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2017
Nov 21

Financial Evolution of a Start-Up

In the beginning of the evolution of a start-up, it is likely that the founder is in a “lone wolf scenario.” He or she is grinding away to get the business off the ground. As a result, the owner is wearing a lot of hats: CEO, CTO, marketing, HR, accounting manager. You name it and the founder probably has his or her hands in it. They are living in “keeping overhead low” land.

2017
Oct 12

Three Things You Must Have Before Fishing for VC and Angel Funding

Let us start with a dose of reality. Very few, as in significantly less than 1%, of emerging U.S. businesses successfully secure Venture Capital (VC) funding. According to the National Venture Capital Association, less than 1,500 companies were the beneficiaries of first time VC backing in 2015. While angel funding is more available than VC investments, only about 2.5% of companies that apply successfully attain funding. If you think your company will be one of the lucky few, here are a few things you will need before pitching to VC or angel investors.

2017
Sep 05

What Is Buried Inside Your 401(k) or 403(b) Plan Fees?

Do you know and understand what are your 401(k) or 403(b) plan’s fees, and especially, what are inside those buried fees? Broadly speaking, retirement plan fees consist of fees and expenses associated with plan administration services, such as record keeping fees, and plan investment activities, such as investment management fees. But what are the fees buried inside your plan’s investment funds?

2017
Aug 17

The Do’s and Don’ts of Pricing Your Product

Do lower costs to lower prices, but do not forget to overlook value. From Freemium to Premium, you have to decide what’s right for your company, product and what fits industry standards. But, there are a few things that are universal no matter which pricing scheme you choose. Read this article, before you launch.

2017
Aug 14

Financial Goals: Going Beyond “Keep Overhead Low”

We have talked about this before. In fact, we would say we have almost talked it to death if it were not so important. Know your business and how your cash flow operates within it. If you have seasonal fluxes of cash, prepare accordingly.

2017
Aug 08

Tax Connections Newsletter – Summer 2017

The ORBA Tax Connections Newsletter is a quarterly publication focused on effective tax planning. The Summer 2017 issue includes the articles, “Cash vs. Accrual: Are You Using the right accounting method?” and “Two Homes in Different States May Result in Multistate Taxation.”

2017
Aug 04

Correcting 401(k) Plan Loan Failures Voluntarily

Participant loans are a feature of many 401(k) Plans. Participants may borrow the lesser of $50,000 or 50% of the participant’s vested plan assets. Some 401(k) Plans allow a participant to have multiple loans outstanding at one time. In that scenario, the $50,000 limit is lowered by the highest outstanding loan balance during the one-year period ending on the day before the newest loan.

2017
Jul 12

How to Handle Hardship Withdrawals

Many 401(k) plans feature a hardship withdrawal option. Both the IRS and DOL maintain strict regulations around these provisions. This article discusses how, in early 2017, the IRS issued updated audit guidelines regarding requirements for hardship withdrawals and guidance for plan sponsors on how to remedy errors in the administration of these withdrawals.

2017
Jun 23

How to Become a Reseller in Illinois

There are any number of variances in reseller store setups, products sold and reasons why you may want to become a reseller. Maybe you want to supplement existing services you offer with related products. Perhaps you have an “in” on a good source or manufacturer for new merchandise that you are confident will sell well. Whatever your reason, our latest Cloud Services Group blog provides a bit of advice on what you need to know if you wish to become a reseller in Illinois.

2017
Jun 07

Company Health Check: Is Your Business Financially Fit?

How do you know your company is financially fit? We all talk it to death: profit, profit, profit. And for good reason—your profitability, and therefore your profit margin, is the single best measure of company health. However, it is a mistake to think that is all there is to it. This article outlines a handful of other metrics you should be using to gauge company health.

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