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The Case for Mandatory Partner Retirement

Almost every firm I work with has a succession issue in the near term. Baby boomers are retiring at an accelerating rate, and firms are coping (or not) with the transition issues surrounding those exits.
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Was Your Client Denied Business Credit?

If one of your clients recently applied for business credit and was rejected, he or she isn't alone. Learn five ways you can help a client whose business credit application was denied. A recent survey of banks and asset-based lenders found they had turned down more than a third of all businesses' applications for loans, according to Pepperdine University's 2013 Capital Markets Report.
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Four Guaranteed New Year's Resolutions

When was the last time you came across something that guaranteed you 100 percent satisfaction or your money back? Okay, these types of offers are all around us, so let's drill down a bit to our profession. . . .
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Help Clients Save Time and Money

Firm owners are always looking for ways to save time and money. So why not take those findings to your clients? In other words, teach your clients what you've learned so that they, in turn, can save time and money and pay you for your consultative advice.
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Take Your Game to the Next Level – Get a Coach

What do you think of when you hear the word "coach?" For most of us, it brings up thoughts of athletics and someone who has coached a team that we have been a part of or maybe one that we follow as a fan.
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Minimizing Employee Litigation through Arbitration Agreements

Employers can minimize many employee lawsuits and their fallout through arbitration agreements, where a neutral arbitrator hears the facts of the dispute and makes a binding ruling.
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Workplace Safety, Disabled Employees, and the ADA

In order to ensure a safe workplace while fully complying with the ADA, employers need to understand their rights and responsibilities as well as the rights of job applicants and employees.
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Survey: Fiscal Cliff Uncertainty Weighs on Business Owners

The uncertainty surrounding the "fiscal cliff" is directly impacting the strategic decisions of many US business owners, according to a new survey by Sageworks, a financial information company.
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Business Etiquette When E-mailing Clients

Take great care in sending a client an e-mail: the subject line should be brief, the greeting professional, and the message succinct. Your e-mail signature leaves the last impression, so it should look as professional as your business card.
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"Trust but Verify" Creditworthiness

All too often, companies trust that a potential business partner is creditworthy with very little evidence to support the assumption. CPAs can advise their clients on how to evaluate potential business partners, further instilling their role as trusted business advisors.
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The Client Assessment Opportunity

Adding a client assessment as a required short-term project for every new client – before agreeing to a long-term engagement – can provide countless benefits for you and the client. It can also help you uncover any unfortunate surprises early on.
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Making the Case for Value Pricing

Are you really getting paid for what you do? The debate between billable hours vs. value pricing has heated up in the accounting profession over the past few years, especially as technology continues to increase efficiency.
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Management Essentials: The Partner Compensation Checklist

A constant topic of conversation is the age-old question of how to determine partner compensation. Every firm is a little bit different, but the issues surrounding how you split the pie are pretty consistent.
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Do Your Partner Agreements Include These Six Key Provisions?

I continue to be amazed at the number of firms that have no partner agreements at all or haven't made revisions in many years. Remember, their primary purpose is to protect the firm and define the relationship between the firm and each partner.
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One Bad Apple: Managing Poor Performers

Managers asking themselves, "Where does the day go?" may now have an answer. CFOs recently surveyed said that, on average, supervisors spend 17 percent of their time overseeing poorly performing employees.
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Drilling Down on the Dental Niche

In this interesting Q&A, Andrew Rose, Naden/Lean LLC’s director of Marketing and Business Development, talks about some specifics to managing a dental niche practice, his firm’s sweet spot, and how social media has changed the game.
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Ditch the Mistletoe - Avoiding Sexual Harassment Charges

For many companies, the end of the year means planning an annual holiday party. But beware - if employees cut loose at a company-sponsored function, it can lead to sexual harassment charges.
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Budgeting 2013: Bring on the Strategy and Structure

As marketing director at Rea & Associates, Katie Tolin will be meeting with partners at each of the firm's eleven offices across Ohio to talk about how their marketing dollars are being spent.
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Mining the Opportunities in Your Client Base

Is your firm at risk of losing clients or missing opportunities for additional wallet share from existing clients? A large gap may exist between what partners believe their clients think versus what clients actually think.
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Help Your Clients Kick the Debt Habit

Each household in America carries roughly $114,000 in debt ($13 trillion divided by the total number of households counted in the 2010 Census). Whether you cater to the affluent or have a lower-income client base, debt is a reality for nearly all of your clients.

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