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Reducing taxable income: How and when can I do it?

As the end of the year approaches, you likely are more mindful of how your business spending will affect your business's taxable income for the year. And in the case of some spending, how it will affect future years' taxable income. To understand what effect spending will have on the taxes you'll pay, it's important to recognize the differences between deductible expenses and capital expenditures. Read More >

Lending a hand - How to get the most out of your corporate giving

Nearly every company with the means to do so engages in some form of volunteerism, charitable giving or other form of philanthropy. Employees seek out community-oriented companies on the job market and customers expect local businesses to give back. Read More >

7 best practices to take charge of your budget process

Many business managers and owners view budgeting as a necessary evil. It may not be everyone's favorite activity, but it's important, because an effective budget can help you optimize use of your resources. With a comprehensive view of financial and non-financial data, you can accurately understand the true cost of your products and services. Read More >

6 steps to control risks in the cloud

The benefits of doing business on the cloud are compelling — enough that Dell Inc. can justify spending $67 billion to acquire cloud behemoth EMC Corporation in the largest acquisition ever between technology firms. Cloud computing allows you to access software applications and store data on a computer network, replacing the hardware and software many businesses maintain onsite with a virtual system that can be accessed from any network device (desktop, laptop, smartphone, etc.). Read More >

9 tips to create a healthier workplace

An increasing number of employers are offering wellness programs for their employees. A Kaiser Family Foundation and Health Research & Educational Trust survey found 81 percent of large employers (200+ workers) and 49 percent of small employers offer programs to help employees stop smoking, lose weight or make other lifestyle changes. Even if you don't have the budget for a formal wellness program, there are steps you can take to nudge workers toward a healthier lifestyle. These nine ideas can help. Read More >

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