Financial analysis and small business health

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The financial health of a small business is one of the best indicators of its potential for long-term growth and success. The Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago recently published the results of its Small Business Financial Health Analysis. The results show that business owners who are knowledgeable about business finance tend to have companies with greater revenues and profits, more employees and generally have more success. The first step towards improving small business financial literacy is … [Read more...]

How to evaluate the Cuba opportunity for small businesses

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Since President Obama announced his intention to restore diplomatic relations with the government of Cuba, there has been tremendous speculation regarding the opportunity for U.S. businesses. Much of this speculation assumes that the law codifying the U.S. embargo will be changed and U.S. companies will be permitted to invest. Many analysts have arrived at the conclusion that Cuba represents a lucrative opportunity for U.S. businesses because: There are over 11 million consumers with nearly … [Read more...]

How to manage small business bookkeeping

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Angus Reid Public Opinion recently conducted a survey of business owners generating up to $5 million in revenues and employing up to 100 people to understand what they like and dislike about running their companies. The worst-ranking task was bookkeeping with 85 percent indicating they dislike it and 46 percent stating it was their least favorite task. The problem is that bookkeeping can be tedious, time consuming and the business benefits aren’t as obvious as those from sales or marketing. When … [Read more...]

Tax insight: IRS issues new rules on expensing and capitalizing property

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Since 2003 the IRS has been working to revamp how businesses should account for money spent on buying, making, improving and repairing tangible property. The final regulations were announced in 2014 with an important update made in 2015.  Why would such a seemingly arcane tax accounting topic take a decade to finalize? The changes affect over $17 trillion in tangible assets owned by U.S. businesses and may require accounting changes for virtually every company in the country. The new … [Read more...]