Cash is the lifeblood of business. Without it a company will die. Many companies, especially those that are growing rapidly, face situations from time to time that result in cash shortages that threaten their very survival. For example, if a company finds itself in a situation where it is not able to meet payroll, there… Read more »
Crowdfunding is one of the hottest topics these day among entrepreneurs, with new platforms launching nearly every day. One can fund their current or new business venture with help from friends, family, colleagues, and complete strangers, thanks to a myriad of funding platforms such as Kickstarter, Rockethub, and others (see http://www.crowdsourcing.org/directory for a good list).… Read more »
As originally appeared in In Business Magazine, December 2012(www.inbusinessmag.com) The Crucial Monthly Close – by Dennis Niven (in collaboration with George Bergmark III) How is your business doing lately? As an owner, you probably have a sense of how things are going, but is it right? While I have developed a great respect for an… Read more »
As originally appeared in In Business Magazine, October 2012 If Cash is King, then Working Capital is God – by Dennis Niven Working capital management is the most important management activity in emerging and mid-sized companies because of the significant financial impact that it has on the company’s well-being. While most CEOs and business owners… Read more »
Morgan Stanley Smith Barney Announces Alliance with B2B CFO Professional alliance offers more holistic approach for business owners Morgan Stanley Smith Barney has announced a new national alliance with B2B CFO, the largest CFO services firm in the United States. This agreement provides an innovative blueprint for a coordinated effort to meet both the corporate and… Read more »
I am fortunate to have grown up in lower-middle class, urban Sioux City, Iowa during the relatively simple Happy Days of the 1950’s, where my only worries were how a couple of girls at Emerson Elementary might react to my May Day and Valentine Day cards, sitting at the table until I finished my mashed… Read more »
I have heard it debated whether men and women choose a sales career or if the sales career chooses them. While many books and seminars are sold on how to sell, most of them are ineffective and contradictory. Selling, it seems, is almost all art and very little science. It isn’t just having the gift of gab; it is becoming a master at building and maintaining personal relationships.
“Has not the curse of steel pens swept over the land until decent handwriting is almost unknown? Do not ninety-nine persons in a hundred use steel pens, and has more than one out of the ninety-ninethe effrontery to say he can write with them? Lord Palmerston was quite right – the handwriting of this generation is… Read more »
As I see it, great talent means big egos, big paychecks, loafing, and not reaching potential.
I was looking at Senator Barry Goldwater (and Otis) through the hooded front sight of my rifle in broad daylight absolutely ready to pull the trigger that was a hair away from the point of no return already.