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Brooks Parker

Brooks ParkerProfessional Development ConsultantResults Accountants' SystemsA native of Boston, I studied Marketing Communications at Plymouth State College in New Hampshire. This enhanced what I'd learned as co-founder and owner of The Parker Twins Co. My twin brother and I founded the company back in 1993 and built a well-established business that served hundreds of satisfied customers.

Jennifer Dayce

Jennifer DayceProfessional Development ConsultantResults Accountants' SystemsBorn and raised in San Francisco, CA, I was the youngest and only girl in my family. I decided that if I ever wanted to develop an identity, other than being someone's little sister, I needed to leave the state. And thus I did. I received my B.A. in Speech Communication from Denison University in Granville, OH.
Technology

Palm Strikes Gold in new Offerings

A technology-hungry world just can't escape the market domination enjoyed by Palm and their Personal Digital Assistants (PDAs). An announcement made at COMDEX in Las Vegas confirms this fact, and more ...
Education & Careers

Searching for Interns or Internships?

Accounting firms and businesses across the nation hire numerous student interns every year, but how much experience are these students receiving, and how do you know if you are providing them the path they truly want and the tools they need for their chosen profession?Choosing an internship is just as tricky.

FEI Opens Doors to Global Membership

FEI, the leading professional association for corporate financial officers, controllers, and treasurers, has officially changed its name from Financial Executives Institute to Financial Executives International.FEI, which has previously limited its membership to financial executives in the U.S.

Audit Clause Popular in Outsourcing Agreements

How much business do you outsource to a third-party provider, and what kinds of controls have you built in to the relationship?An 'audit' clause in an outsourcing agreement is becoming more and more popular, especially as businesses continue to outsource tasks that are complex and require third-parties to touch and deal with sensitive data.
Tax

$67 Million in IRS Refunds In Search of Taxpayers

IRS Commissioner Charles Rossotti is looking to become Santa Claus, as the IRS initiates its search for over 90,000 taxpayers who are due over $67 million in refunds this year.The search is an annual exercise by the IRS, prompted primarily by people changing addresses without informing the proper authorities."This is one case where we're more than happy to pass the buck," says IRS Commissioner Rossotti. Over 15,000 undelivered refunds are due to residents of California, followed by 8,000+ each for New York, Florida and Texas.
A&A

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.

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