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02.19.18

How Detailed Does My Business Budget Need to Be?
Chris Arndt

I feel pretty safe saying that most, if not all, entrepreneurs know they need a business budget. Where business owners often get hung up is on just how comprehensive that budget needs to be. We, at Red Granite and ORBA, frequently get asked this exact question by clients: “How detailed does my business budget need […]

01.29.18

Questions to Ask Your Accountant Before You Expand Your Business
Chris Arndt

Do You Know When The Time is Right (or Wrong) to Expand Your Business? Think you are ready to expand your business? We often see startups attempt to expand too quickly before they are at the appropriate stage in their growth. To know if you have reached the right phase in the evolution of your […]

01.19.18

The Most Common Signs You Have Outgrown QuickBooks
Chris Arndt

  When is it the Right Time to Say Goodbye to QuickBooks? We often get asked by growing companies whether or not they have outgrown QuickBooks. Let us preface this by saying when we get asked this, the honest answer is—it depends. It depends on your company size, it depends what industry you are in, […]

01.15.18

Target Date Funds – Confusion?
James G. Quaid

The proliferation of target date fund (TDF) varieties can confuse many plan sponsors. One survey found that while nearly two-thirds of plan sponsors consider investment performance the most important selection criterion when choosing a TDF for their participants, more than half are not confident that they have a solid basis for benchmarking the TDFs against […]

11.21.17

Financial Evolution of a Start-Up
Chris Arndt

From checking it twice to predicting your future, these are the five stages of a start-up’s finances: Stage One: The Lone Wolf Transaction 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 […]

10.12.17

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

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.

09.05.17

What Is Buried Inside Your 401(k) or 403(b) Plan Fees?
Larry A. Ruff

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?

08.17.17

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

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 and its 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. Ready to […]

08.14.17

Financial Goals: Going Beyond “Keep Overhead Low”
Chris Arndt

These are the financial goals for every business that are actually worth making. We know we don’t need to convince you to make financial goals. We’ve all heard the: “don’t spend more than you make,” and “keep overhead low” advice. But those are a little obvious. These five approaches to goal-setting are actually attainable and […]

08.04.17

Correcting 401(k) Plan Loan Failures Voluntarily
Kenneth J. Kobiernicki

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.

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