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June 11, 2008

Editor's Note

Small is in the eye of the beholder. Your small business might be a multi-million dollar empire, or a one-person show. You might be vastly successful or struggling to make ends meet. Most likely you're somewhere in between those extremes. Whatever your business makeup, we'd like to hear from you. By posting comments on our stories, adding your voice in our blogs, or sharing your questions and answers in our Questions and Advice section, you can be a part of the AccountingWEB community. Chances are, the issues that concern you concern others as well. If there are issues you'd like to address that are not yet a part of AccountingWEB, please don't hesitate to contact us and let us know what you'd like to have added to our site. We're not here just for our own pleasure, although that is a strong impetus. Our goal is to provide useful information to our readers, to you.

Gail Perry, CPA
Managing Editor
editor@accountingweb.com


Small businesses are most likely candidates for risky online behavior
Trend Micro Incorporated, a global leader in Internet content security, has reported that in the U.S., UK, Germany, and Japan, employees in small companies took more online risks while on the company network compared to their counterparts in larger organizations. This is the result of a study that explores corporate computer users' perceptions of and experiences with security threats.

Top 10 interview bloopers...and how to avoid them
We've all heard stories of job candidates who looked great on paper but who were absolute disasters in person. With fewer and fewer interview opportunities available in this competitive market, it's essential to make the best possible first impression.

Supreme Court ruling makes it easier for employees to sue employers
Late in May, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of employees who claimed that they were retaliated against after complaining about workplace discrimination. "This ruling increases the range of options for litigants to bring suits against their employers," said Steven Sheinberg, associate director of legal affairs at the Anti-Defamation League and member of the National Employment Lawyers Association.
10 steps to maximizing ROI in employee pay
Employers should make market data a smaller part of their compensation decisions and should focus on performance-driven strategies that will motivate and retain employees, according to Brad Hill of Tandehill Human Capital.

TIGTA report: Few businesses claimed telephone tax refund
Less than 6 percent of business taxpayers claimed the one-time- only telephone excise tax refund when they filed their 2006 tax returns.

IRS launches campaign to help new small businesses
The Internal Revenue Service has launched a year-long campaign to help educate new self-employed small business owners about federal tax responsibilities and about filing Schedule C, Profit or Loss from Business.

Blog: Labeling Co-Workers
"He is always goofing off."
"She never gets it right."
"He's always late for meetings."

People get labeled: the office clown, the slacker, the flirt. My spider senses start to tingle whenever I hear the words "always" or "never" applied to someone else on the team. It usually indicates that an unsubstantiated accusation is about to follow. As quickly as I can, I steer the conversation into specifics....

Read Bill Kennedy's Energized Accounting Blog and add your own comments!!

Blog: Making Time
I was a panelist at a networking program this morning and as I listened to my colleagues addressing the importance of networking, I wondered, again, how many of us actually make time to do the right thing for ourselves and our firms....

Read Sally Glick's Marketing Today and Tomorrow blog and add your own comments! !

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