NEW YORK (CNNfn) - Employers interested in hiring disabled workers can reach them through the new "Job Links" service provided by the President's Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities.
Job Links, available on the committee's Web site at www.pcepd.gov, already has more than 140 employers listed. For the first time, temporary agencies and placement firms are being invited to participate on the site. New employers and firm wanting to list jobs can provide their Web site address, e-mail and mailing information. Employers are organized by state to help visitors looking for job focus their search.
The committee is a small federal agency based in Washington, D.C. It promotes and coordinates private efforts to enhance employment opportunities for people with disabilities. It also helps employers deal with requirements of the Americans With Disabilities Act.
Contact the committee at 1331 F St. NW, Washington, DC 20004-1107, Phone: (202) 376-6200.
Pay your accountant a visit
Fall is a great time to schedule an appointment with your accountant. Focus your attention on tax and non-tax issues to keep yourself out of trouble with Uncle Sam.
"Accountants today need to be perceived by their clients as more than simply numbers crunchers," said Ira Rosenbloom, managing partner of Mintz Rosenfeld & Co. in Fairfield, N.J.
"We act more as consultants today, concentrating on strategic planning and maximizing productivity," he said. "We train clients on how to achieve their goals and focus on the future."
A lack of planning can spell disaster for a small company, Rosenbloom said. "With plans in place, companies are more prepared to deal with the good times and the bad."
After spending two valuable hours meeting recently with my accountant, I totally agree with Rosenbloom. We reviewed a variety of issues ranging from the proper collection of sales tax to the payment of disability insurance premiums (they should be paid by a personal check, not by your company).
Having a great accountant can help you sleep better at night. If you are unhappy with your current adviser, now is the time to make a change -- not in March at the height of tax season.
Mark your calendar
National Small Business United, a grassroots nonpartisan advocacy group, is holding its annual Small Business Congress Feb. 3 to 5 in Scottsdale, Ariz. Hundreds of small business owners will meet with experts from Capitol Hill and leading think tanks to set priorities for the future. For registration information visit www.nsbu.org or call (202) 293-8830.
Nominations are due Oct. 15 for the Working Woman magazine "Entrepreneurial Excellence Awards 2000." The national competition, sponsored by Bank One, honors women in several categories including innovative business strategies, overcoming obstacles, social responsibility, best employer, customer service and general excellence. For an application, call: (888) 735-6192.
(Jane Applegate, author of 201 Great Ideas for Your Small Business and founder of ApplegateWay.com, a multimedia Web site for busy entrepreneurs, covers small business for CNNfn.com.)