Preparation Through Disaster

  • February 1, 2011

written by Chris Griesemer I am looking out the window at the enormous amounts of snow falling. Am I thinking how...

FAQ: Who is Eligible for the Small Business Stock Exclusion?

  • February 1, 2011

Included among the many important individual and business incentives extended and enhanced by the massive tax bill passed in late December is a 100-percent exclusion of gain from the sale of qualified small business stock. Under the Tax Relief, Unemployment Reauthorization and Job Creation Act of 2010 (2010 Tax Relief Act) individuals and other noncorporate taxpayers should not overlook the benefit of investing in qualified small business stock considering the ability for qualifying taxpayers to exclude 100-percent of gain from the sale or exchange of the stock.

Is Adobe or Java Software Making Your Business Vulnerable to Hackers?

  • January 21, 2011

We have performed vulnerability exams for banks for the past 11 years. What are vulnerability exams? I’m glad you asked that question. Basically we use special software to scan all nodes (computers, firewalls, servers, printers, ect.) for vulnerabilities on a network. An example of an especially high risk vulnerability might include a patch not being installed on a computer, passwords less than 8 characters or default administrator usernames still being used.

Introducing a new service: the Health Care Reform Tax Plan

  • November 1, 2010

Health Care Reform will affect your business. Our Health Care Reform Tax Plan ensures that you are not caught off guard by complicated new regulations, and that you are able to take advantage of available incentives.

What I Learned at DEF CON and How it Can Help Your Business

  • August 12, 2010

Our IT Security Specialist Chris Griesemer once again attended the 2010 DEF CON Conference in Las Vegas, and returned (as usual) highly impressed and with a few ideas to strengthen your business’ security. "Take the time to thoroughly examine the security of your business, or hire a firm to do it for you. You can never assume your business is safe from outside threats."

Not-for-Profit Entity Corporate Governance

  • June 14, 2010

It can be an honor to be asked to serve on the board of a not-for-profit entity but doing so comes with a great deal of responsibility. A not-for-profit entity’s board of directors is responsible for establishing the organization’s policies, procedures and overall organization direction. It is also the board of directors that must ultimately answer to the public and the organizations donors.

Concerns About Risks Confronting Boards – A Board of Directors Survey

  • June 4, 2010

With heightened awareness of the need for corporate governance, American boardrooms are immersed in increasingly intense discussions about the issues of risk and compliance. With these new concerns, directors of public companies are under the microscope more so than ever before. While financial risk remains paramount, all systemic risks lead to financial risk in one way or another. This survey explores not only financial risk, but the other important areas of risk being discussed in boardrooms, such as regulatory compliance and reputational risk, as well how boards gain insight on new topics of interest to their companies.

Trends in Private Equity:Views & Insights for 2010

  • June 4, 2010

Private equity continues to evolve as an essential industry while the financial markets continue to recover from the resounding events of the past few years. A review of the current trends in private equity yields no earth-shattering revelations, yet they do reflect an industry in transition; an industry that is robust and ever-changing. This ability to transition with changing times is essential to its longevity.

Q & A: How do I Claim the Small Business Health Insurance Tax Credit for 2010?

  • June 2, 2010

The small business health insurance tax credit, created by the health care reform package, rewards employers that offer health insurance to their employees with a tax break. The credit is targeted to small employers; generally employers with 25 or fewer employees. In May 2010, the IRS issued Notice 2010-44, which describes the steps employers take to determine eligibility for the credit and how to calculate the credit.