Business Consulting

Monday, 14 September 2020

4 critical IT questions to ask when buying or investing in a company

Written by Ken Zimmer and Chris Rosmarin, CPA

While a company’s financials are arguably a top concern in the merger and acquisitions (M&A) process, equally as important is the state of an organization’s information technology environment – now more than ever, given the vulnerabilities businesses face and the increases in cybersecurity attacks during these turbulent times. Of the many disruptions taking place this year – and likely into 2021 and possibly beyond – technological challenges are proving significant, both in cost and how they’re impacting businesses of all sizes. While information technology concerns often are viewed as simply that – IT issues – they’re in fact much more and are affecting small- and mid-size businesses as well as larger companies. IT security, as well as IT continuity, are not “an IT thing,” but rather an essential business risk discussion – a discussion that needs to be explored prior to the purchase of a new entity...

Published in Private Equity
Tuesday, 25 August 2020

Going Mobile

Written by Broadridge

After a slow start, mobile payment usage is growing in the United States. In 2019, an estimated 64 million Americans (about 29% of smartphone users) made a point-of-sale proximity payment with their mobile phones at least once in the previous six months. Mobile peer-to-peer applications, which allow transactions between individuals, have been even more widely adopted, with 69.2 million users in 2019...

Published in Business Consulting
Tuesday, 31 March 2020

Tech Tips to Stay Safe During COVID-19 Crisis

Written by The Rehmann Team

Even as the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak affects us in unprecedented ways, scams persist. For instance, hackers are now resorting to emails and apps claiming to provide information on the COVID-19 outbreak to fool victims into installing malware on their devices. Unfortunately, phishing emails have spiked by over 600% since the end of February, and in March, 10X Genomics was hit with a ransomware attempt. Even videoconferencing, which is being used more than ever, has become a potential avenue for hackers...

Published in COVID-19
Tuesday, 21 April 2020

How Outside Expertise Can Propel Growth

Written by Sandra Shecter, CPA, CGMA Mark Spaak, VCIO Marie Shebuski, MBA, ERPA, QPA, QKA Susan West, SPHR, SHRM-SCP

Business moves fast. It can be tough for organizations (especially smaller ones) to keep up, much less grow. But this is where outside expertise can help. It supplements your firm’s capabilities and provides access to experts in many fields, which can enable growth...

Published in Business Consulting
Tuesday, 21 April 2020

Building your firm for the future

Written by Randy Rupp, CPA and Stacie Kwaiser, CPA

The pace of change is faster than ever and it’s only getting quicker. Consider how long it took these products and services to gain 50 million customers: Automobiles: 62 years Credit cards: 28 years  Mobile phones: 12 years Facebook: 3 years Pokemon Go: 19 days We’ve gone from decades to days. Soon it will be hours. Rapid change forces organizations to be more proactive and forward-thinking...

Published in Business Consulting
Tuesday, 21 April 2020

From inception to sale: How your CPA can benefit you along the way

Written by Brett W. Nesbit, CPA, MBA, MSA and Michael McCarthy, CPA, CFP, MST

Seed Stage Ideas become businesses upon incorporation. Thus, choosing the right type of business entity for your situation is critical. It affects taxation, ownership, profit distributions, exit planning and more. CPAs can explain the benefits and drawbacks of each path...

Published in Business Consulting
Monday, 20 April 2020

Empowering growth: How entrepreneurs can position themselves to focus on growth

Written by Sandra Shecter, CPA, CGMA, Mark Spaak, and Susan West, SPHR, SHRM-SCP

Entrepreneurs are in constant danger of spreading themselves too thin. Your focus should be growing the business. But other areas can take over. Delegation is the answer...

Wednesday, 25 March 2020

Whether selling or buying, due diligence matters

Written by Donald Burke, CPA, CGMA, and Christopher Rosmarin, CPA

Mergers and acquisitions (M&A) have been on fire over the last five years or so. Encouragingly, there is more in the tank. Investors have trillions in cash sitting idle, making the outlook for 2020 strong. And contrary to what you may think, an economic downturn could bring more M&A activity, not less...

Published in Business Consulting
Monday, 14 September 2020

What to consider when buying and selling a business with a PPP loan

Written by Erik Schumacher, CPA and Chris Rosmarin, CPA

As business owners ponder their path forward during the economic crisis of 2020, and entertain thoughts of possibly selling, others are looking to reinvent and are seeking to take on new ventures. With any merger and acquisitions (M&A), especially during these uncertain times, due diligence is as critical as ever. Specifically, the abundance of outstanding Paycheck Protection Program loans is cause for a thorough review by both the buyer and the seller throughout any M&A transaction. With so many PPP loans not yet forgiven, there’s significant likelihood that M&A transactions in the next year may involve PPP loans...

Published in Business Wisdom
Friday, 13 March 2020

How Technology is Changing Accounting

Written by Danielle McGee, CPA

By Danielle McGee, CPA   Artificial intelligence, blockchain, cryptocurrency: the ABCs of 2020. Like all other industries, the accounting profession is experiencing an increasingly rapid pace of change. Technology is likely not the first thing you think of when you think about accountants, but it has transformed the industry from pencil and paper and outdated financial information (just a few short years ago) to real-time access to financial information and the ability to provide feedback as soon as transactions occur. The modern accountant is using tools such as QuickBooks Online, Sage Intacct, Bill...

Published in Business Consulting
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