Banking / Financing

Category: Banking / Financing

Mining the Balance Sheet for Working Capital

Mining the Balance Sheet for Working Capital Let’s face it… There has been significant liquidity in the marketplace over the past couple of years. Debt and equity capital has been relatively easy to find and commercial banks have been very willing participants as capital providers; however, many of the commercial banks have admitted that this robust marketplace

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Is Your Business Bankable?

Businesses call us for many reasons but here are two very common reasons why we get called… They are growing and want to strengthen the financial function. OR They are in financial distress and can’t find a way out. Why does a business need to be bankable? What does being bankable mean? In this blog,

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Alternative Forms of Financing

It happens all the time. Companies need capital, but they aren’t bankable. Banks or other financial institutions will not touch them because they are either too risky, not able to meet covenants, or it just doesn’t work out for some reason. So, where do those companies go? They need to look at alternative forms of

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Budgeting 101: Creating Successful Budgets

We often discuss budgeting in our firm, and I often write about budgeting because it is such an important topic in any company. As a consulting firm, we deal with this issue at almost every client. Let’s rehash some basics… Why is budgeting important? As properly stated by Ron Real (the author of 13 ½ Strategies

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What Your Banker Wants You To Know

In small or large businesses, we often end up dealing with banks and bankers beyond the checking account. When you have debt with your bank (your lender), the relationship takes on another dynamic. The typical loan agreement for traditional debt includes loan amount, terms, collateral provided, the covenants you must live by, and the dos

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Budgeting: It’s About Achieving Success

Ron Rael, author of 13 ½ Strategic Ways of Winning the Budgeting Wars, once said that, “To achieve success in anything, you need two ingredients: a target to aim for and a way to measure your progress towards it.” Budgeting is all about achieving success in business. When you improve the budget process, you are

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Debt Compliance 101: Keeping Your Banker Happy

While Houston is mostly underwater from Hurricane Harvey that made landfall over the weekend, we are keeping our heads high and finding some purpose. Houstonians are going out of their way to save people, help clean up flood damage, and providing the necessities for their fellow neighbor. Similarly, you should find ways to keep your

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5 Cs of Credit – How to Be More Credit Worthy

Are you credit worthy? Right now, is your credit good enough for a lender to give you a loan or line of credit today? If your answer is no or if your not sure of your answer, take a look at the 5 Cs of Credit. This 5-point checklist allows loan officers to easily determine

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Key Elements When Seeking Financing

This past week, one of my clients met with a banker to develop a new banking relationship. He hands the banker the company’s financial statements, expecting the banker to look at the income statement. Instead, the banker flips to the back of the financial statements to look over the balance sheet. As the coach, I

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Taking Credit Cards for Business: Good or Bad?

People, myself included, are generally more hesitant with taking credit cards for business on anything major… and I don’t blame them! There’s typically a 2% charge on sales. However, if you use your credit cards the correct way, it may be worth considering. To save you time and risk, here’s a few things that we learned from using

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How to Get a Loan When Banks Aren’t Lending

You need capital, but you’re having trouble securing the financing you need.  So how to get a loan when banks aren’t lending? This situation reminds me of the famous NBC Television show, “The Office”, the hilarious documentary-style show that comments on the life of a standard corporate office. If you haven’t seen the show, I’d

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