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Year-End Tax Planning for 2014

For most people, the end of December is called “the holidays.” For lawyers, accountants and other financial types, however, it’s called “year-end.” While most of us celebrate with turkey, egg nog, ugly sweaters and football (often all at once), these folks are working late hours trying to save their clients as much money in taxes […]

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The 2015 Small Business Outlook from Your Accountant’s POV

A new year brings change, a fresh outlook, and possibly some uncertainty. At the Sleeter Group’s recent Solutions14 conference, Sage interviewed more than 100 accountants around their take on the Midterm Elections, how the outcomes could impact their small business clients, and what services accountants would consider offering their clients beyond ‘traditional’ accounting in the […]

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Federal Regulations: A Modest Proposal

I have a friend who occasionally jokes that if the United States wants to decrease poverty and encourage wealth creation, the government should use the same strategy it does when it wants to encourage a certain behavior and discourage another. For example, we give tax breaks to people willing to install solar energy in their […]

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Employer Branding for Small Businesses

Unlike their large, corporate competitors, small businesses often don’t have resources to dedicate to the high-powered branding campaigns that make them top-of-mind for many talented job seekers. That means small business owners need to learn how to work with what they’ve got to create a great employer brand. And because smaller businesses typically lack the flashy employee […]

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Are You Loosening Up Your Arm Getting Ready to Throw in the Towel? Read This First

The final few weeks of the year are always a time of reflection and planning. For some of you it will be outlining marketing or expansion plans for 2015. Others may be looking at 2015 and wondering if its time to throw in the towel and move on. Here are some approaches to take as […]

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Friction Kills the Customer Experience

Merriam-Webster’s defines the word friction three ways; the act of rubbing one thing against another; the force that causes a moving object to slow down when it is touching another object; and the disagreement or tension between people or groups of people. If you tie the concept of friction to the concept of customer service, […]

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Stop Your Workers from Singing: ‘Tis the Season to be Stealing!

By now we have all seen the pictures of looters destroying small businesses in Ferguson, Missouri. They make compelling television images and it’s a tragic situation for the local business owners, their employees and the citizens of Ferguson in general. However, there is another crime spree that’s picking up steam throughout the holiday season that […]

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Looking to Grow in 2015? Your First Resolution: Partner with an Accountant

The countdown to 2015 has begun and you may have started thinking about what you can do in the new year to grow your business. In years past you may have made plans to overhaul your marketing initiatives or expand your product or service offering, but what if instead of planning specific tactics for growth […]

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From Bites to Bytes: The Benefits of Digital Girl Scout Cookie Sales

One of the wags on NPR’s Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me! declared that as Girl Scout cookies begin to be sold online it will mean a lot less work…for parents who have to go around to coworkers begging that they buy boxes of their daughters’ cookies. However, I suspect moms and dads will still be visiting the […]

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3 Home Page Mistakes that Will Undermine Your Marketing

Where is the most valuable real estate? Some might argue for Beverly Hills, New York City, or the Washington D.C. area, but I would nominate your home page. After all, we measure the real estate on your home page in pixels – Donald Trump doesn’t even do that yet – and every pixel is valuable; […]

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