ARIZONA

REDWLLC been named the No. 1 Accounting Firm in Arizona (firms with 7-25 full time CPAs) by Ranking Arizona: The Best of Arizona Business for 2015. The rankings, published annually by Arizona Business Magazine, are based on the largest opinion poll in Arizona and include more than 200 business and leisure categories. … Lohman Company PLLC has been named a Phoenix Business Journal Top 25 Accounting Firm for the 12th year in a row.

CALIFORNIA

Armanino LLP has been included as one of Bob Scott's 2014 VAR Stars for the fourth consecutive year. The list recognizes organizations for their success and achievement in the midmarket financial software field.

FLORIDA

KPMG is holding what they're calling a "Junior Internship" for several students at the WR Boone Academy of Finance in Orlando. The students will not only get the opportunity to learn more about the the public accounting industry but will also be involved in mock interviews, learn about business etiquette and get a chance to do a Q&A with KPMG executives. The event will take place on Monday, March 23rd thru Wednesday, March 25th at the KPMG offices in Orlando.

GEORGIA

Frazier & Deeter of Atlanta, Ga. has expanded its Women's Business Leadership Program to Nashville and Tampa. The Frazier & Deeter Women's Business Leadership Program was created in 2010 to support women business leaders in pursuing their personal and business goals. The program includes thought leadership events that the firm organizes as well as a blog series and sponsorships of organizations that support women executives or women-led businesses. The cornerstone of Frazier & Deeter's Women Business Leaders thought leadership program is a series of events the firm organizes that focus on critical business leadership topics such as driving business growth and leading a successful executive team. These events feature successful women business owners and executives who share their real-world experiences with attendees.

INDIANA

A majority of Indiana chief financial officers who are CPAs see positive indicators for growth of their company and industry, as well as encouraging signs for the local and state economy. The outlook for the U.S. economy was not quite as bright. Nearly 75 CFOs participated in a recent survey conducted by the Indiana CPA Society. They were asked for their views on the current economy at the local, state and national levels, as well as to compare business growth at their respective companies between 2013 and 2014 and to look ahead to the remainder of 2015.

LONDON

The Managing Partners' Forum has named Grant Thornton as having the Best Program for Leadership Development at its 2015 awards. Judged by an independent panel of subject matter experts, the award recognizes the management team whose program combines a clear analysis of leadership requirements with innovative interventions.

MASSACHUSETTS

Baker Newman Noyes kicked off its 20th anniversary with the announcement of a new logo and homepage, community outreach plans and celebration throughout 2015.

NEW YORK

The American Institute of CPAs applications for the Accounting Scholars Leadership Workshop are now being accepted. The Workshop, which is now in its 21st year, is an invitational program held annually for minority accounting students who plan to pursue the CPA designation. Qualified candidates may apply from now until April 30, 2015. … In a paper recently accepted for publication in Contemporary Accounting Research, Lihong Liang, assistant professor of accounting at the Joseph I. Lubin School of Accounting, located within the Martin J. Whitman School of Management at Syracuse University, found that shareholder participation improves financial reporting quality. Co-authors were William Barber (Georgetown University), Sok-Hyon Kang (George Washington University) and Zinan Zhu (National University of Singapore). The paper, titled “External Corporate Governance and Misreporting,” analyzed external governance provisions, specifically those provisions that limit direct shareholder participation in the governance process. The researchers found that fewer restrictions on shareholder participation are associated with a relatively low incidence of accounting restatements.

VIRGINIA

BookKeeping Express has partnered with the paint-and-sip franchise, Bottle and Bottega, to improve the organization’s financial well-being through its specialized franchisor accounting platform. Leveraging its expertise in personalized business bookkeeping services, BKE will help Bottle and Bottega streamline processes and improve financial reporting. … Dixon Hughes Goodman “DHG is moving its Innsbrook-based office to the James Center in downtown Richmond. The move, which affects 80+ of the multistate firm’s 1,800+ professionals, is set for October 2015. DHG will retain its Chester-based office. The firm will occupy approximately 21,000 square feet on the 10th floor of One James Center, 901 E. Cary Street.

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