Social networking site for Canadian accountants launches

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BeansTalk is a new online community designed to offer unique content and opportunities for Canadian accountants, financial planners, tax experts, and bookkeepers.

“Unlike LinkedIn and Facebook, beansTalk is a custom-designed network for Canada’s tax, accounting, financial planning, and bookkeeping professionals,” said Jennifer Allan, director of marketing, tax, accounting, and financial planning at CCH Canadian, which sponsors the site.

“The name says it all: ‘beansTalk …for those who count,’” Allan said. “Speaking of counting, the site already has over a thousand members.”

From the beansTalk homepage, members can join discussions, see what industry events are upcoming, link to a job board, and more, according to the company. Much of the content is unique, though some is also syndicated blogs and industry news.

Recognized experts blog on hot industry topics. Current discussions include: practice management, tax and accounting news, international financial reporting standards (IFRS), and popular tax compliance software.

“These discussions are where we’ve started, but the site will progress as more members sign up and participate. The conversations will naturally evolve to reflect the members’ interests,” Allan said.

“And, although membership is free, the participation and opinions of members are invaluable,” she said. Members are encouraged to offer feedback, “whether that’s commenting and rating articles, or posting and answering questions.”

These discussions at beansTalk utilize many interactive media, from blogging services to Twitter and Facebook to YouTube, which is where beansTalk’s Trends in Accounting series of videos resides.

Another feature is beansTalkCareer, an industry job board. It’s for employers sourcing their next hire and professionals finding their next job.

About CCH Canadian Limited:

CCH is a provider of authoritative compliance tools, research, and practice materials for accounting, legal, and business professionals. Having celebrated its 60th anniversary in 2006, CCH Canadian produces software and information products that help customers take command of complex regulatory issues in tax, accounting, law, financial planning and human resources. CCH is a Wolters Kluwer business.

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