3 Myths of Small Business Success

By |2021-08-04T16:35:49-05:00July 27th, 2021|Advisory, Cash Flow, Goals, Internal Control, KPIs, Preparation, Process Optimization|

  Applications for new businesses have increased over the past year. This is good news, as small businesses drive our economies and bring growth to our communities. But starting a new business isn’t an easy road—22% of small businesses fail within the first year, and 50% fail within the first five years. And with so [...]

Have Your Internal Controls Grown With Your Business?

By |2021-07-28T12:58:01-05:00May 10th, 2021|Advisory, Internal Control, Performance Measurement, Preparation, Process Optimization|

  Think back to when you first started your company. Responsibility sat on your shoulders to promote, produce, and account for your business. You approached each task thrown your way with a “whatever-it-takes” mentality. You were in touch with what was happening, identified areas of improvement, and felt confident in the direction you were heading. [...]

5 Blind Spots To Avoid When Scaling Your Nonprofit

By |2021-04-08T11:09:35-05:00March 15th, 2021|Advisory, Budget, Cash Flow, Change, Goals, Internal Control, Leader, Nonprofit, Performance Measurement, Preparation, Process Optimization|

  As your organization grows and scales, there are blind spots that sneak up on you. Things were going well in your organization; you were cruising along, enjoying the growth and sustainability and then … BAM! New problems and opportunities seemingly come out of nowhere. Each stage of an organization (startup, growth-stage and maturity) has [...]

5 Blind Spots to Avoid When Scaling your Business

By |2021-04-08T11:09:20-05:00February 15th, 2021|Advisory, Budget, Cash Flow, Change, Goals, Internal Control, Leader, Nonprofit, Performance Measurement, Preparation, Process Optimization|

  Growing a business is a lot like an amusement park. It’s exciting, fun, overwhelming and nauseating. It’s a roller coaster of fear, confidence, joy and panic. It’s a tilt-a-whirl of influence, innovation, and concern. The growth stage of business can be a wild ride, especially when the growth occurs rapidly. This array of emotions [...]

3 Steps to Create a Strong Revenue Goal

By |2021-01-22T16:53:59-06:00January 12th, 2021|Advisory, Goals, KPIs, Preparation, Value|

  Setting goals can be fun, especially if someone else is responsible for achieving them. For most small business owners, myself included, the pressure and responsibility for achieving revenue goals rests heavily on the business owner. When faced with this pressure, we can either: Set a vague goal (so it’s hard to evaluate whether we [...]

3 Nonprofit Considerations During High Growth Times

By |2020-10-19T10:50:22-05:00September 22nd, 2020|Nonprofit, Performance Measurement, Preparation|

The number of nonprofit organizations in the U.S. with an annual revenue of over $1 Million has increased dramatically over the last decade. During high growth times, organizations must dedicate time to their reporting needs; as revenues increase, so do expenses. To maintain accurate and relevant financial reporting, organizations need to properly organize expenses, analyze [...]

How to Improve Employee Engagement in a Remote Workplace

By |2020-10-19T10:50:03-05:00August 11th, 2020|Change, COVID-19, Employment, Performance Measurement, Preparation, Tips|

There is no denying that the year 2020 has changed the current state of how we work individually, and how we work as a member of a team. The events of 2020 will also more than likely become a catalyst for how we work in the future. During the last six months, I think it’s [...]

Succession Planning: What Got You Here Won’t Get You There; Or Will It?

By |2020-10-19T10:57:30-05:00July 21st, 2020|Advisory, Change, Goals, Preparation, Succession Planning|

You’ve built a successful business, and now you’re ready to move on. However, thinking about how to get out of the business you spent your life getting into can be uncomfortable. There’s a lot to consider, strategically and emotionally. Successful transitions don’t just happen, and unsuccessful transitions can undermine everything you’ve worked for. Only 30% [...]

Top Five Ways to Survive and Thrive Financially During Economic Uncertainty

By |2020-09-21T14:34:37-05:00June 23rd, 2020|Advisory, Cash Flow, COVID-19, Economy, Goals, Hello Iowa, Performance Measurement, Preparation|

Undoubtedly, there’s a lot of uncertainty and change happening around us. This volatility can make us feel like we should hold tight and be reactive to what happens. But times of crisis and economic uncertainty can create opportunities for us to accelerate changes that we needed or wanted to happen anyway. Here are the Top [...]

Evaluating Deal Structures For a Business Transition

By |2020-03-31T14:18:48-05:00March 3rd, 2020|Advisory, Business Valuation, Change, Gifts, Preparation, Succession Planning, Tax Planning|

  The time has come to begin transitioning out of the business you’ve spent your life building, but where do you begin? Whether you are selling to family, current employees, or an outside party, there are several deal structures to evaluate. We’ll discuss things to consider with various structures but always encourage you to establish [...]

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