Laura Lee shares some important password reminders for cyber security:

 

 

Password protected accounts are integral for navigating the web these days, but no two websites handle password creation in the same way. Some might allow you freedom in the characters you choose but not in the length of your password, while others may limit you to as few as eight characters with no special characters allowed. Indisputably, the password creating process can be frustrati Read More >>

 

Sheri Terens, CPA shows how to handle common mistakes in retirement plans:

 

 

So, you’re a great employer that started an employee retirement plan to offer the added benefit to your employees. Of course you want to do the right thing to run your plan, but are you?

 

First, you need to start off with a retirement plan checklist:

  • Has your plan document been updated within the past few years to reflect recent law changes?
  • Are the plan’s operations based on the
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Lisa Satonick, SPHR, SHRM-SCP gives some ideas for keeping your staff motivated, even during the busiest times:

 

 

At an accounting firm, we are very familiar with busy times of the year. Tax season can be difficult, with long hours and lots to do! The best way to keep staff motivated and show that you appreciate them is to offer them opportunities to relieve their stress. Below, I’ve outlined a few ideas you can implement in your workplace.

  1. Provide a special m
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Sean Brady, CPA shares some key benchmarks that may indicate it’s time for an audit:

 

 

“The times, they are a-changin’,” is not just a title of a well-known Bob Dylan song. It’s commonly indicative of why your organization may need an audit.

Audits are typically brought about by change, primarily a change in the stakeholders. To clarify, we are not talking about the “dreaded” IRS audit. Instead, we are talking about a f Read More >>

Sal Caroniti, CPA has some advice for any business owner considering an advisory board to assist with their company:

 

 

It’s no secret to a business owner that small businesses often face resource limitations. For example, the small size of the company may mean there are not enough margins to be able to absorb full time, executive-level personnel. Because of that, many small business owners today rely on an outside advisory board for valuable insight and Read More >>

Carleigh Machock, CPA knows first-hand the hard work and dedication that goes into achieving a major goal, and has some tips to pass on:

 

 

As I was wrapping up my studying one Saturday night at a local Starbucks, I was stopped by a man who recognized the Becker study book I was packing in my bag. “Are you studying for the CPA exam?” he questioned. He continued, “I was going to go into accounting in college, but got my law degree instead. I didn’t want to have to take that exa Read More >>

Tom Krause, CPA has many tried-and-true tactics for encouraging business growth. He expands on one of them below:

 

 

Anywhere you look, there are tips given for growing your business: books, online articles, podcasts, and more. Many of these sources have helped our firm and clients grow in significant ways. Growth strategies I’m familiar with have ranged from adjusting pricing structures to purchasing new equipment, hiring more employees to buyin Read More >>

Laura Lee reminds business owners of the safety mechanisms necessary for a cyber-secure workplace:

 

 

Employers are faced with a daunting challenge as new technologies enter today’s workplace. Successfully navigating the intersection of privacy and data protection while maintaining a technology-driven workplace requires addressing the following:

  • Reduce the risk of a workplace security breach and respond appropriately when one occurs
    • Ensure use of se
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Lisa Satonick, SPHR, SHRM-SCP suggests a simple way to help keep your business in compliance with labor laws- by keeping your labor law posters current:

 

 

Did you know that if even you have one employee, you are required to post labor law posters? Labor law posters define those federal and state employment laws that all employers must comply with at their place of business. These posters also notify employees of their rights under these laws. Employment laws ch Read More >>

Mike Bigrigg, CPA/ABV recently gave a presentation on business valuations and succession planning. Here is what you need to know:

 

 

Two-thirds of businesses in the United States are owned by entrepreneurs over the age of 50. It is estimated that 10 million of those business owners will retire in the next 10 years. It is also estimated that 35% of those businesses will not sell due to poor succession planning. Only 1 in 4 closely held businesses have a formal success Read More >>