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November 4, 2010    
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Rob Nance, Publisher The Great Equalizer comes in many forms: the pub, the tuxedo, and the Internet are worthy examples. Most folks get a bit nervous giving an important presentation, meeting with a high-powered CFO, or other similar circumstance. A CPA in Minnesota brought up the saying “people are people” to me on the phone the other day. That’s a great reminder, especially when we all get stressed over “The Big Meeting” or critical business pitch. Working with a busy CEO or the business owner of a little dry cleaning shop, there’s really no difference. People are people. Thanks, Ed in Minnesota.

While having lunch in England a couple of weeks ago with Paul Beare of our Bloggers Crew, we chatted a bit about accounting culture differences. Generally speaking, people like to do business with people they like and respect. Paul is most definitely on this list. Give his insightful and entertaining blog postings a read if you have not already done so.

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AICPA competition to introduce high school students to CPA profession
The American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) has launched the Clearly Pretty Awesome Competition for high school students to introduce them to the CPA profession.
Company announcements: Week of November 1
Following is the latest roundup of firm news for the week of November 1, 2010.
Former KPMG Chairman Hanson dies at 84
Walter E. Hanson, former chairman of KPMG, died last month after a long illness at his home in Newport Beach, California. He was 84.
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What I learned from my rental car bus driver
A rental car bus driver, in a 5-minute ride, made such an impact on his passengers that there was a line to give him money!
What the election results mean for you
Election night was a huge and historical night for Republicans, but what does it mean? Will we see massive changes in Washington? Will key pieces of health care be repealed? Will the economy suddenly get better? The answer, of course, is no.
Texas and Amazon: Another nexus battle
Amazon operates a distribution center in Texas, but the distribution center is owned by a subsidiary and not the Amazon entity that sells goods online. Amazon has argued that the online company does not have nexus in Texas. Texas seems to disagree.
SEC releases report On IFRS workplan
The SEC published its first progress report on its IFRS Workplan. The workplan outlines six major areas the SEC believed further research and outreach was required.
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If a freezer is full of product, what is the best procedure to be comfortable that what is on the inventory listing is physically present in the freezer?
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