Yes, You Need a Budget!

Do you have a budget – a real budget? The value of a data-based, dynamic, working budget is often overlooked. Why every business should have a budget: A well-prepared budget illustrates where you are financially, where you need to be to meet your objectives, and identifies the gap between the two. A budget facilitates a …

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What You Need to Know About Round Two PPP Funds

Coronavirus relief legislation passed in 2020 included an additional $284 billion for Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans to help small businesses pay employees and stay open. That second round of funding is now available. Some eligibility requirements have changed, and forgiveness rules have been eased a bit. In addition to first-time applicants, some businesses that …

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Three Things I Have Learned in 2020

The challenges we’ve faced throughout 2020, both personally and in business, are unprecedented. We’ve all invariably met struggles but have found opportunities as well. I’d like to share three things I’ve learned during this crazy year that relate to business, but that also speak volumes about the human spirit. These insights arose primarily from the …

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3 Ways to Position Yourself for Change     

An election like no other in history, a volatile economy, a global pandemic – sometimes it is hard to comprehend all that we have experienced this year. Change is inevitable in any environment, but 2020 has mandated that we remain poised for change, requiring many businesses to pivot over and over. I am amazed at …

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PPP Loan Forgiveness Updates

If your business was the recipient of loan funds through the Paycheck Protection Program, the deadline for submitting your application to your lender for PPP loan forgiveness has been extended, according to the US Small Business Association (SBA). Originally expected to be October 31st, your deadline to apply will instead be the maturity date of …

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Now is the Time to Start Exit Planning – Here’s Why

Many business owners feel shaken by the impact of the pandemic on the business climate and may be questioning whether their vision of the future is still possible. One of the best antidotes to uncertainty is having a solid plan! It’s never the wrong time to start exit planning, and the more lead time you …

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Peers – A Lifeline Through the Pandemic

The Exit Planning Peer Advisory Board (PAB) provides a safe place for business owners to discuss their challenges and offer support and insights to their fellow members. A look back at the last few meetings reveals another layer of the group’s value. The events of this year have put businesses and their leaders to the …

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What Does Re-Emergence Look Like for Your Business?

“Expect the best. Prepare for the worst. Capitalize on what comes.” – Zig Ziglar At our July Peer Advisory Board (PAB) meeting on Exit Planning, the discussion was around what business looks like as we re-emerge and get back to business in this phase of the COVID-19 pandemic. We focused on addressing what responsibilities business …

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Get the Greatest Benefit From Your PPP Funds

The rules and requirements associated with the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), administered through the Small Business Administration, have undergone some changes as the program has evolved. If you’ve received these funds, check with your lender or CPA periodically to ensure that you’re in compliance.

June 30th is the deadline to apply if you haven’t already and are eligible. Let’s review the basics.

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Cultivating Company Culture in the COVID Era

Company culture – it’s a foundational element of your business. But with recent changes in how we do business, making culture a priority can be challenging. Employees may be working from multiple locations and on different schedules, how you connect with customers has likely changed, and potentially, you’ve pivoted in terms of the products and …

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