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Practice Management

State of the Paperless CPA Firm

“Paperless” has been the term used by many practitioners to describe the transition of today’s CPA firms to more streamlined electronic work-flows that automate processes by eliminating the manual handling of physical documents. To better understand and evaluate the status of this paperless environment in 2007, the Association for Accounting Administration
Practice

Eisner Names Nachmias Audit Partner

Eisner LLP, a middle-market accounting and business advisory services firm, announced that Richard S. Nachmias has joined the firm as an audit partner in the sports, media and entertainment practice group.Nachmias offers more than 22 years of experience providing services to clients and companies in the media and technology industries. He formerly served as North American CFO of a global provider of advertising and marketing research and as CFO of an international advertising representation agency.
Practice Management

Workman to Lead BKD Firmwide Tax Services

William E. Fingland Jr., managing partner of BKD, LLP, announced Joplin Partner Lisa G. Workman has been appointed as firmwide director of tax services. Only the third person in BKD history to hold this post, she succeeds S. Richard Royster who retired in May 2006.Workman will target her leadership skills on developing opportunities to increase the depth and breadth of services.
Practice

5 Start-Up Mistakes Entrepreneurs Should Avoid

According to the Small Business Administration, one-third of small businesses fail in the first two years and one-half fail within the first five years, statistics that might discourage even the most determined potential entrepreneurs from trying to realize their business dreams. But avoiding the five most serious mistakes entrepreneurs can make in the startup phase can go a long way towards helping them achieve success, CNNMoney reports.The most deadly errors small business owners make in their first year are:1.
Practice Management

Outside Controllers Rarely Promoted to CFO

New research reveals that less than 5 percent of chief financial officers hired from outside their company were controllers.The survey by executive search firm Korn Ferry International shows that the number of Fortune 500 CFOs hired from outside of their new companies totals 190.
Practice Management

Crowe Chizek Named Best Place to Work in 5 States

Crowe Chizek and Company LLC, one of the nation’s largest public accounting and consulting firms, has been named one of the Best Places to Work in Indiana, Kentucky, New Jersey, South Florida and Tennessee. The work/life programs Crowe provides its 2,400 personnel include an overnight travel rewards program, a Women Into Leadership program and the CareerLink career development and performance management program. In addition, Crowe provides flexible work arrangements, wellness programs and personnel assistance programs.“This is a wonderful honor,” says Crowe CEO Charles Allen.
Technology

More Companies Squeezing Employee Internet Use

Businesses are becoming more and more strict when managing employee Internet use at work, a new survey shows. A national poll from Robert Half Technology revealed more than three-quarters (78 percent) of chief information officers (CIOs) polled recently said their company has either installed content-filtering or blocking software, instituted policies that detail acceptable Web browsing, or done a combination of both. The poll includes responses from more than 1,400 CIOs from a stratified random sample of U.S. companies with 100 or more employees.
Practice Management

Will Lower Salaries Send Execs Scurrying?

Can companies keep good executives without succumbing to the pressure of escalating pay packages? Yes, the Associated Press reports, but it's not easy.Take the example of Whole Foods Market Inc. The natural-foods grocer limits compensation for top executives to a multiple of the average Whole Foods worker's pay. The cap, which covers salaries and bonuses but not stock options, started at eight times average pay in the 1980s, and was raised to 14 times in the early 1990s as the company grew and went public.
Practice Management

Open season on interns

The Internship Institute, the non-profit affiliate of Z University.org, declares that this time of the year is "open season" for businesses and non-profit organizations to recruit interns and plan ahead to make summer programs successful. Z University.org is a workforce readiness company dedicated to improve the quality of internship programs."What too few employers and organizations realize is that internships represent a tremendous untapped opportunity to create a strategic business advantage," explains Matthew Zinman, executive director and founder of The Internship Institute.
Community News

True Partners Consulting Appoints New Partners

True Partners Consulting LLC today announced that it has promoted four of its senior managers to managing directors: Lawrence P. Salus, Jr. and John P. Bennecke, in its Chicago headquarters, Tracey G. Sellers, in its Tampa, Fla. office, and Gregg P. Dluginsky, in its New York office.“We’re delighted to be promoting these four people who exemplify the best of True Partners, and all of whom have made significant contributions to the firm’s early success,” said Cary McMillan, chief executive officer of True Partners.
Practice Management

Improved Soft Skills Help Accountants Advance

Accounting and finance professionals looking to advance their careers will need to improve their soft skills, according to Accounting Management Solutions, inc. (AMS), a New England provider of outsourced accounting, financial management, and recruiting services. "Technical and technological skills are essential, but they're not enough. Soft skills -- including the ability to write and present persuasively -- are what enables leaders to educate and lead," said AMS Director of Recruiting Services Jim Cote.
Practice

Accountants' Hourly Rates Increase

Hourly rates charged by accountants overall are on the rise, according to Intuit’s 2007 ProConnection® rates survey, which polled more than 1,100 professional accountants. Average rate increases ranged from $1 to $10 per hour. Non-software business consulting and software installation services garnered the highest average hourly rates of $95 and $86 respectively, showing increases of 12 percent and 7 percent. For the first time ever, the survey showed how Certified QuickBooks ProAdvisors' rates compare to those of their peers.
Practice

Grant Thornton LLP Names Central Region Leadership

Grant Thornton LLP announces the promotion of Lou Grabowsky to Central Region Managing Partner and Randy Robason as Managing Partner of the firm’s Dallas office. Robason will transition from the firm’s Charlotte office where he was the Southeast Region Tax Practice Leader.As the Central Region Managing Partner, Grabowsky is responsible for all operations within the region including client service and professional matters.
Practice Management

Another Enron in Europe?

Many European businesses are failing to effectively implement corporate governance codes which is heightening the risk of a serious corporate scandal on the scale of that involving Enron, new research claims. A poll of Europe's 500 largest publicity listed firms found just 56 percent had the necessary policies in place to protect against ethic and compliance failures, with only 9 percent expecting budgets aimed at addressing the issue to increase.
Practice Management

Making Your Practice a Great Place to Work

By Lucie BensonThe recent publications of the "Sunday Times Best Companies to Work For" lists have included several accounting firms, from small companies up to The Big Four. Lucie Benson takes a closer look to see what they are doing for their staff to make their practice such a good place to work. This month saw the publication of the fourth “Sunday Times 100 Best Small Companies to Work For” list.
Community News

SEC Sanctions Ernst & Young

Federal regulators censured Ernst & Young LLP on Monday and ordered the accounting firm to pay $1.6 million to settle charges of compromising its independence and contributing to faulty accounting by a client in 2001.Advertisement
Workplace Fitness

How to Motivate Small-Business Employees

Are you a small-business owner who is finding it more and more difficult to motivate your troops? SmartMoney.com offers five easy tips for kick-starting your crew without busting your budgets.While large corporations with deep pockets can easily dangle bonuses, perks and an array of fancy reward programs (often created by outside consultants) to encourage employees to outperform, you company isn't quite there yet.
A&A

A Conversation with Barry Goldwater: Handling High Net Worth Clients

As CPAs get deeper into financial services and wealth management, they will have to solve more and more complex financial problems which often cut across unfamiliar planning territory. One group of clients many firms hope to close, can be both challenging and rewarding. They are high net worth individuals, those clients who fit into the $10 million-and-above club. If you are fortunate in grabbing the opportunity to inform and perform for high net worth clients, you must stop and think about what is important to this group.What drives and motivates them?
A&A

White Paper: Reduce the Headaches of Infrastructure Change in 5 Easy Steps

No matter how well prepared you are, managing change in the network infrastructure can be a bumpy process. There are many infrastructure changes that can cause significant problems for an organization if they are not appropriately planned, implemented, and supported with the right practices and technology.
A&A

Computer Theft Endangers Calif. Firm's Clients

A Santa Rosa tax accounting firm is alerting thousands of clients that their private financial records may be in jeopardy after a key computer was stolen from the office, the Santa Rosa (Calif.) Press-Democrat reported.Terry Brown, owner of Tax Service Plus, said a computer containing the records of his firm's 3,000 to 4,000 clients was missing when he arrived at work March 7 and found a back door broken open.He said he's notifying clients by letter what actions they should take to protect themselves against anyone who tries to use the stolen information to open a fraudulen

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