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February 12, 2009

Publisher's Note
Are announcements of job cuts, massive government spending plans, store closures and the like making you "see red?" If so, you're definitely not alone. The good people at Daszkal Bolton LLP, a certified public accounting firm in Florida, have been seeing red in a different way these days. Read more about it here.

What is your firm or company doing along these lines? If you haven't planned anything yet for 2009 to assist a not-for- profit organization, there's no time like the present. It's a great morale booster, too!

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