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  1. Making Ethical Decisions - Part Four of Five
  2. "Corked" Financial Statements? - Guest Article
  3. Survey: Small Businesses Not Offering Employee Retirement Plans
  4. Study: Best Practices For Selling Technology to Small Business
  5. IRS Moves to Reduce Retirement Savings Barriers
  6. Senate Extends Child Care Credit to Low Income Families
  7. Software Companies Launch Sarbanes-Oxley Compliance Solution
  8. Pension Plan Shortfalls Plague Firms
  9. AccountingWEB Interviews...Tracy Crevar Warren, Veteran Director and Incoming President of AAM
  10. States Can Start Claiming Their Share of $10 Billion in Tax Relief
  11. Book Recommendation: Cookin' the Books, by Don Silver

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  1. Niche-Building in Professional Services Firms
  2. Build Better Business Partnerships and Alliances
  3. Ten Tips For Better Technology Management in Your Firm
  4. Client Peer Reviews - Does Your Firm Conduct Them?
  5. Tip: Use Fill-in-the-Blank Form to Enter Spreadsheet Data

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1. Making Ethical Decisions - Part Four of Five

Ethical decision-making requires more than a belief in the
importance of ethics. It also requires ethical sensitivity to implications of choices, the ability to evaluate complex, ambiguous and incomplete facts, and the skill to implement ethical decisions effectively. Part four of five.

2. "Corked" Financial Statements - Guest Article

Mental mistakes do not bring into question integrity, but
competence. One of the most common reasons for people to forfeit their integrity is to project competence. Most often, it is competent people who succumb to the pressures of outside expectations or the temptations of personal ambition to present themselves as more successful than they are.

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3. Survey: Small Businesses Not Offering Employee Retirement Plans

If you are planning to get by in your golden years on your
company-sponsored retirement plan proceeds, make sure you are working for a large company. That's the conclusion of an annual survey, which reports that most large companies offer retirement plans, while the majority of small firms do not - and that isn't likely to change any time soon.

4. Study: Best Practices For Selling Technology to Small Business

Small and medium businesses (sites of between 10 employees to 200 employees) offer significant new technology sales
opportunities, according to a recent study by Harte-Hanks,
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5. IRS Moves to Reduce Retirement Savings Barriers

6. Senate Extends Child Care Credit to Low Income Families

7. Software Companies Launch Sarbanes-Oxley Compliance Solution

8. Survey: Pension Plan Shortfalls Plague Firms

9. AccountingWEB Interviews...Tracy Crevar Warren, Veteran Marketing Director and Incoming President of AAM

10. States Can Start Claiming Their Share of $10 Billion in Tax Relief

11. Book Recommendation: Cookin' the Books, by Don Silver

Cookin' the Book$: Say Pasta la Vista to Corporate Accounting Tricks and Fraud by Don Silver is an invaluable and very strongly recommended corporate guide to accounting fraud which takes the form of an advice guide on how to spot and avoid typical fraud secrets in corporate accounting. This primer on deceptive accounting practices will prove an easy read, and an important eye-opener for many, with its specific examples and insights. Order your copy today!

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1. Niche-Building in Professional Services Firms

Many professional service firms are creating specialty areas within their practices and in some cases whole new "offspring" companies to respond to the changing demands of clients and to create growth opportunities for associates and younger staff.

2. Build Better Business Partnerships and Alliances

This top ten list offers some basic steps to consider when
moving forward into a business partnership and/or alliance,
that can decrease the chances for negative results, and can
increase the chance for a successful partnership to be
established.

3. Ten Tips For Better Technology Management in Your Firm

Simply knowing the rules will not turn you into a technology guru, but it will enable you to participate in the development of a technology strategy for your firm.

4. Client Peer Reviews - Does Your Firm Conduct Them?

If your firm struggles with Partner reviews and Partner peer reviews, you may want to try the Client Audit method. With this method your firm would invite clients to evaluate the performance of the partners and staff who are responsible for the their work.

5. Tip: Use Fill-in-the-Blank Form to Enter Spreadsheet Data

If you have already created a spreadsheet containing a list of information, and you need to make additional entries to the list, here's a quick and easy way to add to the information already entered on your spreadsheet.

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