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What to Do if Recruiters Don’t Have Time to Read Your Cover Letter

Here are four alternative ways to stand out.

By Rachel Bitte

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BUILDER 100 DEADLINE EXTENDED TO FEB. 15

he BUILDER 100/Next 100 is the housing industry's premier list of the largest U.S. home builders. Published by Hanley Wood since 1984, inclusion on the list is highly regarded throughout the industry.

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2017 Section 179 Deduction

In 2017, businesses can expense up to $510,000 of qualified new or used business equipment purchases, with a $2,030,000 annual purchase limit. In addition, new equipment purchased in 2017 may qualify for 50% bonus depreciation. This rate drops to 40% in 2018, so plan your purchasing accordingly.

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Manage Business Insurance Costs

Liability, property, vehicles, directors, officers, employees – you can buy an insurance policy for many of the risks your business faces.

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Get to Know Stephanie Weisenberger

Describe your role at Weber O’Brien: 

I am a member of the tax department.  I prepare and review individual and business returns.  I also assist with training and recruiting interns and new staff.

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It’s Builder 100 Time: Don’t Miss Out!

The BUILDER 100/Next 100 is the housing industry's premier list of the largest U.S. home builders. Published by Hanley Wood since 1984, inclusion on the list is highly regarded throughout the industry.

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NATIONAL OUTLOOK - January 2017

Data on the full year of construction will not be available until February but it’s apparent from what we know of the first 11 months that some trends have slowed or reversed in 2016 and among economists, there are the first signs of recession on the horizon for 2018.

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WHATS IT COST – January 2017

Five years of steady expansion for the construction industry have yielded a labor market and supply and demand for building products that are pushing inflation higher. That’s the conclusion that can be drawn by the recent months’ readings on producer prices and completed costs of construction.

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CONSUMERS AND BUILDERS ARE TRENDING TOWARDS OPEN FLOOR PLANS

In a survey conducted by the NAHB in 2015, 70% of recent and prospective home buyers preferred a completely or partially open kitchen-family room, with 32% preferring a completely open arrangement. In 2016, when a similar question was asked on the NAHB/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index survey, 84% of builders said that, in their new single-family homes, their kitchen-family room is completely or partially open, with 54% saying their arrangements are completely open.

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Back How to Make the Right Impression at Meetings

Uh-oh. A last-minute meeting popped up on your calendar for tomorrow—and some of your organization’s head honchos will be across the table.

What will you do? What if someone asks a question you aren’t prepared to answer? Can you check your phone if things drag out? What if nature calls?

“I think you learn from experience,” said Eduardo Morales, CPA, a senior associate with Marcum LLP in Roseland, N.J. “Early in my career I was working as an executive administrative assistant, and I was sitting down in meetings with directors and senior VPs. I just tried to absorb as much as I could.”

Here are other CPAs’ best tips on how to comport yourself at a meeting, along with some advice from an expert in business etiquette:

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