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Company Announcements: Week of June 10, 2013

Following is the latest roundup of community news for the week of June 10, 2013.
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Logo Logic

A logo is probably the most visible – and versatile – branding tool there is. And when you consider the most famous logos, like the Nike swoosh or McDonald's arches, it's easy to see how valuable they can be.
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What Personal Qualities Do Clients Look for in Their Accountants?

Are you memorable or boring? What personal qualities do you have that make clients like you? Do the people you meet, whether at networking events or elsewhere, remember you and feel comfortable referring their clients and contacts to you?
Education & Careers

Portrait of the Resilient Accountant

The resilient accountant adeptly manages sudden, significant, and complex change with minimal dysfunctional behavior. Rather than shrink from controversy, resilient professionals are more likely to dive into the fray.
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Oklahoma CPA Firm and OSCPA Assist Victims of Moore Tornado

A team of thirty-six employees from BKD LLP volunteered last week to clean up residences in Moore, Oklahoma, that were destroyed by an EF-5 tornado May 20. The OSCPA is also mobilizing efforts with members and community leaders to help tornado victims.
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Mergers: Five Structures and Determining Worth

With merger mania heating up in the accounting world, it's likely most firms are either being eyed or are ogling another firm to achieve growth or, in some cases, to achieve a combination of growth for some partners and succession for others.
Education & Careers

Community Service Is a Responsibility BKD Takes Full Throttle

During the monthlong festivities that preceded this year's Indianapolis 500, Ted Dickman saw a lot of smiles – not only on the faces of those who organized and participated in the events, but on the faces of those who attended the events.
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Company Announcements: Week of June 3, 2013

Following is the latest roundup of community news for the week of June 3, 2013.
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The Benefits of Hosting a Client Seminar

Do you value your clients? Are you doing everything you possibly can on their behalf? Do they view your firm as a leader in the community? If you’re not answering yes to all of these questions, then it’s time to start thinking about hosting a client seminar.
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Does It Pay to Diversify?

One way we can help our client investors possibly avoid financial catastrophes and achieve greater returns with less volatility is to encourage them to diversify their portfolios properly. The notion of diversification isn't new but clients don’t always have the knowledge of how to diversify.
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Wealth Advisors Embracing Their Independence

Current events can often dictate wealth advisor behavior, particular when it comes to the prospect of becoming an independent advisor. With financial markets riding high and tax season behind us, many CPA firms that sat on the sidelines are now re-engaged and looking for new ways to boost their bottom lines and explore the growth component our industry: wealth management.
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Change Your Firm and Yourself: Just Do It

For ten years, Joe Evers, a CPA who owns a small practice in Phoenix, Arizona, attempted to work more proactively with his clients, but he was never able to move his firm in the direction he was hoping for.
Education & Careers

Fearless Future: ICPAS Conference Aims to Develop Authentic Leaders

There's a new paradigm of leadership on the horizon, and, according to the organizers of the Illinois CPA Society's (ICPAS) newest conference for young professionals, it's authentic, distinctive, and decidedly fearless.
Community News

Company Announcements: Week of May 27, 2013

Following is the latest roundup of community news for the week of May 27, 2013.
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Survey Finds Small Businesses Slowly Increasing Economic Activity

Small business owners are showing a willingness to hire more employees amidst signs of expanding business activity, according to the most recent Business Confidence Survey released by Insperity, Inc., a provider of human resources and business performance solutions.
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The Tools That Build Brands

What identity do you want your firm to have? What do you want people to think of when they hear the name of your firm? Once you've identified your firm's desired positioning, the next step is to plan the branding strategy that will make it a reality.
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Three Indicators of Creditworthiness for Your Business Clients

Are your business clients applying for a loan? Sageworks Research Specialist Mary Ellen Biery outlines three indicators of creditworthiness and how your clients can improve them.
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Company Announcements: Week of May 20, 2013

Following is the latest roundup of community news for the week of May 20, 2013.
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Maintaining Wage and Hour Compliance in 2013

Over the past six years or so, wage and hour lawsuits have become, if not commonplace, extremely prevalent. This trend, fueled by a large number of workers displaced following the financial crisis and stoked by successful settlements and court rulings over the past several years, is unlikely to end anytime soon.
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[Blank] Your Way to a Better Brand

Imagine that your firm comes up in a conversation between two business people. One says, "Smith and Jones, CPAs, sure, I've heard of them. They're the [blank] firm." Now, what do you want the [blank] to be? That's brand positioning.

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