Small Business

  The U.S. Small Business Administration is offering free online training courses and other resources to assist small businesses in more effectively managing their firms in the current slow economy.

Courses are available at The courses cover issues such as revising business plans to reposition with current conditions, winning customers in a slowing economy, restructuring existing debt, and diversifying a customer base with federal contracts. The most recently added course, “Downshifting in a Slowing Economy: A Business Planning Guide,” is designed to help business owners reorganize and streamline their business strategies.

The SBA also has free economic recovery resources available at The Economic Recovery page includes resources on training, loan programs and mentoring.


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.