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The job of the corporate finance professional is much more than just keeping books and preparing taxes. Today’s Chief Financial Officer is a board-level decision maker who helps captains of industry manage financial risks and plan strategically for the future. Since the passage into law of the Sarbanes–Oxley Act of 2002, the penalties for non-compliance with the latest financial reporting regulations have become severe. For public corporations and all small businesses with aspirations for growth the stakes have never been higher...

So you’ve come up with a plan and decided to start your own business. Now all that’s left is, well, everything! From formulating an official business plan to finding office or production space to obtaining appropriate funding, there are of course many aspects to take into consideration. Another important factor to any business startup is staffing and human resources. Startup business owners need to make intelligent decisions every step of the way. But what if you’ve never been in a management or recruitment position? This...

Quite a few entrepreneurs fail because they don’t understand the most important element at the heart of their business. Knowing how to sell. Knowing how to sell your goods, services or ideas is the foundation on which the entire business rests. If this foundation is faulty, then the entire structure of the business will collapse on itself. Successful CEO’s know how to sell their business. Not only to their customers, but also to investors and other business with whom they want to partner. It is without any exaggeration that I...

Corporate team building exercises aren’t just fun, they’re extremely valuable. They reward patience and thoughtfulness, care and skill. They expose the weak elements of a workforce and strengthen them with hard work, determination and skill. The frivolity and playfulness of team building events hides a very important truth – they will make your workforce better, says About.com journalist Susan Heathfield. If you’ve never organised a team building event before, it can be hard to know which direction to turn, says Team Management...

More people are turning to blogging as a form of communication with others. Blogs are a way for businesses to rank their pages, but they are also a way to make money and voice your opinion. Thousands of new blogs are created daily, and many bloggers do not consider there may be some legal repercussions to their posting. The biggest aspect of blogging is the fact that you are publishing words for the entire world to see when they search for them. Liability Concerns Being an at-home worker, such as a daycare, you will have to fill out several...

Unfortunately, the ongoing economic downturn of recent years has meant that, for many small businesses, the corporate event, staff mixer or new customer initiative has become a thing of the past. But don’t think you have to wipe them off the calendar altogether! With a little more creative thinking and a lot of research you can still enjoy a great event with terrific business potential. There is no doubt that the smaller the budget, the more creative you will have to be. Try using your social media network for some word of mouth...

Whether you have a small or large business, you need to give importance to the incoming calls of your business efficiently and professionally. When it comes to handling a call, voice branding is important. This becomes even more apparent when a potential customer is making a call to your business for the first time. Your business may have a receptionist or no receptionist. In either case, you need to make sure to not let the call go unanswered. You might know that 75% of your incoming calls are the first time callers and they have never...

Finding new clients is one of the biggest challenges facing businesses of any size. Much time and energy- not to mention cold, hard cash- is invested in crafting brand messages, targeting audiences, and convincing them to make contact. With so much on the line, it’s extremely important to seize every opportunity to transform a new client from a one-hit-wonder to a loyal, hopefully lifelong customer. Following these five, easy tips will make it easy to keep your sales pipeline full, with plenty of repeat business. 1) Create A Connection-...

More and more business owners have recently decided to manage their sales departments on their own. This tendency has led to the need of creating some tips that once followed, will help everybody develop the skills needed to be an excellent sales manager. The position of sales manager is perhaps the most important one within a company, because selling has become a top priority in the recent period. Therefore, sales managers should play various roles, all of them being of the utmost importance when it comes to achieving success: Coach A...

The process of starting a business is very important as it lays the background of your business. The success of the business will greatly depend on it. A business course can be of great help to aspiring business owners. But still, there are a number of books that are very beneficial for the starting phase of a business. Here is a look at some of the major businesses and the books that enable in setting a business plan. The public relations industry is vast with opportunities for PR and communications specialists. Before opening a public...