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Relief Regarding Shortage of Appraisers

8/8/2017

Sometimes I don’t know if I’m the only one to get the news or the last to get it. I like to think of it as the art of juggling. In my defense this has been sitting in a ‘to read’ pile for months, but still in my peripheral vision. 

Basically, the federal banking agencies and the NCUA provided options to address the shortage of state certified and licensed appraisers, specifically for lenders operating in rural areas. 

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Navigating the Social Workplace

7/20/2017

Social media platforms are legitimate business tools; therefore, companies must place a high priority on developing social media etiquette.  Participating on your company’s social media platforms (Twitter, Facebook, blogs, LinkedIn, etc) can benefit both you and your company.  

Here are some things to consider when you participate on your company’s social media platforms.

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You May Be Seated! Preparing to Sit for the CPA Exam

7/13/2017

As discussed previously, passing the CPA exam is a daunting challenge, yet it is only a step along the journey toward one ultimate goal – to become a Certified Public Accountant. A successful exam preparedness plan begins with researching what is required to be a licensed CPA in your chosen state and then crafting a plan of attack to fulfill all of the state’s licensure requirements. 

I cannot stress enough the importance of these initial steps. I began my CPA journey with a misunderstanding about the educational requirements needed for licensure, and it hindered my progress by more than a year. My failure to plan correctly wreaked havoc upon my financial planning, affected my timeline for taking the CPA exam and delayed starting my career in public accounting.

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CPA Exam Prep: From Daunting to Doable

6/29/2017

The CPA exams are difficult. Unfortunately, no magic Tips on How to Pass or 5 Do’s/Don’ts or even the top-rated study materials can guarantee you a passing grade on your exams for CPA licensure. What you can do is ensure that you’ve prepared for every step of the process. 

We asked four young CPAs who have recently passed or are in the process of taking their exams what they wish they had known before taking their first step towards getting their CPA license.

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Your Credit Report: Some Things in Life are Free

6/23/2017

Your credit history plays a key role in so many things (e.g., loan approvals, apartment leasing, job opportunities, etc.) that it's crucial to ensure the information in your credit report is correct.  You are entitled by law to a FREE copy of your credit report from all three consumer reporting agencies (Equifax, Experian and TransUnion) every 12 months.  You can obtain the report in several ways!

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Working Remotely: Perks & Pitfalls

6/14/2017

So you want to work remotely?  Being able to work from home, out of the office, or off the job site sounds like a great idea, and it can be! But like anything else, it comes with unique perks and pitfalls of which you need to be aware.  Here are a few simple “Do”s and “Don’t”s to aid in your decision to work remotely and help you become successful at it.

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4 Reasons Why Your Start-Up Needs a CPA

5/25/2017

Accounting is the language of business.  You have probably heard this phrase before. But what if you aren’t fluent?  Should you be spending hours and days learning a new language when you are launching a new business? Not at all!  Let a CPA help you.

 

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Is It Time for a Full-Time CFO?

11/11/2016

Personnel and staffing issues often weigh heavily on a business owner’s mind. It’s important, of course, to have the right people in the right jobs, but executive hiring decisions aren’t always easy.

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Who's Counting Your Cash?

10/27/2016

In a world of credit and debit cards, it’s easy to forget the importance of proper cash handling. Hundreds of thousands of dollars disappear from medical practices each year simply because “no one was looking.”

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Word to the Wise: How Will New Overtime Rules Affect Your Business?

9/5/2016

The Department of Labor recently published new overtime and worker classification changes to the Fair Labor Standards Act, which will impact more than 4 million workers and their employers.

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Word to the Wise: Don't Ignore State and Local Tax Liabilities

8/16/2016

With all the responsibilities you have as a business owner, it’s easy to overlook your company’s state and local tax (or SALT) liabilities. These taxes vary widely from one locality to another, and business owners are often unaware that they have SALT liabilities outside their home state. Figuring out what’s owed where can be complicated.

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Indirect Cost Allocation: Finding Your True Bottom Line

6/20/2016

This article provides guidance to help you find your "true bottom line," which can be accomplished by allocating your indirect costs properly. Since each company has a different cost structure, it is important to implement a systematic approach and allocation method that works with it.

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Succession Planning: Are You Honing Next-Generation Leaders?

5/16/2016

Is succession planning high on your priority list? We review the transition steps that should be taken to develop the next generation of family business leadership.

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Smart Hiring: Take Care When Using Background Checks

5/2/2016

In spite of the competition for workers, it's still important to carefully screen job applicants. We offer tips to keep in mind when you are checking an applicant's background.

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Greener Pastures? Points to Consider When Working Across State Lines

5/1/2016

This article discusses the protocol that needs to be followed when conducing out-of-state business, in order to properly comply with taxes and licensing requirements.

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Cost Segregation Studies: Benefits to Building Owners and Contractors Alike

3/1/2016

We review cost segregation studies, a popular tax planning tool that can help the owners of commercial buildings accelerate certain tax deductions.

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Employee Compensation: Recruiting and Retaining Key Personel

9/1/2015

The increase of business calls for an increase of personnel and contractors are having difficulties with filling senior project managers and supervisory positions. This article suggests important principles to bear in mind as you develop a package of pay, benefits and incentives.

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Overtime and Productivity: Finding the Right Balance

7/2/2015

Scheduling overtime has always been a questioned management practice. Although it may seem like an advantage to get more work done sooner, it may unknowingly incur long-term costs and obligations to employees.

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Michael Miller Speaks at SBDC Bonding Seminar

6/9/2015

One of our Construction Industry Team members, Michael Miller had the opportunity to present at a Bonding Seminar in Birmingham, Alabama. He partnered with Ed Wonders of Fisher Brown Bottrell Insurance Company to educate others on how to increase the bonding capacity within their small businesses. 

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How to Grow Your Construction Firm in Today's Expanding Economy

6/3/2015

When company growth happens, looking for strategies to sustain new opportunities is key. This article points out how you can keep the momentum going while limiting detrimental risks.

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Avoiding Boom and Bust: Grow Your Company the Right Way

3/31/2015

Setting up your company to accommodate the boom and busts of the market may be difficult, but these tips can help your business achieve sustainable growth.

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Saltmarsh elects Chuck Landers as shareholder

12/2/2014

Chuck Landers has been elected to shareholder as of January 1, 2015.

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How to Deter Construction and Contractor Fraud

11/6/2014

There are a number of steps that can help reduce exposure to fraud — most importantly, ensuring that adequate internal control measures are in place to prevent or strongly deter employees from concocting fraud schemes.

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There's an App for That

10/31/2014

Technology usage has undoubtedly transferred into the construction industry. This article highlights various applications that assist with overall project planning, of which include the estimating, specifying, and the ordering process.

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Management Insights: Seven Essentials for Building Strong Teams

10/1/2014

Behind every successful company is a team that uses these characteristics as guiding principles.

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