Smart Stops on the Web


An Online Mall—With Ample Parking

This site offers users consultant contact information and, in some cases, links to their Web sites. Areas of expertise that can be searched include business, human resources, management and financial services, marketing, sales and technical services. This virtual mall also contains a bulletin board for posting requests for consulting services and job opportunities.

Consult the California Professionals

The Association of Professional Consultants has contact information on its member consultants and links to their home pages. The members, who are all based in Orange County, California, provide consulting and public speaking services in specialized fields.

Resources for Consultants

Management consultants can find the resources here to better serve their clients. The latest issue of Consulting Magazine is posted, as well as articles from earlier months. The site also has newsletters, recommended reading and links to other consulting resources.

References Available Upon Request

Personal referrals traditionally have been the way to find qualified personnel as well as consultants. Free registration allows users to access the site’s database of past referrals and post their own. Users can also list job opportunities and review applicant information, using the site’s tracking mechanism and rating system.

Consultants Tackle E-Commerce

A section on the Andersen Consulting site discusses various aspects of e-commerce, including a detailed explanation of what it is—in a frequently asked questions (FAQ) section—and strategies for meeting the trend head-on. A recent opinion column, “Surviving Success,” had advice for growing dot-com companies.


An Education in E-Commerce

The online magazine E-Commerce Times keeps readers well informed about the latest developments in this area, both in the United States and abroad. The e-zine features special reports, an online stock index, letters to the editor and even cartoons. Users can register for a free newsletter, and Web masters and site developers can register for a free news feed.

Search Engines 101

A discussion of how to search the Web is included in this site aimed at giving would-be Web masters a tutorial in building, launching and promoting their own sites. Discussion topics include search engine optimization, site submission and Web marketing. Frequent users may want to bookmark this URL’s homepage for its links to four categories of search engines: general, world, topical and reference.

Find Jobs Fast [No www designation is required to access this site.]

This site allows users to find and browse through job listings for any of its industry categories including accounting, banking, credit and collection, finance, insurance and sales. It has the standard job site features—places to post resumes and to research prospective companies, as well as information on job fairs.

View Full Text of Recent Court Cases

This site bills itself as “the instant case law service for lawyers by lawyers.” The full text of recent court decisions (posted for 90 days after their release) can be searched, downloaded and printed—in Acrobat Reader format—for the U.S. Supreme Court, the Third Circuit Court of Appeals and the following state courts: Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Vermont and Virginia.

A Database of Public Records

Search Systems provides access on this Web site to over 2,000 databases of public records. Material that can be searched includes U.S., Canadian and international public records in categories such as charitable organizations, corporations and alumni records. Also available are records of licenses for public accountants, CPAs and those in various fields of the medical profession.

One Mouse-Click to a Better Vocabulary

This Web site has a glossary that defines over 5,000 investment terms and provides 15,000 links between those that are related. It also links to Investorwords’ other site, , which offers the latest investment news.

Freebies Online

Free and quick registration at this site gives members access to special low rates on vacation packages and discounts on all kinds of products and services. The site also offers a weekly newsletter, free samples and items such as phone cards, software packages, sunglasses and even wake-up calls.


Year-end tax planning and what’s new for 2016

Practitioners need to consider several tax planning opportunities to review with their clients before the end of the year. This report offers strategies for individuals and businesses, as well as recent federal tax law changes affecting this year’s tax returns.


News quiz: Retirement planning, tax practice, and fraud risk

Recent reports focused on a survey that gauges the worries about retirement among CPA financial planners’ clients, a suit that affects tax practitioners, and a guide that offers advice on fraud risk. See how much you know with this short quiz.


Bolster your data defenses

As you weather the dog days of summer, it’s a good time to make sure your cybersecurity structure can stand up to the heat of external and internal threats. Here are six steps to help shore up your systems.