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Jul
07
2015
How profits and cash flow are both critical to business success.
One of the unfortunate byproducts of the recession was the slowing down of receivables payments to suppliers by many large corporations. They did this to stretch out their payables and give their cash flow a boost at a time when every additional dollar counted. While we’re several years past the end of the recession, many of these corporations are still paying their suppliers on extended terms. This has made cash flow management a critical issue for many small businesses today. Strong cash flow is always important, but especially in an environment where customers are taking longer and longer to pay. This post details the difference between profits and cash flow and how they are both critical to your business’ success.
Jul
01
2015
Treasury management supports business continuity efforts with essential products and services.
In a recent article, we discussed the importance of business continuity and resiliency planning. This post takes a deeper dive into planning for business disruptions and disasters, including a discussion of how your bank’s treasury management products and services can help in your post-disaster recovery efforts and the key role your banker can play in supporting in your planning activities.
Jun
30
2015
Safeguard your business against disaster with business interruption insurance
When things are humming along in your business, it’s easy not to think about the possible consequences of a severe business interruption. But this is kind of like the ostrich that buries its head in the sand, thinking this will protect it from danger. Business interruptions come in many different forms: natural disasters like hurricanes, tornadoes and floods, and also less publicized but equally as disruptive events, such as server crashes, data breaches and extended power outages. This post details how to choose a business interruption insurance policy with the appropriate level of protection.
Jun
23
2015
How to take a vacation from your business

This week officially marks the beginning of summer, though it has felt like summer for at least the past month. But for most small business owners, these are anything but the “lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer.”

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