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Company Announcements: Week of June 18, 2012

Following is the latest roundup of accounting community news for the week of June 18, 2012.
Education & Careers

Consultant Group Unifies - Now The Rainmaker Companies

Troy Waugh, CEO of Five Star 3, LLC, has announced that the three service lines of the Nashville-based accounting consulting firm will now be unified under one name - The Rainmaker Companies, LLC.
Community News

Company Announcements: Week of June 11, 2012

Following is the latest roundup of accounting community news for the week of June 11, 2012.
Practice

Potential of Disabled Worker Quotas on Federal Contractors

Companies with federal government contracts or subcontracts may soon risk losing their contracts if they do not meet quotas to hire more disabled workers.
Practice

AICPA Economic Outlook Survey: Second Quarter Results

The second quarter AICPA Economic Outlook Survey reveals that business executives are more guarded about the twelve-month outlook for the US economy than they were last quarter.
Practice

Using Client Surveys to Break the 'Just Fine' Syndrome

Conducting a client survey is the best way for a firm to truly decipher what's working, what isn't, and where new opportunities lie.
Practice

Five Fraud-Fighting Tips for Businesses

Desperate times call for desperate measures, the saying goes. So it's not surprising that fraud in the workplace increased during the economic crisis and recession.
Practice

Managing Partner 101 - What Exactly Is the Job?

Most of us are thrust into the managing partner role in our firms with little or no training or coaching. Who teaches you to be an effective MP?
Practice

No Facebook for You!

"Access Denied." This is the message I received when trying to log in to my Facebook account from an accounting firm's office.
Practice

Are We At an Awkward Stage about Age?

Whether or not 60 is the new 40, or 30 is the new 20, etc., age perceptions and realities are confusing and not aligned with perceptions and realities of decades ago.
A&A

Financial Metrics Every Business Owner Should Know

Is your business successful? How do you know? If you're like most business owners, your days are filled by efforts to make your company successful. Those tasks might be focused on making a great product, generating sales, or building customer relationships. And you might be great at those things. But . . .
Practice

BSA Study Finds Over Half of Computer Users Admit to Pirating Software

According to the Business Software Alliance's (BSA) ninth annual study - 2011 BSA Global Software Piracy Study - the value of software theft is at an astounding all-time high ? $63.4 billion in 2011, up from $58.8 billion in 2010.
Education & Careers

10 Tips for Hiring College Graduates

Are you planning on hiring this spring? There are a lot of great reasons to add a new college graduate to your workplace mix. Job search engine company, Simply Hired, has compiled a list of best practices and strategies for targeting this unique group of candidates.
Practice Management

12 Tips for Mastering Your To-Do List

Some people are more effective that others at maintaining a to-do list and executing the items on the list. Here are a number of dos and don'ts that can help you be the master of your to-do list.
Practice Management

Does an Accounting Practice Need an Office?

In this virtual world, it seems that we can work from anywhere. Mark Lee, consultant practice editor for our sister site AccountingWEB.co.uk addresses the issues relating to the concept of the remote office.
Practice

Social Media Influences on Generational Behavior and Vice Versa

Not only is the accelerating use of these outlets affecting our behavior and use of time, but also social media are influencing behavior of the different generations – and vice versa. Generational expert Phyllis Weiss Haserot explains.
Education & Careers

Accountemps Survey: Lack of Communication Is Top Management Mistake

The most common mistake management makes is easy to remedy: Don't keep employees in the dark. In a recent Accountemps survey, 41 percent of CFOs interviewed said the lack of communication is the top mistake companies make in managing their teams.
Practice

Wishing for an Assistant?

Managing a small accounting practice - or any small business - has its ups and downs. Sure, you can select your colleagues, your clients, your phone and computer equipment, collateral, and even your holidays. But that also leaves you in charge of HR, IT, and marketing on top of serving - and finding - your clients.
Practice

Fun during Busy Season Can Lead to More Productive Staff

Just because accountants are logging eighty-five hours a week doesn't mean they should be deprived of a break once in a while. In fact, allowing yourself - or your staff - to take breaks can lead to more productivity. The staff at TravisWolff believes so much in this concept that they formed a "Fun Committee."
Practice Management

Cloud Computing Versus Software as a Service

As our world becomes more and more connected, the terms used to describe online services blur into abstraction. In this article, I'll clarify the terms "cloud computing" versus "software as a service," often referred to as SaaS.

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