Actionable Advice

The Least Fun You’ll Have this Holiday: Year End Tax Planning Checklist

It’s a shame, really, that we have to interrupt our joyous year-end holidays with gut-wrenching year-end tax planning… So to minimize the pain, I’ve put together a quick list of the 6 things I think you should know this year.  Put down the fruitcake and eggnog for just a second, […]

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Skip the Bank: Where to Find a Business Loan when Banks say “No!”

Banks don’t really “get it” do they? You stride into a bank with all the confidence in the world… and you slink away because they just don’t want to put their money into your business.

That’s no reason to give up. There are at least 4 other major sources of business capital available to you. Check out these 4 places you’ll find hidden capital to help you grow your business:

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Optimizing Cash Flow: 7 Steps to Less Stress and a Better Business

Keep Cash Flowing Like Niagara Falls

It’s a simple truth: “Hope is not a strategy.” It’s true in so many fields of human endeavor, but none more than cash flow.  And with so many business owners relying on hope to avoid a cash flow crisis, it’s no wonder some businesses wind up in a place known for a very different saying; “Abandon all […]

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How to Live with your CFO: Fixing a Dysfunctional CFO-CEO Relationship

CFO CEO Relationship

The best way to build a strong, profitable and sustainable company is to start with a solid CFO-CEO relationship. In the best companies, the two executives are in lock-step, working together to realize a common vision. And in doing so, they divide the work, compliment each other’s strengths and have each other’s back.

When it works well, the interplay and support between CEO and CFO creates value greater than the sum of its parts and catapults the company past the competition. When it fails, the bad relationship can tear an organization apart at the seams.
Creating a great CFO-CEO relationship does not happen naturally. Like a marriage, the relationship takes time, effort and self awareness to understand how your work style impacts your CFO (and vice-versa).
If you and your CFO are not working together to build the strongest company possible, perhaps its time for some couple’s counseling. See if you recognize yourself in any of these three common relationship danger zones:

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4 Strategies for Surviving Foreign Currency Exchange Risks

Manage Foreign Exchange Risk

Any business that deals internationally deserves to have a strong, forward-looking currency plan that supports the company’s overall financial goals and protects their profit margins. The re-valuation of the Chinese Yuan this week highlights a risk that most small businesses barely acknowledge: the cost and volatility of international money exchange.
If you’re buying raw materials from China, your costs suddenly increased by 4% (enough to wipe out the entire profit margin for some businesses), which makes foreign currency exchange a risk that you cannot afford to ignore.
How do you protect yourself against these kinds of risks? Here’s the 4 basics you need to know now…

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How to Use Customer Segmentation to Drive Higher Profits

Customer Segmentation Strategies

In almost every business, just 20% of customers account for 80% of profits. And many businesses would be better off if they simply did not have to serve the bottom 80% at all!

But before you go out and fire 4 of every 5 customers, take a closer look. By understanding the profitability of each customer segment, and adjusting your operations accordingly, you can keep the customers and maximize profits.

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How to Win a $100 million Finance Defamation Lawsuit

If you’ve been slandered publicly in print or on the internet, It is possible to win a defamation lawsuit. This recent judgement is a great case study in how to win.

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Raising Venture Capital: Big Headlines Hide the Ugly Truth

Raising VC Money is Not As Easy As the Headlines Make it Seem

Dataminr, Inc. is celebrating a new $130 million investment from leading angels and VC… on top of $50 million raised since opening their doors in 2009. The latest investment values the company north of $700 million.

Do headlines like that leave you Dazzled? Jealous? Do they make you think that raising venture capital is the easy, fast and sexy? Think again. Behind the headlines are 4 tough truths about raising venture capital and private equity.

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