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June 25, 2009


Publisher's Note
Right before "Saturday Night Live" debuted in 1975, Dan Aykroyd thought to himself, "If we die tonight, it's all over. I may as well get into the snowplow business." I suppose we've all had those moments, but perhaps not on that scale. This leads me to the question, "If you could not have a career in accounting or finance, what would you do for a living?"

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Manufacturing Sales by Creating Uncontested Market Space
In the second McKonomics Podcast, I interview John Lloyd, President and CEO of MANTEC, who discusses why the manufacturing sector plays such a big part in our economy...

Trailblazer Brains on Fire: Interview on Trashing Timesheets
I - along with my father - had the pleasure of visiting Trailblazer Brains on Fire in Greenville, South Carolina. This is an amazing agency, which as of January 1st of this year trashed its timesheets....

My friend, Ross
Ross, a friend, and life coach-in-training, just called to say that he will be submitting my case study to his superiors next week for final review....

Economic Update
On Wednesday, June 23, President Barack Obama held a press conference at which he gave prepared remarks on the situation in Iran, and on legislation moving through Congress relating to clean energy and health care reform. During the Q&A that followed, questions were raised on these issues...


Questions & Advice

Righting a wrong

I discovered my employer was making discriminatory discretionary 403b contributions to one employee's 403b account to the exclusion of all other employees in direct contradiction to the plan document as well as ERISA & IRS law. I feel morally compelled to right this wrong. I have left employment with this organization. I need some advice on how to handle this.
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Officer Pay for LLC

What issues are involved with owner officers receiving a salary with deductions in an LLC?
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