BUSINESS CONSULTING

How Does Industry Affect Fraud Risk?

Constant vigilance is the most critical control to prevent fraud risk. Employee fraud happens when a motivated individual who knows of a weakness decides that no one is paying attention. The minute that directors and employees let their guard down, someone who has been thinking about stealing will become much more likely to start doing [...]

2019-10-17T17:01:10-04:00October 14th, 2019|BUSINESS CONSULTING|

Cost-Effective Fraud Protection

Every year, businesses lose billions to fraud schemes perpetrated by employees who found ways to take advantage of inadequately protected systems. In many cases, these losses could have been limited or even prevented by following some very basic low-cost and even no-cost business practices for fraud prevention. Set an Ethical Tone More than anything else, [...]

2019-10-21T17:00:43-04:00October 14th, 2019|BUSINESS CONSULTING|

How Can CFOs Improve Cybersecurity? Start with the Numbers

The CFO is an important ally in the fight to keep information and IT assets safe and secure. “Given the risks that cybersecurity threats pose in a technology-driven, global economy, today’s CFO must ensure that adequate steps are taken to protect the company’s reputation, stock price, and mission-critical assets,” said information security expert and former [...]

2019-09-05T10:39:29-04:00September 5th, 2019|BUSINESS CONSULTING, CYBERSECURITY|

Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Capital One Breach?

Headlines about data breaches seem to hit us nonstop. The March 2019 hack of Capital One’s databases exposed the personal information of over 100 million people. Capital One says its stolen data probably wasn’t used by the hacker or disseminated to anyone else, but even if that’s true, data breaches are all too common. Equifax [...]

Should Your HITRUST CSF Assessor Be a CPA Firm?

In today’s hyperconnected environment, many different stakeholders expect assurance regarding your information security practices. Increasingly, major companies are expecting their business partners to achieve certification against the HITRUST Common Security Framework (CSF). This robust risk management framework builds on many established security and data privacy standards, such as the ISO 27000 series, HIPAA, PCI Data [...]

For Strong Data Security, Give Your Employees Some Backup

You may already know that the biggest data security risk for businesses of all sizes is employee negligence. People fall for simple phishing scams and leave their work phones unlocked, and we’ve all seen that file named “passwords.txt” right on someone’s desktop. Data security training is crucial, and it can go a long way toward [...]

The Impact of the New Data Security Law for Insurance Providers

As of May 1, 2019, Alabama became the latest state to sign into law heightened standards within the insurance industry for cybersecurity and data privacy. The new Law implements an exhaustive set of requirements for data security pertaining to entities or individuals licensed through the Department of Insurance. Both persons and institutions have one year—until [...]

Is It Time for a Business Valuation?

Business owners often have a majority of their personal net worth tied up in the business. However, many owners are unsure how much their greatest asset is really worth, putting them at a disadvantage in making decisions that range from estate planning to deciding when to sell the business. A common misconception about business valuations [...]

2019-04-09T12:16:21-04:00April 9th, 2019|BUSINESS CONSULTING|

Ponzi Schemes: If It Sounds Too Good To Be True, It Probably Is

No matter how many times innocent people become victims to Ponzi schemes, it continues to happen both with alarming regularity and extraordinary costs. What are Ponzi Schemes? Ponzi schemes first evolved when Charles Ponzi began enticing innocent people to invest in something with the promises of an abnormally high return. Ponzi would explain the rationale [...]

2018-11-12T15:42:32-04:00August 22nd, 2018|BUSINESS CONSULTING, Uncategorized|

Understanding Terms Found in Common Business Interruption Policies

Hurricanes and other disasters – floods, earthquakes, tornadoes, and even cyber attacks or power outages – can cause devastation to businesses and disrupt their operations. Business owners who have had to close shop due to an unexpected disaster should review their commercial insurance policies to determine if they have a business interruption rider. While reviewing [...]

2018-12-03T12:00:11-04:00October 9th, 2017|BUSINESS CONSULTING, DISASTER RECOVERY|

Business Interruption Claims Can Help Businesses “Resume Flight” Following Unexpected Disaster Delays

If you’re traveling somewhere by airplane, perhaps one of the worst things that can happen to you at the airport is missing your scheduled flight. Your two big questions are probably: When can I get on the next flight and resume my journey? and, How much money is missing that flight and getting on a [...]

2018-11-12T15:44:04-04:00October 1st, 2017|BUSINESS CONSULTING, DISASTER RECOVERY, OCTOBER 2017|

5 Steps to Help in Disaster Preparation

Backup electronic accounting records. Accounting records can include anything from accounting software to spreadsheets that are used for budgeting. Consider subscribing to a cloud-based storage service, or — at a minimum — store your backup data in multiple locations. Backup electronic records regularly to ensure data remains current and easily recoverable. Protect computers and [...]

2019-09-23T11:40:18-04:00September 11th, 2017|BUSINESS CONSULTING, DISASTER PREPARATION|

Keeping the “Business” in “Family Business”

Managing the “family” part of a family business can be complicated — especially as your family continues to grow. Multiple generations mean added challenges, from ambitious siblings competing for a position to the older generation crusading against health and succession issues. Mix in marriage, divorce, children, and more children, and suddenly the family business is [...]

2018-11-12T15:44:56-04:00May 1st, 2017|BUSINESS CONSULTING, May 2017|

Where to Start When Creating a Business Plan

Business plans can be overwhelming at the onset. However, if you answer some simple questions before beginning, then you will avoid major headaches and save on your Tylenol expenses. So take time to consider the below money-saving parameters for business plan creation. What is the purpose of the plan? Identify the purpose as briefly and [...]

2018-11-12T15:45:54-04:00February 20th, 2017|BUSINESS CONSULTING, START-UP BUSINESS PLANNING|

Small Business Compliance: Are You Sticking to the Law?

Regulations and red tape can sometimes rip the fun from running a business – regardless of the size of the entity. Just like a large corporation, small businesses risk fines, penalties, and negative tax implications if they do not stick to the necessary rules. So read on for our tips and tricks regarding four major [...]

2018-11-12T15:45:55-04:00February 18th, 2017|BUSINESS CONSULTING|

Does Your Company Need a Rallying Cry? Pep Up Your Mission Statement

Walk into the offices of any Fortune 500 company, and you may see a mission statement — words that define the company’s vision, values, and purpose – prominently displayed. It may be in the lobby. It may be in the boardroom. But you more than likely will find one. Nike’s mission is to “bring inspiration [...]

2018-11-12T15:47:26-04:00August 31st, 2016|BUSINESS CONSULTING, SEPTEMBER 2016|

The Importance of Diversifying Your Customer Base

Let's discuss the importance of customer base diversification. The saying “don’t put all of your eggs in one basket” might be out of pace with modern society, but the wisdom behind the statement still stands. For businesses, it’s similar to putting all sales expectations and company potential into a single large client. When a company [...]

2018-11-12T15:49:48-04:00January 25th, 2016|BUSINESS CONSULTING|

Buy or Lease – That Is the Question

Should I buy or lease? When a business needs to obtain assets (e.g. major piece of equipment, building, vehicles), the question of buy or lease is often asked. Watch Louise Anderson and Jeff Bridges discuss operating leases, financing leases (capital leases), and options that are typically best for start-up businesses. Plus, be sure to [...]

2018-11-12T15:49:58-04:00January 22nd, 2016|BUSINESS CONSULTING, BUSINESS SUPPORT, VIDEO|

4 Things Small Business Owners Can Learn From Uber’s Drive into a Worker Classification Jam

A California Labor Commissioner recently ruled that a driver for Uber Technologies, Inc. should be put in the lane of an employee of the company versus an independent contractor. Meanwhile, in a separate worker classification matter, a U.S. District Judge allowed a lawsuit by two Uber drivers to proceed in court—rejecting Uber’s arbitration attempts. Uber [...]

2018-11-12T15:51:18-04:00July 24th, 2015|BUSINESS CONSULTING|