AccountingWEB Weekly Resource Guide - Issue 64

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  1. Accountants Are Still Favored as Small Business Advisors
  2. "Anatomy of a Paycheck" Helps Educate Employees
  3. Talking Tax Forms Transform Tax Prep For The Blind
  4. Defining & Targeting a Campus Recruiting Program For Your Firm
  5. Are You Providing Your Clients With The "Right Kind of Counsel"?
  6. Cost Sharing Strategies For Medical Benefits
  7. National MAP Survey Underway - Take It Online Today
  8. Book Recommendation: 20/20 Foresight, by Hugh Courtney

Special: America Remembers. David Miller, an AccountingWEB member shared his thoughts and experiences with the rest of the AccountingWEB membership after the terrorist attacks on our nation on September 11, 2001.

Thoughts from Manhattan - Tuesday Evening

Thoughts from Manhattan Part 2- The Days After

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  1. What College Recruits Want From Potential Employers-Part 1 of 3
  2. How to Win an Auditor Beauty Contest: Taking Advantage of Auditor Changes
  3. Articulating the Values of Your Professional Service Firm
  4. Excel Tip: Save Customized Chart Styles

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1. Accountants Are Still Favored as Small Business Advisors

The results of a new survey conducted by the National Federation of Independent Business and Wells Fargo show that accountants are still the advisor of choice among small businesses.

2. "Anatomy of a Paycheck" Helps Educate Employees

Payroll information for employees is now available on-line as Paychex offers "Anatomy of a Paycheck" on its Web site.

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3. Talking Tax Forms Transform Tax Prep For The Blind

One doesn't often get a chance to apply the terms "innovative" and "cutting-edge" to the Internal Revenue Service. But those terms fit the bill this week as the IRS announces plans to offer online tax forms that work with screen-reading software to provide "talking" tax forms for use by visually impaired taxpayers.

4. Defining & Targeting a Campus Recruiting Program For Your Firm

Many local and regional firms believe that their efforts are best spent aiming at second tier students, assuming there are no other alternatives and that the top recruits will naturally opt for national firms. If this is how your firm has approached campus recruiting in the past, I've got two words for you: "Think again."

5. Are You Providing Your Clients With The "Right Kind of Counsel"?

Businesses of all sizes are concerned about whether they are receiving the "right kind of counsel," but the majority of business owners don't know what questions to ask or even what to look for in a professional accountant now that they have got them under a microscope.

6. Cost Sharing Strategies For Medical Benefits

With the costs of health care projected to increase as much as 20%, employers and employees alike are fearful that the rising costs will eat away at their bottom lines. A free report - "Cost Sharing Strategies For Medical Benefits" outlines four of the best strategies for employers to use to derail the upward spiral in the cost of healthcare benefits for a company and its employees.

7. National MAP Survey Underway - Take It Online Today

In August, the AICPAs' Alliance for CPA Firms (PCPS) and the Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants (TSCPA) announced that they had joined forces to produce the 2002 PCPS/TSCPA National Management of an Accounting Practice (MAP) Survey. The questionnaire is now online and ready for your input.

8. Book Recommendation: 20/20 Foresight, by Hugh Courtney

In this intriguing, clearly reasoned book, McKinsey consultant Courtney argues convincingly that managers can approach uncertainty systematically. Most managers, he says, either ignore potential problems or try to map them out in painful detail. The better approach, Courtney contends, is to classify risk (e.g., a relatively clear future, a range of possibilities or true ambiguity) and hone a strategy based on a checklist he provides for each category. This appealing approach could become an integral part of the manager's toolkit. Order Your Copy Today!

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1. What College Recruits Want From Potential Employers-Part 1 of 3

A comprehensive survey concluded in May of 2002 by
AccountingWEB shows that accounting students are still very
optimistic about the accounting profession. In their own words, students tell us what recruiters can do to streamline the college recruiting process. Part 1 of 3

2. How to Win an Auditor Beauty Contest: Taking Advantage of Auditor Changes

More companies are giving serious attention to the auditor
selection process than ever before, opening the door for firms to compete for assignments on a more level playing field. How do you win this contest?

3. Articulating the Values of Your Professional Service Firm

To come to consensus about what it stands for and where it's headed, one South Carolina-based professional service firm took the time required to produce an organizational mission statement.

4. Excel Tip: Save Customized Chart Styles

If you create charts in Excel, chances are good that you adjust the formatting of the standard chart style each time you create a new chart. If the changes you make represent a style that you wish to use frequently, you can save the chart style so that those style features will always be available when you create a new chart.

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