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2017
Mar 24

Joining the ORBA Team

ORBA acquired Red Granite in 2016. This blog is meant to provide an overview of additional services and benefits that we can provide to our Red Granite clients who may not yet be familiar with our service model. Over the next few months, we will highlight both the traditional and unique services that we can provide to Red Granite clients and their owners and executives.

2017
Mar 10

Prioritize Your Tasks by ‘Eating Your Frogs’ First

“Eat Your Frogs” has become part of our team language over the past few years and, more importantly, it has become part of our culture. It is an idea and approach to help you stop procrastinating and prioritize your tasks appropriately. Our latest Cloud Services blog breaks down the meaning behind this saying in order to help you tackle the tasks that you have on your to-do plate.

2017
Mar 07

Fiduciary Duties: Reviewing & Benchmarking Plan Fees

Are the services a plan receives reasonably priced? Knowing the answer is a vital fiduciary duty. ERISA expects more from plan fiduciaries than simply shopping around for plan providers offering rock bottom rates. This article summarizes some key areas all fiduciaries must consider when benchmarking costs of their qualified retirement plan. A sidebar discusses a report that suggests ways employers can help current plan participants ease into retirement.

2017
Feb 20

Don’t Apologize for Raising Your Prices

Price hikes are always a delicate business decision to make. You do not want to raise your prices too high and scare your consumers or clients off, but you want to address your business needs. Our latest Cloud Services Group blog looks at strategies you can deploy at your business to raise the price of your product/service.

2017
Feb 09

Meet the Team: Chris Arndt

In our newest feature, “Meet the Team,” we introduce you to some of ORBA’s talented accountants and tax professionals. In this edition, learn more about Chris Arndt, Director of the firm’s Cloud Services Group.

2017
Feb 07

Understand Your Target-Date Fund Series

Target-date or lifecycle funds first came to market in 1994. Since then, they have experienced much growth with nearly every large financial institution today offering their own version of these funds. Along with target-date funds becoming a fundamental option of 401(k) plans, comes a fiduciary responsibility to monitor and evaluate them, much like other plan investments. This article examines key characteristics plan sponsors and investment committees should know about target-date funds.

2017
Feb 01

Using KPIs as Your Ticket to Growth

We see measuring analytics as an essential tool to scale your business. And, if you are a loyal reader, you know we never go too long without writing about our beloved metrics. However, do you know which metrics are essential to your business and the stage of growth you are in? In this article, we provide a breakdown of some of the Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) for growth in common business models.

2017
Jan 18

New Year, New You: Making Company Culture Deliberate

Company culture is an essential part of any successful business. Often in the midst of developing or growing a business, enhancing company culture may be overlooked. This, however, can be a missed opportunity to grow and strengthen your company. The better your culture is, the easier it is to not only attract top talent but to retain these employees. This blog provides five tips on how you can create a healthy company culture that will result in engaged, productive and satisfied employees.

2017
Jan 03

Do You Know Where All of Your Plan Participants Are?

It is not uncommon for previously active employed plan participants to fall off the radar screen. They include retirees and former employees that move away without informing the plan administrator. Before anyone realizes it, they become “lost” participants. This article details the steps to take when dealing with these participants.

2016
Dec 27

How the R&D Tax Credit Can Help Your Growing Business

Did you catch our post on prepping for year-end? We know you are busy, so if you happened to miss it, No. 10 on the list was familiarizing yourself with the new tax law changes. Wondering where to even begin? Well, the research and development (R&D) tax credit is one you will not want to miss. This article takes a closer look at the logistics to this tax credit and how it can benefit startup companies and growing businesses.

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