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Paradigm shiftVargo moves away from the traditional to hit a new stride

Vargo acquired a small boutique software group in 2006, and today is revolutionizing the direct-to-consumer and retail fulfillment process. Michael Vargo reflects on the rapid growth.

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Epcon Communities ramps up for the housing recovery

The home building market is finally turning around. In the midst of their most vigorous ramp-up, Epcon Communities Franchising Founders Ed Bacome and Phil Fankhauser draw on over 30 years of experience to plan for the future.

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The power of recognition

Before an honoree steps on stage to accept an award, someone has to take time to either nominate or select them for the honor. Do you know a progressive individual or organization that has achieved professional success or made great strides in advancing women?

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Thirty-One GiftsThirty-One Gifts and Cindy Monroe ride a wave of rapid growth

It was like drinking out of a fire hose. That’s how Cindy Monroe describes a decade of high-octane growth at Thirty-One Gifts. She shares some lessons learned, while looking forward to getting back to basics.

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How to make your building work for you with a cost segregation study

If your business has recently invested in construction or purchased commercial real estate, consider getting a cost segregation study. These studies offer immediate and significant tax savings through accelerated depreciation deductions.

How to be prepared for the new health insurance tax in 2018

In 2018, the federal government will start a new tax on high-cost employer-sponsored health plans. It’s informally known as the Cadillac tax. According to a recent survey from Towers Watson, many companies are already concerned about the impact the tax could have on their businesses.

Five tips for building a stronger, more sustainable franchise business

Franchising can be a lucrative opportunity for your business, providing the means to expand both your brand awareness and geographic footprint while also earning additional profit through royalty payments. But many franchise systems fail because they fail to build an infrastructure that can support the new business model.

Paying employees to go to heath care exchanges doesn’t add up to savings

There is growing sentiment among companies that they can save money by not offering health care coverage to employees and instead give them money to go to a health care exchange. Considering all the tax implications, however, this is not a cost-effective alternative.

Income tax is the new focus when drafting wills, trusts

Income taxes, some 20 years ago, had not been much of a consideration when devising a will or trust for estate planning purposes. Today, the focus has changed.