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Aug 15

Deciphering and Combating Cyber Risks

Data breaches can cause safety issues, negative publicity, lost productivity, and compromised personal and corporate data. This article explains the cost of data breach and outlines ways to help prevent attacks from inside and outside an organization

Jul 27

Carefully Weigh the Pros and Cons of Automation

Manufacturers and distributors face rising costs of labor and benefits, burdensome government regulations and a shortage of skilled workers. Investing in automated equipment may seem like a cost efficient alternative to relying on people, but automation can sometimes end up being more expensive and time consuming than management expects. This article presents the pros and cons of automation and explains why it is important to crunch the numbers to assess all the costs and benefits.

Jun 20

E-Verify Helps Confirm Employment Eligibility

Immigration and legal residency are hot topics in today’s environment, and, as a result, closer scrutiny is being paid to employment eligibility. Federal law requires employers to verify employment status; however, dishonest workers sometimes use fake or stolen IDs to get hired. The E-Verify system helps employers comply with the law. This article explains how E-Verify works and why the requirements for using it might change in the future.

May 30

How Manufacturers Can Reduce Waste

Look around most shop floors, and you will see evidence of waste. Piles of scrap materials can be found around production and assembly areas, leading to safety issues and cleanup costs. If you look deeper into the operations of manufacturing companies, you will see that waste extends beyond trash. This article explores the concept of waste and provides creative solutions for reducing it with preventive maintenance, routine physical inspections and effective quality control.

May 17

Combining Liquidity and Efficiency Metrics: Cash Conversion Cycle Can Be a Useful Management Tool

The cash conversion cycle is a financial metric that evaluates the time it takes your company to convert raw materials to cash collected from customers. This article tells how it is calculated and what it means.

Mar 21

Spotlight on the Research Credit

After being continually renewed since the 1980s, the research credit was finally made permanent under the Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes (PATH) Act. This change allows manufacturers to plan (with certainty) for their research and development (R&D) expenditures. And, it is expected to survive any tax reform legislation that will pass in 2017. This article provides an overview of the current rules on how to claim credits for R&D spending, including how the break has been expanded for certain small manufacturers.

Feb 14

Use Management Letters to Improve your Business

Audited financial statements typically come with a surprise bonus that business owners might not be aware of: the management letter. This article describes what is required to be reported in the management letter, how a company can use it and the types of comments a CPA may voluntarily opt to report to demonstrate his or her commitment to the client’s success.

Jan 06

Waste Not, Want Not: Audit Warehouse Operations for Inefficiencies

Management can never be too busy to review how warehouses are laid out and how employees move around the space. Small adjustments can make a big difference in the bottom line. This article offers three steps toward more efficient warehouse management.

Dec 20

Compensation Packages: Finding the Right Fit

Many manufacturers are struggling with attracting and retaining skilled workers and complying with government regulations, such as the Department of Labor’s new overtime rule and the shared-responsibility provisions of the Affordable Care Act. This article reveals surprising statistics about health insurance coverage by small businesses. It also provides compelling reasons to buck the trend to not offer health coverage and offers creative alternatives for controlling labor costs. A Sidebar highlights the benefits of hiring veterans, including a temporary tax break.

Nov 29

Valuation Basics: Key Points to Think About Before Transferring Ownership

A business valuation is important when deciding whether to transfer ownership to the next generation or to sell the business to a third party and give the next generation the sales proceeds (or alternative investments purchased from those proceeds). This article describes business valuation methods and the current state of the M&A market.

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