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This Issue's Theme: Budgeting November 21, 2008  
Editor's Note
Some of us welcome year-end budgeting as a time to review, reflect, assess, and lay out a plan for the future. Others regard the process as onerous. Like it or not, the end of the year approaches and budgeting is, or should be, part of the process. Individuals as well as businesses should take this time to examine the past and consider the future. The articles presented today cover a wide spectrum of budget considerations, including some budgetary cautions and some tips for making the process a success.

Best regards,
Gail Perry, CPA
Managing Editor

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