1. Articles in category: Professional Services

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    1. Why States Are Struggling to Tax Services | CPA Practice Advisor

      Why States Are Struggling to Tax Services | CPA Practice Advisor

      As states struggle to align their tax codes with the modern service economy, expanding sales taxes to include activities like personal care, home repair, funeral services, computer maintenance and similar enterprises would seem to be a logical move. But states are finding it's not so easy. Twenty-three state legislatures considered proposals this year to impose taxes on at least some services. But so far, none has made it into law intact -- and most died outright.

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    2. How to Get Younger Staff More Involved in Business Development

      How to Get Younger Staff More Involved in Business Development

      It may be time to stop foisting outdated business development models on the millenials in our firms. It may be time to create better opportunities for their involvement. According to research by Hinge and Social Media Today, the best place to start may be to develop a formal employee advocacy program. What is Employee Advocacy? Many firms expect employees to promote the company, but employee advocacy goes beyond overt promotion.

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    3. Companies Are Now Making Innovation Everyone’s Job

      Companies Are Now Making Innovation Everyone’s Job

      In the past few weeks, three corporate innovation clients have moved to — or had their roles expanded to include — their company’s training function. As one remarked, perhaps ruefully, “Now I’ve got to get the people who actually do the work to innovate.” Yes, enterprise innovation conversations seem to be shifting more from the “how” to the “who.” Process and methodology debates have turned into the operational challenge of how best to boost people’s capabilities.

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    4. PNC: South leads nation in economic growth - Atlanta Business Chronicle

      PNC: South leads nation in economic growth - Atlanta Business Chronicle

      A broad array of potent growth drivers will push the Atlanta economy to be one of the nation's top performers in 2015 as Atlanta's economy continues to fire on all cylinders.

      Pittsburgh-based PNC Financial Services Group Inc. (NYSE: PNC) reported in its Atlanta Market Outlook technical and professional services will continue to be key employment generators for the city. The rebound in these high wage industries will drive above average income growth.

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    5. ADP Finds Private Sector Added 213,000 Jobs in January

      ADP Finds Private Sector Added 213,000 Jobs in January

      Private sector employers added a healthy 213,000 jobs last month, according to payroll giant ADP, even though small businesses and some industry sectors slowed their hiring pace. Small businesses added 78,000 jobs last month, including 38,000 at businesses with between one and 19 employees and 40,000 at companies with between 20 and 49 employees. However, that was down from 115,000 in December.

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    6. How to protect against the 9 most common cyber-attacks

      Home Depot was about nine months into a security initiative to protect customer information against hackers when the company was notified of a data breach on the morning of September 2nd 2014. With the help of a third-party vendor’s username and password, hackers had gained access to the retailer’s payment data systems and deployed custom-built malware designed to evade detection by anti-virus software.

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    7. Please Don’t Repeat the Mistakes this Taxpayer Made!

      On December 15, 2014, the Alabama Tax Tribunal issued its decision in the case of Randy Henson vs State of Alabama. At first blush, there is really nothing earth shattering about the conclusion reached by Judge Thompson in his decision. Mr. Henson owned Friendship Automotive which was a car repair shop. The business did oil changes and other small repairs. The business performed taxable transactions and failed to collect and remit the tax.

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    8. NanoLumens gets $13 million in latest funding round

      NanoLumens gets $13 million in latest funding round

      NanoLumens landed $13.3 million in new financing from an offering of debt and securities. Euro Pacific Canada Inc. was the exclusive agent for the offering. Wellington Financial LP provided the $5 million debt component of the financing. The Atlanta-based visualization technology firm said Wednesday the new round of funding will be used to accelerate the company's strategic business and technology development programs. "Working closely with leading global companies, NanoLumens is expanding its…

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    9. ADP Sees Wage Growth Accelerating in Private Sector

      ADP Sees Wage Growth Accelerating in Private Sector

      Payroll giant ADP has released a new report indicating that wage growth has been accelerating since the beginning of last year. The company’s new quarterly Workforce Vitality Index The Index, which is part of the ADP Workforce Vitality Report, developed by the ADP Research Institute in collaboration with Moody’s Analytics, includes metrics such as job holders’ wages and hours worked, job switchers’ wages, and total employment.

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    10. IIA Report Urges Internal Auditors to Add More Value

      The Institute of Internal Auditors released a new report at its international conference in London calling on internal auditors to add more value to stakeholders by enhancing their services. The IIA's Pulse of the Profession report, “Enhancing Value Through Collaboration: A Call to Action,” examines changing expectations among key internal audit stakeholders, based on the findings of four major industry surveys released in the first half of 2014.

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    11. Do You Have an Ideal Hire?

      Do You Have an Ideal Hire?

      Many construction companies have a target market when it comes to new customers, but does the human resources team have a vision of its ideal employee? If the company has a high turnover rate, managers may be hiring the wrong types of people. Here are some tips for getting the right employees on board. Think about your best employees. They probably have some common personality characteristics.

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    12. Related could build two residential towers in Midtown

      Related could build two residential towers in Midtown

      Miami’s The Related Group is considering building two residential towers at 14th and West Peachtree streets — an area of Midtown attracting hundreds of millions of dollars in new investment.

      As Atlanta Business Chronicle reported in today’s paper, Related Group has the 2.2-acre site at the intersection’s southwest corner under contract. Today, the land houses a couple of parking lots.

      Ed Allen, a former vice president of development with Atlanta-based Post Properties who joined Related…

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    13. Mullen to lead CBRE supply chain services group

      Mullen to lead CBRE supply chain services group

      CBRE Inc. has named Adam Mullen head of supply chain services.

      Mullen, previously an account executive with professional services company Fortna Inc., will join CBRE’s industrial and logistics practice. He will be based in CBRE’s Atlanta office.

      Atlanta is a fitting home for the practice. The metro region is a transportation hub of the Southeast and gateway connection for companies to almost every major international market.

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    14. Data Transparency Coalition, AICPA Applaud Senate Approval of DATA Act

      Data Transparency Coalition, AICPA Applaud Senate Approval of DATA Act

      The Data Transparency Coalition and the America Institute of CPAs are commending the United States Senate for approving Thursday an amended version of the Digital Accountability and Transparency Act (S. 994) by unanimous consent. The legislation, known as the DATA Act, would mandate the publication of all federal spending disclosures as standardized open data instead of, in many current cases, that information being locked behind inaccessible document-based formats.

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    15. Which States Had the Highest Personal Income Growth in 2013?

      Which States Had the Highest Personal Income Growth in 2013?

      Average personal income in the United States grew by 2.6 percent in 2013, which is mixed news since that reflects a slowing of income growth from 4.2 percent in 2012. All 50 states and the District of Columbia realized gains in average personal income during the year, according to data from the Bureau of Economic Analysis. Which states topped the list? North Dakota, with a growth of 7.6 percent took the top spot, led largely by its booming oil and gas economy.

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    16. Fintech Bridge2Solutions expands HQ in Alpharetta; boosts workforce

      Fintech Bridge2Solutions expands HQ in Alpharetta; boosts workforce

      Atlanta financial software company Bridge2Solutions is in expansion mode. The company plans to expand its workforce by a third and recently signed a 23,000 square foot lease in Alpharetta.

      Bridge2Solutions develops and runs loyalty and rewards program websites for banks, credit card processors and employee incentive companies.

      “We build and host the sites, and populate those web applications with products from commerce partners such as Best Buy, Brookstone, Sears and Wal-Mart” Vice President…

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    17. Study: While CFOs Push New Tech, Adoption Lags

      Study: While CFOs Push New Tech, Adoption Lags

      Today’s chief financial officers recognize the business case for digital and cloud technologies, according to a new Oracle and Accenture global study, though a gap remains between their technology evangelism and reality. The study, “Empowering Modern Finance: The CFO as Technology Evangelist,” was co-sponsored with Longitude Research and surveyed 1,275 CFOs, senior finance executives and line business executives from organizations of varying sizes and industries around the world (including 300 of whom were senior non-finance executives). More than two-thirds of respondents agree the CFO is a strong evangelist for the transformational potential of technology and nearly ...

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    18. Intuit Finds Small Business Employment Flat in February

      Intuit Finds Small Business Employment Flat in February

      Employment at small businesses in the U.S. stayed stagnant in February, while the average number of hours worked and monthly wages both increased. However, overall, small business revenue declined 0.09 percent in January. Intuit’s monthly Small Business Employment and Revenue Indexes also found that small businesses have added more than 570,000 jobs since March 2010. Employees’ average monthly compensation grew 0.5 percent in February, an increase of $15 from January’s revised figure.

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    19. Lord Aeck Sargent expands into D.C.

      Lord Aeck Sargent expands into D.C.

      Lord Aeck Sargent will open an office in Tyson’s Corner, Va.

      The new office is the Atlanta architecture, design and planning firm’s sixth.

      “With the exception of 2010 and 2011, when we and most of our peers in the industry experienced the effects of the Great Recession, the firm has pretty much been steadily growing since 1998,” said Joe Greco, Lord Aeck Sargent president, in a statement. “In late 2011, early 2012, requests for our services began to pick back up, with revenues up by 7.5…

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    20. Round Two of the Bid Process: The Presentation

      Round Two of the Bid Process: The Presentation

      Submitting a proposal is only the first step in securing a job for most construction companies. If a company is shortlisted, the presentation is the second step, and that’s where construction companies most often lose, because they do not know what to do. Many selection committees are doing away with formal presentations, because the presentation often ends up being regurgitated directly from the proposal. First rule of thumb: don’t repeat the proposal, they’ve already read it.

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    21. Service Companies Grow at Slower Pace - CPA Practice Advisor

      Service Companies Grow at Slower Pace - CPA Practice Advisor

      Growth at U.S. service companies slowed in September from an eight-year high in August, as sales fell sharply, new orders dipped and hiring weakened. The Institute of Supply Management said Thursday that its service-sector index fell to 54.4 in September, down from 58.6 in August. August's reading was the highest since December 2005. Any reading above 50 indicates expansion.

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    22. D.C. Incubator Helps Small Social Start-ups Grow - Philanthropy Today

      Taking its cue from the business incubators and accelerators of the area’s tech scene, a Washington, D.C., group is helping fledgling nonprofit enterprises quickly ramp up operations, The Washington Post writes. The DC Social Innovation Project, launched two years ago by a young lawyer, provides small grants as well as pro bono services to social start-ups such as Young Doctors DC, which helps African-Americans boys lay the groundwork for health-care careers.

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    23. The Three Paths to Off-Season Growth

      The Three Paths to Off-Season Growth

      After all, what do the coming months mean to a sector so reliant on a single season to generate so much of its revenue? Should firms really be forced to choose between chaotic, 80-hour work weeks and potentially plateauing revenues? Not necessarily. While tax season might generate the most billable hours, the comparatively slower summer months present firms an opportunity to get their affairs in order and increase profitability. To help ensure your firm remains a well-oiled, revenue-generating m

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    24. Building a High-Touch Business

      Building a High-Touch Business

      Are you creating a business built on hands-on customer relationships? If so, here are a few things to keep in mind. Working with a variety of entrepreneurs and entrepreneurially minded executives has given us perspective about two distinct types of customer models: "high touch" and "low touch." A high-touch business is one in which a customer places trust and partnership with a company, and in many cases, a specific individual or team at the company. This is more of a "person-centric" model in which the relationship between a salesperson or other individuals have a major impact on the sale and ...

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    25. Audits Top List of Accounting Services When Trying to Sell a Business

      Audits Top List of Accounting Services When Trying to Sell a Business

      Most owners buy annual tax and assurance services from their accountant easily enough, but when it comes to investing in business advice, owners can be hesitant. Entrepreneurs reckon they know their business better than anyone and many take the attitude “If it ain’t broke, why fix it?” For an accountant keen to expand her practice beyond filing tax returns, fighting this inertia can be frustrating, which is why re-positioning your business advice as exit-planning counsel can open a new, often hi

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