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2010 Management & Business Advisers Conference

April 26th, 2010 Comments off

I realize that the very nature of this blog is that its primary audience is the students I have during the current semester.  So at the risk of repeating myself to the few of you that have stuck around from a year ago, I am once again posting about the MNCPA Management & Business Advisers Conference.

My post from last year still sums up the benefits of this great forum quite nicely, but this year I’m on the conference task force so I’m even more motivated to convince you to attend!  Thankfully, the schedule of sessions and speakers this year is probably the strongest it has ever been so my job is easy.

The MBAC kicks off this year with Harry Markopolos, the Bernie Madoff whistleblower, in a session that is sure to be remembered for some time. Markopolos will be signing copies of his book, No One Would Listen: A True Financial Thriller, after his session.

Former Medtronic CEO, Bill George, discusses his new book 7 lessons for Leading in Crisis to begin the 2nd day.  And reminiscent of Frank Abagnale (of Catch Me If You Can fame) from a few years ago, Mark Whitacre discusses ethics as framed by his conviction of fraud while blowing the whistle on price fixing at Archer Daniels Midland Company to end the conference.

Sprinkled between this giant bookends of nationally known figures is quality management and financial CPE that is hard to find elsewhere.  Conference favorite Tommy Maddox will be presenting several technology sessions, Toby Madden of the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis will be back this year to discuss the current state of the economy, and many other fine speakers will speak on other great topics from cash flows to human resources to personal development.

Plus, if you are interested an accounting career you will rarely find a more diverse and connected group of CPAs in industry as you will find at this gathering.  I’ve seen people set up job interviews during lunch with people they have just met at their table and I’ve made and renewed connections with people in many industries while attending MBAC in years past.

So what does all this cost?  Hundreds of dollars?  Yes, it is $400-$500 for “regular” attendees. But student members of the MNCPA get to attend this great conference for FREE!  Yes, really!  And student membership still costs only $26/year and comes with many other benefits that just as great.  So if you are on the path to become a CPA you owe it to yourself to take advantage of this great opportunity to attend this great conference for next to nothing.

Did I mention lunch is included both days?!

The Route to Passing the Exam

February 24th, 2010 Comments off

Footnote article: The Route to Passing the Exam.

If the CPA Exam is in your future, the MNCPA has published a great article (link above) in this month’s Footnote that you will want to check out.  You should be especially aware that the exam is undergoing major changes in terms of content and delivery in January 2011.

Starting Jan. 1, 2011, the CPA Exam will undergo significant changes. The current CPA exam integrates global business concepts in all four sections. After Jan. 1, 2011, International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) will be tested on the exam, primarily in the FAR section. International auditing standards (IAS) will be tested primarily in the AUD section. Global business concepts will continue to be tested in all four sections. Many of your staffaccountants will be facing CPA exam questions on this content without ever completing formal study of IFRS or IAS. Most colleges are just now offering a stand-alone IFRS course or are integrating IFRS with their existing classes to some extent. CPA review providers will be especially useful in providing exam candidates with appropriate study materials that will ensure that they are prepared with the right knowledge on exam day.

In addition, the new CPA Exam will test operations management in the BEC section of the exam. Candidates will need to have an entry-level knowledge of performance management, cost measurement methods and techniques, process management, and project management. As with IFRS, many candidates will not have formally studied operations management.

At the end of the article the MNCPA offers other links about the exam including significant review course discounts to members (consider an inexpensive Student Membership to take advantage of these).

The Minnesota Society of Certified Public Accountants

December 28th, 2009 Comments off

A video compilation of MNCPA activities, participants, and gatherings from the past year.

For more information on the MNCPA including student memberships, see my other posts about this local organization or visit their website at

IMA Student Membership Discounted to $25

September 21st, 2009 Comments off

imaI’ve posted before about the benefits of joining the Institute of Management Accountants.  Everything I said at that time applies but the IMA is offering a discount off the normal price of $39/year for student membership dues so there is an even better deal to be had.  If you use the promotional code STUIMA25X when registering at the IMA website between now and September 28th, you will receive a one-year student membership for only $25.  The regular price of $39 was a good deal — but $25 is a GREAT deal.  Strongly consider taking advantage of this limited-time offer.

IMA Membership Application:

MNCPA Student Memberships & Networking Opportunities

September 6th, 2009 Comments off

MNCPA-logoThe Minnesota Society of Certified Public Accountants (MNCPA) offers student memberships with excellent benefits.  As I mentioned in class, the MNCPA and IMA chapters operate locally.  As such, they both provide excellent networking opportunities, a very important criteria in today’s economic environment.  You’ve heard the saying “it’s not what you know, but who you know” — that is magnified in times when jobs are scarce.

Luckily, the MNCPA offers a very affordable ($26/year) student membership that affords you access to networking opportunities such as the young professionals group, educational courses, and regional conferences.  Visit the link below for more details about the MNCPA student membership as well as additional benefits available to you if you join, including discounts on CPA Exam Review Courses.

MNCPA Student Membership Information:

MNCPA Management & Business Advisers Conference

June 5th, 2009 Comments off

I mentioned in class this week the upcoming Management & Business Advisers Conference presented by the Minnesota Society of CPAs.  Held each year in May or June, this is one conference that I always try to attend.  Committing two days to anything is asking a lot, but I always leave this event feeling like I learned a lot of new things about all aspects of business and management.  Like our class, this conference is not the “typical” CPA conference filled with rules, regulations, audit, and tax topics.  There are, for example, technology, management, and human resources sessions you may choose to attend that tend to be less focused on financial accounting details.

If you have the time, please consider attending this event for the learning and networking opportunities.  MNCPA Student Members (currently $26/year) gain free admission which is a considerable discount compared to the price others are paying.  If you are not currently a Student Member of the MNCPA I would encourage you to phone them to line up your membership along with the conference registration since the time between now and the conference is so short.  And even if you can’t attend the conference, consider becoming a Student Member anyway for the other great benefits and to dip your toe into the waters of the accounting profession.

Become an IMA Student Member

April 19th, 2009 Comments off

imaStudent Membership to the Insititue of  Management Accountants has many benefits.  One of the benefits that is unique to organizations with in-person meetings is the opportunity to network with other professionals.  More often than not, networking is cited as a key component of successful job searches in the accounting field so this is especially important for anyone that is, or will be, seeking a new job or career path soon.

Student Membership is only $39/year (as I write this) and offers many benefits including discounts on fees for the CMA Exam.  Find out more at this link:

Also, find out more about the Minneapolis chapter and other area chapters at the following links: