Smart Stops on the Web

Survival Tips
This page of the American Express Web site offers small business owners articles such as “Protect Your Business: Stop Fraud Before It Starts,” as well as quizzes on security risk including “Are You Vulnerable to Fraud and Theft?” Other resources provide guidance on running a small business with tips on creating effective financial controls and guarding intellectual property.

Resources for Entrepreneurs
For CPAs looking to start their own business or expand the services they currently offer, the Small Business Advancement National Center page of the University of Central Arkansas Web site features sections such as Counseling and Consulting, Research and Dissemination, Strategic Alliances, and Training and Education. The center also provides a free e-mail newsletter and links to information on effective Web marketing.

Advice from the Advisor
The Small Business Advisor’s Web site offers CPA firm owners a free electronic newsletter that gives Internet tips and tricks, and marketing, sales and software assistance. Visitors can read up on legal issues and starting or selling a business. The site also includes a section on tax advice and answers to frequently asked questions.

Government Links for Businesses
The U.S. Business Advisor’s goal is to “make the relationship between business and government more productive.” It helps do that by “providing one-stop access to federal government information, services and transactions” on its Web site. Links to government Web pages also offer input on business development, financial assistance, international trade, taxes and workplace issues.

Small Business Links
CPAs who wish to enhance their existing Web presence will want to surf this Web site—“the small business knowledge base.” A free subscription to its e-zine, BizTips , includes a download of the e-book 101 Tips and Strategies to Small Business Success. Users also can link to applications for free government grants and business plan templates.

Online Business Information
This section of Yahoo includes links to assist small business owners in finding online resources for creating a Web presence and managing and promoting their businesses. CPAs also can link to articles on business incorporation and financing, such as “How Attention to Safety Can Boost Your Profits” and “Is It Better to Lease or Buy Equipment?” This site also offers information on business, marketing and planning a Web strategy.

Online Investment Information
Personal financial planners and financial analysts looking for current investment data will want to check out this page of CBS’s Web site. Other sections worth noting include Market Diaries, MarketPulse and Market Summary, which give users current stock information, including how well, or badly, a particular stock performs. Become a member by registering for free: You will receive gratis e-newsletters and financial news alerts.

A Wealth of Economic Data
The U.S. Department of Commerce Bureau of Economic Analysis’ (BEA) Web site offers visitors data on the national economy including fixed asset, income and product account tables. Users also can find charts on the government’s current receipts and expenditures, as well as current and archived issues of the BEA’s monthly journal, Survey of Current Business.

Money Matters
With more than 100,000 data files on the economy, this Web site is worth a visit. Site topics include data on daily and monthly interest rates from the Federal Reserve Board, bank prime lending rates that combine current and historical data, as well as senior loan officer opinion-survey information.

EP Phone (From) Home
For entrepreneurial parents (EPs) working from home, this Web site aims to help “EPs make a living and a life.” The site features topical articles such as “Six Ways to Work-Family Balance” and “The Top Ten FAQs About Starting a Business.” It also includes links to administrative, entrepreneurial and home business Web sites.

For Father to Know Best
Geared toward all kinds of fathers—single, divorced, stay-at-home or traditional—this Web site offers information on leisure activities in the “Goofing Off” section with tips on how to start up a friendly poker game with other dads, for example. The legal area gives advice on child custody and divorce settlements, and the news section links to articles related to children, family and the home.


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.