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Sustainability: Doing Well by Doing Good

Monday, February 10th,
 12:30pm - 2:30pm

Online

2.00 Credits

Member Price: $89

Looking for an idea that will help recruit and retain employees, engage customers, and invite investors? Sustainability is the solution! Sustainability is no longer just a "nice thing to do," it is both a business and moral imperative. Incorporating sustainable strategies into your day-to-day operations creates a competitive advantage, enhances your brand, and benefits the bottom line. On the business side, according to Harvard University, companies with strong sustainability initiatives have 4 times the sales growth, 8 times the employee engagement, and a 47% greater increase in stock value than their non-sustainable competitors. On the moral side, your customers and employees will no longer support an organization that does not address environmental and social issues. This session will explain the 6 benefits of sustainability and 6 steps to building a sustainable business. Learn how to make sustainability a competitive advantage to attract and retain loyal customers and high-performing employees. This event may be a rebroadcast of a live event and the instructor will be available to answer your questions during the event.

Business Valuation Fundamentals

Monday, February 10th,
 1:00pm - 1:56pm

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.

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

Monday, February 10th,
 1:00pm - 2:07pm

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.  

Project Management: Getting the Best Out of Your Team

Monday, February 10th,
 1:00pm - 3:00pm

Online

2.00 Credits

Member Price: $89

With capacity challenges on the mind of many tax and accounting leaders, finding ways for their teams to work more efficiently is crucial. They need their teams to not be busy, but deliver value, and continue to develop their skills and knowledge. Project Management techniques help uncover inefficiencies and gaps in current processes, as well as, manage the planning and forecasting needed to drive necessary changes for future success. In this session, learn when to incorporate project management best practices that can help you get the best out of your team.

Surgent's Guide to Understanding the At-Risk Basis Rules and Forms 6198 and 7203

Monday, February 10th,
 1:00pm - 3:00pm

Online

2.00 Credits

Member Price: $99

Many tax clients with losses from their S corporations, partnerships, and multiple-member LLCs treated as partnerships will want to use these losses to offset their other income from other sources. This program explains when, why, and how the at-risk rules apply to allow or to prevent the owner of a pass-through entity from taking a loss from a pass-through entity and using it to offset other income. This program is extremely helpful for anyone with pass-through entity clients.

The 10 Must Know Excel Features

Monday, February 10th,
 1:00pm - 3:00pm

Online

2.00 Credits

Member Price: $89

Transform your Excel skills with our comprehensive training program, designed for users at all levels seeking to master the full suite of Excel capabilities. From powerful data analysis tools like PivotTables and advanced functions such as XLOOKUP, to the nuances of Data Validations and Conditional Formatting, this course offers a deep dive into Excel's most impactful features. Whether you're streamlining complex data sets, enhancing your reporting skills, or just looking to boost your productivity, this session provides the insights and techniques you need to leverage Excel to its fullest potential, making it an indispensable tool in your professional or personal toolkit. This event may be a rebroadcast of a live event and the instructor will be available to answer your questions during the event.

The Many Faces of Fraud Shedding Light on the Tactics of Modern Day Swindlers

Monday, February 10th,
 1:00pm - 3:07pm

Online

2.00 Credits

Member Price: $79

"Did you know that fraud is like a parasite, feeding on the lifeblood of the industry and causing billions in losses each year? Join Chuck Gallagher, a renowned expert in fraud prevention, for 'The Many Faces of Fraud: Shedding Light on the Tactics of Modern-Day Swindlers,' a captivating two-hour course that will empower you to thwart these financial predators. Chuck will guide you through the most common forms of fraud, revealing the psychology and motivations of swindlers. Through real-life case studies and hands-on exercises, you'll learn practical strategies for identifying red flags and responding effectively to safeguard your organization. Enroll now to gain invaluable insights and join the fight against these cunning adversaries!"

Surgent's Current Issues in Accounting and Auditing: An Annual Update

Monday, February 10th,
 1:00pm - 4:30pm

Online

4.00 Credits

Member Price: $159

Designed for accounting and attestation practitioners at all levels in both public accounting and business and industry, this course provides a detailed review of SAS No. 145 and brings you up to date on FASB and AICPA standards issued over the past few years. The course also provides many hands-on examples and illustrations to help apply the guidance in practice and discusses other important A&A practice matters to be aware of, including an update on peer review and audit quality.

Doing Debt Differently - Your Roadmap to Changes and Choices for Success

Monday, February 10th,
 1:00pm - 5:06pm

Online

4.40 Credits

Member Price: $129

Debt is a real problem for many clients, business owners, and the general public.  It can be ever increasing and causes financial, emotional and physical challenges that seem to spiral out of control. What if you could help your clients “do debt differently”? This strategy turns the game upside down and presents solutions from the inside out.  As a CPA, you are already a trusted advisor for your clients.  What if you could help your clients be free of this burden?  This is a tremendous resource you can offer to your clients, expanding the value of what you offer them by adding these processes to your packages.  Clients will be happy to pay for this kind of relief as you support them in doing debt differently.   If you are one of the many people who are personally burdened by this situation, these strategies, tools, mindsets and actions will personally help you get better results…so you can go back to the task of expanding and growing your business, sleeping better at night and gaining access to the creativity that will take you to your next level of financial fulfillment.  Paying off debt is an inside/outside job.  Successful strategies include the internal shifts to mindset and enhancing the inner qualities that are most helpful in paying off debt, and practical tools to help make the transition from thinking about paying off debt to actually doing it. This program combines both -- emotional support and dozens of tools and action steps to Do Debt Differently, including: An inventory process to objectively assess the situation and face it head on Guided mind/body processes to alleviate anxiety about the situation Creative exploration (writing and drawing) to gain clarity and specificity Stories and discussion to strengthen your access to the qualities that will be most helpful to your success Using a menu of options to create a personal action plan and an ongoing support team The techniques in this program are creative and easy, but immensely practical.   We will combine practical, nuts-and-bolts action steps with powerful tools for mindset-shifting. There is no reason to continue to suffer the burden and overwhelm of debt. Relief is here! Through discussion, interactive exercises, skill building, mindset shifting and powerful actions, you and your clients could be on your way to a debt free life. Please join me for this empowering approach to changing your financial situation.

Audit 202: Applying Audit Risk to the Detailed Audit Plan

Monday, February 10th,
 1:30pm - 3:30pm

Online

2.00 Credits

Member Price: $89

Best Practices for Identifying and Evaluating Audit Risk - Linking Risk to the Detailed Audit Plan will emphasize the key concepts and best practices that drive a thoughtful risk-based approach to forming an opinion on the financial statements. Properly identifying, assessing, and responding to risk through a detailed audit plan is critical to an effective and efficient financial statement audit. Note: This course is recommended as a part of a 16-hour audit skills curriculum for experienced staff, while it is also appropriate for anyone who has the need to better understand how to link risk assessments to the detailed audit plan. This event may be a rebroadcast of a live event and the instructor will be available to answer your questions during the event.

Business and Government Investigations

Monday, February 10th,
 1:30pm - 3:30pm

Online

2.00 Credits

Member Price: $89

This course shows how undisciplined decisions in business can lead to government investigations and prison terms. We profile three entrepreneurs from three separate industries who built billion-dollar enterprises. Despite well-developed infrastructures, simple business decisions led to their being wrapped into government investigations, criminal indictments, and collateral consequences that accompany felony convictions for white-collar crime related to federal election laws, tax fraud, and securities fraud. This event may be a rebroadcast of a live event and the instructor will be available to answer your questions during the event.

Surgent's Basics of Employment Law for Non-HR Professionals

Monday, February 10th,
 1:30pm - 5:00pm

Online

4.00 Credits

Member Price: $159

Learn the basics of employment law and how they affect best practices to help control the interview and discover hidden talents of applicants.

Cryptocurrencies for the CFO: Explaining Blockchain

Monday, February 10th,
 2:00pm - 3:47pm

Online

2.00 Credits

Member Price: $79

What exactly is cryptocurrency and its cousin named blockchain? Are they here to stay? This session will provide a big picture examination of the technologies and currencies by explaining how we got here. We discuss the systems and technical aspects of cryptocurrencies and blockchain. What is the broad view of the technologies that currently do, and will continue to, impact our workplace and lives?

2024 Accounting and Attestation for ESG

Monday, February 10th,
 2:00pm - 4:00pm

Online

2.00 Credits

Member Price: $79

Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) has become a hot topic among standard setters. This session will look at the work of the FASB, GASB, and AICPA in the areas of ESG. We’ll also look at the types of engagements CPAs can provide to entities who want assurance around their ESG reporting.

Basic Individual Taxation Course

Monday, February 10th,
 2:00pm - 4:00pm

Online

2.00 Credits

Member Price: $89

Please join us for an introductory course on the fundamentals of preparing and filing an individual federal income tax return. We will cover topics such as what the federal income tax is and how it is computed. This event may be a rebroadcast of a live event and the instructor will be available to answer your questions during the event.

New Mergers and Acquisitions: Tricks, Traps, and Terrors

Monday, February 10th,
 2:00pm - 5:47pm

Online

4.20 Credits

Member Price: $129

Welcome to a course that makes the process of M&A easy to understand and easy to implement within your organization or your clients' organization. The course will provide an intensive overview of the M&A process. Focus will be on practical techniques to guide you through the M&A jungle and avoid the traps that have befallen many organizations.

Creating an Ethical Work Environment

Monday, February 10th,
 2:30pm - 4:30pm

Online

2.00 Credits

Member Price: $89

This session introduces theories on human nature and organizational factors affecting ethical choices. Robbie examines the role of gossip in the workplace, provides tools for ethical decision making and offers concrete actions for creating and sustaining an ethical work environment. This event may be a rebroadcast of a live event and the instructor will be available to answer your questions during the event.

Current Issues in Performing Yellow Book Audits

Monday, February 10th,
 3:00pm - 5:00pm

Online

2.00 Credits

Member Price: $89

Staying current on significant changes in Government Audit Standards can be difficult. This course covers the most important issues and changes relevant to Yellow Book financial statement audits. This event may be a rebroadcast of a live event and the instructor will be available to answer your questions during the event.

The Seven High-Quality Questions that Lead to Success and Solutions

Monday, February 10th,
 3:00pm - 5:06pm

Online

2.50 Credits

Member Price: $79

“How will I EVER get this all done?"  It’s a question I often hear from clients and on a particularly stressful day, I can hear myself saying these words!  Instead of helping us focus, it's a question that leads to stress, anxiety and overwhelm! Regardless of where we are in business and in life, we will run into challenges and problems as we navigate business growth, leadership, work life balance and our quest for success and happiness. This workshop will explore the 7 HIGH QUALITY questions that lead to relief, enthusiasm and success.  It will be an interactive exploration that will leave you with a game plan to use right away, as well as an opportunity to practice the mindset that the most successful and happiest people use daily.    This program is for both the entrepreneur who wants to be more effective in their day as well as team leaders who want to stand out in their organization.  For the business owner or staff member you can expect a new way to work with your day so that it's profitable, productive and happier.  For leaders, you will learn new up- leveled skills to increase your efficiency, communication and productivity.  You and your team will shine.  Your staff will feel appreciated and connected to their value as well as the company's goals. Albert Einstein said 'we can't solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them'.  The quality of your question will impact the quality of your solution.  Learn the 7 questions that take you from confused and frustrated to creative and focused. 

Beware the Tax Enforcers: How the US Prosecutes Tax Evaders

Monday, February 10th,
 3:30pm - 5:30pm

Online

2.00 Credits

Member Price: $89

The Tax Division, United States Department of Justice, is responsible for enforcing the nation's tax laws fully, fairly, and consistently, through both criminal and civil litigation. This course will explore the role of the Tax Division in ensuring fair and uniform enforcement of tax laws, protecting the public, encouraging voluntary compliance with tax laws, and how their operations impact regulatory ethics. This event may be a rebroadcast of a live event and the instructor will be available to answer your questions during the event.