We Did Everything Right and Still Lost Our Business: Five Failing Businesses in 2011

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It has been another tough year for small businesses. According to the National Federation of Independent Businessesm one in four believes the biggest problem is weak sales. Issues of timing, cash, and a lack of realistic estimates also add to the challenges they face. Questions: 1. After reading the article, what advice would you offer… Read more »

Ever Thought About Operating A Franchise?

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Tired of not getting paid what you’re worth (or not paid at all) and want to start your own, already-proven business? That’s what is intriguing about franchising. Pick a brand, pay your money, take your chances, and then you’re an entrepreneur. Running day-to-day operations and turning a profit is another matter, of course. However, success… Read more »

Losing Millions

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Bankrupt professional athletes are a sad fixture on the sports scene, and they may or may not mess up more often than the average person who earns a lot of money really fast.  However, their troubles seem outsize because of their fame and the pathetic schemes they fall for. The stakes are particularly high for… Read more »

Brother, can you spare $5

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Beginning Tuesday, Starbucks coffee drinkers can get their morning caffeine fix and help create jobs in small businesses across the country. According to CEO Howard Schultz of Starbucks, the company will accept donations for a program that helps raise money and spurs job creation by small businesses, at its almost 6,800 locations across the nation,… Read more »

Eneslow Shoes: Change is Good!

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Eneslow – The Foot Comfort Center was founded in 1909 and is a family owned business providing high quality, stylish and comfortable shoes, as well as therapeutic accessories, on-site shoe makeovers and repairs and custom-made footwear. When New York State dropped Medicaid support for orthopedic shoes, Robert Schwartz saw his business drop by nearly 50%…. Read more »

The Delmonte Deal in the News

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Del Monte and Barclays Capital said on Oct. 6 they had agreed to pay $89.4 million to Del Monte shareholders to settle a lawsuit that alleged conflicts of interest in last year’s $5.3 billion buyout of the company by Kohlberg Kravis Roberts, Vestar Capital and Centerview Partners. The case centered on Barclays advising Del Monte… Read more »

Huge job cuts – Bank of America

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Bank of America, trying to break free from a pile of bad mortgages and a sagging stock price, announced plans to lay off 30,000 employees over the next few years. In a statement Monday, the bank said its goal is “not a given number of job reductions,” but to focus “all of its resources on… Read more »

Maybe he should have taken an accounting course?

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Former Director Tom Wheeler is on trial, charged with several counts of fraud, misconduct in office and conspiracy. Wheeler has pleaded not guilty to the charges.  His defense focuses on his lack of experience, being a bad student in college, and not taking an accounting or law class. Questions: 1.  Why was Mr. Wheeler charged… Read more »

Does Embezzlement Pay?

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Bradley Whitsell, chief accountant of SDN Communications in Sioux Falls, SD, pleaded guilty to mail fraud on Monday, August 22.  According to the U.S. Attorney’s office 46-year-old Whitsell used his various oversight positions to embezzle more than $392,000 over a 10 year period beginning in 2000. Whitsell could end up in prison for up to… Read more »

International Auditing Inspections

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PCAOB Chairman James R. Doty sees the audit profession as being at a turning point, not just in the U.S., but globally. One of Doty’s greatest priorities is gaining access to China to conduct inspections of PCAOB-registered firms. He said that meaningful progress was made at the May 9 U.S.-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue that… Read more »