UNITED KINGDOM

Baker Tilly International member firm, Baker Tilly Revisa, has merged with auditing firms Bompani Audit and Iter Audit. The mergers expand Baker Tilly Revisa’s presence across Italy, providing audit and consulting services in nine locations: Bologna (head office), Genoa, Milan, Brescia, Turin, Verona, Bolzano, Rome and Florence.

CONNECTICUT

The Governmental Accounting Standards Board launched an updated website that features more user-friendly navigation and “plain English” resources that provide extensive background on accounting and financial reporting issues for state and local governments. The site is found at www.gasb.org. … BlumShapiro, plans to partner once again with Christian Community Action to provide Thanksgiving Day meals to more than 2,300 families and seniors in New Haven.

FLORIDA

PwC US intends to acquire substantially all the assets of BGT, a digital consulting firm with offices in Miami, FL and Chicago, IL.  Combining BGT’s digital strategy, analytics, creative, and technology skills with PwC's Advisory business will strengthen PwC’s already robust capabilities to help companies create an enhanced experience for its customers. The deal is expected to close in November. … Goldstein Schechter Koch, has formed GSK Cares; a philanthropic fund managed by the Coral Gables Community Foundation.

GEORGIA

In celebration and commemoration of the firm’s 50 years in business, BNKJ is holding a 50 Weeks of Giving Campaign. It was created to give back to the community the firm has been servicing for half a century. It is planning to highlight – week by week – charities to receive a donation from the firm, as well as a radio spot to highlight the charity on WABE NPR Radio, 90.1 FM.

ILLINOIS

Baker Tilly Virchow Krause has published an educational article, Fiduciary correction program available to employee benefit plan sponsors, to help executives and plan fiduciaries understand the steps required to correct violations and file for relief from enforcement actions. Fiduciary correction program available to employee benefit plan sponsors is available on the Baker Tilly website

MINNESOTA

Smith, Schafer and Associates Ltd. Certified Public Accountants & Consultants, of Rochester, has joined PrimeGlobal’s North American Region.

NEW YORK

WeiserMazars LLP hosted The Good Bank Debate in partnership with New York University School of Law and the Center for Financial Institutions. To access the full Good Bank report, visit: http://www.weisermazars.com/images/The_Good_Bank_Programme_Report.pdf  … – The Stan Ross Department of Accountancy at Baruch College’s Zicklin School of Business will host the Emanuel Saxe Distinguished Lecture in Accounting on October 28. This year’s lecture, “Can Financial Accounting Regulators & Standard Setters Get (& Stay) Ahead of the Financial Engineers,” will feature speaker Jonathan Glover, the Richard M. Cyert Professor of Management & Economics and Professor of Accounting at Carnegie Mellon’s Tepper School of Business. … PwC has released its findings from its most recent survey: PwC’s Investor Resource Institute—“Through the investor lens: perspectives on risk & governance.” According to PwC’s new report, investors are looking at risks differently than in the past. The financial crisis that affected capital markets across the globe demonstrated that companies—and even whole economies—can be rocked to their core when the connections between lending practices, securitization programs, and capital and funding levels are not clearly understood and monitored.

NORTH CAROLINA

Hughes Pittman & Gupton LLP is celebrating its 30th year in business. The partners and staff of the firm are recognizing this milestone through community involvement and providing support to charitable organizations. One way firm members are encouraging each other to get involved is through the firm’s 2013 Casual Community Days.

OHIO

Service 1st Payroll, a payroll processing service company in Cleveland, has a new name of business from Satellite Data, Inc. to Service 1st Payroll. There has been no change in management and payroll services will go uninterrupted.  Service 1st Payroll will be providing the same products and quality service on which they have built their reputation in the industry.

PENNSYLVANIA

More than 60 not-for-profit executives joined Reinsel Kuntz Lesher LLP and Susquehanna Bank for a complimentary best practices seminar on Wednesday, October 2 in Harrisburg. The “Keys to Not-for-Profit Success” event provided attendees insights into maintaining a strong financial foundation, engaging staff and board and tackling tough leadership issues.

TEXAS

GBH CPAs PC, Houston, has recently been named as one of the 2013 Best Accounting Firms to Work for. The annual list of Best Accounting Firms is determined by Accounting Today and Best Companies Group. The survey and awards program is designed to identify, recognize and honor the best places of employment in the accounting industry, benefiting the industry's economy, workforce and businesses. 

WISCONSIN

Wipfli LLP, Milwaukee, has launched a website to aid businesses and health care providers as they seek guidance and interpretations of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The website includes tools for employers and providers alike to meet the compliance requirements of the PPACA. www.wipfli.com/healthcarereform.

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