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Time to Set Goals

As the new year approaches, it seems natural that goals should be in the front of our minds. We aren’t talking about new year’s resolutions, though. A goal is a written statement of what you want to achieve by a set point in time. New Year’s resolutions don’t usually work that way, do they?When you set your goals, remember they must be S-M-A-R-T:S pecific. You should describe your goals specifically. For example, I want to increase my business revenue by $1M in 2000 rather than I want to increase fees.Measurable. Your goal should be measurable.
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3 CPA Firms Make Fortune's Top 100 List

In its annual survey on The 100 Best Companies to Work For, scheduled for publication in January 2000, Fortune magazine has listed three CPA firms on its prestigious list.Among the best:# 17 Michigan based Plante & Moran#31 Deloitte & Touche#86 Ernst & YoungThe List is compiled based on a number of factors, including work environment, financial rewards, ben
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CBIZ Begins Integration Of Its Operations

Professional services firm consolidator Century Business Services announced today a year long effort to consolidate its offices in markets where multiple CBIZ offices exist.CBIZ will initially consolidate 10 of its largest markets where the Company has acquired multiple companies over the past three years, including its BIZ Centers in Washington DC, Philadelphia, Atlanta, Kansas City, Colorado, Northern and Southern California, Cleveland, Chicago, and Texas.
Technology

Y2K Security Issues Should Not Be Overlooked

It's a couple of days away, but it's not too late to give your computer system a once-over for Y2K. And we're not talking about system anomalies -- no, the issue is security breaches and what you can do about them."Most companies have done a really good job preparing their computer code for Y2K," says Mike Higgins, CEO and President of Para-Protect, the foremost authority on e-commerce and network security.

Termination Toolkit

You don’t want to fire an employee, especially in this tight labor market, but sometimes you have to do it. Lots of things may cross your mind including a possible law suit or revenge by the employee. The best way to protect yourself and your firm is to document all of your actions and provide a forum for the employee to “have the last word,” so to speak.

10 Biggest M&A Bloopers of 1999

As 1999 draws to a close, the final price tag on corporate mergers and acquisitions has surpassed the $3 trillion mark. But not all of these transactions have contributed to shareholder value.Mark N. Clemente and David S. Greenspan - M&A consultants and authors of the best-selling book, Winning at Mergers and Acquisitions - have identified the Top Ten Bloopers of the M&A world this year, indicating that even the biggest companies with the brightest minds and unlimited resources stumble along the way.From Mr. Clemente and Mr.

Creativity

Have you ever thought how creative salespeople need to be? Creativity is the process for coming up with new ideas. Why do salespeople need new ideas? Solving customer problems, finding applications for products, meeting customer needs, addressing competition, prospecting for new customers, and on and on. Knowing that you need to be creative and being creative are two different things.

Workers Call the Shots on Compensation

It makes sense to reward those who do the lion’s share of the work, right? Well, in the 90s, many companies tried various compensation schemes that didn’t quite make cut. Employees simply “rejected” these concepts, according to a new study by Towers Perrin, a California-based human resources firm.In a study of 770 U.S. and Canadian companies, the firm found that pay schemes such as “broad banding” and “competency-based pay” are floundering while executive comp models are flourishing.

CPE Made Easy

Continuing Professional Education (CPE) is something that always looms over CPAs from year to year. Now, an online learning community offers benefits that will make CPE headaches a thing of the past. Yipinet LLC is a one stop destination for CPE.For those of you who are a reporting nightmare, the site will keep track of both your online and offline CPE for you. Yipinet also allows you to “try before you buy.” You may try the first part of any course and decide to buy later.

Compute the Cost of Bad Hiring

Have you ever hired an employee and then spent the next 12 months trying to figure out what went wrong? When you finally rid your firm of the employee, did you wonder how much that hiring fiasco really cost? Often, a bad hiring decision can affect employee morale and productivity in the co-workers of a bad hire.Now, Advantage Hiring, Inc., a provider of web-based employment, screening and interviewing applications, lets you take the guesswork out of a bad hiring decision.

Learn CRM Strategies At "1 to 1" Institute

Here’s an idea. Treat different customers differently and give each of them a powerful incentive to buy more today and return tomorrow to buy again. This is the thinking behind the Peppers and Rogers Group’s unique methodology of leveraging technology and their upcoming “1 to 1” Institute.The five day seminar will be held January 16 – 20, 2000 at the Prudential Center for Learning and Innovation in Norwalk, CT.

Women.future E-Business Workshop

The future is now and women are a big part of it. Ernst & Young, LLP (E&Y) certainly knows the value of women business owners and has scheduled an e-business workshop that will precede the first global gathering of women business leaders.E&Y’s e-business workshop will be held on April 4, 2000.

Quick Start Tips

If you are like me, you love all the technological gadgets that are on the market, but you hate reading all the techno mumbo jumbo that comes in a neatly folded pamphlet in every box. Enter ZDNet’s Quick Start 2000 Guides. I don’t want to fawn, but this is the best thing since sliced bread for those of you who hate wading through tons of info before getting to the “fun” of your new toy.The Quick Start Guides offer helpful hints for set up and troubleshooting.

Creative Solutions for Attracting and Retaining Talent

Leave it up to a high-tech company to come up with an old-fashioned program that really gets results. NIIT, a global IT company, implemented programs that focus on employees and offer more than just a salary. The company’s compensation plan allows for balance between work and family.With the November 1999 unemployment rate poised at 4.1 percent – the lowest in 30 years – companies are scrambling to find new and “creative” ways to find and retain talent.
Technology

Internet Tip: Backup Your Bookmarks!!

Avoid the perils of a frustrating and disastrous system crash by backing up your Internet bookmarks as faithfully as you do (or should do) your computer's hard drive. If you use Internet Explorer 4.x and 5.x, hit [Ctrl+B] to open the "Organize Favorites" window. Right click on a "favorites" folder and choose "Send to" and save the folder to a backup disk. If you use Netscape Navigator 4.x, hit [Ctrl+B] to open the "Bookmarks" window. Select the "File" menu and choose "Save as." Save the bookmark.htm file to a backup disk.

Performance Pay Replaces Traditional Holiday Bonus

If you are looking for a holiday bonus in your next check, you might want to make another wish. A new study conducted by Hewitt Associates shows that 12 percent of companies surveyed nationwide have dropped “holiday” bonuses recently.The idea behind the scrooge-like behavior is that giving something for nothing is just not a good business practice - and that includes during the holiday season.
Technology

E-Resumes are Prime for Recruiters and Job Seekers

Whether you are in a firm/company and on the recruiting side, or initiating a job search on your own, be advised that snail-mailing a resume is a thing of the past.As more and more companies go online to process daily busines activites, they, too, are using online capabiliites to scan resumes into the HR systems, search for keywords related to specific jobs and "virtually" eliminating paper.No wonder ... it is estimated that large companies spend up to $100,000 or more annually in staff time just sorting through resumes that are mailed.
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Anti-Virus Software 101

How long has it been since you've taken a look at your software to fight off any viruses? Then again, perhaps you don't have any software at all installed on your computer to take care of any nasty bugs!It's time to turn your attention to the subject even if you feel you are ready.

AccountingWEB Weekly News Wrap-Up - Issue 22

The AccountingWEB Friday Wrap-Up Newswire - Issue 22December 24, 1999http://www.accountingweb.comIn the headlines this week:1. Unlock The Secrets of Excel With This Tutorial - Download Now!2. E&Y To Pay $335 Million To Settle Lawsuit3. CPA-Client Privilege Being Challenged in Colorado4. Now's A Good Time To Review Your/Your Client's Overtime Policy5. The Process For Raising Capital Has Just Been Simplified6.

File 1099 Forms On-Line

Grand Rapids, MI--Greatland Corporation and Nelco announce a new service, CyFiler™, for the filing of 1099 information reporting forms over the Internet. The service allows any issuer of 1099 forms to complete them on-line at www.cyfiler.com. Forms are then electronically transmitted to the IRS by Greatland, who also mails a paper copy of each form to the payer and recipient. The CyFiler web site currently supports the electronic filing of forms 1099-MISC, 1099-DIV, 1099-INT, 1099-S, and 1099-A.

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