Risky Business?

by RaeAnne Marsh

Risk. It’s inherent in business; an element faced in every decision. Owners of small and medium-sized businesses may feel this even more keenly, as challenges seem to come from every direction and there are few — if any — among us who are expert in everything. Minimizing that risk requires researching and gathering the best… [More]

Dr. Heidi Jannenga, WebPT

from Dr. Heidi Jannenga

Business is risk. It’s inherent in every decision: “Can I grow this idea to support a company — myself, my employees, my shareholders?” “Will a new hire or an investment in additional technology propel our growth?” “Should I take on venture capital?” These were just some of the decisions — and risks — I faced… [More]

Businesses’ ‘Magnificent Seven’ Investments

by Baldwin H. Tom

Every day, businesses lose money by not understanding or leveraging their investments. When one considers the financials of organizations, it is clear that a significant portion of those investments are not captured in financial statements. Why? Because these are the people-side or soft-side intangible investments the accounting industry has yet to document. This may be… [More]

Five Cryptocurrency Tax Mistakes the IRS Takes Seriously 

by Steve Moskowitz

Since the release of Bitcoin in 2009, more than 4,000 alternative currencies have emerged in the decentralized banking market. For nearly 10 years, the IRS has sought to gain a foothold in what has since become a booming market with a rising number of participating asset holders. The recent Coinbase, Inc. case ruling makes it… [More]

Is Technology Costing You Credibility and Influence?

by Stacey Hanke

You’re the boss, the leader, the master of business; yet your team is becoming increasingly frustrated with your over use of technology in the workplace. Employees cannot express how your behavior is challenging their willingness to act upon what you say. Influence is essential to running a successful organization and can be earned only through… [More]

The Opportunity Zone Program (Part 2)

by Marc L. Schultz

The Opportunity Zone Program is new federal income tax incentive program designed to encourage private capital investment in Opportunity Zones (O-Zones), which are certain designated areas throughout the United States.  Opportunity Funds (O-Funds) act as intermediaries between O-Fund investors and the actual investments in the O-Zone. O-Funds are required to hold 90 percent of their… [More]

Melissa Gray: Building up Avnet’s CSR

by RaeAnne Marsh

“Our new Corporate Social Responsibility strategy is reshaped by our actions in the market,” says Melissa Gray, vice president of corporate affairs for Avnet, who has been heavily involved in formulating and implementing many of Avnet’s corporate responsibility initiatives. “Avnet is reinventing itself from a traditional distributor selling electronic components to a company that specializes… [More]

Accounting Startup Focuses on Ethnic Niche 

by RaeAnne Marsh

Easy Numbers Consulting, LLC was one of the first companies to participate in Local First Arizona Foundation’s Fuerza Local Business Accelerator Program, which trains underserved Hispanic entrepreneurs on the basics of running a successful business. Ana Gordillo founded her company in 2015 to provide accounting services — from trade name registration, LLC filing, bookkeeping, payroll… [More]

U.S. Egg Lays It Out for New Dog Treat Company

by Mike Hunter

Scrappy & Scraps Gourmet Pet Treats is a local enterprise founded earlier this year with a mission to harvest eggshells from local restaurants and hotels and bake them into pet treats. This helps the food service industry lower its environmental impact and, in turn, benefit the eco-system. The recycled shells will be collected weekly, pasteurized… [More]

Boost Employee Well-Being Programs 

by David Allazetta

An increasing number of companies are implementing well-being programs to help their employees live healthier lives, reduce healthcare costs, and improve employee productivity and satisfaction. A recent employer survey by Willis Towers Watson found that 72 percent of U.S. companies “aim to improve their health and well-being strategies and programs over the next three years… [More]