Survey Shows Bright Outlook for Small to Medium Sized Businesses in 2018

 

CPA Practice Adviser, January 23, 2018

Optimism is growing among small-to-medium sized businesses in 2018 in light of new tax reform legislation, according to a new survey of accounting professionals released today by Right Networks.

The survey, which sampled 365 accounting professionals at CPA firms and small-to-medium sized businesses, revealed that nearly 54 percent of SMBs felt “very confident” about the economy heading into 2018 compared to a year earlier. Over 70 percent of SMBs responded that they were either “very confident” or “moderately confident” in their business prospects for the upcoming year, compared to a year ago.

Inside the Telecom Industry: The Trends that Matter for 2018

  Barbara McKinney — January 26, 2018
It’s safe to say that the telecommunications industry is still a major driver for growth in some of the world’s most progressive countries. For sure, a great deal of these countries – think of Singapore and South Korea – depend their economic numbers on the telecommunications industry. This is mostly due to the demands for instantaneous communications and more so because of its societal importance.
To put it simply, a paper published in The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine points out the industry’s societal importance:
  • It provides a technological foundation for societal communications.
  • It enables participation and development.
  • It provides vital infrastructure for national security

Cybersecurity Predictions for 2018 – Part One

 Infosecurity Magazine, January 9,2018   
Over the course of December and into the New Year, my inbox fills up with predictions for what 2018 will bring cybersecurity.
At the end of 2016 we assessed a whole host of industry predictions and determined 12 topicsthat would dictate 2017: skills gap, ransomware, poor routine IT practices, political disruption, CIO activities, social media attacks, AI, advanced cyber-criminals, GDPR, a cloud vendor compromise and better security collaboration.
Most of that came true, although the predictions on ransomware came nowhere close to the impact that WannaCry and NotPetya would come to have. So with an inbox bursting with predictions for 2018, I triaged all of the comments into 11 themes. In no particular order, here are the first six:

Weather Upate on “The Bomb Cyclone” 1.4.18 2:30PM EST

TYPE OF ALERT: Winter Storms In Progress, Blizzard, Sleet, Heavy Winds, Power Outages, Dangerous Travel

NATURE OF ALERT:

The National Weather Service has not yet updated their forecast as of 2PM EST.

Local Weather News ( NBC and ABC) reports that NJ, NY, NYC through New England are still under big bands of snow. There are gusts of wind exceeding 50 Mph with drifting snow. Blizzard conditions exist through out the region with poor visibility from 1/4 mile to 1/8 mile along I95. The intensity of snow in NYC is 3 inches an hour with plows barely able to keep the roads clear. The winds and intensity will begin to die down in NJ and NYC and LI starting around 3PM through 6PM. Snow is anticipated to end by 9PM followed by sub zero temperatures

The storm is continuing to intensify in New England and Boston with almost 10 inches of snow in Boston as of 2PM EST. There is coastal flooding from NJ through MA and SC through southern MD.

Across the regions, the temperature is expected to drop below zero this evening. In combination with gusting wind, temperatures this evening will range from -10 to -35 degrees. Daytime temperatures in the area on Friday and Saturday will not exceed the low teens.

Snow Total – On the Ground Now

Jersey Shore = 10 to 16 inches

Central Jersey = 4 to 9 inches

NYC = 6 to 8 inches

Brooklyn = 6 inches

Queens = 8 inches

Long Island = 7 to 12 inches

Boston = 8 to 12 inches

Southeastern Shore

North Carolina, South Carolina , Virginia, Southern Maryland have gusting winds 60 to 75 miles per hour, drifting snow and wind chill. The snow is slow melting and freezing temperatures are creating ice conditions.

Power Outage

75,000+ customers without power in 11 states.

State of Emergency

  • New York State has declared a State of Emergency from Westchester to NYC to LI. All airports are now closed but terminals are open for stranded travelers. There are about 3000 Power Outages on LI. Roads are dangerous, but the highways are open.

  • The State of NJ has declared a state of emergency in 4 counties: Cape May, Atlantic, Ocean, and Monmouth Counties. All major roads are open. While there are over 4000 flights canceled in NJ, Newark airport remains open with major delays.

  • The City of Philadelphia has declared a state of emergency. Philadelphia airport has major delays and cancellations. All major roads are open.

KEY MESSAGE FROM ZLH Enterprises

It appears the impact from this storm is going to continue, across the country, through Saturday. Staying in communication with your employees during emergency events is critical when it comes to receiving updates on weather, office closings/openings and any number of other important messaging. We can help you with these communications by setting up a text or announcement account. The set-up is complete in just 1 – 2 hours on average. Call us at 732-845-5288 or email support@zlhent.com for a quick response.

ZLH ENTERPRISES CONTACT INSTRUCTIONS: If you have a service outage or need support as a result of these weather conditions, please contact our support team at support@zlhent.com. Although we are all working remotely, the staff is available to assist our customers.

POST STORM ACTIONS: Following the conclusion of the events in this alert, if power or carrier service was out, you may want to reboot all systems to resolve any equipment problems that may have been triggered while the systems were down or service was interrupted.

Thank you for your continuing business, stay warm, be safe and let us know if we can help
Your ZLH Enterprises Support Teamsupport@ZLHent.com732-845-5288