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Tips For Small Business Owners and Summer Vacations, Don’t Worry, Plan!

With summer officially here and the Fourth of July holiday approaching, many small business owners are getting ready for vacation. Recent survey data from the OPEN Small Business Network 2004 Semi-Annual Monitor from American Express provides insight into small business owners' summer vacation plans.
Practice Management

With Help of Accounting Industry, Career Paths are More Clearly Defined

Men in the accounting field aren't alone anymore on the path to becoming partners in their firms. CPA firms are making great strides toward assuring women the same opportunities as men by providing mentoring and a clearly defined path to success.The latest data available from American Colleges and Universities shows that in the 2001-2002 academic year, 57 percent of those receiving bachelor's degrees in accounting were women, compared to 43 percent male accounting graduates. Over one-third of all these graduates will take their first job in public accounting.
Education & Careers

Graduates May See Student Loans Tied to Variable Rates

A proposed change in how much interest should be paid on federal student loans has divided education groups as well as congressional Democrats and Republicans.The proposal, which is part of the reauthorization of the Higher Education Act, would tie federal student loans to interest rates as they change each year.
Practice Management

Workplace Harassment is Not Just about Sex Anymore

Last year the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) resolved 87,755 charges of employment discrimination for $236 million in monetary and other benefits. Sexual harassment and gender-related claims made up only 30 percent of the cases. So what are employers doing wrong now? The largest number of EEOC complaints (35.1 percent) came from allegations of race discrimination.
Practice

One-in-Five Women Are Paid Less and Have Fewer Career Opportunities

Pay disparity continues to be a concern for one-in-five women who say they are paid less than men with similar talents and experience. The same amount of women reported they have fewer opportunities for career advancement than men at their current organizations, according to a new CareerBuilder.com survey. The CareerBuilder.com "Men and Women at Work 2004" survey of men and women was conducted from April 6 to April 19, 2004. When asked why they think men are paid more, four-in-ten women attribute it to favoritism shown by men in management to other men in the organization.
Education & Careers

Accounting and Finance Job Hiring Expected to Increase in Third Quarter

Chief financial officers (CFOs) surveyed for the Robert Half International Financial Hiring Index anticipate a net four percent increase in the hiring of accounting and finance professionals during the third quarter, down two points from the second-quarter forecast but up four points from hiring projections made this time last year.
Practice

Survey Says, Employees are Dissatisfied with Managements’ Communication Skills

Do you feel like your boss doesn't communicate very well? You're not alone. A new survey finds a majority of professionals across many industries rate their boss average to poor when it comes to communication skills.A whopping 91% of those surveyed said effective communication is "critical" to leadership, yet less than one third said that there were enough true voices of leadership in their organizations.
A&A

How to Manage a Rapidly Growing Business

By Alvah Parker While some new business owners face the issue of not enough customers, others face the issue of too many customers/clients. Both are serious issues and must be dealt with carefully. There are many lists on how to find new customers/clients. Here is a list of 10 ways to deal with a rapid influx of new customers.
Education & Careers

Nonprofit Executive Pay Placed under IRS’ Microscope

Corporate executives are not the only ones whose pay is being scrutinized — top officials at nonprofit organizations can expect regulators to take a hard look at how much they earn.The Internal Revenue Service and state regulators are planning to contact hundreds of nonprofit organizations about pay practices for their top officials. Some groups may be audited.Steve T. Miller, director of the IRS' exempt-organizations division, told the Wall Street Journal that the agency has identified between 100 and 200 groups in which an executive or board member earns more than $1 million a year.
A&A

BBB Ranks Top Business Inquiries and Complaints During 2003

The nation's Better Business Bureaus (BBBs) this week reported that services provided to consumers and businesses in 2003 surged to 52.9 million, up 27 percent from the 41.5 million instances of service provided in 2002. Pre-purchase Information: Pre-buying inquiries in the United States increased to 48.8 million in 2003, up nearly 28 percent from 38.2 million in 2002. These requests included 30.8 million BBB reliability reports on businesses located in the U.S.
Practice

Rising Wages, High Turnover in India Create Scramble for Workers

India may become a victim of its own success as a center for outsourcing.As U.S. companies continue to rush business offshore, the competition for labor is getting fierce — so fierce that a typical business-processing center can expect to lose 15 to 20 percent of their workforce every year, the New York Times reported.
Tax

Treasury Issues Final Regulations On Student Loan Interest Deduction

The Treasury Department and the Internal Revenue Service this week issued final regulations relating to the deduction for interest paid on qualified education loans. "The final regulations issued today clarify which amounts qualify for the student loan interest deduction to ensure that students obtain the maximum deduction permitted under the law," said Acting Assistant Secretary for Tax Policy Greg Jenner.
Practice Management

Survey Indicates Vacations Improve Staff Productivity

Feeling guilty about spending time away from the office this summer? You may be doing your company a favor. More than half (51 percent) of executives surveyed recently said employees are more productive after a vacation than before one. The survey was developed by Accountemps, the world's first and largest specialized staffing service for temporary accounting, finance and bookkeeping professionals.
Education & Careers

For Interview Success Start by Asking the Right Questions

Often the greatest interview anxiety focuses on trying to anticipate all the correct answers to interview questions. Equally important, however, are the questions YOU ask the interviewer.
Community News

Outsourcing to India to Increase 50% Next Year

All the talk against foreign outsourcing this political season has not translated into action by U.S. executives, who plan to send 50 percent more work to India next year.According to a study by Ernst & Young, while opposition to outsourcing has intensified in the presidential campaign and among union groups, the flow of work to India has remained constant, the Financial Times of London reported. "The sentiment is very strong.
A&A

Show Me the Money: Workers Put a Bonus, Raise First on Wish List

It may not buy happiness, but money is top of mind for employees today, according to a recent survey. Nearly half (48 percent) of workers polled said what they want most at work is a bonus or raise. More time off ranked second, with 24 percent of the response, followed by additional support at the office, with 17 percent. The survey was developed by OfficeTeam, a leading staffing service specializing in highly skilled administrative professionals.
Education & Careers

Recruiters Searching for MBA Grads in Finance and Accounting

Companies that hire MBA graduates are more optimistic about their recruiting plans this year. Only half are blaming the economy for limiting their hiring, compared to 69 percent only two years ago, according to the 2004 Corporate Recruiters Survey just released by the Graduate Management Admission Council® (GMAC®).Improvement in the economy has also allowed more companies to hire new MBAs.
Education & Careers

Employers Expect to Increase College Hires by 11.2 Percent

New college graduates embarking on the job search have reason to be cautiously optimistic. Employers say they plan to hire 11.2 percent more new college graduates from the Class of 2004 than they hired from the Class of 2003, according to a new report published by the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE).
Education & Careers

Forbes Releases List of Top 25 Fastest-Growing Big Companies

Forbes magazine last week released its second annual listing of the 25 Fastest-Growing Big Companies, adding Amazon.com to the list for the first time.One of the few companies to survive the dot-com era, Amazon is expanding far beyond its original origins as an online book store and is the closest thing to a tech company on the list of the top 25.Nextel Communications, Countrywide Financial and Northrop Grumman were among the better-known companies to make the list, which requires that companies have at least $5 billion in annual revenue and have a five-year revenue growth rate of at lea
Practice Management

Administrative Professionals Are Vital Communication Liaisons, Professional Secretaries' Week is April 18-24

Administrative professionals play a vital role in facilitating the flow of information and communication intoday's office. They also serve as key front-line public relations ambassadors for their managers and their organizations.The field of more than four million administrative professionals in the United States and Canada includes executive assistants, secretaries, office managers and other administrative support staff.As communication liaisons, administrative professionals maintain and support relationships with other managers, employees, customers, vendors and the public.

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