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    1. What Do Millennials Want?

      What Do Millennials Want?

      Even as accounting and finance programs at colleges nationwide accept record numbers of prospective students, hiring managers at public accounting firms and CFOs in industry claim that hiring a quality young professional in 2015 can still be difficult, due in part to the number of responsibilities that young people are expected to tackle as the older generation — Baby Boomers — starts to retire.

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    2. Tips for Better Workplace Health - Get Off Your Butt More

      Tips for Better Workplace Health - Get Off Your Butt More

      If sitting is the new smoking, that must make walking the new nicotine gum. However you put it, sedentary... Accounting software choices have never been more numerous, full-featured and capable than the products offered... Rootworks Grow was officially launched in July 2015. Rootworks is a professional membership-based organization... The group will be made up of specialized subject matter resources from Latin America, current and former U.S...

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    3. Hodgson Pratt Pratt & Saunders Joins CliftonLarsonAllen

      Hodgson Pratt Pratt & Saunders Joins CliftonLarsonAllen

      Hodgson Pratt Pratt & Saunders of New Bedford, Mass., has joined the Top 100 firm CliftonLarsonAllen. “Commitment to community, commitment to service, and commitment to our people led us to our decision to join CLA,” Hodgson Pratt Pratt & Saunders managing partner Jim Pratt said in a statement. “We are excited to continue helping our clients achieve success, with an expanded team of CLA professionals behind us.” The firms share a philosophy of matching capabilities to client needs.

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    4. New op-ed asks if accounting students should learn to code

      New op-ed asks if accounting students should learn to code

      California-based writer Cheryl Meyer recently published an op-ed on the AICPA's site titled, 'Should accounting learning students learn to code? ' In it, Meyer argues that by learning coding, students will be able to become more well-rounded in today's technology-driven world. Meyer further notes that firms like KPMG are already seeking out dual majors in accounting and technology when recruiting for its advisory services groups.

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    5. Meet the C-Suite: Richard Ward, CEO of 22squared

      Meet the C-Suite: Richard Ward, CEO of 22squared

      Welcome to Atlanta Business Chronicle’s “Meet the C-Suite,” where each week we will feature one of the city’s most high profile c-level executives. This week meet Richard Ward, president and CEO of 22squared Inc., one of the largest independent advertising agencies in the country. How’s business: We’ve onboarded 10 new clients in the past 15 months, and we’ve hired over 80 new people since January 1, so the word dizzying comes to mind.

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    6. Online CPA Marketplace CountUp Launches | Accounting Technology

      Online CPA Marketplace CountUp Launches | Accounting Technology

      CountUp, an on-demand CPA marketplace that provides cloud practice management tools, announced the launch of its online marketplace Wednesday. CountUp matches businesses with CPAs via its network of vetted accountants and gives these accountants the tools to post proposals and receive relevant job requests. The freelance marketplace facilitates communication between accountants and clients, as well as the exchange of supporting documents and files.

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    7. Baker Newman Noyes hosts three-day internship experience for college students

      Baker Newman Noyes hosts three-day internship experience for college students

      Baker Newman Noyes, one of the nation's top 125 accounting firms, recently hosted 17 college students in Portland, ME for a unique three-day internship. The program was designed for students to gain insight into what a career in public accounting entails and to experience the firm's culture and atmosphere hands-on. “This is our first year hosting the program, and it was a huge success,” stated Andrew Smith, principal and member of the firm’s recruiting team.

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    8. Accounting in 2025: Three Undeniable Trends and How They Will Affect Accounting Firms

      Accounting in 2025: Three Undeniable Trends and How They Will Affect Accounting Firms

      Omnipresent mobility isn’t about having a smartphone or tablet. It is the ubiquitous expectation that you can... All good things must come to an end, and the same is true for careers – even for those in payroll. Though it... Now that busy season for many accounting firms is drawing to a close, more attention turns to expanding business...

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    9. 9 Dumb Decisions Even Smart Bosses Make

      9 Dumb Decisions Even Smart Bosses Make

      Smart bosses sometimes literally outsmart themselves and make decisions that are logical but shortsighted. Over the years, I've met plenty of smart people who have corner offices. Being smart, however, doesn't keep them from making these all-too-common management mistakes: Smart bosses are always busy, which is why many tend to put coaching employees and writing performance reviews on their back burners.

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    10. PICPA releases report on Firm Culture and its impact on the Future of the Firm

      PICPA releases report on Firm Culture and its impact on the Future of the Firm

      The Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants (PICPA) recently released a report titled, Firm Culture and Its Impact on the Future of the Firm. The report shares the findings of a 2014 study of 1,000 Pennsylvania CPAs on career trends and what role firm culture has on attracting and retaining talent in the public accounting industry, as well as generational and gender breakdowns regarding values, career goals, motivators, and ideal benefits.

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    11. Digital Tools to Make Your Next Meeting More Productive

      Digital Tools to Make Your Next Meeting More Productive

      This spring, I wrote about how the right digital tools can help you work more efficiently before, during, and after a meeting. Let’s look more closely at how to use the tools during your meeting to better lead the conversation. For an example, I’ll use the Second Continental Congress, one of the world’s most productive off-sites, which resulted in the U.S. Declaration of Independence. Here are tools you can use to: Inspire new thinking.

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    12. The CPA and Responsible Cyber Security: 5 Actions Your Firm Must Take

      The CPA and Responsible Cyber Security: 5 Actions Your Firm Must Take

      Less than half-way through 2015, business and government entities in the U.S. have been hit with 15 major cyber attacks. A hacker group identifying themselves as HL4T ushered in the New Year by publishing Microsoft’s software development kit, known internally as Xbox One SDK. This proprietary information allows anyone with sufficient expertise to create games for the Xbox console.

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    13. National Society of Accountants Announces 2015 Scholarship Winners

      National Society of Accountants Announces 2015 Scholarship Winners

      A total of 39 students have earned scholarships from the National Society of Accountants (NSA) Scholarship Foundation. Together, they will receive $45,875 in scholarship awards. The Foundation has provided more than $1 million since 1969 to deserving undergraduate and graduate students who are committed to pursuing a career in accounting, helping to develop more qualified young accountants. The scholarships range from $500 - $2,000.

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    14. New House Bill Rekindles Debate on Online Sales Tax

      The ongoing debate about an Internet sales tax just intensified with the introduction of a House bill on June 15, called the Remote Transaction Parity Act. Like boxers in a ring, lawmakers were taking sides on the bill within two days of its introduction, according to an article by The Hill. Introduced by Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT), chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, HR 2775’s text and summary weren’t yet on the Library of Congress website as of Wednesday afternoon.

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    15. Five Tips on How CPAs Can Improve Client Engagement Year-Round

      Five Tips on How CPAs Can Improve Client Engagement Year-Round

      Tax Day has come and gone, once again leaving CPAs from coast to coast recovering from the annual mid-April scramble of clients who procrastinated until the last possible second to complete their taxes. More than 13 percent of Americans, or roughly 41.4 million people, filed their taxes during the week of April 15, with another 12 percent missing the deadline. That's about 80 million people who waited until the 11th hour or worse.

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    16. IIA Updates Internal Audit Practice Advisories on Quality Assurance

      The Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA) recently released nine new and updated practice advisories that provide guidance to internal auditors and chief audit executives on managing an effective quality assurance and improvement program. The advisories focus on parts of the IIA’s International Standards for the Professional Practice of Internal Auditing that deal with establishing, maintaining, and reporting on a quality assurance and improvement program.

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    17. Harshman Phillips Acquires Online Accounting Firm

      Harshman Phillips & Co. has acquired the cloud integration provider Cloudsourced Accounting. The deal is expected to close on July 1, 2015. Blake Oliver, cofounder and CEO of Cloudsourced Accounting, will join the HPC team as director of technology and marketing. “My role is to grow the cloud integrator side of HPC,” said Oliver during a phone interview with Accounting Today. Oliver initially met HPC’s CEO, Bruce Phillips at a Sleeter Conference. “We hit it off immediately,” Oliver noted.

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    18. How Accounting Firms Can Address Disruptive Partner Behavior

      How Accounting Firms Can Address Disruptive Partner Behavior

      In more than 20 years of consulting, I’ve observed hundreds of firms in the throes of partner conflict. In fact, when a managing partner I’m interviewing says, “Excuse me for a moment while I close the door,” I know I’m about to hear the “good stuff” – the real reason for the call – a partner group that just can’t get along. Which partner behaviors cause conflict: Unwillingness to be held accountable.

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