The State of Business with the Ohio Society of CPAs

The State of Business with the Ohio Society of CPAs

The State of Business with the Ohio Society of CPAs

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August 11, 2022 22 min

In this week’s episode we spoke with Eileen Smith, founder of SpokeSmith, about the value of public speaking. We discussed how it’s an essential skill for CPAs, how to overcome a fear of public speaking, the best ways to prepare and more.

 

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In this episode we're speaking with John Jones, president & CEO of Hope Toledo. Hope Toledo is a 501(c) 3 organization that helps children obtain high-quality early childhood education through Pre-K and post-secondary training in college or trade schools.

In 2020 Society President & CEO Scott Wiley, CAE, announced a three-part commitment to end racism and help create a business environment that offers equal opportunity ...

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June 30, 2022 15 min

As the business environment rapidly evolves, so does the accounting profession. In this episode, we’re highlighting some of the areas that are growing in popularity and will become topics accountants need to contend with in the near future. We spoke to three experts and you can hear their episode in full here: 

"What accountants should know about ESG"

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In this episode we're speaking with Reginald Lee, PhD, a business analytics professor at Xavier University and a co-founder of Business Dynamics & Research Ltd. We talked about the trap many businesses fall into when they are looking at cash savings and efficiency, the sales pitch that promises “you’ll save 50 millon dollars if you do this!” Reginald explained how that’s not always the case, and how it’s so crucial for CPAs...

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In this episode we're speaking with Mary Adams, founder of Smarter Companies, a consultancy that focuses on how to use a holistic view to increase performance and value. We discuss environmental, social and governance factors, commonly referred to as ESG, and how they impact businesses, accounting professionals and the role ESG will play in the future. If you’re not familiar with ESG now, Mary can shed some light on why it’s ti...

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In this episode we're speaking with Brandon Smith, Public Affairs Specialist at the Social Security Administration in Cleveland. and Robert Fenn, the Public Affairs Specialist at the Social Security Administration in Akron, about the Social Security office now accepting in-person appointments and what that means for visitors, understanding what’s available on the Social Security website, widow and widower increases and more.

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In this episode we spoke with David Staley, associate professor in the Department of History at The Ohio State University and president of Columbus Futurists, about how the pandemic continues to impact the future of work. We discussed Zoom towns, how companies can prepare for unexpected change and much more. 

Hear more from David at our Advance series! Register here: https://ohiocpa.com/cpe/complimentary-learning

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In this episode we spoke with Sumit Mahajan | Global Chief Sales Officer at DataMatics Business Solutions, Inc., who has worked closely with CPAs who hold the responsibility of advising their businesses and clients during this tricky time. We talked about when it’s time to update your business model, the benefits of global work, outsourcing because of the talent crunch and much more.

 

To hear more about Datamatics, Sumit can be re...

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"The payoff of working smarter, not harder" 

For many busy professionals, work-life integration is a constant struggle, but according to the book, The Freedom Formula, How to Succeed in Business Without Sacrificing Your Family, health, or Life it doesn’t have to be. The book was written by David Finkel, the CEO of Maui Mastermind, a business consulting group, and covers how professionals can make the best use of their time ...

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February 16, 2022 27 min

"Cybersecurity practices to follow in 2022"

In this episode we're speaking with Damon Hacker, President & CEO and a founder of Vestige Digital Investigations, a digital forensics company. We spoke with Damon about cybersecurity best practices in 2022, covering password protection, two-factor authentication, how cybersecurity should not be considered a project to complete and much more.

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February 2, 2022 26 min

"How one man went from priest to CPA"

In this episode, we spoke with Bob Wardega, who joined the accounting profession after he spent almost 15 years as a Catholic priest. We asked Bob about his transition from priest to a CPA, what he’s learned about people in the process, the similarities of the two roles, what the accounting profession has meant to his life and much more. 

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"How to stay focused while working through the latest Covid surge"

The latest variant in the COVID pandemic, Omicron, now accountants for about 99% of cases according to the CDC, and businesses everywhere are feeling the strain as more employees are out of work due to exposure or testing positive. In this episode we spoke with Scott Wiley, CAE, president and CEO of The Ohio Society of CPAs on on what this latest variant mea...

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January 12, 2022 17 min

"How to avoid burnout during busy season "

In this week’s episode we spoke with A’Shira Nelson, CPA, tax manager at Apple Growth Partners in Cleveland and member of the OSCPA Executive Board, about how to accountants can take care of themselves this upcoming tax season. We discussed dealing with unknowns during tax season, how to plan ahead to stay energized, conversations to have with your team and much more. 

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"What to consider while looking for a new job"

Reports are everywhere of many professionals leaving their employers for other opportunities. We spoke with Steve Black, practice leader of Human Resource Services at Brixey & Meyer, about what candidates should consider as they prepare to look for other employment. We discussed how to really learn about an organizations culture, red flags to look for in an employer, unders...

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December 22, 2021 23 min

"How CPAs can succeed in 2022"

In this week’s episode we spoke with Rita Keller, CPA firm management consultant. Keller has been a respected voice in CPA firm management for more than 30 years. Her daily blog, Solutions for CPA Firm Leaders, touches on everything from the talent shortage to increasing firm fees.

We discussed how professionals can succeed in 2022, how firm leaders can create a cohesive cultural amid remote w...

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"How to ethically influence others to achieve success"

We spoke with Brian Ahearn, a speaker, author, coach and consultant. He specializes in applying the science of influence in everyday situations and is a Cialdini Method Certified Trainer® trained in how to ethically influence others. Brian has a third book out called, “The Influencer,” about how to become a better salesperson, coach, and leader. 

We discussed how to app...

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In this week’s episode we spoke with Joe DePeder, CPA, the owner of Audit Ready, a company that provides audit readiness services to businesses. Joe was in public accounting for six years before venturing out on his own, and we talked about what it’s like to start your own business as a young professional, what made him want to take the leap to entrepreneurship and advice he has for others who are interested in doing something simi...

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"How to keep up with rapidly changing tax policy"

In this week’s episode we spoke with Tony Nitti, a Partner in RubinBrown’s Tax Services Group and Partner-in-Charge of National Tax. Tony is a contributor of tax content to Forbes and a frequent speaker and trainer. We discussed the tax policy outlook, a topic Tony will present at our upcoming Mega Tax conference on December 15.

Our conversation took place on November 18, an...

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"Achieving business goals in a tight labor market"

The Department of Labor said last week that 4.4 million people left their jobs in September, up from 4.3 million in August. Businesses are struggling to find qualified candidates to fill open roles and at the moment, this labor shortage doesn’t appear to be changing anytime soon. This is an issue Jim Boland, partner-in-charge at Cohen & Company wrote about in a recent b...

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November 10, 2021 25 min

"Answers to Social Security FAQs"

In this episode we spoke with Brandon Smith, Public Affairs Specialist at the Social Security Administration in Cleveland, and his colleague, Robert Fenn, the Public Affairs Specialist at the SSA in Akron, about what the recent cost of living update means for those with benefits. We also discussed questions they are commonly asked about social security, how CPAs can best prepare their clien...

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