As an experienced CFO, Mindy brought perspective to our financial process in a way that can help you in the future. She helped us achieve clarity of cash flow and budgetary constraints while going through our entire company and asking the hard questions. I should have hired her sooner!

Jeff Charette, CEO, Menuat 

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Don’t Expect Your CPA To Be Your CFO

I frequently see struggling businesses feel comfortable engaging a CPA to perform an audit, or use a bookkeeper to handle the financial processes of their company and provide monthly finance reports. As we delve deeper into the client’s concerns through probing questions, I often discover that neither the CEO nor the Board fully understands the… | Read the full article »

Deal Killer

Have you ever prepared for your workout but realized you had not done laundry, so you had no clean clothes or you could not find your tennis shoes?  Were you still motivated to go for the run after you did your laundry and found your shoes? Many of us would have lost interest due to the time delay. … | Read the full article »

Businesses are Using Decades Old Processes and Expecting 21st Century Results!

Organizations both large and small can get frustrated with the timeliness and quality of the information they receive from financial systems. Often, snap decisions are made to purchase a new system to solve the problem. Many times old processes are transferred into the new system. The new system then doesn’t work the way it was envisioned, costing the organization time and money. All of this could… | Read the full article »

Start With Simple

What do making your bed and pitching to potential investors have in common? According to Admiral William McRaven, in his book, Make Your Bed (available at Amazon.com), it’s the simple steps, taken each day, that achieve great results. To better link these two seemingly unrelated activities, consider this: Chief Executive and Financial Officers may feel… | Read the full article »

Surviving a Disaster – Hurricane Irma

Can Your Investor Become Your Trusted Advisor?

Last October I offered advice on finding the right investor for entrepreneurial businesses. Today I am writing about trusted advisors (the theme for March) – the investor is a special kind of trusted advisor.   As with any business relationship, finding the right fit with your investor is the first step in a long and… | Read the full article »

The Accounting Department – More Than a Processing Machine

Or – how to become an irreplaceable business partner to your CEO.   Why do accounting departments exist? The accounting department can be a processing machine producing mountains of data and reports that get little to no attention OR they can serve as business partner to senior management. But how do you make that transition… | Read the full article »

Other Key Considerations for Equity Allocation

Part 3 of the Equity series. The Equity series concludes with five additional key considerations for startups, as you lay the foundation for the future growth and development of your new business. Equal split of equity and decision-making with a Partner(s). For this arrangement to work, quick decisions have to be made and put in writing… | Read the full article »

Primary Considerations for Equity Allocation Agreements

Part 2 of the Equity series. In Part 1 of the Equity series I laid the groundwork for equity allocation by discussing the impulsive entrepreneur who gives away the business to friend and family just to have them involved in the new venture.   Part 2 focuses on equity allocation to key roles in your organization…. | Read the full article »

Virginity and Equity – Think Before You Give Away Either

Part 1 of the Equity series. Virginity and equity have a lot in common: human beings do not spend enough time thinking through how to give away either of them, but once they do, the results have the potential to be rewarding or devastating.   This article focuses on giving away equity – virginity is… | Read the full article »