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This Issue's Theme: Year-End PR Issues, Gifts and Bonuses December 19, 2008  
Editor's Note
We all know that the economy is bad and that companies are trying to find ways to cut back. The research done for today's top story on the economy suggests that companies are cutting back in the bonus and party departments. It's my guess that some companies out there have found innovative ways to reward employees without necessarily spending a lot of money. We'd like to share some of your ideas with our readers, maybe give them some suggestions for their own businesses or ideas they can pass on to their clients. Please contact me, or place a comment at the bottom of the story on holiday parties and bonuses, if you have come up with alternatives to the traditional year-end bonus or holiday party.

Best regards,
Gail Perry, CPA
Managing Editor
editor@accountingweb.com


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