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Practice

"Trust but Verify" Creditworthiness

All too often, companies trust that a potential business partner is creditworthy with very little evidence to support the assumption. CPAs can advise their clients on how to evaluate potential business partners, further instilling their role as trusted business advisors.
A&A

Economic Optimism among CPAs Continues to Decline

CPA decision makers, primarily CEOs, CFOs, and controllers, are becoming more pessimistic about the future of the US economy, according to the latest AICPA Business and Industry Economic Outlook Survey.
Education & Careers

Conference Goers Headed to the Cloud

The three-day Digital CPA: 2012 CPA2Biz Cloud User Conference gathered nearly 400 accounting professionals to discuss the changing landscape ushered in by exciting new technologies.
A&A

Smaller Retailers Could Use a Holiday Boost

Holiday shopping is off to a solid start - good news for small retail companies, which have been experiencing weaker sales so far this year, according to preliminary data from Sageworks.
A&A

ACCA/IMA Survey Finds Business Confidence Falls Again

Confidence in the global economy fell in Q3 2012, according to a worldwide survey of 2,550 finance professionals, with some 67 percent of respondents saying the global economy is stagnating or reversing.
Education & Careers

Survey Finds Morale High Among Workers

The mood around the office water cooler is generally positive, new research suggests. In an Accountemps survey, nearly four in ten workers (39 percent) described the morale at their companies as very good.
Education & Careers

Employee Confidence Index Decreases, Second Consecutive Quarter

The Mergis Group Finance and Accounting Employee Confidence Index decreased this quarter to 50.4. This was a 2.2 point decline over the second quarter of 2012, although 5.3 points higher than this time last year.
Technology

Holiday Gadget Wish List 2012

Gifts and gadgets go hand in hand. What new items will suit the occasion - for productivity at work or play at home? I searched for the best new and interesting gifts from the tech world and compiled this Holiday Gadget Wish List 2012. Enjoy!
Practice

Survey: Midmarket Execs Weigh In on Entrepreneurialism

Despite challenges, such as a weak economy and tax and regulatory challenges, 35 percent of companies have become more entrepreneurial, benefiting from greater productivity and profit margins.
Education & Careers

Women's Initiatives: Lame or Legit?

My male boss wanted me to coordinate a "women's initiatives" panel for a group of managing partners across the United States, Canada, and Mexico who are part of our association. I rolled my eyes. I couldn't help it.
Technology

Deloitte Announces 2012 Technology Fast 500 Rankings

Deloitte has announced the 2012 Technology Fast 500, a ranking of the 500 fastest growing technology, media, telecommunications, life sciences, and clean technology companies in North America.
Practice

Drilling Down on the Dental Niche

In this interesting Q&A, Andrew Rose, Naden/Lean LLC’s director of Marketing and Business Development, talks about some specifics to managing a dental niche practice, his firm’s sweet spot, and how social media has changed the game.
A&A

International Fraud Awareness Week

Hundreds of organizations worldwide have partnered with the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE) to participate in International Fraud Awareness Week, November 11-17 to promote antifraud awareness and education.
Education & Careers

Three Percent Salary Increase 'New Normal'

While employees may not see much improvement in base pay next year, the prevalence and size of short-term incentives has increased substantially, according to the sixth annual "Compensation Planning Survey."
Technology

Using Technology to Enhance Client Service

Cloud and mobile top the list of emerging technologies transforming the tax and accounting profession, according to the "2012 CCH Technology Survey - Technology in Accounting: Then, Now and Next."
A&A

Survey: National Debt Impacting Hiring Plans

According to results of a new survey released by Sageworks, a financial information company, the national debt is weighing on business owners as they consider adding workers and making other investments.
A&A

Fiscal Cliff, Deficits, and Jobs Remain Concerns

A quarterly volatility and variables poll of 540 corporate executives indicates that many CFOs are stressed and plan to be more diligent in planning and forecasting.
Education & Careers

The Next Generation of Leadership

We're headed toward a massive transition at firms across the country as current leaders get closer to retirement. Some firms have successfully transitioned, others are preparing, and there are those that don't have any plans in place.
Community News

Extreme Cheapskate CPA: NY Living on the Cheap

By day, Kate Hashimoto is an employed New York CPA. By night, she's a self-confessed "extreme cheapskate." In fact, she spends so little money that TLC featured her in an episode of its new show "Extreme Cheapskates."
Practice

Validate Your Marketing with Google Trends

Many of us marketers go off our "gut," which can get us in trouble as many times as it can aid us. Google Trends allows us to test our gut with TONS of data that is free and readily available.

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