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Small Businesses – Stop Worshiping Them?

Doesn’t a lot of this jawboning about job creation make your brain explode? I’ve never read articles by Rex Nutting before, who writes for MarketWatch on the WSJ Digital network … but a banker friend of mine referred me to his “Time to stop worshiping small businesses” article. I’m not sure where Rex gets his…

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Leadership Lessons: Scribbles on an Envelope

It’s exciting, isn’t it, when we stumble across crumpled notes that have been lodged in our wallet for years … to discover timeless gems that we may have forgotten? I’ve earlier reported on the piece of paper carried in the wallet of  John Wooden, famed UCLA basketball coach, which bore the words written by his…

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Small Business Finance Bill passes – So What?

Do you often wonder how this country gets along with the Pollyanna views inside the Beltway, mostly comprised of those who have never had to meet a payroll? The Senate passed the Small Business finance bill last week as a few Republicans crossed the aisle to provide the needed votes. The House is expected to…

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Uncertainty is killing business – NOT credit!

A recent WSJ opinion piece nicely summarizes the quagmire of uncertainty that plagues American business. I’m pretty tired of all of the “credit-starved businesses” stories presented like medieval alchemy … fix this and you’ve found gold … because most of them based on a few unproven anecdotes. The real issue is UNCERTAINTY … so I’m…

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Business Finance: Vol. 2 – How Do We Do It?

Volume 2 of our Financial Adrenaline series, entitled How Do We Do it?, explains how we begin the process of introducing the powerful principles of Strategic Finance into your business. We expand upon our conversation about the current state of financial reporting and describe our commitment to you that Finance should NOT be the Reason…

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Business Finance workshop at the Wine Industry Financial Symposium

For at least 18 years, the Wine Industry Symposium Group, an organization of California wine industry professionals, has held the Wine Industry Financial Symposium to “develop a communications bridge to the financial community.” This year, I will be conducting a 90 minute workshop to help companies in the wine industry revitalize their free cash flow. Here’s…

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Business Finance: Vol. 1 – What do we believe?

In Volume 1, we quantify the gap in financial literacy that can destroy a business. We show you the difference between traditional financial statements, spreadsheets and ratios … and the powerful visual and interactive tools that are available to help executives drive improved business performance. We know that you believe passionately in your business, and…

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Leaders Don’t Drown – They Rebound!

Recently, I wrote, 7 Swing Thoughts to Overcome Adversity, inspired by Dustin Johnson’s heartbreak at the recent PGA Championship. It was a controversial call except among golf purists but it resulted in a terrible calamity for the young golfer. Yet, Johnson has shown remarkable aplomb and resilience in the face of extraordinary disappointment … for…

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