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Company Announcements: Week of April 29, 2013

Following is the latest roundup of community news for the week of April 29, 2013.
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Meeting the Needs of Women Clients

Think of the best relationship you have with a male client. He’s been with you for many years and you consider yourself “old friends.” How is your relationship with his wife? If your answer is anything other than “spectacular,” you should read the following carefully: There’s a 70 percent chance your client’s wife will fire you within a year after the death of her spouse.
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Finding Financial Planning Wisdom in Hollywood's Great Movies

One of the most important traits of a successful business owner is knowing “why” – why you do what you do. In a service-based business like ours, knowing your “why” is essential to helping clients feel confident that you are giving them excellent advice and to knowing you care about them and their families.
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Platypus Marketing

At some point in your career, it's likely that you've been involved in a project that seemed to meander endlessly without any real direction. It could be a marketing project or just about anything else. In marketing, there's a name for a project like this: the platypus.
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Here Comes the Baby Boomer Bubble – Valuing Your Practice for Partner Retirements

There is constant reference by the news media about the aging of the Baby Boomers, but I, for one, did not know exactly what it meant. So, I "Googled" it. What I found is not good news for the accounting profession.
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Where to Find Your Next Small Business Client

Successful CPA firms know that while business may be great today, there's no guarantee for tomorrow. That's why it's important that you're constantly thinking ahead - constantly considering where you'll find your next clients.
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CPA Objectivity Important When Valuing a Business

It has long been established that the CPA must meet certain standards of independence, objectivity and integrity when performing attest services. Similarly, certain standards are called into play when a CPA performs a business valuation.
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Cover Your Notes: Confidentiality Depends on Role of Accountant

A business owner calls a meeting to discuss the tax consequences of a particular business transaction. Two years later, the business is involved in litigation related to the transaction, and the plaintiff seeks to discover the outside accountant's notes from the initial meeting.
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Divorce Cases Hold Potential Liabilities for Accountants

Unfortunately, divorcing clients may attempt to increase the amount of money they receive by making a claim against their accountant. When clients divorce, accountants are put in a variety of uncomfortable positions.
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What Is Your Practice Worth in the 2013 M&A Market?

Tax season 2013 is over and the M&A frenzy will pick back up again where it left off. So, what's your practice worth? What can you expect whether you're a buyer or seller? One thing is for sure – baby boomers are selling at a rate the profession has never seen before.
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Implementing Social Media and Networking Strategies to Market Your Firm

Exposure is vital to the growth of your firm, but the different channels can be intimidating. With endless social media avenues, websites, and networking events, it's easy to get overwhelmed.
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New Client Auditions: How to Know if a Prospect Is Right for You

To ensure a new client audition is successful, you must know the profile of your existing client base. Knowing why your most successful clients are a positive fit for your business will help you weed out potential clients who would not be a good fit.
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Decosimo Acquires Solvability, a Government Contractor Accounting Firm

The Southeastern regional accounting firm Decosimo has acquired Solvability, a Huntsville, Alabama, firm that specializes in accounting and consulting work for government contractors.
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Opportunities in Bloom: Uncovering Midyear Client Opportunities

Spring is a time of optimism, so it's a great time for accounting firms to look for fresh opportunities to grow the business. Lauren Prosser offers five ways accounting firms can "fertilize" existing efforts in order to jump-start business and grow deeper, stronger roots with clients.
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REDW Joins Forces with RCG Plan Administration, LLC

REDW, one of the largest and most respected certified public accounting firms in the Southwest, is pleased to announce it has joined forces with RCG Plan Administration, LLC, a Phoenix-based, full- service, third-party administrator and record keeper of small and midsized businesses and Native American retirement plans.
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How to Attract New Partners from Inside and Outside Your Firm

Firms looking to add new partners need to abandon "archaic approaches" to doing so, be it with existing staff or when looking at outside candidates. This is the message from "How to Bring in New Partners," written by Marc Rosenberg of The Rosenberg Associates consulting firm.
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The One Key to a Dignified Retirement? Starting Early

The role of a financial planner and particularly a financial planner in a CPA firm, is to educate our clients that retirement planning is not about market timing. It's not about investment returns. It's all about having a consistent plan and then sticking to that plan.
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Strategies for Utilizing Permanent Life Insurance in Qualified Plans

One of the advantages offered by qualified retirement plans is the ability to acquire life insurance on plan participants using existing plan assets and future contributions to pay the premiums. This allows the plan to obtain life insurance coverage on plan participants with tax-deductible dollars.
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Eight Major Risks to Your Clients' Retirement

Everyone wants a safe, stable and certain flow of income to sustain their ideal retirement. But if you were to ask five different relatives and friends what retirement means to them, you would likely receive five different answers.
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Are You a Secret Expert?

Do you serve a particular niche especially well? Have you served clients with complex issues that took a great deal of research? Do you have more knowledge than most in a particular area of tax or accounting? If so, congratulations – you're an expert. But are you keeping your hard-earned expert status a secret?

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