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  1. Fraud 101: Small Business At Risk
  2. Tips on How to Protect Your Identity
  3. The Niceties of Negotiating
  4. 20 Ways to Detect Fraud
  5. Assign a Macro to a Button on Your Excel Toolbar

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1. Study Shows Boomers Are Unprepared For Secure Retirement

A recent survey released by the American Academy of Actuaries and the Society of Actuaries shows that many Americans are unprepared for a secure retirement. Find out more about the survey and what was uncovered.

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4. National Fraud Awareness Week Starts August 4, 2002

The Association of Certified Fraud Examiners is co-sponsoring the third annual National Fraud Awareness Week to be held from August 4 - 10, 2002.

5. Free Report - COBRA Notification & Record Keeping Traps

While the myriad COBRA rules and regulations cover everything from who can receive coverage, to what it costs and more, the roadmap towards compliance has other twists and turns. Download this free report today.

6. Four Ways Companies Combat Accounting Scandals

Learn how top executives of publicly held companies view the prevalence of accounting scandals and what steps they take to combat the scandals.

7. Accounting Policy Templates From PolicySoft

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8. Book Recommendation: Aligning The Stars, by, Jay W. Lorsch and Thomas J. Tierney

Aligning the Stars argues that strategic success is achieved by building an organization of executive-level stars whose day-to-day performance reinforces and ultimately achieves the goals of the business. Outstanding firms align stars across business lines, geographies, and even generations. All partners in professional firms will recognize themselves and their firms in Aligning the Stars. For CEOs, especially those of us who are new to the position, the practical experience and wisdom here provide guidance and comfort. The central theme-that firm practices and structures must fit both the needs of the business and the needs of the individuals who make it succeed-is fundamental to understanding the delicate balance involved in leading talented, independent professionals. The book is a must-read for every professional. Order your copy today!

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1. Fraud 101: Small Business At Risk

Business fraud and abuse costs have reached $400 billion dollars a year. That equates to $9.00 per employee, per day. Pretty incredible isn't it! It appears that the work force today has become Ethically Challenged. Who's the most at risk? The answer, small businesses.

2. Tips on How to Protect Your Identity

Be aware! Be cautious! Be smart! Don't let someone try to
become you! Here are some helpful ideas to consider.

3. The Niceties of Negotiating

Negotiating seems to bring out the best and the worst in people. Here are some of the most commonly asked questions and answers.

4. 20 Ways to Detect Fraud

Here is a list of items to help you detect fraud in your company or a client's company.

5. Assign a Macro to a Button on Your Excel Toolbar

If you've created a macro that you plan to use frequently, you can save time by making a button for that macro and adding the button to your Excel toolbar.

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