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Surgent's Mastering Client Management for Accounting and Finance Professionals

Monday, January 6th,
 2:00pm - 4:00pm

Online

2.00 Credits

Member Price: $99

Do you want to build stronger relationships with your clients, improve client retention, and drive growth in your practice? This course delves into the essential strategies for effective client management in today's competitive landscape. Client relationships, like any relationship, can be challenging to manage. Miscommunication, differing work styles, and unrealistic expectations are some of the challenges accounting and finance professionals routinely encounter. However, when accounting clients and members of your team are on the same page, client loyalty and profitability improve while conflict is minimized. This webinar explores proven strategies to improve relationships between accounting and finance professionals and their clients.

Surgent's The Risks and Benefits of ChatGPT and Artificial Intelligence

Monday, January 6th,
 2:00pm - 4:00pm

Online

2.00 Credits

Member Price: $119

We see multiple stories about the rapid growth of artificial intelligence (AI) and its entry into our lives in the form of AI tools, including ChatGPT. They seem to be everywhere. It is difficult to overstate how much things will change with the rise of these new technologies, or how important it is that companies embrace the opportunity to execute them correctly. Having conversations regarding the proper adoption of these technologies and tools is a crucial first step, including drafting policies to assist companies with their beneficial and thoughtful implementation and use. This course will define the state of AI tools, what benefits and risks exist, and which steps to take to begin adopting these technologies with appropriate guardrails, policies, and training. It is less likely that AI will destroy industries, and more likely that companies that embrace AI will overtake those companies that do not.

Measuring Audit Risks

Monday, January 6th,
 2:00pm - 4:49pm

Online

3.00 Credits

Member Price: $99

In order not to perform an excessive number of audit procedures (over audit) auditors must perform procedures in order to determine in what areas are there weak internal controls that could result in a risk that the financial statements would be materially misstated and not be detected.  SAS No. 122, AU 300 – 499, Measuring Audit Risk provides guidance as well as required procedures that must be performed in every audit in order to determine the risk of material misstatement.  No longer can the auditor state that they assess the risk of material misstatement at maximum without having a basis for making such assessment.  As a result, the standards now require that the auditor make such an assessment of a material misstatement of the financial statement on every audit in order to have a basis for such assessment.  This program is an overview of the statement documentation requirements in assessing such a risk.

ACPEN Signature 2024: Financial Statement Preparation: Compilation and Review Update

Monday, January 6th,
 2:00pm - 10:00pm

Online

8.00 Credits

Member Price: $250

This course is designed to assist CPAs who perform financial statement preparation, compilation, or review engagements. Our panelists will provide an in-depth analysis of the SSARS and will provide practice tips that will assist you in performing profitable standard compliant engagements. **Please Note:  If you need credit reported to the IRS for this IRS approved program, please download the IRS CE request form on the Course Materials Tab and submit to kori.herrera@acpen.com.

Consideration of Fraud in a Financial Statement Audit

Monday, January 6th,
 2:30pm - 4:30pm

Online

2.00 Credits

Member Price: $89

One of the most significant challenges facing auditors is the prevalence of fraud that exists in today's business environment. All auditors should have a working knowledge of the requirements in professional literature regarding fraud. We will cover the issues that all auditors need to know about fraud and the people who commit fraud. This course will provide horror stories about frauds that have occurred and how they were detected. This event may be a rebroadcast of a live event and the instructor will be available to answer your questions during the event.

Contract and Procurement Fraud

Monday, January 6th,
 3:00pm - 4:20pm

Online

2.00 Credits

Member Price: $79

This session will focus on the most common types of fraud in the procurement and contracting arena, with a focus on fraud in construction.  The session will examine fraud vulnerabilities in the four key phases of the procurement process: Presolicitation. Negotiation. Performance. Closeout and Claims.  Within each phase, “red flags” will be discussed.  These are the indicia of possible fraud that managers should be alert for.  Also, within each phase, the most common fraud schemes will be highlighted and discussed.  Finally, the session will describe the generally accepted safeguards or controls that should be established to prevent the various fraud schemes that can occur.  This part of the program will make extensive use of actual fraud case studies designed to demonstrate fraud risks and fraud detection strategies.

Beyond the Numbers: Success Strategies for Female CPAs

Monday, January 6th,
 3:00pm - 5:00pm

Online

2.00 Credits

Member Price: $89

Women finance leaders face challenges that traditional corporate training and mentoring rarely prepare them to overcome. For example, you've demonstrated yourself as an excellent tactician, you know how to get the job done, and do it very well on your own. Yet, what got you to your current level of success won't get you to the next level. It's time to change the way you think and operate in your role. You need to move from doer to leader. You're familiar with the saying that if you want to go fast, go alone, if you want to go far, go together. In this workshop, you'll learn key strategies that are unique and critical to women to be successful in their careers. These strategies will help you grow, expand and elevate yourself professionally. This event may be a rebroadcast of a live event and the instructor will be available to answer your questions during the event.

Triple Your Memory, Prevent Dementia and Halve Your Stress - Part 2

Monday, January 6th,
 3:00pm - 6:35pm

Online

4.00 Credits

Member Price: $129

This is not your average CPE course--Part 2! In this second part course (which is equally fun and engaging), you will learn how to feel confident--even in highly stressful situations. You will learn new secrets to great health that take under 10 minutes per week, and you will learn how to know what is most important to you--so you can be happier and healthier in the long run. Tune in for techniques to relieve stress and tips on incorpating meditation into your daily routine. All of which will help improve your memory and overall mental health and wellbeing. In addition, you'll learn an unsurpassed method for making sure you stay consistent with actually implementing these methods in your daily life.

Optimize Your Staff's Performance

Monday, January 6th,
 3:00pm - 6:47pm

Online

4.00 Credits

Member Price: $129

A chain is only as strong as its weakest link.  The same theory applies to departmental performance—the overall result is only as strong as its weakest contributor.  Leave our interactive and entertaining session with insight for developing and sustaining the best team you can possibly assemble.  The four elements in this process are (1) development, (2) leadership, (3) hiring and (4) environment.  Discuss how to effectively use these elements in your creation of an outstanding organization. Discover the power of the 10 Attributes for Leadership Success and the negative impact of Leadership’s Fatal 13. Above all, learn how to combine these four elements as a successful catalyst for sustained high-quality output and results.  

Project Management: Making Ideas a Reality

Monday, January 6th,
 3:30pm - 5:30pm

Online

2.00 Credits

Member Price: $89

A project doesn't just happen, it takes a dedicated person to help a team create something from nothing. The best project managers incorporate the art of people management and science of execution to guide an initiative from an idea to reality. Not everyone can hire a project manager, so the great news is these skills and techniques can be learned. This class will show how a project manager breaks down a concept and applies techniques needed to effectively lead a team through the visioning, scoping, testing and rolling out of an initiative. This event may be a rebroadcast of a live event and the instructor will be available to answer your questions during the event.

Internal Control Frameworks for Single Audit

Monday, January 6th,
 4:00pm - 4:56pm

Online

1.00 Credits

Member Price: $39

The Uniform Guidance identifies COSO and Green Book as best practices in internal control. This course will cover the background on COSO and its 2013 update. We’ll also review the application of COSO to Green Book. Attendees will learn how to leverage Part 6 of the Compliance Supplement for documentation of internal controls.

Accommodation Requests - Substance Abuse - Contagious Infections

Monday, January 6th,
 4:00pm - 5:08pm

Online

1.00 Credits

Member Price: $39

Good judgment works well in handling most employee relations matters.  However, there are special situations where legal requirements dictate specific handling to avoid significant personal and employer liability.   This course provides practical knowledge and scripts for responding to requests for accommodations regarding religious practices or disabilities, confronting employees in substance abuse situations, and handling disclosures of contagious infections so that individual is properly helped, and the health of your workforce is protected.

Walkin', Talkin', Lookin' and Listenin' - Or Things Most of Us Don't Do Well

Monday, January 6th,
 4:00pm - 5:47pm

Online

2.00 Credits

Member Price: $79

You often can perform an audit in accordance with all of the standards, and still have a substandard audit IF you did not get out among the clients employees (let them know you are there and where you located), talk to as many people as you can regardless as to whether you may think that they may have any helpful information; constantly observe your surrounding where ever you are at (you never now what you might see) and lastly, listen to not only what people are saying to you but are also saying around you. This presentation is designed to illustrate the importance of making yourself available to your client’s employees, let them know that you are there and where you can be found. Talk with them because if there is a problem, somebody knows and they will often tell you all about it IF you just ask them.  Look at your surrounding everywhere you go.  What are you looking for?  I don’t know but I’ll know it when I see it. Lastly, listen to what they have to say.  Every word is important because they may say something that you had not asked about.  Remember, you never want to discover something and go to an individual who you determined knew about it and ask, why didn’t you tell me about this and their response was, you never asked me!

Using e-Signature Software to Process Agreements-Updated

Monday, January 6th,
 4:00pm - 6:00pm

Online

2.00 Credits

Member Price: $89

Transforming your practice or business to a digital model is a journey, not a destination. There are some digital initiatives that require a great deal of time and money to deploy. There are also many "low hanging fruit" initiatives that are relatively easy and inexpensive to deploy. E-signature software is a perfect example of the latter. John Higgins, a nationally recognized leader in accounting technology, will guide you through the process of evaluating, selecting and implementing e-signature software to streamline a solution, and secure your document signing processes. You will be surprised to discover how easy it is to take your engagement letter and contract signing workflow digital. This event may be a rebroadcast of a live event and the instructor will be available to answer your questions during the event.

Top 10 Payroll Questions You Didn't Even Know You Had

Monday, January 6th,
 5:00pm - 6:00pm

Online

1.00 Credits

Member Price: $55

Payroll is everywhere. It is one of the most common tasks an employer can perform and can be found embedded in nearly every facet of the business and individual tax realm. For many, it is something they encounter regularly, but without any knowledge of how it really works, so it remains a black box. Join us as we un-box the Top 10 most commonly asked questions about payroll from an employer perspective. We'll cover the answers to questions you didn't even know you had and build on the fundamentals of payroll that will help make that black box a bit more transparent. This event may be a rebroadcast of a live event and the instructor will be available to answer your questions during the event.

Don Farmer's Advanced Corporate Income Tax Workshop with David Peters(In-Person)

Tuesday, January 7th,
 8:25am - 4:30pm

Rocky Hill

8.00 Credits

Member Price: $274

Using a combination of humor and examples, we will focus on tax developments that affect 2024 income tax return preparation and 2024 income tax planning for businesses.

Don Farmer's Advanced Corporate Income Tax Workshop with David Peters(Virtual)

Tuesday, January 7th,
 8:25am - 4:30pm

Online

8.00 Credits

Member Price: $274

Using a combination of humor and examples, we will focus on tax developments that affect 2024 income tax return preparation and 2024 income tax planning for businesses.

Business Valuation Fundamentals

Tuesday, January 7th,
 9:00am - 9:56am

Online

1.00 Credits

Member Price: $39

In this course we will look at the highlights of what valuation is doing, how to go about it and what to look for in business valuation reports.  Areas such as types of reports, the standards by which they are prepared and process that is used to go from data to report.  We will also discuss the purposes of reports and how that purpose may impact the value.  Finally, we discuss how to determine the value of minority interests.

Retirement Planning: IRAs

Tuesday, January 7th,
 9:00am - 10:00am

Online

1.00 Credits

Member Price: $55

Having sufficient assets to live a comfortable and secure retirement is one of the concerns that many people face. This concern cannot be resolved without having a solid retirement plan. In this course, we will discuss the fundamentals of IRAs, stating the rules related to contributions and distributions and highlighting the effect of the recent tax law changes on the planning process. This event may be a rebroadcast of a live event and the instructor will be available to answer your questions during the event.

The Future of Communication: How AI and Synthetic Media Can Transform Your Business

Tuesday, January 7th,
 9:00am - 10:07am

Online

1.20 Credits

Member Price: $39

Did you know that AI can now write your marketing copy? Create videos with your digital likeness? Provide subjective advice to your clients? Produce training for your employees? Even if you're on the fence about trusting artificial intelligence tools, knowing about these technologies, especially when combined with forms of synthetic media (think deep fakes, but not nefarious), is important for any business leader. Imagine being able to have your likeness communicate in over 40 languages. Think about how amazing it would be to create customized content for every situation without building each piece from scratch. Marvel at how that *perfect* image can manifest from typing just a few keywords. In this session you'll learn about the evolution of communication technologies, how artificial intelligence has expanded our range of connective possibilities, and what possibilities exist for leveraging these channels of communication in your business.