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ValueReporting: Financial Reporting for Today's Economy

In an effort to more accurately reflect the value of today's knowledge-based businesses, Big 5 firm PricewaterhouseCoopers has launched a new framework for financial reporting called ValueReporting, a new method of capturing what is important to 21st century businesses.

Best Cities for Business

Fortune Magazine has announced its annual listing of the Best Cities for Business and the surprise is - there are no surprises.New York, San Francisco, Chicago, Washington DC, and San Jose top the list.

Marketing Tip: Never Underestimate the Telephone

When you mention "telephone" and "marketing strategy" in the same sentence, we instantly conjure images of being summoned from the dinner table to take a call from a telemarketer selling something we don't want or need. However, every call to your business is your opportunity to market. If someone calls asking for directions or business hours, provide the requested information and offer free quotes or brochures to entice the caller to visit your business. By doing this, you establish a relationship with a potential client through open lines of communication.
Technology

Is E-Commerce Profitable Commerce?

Is E-Commerce Profitable Commerce?Presenter: Robert Gold, MBA, CA, the most "Internet Savvy" CA in CanadaAre your clients considering moving some or all of their business to the Net? Do you have a new stable of online clients?Robert Gold's workshop provided participants with tips for separating the wheat from the e-commerce chaff.

Is E-Commerce Profitable Commerce? With Robert Gold

Presented by Robert Gold, MBA, CASession Moderator: Welcome, and thank you all for joining us!Today we welcome Robert Gold to the workshop room. Robert has been in public practice in Toronto for over twenty years. His background is with KPMG.

BREAKING NEWS: Florida Judge Upholds 5 p.m. Deadline

In a decision that stunned the Gore campaign, a Florida judge has upheld the legal statute which requires that the Secretary of State certify the votes for all counties in Florida effective 5 p.m. today.All hand counts will be suspended immediately and polls are required to turn in votes this afternoon or they will not be counted in the general election.A window of opportunity was left open for those who still hope that hand counting of ballots will be allowed.

Min Wage Increase May Have Mixed Financial Impact

One of the issues Congress expects to wrestle with in its lame duck session this week is the possibility of a minimum wage increase. Even though an increase in the minimum wage by $1 to $6.15/hour would help entry-level employees, the increase--occurring over a two-year period--may have limited impact on wages paid by most companies.A tight labor market coupled with the higher wages already being received by most employees should result in little change to the bottom line for employers.

Newest POB Member has SEC Experience

The Public Oversight Board (POB) of the American Institute of CPAs' SEC Practice Section has elected Aulana L. Peters.Her appointment, effective Jan. 1, replaces Melvin R. Laird, who will retire this year. A partner with Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP in Los Angeles, Peters brings with her extensive experience in many areas, especially SEC matters.

Big Five Win Concessions on Eve of SEC Vote

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has indicated it will back off from its demand that major US accounting firms sell off their consultancy arms, according to a report in the

HP Drops Bid for PwC Consulting

In a surprise announcement, technology giant Hewlett-Packard stated it has withdrawn its bid to purchase the consultancy arm of PricewaterhouseCoopers.HP had previously indicated its desire to purchase the consultancy company for $18 billion in cash and stock. The acquisition would have provided HP with a highly trained force of nearly 31,500 technology and business consultants.
Technology

Ebank Exits 'Net; Returns to Brick & Mortar Roots

What seemed like a great idea just didn't work. ebank, an Internet-only bank that has operated online since June 1999, has significantly reduced its dependence in cyberspace in favor of the traditional, community bank scenario.As an online venture, ebank has lost more than $6 million. Initially operating as Commerce Bank in Atlanta, management flocked to the Internet in much the same fashion as online rivals Wingspan and NetBank.
Technology

Bill Gates Spreads Optimistic PC View at COMDEX

The notion that we can continue operating by only conducting business over the Internet is "thin-brained," according to Bill Gates, who provided the huge crowd at this year's COMDEX show in Las Vegas with his thoughts about the future of the personal computer.Gates, the new Chief Software Architect for his company, believes that large screen desktop stand-alone computers will stick around as long as people continue using computers to perform tasks such as tax return preparation, spreadsheet analysis, forecasts, homework, laying out the family photo album, and more.
Practice Management

Accountants Use Industry Profiles Effectively

AccountingWEB is pleased to announce a partnership with First Research, Inc. to provide our members with the opportunity to purchase individual industry profiles in over 80 industries.If you are committed to understanding your clients' and prospects' businesses and separating your firm from its competition, then these Industry Profiles can help you achieve your mission. What are Industry Profiles?First Research, Inc. publishes targeted Industry Profiles on over 80 industries, written from a business development and marketing perspective.

Excel Tip: Printing Dot Leaders Before Numbers

Occasionally you may want to produce a column of text and a column of numbers with dots separating the text and the numbers. Here are two methods for producing dot leaders in Excel - one of them may work for you.Method One: This method produces dots that go from the left edge of the cell to one space before the number. The dots are in the same cell as the number.

Spotlight on August Aquila

AccountingWeb ProfileAugust Aquila, Ph.D.Vice President Mergers & AcquisitionsAmerican Express Tax and Business Services, Inc.A Deep Knowledge of the Accounting Profession Leads to Continuous SuccessOn any given day, you can find August Aquila deeply embedded in any number of pursuits: advisor, author, managing editor, teacher, marketing consultant … you name it, and he’s probably doing it—or probably has done it some time during his 28-year career span.Mr.

AccountingWEB Weekly News Wrap-up - Issue 68

The AccountingWEB Friday Wrap-Up Newswire - Issue 68November 10, 2000Members Logon to http://www.accountingweb.com for full access to all our resources.Don't know your Logon Membership Details?Go to ht
Technology

Gateway Invents Plug 'n' Play Web Appliances

Gateway has partnered with America Online to produce a device called the Connected Touch Pad, a tabletop appliance that can surf the Internet using AOL. At a price of $599, the system comes with a 10-inch touch screen to enable users to access email and surf the Web. The typical AOL monthly fee is extra.Another new jointly-produced device is called the Connected Music Player, and is designed to play audio files stored on a PC into a stereo system or MP3 player.
Technology

Hot Topic of Digitial Signatures Addressed by IBM

For the last several years, digital signatures and the encryption of data for sending private files over the Internet, have been hot topics for the CPA community.
Technology

Shakeup at Speech Recognition Software Leader

Soon, the name of one of the most popular speech recognition software providers may be changed due to the resignation of the company's namesakes.An SEC investigation into financial statement irregularities related to licensing issues in Europe have forced Jo Lernout and Pol Hauspie, co-chairs of Lernout & Hauspie, to resign their positions. They will be replaced by Roel Pieper, formerly the head of Tandem Computers Inc.

KPMG to Delay Consultancy IPO

The initial public offering of KPMG's consultancy business, which was covered extensively in the press earlier this year, has been delayed until probably early 2001 according to sources close to the firm.The primary reason for the current delay is the current volatility of the markets, a situation unlikely to end until sometime next year. Previously this year, the firm had held off on floating the stock due to the uncertainly concerning negotiations with the SEC regarding the role consultancy is to play in the future of the accounting profession.

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