by AccountingWeb on Aug 23, 2004
By Bruce W. Marcus, email@example.comWe’re getting to that time of year when the requests for corporate donations to good causes begin to come in. So much need. So few available dollars. And as you grow larger, and make deeper inroads into your community and your market, so too do the demands and urgings for your participation increase.Obviously, you can’t respond generously to everyone who solicits your help.
by AccountingWeb on Aug 22, 2004
By Gale Crosley, CPAFirst, Consider Hiring a Business Development Professional. For years, the Big Four have used business development professionals. Now, Sarbanes/Oxley and other environmental changes make it a wise best practice for mid-size firms, as well. Although smaller firms have greater potential to pursue larger, more sophisticated clients, they may lack the needed large opportunity development skills. But it’s more complex than simply hiring the right person.
by AccountingWeb on Aug 20, 2004
By, Alexander Hamilton Institute, Inc. Jack Hunzinger had been a thorn in his manager’s side since day one. His manager, Ally Billson, had numerous reasons why she wanted to get rid of him. However, he beat her to the punch one morning by giving his two weeks’ notice. Billson was relieved she didn’t have to go through the trouble of firing him. Her relief, however, could be slightly premature.Billson didn’t hesitate to accept Hunzinger’s resignation and even asked him to leave immediately. She didn’t want to risk Hunzinger screwing things up any more.
by AccountingWeb on Aug 18, 2004
The IRS is issuing a new schedule to make it easier for taxpayers to provide the IRS with information about employment tax discrepancies created by an acquisition, statutory merger or consolidation.If an acquisition, statutory merger or consolidation creates a discrepancy between what was reported to the Social Security Administration on Form W-2, Wage and Tax Statement, and what was reported the IRS on Form 941, Employer’s Quarterly Federal Tax Return, the employer can use the new Schedule D (Form 941), Report of Discrepancies Caused by Acquisitions, Statutory Mergers, or Consolidations,
by AccountingWeb on Aug 18, 2004
Companies that want to sell more products and services through their staff, should pay better attention to basic customer service if they want to succeed. A new survey by The Forum Corp.
by AccountingWeb on Aug 16, 2004
by Bruce L. Katcher, Ph.D. President, Discovery Surveys, Inc.THE PROBLEM
by AccountingWeb on Aug 16, 2004
By Gail Crosley, CPA To understate the situation, the rules governing opportunity development for CPA firms have changed dramatically. What's different? Almost everything. When the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 became law, we knew we were dealing with a set of rules that would guide how and what kinds of services CPA firms delivered. But what many CPAs didn't anticipate is that the rules have created a regulatory environment that is significantly driving new marketplace dynamics.
by AccountingWeb on Aug 12, 2004
Got a gorilla of a morale problem in your work place? A new human resources training program based on the successful business model of the Vermont Teddy Bear Company thinks it can help.
by AccountingWeb on Aug 11, 2004
A new concept in local business outsourcing has been officially introduced. With the launch of AcuityCFO, small and mid-market businesses throughout Georgia now have access to broad financial services without hiring a full-time CFO or permanent accounting staff. Though introduced today as AcuityCFO, the company already is a trusted independent financial partner for numerous companies in the Atlanta area. Started by Atlanta financial executive W. Stewart Brooks in 2001 as BrookVision, the company has evolved into AcuityCFO.
by AccountingWeb on Aug 10, 2004
Clark Nuber, a Bellevue, Washington, CPA and consulting firm was recently awarded the Practical Accountant magazine's Practice Innovation Award for the second time. The award is for the Clark Nuber Client Portal, a secure portion of their website that allows clients and employees to collaborate on projects and share information, while reducing costs, creating more efficiency, and providing a higher level of customer service.
by AccountingWeb on Aug 09, 2004
Imagine this scenario: You have two clients, both leaders in their business niche, who are intense local competitors with one another. Each has agreed to let you work their account, trusting in your confidentiality and comfortable that what they tell you will not find its way to their competitor. One of them sends you an email asking for a copy of a projection you have done for them. You find the document on your network, attach it to the email reply, encrypt the email for security, and send it.
by AccountingWeb on Aug 04, 2004
The overwhelming range of new duties brought on by corporate reform legislation has prompted many companies to create the position of chief compliance officer.The problem is, companies are not always clear on who the chief compliance officer should report to or even what that person should do, the Wall Street Journal reported.The Sarbanes-Oxley Act does not require the new position, but 36 percent of companies now have a chief compliance officer, according to a recent study from market research firm Meta Group.
by AccountingWeb on Jul 26, 2004
Directing a company that filed for bankruptcy amid scandal is apparently not enough to keep former board members from leading other companies.Former directors of scandal-ridden companies such as Enron and WorldCom are in demand, Reuters reported.
by AccountingWeb on Jul 19, 2004
by Bea Fields Traditional marketing strategies encourage business owners to continually grow their businesses by adding new customers. In today's competitive world of business, it is more important than ever to aim for more transactions with existing customers by using the power of customer follow-up and attention to good service. These ten tips may help you in turning your existing customers into walking billboards for your business. Spend thirty minutes each day talking with two existing clients.
by AccountingWeb on Jul 12, 2004
Freddie Mac announced last week that Stan Martin was appointed as senior vice president and general auditor, effective June 21. Martin had served as interim general auditor since February 9, 2004. Martin reports directly to the Audit Committee of the board of directors. "I am very pleased to have Stan on our Freddie Mac team. His significant financial, management, and banking experience will be an asset as we continue to build our internal controls," explained Freddie Mac Chairman and CEO Richard F. Syron. "Stan's role at Freddie Mac is very important to the company's future.