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  • White Papers // Jan 2011

    A Brief Guide to Legal Issues for Data-Miners

    Any competent data-miner should have already acquired strong technical skills. However, an outstanding data-miner will also understand the legal aspects of data analysis. It is because empirical analysis in the business world requires not only quantitative mastery but also strong business sense. This paper will provide an overview on several...

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  • White Papers // Jun 2010

    Why CFO And COO Roles Are Becoming More Cross-Functional

    After the most recent economic downpour, the new operational river running through the executive suite is dissolving the walls between the chief financial officer and chief operating officer offices. Today's successful CFOs must have a strong operational focus. Today's successful COOs must have a strong competency with numbers. And more...

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  • White Papers // Jun 2010

    Why Now May Be The Time To Acquire Distressed Businesses

    For those with access to funding, the current market provides a golden opportunity to acquire distressed or bankrupt businesses at knock-down prices, and consolidation involving such companies is already well-underway in many sectors. Regardless of the apparent discount, however, some basics in M&A haven't changed. Indeed, a great price does...

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  • White Papers // Jun 2010

    The Impact Of New M&A Accounting Standards In An Improving Marketplace

    The new M&A accounting standards increase the potential for dilution and volatility to be reported in post-acquisition results. Sophisticated dealmakers who plan to be active in an M&A rebound have been preparing their teams to factor the impact of the new standards into their deal processes. Accretion-dilution analyses have been...

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  • White Papers // Jun 2010

    Why CFOs Eager To Fill Financing And Liquidity Gaps Are Turning To Receivables For Leverage

    The receivables-based financing, which encompasses asset-based loans, factoring (in which a company actually sells its invoices), and related credit mechanisms, is no panacea. Pledging receivables and getting advances against them can cost 30% to 40% more than an unsecured bank line, for example. In addition, "The CFO enters a different...

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  • White Papers // May 2010

    Motivating Employees, Part III

    One of the most important tasks facing every small business owner is keeping his or her employees well motivated. Happy, well-motivated employees work harder and longer. But the benefits to your business go far beyond simple increased productivity. Indeed, for very small businesses, happy employees are absolutely crucial to success....

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  • White Papers // May 2010

    Franchising 101: How To Franchise Your Small Business

    For an entrepreneur looking to take their business as far as it will go, becoming a franchisor may be the ultimate goal. And, since franchisees provide the capital for expansion, a business can grow more rapidly as a franchise than it would through internal funds, equity financing, or bank loans....

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  • White Papers // May 2010

    Motivating Employees, Part II

    Competition is the bedrock of our economy. Companies compete with each other for customers, new ideas and opportunities. Within companies, competition exists as well, as employees compete with each other to make their way up the management ladder, or for bonuses or other perks. This competition can induce employees to...

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  • White Papers // May 2010

    Motivating Employees, Part I

    Enthusiastic, well-motivated employees are the backbone of your small business's success. Fostering an environment in which employees feel both rewarded for their performance and part of a team can greatly increase your company's productivity and competitiveness in the marketplace. Your customers will certainly notice the difference between happy, well-motivated employees...

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  • White Papers // May 2010

    Interns: Are They Right For Your Business And Vice Versa

    The internship has become a rite of passage for America's young workers, and with good reason. Internships are chances for students and recent graduates to put their potential to practice and discover what kind of work fulfills them, or, just as importantly, what kind doesn't. But hiring an intern can...

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  • White Papers // May 2010

    Back In The Black: Tips To Reinvigorate Your Business

    Getting customers to spend money is the most important task of any small business owner. This is true regardless of whether the overall economy is booming or not. Make customer service a focus from the top down. Don't just rely on your sales people or customer representatives. Senior managers and...

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  • White Papers // May 2010

    Time To Leave The Nest?

    Using one's house as the launching pad for a small business has long been a favorite money-saving tactic among part-time business owners and entrepreneurs looking to survive the often-difficult early stages of a start-up company's life cycle. But recently, a larger demographic shift has begun to occur within the ranks...

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  • White Papers // May 2010

    Bank Of America Business Capital: Perspectives On U.S. Economic Performance

    For the past 12 years, Bank of America Merrill Lynch has conducted a survey of financial executives at U.S. manufacturing companies to understand better how CFOs view the economy and get their forecast for revenue, financials, M&A activity and foreign markets. Each year this survey provides the market with valuable...

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  • Case Studies // May 2010

    Provo Craft & Novelty

    Provo Craft & Novelty, Inc. (Provo Craft) is the leading designer and marketer of electronic cutting systems, marketed primarily under the Cricut brand, and related craft products in the United States. Provo Craft has continued its strong financial performance since BAMLCP's investment and recently launched its newest product, the Cricut...

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  • Case Studies // May 2010

    HCA, Inc.

    HCA, Inc. (HCA) is the leading provider of healthcare services in the United States. Merrill Lynch's healthcare investment banking group, had a long-standing relationship with HCA, advising HCA for years on financial and strategic alternatives aimed at enhancing shareholder value. Despite the strategic initiatives HCA had undertaken, management believed it...

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  • White Papers // Apr 2010

    Hard To Say Goodbye

    It may seem unthinkable-intentionally retiring off one of your small business's products or services. But just as all businesses both small and large grow, mature, and change, so too do the brands that they sell. And as one-time successful products or brands start to lose their consumer cachet and gaudy...

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  • White Papers // Apr 2010

    Franchising Series: How Much Will That Franchise Cost?

    If you plan to open a popular franchise retail store, restaurant or coffee shop, you are looking at considerable initial costs in addition to whatever franchise fee the franchisor charges. The franchise fee is the upfront investment in the franchise. Fees vary from as little as $2,500 to more than...

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  • White Papers // Apr 2010

    Getting Paid, Part I: Cash And Checks

    Many small business owners just starting out find that banking enough sales to simply survive can provide more than enough to worry about, so concerns about the different ways customers might pay your business once you do make a sale often get overlooked. But understanding the myriad options for payment-...

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  • White Papers // Apr 2010

    How To Identify Hidden Deal Risks Within The Information Technology Landscape

    When contemplating a mid-market asset acquisition, buyers should take sufficient time to assess the hidden deal risks within the information technology (IT) landscape. Mid-market companies, particularly those at the lower end of the middle market, may not have the vision, technology architecture, or appropriate staffing and skill mix to support...

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  • White Papers // Apr 2010

    Seller Due Diligence

    When the economy plummeted in 2009, the M&A landscape changed quite dramatically. For deals to close in this environment, the gap between buyer and seller expectations needs to be bridged?allowing buyers to maintain their confidence level and protecting sellers against eroding values and retrading sales prices. If value retention and...

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  • White Papers // Apr 2010

    It's Time To Heighten Your IT Due Diligence

    If the IT infrastructure is fine, why conduct due diligence? Difficult economic times have greatly reduced acquisition deal flow across the private equity sector. It appears this change in economic landscape has influenced many firms to take a much closer look at both their pre-acquisition targets and their existing portfolio...

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  • White Papers // Mar 2010

    Tax Tips For The Self-Employed

    Being self-employed is a dream for many people. Who doesn't want to be his or her own boss? Of course, the downside of being the boss is the all responsibilities that come with the job. Unfortunately, calculating and paying taxes are part of those responsibilities. According to the Internal Revenue...

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  • White Papers // Mar 2010

    Start-Up Series: Business Coaches And Mentors

    Entrepreneurs, by their nature, prefer going it alone. Listening to others tell them what can or can't be done just isn't part of their DNA-that's why they hung out their own shingle in the first place. Still, even the most self-assured and independent-minded small business owner can look for a...

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  • White Papers // Mar 2010

    Start-Up Series: Debt Vs. Equity

    Whether one is a budding entrepreneur looking for seed money or an experienced owner of an established small company seeking to fund an expansion, capital is the fuel that makes small businesses go. When choosing between the two main types of funding-debt vs. equity - there are advantages and disadvantages...

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  • White Papers // Feb 2010

    Looking Back, Leaning Forward

    For many business owners-large or small-there may not be much interest in looking back at the year that was 2009. Sure, the personal retirement savings may have rebounded, but the stock market's resurgence still hasn't been accompanied by a corresponding upturn on Main Street. As one begin sprinting through the...

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  • White Papers // Feb 2010

    Seven Tactics For Restructuring In A Turbulent Market

    Restructuring troubled businesses typically involves some form of financial restructuring: changing the mix of equity and debt, renegotiating loans, or finding one lender to take out another. The meltdown in the U.S. banking system and the widespread lack of confidence in global financial markets has radically changed the available options...

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  • White Papers // Feb 2010

    2010 CFO Outlook: A Survey Of What Manufacturing Chief Financial Officers Expect

    The paper explores the results of the 12th annual survey of mid-size and large U.S. manufacturing company CFOs commissioned by Bank of America Business Capital. The key message from the survey results was that while CFOs gave the current state of the U.S. economy its lowest score in the survey's...

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  • White Papers // Feb 2010

    Five Myths About Improving Working Capital

    Improving working capital performance enhances a company's competitiveness by increasing its Return On Invested Capital (ROIC). However, generating cash through working capital improvement is often easier said than done. The path to working capital improvement is beset with a number of myths. They are not labeled as such but generally...

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  • White Papers // Feb 2010

    Avoiding Pitfalls Of Working Capital True-Ups

    While optimism about M&A activity is increasing, deals remain highly sensitive to pricing. Because working capital true-ups may result in a significant purchase price adjustment, private equity executives, whether they are the buyer or seller, need to be more aware of working capital during the transaction process. Failure to do...

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  • White Papers // Jan 2010

    DIY Or CPA?: Which Tax Prep Method Makes Sense For Your Small Business?

    This is a point of lively debate within the tax community. In the 2005 Form 1040 filing instructions, the IRS included a controversial table that compared time and cost estimates across the three filing categories (self-prepared without help, self-prepared with tax software, and prepared by tax professional). According to the...

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  • White Papers // Jan 2010

    Managing Your Payroll

    For many start-ups and even some established small businesses, just being able to pay the bills and generate a little extra profit is a big enough challenge. As a result, seemingly innocuous questions like when and how often to pay out that money in salary-to owners, partners, and employees-often doesn't...

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  • White Papers // Jan 2010

    Finding A Tax Professional

    Despite the seeming ubiquity of tax-prep software like TurboTax, using a paid professional remains the most popular form of tax preparation-roughly six in ten Americans are expected to use a local accounting firm or a nationwide franchise like H&R Block to prepare their individual tax returns this year. That number...

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  • White Papers // Jan 2010

    Tax Preparation Software Roundup

    For those small business owners who choose to do their own taxes this year, there are more software choices than ever to help them file. Indeed, tax prep software companies, like banks and credit card companies before them, are now increasingly targeting small businesses. And recognizing that many small business...

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  • White Papers // Jan 2010

    Tax Law Changes For 2009 And 2010

    Spurred on by the federal government's economic recovery efforts, there have been numerous changes to the federal tax law for 2009 and 2010. This paper explains what your small business needs to know now to take advantage of this year's expiring rules and what it needs to keep in mind...

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  • White Papers // Jan 2010

    How To Organize Your Personal Finances: A Step-By-Step Guide To Manage Financial Records

    When you think, "I need to organize my finances", you're probably just referring to updating your budget and arranging your bills. However, you can take this a step further by organizing your financial, insurance and tax records, as well as other documents related to your financial security, such as wills...

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  • White Papers // Jan 2010

    Are You Planning To Relocate For Work?: Find Your Next Job In A New City Or State

    With the recent shifts in the economy, many people are widening their job search and planning a move to a new city or state. Before you relocate for work, here are some budget-conscious ways to make a smooth move. Before relocating for work, make sure to consider your family's needs....

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  • White Papers // Jan 2010

    The Benefits Of A Savings Account: A Safe And Reliable Way To Grow Your Money

    One of the most useful benefits of a savings account is that your money is out of your checking account, where you may risk spending it on non-essentials, but still easily accessible in case you need it, such as for an emergency. Depending on your type of account and the...

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  • White Papers // Jan 2010

    What Is Savings Allocation: Reduce Your Financial Risks By Varying Your Investments

    Worried about the news of people losing hard-earned money in sinking investments? One smart way to reduce your financial risk is to diversify your savings. There are plenty of ways to build your money, each with their own benefits and risk levels, so using several at one time can be...

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  • White Papers // Jan 2010

    Treating Savings As An Expense: How To Build Your Savings With Automated Deposits

    Many of us are putting more money in the bank to protect our families in case of a job loss or other financial emergency. The personal savings rate reached more than 4 percent in the early part of 2009. Now's the time to build your savings. Automated savings deposits can...

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  • White Papers // Jan 2010

    Managing Your Income During Retirement: Retirement Finance Tips To Make Your Savings Last

    No matter how much you love your job, retirement holds the wonderful promise of freedom from your current work schedule. You can fill those former workdays with everything from a hobby to charity work or even starting your own small business. Besides rethinking your time, you should take a new...

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  • White Papers // May 2010

    Motivating Employees, Part I

    Enthusiastic, well-motivated employees are the backbone of your small business's success. Fostering an environment in which employees feel both rewarded for their performance and part of a team can greatly increase your company's productivity and competitiveness in the marketplace. Your customers will certainly notice the difference between happy, well-motivated employees...

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  • White Papers // Dec 2009

    Maximizing Chapter 11 Success: Five Critical Areas For Chief Restructuring Officers

    A staggering 85% of Chapter 11 Bankruptcy cases never make it to a confirmed plan of reorganization. In fact, lack of cash causes many companies to liquidate within a few weeks after filing. Many business leaders go into bankruptcy with unrealistic expectations. Through conversations with peers and selective listening with...

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  • White Papers // May 2009

    How To Attract New Customers

    A faltering economy may not seem like the ideal environment for attracting new customers. But, even when consumer confidence is low, there is plenty a small business owner can do to instill faith in his existing customers and court the attention of those looking for a business to believe in....

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  • White Papers // Jan 2010

    How To Organize Your Personal Finances: A Step-By-Step Guide To Manage Financial Records

    When you think, "I need to organize my finances", you're probably just referring to updating your budget and arranging your bills. However, you can take this a step further by organizing your financial, insurance and tax records, as well as other documents related to your financial security, such as wills...

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  • White Papers // Apr 2010

    How To Identify Hidden Deal Risks Within The Information Technology Landscape

    When contemplating a mid-market asset acquisition, buyers should take sufficient time to assess the hidden deal risks within the information technology (IT) landscape. Mid-market companies, particularly those at the lower end of the middle market, may not have the vision, technology architecture, or appropriate staffing and skill mix to support...

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  • White Papers // Aug 2009

    Reassessing Your Business Plan

    Business planning experts always stress that a business plan is a living document-one that you should regularly reassess and change as your business grows. Well, now is the time to take that business plan out of the drawer. In today's economy, reassessing your business plan isn't just wise advice-it's an...

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  • White Papers // May 2010

    Time To Leave The Nest?

    Using one's house as the launching pad for a small business has long been a favorite money-saving tactic among part-time business owners and entrepreneurs looking to survive the often-difficult early stages of a start-up company's life cycle. But recently, a larger demographic shift has begun to occur within the ranks...

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  • White Papers // Mar 2010

    Start-Up Series: Business Coaches And Mentors

    Entrepreneurs, by their nature, prefer going it alone. Listening to others tell them what can or can't be done just isn't part of their DNA-that's why they hung out their own shingle in the first place. Still, even the most self-assured and independent-minded small business owner can look for a...

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  • White Papers // Apr 2010

    Franchising Series: How Much Will That Franchise Cost?

    If you plan to open a popular franchise retail store, restaurant or coffee shop, you are looking at considerable initial costs in addition to whatever franchise fee the franchisor charges. The franchise fee is the upfront investment in the franchise. Fees vary from as little as $2,500 to more than...

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  • White Papers // Dec 2009

    Seasonal Spirit On A Shoestring

    For many small businesses, the only thing to cheer about in the arrival of the 2009 holiday season may be the fact that it represents the end to a very difficult year. In keeping with that not-so-festive spirit, many entrepreneurs might think that an office holiday party or sending seasonal...

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  • White Papers // Jan 2010

    Are You Planning To Relocate For Work?: Find Your Next Job In A New City Or State

    With the recent shifts in the economy, many people are widening their job search and planning a move to a new city or state. Before you relocate for work, here are some budget-conscious ways to make a smooth move. Before relocating for work, make sure to consider your family's needs....

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  • White Papers // Feb 2009

    Eight Tips For Better Cash Management

    During uncertain times, good cash management can lead to transformation of the bottom line and capital unlocks and secures the future of a company. While focusing on cash, eight factors are to be considered. Hidden process inefficiencies across the business are uncovered by good cash management. The quality of information...

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  • White Papers // Jan 2010

    Finding A Tax Professional

    Despite the seeming ubiquity of tax-prep software like TurboTax, using a paid professional remains the most popular form of tax preparation-roughly six in ten Americans are expected to use a local accounting firm or a nationwide franchise like H&R Block to prepare their individual tax returns this year. That number...

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  • White Papers // Jan 2010

    DIY Or CPA?: Which Tax Prep Method Makes Sense For Your Small Business?

    This is a point of lively debate within the tax community. In the 2005 Form 1040 filing instructions, the IRS included a controversial table that compared time and cost estimates across the three filing categories (self-prepared without help, self-prepared with tax software, and prepared by tax professional). According to the...

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  • White Papers // Jun 2010

    Why CFO And COO Roles Are Becoming More Cross-Functional

    After the most recent economic downpour, the new operational river running through the executive suite is dissolving the walls between the chief financial officer and chief operating officer offices. Today's successful CFOs must have a strong operational focus. Today's successful COOs must have a strong competency with numbers. And more...

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  • White Papers // Dec 2009

    Last-Minute Holiday Marketing Strategies

    With the holidays fast approaching, some small business owners may find that they never got around to implementing those grand marketing plans they had conceived to boost sales at the end of the year. But never fear, it's still not too late to reconnect with your customers and drum up...

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  • White Papers // May 2010

    Interns: Are They Right For Your Business And Vice Versa

    The internship has become a rite of passage for America's young workers, and with good reason. Internships are chances for students and recent graduates to put their potential to practice and discover what kind of work fulfills them, or, just as importantly, what kind doesn't. But hiring an intern can...

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  • White Papers // May 2010

    Motivating Employees, Part III

    One of the most important tasks facing every small business owner is keeping his or her employees well motivated. Happy, well-motivated employees work harder and longer. But the benefits to your business go far beyond simple increased productivity. Indeed, for very small businesses, happy employees are absolutely crucial to success....

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  • White Papers // Dec 2009

    Five Stages Of A Turnaround

    Rising competition, cyclical financial markets and economic volatility have created a climate where no business can take economic stability for granted. As once-stable companies struggle to maintain profitability, it is important to understand what it takes to complete a successful corporate turnaround. The following tips: "Replacing top management, analyzing the...

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  • White Papers // Jan 2009

    Partner-Up

    One can never have too many people in his corner. That goes double for a small business owner. Without the resources for a massive advertising campaign, an entrepreneur needs to rely on a little help from his friends to spread the word. Seeking out a fellow entrepreneur- or several-to help...

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  • White Papers // Jan 2010

    Managing Your Payroll

    For many start-ups and even some established small businesses, just being able to pay the bills and generate a little extra profit is a big enough challenge. As a result, seemingly innocuous questions like when and how often to pay out that money in salary-to owners, partners, and employees-often doesn't...

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  • White Papers // Oct 2009

    Paper Or Plastic

    The statistics staring at budding entrepreneurs are ugly-nearly two out of three new businesses won't survive past six years. A lack of a rigorous business plan, insufficient marketing, and poor product quality can, among numerous other problems, contribute to this sobering reality, but foremost among the reasons for early failure...

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  • White Papers // Dec 2009

    Vaccinate Your Small Business

    As the H1N1 flu outbreak looks to spread throughout the upcoming winter, many small businesses could find the disease a serious threat to their profitability and, perhaps, long-term survivability. Consequently, it's a good idea for entrepreneurs to take some immediate steps-and if you have already, consider some additional measures-to mitigate...

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  • White Papers // Feb 2009

    How Do You Get Your Money's Worth For PR?

    Business owners large and small are looking for ways to cut expenses. So the question arises: Do I need PR? Here are a few reasons why one should say yes and feel good about the expense. PR is a cost effective alternative to advertising. Even though web ads can cost...

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  • White Papers // Dec 2008

    Tips For CFOs Managing In Today's Economic Environment

    Finance executives are being called on to focus on a few areas. They are weighing in more on the financial impact of operational improvement programs. They are taking a leadership position in working with HR, IT, and procurement to really examine back-office costs and to consider other models such as...

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  • White Papers // Apr 2010

    Hard To Say Goodbye

    It may seem unthinkable-intentionally retiring off one of your small business's products or services. But just as all businesses both small and large grow, mature, and change, so too do the brands that they sell. And as one-time successful products or brands start to lose their consumer cachet and gaudy...

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  • White Papers // Jun 2009

    Off Season Training

    Running a seasonal business may seem like an entrepreneur's dream: Work hard for part of the year and earn enough for the whole of it. But running a seasonal business, just like any other kind, is a yearlong endeavor-one that requires meticulous time management and an extra degree of financial...

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  • White Papers // Mar 2010

    Tax Tips For The Self-Employed

    Being self-employed is a dream for many people. Who doesn't want to be his or her own boss? Of course, the downside of being the boss is the all responsibilities that come with the job. Unfortunately, calculating and paying taxes are part of those responsibilities. According to the Internal Revenue...

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  • White Papers // Feb 2010

    Looking Back, Leaning Forward

    For many business owners-large or small-there may not be much interest in looking back at the year that was 2009. Sure, the personal retirement savings may have rebounded, but the stock market's resurgence still hasn't been accompanied by a corresponding upturn on Main Street. As one begin sprinting through the...

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  • White Papers // Jan 2010

    Tax Preparation Software Roundup

    For those small business owners who choose to do their own taxes this year, there are more software choices than ever to help them file. Indeed, tax prep software companies, like banks and credit card companies before them, are now increasingly targeting small businesses. And recognizing that many small business...

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  • White Papers // Jan 2009

    The Senior Debt Crisis

    Credit-card debt used to be considered rare among the elderly, many of whom have spent most of their lives not owning a credit card, let alone carrying a balance that's beyond their means. But it is rare no longer. "Credit-card debt is becoming common among older Americans in the same...

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  • White Papers // Jan 2009

    Debt And Your Taxes

    Back in "The good old days," taxpayers were allowed to deduct all their interest charges, even credit-card bills for vacations, Armani suits and movie tickets. Then, Congress caught on. Now the Tax Code permits deductions only for certain varieties of interest. This makes debt management more important than ever, because...

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  • White Papers // Jan 2009

    Ready To Consolidate That Debt?

    If you're a homeowner saddled with debt (and we're talking about high-interest debt like the kind you pile up on credit cards), then a Home-Equity Line Of Credit, or HELOC, might be a good escape hatch. After all, the average credit card now carries an Annual Percentage Rate (APR) of...

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  • White Papers // Jan 2009

    Closing Down The Estate

    When a loved one dies, somebody must step up to the plate to handle all the resulting tax issues. This person may be identified in the decedent's will as executor of the estate. If there isn't a will, however, the probate court will appoint someone to be the administrator. In...

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  • White Papers // Jan 2009

    Passing Your Home To Heirs

    Before the days of estate taxes, children simply moved into the family home and took over the master bedroom after their parents died. Unfortunately, it's not that easy anymore. There are nearly half a dozen ways to give a home to your child. And a couple are tax-free. But in...

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  • White Papers // Jan 2009

    Why It's Important To Write A Will Now

    Writing a will, of course, is also your chance to clarify who gets what in your estate. Before you can do that, however, you have to tally up your assets. That includes your house, your investment portfolio, the value of your retirement plan and the payout of your insurance plan....

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  • White Papers // Jan 2009

    Splitting Retirement Accounts

    Used to be the house was the biggest asset to split in a divorce. These days, it's the retirement account. Whether it's a pension or profit-sharing arrangement, 401(k), stock bonus plan or Keogh, it will probably be split up as part of your divorce property settlement. Same thing for IRAs....

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  • White Papers // Jan 2009

    Pre-Medicare Health Insurance Options

    Hoping to retire early? You might want to reconsider. According to insurance experts, the most expensive period of a person's life to buy individual health coverage is between the ages of 55 and 64. Too young to qualify for Medicare, they're also old enough to be considered highly risky by...

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  • White Papers // Jan 2009

    Understanding The IRA Withdrawal Rules

    Tapping your IRA, of course, means you'll also get stuck with the resulting income-tax bills. If you fail to take at least the minimum withdrawal amount each year, you'll owe a 50% penalty on the shortfall. Of course, you can always take out more than the minimum and pay the...

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  • White Papers // Jan 2009

    Nine Frequently Asked Questions About IRAs

    The tax bill on a Roth IRA rollover is actually larger than it seems at first because you pay the bill with money that would otherwise be invested. So to fairly evaluate the benefit of a rollover, you should compare the after-tax value of your traditional IRA at retirement to...

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