Why the Professor and the CEO

-The Institute for Finance and Entrepreneurship helps people create profitable businesses.

One of the keys to economic growth is entrepreneurship, the ability of an individual with an idea to take that idea and turn it into a business.  The key to building a successful business often rests with an understanding of finance.

The goal of the Institute for Finance and Entrepreneurship is to provide entrepreneurs, small business owners, and managers with the skills they need to create and operate a profitable business.

The Institute for Finance and Entrepreneurship offers a variety of consulting, training, speaking, and mentoring programs to help an individual develop the financial and entrepreneurial skills they need to start a business, understand how a business makes money, and grow their business.

Training and Development

The Institute for Finance and Entrepreneurship provides training and development in several key areas.

The first of these areas is innovation and entrepreneurship, the process of generating ideas, turning these ideas into concepts for business, and then developing a strategy and plan to start a new business of develop a new product line within an existing business.

The Institute for Finance and Entrepreneurship also provides training in finance. Our financial training is designed not only to explain the core concepts of finance, but also to explain how finance can be used in managing a business and in structuring a business have a competitive advantage.  Our training also provides the financial tools can be used to analyze business trends and develop projections for growth.

The Institute for Finance and Entrepreneurship also offers a series of hands on training programs that will help you research and develop a business plan for a startup business, develop and implement strategies to grow your business, and keep your business profitable and operating efficiently even in the current difficult economic environment.

In addition, the Institute for Finance and Entrepreneurship also sponsors a series of business planning boot camps. Our boot camps offer entrepreneurs and small-business owners the opportunity to develop their business plans in an intense hands-on three-day workshop under the guidance of the principals of the Institute for Finance and Entrepreneurship.

Our training programs are ideal not only for entrepreneurs beginning a new business but also for managers of an existing business and board members who need to develop a deeper understanding of innovation, finance, and business planning.

Consulting and Mentoring

The Institute for Finance and Entrepreneurship offers a full range of consulting and mentoring services to assist business owners and managers in managing and growing their business.

We offer several mentoring programs including our basic mentoring program which is designed to provide advice and guidance to entrepreneurs and managers who need to understand finance, create a business, or grow a business; our structured mentoring program for situations where an individual requires a highly structured relationship and formal schedule; and our business plan mentoring program for situations where training and guidance are needed to assist with creation of a new business or the growth of an existing business. 

Speaking

The principals of the Institute for Finance and Entrepreneurship have a wealth of knowledge in finance, economic development, innovation, management, and small business creation and growth, and are available for both keynotes and focused speaking engagements.

Information

Finally, the Institute for Finance and Entrepreneurship is a source of information about finance, the entrepreneurial process, and current industry data and trends.

Our publications include the new classic finance book, Finance Without Fear, which explains the key concepts of finance and how these concepts can be used to start and grow a business, as well as the Finance Without Fear Business Forecasting Workbook which provides a series of tools that can be used to help project the start of a business and the growth of the business.

The Institute is also home to studies on the effects entrepreneurship and new business creation can have on the economic vitality of the local community and on the wealth of the community. 

The Institute has also compiled a significant amount of hard-to-find data on the margins, cash cycles, and other ratio data for many types of industries. 


About the Finance Without Fear Book Series

Finance Without Fear  should be read by anyone starting or managing a business.  The easy-to-read style helps remove the fear of finance for the entrepreneur, the small business owner, and the manager.

Finance does not need to be mysterious and intimidating. Basic business finance is not hard to understand, and the business owner or manager who understands finance has a leg up on the competition. 

Finance Without Fear  explains the key financial statements – the cash flow statement, profit and loss statement, and balance sheet – and provides the tools to analyze these financial statements.

Genuine case studies of small businesses – a retail shop, small manufacturing business, and medical office - are used throughout, so you can compare the way your business works to the case studies, and to industry norms.

In the short amount of time it will take to read Finance Without Fear, you will learn the basics of finance, and the keys to creating and managing a profitable business.

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Business Forecasting Workbook

Business Forecasting Workbook

In order to build a profitable business, it’s critical to understand how much cash is needed to start the business, how much cash is needed to grow the business, and how much cash is needed each month to operate the business. The Finance Without Fear Business Forecasting Workbook provides a series of hands-on tools to forecast the cash needs and financial operations of a business.

The Finance Without Fear Business Forecasting Workbook explains how to estimate start up expenses; project sales and revenue; determine how much cash is needed for operations and growth; evaluate the impact of changes in price, units, and margins; and develop financial projections for a business plan. The Finance Without Fear Business Forecasting Workbook includes access to the Business Forecasting Model and fully integrated financial models for a sample manufacturing company, retail store, and professional service business. If you are planning on starting a business, or plan to grow an existing business, the tools and model in this workbook will help you create a profitable business.

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