The purpose of this page is to address topics relevant to the CFO function. Each month we will examine topics that are relevant to the success of your company. Should one be of particular interest to you, please feel to contact us and we can discuss it in depth.

How to Look at Growth Opportunities — April 2015

This topic involves financial management. Capital allocation is the key responsibility for the officers of a firm, particularly the CEO. The CFO plays an integral part in the process by providing the tools to evaluate the capital allocation opportunities. Investing in good projects is a key driver for profitable growth. The best managements have a […]

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A Framework for Financing Your Ideas – March 2015

This topic involves treasury. One thing all companies need is cash to finance their operations and growth opportunities. The most astute managements have a process which provides a platform for pro-active approaches to lenders and investors. The subsequent paragraphs describe the building blocks entrepreneurs can use to develop this very important tool. The first step […]

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Acquisitions: An Avenue for Growth – February 2015

This topic involves both strategy and valuation. A vibrant small business continually seeks growth opportunities. Such opportunities can present themselves as new products, new markets, product-enhancing technologies, or cost saving technologies. Another attractive source of growth, particularly for mature industries, is acquisitions. In examining this topic we consider such matters as: objectives; due diligence; valuation; […]

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Financial Modeling Drives Optimal Decisions – January 2015

This topic involves financial management. Financial modeling is an important tool that the CFO can use to help management make the optimal decisions in pursuit of the company’s goals. The tool accomplishes this goal by relating critical inputs to performance outcomes. This information is used to support planning and control efforts as well as evaluate […]

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Good Forecasts Make Good Planning – December 2014

This topic concerns budgeting. The budget is central to the company’s overall growth plan and acts as an essential management tool. In turn, the forecast is the key element of the budget. Consequently, good forecasting of expected revenues, expenses and cash needs keeps the company one step ahead of the many forces that affect demand […]

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Get the Most From Your CFO – November 2014

This topic concerns strategy. A Chief Financial Officer (CFO), whether permanent or temporary, is more than a mere scorekeeper. A good CFO can help influence the strategic direction of a business as well as its profitability. In choosing a CFO, executive management must insist on several attributes. The view of the CFO as a scorekeeper […]

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A Coordinated Approach to Risk Management – October 2014

This topic relates to internal controls. In addition to financial risks, two other major risk management concerns for companies are strategic risks and regulatory risks. While it is common that more emphasis is placed on strategic risks, the CFO must strike a balance between the two. This can be accomplished by a comprehensive and balanced […]

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Managing Working Capital to Spur Growth – October 2014

This topic concerns financial management. In some cases when revenue increases there is not a sustained improvement in working capital management. The unfortunate result is reduced profitability as measured by return on capital. Such an inefficient use of capital requires the attention of the CFO. The cause of this situation is companies require more working […]

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Take Profitability Analysis to The Next Level – September 2014

This topic concerns financial management. Many small businesses gauge their performance by focusing on profit margins. This is a very important measure which can indicate the need for better pricing, cost reduction, as well as better utilization of capacity or floor space. However, there is another measure that can be used to take profitability analysis […]

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Risk Reduction Through Monitoring Non-Financial Data – September 2014

This topic concerns internal controls Strong internal controls are crucial for a businesses to detect and prevent fraud, thereby creating a solid foundation for growth. Typically these controls are applied to structured data such as operating statistics and financial data. While this effort is enormously helpful, many businesses would benefit from monitoring unstructured data as […]

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