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Hotels get Real-Time Results from Andersen System

To improve customer service, hotels across the World are demanding real-time results to customer service surveys, and Arthur Andersen, LLP now provides a unique capability via their service called Hotelbenchmark.com.The Hotelbenchmark.com web site is an offshoot of the firm's popular Hotel Industry Benchmark Survey in which more than 3,500 hotels from 200 markets regularly participate.The system is part of the firm's Web-based MarketShare initiative to service vertical industries in a more timely and

Gizmos & Gadgets: New Cell Phone Breakthrough

Carrying an all-in-one appliance may get easier than ever before, thanks to a partnership between Motorola and Palm.The integrated phone would function as a telephone and personal organizer, and would have a color screen that would be larger than typical cell phones, yet smaller than the Palm screens on stand-alone organizers.The two companies are competing with Nokia, Ericsson and Microsoft, all of whom are reported to be developing similar devices.
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Jerry Atkinson Retires

AccountingWEB would like to add its name to the long list of well wishers on the occasion of the retirement of Jerry Atkinson, founder of Atkinson & Co., Ltd of Albuquerque, New Mexico.Jerry is retiring today, coinciding with the firm's 30th anniversary.Jerry has been a very active member of the profession on the local, state and the national level since starting his firm in 1970.

Finding the Right PR Agency for You

Public Relations is more than just a little bit of free publicity. It is a function that can’t just rely on the same, tired routine for every client or every type of client for that matter. If you want to hire a PR firm you need to be sure you’re choosing the right one for the right job. Does the firm know your industry? Does it know your market?Public Relations is more than just getting your name in the paper.
Technology

FiNetrics Brings Microsoft’s .NET Vision to Life

SAN FRANCISCO – Sept. 26, 2000 – FiNetrics Inc. (www.finetrics.com), a business service provider (BSP) developing an integrated and comprehensive suite of financial applications and services for the emerging and medium-sized business market, is one of the companies taking the lead in bringing to reality Microsoft Corp.’s (Nasdaq: MSFT) .NET vision of “always on” access to personalized applications over the Internet.

Hiring Pitfalls: How to Avoid Them

How many times have you taken a candidate at face value trusting that they will be who they say they are? Have you been impressed with the image a recruit puts forth in an interview only to have them morph into a completely different person two months into the job? Here are a few things to keep in mind when you’re looking for new employees.Don’t rush to fill a position. While you may need that person immediately, don’t let your need to get someone cracking on that billable time override your good judgment. Be particular.

Global Tax Network Announces Partnership With CPA Directory

Global Tax Network announces partnership with CPA Directory, providing the very best in online tax solutions for taxpayers and tax professionals Global Tax Network (gtn), a Colorado based online tax service announces a partnership with CPA Directory, an online accounting portal, to provide comprehensive tax resources for taxpayers and tax professionals.
Technology

Forgotten the Name of an Important Document? Explorer Tip

Every once in a while our memories don't serve us well, and we forget the name or path of a file or lose track of a file altogether. If you know you created it, and you know you saved it, but you can't remember what you called it, try this: Open Windows Explorer. Go to Tools and select Find. Select Files or Folders. Click the Date Tab. Select Find all files, then choose Modified from the drop-down list. Click between and then choose a date range when you know you worked on the file.

Long-Term Employee Retention

Hiring the right candidate might seem to be your firms top priority --but not when you look at the facts, keeping those candidates long-term should be and is the priority.Your firm can invest time, effort and valuable resources enticing the right candidates.
Tax

Tax Projections Show Lower Payments to IRS for FY 2001

When Americans pay their taxes on April 15, 2002, CCH Incorporated predicts the tax liability will be lower than in previous years.Due to low inflation, CCH believes the tax results based on income adjustments for single and married taxpayers will be more for 2001 than the previous two tax years.
Technology

Intacct Partnership Helps Automate Time & Billing

Beginning in November, companies can more easily keep track of personnel expenses incurred and hours worked thanks to a new partnership between Intacct and OpenAir.com.The new system brings the best of both vendors to a client's employee base by putting more tasks into their hands rather than placing the administrative burden on the human resources department or similar environment.
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'Practice Innovation' Award Given to Nine Firms

Nine firms are the recipients of the first-ever Practical Accountant Practice Innovation awards for having firms that are consulting-driven, problem solvers. Innovation that brings in new business or cuts costs by way of a process or new procedure is the criterion for these awards. The firms varied as to what they accomplished, but each one excelled by taking the initiative to expand its practice in one way or another.The nine categories and firms include: Facing Challenges Head-onMarkham Norton Stroemer & Company of Ft. Myers, Fla.
Technology

Microsoft Scores Small Victory in Latest Case Update

On Tuesday, Microsoft counted its blessings. The Supreme Court decided it did not want to hear the software company's appeal in the antitrust ruling, and so instead the case will be sent to a lower court, the U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington, D.C.This is considered a victory for Microsoft because the same court has ruled in favor of the company in several other cases prior to this one; the company feel there is a good chance that a decision on the appeal of the original ruling may be in their favor.
AccountingWEB Life

What Firms are doing to Increase Sales, with Karen Bergh

What Firms are doing to Increase Sales by Karen Bergh of RainMaker Pro Training and ConsultingSession Moderator: I want to welcome all of you to our workshop this afternoon. Feel free to ask questions anytime you like. Karen will answer them as she is able and I'll "collect" those we miss so we can come back to them.Now, I'll introduce Karen Bergh!

Pier 1 and SEC Strike Deal

According to sources, the former CFO of Pier 1 will pay a $75,000 fine due to his involvement in concealing a $20 million investment loss. In a deal struck with the Securities and Exchange Commission, the retailer also agreed to stop violating financial reporting rules.The case dates back to 1995, when it was alleged that CFO Robert G. Herndon conspired with money-manager S.
Technology

Paragon 4.0 is Released

Thomson Financial Security Solutions, a unit of Thomson Financial, announced the release of the latest version of its Paragon software, a program for comprehensive trading, safekeeping, portfolio management, and accounting solutions for banks and fixed-income broker-dealers.According to the company’s press release, the new package features richer functionality, giving users open database access with an ODBC interface, streamlined trade entry capabilities, the ability to support server-based processes and more robust printing capabilities.

Volunteer Spirit Alive & Well at Deloitte Consulting

'Hands-on San Francisco' was helped on Sept. 22 by the goodwill of 200 employees from the Bay office of Deloitte Consulting.Part of the firm's 2000 Community Service day, employees helped all over the city with charities and social services endeavors.
Technology

Check Your Moods With New Eudora Software

Although Eudora isn't the most popular email software program on today's market, it does have a nifty new feature included in the release of version 5.0 that may catch the attention of new users.'MoodWatch' is a component that enables email messages to be read by Eudora software to determine whether the message is objective in content and/or mood.

Add a Reminder to Your Outlook Calendar

If you have Outlook on your computer, and would like to set an automatic reminder for participation in AccountingWEB workshops, you've come to the right place. Simply click on the Workshop, choose your time zone, and you will be sent an automatic reminder for that session that will be added to your Outlook calendar. Choose as many as you like.

Red Rover, Red Rover Send Your Referrals Right Over!

I’ve worked with an accounting firm for three years in marketing and every time I talk about consciously building up our referral network many partners roll their eyes. Complaints range from, not feeling comfortable “soliciting” business from someone else, getting the referral to follow through with their promise to send business over and keeping track of who had sent more business to who.Here are a few thoughts that may make this process easier, more painless and successful.First, forget about who has been sending business to whom.

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