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Target: Accountants

Marketing to professionals such as accountants, attorneys and doctors is good because these relationships bring in other customers. Banks offering sometimes free business services conduct seminars and staff trade booths at other events catering to these professionals. Reyno Giallongo said, “They’re a wonderful referral source. This is a market segment we (bankers) all like to call on. It’s a segment of the market place that is generally profitable,” according to the Fairfield County Business Journal.
Practice Management

CFOs Value Communication But Firms Don’t Provide Training

Communication skills have grown in importance for accounting and finance professionals, but workers may be on their own when it comes to developing this expertise, a new survey from Accountemps shows. Among chief financial officers (CFOs) surveyed, 75 percent said that verbal, written and interpersonal skills are more valuable now to accounting and finance professionals than they were just five years ago.
Community News

InfoBytes Becomes CPExpress as AICPA Enhances Online CPE Library

The American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) is re-releasing their popular online learning library of continuing professional education materials as CPExpress. Advertisement

Tips for Talking with Surviving Parents on Memorial Day & Everyday

Memorial Day is a day dedicated to recognizing those who died in service to their country. The surviving parents of these fallen heroes, as well as parents who have lost children in other ways, however, are part of our everyday world. Unfortunately, most people who have not lost a child do not know how to talk to surviving parents, so we tend not to. Here are some tips for talking to surviving parents: Recognize they are a parent.
Community News

RevenueRecognition.com Launches Experts and Authors Program

The first installment of RevenueRecognition.com’s “Experts and Authors” program features an excerpt from Miller Revenue Recognition Guide, 2006 by Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) Emerging Issues Task Force (EITF) member Ashwinpaul C. Sondhi and Scott A. Taub, acting chief accountant of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).
Education & Careers

6 Tips on Creating a Better Internship Resume

Internships can be a great way to explore a possible career. They can also offer the first opportunity many young people have to create a resume. Resumes for internships are very similar, but not identical, to resumes used for full-time jobs.
Community News

Revamped Site Offers Info on Accounting Standards for Insurers

The Group of North American Insurance Enterprises (GNAIE) has redesigned its website,

Talking About Work With Children

Parents play a dominant role in shaping children’s attitudes towards work, according to the Wall Street Journal.
Technology

Mark Your Calendar: IRS Practitioner Phone Forum

Need help navigating the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) web site?
Practice Management

The Invisible Employee: The Potential of Under-Performing Employees

The Invisible Employee is a new book offering managers proven techniques for revitalizing their workforce and improving the performance of underperforming staff members.
Practice

The Gift of Thank You

Everyone loves receiving gifts. Most of us enjoy giving them; just look at how much we spend purchasing gifts for others on holidays or other special occasions. Few people, however, realize one of the greatest gifts that can be given in the workplace is also free.
Practice Management

Mark Your Calendar: AICPA Small Business Practitioners’ Tax Forum

Developed by practitioners for practitioners, the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants’ (AICPA’s) Small Business Practitioner’s Tax Forum offers proven strategies and answers helping firms distinguish themselves in the highly competitive small business marketplace.
Practice Management

Mark Your Calendar: TECH 2006

Hundreds of Certified Public Accountants (CPAs) and technology experts assemble at the American Institute of CPAs (AICPA) Information Technology Conference to share news and information on the changing IT and how it can benefit their business, their career and their clients. Attendees also have the opportunity to explore cutting edge technology products and services, hear top industry speakers and network.
Tax

58 Percent of Americans Caught in Compromising Tax Conversations

Fifty-eight percent of Americans have found themselves in compromising conversations in which family, friends or co-workers describe using, or planning to use, illegal or unethical tax strategies, according to a recent survey from VitalSmarts. One-quarter of those respondents who had been caught in such conversations said they weren’t sure what to say or feared the consequences of voicing their opinion.The top reasons given for avoiding taxing conversations include: None of my business – 38 percent I didn’t rea
Practice Management

Whistleblowers or Lamplighters?

Snitch! Tattletale! Squealer!
Education & Careers

Four Tests for the Office Red Carpet

Thanks to Sunday night’s Academy Awards show, clothes are again a popular topic around the office break room. Just as they do on the red carpet, women in the workplace often have more flexibility when it comes to what they can wear to the office. More freedom, however, can result in some glaring faux pas.
Practice Management

The Makings of a Good Manager

Research recently conducted by 3D Group, a consulting firm of industrial and organizational psychologists as part of the effort to enhance and improve their Corporate Leaders assessment tool, found that managers are more highly rated for their ability to manage processes and results than for their interpersonal and team-building skills.
Practice

CPA Practice Marketing: Expand Your Client Base by Narrowing Your Marketing Focus

CPA firm marketing is often scattered, unfocused and haphazard. Every CPA firm marketing effort can benefit from “concentration” of CPA firm marketing resources.I believe one of the most underutilized marketing weapons for CPA practices is the power of niche marketing.
Practice Management

Creating work-life balance within the firm

In your firm today, an increasing number of staff members – from the partner level to the administrative staff - are experiencing burnout, low productivity, dissatisfaction and stress related illnesses…due in large part to a lack of balance between their work and personal lives. It is time for your firm to look at how it can create greater balance between work and personal lives of the number one asset in your firm – its people.
Practice

AICPA Giving Practice Management Content Away Through Mid-May

Certified Public Accountants (CPAs) looking for information that can help them, and their firms, become more successful, have until mid-May to access members-only content from the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants’ (AICPA’s) Private Companies Practice Section (PCPS), even if their firms are not PCPS members. The normally restricted content, from noted professionals in the field, is free to all, for a limited time.Content in the PCPS membership section draws on the experience of more than 83,000 CPAs from 6,000 local and regional firms across the country.

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