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
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
Seasonality can be brutal. If your business is like ours, summertime is pretty slow. The phones don’t ring, employees and clients are on vacation, nobody is available for appointments and not much happens in general. Even if summertime is busy in your industry, chances are that there are other times during the year that business
In a recent post, I talked about a conversation I had with our banker and the three questions she’d most like answers to. In case you missed it, her questions were… How are you feeling about your business and the local economy? What is the outlook for the rest of the year? What are you
Recently, I had lunch with our banker. During the meeting, I asked her what she wanted to accomplish when meeting with her customers. She said that she wanted to know the 3 questions your banker wants answered… 3 Questions Your Banker Wants Answered 1. How are you feeling about your business and the local economy?
The end of the first quarter of 2015 is approaching, and quarterly debt covenant compliance certificates are coming due. If your business is like many in our area, this thought probably fills you with dread. With so many businesses in Houston tied to the energy industry, the effects of the free fall in oil prices
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