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CPEs Can Lead to MBA

Continuing professional education (CPE) courses are part of life for every Certified Public Accountant (CPA). They are stepping stones to successful careers and practices.
Practice

Dress for the Job -- Appearance and Paycheck

Make sure to have a homework shirt in back-to-school wardrobes, says Ken Haller M.D., assistant professor of pediatrics at Saint Louis University School of Medicine according to Newswise. “What a child is wearing can really help him to buckle down and study.” Haller said that he first heard of the idea of wearing special homework clothes in a psychology class in medical school. Wearing the homework shirt helped him because it said it was time to study.
Practice

SOX Institute Takes Sarbanes-Oxley Training Program on the Road

“Last month, the Institute of Management Accountants reported that top management accountants and finance professionals pulled ahead of public accountants in both average salary and total compensation in 2004 as a direct result of Sarbanes-Oxley,” says Board Chairman Fw. CFE, CSOX, CSOXP. “This is an opportunity for us to reach those who want and need the education right where they are, and at a price they can afford.”The SOX Institute is taking its SOX training program on the road.
Education & Careers

Accounting Scholarships Expand Opportunties for Students

Not everyone who wants to become an accountant when they grow up can afford to. Scholarships play an important role in encouraging the next generation to pursue their chosen career. Recently, two groups awarded scholarships to accounting students for the coming academic year.Rhonda McSwain, an accounting major at Florence-Darlington Technical College, recently received a Thelma Brown Scholarship the Morning News Online of Florence, South Carolina reports.
Education & Careers

Choosing a Financial Planner Takes Some Research

Investors of all ages believe they need professional help to manage their money, leading them to question the best way to find a skilled financial planner they can trust.A new survey shows half of “GenX” investors (26 to 40 years old), 46 percent of “Boomers” (41 to 59) and 45 percent of “Matures” (60 to 82) say they “need the help of professionals” in managing their investments.
Education & Careers

American Hiring Up in July

The Department of Labor reports that American payroll jobs increased by 207,000 in July. This gain follows a June increase of 166,000. Both these figures are preliminary data. Employment gains hit a low in May 2003 but total nearly 4 million since that time as reported by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The unemployment rate for July also remained steady at 5 percent.
Education & Careers

Computers Top Sales Tax Holiday Back-to-School Buys

Three-quarters of all Americans believe it is important for children to have access to a computer at home. Unfortunately, only 36 percent of those surveyed feel computers are affordable, according to the Consumer Electronics Association’s (CEA) 2005 Back to School Consumer Survey. Fortunately, a growing number of states are not only recognizing the important role computers play in education but also that they are a major expense for many families.
Education & Careers

Survey of Financial Pay in the Manufacturing Industry

The median annual income reported for Chief Corporate Financial Officers (CFO)in the manufacturing field is $130,032, but 10 percent make less than $87,414 and 10 percent make over $259,603. Of course, not all financial professionals working in the manufacturing industry are CFOs. Even among CFOs, pay varies widely with the fiscal size of the manufacturing firm. For example, CFOs in manufacturing firms with annual revenues of $10-$24.9 million have a median annual income of $111,916 vs.
A&A

AICPA: CPAs Have What it Takes to be CFOs

What does it take to be a good CFO? Expertise in accounting, financial reporting and internal controls, says the AICPA, and CPAs possess the skills to excel in the role.That's the position the AICPA lays out in a new white paper, "CPAs as CFOs: Why You Should Have a CPA in Your C-Suite." The paper outlines the many new demands on the CFO and how CPAs are particularly attuned to handle the variety of operational, financial and compliance challenges."There is a dual role for today's CFO," said AICPA President and CEO Barry C. Melancon, CPA.
Community News

Not Your Usual Summer Camp

The first day of camp is always exciting. The kids are eager for fun and ready to learn new things. For the group of middle-schoolers from across North Carolina attending Camp Challenge at the 4-H Education Center, it is more than that.
Education & Careers

Mark Your Calendar: Compliance & Ethics Institute

The Society of Corporate Compliance and Ethics (SCCE) is offering a rare look into the compliance and ethics programs at some of America’s leading companies during the 4th Annual Compliance and Ethics Institute.
Community News

Accounting Across State Lines

Greater client and workforce mobility has presented accountants with a number of unusual challenges. It’s not just the challenge of figuring out who owes what to which taxing authority, complex as that can be. It’s also making sure that the accountant, firm and client are operating legitimately.An easily overlooked footnote in KPMG’s tax shelter problems, demonstrates the challenges facing firms as they grow.
Education & Careers

The Number of Minority-Owned Businesses Expands

The Census Bureau reports that the number of minority and women-owned businesses have increased over a five year period between 1997 and 2002. Their Survey of Business Owners reveals that the total number of businesses increased at a rate of 10 percent or about 2 million. Minority and women-owned businesses have grown at an increasing rate. The number of businesses owned by Asians grew by 24 percent while African-Americans minority businesses grew by 45 percent. Hispanic minority businesses grew by 31 percent.
Tax

Expected Back-To-School Spending Increases

Back-to-school shopping is expected to increase this year according to MasterCard International’s second annual Back to School Spending Index survey. College age and under students might expect to have an average of $573 spent on them by their parents this year in preparation for the new school year according to the survey. The National Retail Federation reports that we Americans spent a total of $40.6 billion in back-to-school shopping in 2004.
Community News

Moms Avoid Cubicles, Work from Home

As fewer employers offer flexible work schedules, more mothers are turning to their home computers to find that elusive balance between making an income and raising their children.Mothers are using their child's naps or play dates to work from home. That way, they can make money and be involved in their kids' lives without stepping foot into a cubicle.
Education & Careers

Mark Your Calendar: A Three Year Retrospective of SOX

“The Sarbanes-Oxley Act: A Three-Year Retrospective” is the theme of the 2005 Annual Meeting of the American Accounting Association (AAA). The meeting, which is being held August 7-10, 2005 in San Francisco, California, offers attendees an opportunities to learn, communicate and network with others in the accounting industry.Among the speakers to be featured at plenary sessions, luncheons and the opening dinner include: Judy Rayburn, AAA PresidentDennis Beresford, Ernst & Young Executive Professor in the J.M.
Community News

Accounting Gets Hip—Companies Scramble for Talent

It's got it all: great pay, generous benefits, a fast career track and the respect of the highest executives in corporate America.It's accounting, which is fast becoming one of the most prestigious and in-demand careers around. Thanks to a spate of corporate scandals and the flood of jobs created by the Sarbanes-Oxley reform legislation, talented accountants are being wooed with raises, bonuses and a long list of perks.Even those just starting out are being recruited heavily.
Education & Careers

“Show Me” Slackers

The average American worker only spends about six hours of an eight-hour workday, not including lunch, actually working, according to a new survey from Salary.com and AOL.
Education & Careers

Have Laptop, Will Travel

“The world’s my home… When I’m mobile”: ‘Going Mobile’ by The Who, 1971A glance around the business class lounge at any airport lounge will bring you face to face with numerous varieties of that modern day creature, "The Mobile Worker". Logging in the available workstations, checking email on their BlackBerries, or using cell phones to speak with their assistant at the home office, these travelers are the modern incarnation of the "Global Economic Elite" ("GEE").WHO ARE THE GLOBAL ECONOMIC ELITE?There are two general archetypes of GEEs.
Community News

Deloitte Establishes National Chair to Advance Women as Leaders

Deloitte & Touche USA LLP has joined forces with the nation’s only business school designed for women to establish an endowed chair devoted to the advancement of women as leaders. The first Deloitte Ellen Gabriel Chair for Women and Leadership at Simmons School of Management in Boston is Deborah Kolb.The Deloitte Ellen Gabriel Chair for Women and Leadership is designed to help shape the national discourse on women and leadership by studying and recommending strategies for advancing women into leadership roles in all sectors of business and government.

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