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Collaborate to make a space great

If we as a business community are going to fully emerge from the shadow of the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression, we need to think differently about how we conduct business on a fundamental level. Specifically, with regard ...

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Recent laws will affect trust taxation, so plan ahead

Q: My father-in-law passed away recently and a trust was established under his will for the benefit of his three children. Somehow I ended up as the trustee. Do any of the new tax laws affect trusts? Anything I need ...

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How employers are responding to the Affordable Care Act

The International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans recently released the findings from its fourth survey about how employer health plans are affected by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The survey asked employers a variety of questions, from how ...

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Wrapping your health insurance marketplace notice

By Oct. 1, employers who are subject to the Fair Labor Standards Act are required to provide a health insurance marketplace notice to employees. This is a requirement under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The notice contains important ...

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Business acquisitions have long-term accounting effects

Q: I recently purchased a small lawn maintenance business. I paid cash and purchased some equipment and the routes from a guy who is retiring. I am now trying to set up my books, but I am confused. I know ...

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Measuring communication effectiveness

It’s often tough for communicators to demonstrate their value to an organization, because a lot of us do not understand how to measure the effectiveness of our work and, ironically, communicate it to the top brass. For example, the cause ...

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Even simple capital accounts can get complicated

These questions came in rapid-fire succession! This is a complicated subject and very misunderstood, but I am asked these questions frequently. I hope this very basic discussion will help. Q: We want to buy a building and plan on forming ...

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Building relationships is key to advancement, collaboration

I just returned from an inspiring summit in Atlanta, hosted by the Black Women’s Leadership Council. The council started as an employee-driven organization within the Xerox Corporation back in the mid-1980s. It has since expanded to include membership to all ...

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