The Dow Jones Industrial Average is made up of 30 companies whi
Community News

Big 5 Sweep KMWorld's Best 100 List

KMWorld is the self-described leading information provider serving the Knowledge Management systems market, and they have just published their list of 100 top companies in the Knowledge Management arena. All five members of the Big 5 grace the list.The 100 Companies that Matter, according to KMWorld, are those that best exhibit the qualities of market makers, solutions technology makers, solutions service makers, and infrastructure technology makers. What does all this mean?
Tax

Marriage Tax Penalty One Step Closer to its Grave?

With a vote of 269-159, the House gave its blessing to a marriage tax relief bill that is now on its way to the Senate. The Senate hopes to send a final version of the marriage bill, along with a bill for demolishing the estate tax, to President Clinton on the eve of the Republican National Convention, the timing of which is not coincidental.The marriage penalty tax, as it is justifiably called, is a nuance of the tax code that requires married couples to pay tax at a higher rate than they would if they remained single.

Getting Great People

The following editorial was provided by Results Accountants Systems.It seems a long time ago now.I was playing the classic ‘victim’ — something had happened that I didn’t think was my fault and I said so. And then this wise person said something I’ve remembered ever since:“When you point the finger of blame at someone, there are one, two, three fingers pointing right back at you.” (To understand that graphically, just go ahead and point at someone close to you right now.

ITA Vendors Band Together for Illinois CPA Show

As a means to promote membership and awareness, the Information Technology Alliance (ITA) will gather its member vendors together on the exhibit floor of the Illinois CPA Show in what is being called The ITA Zone.In late May, the AICPA Council voted to fold the existing ITA organization into the Institute to create a new ITA member section.

New Services for Accounting Members of IMA

Members of the Institute of Management Accountants (IMA) may now participate in a new Forum designed to connect one another according to a specific sector within accounting and finance.'We're trying to provide members with an opportunity to learn from, and network with, each other - online,' says Karen Sanders, editor/director of Member Interest Groups. 'The forums and email exchanges we provide are vehicles for them to do just that.

Las Vegas Begins Hotel to Airport Check-in

We want convenience any way we can get it, right? A new story out of Las Vegas puts the "C" in convenience when it comes to travel.New technology from Certified Airline Passenger Services now enables passengers to drop their bags, check-in and select airline seats--all in the comfort of their Las Vegas hotel amidst the bells and clangs of slot machines.Vegas is experimenting with concept, and participating airlines include America West, Continental, Delta, Southwest and Sun Country. There is a $6 per person charge for the service.
Community News

Big 5's US Legal Plans Dealt Killer Blow

Now accountants will find it difficult to gain a foothold to the US legal market - a key target for the Big Five, who employ thousands of lawyers themselves.Three-quarters of US lawyers rejected "multi-disciplinary partnerships," (MDPs) which join lawyers with other professionals.
Technology

Show me the Hyphen!

We've all heard about this or seen it in the news. With the ever-increasing speed of more and more dot.coms invading the Internet every day (not to mention intranets and extranets), the choices for good domain names for a Web site are becoming more and more scarce.People with an interest in building Internet traffic, from techies to CEOs, spend untold hours cooking up names that reflect their business or philosophy, when the choice is often a matter of 'what's left?' rather than 'what fits?'The choice of a web site name has become a matter of letter placement and grammar.

Microsoft Puts 'Stock' in its Stock

Microsoft will be in a position to initiate a buy-back of its own stock next week, when a six-month waiting period ends following the purchase of Visio software by Microsoft. Analysts agree that this is a positive sign for Microsoft, which in the last year has been plagued by many troubles with regulators and antitrust.Microsoft bought the Visio program in January 2000 for $1.5 billion in stock. Visio is a program used primarily for drawings and diagrams, organizational charts, flow charts, and site maps.

Illinois Society Trade Show Coming in August

The Illinois CPA Society is gearing up for its Business and Technology Solutions Show which will occur August 23-24 at the Rosemont Convention Center in Rosemont, Illinois, in the Chicago suburbs. During the two day show, attendees may participate in up to 17 hours of CPE in the form of presentations in the areas of Accounting & Auditing, Tax, Consulting, and Technology. Key note presenters include:Peter Ricchiuti, Assistant Dean at Tulane University's A.B.

Employee Surveys can Bridge the Communication Gap.

Have you ever wondered exactly what your employees’ commitment level is to your firm? Do staff members stay just long enough to get their audit hours in and then move on? Do you worry that the clients may hire away your most talented staff? If these thoughts nag at you then it may be time to try an employee survey. Begin by preparing to hear answers to questions that you’d really rather not hear.
A&A

Can the Web Help Raise Money for Nonprofits?

In an effort to cut overhead costs and better target donors, nonprofits are venturing into the world of technology. In an industry where raising a dollar from a new donor can cost a nonprofit $1.20 to $1.50, the internet provides opportunities to focus more on distributing funds raised, and less on covering administrative costs.Convio, a company specializing in the development of software for nonprofits is planning on signing up a few charter charities to test its new web service.
Technology

Word/Excel Tip: Resize Toolbar Text Buttons & Boxes

If you need to make room for additional buttons, you may want to decrease the size of some of the toolbar boxes, such as the Zoom, Font or Style boxes. Or, perhaps you'd like to increase the size in order to see the entire entry of each option in a dropdown list.To change the width of a toolbar text button, text box or list box, choose Tools/Customize to display the Customize dialog box and enable toolbar editing.Next, click on the toolbar box you wish to resize to select it.

Win a Free Web Site For a Year

In conjunction with AccountingWEB's campaign to raise money for the American Diabetes Association, Execusite has offered to give away a free Execusite Website solution for a year, valued at $890, in a drawing of all contributors to the Diabetes campaign.The winner of the drawing will receive a comprehensive web site package that includes:A deluxe multi-page Website that creates a prestigious firm identityTheir own unique Internet address on the World Wide
Technology

Accountant's Face Brave New E-Business World

Several participants in our e-business workshop presented interesting questions and raised issues about creating and consulting in the e-business arena. What questions should you ask if you are considering getting into the world of e-business?

E-Business: What Every Accounting Firm Needs to Know, with Gregory Price

Session Moderator: Good afternoon everyone today we are being joined by Gregory Price of Pannell Kerr Forster.Gregory S. Price is a highly experienced information technology professional with significant profit and loss responsibility for two consulting functions at worldwide accounting firms. He has an outstanding record of improving profits by increasing revenues, extending market penetration, developing new services and managing cost containment.
Tax

IRS Announces New Rules for Calculating IRA Income

If you make a contribution to your IRA, change your mind, and request that the contribution be returned to you on or before the due date of your tax return, the old rules stated that you must report a certain amount of taxable income based on the earnings in the IRA account for the entire year of the contribution.

AICPA Launches Inexpensive Do-it-Yourself CPE

The AICPA is leading a new trend in CPE. This flat rate, all you can eat philosophy, provides over 1,000 hours of CPE for a flat rate of $95 per year, or $295 for non-AICPA members. Pay the fee, take all the courses you want, and work at home or at the office, at your own pace, at any time of the day or night, to complete the material and get your credit.The one- and two-hour courses cover hundreds of areas of educational needs in the major categories of Accounting & Auditing, Consulting Services, Management, and Taxation.

Excel Tip: Quickly Print Designated Areas of a Worksheet

Set up your various print ranges first by using your mouse to select a range, then assign a name to the range. Assign a range name by choosing Insert, Name, Define from the menu. In the Names in workbook field, enter the name you want to use to identify this selected range. You cannot use spaces in your range name. Click OK to complete the process. Assign other named ranges in your worksheet in the same manner.

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