Starting in the late 1600’s, when it became possible to create glass bottles with an almost uniform shape and design, cork replaced glass wine stoppers as the sealing material of choice for wine bottles. This pairing of the cork and wine bottle is what ushered wine into the modern age, as from that point forward, wine now had the ability to age and evolve in the bottle.
Broadcast from many a telecom speaker during business meetings, the phrase “win-win” is often uttered in an attempt to build support for an idea or initiative, with the hopes of convincing those affected that pursuing a proposal is advantageous for all parties involved.
The phrase “Rise of the Machines” has become a ubiquitous slogan that is often invoked when one embarks on a discussion about technology and its increasing presence in both our public and private lives.
Some welcome “The Rise” with open arms for the personalization, efficiency, and convenience that technology makes available to us, enabling entrepreneurship, personal connections and a global oneness not encumbered by geography.
“It is best to prepare for the days of necessity.” If you are familiar with Aesop’s Fable of The Ant and the Grasshopper, you may recognize that quote as the closing thought of the Grasshopper who is struggling to survive a cold winter without any food.
On the heels of the record-setting incentive package of more than $1.5 billion in grants and tax breaks from New York state that Amazon stands to get for bringing at least 25,000 workers to a new campus in Queens, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo was quoted as saying, “All things being equal, if we do nothing, they’re going to Texas.”
Nothing like a pop quiz to wake you up and get one’s juices flowing! You probably landed on our blog site thinking you could just passively sit there and read about the R&D Tax Credit, an income tax credit that can provide a dollar-for-dollar reduction in a company’s federal tax liability. Well, not today dear reader…not today.
California, the most populous state in the nation, is home to Hollywood stars, Silicon Valley technology, Disneyland amusements, sunny coastline beaches, and majestic National Parks. Since becoming a state nearly 170 years ago, California is one of the country's wealthiest and most socially and politically influential.
Your smartphone alarm goes off, and a new day has begun. You roll over in bed, grab your phone from the nightstand, and then briefly stare into it, allowing the device to recognize your face and unlock itself. You then mutter, “Hey Siri, what is the weather for today?”
While you learn it will be 41°F and rainy, your smart thermostat has already bumped up the temperature knowing you soon will be rolling out of the warm comfort of your bed.
There it is. Slowly lumbering around…back and forth. Everyone is keenly aware of its presence. In fact, it cannot be ignored. An immovable obstacle…a disconcerting distraction of mammoth proportions. With it comes a sense of helplessness, as your business and thousands more like it across the country are faced with the five-ton frustration of certification delays for the WOTC (Work Opportunity Tax Credit), and the burden of amended return filings.
2018 has come to a close, and we’ve just rung in the new year, celebrating our most recent 365-day trip around the Sun with our family and friends, party hats, and noise-makers. With the new year, many people engage in retrospection, re-evaluating some life choices and declaring New Year’s resolutions to change an undesired trait or behavior, to accomplish a personal goal, or otherwise improve their life. Diet, exercise, learning a new skill…these are some of the many self-improvement endeavors that we will pursue.