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Divorced-spouse Social Security benefits: Who can claim them and how

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Thought Leadership on Accounting and Finance presented by CliftonLarsonAllen. Lady Nancy Astor is said to have told Sir Winston Churchill: “Winston, if you were my husband, I’d poison your tea.” His reply: “Nancy, if I were your husband, I’d drink it.” We’ve talked in past articles about spouses coordinating their Social Security benefits to optimize their household income. But not everyone ...

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The list, the offer, the creative: The 1-2-3s of direct marketing

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Thought Leadership on Integrated Marketing Communications presented by RMR Associates. By Robyn M. Sachs President, RMR & Associates, Inc. Direct marketing can be a huge asset to any organization. Whether online or printed, unlike advertising, it can be sent to a carefully selected audience. Unlike public relations, you have total control over the message and the delivery. Unfortunately, it can ...

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Why customers shouldn’t always come first

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Thought Leadership presented by McDonell Consulting & Development This is an important time of the year to make sure that your business, and most importantly your employees, are set up for success. When prioritizing where to start planning, allow me to recommend the Four S’s as a way to think about: Staff, Skills, Structure and Strategy. Staff: First, is your ...

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Barbarians at the gate? Cybersecurity concerns in a world of growing connectivity

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Thought Leadership on Real-Life Technology Stories presented by Phalanx Secure Solutions It’s no secret that today’s cybersecurity breaches are happening with unprecedented sophistication and boldness. Just recently, Russian hackers allegedly penetrated the Democratic National Committee’s network, stealing intel on arch nemesis and GOP poster boy Donald Trump. In more mundane cyber news, a parking garage in Annapolis, MD was hacked, exposing credit ...

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Selling your business? What to expect from a buyer

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Thought Leadership on Business Exit Planning presented by Forecast Strategic Advisors Assuming that all business owners (except for those forced to liquidate) will eventually sell or transfer their companies, we often focus on what it takes to be a well-prepared seller. Setting exit objectives, planning to minimize the income taxes on the ownership transfer, building business value and selecting a ...

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Upholding precision and efficacy in your bookkeeping

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Thought Leadership on Growth Strategies for Technology Companies presented by Wiss & Co. The frenzied task of maintaining your books can be tremendously overwhelming. If not managed properly, the process can be a nightmare for you and your business. With a defined, effectual method that fuses simple organizational techniques, you will be able stay on top of your financial situation ...

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Protect your business from ransomware and other threats

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Thought Leadership on Managed IT Services presented by SecurElement Infrastructure Solutions. SecurElement support has seen an influx of SMB organizations infected with email-based threats, including types of ransomware such as CryptoLocker, CryptoWall and Lockey. Additionally, users are reporting fraudulent emails consistent with wire-transfer scams. It is vital to understand how these types of applications gain access into an infrastructure and ...

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Security matters – Leverage Microsoft Office 365 and EMS

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Thought Leadership on Managed IT Services presented by SecurElement Infrastructure Solutions. Security is a business need that is part of almost every discussion with our SMB customers. The Wall Street Journal reported that “29% of SMBs were victims of a cyber-security attack in 2012, 72% were not able to fully restore their company’s computer data, and 30% of ransomware victims ...

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Why increasing employee engagement should be a strategic priority

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Thought Leadership on Recruiting and Retention presented by Vector Talent Resources. According to Gallup’s latest State of the American Workplace Report, only 33 percent of employees are engaged in their job. Slightly more than half of employees (51 percent) say they are actively looking for a new job or watching for openings, and 35 percent of workers report changing jobs within the ...

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How to eliminate robotic recruitment

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Thought Leadership on Recruiting and Retention presented by Vector Talent Resources. Rapid technology growth is causing significant waves in talent acquisition, with many recruitment professionals questioning how long it is until they’re replaced by robots. Rather than viewing technology as a replacement, we like to see it as a complement to many of the repetitive functions in the talent acquisition process. One ...

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