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How to be Proactive and Not Get Caught in the Downpour of Tax Season
written on July 09, 2012 by Frank Fantozzi
Business Financial Planning

Many business owners received an unexpected surprise this tax season when their company’s retirement plan administrator informed them they had to refund a portion of 401(k) deferrals because the company retirement plan failed their annual ADP/ACP Test (Actual Deferral Percentage/Actual Contribution Percentage). These rules are in place to ensure all participants are benefiting equitably from that plan and that the plan does not favor highly compensated employees (HCES) to the detriment of non-highly compensated employees (NHCES).

 

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Energize Email
written on July 06, 2012 by Phil Stella
Networking Strategies

Every time you send an email to a customer, colleague or manager, it projects an image of your professionalism, competency and courtesy. That image should be positive whenever possible, or at least neutral, but never negative.  COSE All-Star Christine Zust is a communications expert, author, trainer, speaker … and a long-time friend and colleague. She regularly shares her concept that "everything you do positions you!" Therefore, every email you send at work positions you and your best possible positive image.

 

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Sales Process Critical to Successful Strategic Plan
written on July 05, 2012 by Jeanne Coughlin
Strategic Planning and Execution

At the heart of every good strategic plan is a well conceived and diligently executed sales plan.  After answering the question, “why does this company exist?” a strategic plan answers the question “how big do we want to grow?”  But identifying the revenue goal is only the first step of the planning process. more...

Things You Can Post on Social Media
written on June 29, 2012 by Katherine Bulava
Social Media

So, you’ve made the leap and committed to using social media for your non-profit or business – congrats!  Now what?   

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Cut Through the Maze Tips on Hiring a Translation Provider
written on June 28, 2012 by Mario Chavez
Recruitment and Safe Hiring Practices

As your company expands locally and overseas, hiring is not limited to bringing new employees on board —outsourcing to small translation businesses when needed can be a lifesaver if done right. Contracting a language services company for the first time can be a daunting experience when you don’t know anyone in the industry more...

Executive Dashboards Not Just for Executives
written on June 26, 2012 by Matt Wilhelm
Business Technology

Imagine it’s morning and you’re settling into a fresh day at the office. You open your web browser and see graphical representations of key metrics your management team has been tracking as tactical measures for achieving this quarter’s objectives.

 

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Google Says Responsive Design Makes for Good SEO
written on June 21, 2012 by Jason Therrien
Search Engine Marketing

In the world of search engine optimization (SEO), the concept of mobile has always been tricky. Yes, you want a mobile site, but what’s the best way to do it? Google has finally weighed in and stated that they prefer that websites use responsive design when looking at mobile. more...

The Bridge to What Truly Matters
written on June 13, 2012 by Roxanne Kaufman
Professional Advancement

In a company without purpose, people have only a vague idea of what they’re supposed to do. There’s always activity and busyness, but it’s often frenetic, disorganized and focused solely on short-term goals. And with the many challenges facing business today, companies now more than ever need to work smarter, not harder. more...

New Restrictions to Employer Identification Number Requests
written on June 01, 2012 by William Riccio
Tracking Business Finances

The Internal Revenue Service has begun limiting the number of Employer Identification Numbers (EIN) issued on any given day to one per responsible party.

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Why Use Video to Communicate Your Message?
written on May 24, 2012 by Katherine Bulava
Social Media

Video is a great way to communicate your message to new and broad potential audiences. In case you were wondering if there are really people out there that will watch your videos, consider this: YouTube is the second largest search engine in the world and people prefer to watch a video six times more than they would opt for printed information.

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It is a Killer!!
written on May 24, 2012 by Eric Kurjan
Strategic Planning and Execution

The death of a strategy is sad but it is preventable. Stop the Killers!

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Is Your Customer Talking to a Machine?
written on May 24, 2012 by Mario Chavez
Langauge Technology

Our businesses are being served by the slickest and most streamlined machines and technologies. But when a customer reaches a phone menu and not a human voice, how well does our business fare?

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How to Give Backbone to Your Business Objectives
written on May 24, 2012 by Jeanne Coughlin
Strategic Planning and Execution

There’s no greater tool for improving the performance of an organization than setting well-thought out goals. Goals give individuals working together on a team a common target to aim towards. Well written and developed organizational goals provide the guiding structure that teams and individuals need to set objectives for the important outcomes in their respective areas.

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Phone Power Strategies
written on May 24, 2012 by Phil Stella
Networking Strategies

We all spend a lot of time on the phone, talking with customers, colleagues and co-workers. Can you imagine doing your job or running your business without your cell phone? I can’t.

And we often use the phone to enhance networking relationships or even begin them. Yet, making the most of this invaluable resource has little to do with the technology of the tool. It has everything to do with the simple communication strategies blended with uncommon sense and uncommon courtesy of the user.

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Challenge Your Networking Habits
written on May 24, 2012 by Phil Stella
Networking Strategies

Many COSE members recognize the power of effective networking as a key business strategy. But, if you fall into the trap of networking out of habit, driven by some outdated mindsets, you might be networking like an ineffective amateur. And, ‘if you always do what you've always done, you'll always get what you always got’.

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HIPAA-HITECH Compliance
written on May 24, 2012 by Brian Rosenfelt
Business Technology

Most medical practices are aware of the HIPAA/HITECH compliance and the HITECH provisions that affect their organizations, and the fines that they face if they are not compliant in the ways they handle patient health information (PHI).

What a lot of professionals don’t know is that a recent addition to the HIPAA/HITECH compliance and the HITECH provisions holds business associates, (i.e. other professionals from other companies who have access to patient health information) just as responsible for sensitive patient data privacy and protection as the medical practices who own that information.

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2013 Health Savings Accounts Inflation Adjustments
written on May 24, 2012 by William Riccio
Tracking Business Finances

Under Revenue Procedure 2012-26, the Internal Revenue Service has issued the health savings accounts inflation adjustments for 2013.

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CEO Profiling-The Four Kinds of CEOs-Again
written on May 16, 2012 by Eric Kurjan
Strategic Planning and Execution

CEO’s are a strange breed. Some want help, most need it. How about you?

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If You Won Millions in the Lottery What Would You Do?
written on April 17, 2012 by Frank Fantozzi
Wealth Planning

With the Mega Millions lottery recently hitting $640 million, the lotto was a major topic of conversation from the water cooler to social media and news outlets across the country. Even people who never buy lottery tickets were venturing in and purchasing a ticket.

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Let's See People for Their Ability not Their Disability
written on April 17, 2012 by Tameka Taylor
Diversity Awareness and Education

Historically, Berkeley, California has played a significant role in the disability rights movement, although many people do not realize this. Back in the 60’s, a quadriplegia student, Ed Roberts, was an outspoken advocate in this area. Disabilities is an area of diversity that many people, including business owners, are still uncomfortable with when around people who are different from themselves.

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Employees Favor a Metrics-Oriented Culture
written on April 11, 2012 by Jeanne Coughlin
Strategic Planning and Execution

Well designed metrics strengthen performance by improving morale, promoting accountability and encouraging creativity. The key is identifying measures that provide relevant information which can be used to guide and modify activities and behaviors.

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How to Leverage Cloud Computing for Maximum Value
written on April 11, 2012 by Matt Wilhelm
Innovation in Technology

Our firm has been engaged by a handful of clients to establish roadmaps for the thoughtful adaptation of cloud technologies to improve their businesses in a variety of ways. It seems that these clients with “cloud on the mind” had been lured by the vast promises associated with cloud computing – cost savings, efficiency, ubiquitous accessibility, etc.

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8 Communications Tips for Small Businesses
written on April 11, 2012 by Katherine Bulava
Public Relations

I’ve seen many small businesses struggle with communicating with current and potential customers because it’s yet another to-do on a long list. Here are a few pointers that can help you focus and get the word out about your business:

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Selling Tech in a Volatile Economy
written on April 02, 2012 by Brad Nellis
NEOSA- The COSE Technology Network

Signs are appearing that the economy is improving, but it remains on shaky ground.  Our panelists, from Warwick Communications and Hileman Enterprises, both veterans of multiple business cycles, share their take on selling tech in the current economy.

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Investing Through the Economic Cycle
written on March 29, 2012 by Frank Fantozzi
Investment Management

Look for opportunities in different market sectors:
As most Americans have learned in recent years, the U.S. economy is cyclical, alternating between phases of expansion, when the economy is growing, and recession, when economic activity contracts.

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