The CFO'S Perspective

Where to Get CARES Act Resources

The recently signed Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act ("CARES Act") contains over 800 pages of legislation to provide financial relief during this time of crisis. The bill provides emergency assistance and health care response for individuals, families, and businesses affected by the 2020 coronavirus pandemic.

In response to numerous requests, we are providing resources to help you understand the CARES Act. To the best of our knowledge, these resources are current, but please check with the appropriate agencies to confirm the details.

Find out what the CARES Act means for you, your family, and your business.

Topics: Economic Trends News Planning Resources

Understanding the Role of Advisory Boards

The purpose of human life is to serve, and to show compassion and the will to help others.” - Nobel Peace Prize winner Albert Schweitzer

Entrepreneurs and CEOs quickly learn how lonely it can be at the top. In many cases, you may be the sole employee when your venture is first created. When it grows, and you have a more complex organization with a sizeable staff, accountability for success still rests mainly on your shoulders. 

As your company’s leader, employees look to you for guidance and vision. Investors expect you to successfully manage the company and provide them with an excellent return on their investment. When dealing with a difficult situation or approaching uncharted territory, the CEO has no peers in the organization. 

It is for these reasons that CEOs form a board of advisors to give them guidance or expertise. An increasing number of organizations are forming advisory boards. But how can you best define the role of your board and its members?

Topics: Planning Leadership

Understanding New Revenue Recognition Guidelines for Nonprofits

For many nonprofit organizations, revenue recognition is one of the most challenging accounting issues they encounter.  The guidelines governing the recognition and classification of revenue are now, however, undergoing significant change.

Topics: Accounting Non Profit Organizations Financial Reports Audit

Financial Projections and Analysis Considerations

An important part of the business planning process is the preparation of financial statements to predict the outcome of an organization’s results in future periods.

Financial projections are based on compiling the internal and external accounting data you already use in the day-to-day management of your business. By projecting your revenue and expenses, you can get a more accurate view for how successful your business can be. Creating financial projections is not an easy task but is a very important part of developing a sound strategy. The financials tell you what goals to keep and what to cut.
 
Projections can also be a guide to help your business grow without running out of cash. To generate and support additional revenues, additional cash is always required. Financial projections help you assess what additional assets are needed to support increased revenue and the potential impact on your balance sheet. The projected financial plan indicates how much additional debt or equity you need to remain solvent and healthy.

Topics: Analysis Financial Projections

Growth Strategies - Risks and Possibilities

There’s nothing wrong with taking your business in a different direction. Some of the world’s most successful companies started out doing one thing and ended up succeeding at something else. Cell phone giant Nokia began as a rubber bootmaker, and oil conglomerate Shell was an importer of actual seashells. 

You can certainly reinvent yourself at any time, and sometimes it’s the best idea to guarantee success and longevity. But have you considered all of the risks and possibilities as you plan your roadmap for the next chapter of your organization’s growth?

Topics: Planning Growth Risk Management Strategy