Understanding Gross Margin

  • Posted by Ashley Panter
  • On March 2, 2016
Ignoring your financial statement is like ignoring the health of your business. Startups and new business owners often overlook understanding gross margin. This can have a direct impact on your ability to effectively manage a growing business, price your products, and most importantly, make a profit.   Gross Margin Overview The gross margin represents the […]
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Market Research Eases Expansion for Midtown Atlanta Industrial Firm

  • Posted by Ashley Panter
  • On January 26, 2016
Dhiren Patel is a seasoned business owner. An electrical engineer who started his career in the innovative AT&T Bell Labs, his first solo venture was AmTech Electronics India Limited, which he launched in India in 1991. When he decided to expand into the U.S. market, he and his family moved to Atlanta and opened an […]
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Foreign Receivables Insurance: A Tool to Grow Your Business

  • Posted by Ashley Panter
  • On January 20, 2016
If you have a business that sells product or service internationally, or if you are considering selling your product or service to foreign buyers, you may want to consider using receivables insurance as a way to grow your business and mitigate risks commonly associated with international sales. If you are selling internationally, the least risky […]
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Know Your Numbers

  • Posted by Ashley Panter
  • On October 21, 2015
I recently met with a client in the specialty food business. The company, in short time, gained product placement throughout the southeast in one of the largest grocers in the United States. However, her company is operating at a loss, and to make matters worse, her cash balance is dropping faster than her operating losses. […]
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The Financials – Friend or Foe?

  • Posted by Ashley Panter
  • On October 4, 2015
Daily at the SBDC (Small Business Development Center) we have the privilege of working with entrepreneurs from a broad range of industries.  Although the industries may vary, many of the challenges entrepreneurs face are common, no matter what the industry.   One such challenge we often see relates to numbers and financial statements.  When it comes […]
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Finding the Cash You Need for Your Business

  • Posted by Ashley Panter
  • On September 10, 2015
Cash is the life blood of any business, large or small. Like an elite athlete requiring a gulp of oxygen to finish the drill, most businesses need outside sources of cash for top performance – to purchase equipment, enter new markets, or meet payroll. If you need cash to start or grow, what are the options? Equity investment is […]
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LLC or Corporation: Which Legal Structure is Better for Your Business

  • Posted by Marketing Intern
  • On February 23, 2015
When starting a business, choosing the best legal form is a serious matter. If you don’t want your personal assets to be at risk, your choices are between a Limited Liability Company (LLC) and a Corporation. Both entities provide the limited liability protection that you want. What other criteria should you examine before making that […]
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