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Cybersecurity for small businesses

In recent years, several highly publicized, large-scale hacks have exposed millions of Americans to potential identity theft, resulting in big changes to how many companies do business. Although these data breaches involved Fortune 500 companies with household names, cybersecurity risks aren't limited to business giants. Small businesses can also become targets of devastating hacks. In fact, they may be even more vulnerable, since they typically have fewer safeguards and less sophisticated protections in place.

What to do when you and your business partner want to part ways

Business arrangements don't last forever. Even if your enterprise has been successful, you and your business partner may decide to part ways for any number of reasons: a career change, retirement, relocation. Maybe the partnership has run its course and it's time for both of you to move on. Maybe you've come to an impasse about your goals and vision for the business. Or maybe one person wants to branch out on their own and pursue new opportunities.

Business and commercial law made easier by FAST Act

When someone in Georgia starts a business, there is the potential that the economy will grow and jobs will be created. However, starting a new company often includes a long, complicated licensing process that delays business openings and may costs business owners money. However, some are trying to ease the burdens of corporate and commercial law by making the business regulation process a little faster.

Why are employee handbooks important?

As a business owner in Georgia, having a good, clear employee handbook is an absolute necessity. But what exactly are their benefits, and why are they so important? We at Kaufman & Forman, P.C., will highlight their function in the workplace and what makes them integral to a company’s success.

Are you working a business or a hobby?

Georgian taxpayers like you have to follow a strict set of rules and guidelines in order to determine what sort of taxes you should be paying. If you are starting up a business, this can make your yearly taxes even more complex. For example, activities that you might consider hobbies may actually be businesses.

Keeping your employees happy with benefits

Business owners in Georgia should be looking out for number one – that is, the employees. It’s common knowledge that a better work environment will attract better and longer-lasting workers, but exactly how can a manager ensure that their employees are happy during their stay with a company?

Is your business in compliance with the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act?

Although the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act was enacted by Congress over 35 years ago, many businesses continue to grapple with developing effective measures to comply with its guidelines. The FCPA regulates two areas: accounting and anti-bribery. While the legislation isn't new, 44.6 percent of the executives surveyed by the Deloitte Forensic Center revealed they were not confident in their company's anti-bribery programs. Those polled professed shortcomings in one of two areas: their businesses weren't improving in their attempts to detect and prevent corruption or the executives had no knowledge of the establishment of anticorruption measures.

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