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Exit Planning Strategy: Who Needs It?

Florida CFO Group partners Dawn Johnson, Mark Brown and Harold Hale discuss the importance of having an exit strategy for your business.

Exit Planning Strategy: Who Needs It?

Harold: An exit strategy is planning for a transition of ownership. It is a way or means of either entrepreneurs or investors to basically reap the benefits of what they created.

Dawn: It’s also known as a cash-out. When an entrepreneur realizes that their business is going to grow, they may start to think about how and when to cash out.

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Mergers & Acquisitions: Looking at a Potential Purchase

Florida CFO Group partners Dale West, Jay White, and Betsy Bennett discuss:Looking at a Potential Purchase -- sizing up acquisitions and determining if an acquisition strategy is right for your organization.

What Makes an Acquisition a Good Fit

Betsy: Having an acquisition plan depends on the culture and the ultimate strategy of an organization. For some organizations an acquisition strategy would not be compatible with their overall strategy. For others that want to grow their top-line very, very quickly, they almost have to have an acquisition strategy.

Dale: An example of a situation where an acquisition strategy may not be compatible with the culture is a family-owned business that feels very strongly about the family heritage.

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What You Need to Know About Cash Forecasting

Florida CFO Group partners Joe Price, Dick Trueblood, and Tom Walker discuss the importance of cash forecasting for small and large organizations.

Tom: Cash flow analysis is very important for a business to be successful. 82% of businesses fail due to poor cash flow management skills. It doesn’t matter how great a business model, how profitable, or how many investors a business has lined up. You will not survive if you don’t manage cash flow.

Joe: Knowing what your cash balance in the company bank account is NOT cash flow management.

Dick: Right. And just because your business is profitable, it doesn’t mean that it has good cash flow.

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How to Make & Keep Your Budget Relevant With Your Strategic Plan

Florida CFO Group partners Dawn Johnson, Mike Meyer, and Dan Polen discuss the importance of aligning strategic plans and annual budgets.

Mike: A lot of companies, and not just start-ups, struggle with planning and especially with aligning their annual budget and strategic plan.

Dawn: Yes, too often each is developed independently of the other without any effort to integrate them.

Dan: When this happens the annual budget is generally based on the previous year’s numbers and not on the strategic goals and objectives of the organization. I work with my clients on developing a strategic plan that creates an overview or picture for how the management team sees the company over the next three years. Then the shorter-term is managed to a one-year budget.

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Are Budgets a Waste of Your Management Team’s Time?

Florida CFO Group partners Betsy Bennett, Mark Brown and Harold Hale discuss the importance of budgeting and if comparing results to budget on an annual basis is an out-of-date practice.

Mark: Just as you do not need a map for your daily commute to the office, if your business is stable and doesn’t change month-to-month, quarter-to-quarter, you probably will not find a need for budgets.

Betsy: Some executives believe that our fast-paced world makes 12 months too long of a planning period.  That the farther we get from the actual planning, the less relevant the budget becomes.

Harold: Yes, but a budget creates a baseline plan for your expected revenues and expenditures and provides you with a map of where your operational capital resources are allocated. Then, when the unexpected happens – good or bad – you are able to respond more quickly.

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