CAYMAN ISLAND

Raich Ende Malter & Co. LLP has opened a new office in Cayman Island. The firm will operate under the name Raich Ende Malter (Cayman).

CALIFORNIA

Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve, a Department of Defense operational committee, announced that HMWC CPAs & Business Advisors, Tustin, was recognized as a “Patriotic Employer.”

FLORIDA

TAGLaw, the sister alliance of The International Accounting Group, has been recognized as an “Elite” network in the Chambers Global 2013 rankings guide for legal networks. TAGLaw is one of more than 30 global legal networks, but one of only six to receive the highest ranking of “Elite” in Chambers Global.

ILLINOIS

Baker Tilly, Chicago, has published an educational article; Top tips to prepare for an employee benefit plan audit. The firm covers

  • Steps to take in planning for an employee benefit plan audit,
  • Pieces to have prepared and what to expect during the audit fieldwork, and
  • What to expect in the audit wrap-up.

Visit the firm’s website for the full article.

Wolf & Co. LLP, Oakbrook, has passed its regions peer review.

MARYLAND

KatzAbosch has changed its marketing strategy to focus on the ever growing popularity of cats and “catvertising” – the use of cats in advertising. This new strategy promotes the phrase “cat say bosh” as a mnemonic device for people to remember the firm’s name and how to pronounce it.

NEW JERSEY

Employees at MSPC Certified Public Accountants and Advisors PC, Cranford, took part in the United Nations-sanctioned World Autism Awareness Day. Participants showed their support by wearing the color blue…. Smolin Lupin participated in Read Across America, the National Education Association’s annual reading motivation and awareness program.

NEW YORK

KPMG teamed up with HfS Research and put out a report on outsourcing of finance and accounting operations. The report found that global finance and accounting operations will surpass $25 billion in 2013. To request a copy of the full report e-mail tom.ivory@hfsresearch.com. …  Freed Maxick CPAs was recently awarded two Infotech Niagara BETA awards in the categories of “Best Online” and “Best Social Media.”

OHIO

SS&G Inc., Columbus, has been named as one of the 2013 Best Employers in Ohio by the Ohio Society for Human Resource Management State Council and Best Companies Group.

TENNESSEE

CBIZ Security & Advisory Services LLC has expanded its payment data security service offering by obtaining the Qualified Security Assessor certification from the Payment Card Industry Security Standards Council.

TEXAS

Gainer Donnelly LLP, Houston, will now provide investment advisory services to implement clients' financial plans through a new firm, Gainer Donnelly Wealth Advisors LLC, a Registered Investment Advisor. Members will continue to offer financial planning services through Gainer Donnelly LLP, a certified public accounting firm. … MaloneBailey LLP, Houston, has reached a milestone in its 31 year history with 150 SEC-reporting clients, most of which are microcap companies.

VIRGINIA

Ernst & Young LLP has completed the acquisition of the data analytics consulting firm, Semphonic. Clearsight Advisors served as the exclusive strategic and financial advisor to Semphonic.

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