Beginning October 1, 2018, Alabama will start accepting the following through online portals:voluntary disclosure agreement applications; andnexus questionnaires.For October, the Department of Revenue will accept both manual and electronic applications and questionnaires. However, during this transition period, the department strongly encourages online submissions. The online systems allow the department to process applications and questionnaires more quickly.Beginning November 1, 2018, the department will stop accepting manual applications and questionnaires.About the Voluntary Disclosure ProgramThe voluntary disclosure program allows businesses to comply with Alabama laws and limit their exposure for retroactive taxes and penalties. The program permits agreements for the following tax types:corporate income;pass-through entity income;financial institution excise;business privilege;state sales and use;state-administered local sales and use;rental;lodgings;utility privilege;mobile telecommunications service; andwithholding.About the Nexus QuestionnaireThe nexus questionnaire allows businesses to provide information to the department to determine whether they have a tax filing obligation.Where to Find the New Online PortalsThe voluntary disclosure agreement system will be available at www.VDA.revenue.alabama.gov.The nexus questionnaire will be available at www.nexus.revenue.alabama.gov.Where to Get More InformationTaxpayers can get more information from the Tax Policy and Governmental Affairs Division at [email protected] Release, Alabama Department of Revenue, September 18, 2018Login to read more tax news on CCH® AnswerConnect or CCH® Intelliconnect®.Not a subscriber? Sign up for a free trial or contact us for a representative.
VOTING UPDATE: Boone County Clerk Brianna Lennon says Hallsville voters need to go to Red Top Christian Church on Route U to cast a ballot. A carbon monoxide alarm went off early this morning at the community center.Tuesday is municipal election day.Columbia voters are deciding whether to stay with Brian Treece as mayor, or go with challenger Chris Kelly. Jefferson City incumbent Carrie Tergin is facing a challenge too, from Tiwan Lewis. Fulton will choose a new mayor.The Columbia Public Schools board has three candidates running for two open spots. Southern Boone and Blair Oaks schools are among the districts asking voters to pass a tax increase for more revenue.-Listen to our interviews with Treece and Kelly here.-Our features on CPS board of education candidates Jay Atkins, Della Streaty-Wilhoit, and Blake Willoughby.-Stories on tax increase proposals for the school district and the fire protection district in Southern Boone.-A breakdown of Jefferson City’s mayor race.-Blair Oaks voters will decide on a tax increase for a new high school.
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Grant Elliott combined with Luke Ronchi to help New Zealand’s win.New Zealand’s Luke Ronchi blasted 170 not out and Grant Elliott made 104 in a record unbroken 267-run partnership which lifted the Black Caps to a 108-run over Sri Lanka on Friday, taking an unbeatable 3-1 lead in their one-day series.Ronchi and Elliott came together with New Zealand in trouble at 93 for 5 and put on 267 runs from 180 balls to power the hosts to 360 for 5 at University Oval. Elliott then took 2 for 42 and Ronchi too claimed two wicketkeeping catches as Sri Lanka were bowled out for 252 in 43.4 overs.Tillakaratne Dilshan made 116 but Sri Lanka’s run-chase was never on pace to successfully chase the big target.New Zealand’s performance boded well for the upcoming World Cup, as it demonstrated the team’s depth of batting talent, even after leading batsmen Brendon McCullum (25), Kane Williamson (26) and Corey Anderson (8) were dismissed cheaply.The Wellington provincial team-mates Ronchi and Elliott helped New Zealand assemble their highest-ever score in one-day games against Sri Lanka and their sixth highest in all 50-overs internationals. The partnership was New Zealand’s highest for all wickets against Sri Lanka and their second highest against all nations, trailing the record of 274 by James Marshall and Brendon McCullum against Scotland.Ronchi raced to his 50 from 38 balls and to his maiden one-day international century from 74 balls with nine fours and three sixes. His entire innings contained only 99 balls, with 14 fours and nine sixes. Elliott was the rock of the innings after New Zealand’s early batting slump on a wicket which offered the bowling side early seam movement. But he accelerated with Ronchi’s leadership and reached his 100, his second in ODIs, from 93 balls with seven fours and two sixes.advertisement”It was good for both of us, we just worked off each other and enjoyed the whole situation,” Ronchi said. “Early on we were quite relaxed about the whole thing and thought we’d just bat for as long as we can.”Then when things started flowing along we were laughing and joking as much as we can between balls and trying to start as light-hearted as possible during the whole situation.”New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum said the pitch favoured the bowlers early but settled to become an ideal batting strip.”We were just out there trying to occupy the crease a little bit and build a decent partnership,” he said. “At 93-5 the game could go either way but we had two guys who stepped up under pressure and produced on the best partnerships we’ll see in one-day cricket.”Lahiru Thirimanne captained Sri Lanka for the first time Friday in the absence of Angelo Mathews, who had a calf injury. He did everything possible in his side’s cause, winning the toss and taking two early wickets but failed to break or even contain the key partnership.He then opened the batting and scored 45 in a 93-run opening stand with Dilshan. But when Dilshan was out at 215-4 in the 37th over, Sri Lanka was unable to go on.”It was a tough day because at 93-5 we thought we could get them all out for under 200,” Thirimanne said. “But things went wrong for us today.”We didn’t bowl to our bowling plan and that cost us.”
Business Blogging Topics: Originally published Jun 20, 2007 6:43:00 PM, updated October 18 2015 I talk to a lot of B2B companies about using blogs, wikis, RSS and other modern marketing methods to engage with prospects and customers to drive lead generation and sales (it is my job after all). A lot of the time I hear that “our customers don’t use that stuff” or “only teenagers use blogs” or “our prospects can’t spell RSS”. Well, now there is some very mainstream data (from BusinessWeek nonetheless) that shows that things like Blogs, RSS, social networks, posting videos online, etc. are a LOT more common, especially with “older” people (myself included) than you might think (I went to college before email was widely used and did not have a cell phone until I got one as part of my first job).If you assume that the 41-50 year old crowd of “young boomers” is a good proxy for a typical B2B buyer, then look at these stats from BusinessWeek as representative of your B2B prospects. And then tell me that creating a blog, publishing using RSS and leveraging social media is not important to your business… with a straight face. Frankly, if you are selling B2B a lot of your purchasers are probably younger than this demographic, so these estimates are probably conservative.• 12% of your B2B prospects publish/create a blog or website or online videos• 18% of your B2B prospects post comments on blogs or write online reviews• 15% of your B2B prospects use RSS• 15% use social networking sites (think LinkedIn, not MySpace)• 31% read blogs and/or listen to PodcastsAnd, overall, 46% of your B2B prospects who are online participate in some form of social media.Here is a link to the full chart of data from Business WeekWhat do you think? How is social media such as blogs and RSS affecting B2B marketing? Leave a comment and we can discuss below… Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlack
HubSpot Birthday Wish HubSpot This article had a particular resonance for me because my startup, more than anything else In any case, in Seth’s article, he writes: “With all due respect to Hallmark, the idea of sending people cards and presents on their birthday seems both selfish and small-minded. It seems to me that we could think bigger. On the birthday of your company or brand, what would you like your customers to do?” your (the company behind this blog) celebrated its third birthday recently. Hard to believe it’s already been three years — they grow up so quickly! Originally published Jul 6, 2009 11:51:00 AM, updated March 21 2013 That’s all we at HubSpot wish for our birthday. Really it is. Wish granted? Thanks! make your market smarter . , is the following: I just got back from a long drive, after a long weekend with my parents (who are visiting from India). Geek that I am, as soon as I got home, I started checking email and getting caught up on my reading. That’s when I came across a thought-provoking recent article from Seth Godin: Spend a day without pushing your product or service. Instead, spend that time saying something useful and interesting If you do end up granting the HubSpot birthday wish, tweet it with #hubspotwish (or link to this article) and I’ll come check it out. ). wish for your company or brand? think Here’s my request: For HubSpot’s birthday, what we’d love from you, ? (Yes, I’m a big Seth Godin fan. His stuff makes me What’s . Write a blog article. Tweet an insight. Produce a video. Anything. Just What Should I Do On Your Birthday Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlack
Topics: I’m in the process of doing some research for the upcoming Science of Website Redesign webinar, and I just found one piece of data that was so interesting, I decided to blog about it right now.76% of consumers say the most important factor in a website’s design is “the website makes it easy for me to find what I want.” Originally published Jun 1, 2011 12:00:00 PM, updated July 28 2017 Website Design
Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlack Topics: Originally published May 7, 2013 12:15:00 PM, updated February 01 2017 Corporate culture is — and always has been — a big deal here at HubSpot. Since we came up with the first version of our Culture Code many years ago, we’ve continued to focus on creating a company people love. Our Culture Code was recently updated (our co-founder, Dharmesh Shah, acted as scribe and spent many hours on it). After months of internal review and revision, we published our Culture Code to let people know what makes HubSpot and the people inside it tick.Since publishing the slides a little over a month ago, we’ve received an overwhelmingly positive response. The HubSpot Culture Code circulated inside and outside the company, receiving over 500,000 hits on SlideShare alone: Culture Code: Creating A Lovable Company from HubSpot All-in-one Marketing SoftwareLast week we had a visit from Patty McCord, one of the people who inspired Dharmesh and others at HubSpot to think about the importance of corporate culture. McCord is a consultant and former chief talent officer at Netflix. While at Netflix, McCord co-authored a document that has become legendary in Silicon Valley — a 126-page slide deck that encapsulates the corporate culture of Netflix: Culture from Reed HastingsFacebook COO Sheryl Sandberg once said the Netflix policy “may well be the most important document ever to come out of the Valley” because of its influence on other companies. Netflix helped pioneer things like a “no vacation policy,” where employees can take whatever time they need rather than earning a certain number of vacation days per year. (We have the same policy at HubSpot.) Another Netflix policy was no “brilliant jerks.” Meaning: Play nice, or no matter how smart you may be, we don’t want you around.Though Netflix has many admirable aspects in its company culture, McCord left us only with a few very important pieces of wisdom during her visit to HubSpot. For anyone trying to start a small company or attempting to navigate a career inside a big one, McCord’s advice is invaluable.High-Performance CultureNetflix stirred up some controversy by saying it only wanted “high performance” employees, and that “adequate performance gets a generous severance package.”McCord says she and others at Netflix spent months arguing about that idea. “It was hugely controversial,” she says. Even top execs at Netflix pushed back on it. “They said, ‘What about loyalty? What about retention?’ We argued about this for six months. And then actually doing it was really hard, too.”The idea behind the “high-performance” culture is that a company should be like a pro sports team, where everyone has to earn their spot on the team and keep earning it. “It’s not a family,” where everyone has a spot no matter what, McCord says.But that means making some difficult decisions and even pushing out great people if they no longer serve the needs of the company. One example: A talented woman who worked in finance at Netflix and did a great job in the early days didn’t have the skills to stay in her job after Netflix went public. McCord considered finding a new role for her, but instead told her she had to leave.The woman complained that she wasn’t being treated fairly. “‘Look, you’ve got 100,000 shares at a nickel apiece, you’ll be fine,'” McCord responded. “Sometimes it’s really hard to say goodbye to people who helped you become successful.”Start, Stop, ContinueAmong the other management innovations at Netflix is a “start, stop, continue” review process. “Once a year on email, anyone can give anyone feedback, in three categories — start doing this, stop doing this, and continue doing this,” she said. Netflix also uses this review technique for in-person reviews, with groups of eight people in a room. “It can be really ugly,” she says. “Someone says, ‘Stop being an asshole.’ That can be bad.” On the bright side, using the “start, stop, continue” review process ensures that people receive affirmation for the things they are doing right, an often-forgotten component of feedback.Waiting for PermissionMcCord has spent a long career in Silicon Valley but she’s an unconventional thinker who hates words like “consistency” (“Consistency is something you want in cake batter.”) and “empowerment,” which she considers ridiculous. “You either have power or you don’t. If you wait around for someone to give you permission, you’re going to get passed over.”After the talk, I ran into McCord and we had a quick conversation. She seems to have big plans for the year ahead. I’m hoping she will keep finding ways to get her ideas out into the world — she has outstanding lessons for people in any stage of their career.How have you helped create a culture at your company? Share your advice for creating a solid company culture in the comments below. Company Culture
Originally published Jun 6, 2013 3:00:00 PM, updated February 01 2017 Topics: Last fall, tech billionaire and Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban made waves when he loudly and publicly blasted Facebook for changing its rules in a way that made it harder for brands to reach their audiences. Cuban said he (and the 70 companies he’s invested in) would turn away from Facebook and focus attention on other platforms, like Twitter and MySpace.But now Cuban says Facebook has changed its ways, and lately he and his brands have been diving back in.“We are testing the new platforms Facebook has created. They have definitely gotten smarter,” Cuban says via email. “They are customizing their platforms based on usage,” he says, and not “forcing us to play roulette with promotions.”Cuban won’t go into detail, but says, “We are working with them on multiple projects. We still focus on Twitter more at this point, but have opened the door to Facebook opportunities other than promoted posts. I’m still not a fan of sponsored posts, but some of their new programs show promise.”Furthermore, Cuban says, because of changes Facebook has made, “focused spending is becoming more effective.”Cuban is not the only prodigal son advertiser returning to the Facebook fold. In April, General Motors said it would resume advertising on Facebook, a year after saying it would stop spending money on the platform.How the Trouble StartedLast year, a lot of people got ticked off when Facebook changed its EdgeRank algorithm, which determines what content gets surfaced in users’ News Feeds. Some brands saw a huge and sudden decline in their reach — in some cases, up to 50 percent.Some suspected Facebook was choking off reach in order to push brands to spend money on sponsored posts. Facebook insisted that wasn’t so, and that it had changed the EdgeRank algorithm to cut down on the amount of spam that was showing up in users’ News Feeds.Nevertheless, Cuban and others were upset because they had invested lots of time and money into building big followings on Facebook, but now had to pay to reach them. Cuban said he would stop trying to build more audience on Facebook. “Why would a brand invest in getting Likes they can’t reach without paying a premium?” Cuban said.Facebook Listens and AdaptsSince the outcry, Facebook hasn’t changed the percentage of sponsored versus organic content in the News Feed. But what it has done is introduce a bunch of tools that let marketers target relevant audiences, so their spending is more effective. The idea is to let marketers reach the right people at the right time.Most of these targeting tools are available to all Facebook advertisers, including self-service advertisers.Cuban won’t say which of these new tools are most intriguing to him. But here are some of the most important ones:Custom AudiencesThis tool, introduced last September, lets you reach people with whom you have a relationship outside of Facebook. Give Facebook your email or phone list and it will match your data with data from Facebook members — everything gets “hashed,” i.e. anonymized — so you can reach your list member when they’re on Facebook. Learn more in our how-to article here or in Facebook’s documentation here.Partner CategoriesThis tool, introduced in April, lets you target clusters of people based on their behavior outside of Facebook. Data generated by third-party firms like Acxiom, Datalogix, and Epsilon lets Facebook identify, say, people who buy lots of orange juice. So if you’re selling orange juice, you can target a promotion at just those orange juice lovers. Again, everything is hashed. Learn more here.Facebook ExchangeAlso known as FBX, this tool was first introduced last September and then added to the News Feed in March. It is basically Facebook’s retargeting service and involves partnerships with Facebook-approved Demand-Side Providers (DSPs). Put a pair of shoes in your shopping cart on a big retailer’s site, but don’t buy them — and then when you go to Facebook, you’ll see an ad for those shoes. Learn more in our coverage of FBX here.Facebook has already started seeing results from these targeting tools. The unique “x-out rate” (percent of people who click X to close an ad unit) for ads using the Custom Audiences targeting tool is 15% lower than for ads that are not using that tool, Facebook says.As for Cuban, he doesn’t think Facebook is making changes based on his protest — “I don’t think I had any influence at all,” he says. Nevertheless, the fact that Cuban is now saying good things about Facebook speaks volumes to that company’s ability to adapt and respond. Facebook Marketing Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlack