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Sage Survey: Most Small and Midsized Businesses Not Hiring in 2013

Thirty-four percent of US small businesses and fifty-five percent of midsized businesses say they expect their staffing levels to remain the same in 2013, according to a hiring forecast by Sage North America.
Practice

Survey Finds Small Businesses Slowly Increasing Economic Activity

Small business owners are showing a willingness to hire more employees amidst signs of expanding business activity, according to the most recent Business Confidence Survey released by Insperity, Inc., a provider of human resources and business performance solutions.
Education & Careers

Chapman University Competition Gives Start-ups a Head Start

This April, Chapman University in Orange, California, became a mecca for "out-of-the-box" thinking when aspiring student entrepreneurs from top university programs put their business plans to the test in the California Dreamin' Investor and Fast Pitch Business Plan Competition.
Tax

IRS Offers Six Tax Tips for the Self-Employed

With less than two weeks left in the current tax filing season, the IRS has issued six tax tips for the self-employed, a category that includes independent contractors and those who own their own businesses.
Practice

Survey Ranks Best and Worst States/Cities for Small Businesses

If you're a footloose CPA or thinking about starting your own firm, then check out Utah, Alabama, New Hampshire, Idaho, and Texas. According to a recent survey, they rank as the top five friendliest states for small businesses.
Tax

Xero Survey Reveals Biggest Tax-Time Mistakes Small Business Owners Make

Tax season has a way of highlighting small business owners' financial management lapses. According to a recent survey, the two most frequently cited are (1) failing to keep financial records up to date and (2) not preparing a budget for the year ahead.
Tax

IRS Makes 8.7 Percent Sequestration Reductions

On March 4, the IRS announced it has been forced to trim awards paid to whistleblowers, to reduce refundable credits for certain types of tax-exempt bonds, and to reduce the refundable portion of the Small Business Health Care Tax Credit for some small tax-exempt employers – all by 8.7 percent.
Technology

LinkedIn Tips Part 1: Getting Your Profile Right

I've long held the belief that LinkedIn is a serious online business networking tool, and it can be an effective tool for start-up practices. This is the first article in a three-part series where I'll explain how LinkedIn can help the solo practitioner.
Practice

Advising Small Business Clients on Personal Guarantee Negotiations

For your small business owner clients, signing a personal guarantee has become standard practice as part of the commercial loan approval process. While this is often the price of doing business, what does a personal guarantee really mean?
Education & Careers

Perfect Pitch: Competition to Spur Student Entrepreneurs

A diverse set of young entrepreneurs from colleges and universities across the United States will be competing in the Eleventh Annual SmartPitch Challenge, hosted by Baruch College and IBM.
Practice

Survey: Fiscal Cliff Uncertainty Weighs on Business Owners

The uncertainty surrounding the "fiscal cliff" is directly impacting the strategic decisions of many US business owners, according to a new survey by Sageworks, a financial information company.
Education & Careers

Entrepreneurs - Losing Sleep but Not Losing Hope

Despite financial pressures, stresses, and sleeplessness, the majority of entrepreneurs still have faith in their futures and maintain the determination to succeed, according to results of the "2012 Hiscox DNA of an Entrepreneur Study."
Practice

Private Companies Growing; Sales Growth Slowing

At the recent "Analyzing America's Private Companies" summit in New York City, the sales growth, profitability, and significance of private businesses in the United States were among the topics of discussion.
A&A

IMA Stresses Importance of COSO Exposure Draft

As a cofounder of COSO, IMA has contributed to the latest COSO exposure draft "Internal Control over External Financial Reporting: Compendium of Approaches and Examples" and encourages small businesses to provide input.
Tax

NYSSCPA Briefing on the Affordable Care Act

Two months after the Supreme Court decision that found the Affordable Care Act constitutional, compliance deadlines for the complex tax provisions that support the individual mandate are approaching rapidly.
Technology

FreshBooks Announces Evolution to Cloud Accounting

Mike McDerment, CEO and cofounder of FreshBooks, announces new Cloud accounting capabilities available from FreshBooks.
Education & Careers

Intuit Small Business Indexes Show Mixed Signals

US small businesses are seeing weak employment and compensation growth, while hours worked and revenue rates decreased. These are among the results of the monthly Intuit Small Business Revenue and Employment indexes.
A&A

Health Care Law Decision - Uncertainty for Employers

Now that the U.S. Supreme Court has answered the biggest question related to President Obama's health care law, employers now face the uncertainties of implementing it.
Practice

President Pushes Small Biz Tax Credits

June 8, President Obama hosted a White House press conference to urge Congress to pass “in full” the “bipartisan” jobs plan he introduced in September 2011 and the tax credits listed in his “job creating To-Do List for Congress.”
Education & Careers

Sage Survey: How Small Businesses Deal With an Unpredictable Economy

Sage North America announced the results of its Reinvention of Small Business Study, a survey focused on how small businesses are changing the way they conduct business in an unpredictable economy.

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