Smart Stops on the Web



This mentor-matching site connects small business owners and entrepreneurs with experienced business owners and professionals. The program, an initiative of international economic development agency Mercy Corps, matches protégés with mentors based on their experience and expertise. Mentors must have three to five years of business ownership or management experience. Accounting and financial management professionals are in demand—the program will even arrange for departments or teams to mentor together. The mentoring relationship, expected to last three months, generally takes place over the phone or via e-mail.

Find innovative career development, retention, staffing and work/life balance ideas from Mark Bailey, CPA/ABV, a Reno, Nev.-based accountant with more than 20 years experience as a CPA firm leader—he founded Mark Bailey & Co., which specializes in business valuation, tax, auditing and management consulting, in 1984. His blog’s tips and articles pull heavily from his experience as a leader—the firm won Practical Accountant’s 2007 Practice Innovation Award. In addition to articles from Bailey and his staff of CPAs, the blog also has an “Intern’s Corner” feature, which includes articles like “Choosing the Right Firm” and “The Big Four Push.”

This Smart Stop from two Generation Y workers gives managers and HR professionals a firsthand look at the lives of millennial employees—what are their wants and needs in the work force? How do they define work/life balance? How do you successfully recruit them? There are guest columnists and daily articles, such as “Multitasking vs. Time Management” and “10 Ways Generation Y Will Change the Workplace.” As part of Brazen Careerist Inc., an online community and career center for Generation Y (see “ Smart Stops on the Web ,” JofA , July 07, page 26), the site also profiles “Millennial-Friendly” companies and has an RSS feed and links to other Gen Y bloggers.


The Harvard Law School Corporate Governance Blog, sponsored by the school’s Program on Corporate Governance, helps facilitate research and public discourse about the topic. It provides updates on working papers, seminars, speakers and the program’s other activities and serves as a forum for those associated with the program—faculty, fellows and members of the program’s advisory board—as well as by guest contributors. You can peruse posts covering such subjects as boards of directors, corporate elections and voting, executive compensation and legal developments. You can also browse the archives, which go back to December 2006 and are categorized by topic.

Join author Thomas I. Selling, CPA, Ph.D., as he “peel[s] away layers of jargon and complexity to expose what lies at the core of an accounting rule.” Selling, a former accounting professor, now produces and leads management accounting programs and consults on SEC reporting, U.S. GAAP and IFRS. The blog features posts on Selling’s various topics of expertise, including the SEC, compensation and pensions, financial analysis and intercorporate investments. Also check out articles such as “Accounting Convergence: Decoding the SEC’s Message” and “Contingent Liabilities: A Troubling Signpost on the Winding Road to a Single Global Accounting Standard.”

Audit Trail is the official blog of Approva, a provider of control-intelligence software. Its content, focused mostly on continuous controls monitoring and auditing, is written by a team of officers and marketers—with occasional material from guest-experts. You can read articles, such as “Governance and the Big Guys,” or watch the latest mediacasts, including “What Is Cross Platform vs. Cross Application?” The posts feature daily news, Q&A interviews, videocasts, podcasts, industry news and more. A blog roll list provides numerous links to SOX, governance and risk management Web sites. You can even subscribe to the RSS feed so you don’t miss a post. 


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.