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Focusing on an Engaged Workforce Starts with You, Our Employees

By Chuck Mullen, CPA, CMA, MTax, CGMA – Chairman The only constant is change. The mark of a progressive culture is a company whereby its leaders are flexible and embracive of fresh ideas and advancements. Remember when companies would require suits, every day, regardless of an employee’s job or meetings scheduled that day? In 2017, …

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Protect Your Employee Benefit Plans from a Cyber-Attack

By  Susan P. Burnoski, CPA, MAcc and Krista Steedly, MAcc Cybersecurity is more than a buzzword; it impacts both professional and personal online use. Most people recognize the basic risks of cybersecurity; for example, ensuring an online payment site begins with “https”. However, when you think of “cybersecurity”, do you think of your employee benefit plans? Plan sponsors …

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Women Business Owners: Take Advantage of Unique Certifications

By AGP’s Women Business Owner Initiative  One of the shared values of Apple Growth Partners is “Commitment to Excellence”. We strive to improve ourselves by playing to our strengths continually. Apple Growth Partners is proud to work with women business owners in Northeast Ohio and beyond, supported by a well-qualified team of nearly 30 female …

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Charitable Deduction Appraisals Now Finalized by IRS

By Jason Bogniard, MBA, ASA, CVA, EA After ten years of contemplation, The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued final regulations related to the substantiation and reporting rules for cash and noncash gifts. The final rules are effective as of July 30, 2018, but in the case of noncash donations, the regulations apply to charitable contributions …

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Small Business Loans Now Easier for ESOPs

By Eric Flickinger, CPA/ABV Signed into law by President Trump on August 13, 2018, the John S. McCain National Defense Authorization Act includes a section supporting the formation of employee stock ownership plans (ESOP) and cooperatives. The actual section buried in the defense bill can be found here (click here to access the full law). …

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Apple Growth Partners Named Top Workplace 11th Consecutive Year

Akron, Ohio — (August 21, 2018) – Apple Growth Partners (AGP) is proud to be recognized by the ERC as one of Northeast Ohio’s 99 best places to work in 2018 for the 11th consecutive year. NorthCoast 99 is in its 20th year of recognizing great places to work for top performing people that drive …

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The Clock is Ticking on Revenue Recognition – 3 Things to Do Now

By Sheila M. Beck, CPA, MBA; Mark Batey, CPA; Brandon Fredericks, CPA In 2014, the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) rolled out one of the most sweeping and impactful accounting pronouncements in decades with the new revenue recognition standard (i.e., ASC 606).  The effective date for most (calendar year) privately-held companies is rapidly approaching – …

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