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What’s in a name? Turns out, a lot [MNCPA]
The BOA has spelled out rules regarding how a firm can be named in Minnesota Rules 1105.6300 and 6400. We’ll break it down for you right here.

Making the most of LinkedIn during busy season
Building a few minutes of LinkedIn time into your daily and weekly routines will help you gain momentum and connections all year.

Networking: How to make meaningful, in-person connections in 3 easy steps [MNCPA]
Networking is about making contact with people and exchanging information, ideally to the mutual benefit of everyone. Here are tips to successfully work any room.

Boost your virtual networking power
Keep the foundational principles of networking in place and apply it to the virtual space.

Gather client experience data through effective interviews
Ask enough people about their expectations, and you can identify some universal themes about why they choose you. However, surveys can only do so much.

6 ways to show clients appreciation
Showing appreciation for others is a rare but powerful opportunity to build a relationship — and a brand.

A look at last year’s peer review [MNCPA]
Firms that perform attestation engagements are required to undergo a peer review every three years.

Firm permit renewal is a very big deal [MNCPA]
Without a permit, a firm cannot operate or advertise as a CPA firm, nor perform compilations, audits or other attest services.

Why credit approval matters for your business accounts
Credit is a financial tool that is essential to ensuring your business runs efficiently and effectively as your business grows and develops.

Don’t be scared! Renew and report before Dec. 31 [MNCPA]
Make no bones about it, Dec. 31 is your deadline for renewing and reporting to the BOA. Miss it and you’re out of compliance.

What tax practitioners need to know about cybersecurity [MNCPA]
While leaders and security experts continue to evolve protective measures to lessen the threat of tax identity theft, tax preparers must take precautions to shield themselves and their clients.

Malpractice risks increase during difficult economic times
In light of the current economic challenges, CPAs will need to be prepared and vigilant to minimize the potential for additional liability exposures.

Get ahead of the ‘great resignation’ [MNCPA]
Get insight and news from MNCPA leadership about the organization and professional issues.

The new staff augmentation arrangements [MNCPA]
The PEEC has established a new ethics section to provide guidance on how services can be rendered and still maintain independence with regard to attest clients.

How can you take constructive action understanding Minnesota Nice, diversity, equity and inclusion? [MNCPA]
What steps can you take regarding niceness at work? This article provides you with insights to help you be further educated and action items to help you going forward.

Take care of yourself, each other [MNCPA]
Get insight and news from MNCPA leadership about the organization and professional issues.

How to leverage referrals in this virtual world
Thankfully, there are options that exist to bring in new business from behind your desk.

As organizations move back to work, what does ‘the new normal’ look like? [MNCPA]
The pandemic required employers to rethink office and work arrangements. Employers are also were faced with demographic, economic, cultural and technological changes.

Can we have the best of both worlds? [MNCPA]
Hybrid work may be a win-win for employees and employers.

What is ESG? [MNCPA]
One acronym has quickly risen to the top of many C-suite and board agendas in the past year: ESG, or environmental, social and governance.

The FAQs of an ESOP
An ESOP might be an appealing option for your business or for a client. Find out more.

We can never go back to before [MNCPA]
Now is the time to start thinking about a different normal in the workplace. The future of retaining — and recruiting — staff may depend on it.

Are the details killing your company?
What are you doing to ensure that every member of your team pays attention to the little details that send big messages about your organization?

Acknowledging the good in challenging times [MNCPA]
Get insight and news from MNCPA leadership about the organization and professional issues.

Flexibility and the workplace of the future: What does that mean? [MNCPA]
Here’s the bottom line as you prepare to lead the workplace of the future: Creating flexibility by design gives your organization a better chance of success than allowing flexibility with ambiguity.

Small, but mighty: Combating microaggressions [MNCPA]
Everyday verbal and nonverbal insults, known as microaggressions, are negatively effecting how we interact with each other.

Succession planning best practices
Succession planning today is more complex for professional services firms than it was 15 years ago.

Advancement of women in public accounting [MNCPA]
Women continue to be underrepresented in the leadership of public accounting firms and are not progressing to the top of the profession at the same rate as their male counterparts. 

Staff connectivity ideas in the age of COVID-19 [MNCPA]
As many CPAs will share, having time to connect with your peers and refresh is a pillar as important to the process as the W-2 and a direct line to an IRS advocate.

Maintaining and enhancing client engagement now and in the future [MNCPA]
Thankfully, there are several actions you can take (that don’t require you to log into Zoom) to maintain a high level of client service from afar.

What’s in a title? Look beyond status [MNCPA]
Get insight and news from MNCPA leadership about the organization and professional issues.

Home or office: Managing employee stress [MNCPA]
The new normal may be anything but normal, and the playbook remains to be written.

Location’s role in your organization [MNCPA]
Get insight and news from MNCPA leadership about the organization and professional issues.

Dealing with return-to-work stress
As more workers transition back to the office, what can organizations do to plan for a safe, comfortable transition?

25 firm growth opportunities for 2020 and beyond
With the COVID-19 pandemic changing everything we do and how we do it, I thought it would be appropriate to share with you 25 growth ideas that are always timely no matter what the situation.

2020: The year of embracing change [MNCPA]
Get insight and news from MNCPA leadership about the organization and professional issues.

The value of neurodiversity
Neurodiversity is a term that recognizes certain individuals' brains function differently and includes people on the autism spectrum, as well as those with dyslexia or ADHD, among other conditions.

The future of business etiquette and communications
Whether for health reasons or due to multiple physical offices and markets, leaders must use new messaging to breach the physical divide and keep their relationships close.

Getting back to the office during the COVID-19 pandemic
For most employees, the future is not circling a “return-to-work” situation, but rather a return-to-the office one. This produces a variety of emotional reactions, ranging from relief and eagerness to see your peers in the flesh, to concern about contracting COVID-19 and how restrictive the office setting may be.

Be the CEO of your career [MNCPA]
It’s imperative to take ownership of your career trajectory. This was true prior to the arrival of the COVID-19 pandemic, and it’s even more true now as we face continued uncertainty.

The importance of empowerment [MNCPA]
Get insight and news from MNCPA leadership about the organization and professional issues.

Nothing is status quo during the COVID-19 pandemic, including how you communicate
Do a communications gut check. Take five minutes to audit yourself and reflect on whether you’ve communicated with the audiences most important to you lately and, if so, how

CPAs are the peanut butter to taxpayers’ jelly [MNCPA]
We tried to capture the spirit of perfect pairings in the 10th annual Tax Campaign, which promotes the importance of CPAs and the profession to the public.

Going beyond the basics [MNCPA]
Your organization may have a good foundation for diversity, equity and inclusion, but what's next?

4 tactics for effective change management in the multigenerational workplace [MNCPA]
Managers are progressively tasked with mastering change management. Success depends on how well finance leaders support these changes within their teams.

Culture is key in today’s marketplace [MNCPA]
Get insight and news from MNCPA leadership about the organization and professional issues.

Adapting your firm in a time of a pandemic
Here are 10 actions your firm can take in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Be the CEO of your career
It’s imperative to take ownership of your career trajectory. Don’t leave it to chance. No one cares as much about your career advancement as you do. Think of your career as a business and guess who’s the CEO? It’s you!

5 easy ways to increase new business during busy season
Your clients are right in front of you during busy season and at various times throughout the year. You can build marketing and business development into those conversations for cross-servicing and referrals.

Generation who cares? [MNCPA]
Do generational differences really matter? Consider these thoughts to address the situation in your office.

Client centricity creates a path to profitability
Many firms think they know what their clients want, but scarcely do. In short, most client-centric service strategies produce neither the “wow” factor nor the profits.

Getting to know Prepare + Prosper [MNCPA]
Founded in 1971 by a group of justice-minded accountants, Prepare + Prosper is a nonprofit that works with people to build financial well-being and solve for financial inclusion.

She said/she said [MNCPA]
We sat down to chat with a mentor and mentee from Deloitte about how both people can benefit from the relationship and experience of mentoring.

3 ways new employee surveys can improve retention
Here are three ways that a new employee survey can support and even improve retention. Make sure to ask the right questions and analyze the results for action.

Important employment law update for employers
New Minnesota amendments create criminal penalties for the failure to pay wages on a timely basis

MNCPA Perspectives blog posts

Broadening the path to CPA licensure
Last month, MNCPA members received an email that the MNCPA board approved moving forward with drafting legislation to broaden the path to CPA licensure in Minnesota...

Blackout dates ahead of CPA exam changes
A completely overhauled CPA exam will hit testing centers in January 2024. Newsflash: That’s officially one year away! Mark these important dates on your 2023 calendars...

It’s a big week for accounting in Minnesota!
In an ongoing effort to grow the CPA pipeline, the MNCPA joined forces with more than 35 state CPA societies and the AICPA in a concentrated effort to raise awareness of the accounting profession within schools nationwide.

CPA Evolution is coming — are you ready?
For those interested in taking the CPA Exam, big changes are coming...

Promoting CPAs in a time of complexity, crisis
CPAs have been relied upon more than ever for their expert decision-making skills. As Donny Shimamoto put it, the pandemic turned CPAs into emergency workers helping families and business owners...

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