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One of the ways Mercadien accelerates client and community success is by continually enhancing and sharing knowledge.  By offering our expertise and thought leadership on key business and industry trends and issues, we’re a better resource to you. It benefits everyone to keep minds sharp and fingers on the pulse of what’s critical in today’s dynamic environment.

We’re pleased to provide articles, news, and information to help you stay up-to-date on topics affecting your organization; learn about best practices and processes in relevant fields; and simplify the business and financial complexities you may face.

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Combating Insider Abuse: An Ethical Epidemic

December 11, 2014 | By: Melissa CorreaUnfortunately for financial institutions, there are universal business truths that do not go away with time, trends or wishful thinking. Insider abuse is one of those truths, as it is a topic that many banks have dealt with in the past or may deal with in the future. The Federal Bureau of Investigation estimates that…Read More

The Evolution of Internal Audit and Impact of Activist Investors

December 11, 2014 | By: Raji SathappanIn a fast-changing business environment, it is imperative that an organization’s internal audit department adapt and evolve in order to stay relevant to key stakeholders. In recent years, there have been major changes in corporate directors’ and managements’ expectations of internal audit — they are demanding far more from the function. There is no doubt…Read More

Nonprofits Should Keep Strategic Planning Top of Mind

December 11, 2014 | By: Sherise D. RitterThere is an old adage: those who fail to plan have planned to fail. If you stop and think about it, we all dream of our goals. But not everyone takes the step to plan to realize those dreams. Each and every one of us has an idea of what we would like our futures…Read More

Make a List, Check it Twice, and Stick to it!

December 3, 2014 | By: Nakia SmithSetting a budget for holiday shopping is essential to avoid overspending, especially when it comes to utilizing credit cards. The debt you rack up can take months to pay off. Remember, the money spent on credit cards is not free money and, if not paid off within the billing cycle, interest continues to accrue. If…Read More

$tressed Out in the Workplace

December 3, 2014 | By: Christopher SeizMost people understand that there are only so many hours in the week but are surprised that surveys show 20 hours of productivity are lost per month for financially stressed employees. When the surveys were first done in 1979, 10% of employees reported decreased productivity because of financial stress. Now, that number exceeds 25%. A…Read More

Mercadien Partners with Community to Raise Ebola Awareness and Preparedness

November 19, 2014Albert Giple, a Senior Accountant at The Mercadien Group, is teaming up with the Liberian Council of Churches, East Coast Outreach Development International, Power of Caring and others in the Liberian community in Trenton to raise awareness of and preparedness for Ebola at the Trenton Ebola Awareness Walk on Saturday, November 22, 2014. The two-mile…Read More

How Nonprofits Should Manage Risk

November 13, 2014 | By: Kyle A. NeeldGiven today’s fast-paced environment and the significant social, technological and regulatory changes that have occurred over the past few years, nonprofit organizations are subject to a myriad of risks. As a result, it’s more important than ever to identify your organization’s risks and develop a risk assessment work plan to address and mitigate them. Risk,…Read More

Marguerite Mount Presents Financial Seminar at Girl Scout Leadership Summit

November 13, 2014Marguerite L. Mount, CPA, CGMA, managing director of The Mercadien Group and chair of The Mercadien Foundation, presented a workshop, entitled “Securing Your Financial Future,” to parents and other adults affiliated with the Girl Scouts of Central & Southern New Jersey (GSCSNJ), at its Girl Leadership Summit held at Princeton University on November 1, 2014.…Read More

Is Your Local Government in Compliance with Finance Notice 2014-13?

November 11, 2014 | By: Digesh PatelIn August 2014, the Division of Local Government Services, Department of Community Affairs, State of New Jersey (DLGS) issued Local Finance Notice (LFN) 2014-13 as a reminder for local authorities and fire districts to be in compliance with New Jersey Administrative Code (N.J.A.C) 5:31-7.6. N.J.A.C 5:31-7.6 requires all local authorities and special districts, including fire…Read More

HIPAA and the Risks with Contractors

November 11, 2014 | By: Bryan ScrewsMost public, private and governmental entities are well aware of their responsibilities, as covered entities, to protect health records and certain personal information. They have identified their areas of risk and have put systems and processes into place to mitigate the risks and potential threats to the security of this protected health information (PHI) within…Read More