3 Key Points to Structuring a Deal
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3 Key Points to Structuring a Deal

Every business owner has a big dream for their company and wants to make it happen. The problem is many deals can fall apart over terms, leaving both parties confused and frustrated. There are many pieces to consider when structuring a deal. How much? What price? Cash vs. stock? Lump sum or payments over time?…

Selling Your Business? Here are 4 Steps to Create a Roadmap to Success.
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Selling Your Business? Here are 4 Steps to Create a Roadmap to Success.

Every business owner has a big dream for their company and wants to make it happen. But, when it comes to retiring one day and driving off into the sunset, most business owners don’t know where to start or what to do. They’ve been so busy working in the business, they haven’t stopped to take…

Do You Know What Metrics You Should Be Tracking?
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Do You Know What Metrics You Should Be Tracking?

Coming up on mid-year, you might be reflecting on the first half and are either looking to course correct or finish strong. What are you going to start doing, stop doing, and keep doing?   One of the ways to determine this is to look at the key metrics of your business and see if you’re…

4 Ways to Increase Profitability
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4 Ways to Increase Profitability

Business owners dream of growing their business and making it the best it can be, but oftentimes they struggle to follow a unified strategy to get there. They’re unsure which areas to focus on to have the biggest impact and are left confused and frustrated.  Profitability, not profit, is a key ingredient to a successful…

Interpreting the Language of Accounting
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Interpreting the Language of Accounting

For my wife’s and my 25th wedding anniversary, our family went to France. Paris, Provence, Chamonix and on the way back to Paris to catch our flight home, we went to the cathedral in Reims. The one with the Chagall stained glass and where Joan of Arc was to be crowned by King Charles in 1429…

Accounting is the Language of Business
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Accounting is the Language of Business

“Accounting is the language of business, and you must learn it like a language…To be successful at business, you have to understand the underlying financial values of the business.”  –Warren Buffett  Time after time in my banking career I met with thousands of business owners who were looking for loans. Frequently, it became apparent that they had…

5 Ways to Cultivate an Entrepreneurial Mindset
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5 Ways to Cultivate an Entrepreneurial Mindset

For anyone who’s thinking about becoming an entrepreneur, whether you’re just out of school or fed up with corporate America and are inspired to “go for it”, this blog is for you. Remember, mindset first, then skill set. Having the right mindset will get you further than simply checking the boxes of certain skills. So,…

A Tale of Two Mindsets: Can You Really Improve Cash?
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A Tale of Two Mindsets: Can You Really Improve Cash?

Every business owner dreams of a business with lots of cash and positive cash flow. With this type of business, the owner can reinvest in the business, take distributions, and pay off debt. The options are endless. The problem is, most business owners don’t know which levers to pull in their business to increase cash….

A Tale of Two Mindsets: The Secret to Improving Execution
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A Tale of Two Mindsets: The Secret to Improving Execution

Every business owner has a big dream for their company and wants to make it happen. But it can be overwhelming trying to figure out which decisions are helping the company grow and which ones are hurting. Once a business owner gets in a groove of their company operating smoothly, they often don’t want to…

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