College Savings Plans

It’s that time of year again: high school seniors everywhere are busy filling out college applications as parents prepare to finance their education. College savings plans are a top priority for many parents. Here are some things to know for college preparation: The American Opportunity Credit has been renewed for 2013. This credit is good […]

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Disaster Planning for Small Businesses

Disasters come in many forms. Too often, small businesses are caught off-guard by natural disasters and other crises. Disaster planning is a critical and frequently forgotten step for any business owner. Make sure your small business is prepared for what can’t be predicted, 1. Create a disaster planning “emergency file.” In this file, include an […]

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Preventing Internal Theft

Small business owners, particularly in the early stages of their company, often neglect to protect their business from internal theft. Small businesses are just as at-risk for internal theft as larger companies. Here are some simple, efficient ways to prevent embezzlement and employee theft: 1. Divide functions. Don’t assign one employee to perform all tasks; […]

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Starting a Non-Profit: Checklist

Articles of Incorporation containing the Exempt Purpose Statement as described in IRS Code section 501(c)(3) and defined in Treasury Regulation 1.501(c)(3)-1 Paragraph d and the Dissolution Statement described in Treasury Regulation 1.501(c)(3)-1 Paragraph b subparagraph 4 (“Organizational Test”). Employer Identification Number By-laws of the Organization Minutes of Board Meetings Names, Addresses, and Resumes of Board Members […]

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5 Stages of Planning

“Failing to plan means planning to fail.” “Proper planning prevents poor performance.” These phrases have become cliche because they’re true. Everybody has heard them, yet many people don’t make planning a priority. The most frequent excuse is that there isn’t enough time. However, failure to plan is one of the biggest time wasters out there. […]

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5 Ways to Boost Sales

Everyone is in sales. By that, I mean that everyone in your business has some influence on sales. Everyone has a chance to sell, whether directly or indirectly. In the Information Age, it is not enough to simply relay facts. To increase sales, you have to do much more than that. Here are some ways […]

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