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Getting a Handle Your Small Business Finances

May 25, 2017

Financial statements are a complete mystery for far too many small-business owners. Some might scan a monthly income statement and balance sheet, but few feel comfortable analyzing a statement of cash flows, much less using the valuable information it has to offer to make critical business decisions. The advent of . . .

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3 Questions to Help Your Company Find the Right Credit Card Processor

May 22, 2017

Businesses face a daunting task when negotiating the complicated world of credit card processing, with wildly varying pricing structures and contrasting levels of customer support from provider to provider. For Precision Payment Systems CEO Alison Burns, the solution is to ask the processors as many questions as possible. Then ask . . .

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Cellcontrol Is on a Mission to Stop Distracted Driving

May 15, 2017

In 2008, Rob Guba called out multiple times to his teenage son as the youth walked down a hallway at home. Focused intently on his mobile phone, the son ignored him and stepped straight into a wall. Guba, who is the CEO of the Baton Rouge-based technology company Cellcontrol, had a . . .

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When Do You Know You Need a CFO?

May 10, 2017

For many new small businesses the financial office is far from the first thing to be established. However, as a business grows, so does the need for more sophisticated financial services and financial professionals. At some point, successful businesses have to decide whether they should hire a chief financial officer . . .

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How to Encourage a Culture of Continuous Learning on a Shoestring Budget

April 17, 2017

Every organization needs to develop a culture of learning to continually innovate and improve its products and processes. If that’s not enough motivation by itself, consider this: Your competitors are already doing it. “Without a development program, your competition is learning and leaving you two steps behind, . . .

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Chris Dykes Wants to Help the Best Ideas Break Free and Soar

April 11, 2017

Software developer Chris Dykes was two years into a stint as chief information officer of Louisiana’s Department of Health and Hospitals when he decided to step out on his own and pursue his entrepreneurial dream. “I was 35 at that point so I said ‘If I don . . .

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