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May 30, 2017
 
Here are some networking tips you can put to use when you feel intimidated.
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May 30, 2017
 
Although stress is on the rise, some people don’t get burned out. They continue to thrive despite the difficult conditions in their workplace.
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February 23, 2017
 
Check out the annual list of tax scams created by the IRS. Taxpayers need to guard against ploys to steal their personal information, scam them out of money, or talk them into engaging in questionable behavior with their taxes.
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February 23, 2017
 
Researcher Rachel Botsman talks about the sharing economy, its impact on trust, and how it has created the need for a new type of leader.
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February 1, 2017
 
Research shows that 97% of people can readily identify a career-limiting habit they have. While we’re clear that our weaknesses cost us both personally and professionally, few of us make any progress in turning them into strengths. In fact, managers ...
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January 19, 2017
 
Americans are wrapping up the year feeling pretty dismal about their retirement savings, according to a new survey from NerdWallet: Less than a third say they feel good about how much they put away this year.
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January 19, 2017
 
A high level of trust between managers and employees defines the best workplaces and drives overall company performance and revenue.
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December 5, 2016
 
Running a business is expensive. Luckily, if you’re a small business owner, there are a number of steps you can take to save money, from DIY problem solving to collaborative ordering with other companies.
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December 5, 2016
 
Check out these tips to help you invest in the right technology for your growing business.
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November 22, 2016
 
In the modern business world, providing a great product and shopping experience will only get you so far. If you really want your customers to keep coming back, you need to let them know that their dollars will be doing some good.
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November 22, 2016
 
Get off the monotonous treadmill of your job, and seek a different running path of meaning on your journey toward career satisfaction.
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November 7, 2016
 
The truth about your business — what works, what doesn’t, and what needs to change — is usually not found by looking inside your organization. It lives somewhere outside, with your customers.
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November 7, 2016
 
As individuals and as a society, we cannot afford to be as prone to the perils of depth as we have been, especially in our financial institutions. The populist climate in our politics, combined with the lack of public trust in financial institutions, w...
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October 19, 2016
 
The reality is that no matter the size or the scope of a breach, usually it’s caused by an action, or failure, of someone inside the company.
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October 11, 2016
 
Find out which well-known companies are staying at the top and how they're doing it.
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September 15, 2016
 
The best managers know how to keep their emotions in check and focus on building a healthy team.
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August 24, 2016
 
Don't underestimate the power of small things done at home to impact success on the job.
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August 24, 2016
 
Fat 5% dividends are hard to come by as stocks continue to climb. But you can actually still get those high yields – and take on less risk – by looking to the municipal bond market.
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August 10, 2016
 
Genuine people have a profound impact on everyone they encounter. Discover the unique habits that cause them to radiate energy and confidence.
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August 4, 2016
 
We often take a militaristic, “tough” approach to resilience and grit. We imagine a Marine slogging through the mud, a boxer going one more round, or a football player picking himself up off the turf for one more play. We believe that longer we tou...
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July 29, 2016
 
Politics aside, every woman leader can learn this invaluable lesson from Hillary Clinton's acceptance speech.
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July 29, 2016
 
When we think about the value of exercise, we tend to focus on the physical benefits. Lower blood pressure, a healthier heart, a more attractive physique. But over the past decade, social scientists have quietly amassed compelling evidence suggesting t...
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July 18, 2016
 
This infographic provides the basic rules for connecting with your employees, customers, and co-workers.
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July 11, 2016
 
The fast-talking entertainment tech mogul and Dallas Mavericks owner has a list of “smart money moves” he says “everyone should make.” Clocking in at an estimated net worth of $3.2 billion, Cuban’s clearly doing something right when it comes ...
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June 27, 2016
 
Here are ten things you can do to protect your business.
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June 27, 2016
 
Exemplary leaders defy norms when it comes to seeking motivation.
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June 15, 2016
 
What makes a great leader? Although the core ingredients of leadership are universal (good judgment, integrity, and people skills), the full recipe for successful leadership requires culture-specific condiments. The main reason for this is that culture...
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May 24, 2016
 
When considering succession planning, one has to deal with the organizational structure and demographics, and also many core processes such as governance, communications and availability of critical information, decision making routines and documentati...
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May 24, 2016
 
A highly sough-out consultant, Perry Marshall is the author of seven business books dedicated to helping entrepreneurs and small businesses owners like yourself gain more from online advertising to teaching you how to get more sales from 20% of your cu...
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May 2, 2016
 
Motivation has very little to do with corporate policies. It's a quality that oftentimes already exists in the person but has to be activated by a manager. You have to think of each individual and what he or she personally needs to direct their motivat...
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May 2, 2016
 
"Rogue Recruiter" David. E. Perry shares inside information on how to hire the best.
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May 2, 2016
 
The future of marketing isn't technology itself, but a "finessed, consumer-centric approach that prioritizes relevant and meaningful experiences." Technology is only the vehicle to allow those experiences to "exist in the digital world." Technology is ...
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April 19, 2016
 
Financial stress rates for U.S. workers are among the highest they have been over the last five years, as workers contend with greater financial burdens and debt, according to a new survey by PricewaterhouseCoopers.
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April 19, 2016
 
The topic of what makes up a great company culture is complex, but it really begins with this single action.
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April 13, 2016
 
Personality doesn't have to break down into complicated algorithms to understand how they play together. Here's how to work with everyone, based on five main types.
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March 30, 2016
 
We all have too much to do and too little time to do it. As a boss, you may have already learned how to plan, prioritize, and streamline your work. But how can you help your team members do the same? Should you dictate the processes and tools they use?...
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March 18, 2016
 
"Writing off a business relationship when you haven’t tried to salvage it first is a very bad idea," says Lauren Bloom, who speaks and consults on business ethics and wrote "Art of the Apology: How, When, and Why to Give and Accept Apologies." Burned...
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March 7, 2016
 
When potential customers look you up online, are they earning your trust or turning away in frustration? Is your online brand gaining you business or losing it? Personal branding doesn’t have to be a full time job. Here are 7 tools that make it easy ...
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March 1, 2016
 
When it comes to your customer service strategy, social media can simultaneously be your brand's most valuable ally and its most intimidating nemesis. On one hand, when handled skillfully and tactfully, customer service via social media can produce pos...
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February 24, 2016
 
Use this guide to do a comprehensive pulse check of your strategy and get a firm grasp of its strengths and weaknesses. Then, use our concrete, actionable tips to improve and expand your strategy for 2016 and beyond.
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February 18, 2016
 
While it may be difficult to achieve perfection in our planning, there are things we can do to avoid making the big mistakes. Here are three examples of financial mistakes that people often spend decades trying to recover from.
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February 10, 2016
 
Don't be afraid to fail. Even the most accomplished have fallen. The key is making sure you learn your lesson and grow.
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February 3, 2016
 
Stop just dreaming, stop just wishing, and start actually achieving.
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January 26, 2016
 
What's keeping you from becoming the next Bill Gates or Oprah Winfrey? Is it simply that they're more innately talented, or they just got lucky? Probably not. Users from Quora have weighed in with their thoughts on the beliefs, attitudes, and behaviors...
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January 12, 2016
 
If you run a jet ski rental company near Myrtle Beach, an e-commerce site that sells hunting accessories, a ski resort in the Poconos, or some other seasonal business, then you know that the off-season months can be a drag on your bottom line. However,...
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January 7, 2016
 
It's that time of year again. A time to sit back and review what worked, what we learned and subsequently plan for big marketing wins in 2016. Since each year is different with its own new set of challenges, I tapped into some digital marketing leaders...
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December 29, 2015
 
If you're serious about making a change, it's important that you put specific, time-bound goals in place in order to achieve success. And the great thing about resolutions is they don't have to just live in your personal life; they can be a powerful ai...
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December 22, 2015
 
When a manager gets involved in every action and decision, employees never feel the satisfaction of accomplishing something on their own. Just as importantly, employees never get the opportunity to develop their skills. So, how do you break this microm...
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December 16, 2015
 
Genius, as Thomas A. Edison famously declared, may be 1% inspiration and 99% perspiration. But building a company employees truly love reverses the equation: it’s almost all inspiration, and sweat has only a little to do with it.
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December 10, 2015
 
Sure, it's easy to overlook things when you're forced to pack light, but leaving behind the essentials could throw off your whole trip. What are the most important items you should always remember to pack? Check out this infographic, which includes an ...
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December 8, 2015
 
If you are caught in a problem that seems unsolvable, ask this simple question: If the problem you’re trying to solve weren’t the problem, what else might be?
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November 19, 2015
 
The findings were based on data from a survey of 150 CEOs of Fortune 500 companies. Each executive was asked which books they would suggest reading in preparation for a career in business.
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November 9, 2015
 
While “thanks” has a nice ring to it, words just don’t carry the gravity of actions. If you’re in the customer service business—and every business is, in some capacity—you should strive to continually show your gratitude to customers in f...
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November 3, 2015
 
While many retailers will be trying desperately to get you to the mall on Black Friday, REI has a different message for shoppers: Stay away. The outdoor goods chain announced Monday that it will be closed on Black Friday this year and is encouraging wo...
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October 23, 2015
 
No matter where you're at in your career, learning something new can only help you. Looking for a new job? A unique skill could easily set you apart from the hundreds of other applicants. Whether you're interested in programming, graphic design, speech...
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October 14, 2015
 
The Mashable Events Board is a great place to list and find leading conferences in your industry, whether it's advertising, technology, media or public relations. This week, we're highlighting five events that can help move your career forward. If you ...
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October 14, 2015
 
Will it get better in 2016? Here are some highlights from the TIGTA report along with a few predictions.
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October 14, 2015
 
There are 1,440 minutes in a day. Here's how the most successful people on the planet make the most of them.
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October 5, 2015
 
Eureka moments are rare. The backstory behind great ideas is often more complex and winding than having an apple fall on your head. But the best part is that creative ideas aren’t reserved for a special group of people; they can come to anyone if you...
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September 25, 2015
 
If you want to create a successful business, set an example for others to follow. Establishing and maintaining the right kind of culture is essential in any venture. It doesn’t matter what kind of person you’re trying to get to work with you. If yo...
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September 23, 2015
 
As much as you'd like to, you can't always give a customer what they want. Here's how to let them down gently.
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September 9, 2015
 
Congress is back. Fiscal deadlines loom. Presidential candidates have tax plans to propose. It isn’t clear how much lawmakers will accomplish in the next four months, but it will be a busy and interesting fall. Here are five stories to watch
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September 9, 2015
 
A Stanford engineering professor challenges our ideas on imagination and creativity with a new approach to problem solving.
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September 8, 2015
 
Research shows that the simple practice of writing about three good things that happen during your day creates a real shift in your thinking and how you perceive your work. Positive thinking leads to greater alertness and a better mood, which in turn l...
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August 20, 2015
 
Though they're probably the junior members of your sales team, here are four reasons why sales development reps can be crucial to your growth.
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August 20, 2015
 
While they’re often viewed as a tacked on to-do, you should see every posting as a sincere opportunity. Spend time on getting them right and you’ll get better people applying. Here are a few creative, unconventional things to try.
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August 11, 2015
 
Would you like to be smarter, more confident, kinder, more resilient under stress, and more successful? Of course you would, and you can. In a fascinating series of TED Talks, social psychologists describe ways we can trick our own brains to make ourse...
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August 3, 2015
 
Billing initiates the cash flow that is essential to the survival of a business. But many small businesses start off with products or services that require a per-project or annual fee. Over time, most people (myself included) realize that this billing ...
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August 3, 2015
 
Recent floods and other natural disasters show why it's important for small-business owners to be prepared. Here are tips to help you weather the storms.
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July 14, 2015
 
While new brands come and go, a few exceptions stand out. Levis, Ford Motors, Apple are well-known and enduring names that have survived over a number of decades. What’s the secret to some brands’ staying power? Why do some stick around while othe...
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July 13, 2015
 
While there are hundreds of factors that can contribute to greatness, these are the ones that lay the foundation for achievement in any field.
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July 8, 2015
 
Obama has proposed overtime changes that would increase pay across the board for certain salaried employees. How will this affect your bottom line?
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July 8, 2015
 
The truth is, nobody's perfect. We're all prone to semi-conscious verbal foul-ups that make us look totally unprofessional. That's why we all need a reminder now and then. Here are 10 examples of similar things to avoid.
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June 22, 2015
 
The best things in life may be free, but that doesn't mean they won't take time, sweat, and perseverance to acquire. That's especially the case when it comes to learning important life skills. In an effort to ascertain which talents are worth the inves...
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June 22, 2015
 
some types of marketing work well and some don't work at all and while you’re spending time and money on those that tend to be less effective, your customer acquisition cost -- an important indicator -- is shooting through the roof. Now, of course th...
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June 16, 2015
 
It’s well documented that the the strongest cultures attract and keep talented people, with predictable results for the bottom line. Sturdy cultures get stronger, and conflicted ones, weaker. Yet the gap between how important culture is, and how read...
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June 3, 2015
 
A simpler and better-targeted system. Those are the terms the White House is using to describe President Obama’s State of the Union proposal for revamping tax-based financial aid for college students and their parents. Anyone who has tried to sort th...
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June 3, 2015
 
There are managers who coach and managers who don’t. Leaders in the latter category are not necessarily bad managers, but they are neglecting an effective tool to develop talent. We’ve been researching managers who coach and what distinguishes them...
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May 28, 2015
 
Don't let online negative reviews define your business. Many brands struggle to maintain their good reputation, being at the mercy of consumers who can publish reviews anytime and anywhere. Here's an offensive approach to managing your online reputatio...
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May 19, 2015
 
It takes a systematic approach to build a systemic capability—whether that is Amazon’s logistics prowess or the near-flawless service you receive as a guest at a Four Seasons hotel. So it is with innovation. Skills, tools, met­rics, processes, pla...
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May 7, 2015
 
It’s not easy being a freelancer or small business owner around tax time; you need to make sure you have correctly filed each form, itemized each deduction and have sufficient records to back things up, should you be audited. Here are six common area...
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May 7, 2015
 
Many tax-exempt organizations must file 990-series information returns by May 15. The IRS cautions these groups against including Social Security numbers or other unneeded personal information on 990s.
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April 28, 2015
 
Google's latest announcement could have an effect on where your business appears in mobile users' search results.The writing may have been on the walls for years, but it took an announcement from Google to make it real: Having a mobile-friendly, respon...
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April 22, 2015
 
Fail fast and often. You've probably heard this, right? It's a common saying these days: that there are so many opportunities to succeed, you might as well take all the leaps and jumps you can get. It'll be worth it in the end, etc. All those failures ...
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April 22, 2015
 
Ready to launch your own business in 2015? As a serial entrepreneur myself, I realize that launching and running a business isn't for everyone. While you can't prepare yourself for every aspect of the entrepreneurial lifestyle, here are six important q...
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April 7, 2015
 
The consumer finance site WalletHub has released a new report ranking the states with the highest and lowest real estate and vehicle property taxes across the country.
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April 6, 2015
 
In researching and writing "Better than Before: Mastering the Habits of Our Everyday Lives," I realized that all of us differ dramatically in our attitude towards habits and our aptitude for forming them. From my observation, I began to realize that ju...
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March 30, 2015
 
The way the NCAA distributes the staggering revenue from the basketball tournament has created a polarized system where some schools make money and others just take it.
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March 30, 2015
 
Tax season is supposed to be over on April 15. But among certain groups—especially the wealthy—filing for an extension until Oct. 15 is now routine. In 2011, 11 million taxpayers filed for an extension; two years later, 13 million did, an increase ...
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March 16, 2015
 
It’s tax season and a good time for business owners to take a look at their accounting system, tools, and processes to make sure they’re doing everything they can do to maximize income and minimize taxes. Without a solid base, a new business can ge...
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March 10, 2015
 
No one likes to fail. And while we all know the importance of learning from mistakes, both individuals and teams can struggle to bounce back from big blunders. Whether it was a project that didn’t meet its targets or an important deadline that you al...
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March 5, 2015
 
"Since tax rules change slightly every year, as deductions expire or income thresholds for tax credits adjust, staying on top of all the updates can be, well, taxing. As a result, it's easy to err when it comes to filing your forms, and thousands of Am...
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March 5, 2015
 
"Even the most visionary, cult-inspiring brands can turn out a flop from time to time. Competitors might delight in these occasional missteps, but we should not let them pass without pause, for we can learn much from how Apple and others recover from f...
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February 22, 2015
 
Want a strong and innovative team for your business? These five strategies can help you put together a group that will help your business reach its goals.
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February 22, 2015
 
The federal government announced on its HealthCare.gov website that many taxpayers who signed up for health insurance on the site have received an incorrect Form 1095-A, Health Insurance Marketplace Statement, for 2014. It also announced an extension o...
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January 28, 2015
 
Some 84% of global marketers plan to increase or maintain their digital marketing spending in 2015, according to a recent report from Salesforce Marketing Cloud.
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January 28, 2015
 
According to a new report, no states changed their sales tax rates in the fourth quarter of last year, but a number of cities and counties did.
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January 8, 2015
 
Do you wonder why your bonus check was a lot lower than you expected? It comes down to what's called "supplemental income." Although your earned dollars are equal at tax time, when bonuses are issued, they're considered supplemental income by the IRS a...
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December 12, 2014
 
While the traditional end-of-year tax tip checklist contains tried and true suggestions, there are a number of additional steps your small business clients need to take in order to get the tax incentives they are qualified for.
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December 12, 2014
 
Your commute to and from work can still be a productive hour of your work day. One way to maximize your drive time is by listening to business solutions or industry specific podcasts, webinars, and audiobooks. Many of these are easily accessible and ca...
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November 18, 2014
 
For those who make frequent sales calls, it can be hard to be creative, especially if you make dozens of calls per day. Avoid falling into the habit of just explaining who you are and what your company does. Try these other ways to be creative and more...
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November 18, 2014
 
If businesses want to see increased sales and customer loyalty throughout the year, it's important that they make customer service a top priority during this busy shopping season. If they do it right, they will be rewarded with loyal customers who will...
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November 18, 2014
 
In paying taxes on retirement income, entrepreneurs should consider developing separate pools of assets to draw upon in retirement. By doing so, they may have more control over if, when, and how they pay federal income taxes.
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November 11, 2014
 
It's easy for hackers to gather buckets of information by stealing one password. To protect yourself and your business, stay away from commonly used words. Think of a sentence that is easy to memorize and top it off with a couple numbers and symbols.
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November 4, 2014
 
This one may be a no brainer, but "being super wealthy" increases your chance of an IRS audit. The IRS sees those with high incomes as opportunities to uncover dollars owed. Also, hiding off-shore accounts invites an audit. Remember, it's not illegal t...
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October 30, 2014
 
These states impose the lowest taxes on retirees. All of them exempt Social Security benefits from state taxes. Most of them exempt at least a portion of other retirement income, such as pensions and withdrawals from tax-deferred retirement plans.
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October 30, 2014
 
Choosing a financial advisor doesn't have to be a daunting task. Here are some things you should know to make your decision a lot easier. For example, some good questions to ask would be the cost of services and specific services offered.
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October 24, 2014
 
Extraordinarily successful leaders get the most out of their people by helping them become highly motivated and engaged in their jobs. Set the bar high and challenge your employees to exceed expectations.
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October 23, 2014
 
Instead of reaching for your wallet, reach for you smartphone. It will hold you accountable for the money you spend and help get you out of debt. Download apps like Mint and WalletUp to track what you're spending on groceries, gifts, and entertainment.
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October 23, 2014
 
There is still time to take advantage of several tax planning opportunities before the end of 2014. Consider such items as deferring bonuses, and on the deduction side, accelerating state and local income taxes, interest payments, and real estate taxes.
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October 22, 2014
 
LinkedIn is making it easier for you to find quality employees by releasing two new features in early 2015. With these new tools, you'll be able to narrow your search to see a wider range of qualified candidates based on their geographic location and e...
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October 16, 2014
 
To survive in today's marketplace, businesses have to stay vigilant with their online presence. Just creating a website or social media account isn't going to cut it anymore. Here are five additional ways businesses can create buzz without spending muc...
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October 7, 2014
 
It's intimidating. We get it. Asking people for donations for your non-profit can be scary. Discover ways to attract donors and make a killer pitch that sells itself.
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September 30, 2014
 
According to a new report, more than 40 percent of all audits inspected by the PCAOB in 2012 had deficiencies, and the number of fair value measurement audit deficiencies made up approximately one-fourth of all audit deficiencies.
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September 25, 2014
 
Most people experience a burn out in their life. If you're constantly running on empty and no amount of rest seems to rejuvenate you, you could be on the verge of a burn out.
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September 24, 2014
 
As an entrepreneur, you only get one chance to make an impression on investors. Avoid saying remarks like, "This won't fail" and "I think you will find the business plan answers all your questions."
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September 22, 2014
 
Do you have a difficult time saying no? Perhaps you're fearful it will drive business away when in actuality, it can help your business grow.
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September 22, 2014
 
Discover ways to protect both the client and the beneficiary. First, recommend an irrevocable trust. Second, recommend giving the beneficiary part of the fund while the client is still living.
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September 22, 2014
 
Have you spent time, money, and energy hiring the perfect person for your firm and now you fear they are about to leave? Persistent slacking off, taking multiple private calls, and a change in personality are just a few signs that your employee could b...
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September 22, 2014
 
What if working at the same desk everyday wasn't the most efficient way to work? Companies around the world have adopted an "Activity Based Working" environment. Find out how its methods dramatically increase productivity.
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September 16, 2014
 
Most businesses these days seem to take a sales or marketing approach to business development instead of a sales AND marketing approach. These common mistakes in sales can cost you marketing dollars and a lot of revenue from potential sales. If you are...
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September 16, 2014
 
Olive Garden doesn’t know how to cook pasta, soaks its salads in too much dressing, dumps sauce haphazardly atop its dishes, forgets to sell wine, and has strayed far from its Italian roots with dishes no one in Italy would touch. And that’s how th...
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September 16, 2014
 
The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development trimmed its growth forecasts in the face of increasing geopolitical risks and subdued European inflation. Euro-area gross domestic product is now expected to expand 0.8 percent this year, down ...
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September 10, 2014
 
An employee stock ownership plan (ESOP) can be an effective tool for transitioning ownership. Unfortunately, many business owners are unaware of the benefits ESOPs provide. As a result, they select alternative methods for transitioning ownership that f...
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September 10, 2014
 
Nonprofits are bringing more data experts onto their staff in the face of rising concerns about data security, according to results of the Nonprofit Technology Network’s (NTEN) 8th Annual Nonprofit Technology Staffing and Investments Report.
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September 10, 2014
 
On Tuesday, the IRS’s Office of Professional Responsibility (OPR) issued a bulletin clarifying when corporate officers or employees must have a valid power of attorney in order to represent the company before the IRS.
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September 10, 2014
 
In Staff Audit Practice Alert No. 12, the PCAOB discusses board requirements for auditing revenue that are relevant to significant audit deficiencies found frequently during inspections.
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September 10, 2014
 
As an entrepreneur how do you take your business from $5 million to $50 million? That was the big question this week for Robert Hirsch, CEO of The Elevation Group.
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September 5, 2014
 
S&P 500 reverses early losses and heads toward record, led by dividend-rich utility stocks
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September 5, 2014
 
Aug. unemployment rate dropped for teens and 20-to-24-year-olds as many left job market
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September 5, 2014
 
US stocks little changed at midday after employers add fewer jobs than expected for August
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July 1, 2014
 
The average Americans income rose in May for the fifth straight month, and disposable income was up 1.9 percent from a year ago. What are people doing with the extra cash? Data shows that more people are saving rather than spending it.
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July 1, 2014
 
If an accounting firm has a data breach, it can cost your business millions in penalties and fines, not to mention your clients' trust. Here are 10 tech moves you can implement today to improve your firm's cyber-security.
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June 30, 2014
 
Many business owners think using social media only involves creating, publishing, and sharing great content. They forget that they need to also engage with customers on those sites. Here are 3 ways you can interact with and build your audience on any s...
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June 27, 2014
 
Asking investors the right questions, before they invest in your company, is crucial to your future success. Here are the six most important questions to determine if an investor is the right fit and can add value to your business.
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June 27, 2014
 
The IRS recently announced that it will be introducing a voluntary Annual Filing Season Program. This program will allow tax preparers who complete continuing education classes to be listed in a database of preparers.
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June 27, 2014
 
The House Ways and Means Committee approved legislation that would simplify the many tax credits available for education. It would consolidate four existing education provisions into a single, modernized and strengthened American Opportunity Tax Credit.
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June 27, 2014
 
Recently, Harvard University's Joint Center for Housing Studies projected that Millennials will make up 24 million new households between 2015 and 2025, substantially boosting demand for rentals and starter homes.
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June 23, 2014
 
Entrepreneurs make plenty of mistakes, particularly when starting out. Here are some lessons Papa John's owner, John Schnatter, learned when he first started the pizza chain, and his secrets behind turning it into a billion dollar franchise.
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June 23, 2014
 
The U.S. housing recovery is faltering due to housing prices outpacing wage gains. Economists predict that home sales will decrease by 4.1 percent, which will be the first drop in four years.
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June 23, 2014
 
The Center for Audit Quality released results from its field-testing of proposed changes to the auditor's reporting model. Based on the results, they made four key observations related to identifying critical audit matters.
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June 20, 2014
 
Recently, P.F. Chang's China Bistro Inc. reported a data breach that could possibly predate the major Target credit card breach. Read here for seven tips on how to protect your restaurant from a security breach like this.
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June 20, 2014
 
Associated General Contractors reported that two-thirds of contractors are having problems hiring professional and skilled workers. They believe that new immigration policies could help fill the gap.
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June 19, 2014
 
A recent report reveals that the fees from work conducted for non-audit clients provided firms with the largest growth in income for 2012-2013. The Big Four saw a 5.8 percent growth in this area, and other firms had a 2.6 percent growth.
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June 19, 2014
 
Chances are, you've heard of the word lien, but do you know what it means and the effect it can have on your business? Read here to find out what it is and how it can negatively impact your business.
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June 17, 2014
 
Recent surveys show that many companies are cutting back on or cutting out programs in which they match an employee's 401k contributions. The number of 401k matching programs has reportedly decreased by 7 percent, and 18 percent of companies have eithe...
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June 17, 2014
 
Democrats in the House and Senate recently introduced the Online Competition and Consumer Choice Act, which would ban paid prioritization and ensure fair competition and consumer choices online. They state its passing is essential for the growth of the...
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June 17, 2014
 
The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development's latest report is urging the U.S. to adopt several new reforms to strengthen its economic recovery, including tax reform.
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June 17, 2014
 
To maintain loyalty, CPAs need to communicate with clients before and after tax season. Here's a year's worth of ideas on how to stay in touch, so your clients keep coming back.
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June 13, 2014
 
The U.S. Supreme Court held that funds from an inherited IRA aren't retirement funds exempt from a debtor's bankruptcy estate. Inherited IRAs do not operate like retirement accounts as they can be freely used for current consumption without penalty.
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June 13, 2014
 
New research shows that 98 percent of the biggest charities in the U.S. are using social media. Youtube, is the most widely used platform, followed by Facebook, Twitter, and lastly Pinterest.
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June 12, 2014
 
Disney's return rate of first time visitors is 70 percent. How do they do it? Find out how Disney has been able to wow and captivate their customers for decades.
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June 12, 2014
 
One of the keys to having a successful nonprofit is to ask pointed questions about your organization and to respond with truthful answers. In doing so, your nonprofit can identify what is working and what isn't. Here are three such questions you should...
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June 11, 2014
 
The PCAOB adopted a new standard requiring auditors to pay more attention to three critical areas: related-party transactions, significant unusual transactions, and a company's financial relationships and transactions with its executive officers.
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June 10, 2014
 
More than 70 percent of Fortune 500 companies took their profits to offshore tax havens in 2013. This includes prominent companies such as Apple, Nike, American Express, and Bank of America.
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June 9, 2014
 
Recent data from Audit Analytics shows that companies with market values of $700 million or more are turning to smaller auditing firms. They feel they get better service for a better price versus what they would get from a large firm like Ernst & Young...
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June 9, 2014
 
Marriages later in life have unique burdens, and all parties involved need to understand how to protect themselves, their assets, and their families. As a CPA, it's your responsibility to familiarize yourself with these issues so you can better advise ...
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June 9, 2014
 
Same-store sales grew by 0.3 percent in May, making it three consecutive months of positive growth for the industry. Positive results are expected for the remainder of the year.
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June 9, 2014
 
A recent study shows that 31 percent of employees don't like their boss, and 65 percent of executives would rather have a new boss than a raise. Here are five reasons your team might think you're a bad boss.
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June 9, 2014
 
The latest edition of the Blackbaud Index revealed that overall charitable giving increased by 2.1 percent from February to April. Online giving reportedly increased by 9.7 percent.
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June 9, 2014
 
Despite adding 217,000 new jobs in May, the U.S. unemployment rate remains unchanged at 6.3 percent. Economists say it hasn't changed as two million people have been added to the workforce since the recession.
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June 9, 2014
 
Managing employees with diverse personalities and a wide range of responsibilities can be difficult and overwhelming. Here are tips from 32 small-business owners, who were honored at National Small Business Week, on how to successfully manage your enti...
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June 6, 2014
 
No matter how great a leader you are, there is always room to grow and be better. Here are ten areas you can improve on to become a more effective leader.
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June 5, 2014
 
Small business owners don't always know what questions to ask to protect their interests when deciding if they should refinance their loans. Here are five questions you should ask to make sure refinancing is your best option.
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June 5, 2014
 
The U.S. Census Bureau released reports that non-residential construction spending increased by .04 percent in April and rose 3.9 percent on a year-over-basis. Economists predict that it will continue to rise.
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June 5, 2014
 
The Public Company Accounting Oversight Board continues to find an unacceptably high degree of problems in the audits of broker dealers as auditors transition to the new PCAOB standards. The PCAOB plans to issue staff guidance to help them better trans...
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June 5, 2014
 
Technology companies are pressing Congress to tighten privacy protections as their clients are taking their business to other countries with better safeguards.
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June 5, 2014
 
Economists expect that the U.S. economy will have added 200,000 jobs in May. This is well-above the 113,000 job break.
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June 4, 2014
 
With the busy season behind you, now is the perfect time to evaluate your firm's successes and failures and update your business plan for the remainder of the year. Here are ten areas you should focus on to get started.
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June 3, 2014
 
A recent survey from the American Psychological Association reveals that 24 percent of employees don't trust their employers. Here are three ways to help you build trust with your employees.
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May 29, 2014
 
According to a study, 47 percent of Americans have had their personal information exposed by hackers in the past 12 months. As technological advances allow us to move our lives online, the number of cyberattacks will only continue to rise.
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May 29, 2014
 
When you're swamped with work and overloaded with information, it seems like time is never on your side. Here are five tips that will help you use your time more wisely, so you can get everything done right on schedule.
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May 29, 2014
 
Democrats in Congress are trying to block companies from cutting their tax bills by moving their legal address outside the U.S. through a merger. Since 2012, 14 companies have completed or announced such deals. However, as Democrats have failed to gain...
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May 29, 2014
 
Executing ideas can be difficult for businesses, so why does it seem like the best brands execute every idea perfectly? Here are four things successful businesses do to see consistent results.
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May 27, 2014
 
Chipotle Mexican Grill's revenue recently increased by 24.4 percent, their same-store sales were up 13.4 percent, and their net income was up 8.5 percent. Learn the secrets to Chipotle's success.
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May 27, 2014
 
The new Internal Revenue Service ruling blocks businesses from moving their employees to health insurance exchanges. Those who do will face a tax penalty of $36,500 a year per employee that is sent into the exchange.
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May 23, 2014
 
CEOs are responsible for the continual growth of their businesses, which requires them to carry many hats. Here are six key roles entrepreneurs should be taking on in order to ensure the success of their businesses.
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May 23, 2014
 
When starting out, entrepreneurs are thirsty for advice. Here are four steps to making the best decisions when building a business.
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May 22, 2014
 
The Public Company Accounting Oversight Board will soon release its 2013 inspection reports. Firms have made progress in their audit of internal controls but are still missing the final step in assuring controls are effective.
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May 22, 2014
 
The recently released draft of the Tax Reform Act of 2014 is intended to simplify the existing tax code, make it fairer to taxpayers, and strengthen the U.S. economy by lowering tax rates. If passed, it is expected to create at least 1.8 million jobs a...
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May 21, 2014
 
Restaurants are using scent marketing as a way to lure in more customers. Creating the right aroma can be a difficult task though. One person's sweet aroma is another's stench. Read how businesses like Cinnabon and Starbucks have successfully incorpora...
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May 20, 2014
 
Pew Research Center released a report stating that wearable technology and other devices, objects, and systems connected to the Internet will be fully pervasive by 2025. This will both positively and negatively impact our society and manufactures.
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May 20, 2014
 
U.S. housing starts jumped by 13.2 percent in April, which is the highest level since November 2013. In addition, building permits hit their highest level since 2008, offering hope that the troubled housing market could finally be stabilizing.
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May 20, 2014
 
The demand for CPA services is predicted to increase. To meet that demand, the AICPA forecast anticipates the profession will struggle in recruitment, retainment, and other key areas.
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May 19, 2014
 
CEOs of twenty-four leading design and construction industry associations issued a joint statement pledging to make the nation's infrastructure more safe and secure. This is the first time industry leaders have agreed to promote resilient planning, bui...
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May 16, 2014
 
Clearly communicating what your company is about and how you differ from your competitors is the first step startups should take for PR. Here are some PR tips to help your message resonate with consumers.
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May 16, 2014
 
The Senate blocked progress on an $85 billion tax package in a 53-40 vote on May 15th. The tax package includes 50 different tax breaks, which all expired at the end of last year. ]
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May 13, 2014
 
New regulations taking effect June 1 will lead to significant changes in the auditing of brokers, dealers, and future commission merchants. Auditors should discuss these changes with their clients as soon as possible. Here is the AICPA and CAQ alert de...
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May 13, 2014
 
When non-profit organizations discover an insider is embezzling their funds, it is one of the most difficult situations they can encounter. Board members don't know how to handle the situation, and sometimes, the board is also found liable. Here are fo...
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May 12, 2014
 
Small business owners should start thinking about their upcoming quarterly tax filings now. Here are seven mistakes you can easily avoid in making filing less stressful.
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May 7, 2014
 
Do you believe success only comes from videos going viral? Not if you're a small business. As RJMetrics discovered, when it was a start-up, its customized videos didn't need to reach the masses in order to make a significant impact. If it was targeted ...
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May 7, 2014
 
Nielsen and The Harris Poll recently reported on the companies with the best and worst reputations. Amazon.com was rated the best with U.S. consumers. Other companies with high rankings include Coca-Cola, Apple, and Walt Disney Company. Rankings were b...
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May 6, 2014
 
New eating trends are showing that people prefer eating several small meals during the day rather than a couple large meals. For restaurants, this is a major opportunity to increase or decrease your sales. See how restaurant chains like Culver's are al...
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May 1, 2014
 
A re-proposal of The International Standard on Auditing 720 clarifies auditors’ responsibilities related to the “other information” section, which is included in an organization's annual report.
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May 1, 2014
 
Recently, six expired business tax breaks were made permanent in efforts to make the U.S. a more attractive place for small and large businesses to invest and hire. The hope is that businesses will now be able to plan for the future, hire new workers, ...
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April 25, 2014
 
Brands consist of more than just offering an outstanding product. They are made up of many other important details, such as offering outstanding customer service. Paying attention to all aspects of a business is what sets certain brands apart from others.
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April 25, 2014
 
Large companies want “the best” talent, and they have the money to find it. For startups, leaders need to have the right attitude in order to attract like-minded employees. Find out what qualities you need in order to get the "best talent" for your...
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April 25, 2014
 
If you want to create market-changing, life-changing innovations, you need three things: passion, patience, and pressure. Passion brings heartfelt focus into a product, patience allows you to get the product right, and pressure makes you get things don...
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April 25, 2014
 
The Center for Audit Quality recently released a report proposing a set of indicators that can be used to measure the quality of audit work. These test indicators should be able to help auditors achieve the excellence they desire.
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April 24, 2014
 
Chili's Grill & Bar is holding profits steady as other casual-dining restaurants experience decreases in sales and traffic numbers. Key to success in the restaurant industry is having a solid concept that offers consumers a good value proposition basel...
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