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Cash is arguably the most important factor in business success. Dun & Bradstreet (D&B) reports 90% of all small business failures are due to poor cash flow—more money gets paid out than collected. It is the non-financial manager who really makes a difference in the day-to-day cash activities. Discover how to maximize cash flow, learn the importance of cash and find out your role in cash flow success. Agenda Unit 1 Cash Flow Strategies Why cash is so important in business What are the cash-critical stages in business What internal sources of cash are possible What potential external sources of cash there are Unit 2 Reporting and Evaluating Cash Flow Review of the Cash Flow Statement Review of Projected Cash Flow Report What the Cash Cycle communicates What improvements can be made to shorten the cash cycle Calculating cash cycle Unit 3 Projecting Cash Needs How much cash the business needs When cash injections are needed Which cash needs will internal sources be able to cover Which cash needs must be met through external sources Making comparisons with other businesses in the same industry Unit 4 Funding Requests What debt sources of cash are possible What are the potential equity sources of cash What requirements different funding sources have Making a pitch to investors Approaching potential lenders for financing

Start date: 03/06/17

End date: 03/31/17

Tuition: $195.00



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Finance is key to entrepreneurial success. The lack of financial knowledge about business and business start-ups is also one of the leading causes of failure for entrepreneurial ventures. As an entrepreneur, you have limited time, and you certainly have limited resources. So knowing where to put your valuable time, and your limited resources, is critical to the success of your new venture. You will start by gaining a deeper knowledge of the financial concepts and accounting processes used in most businesses. You will take back practical techniques that will increase your effectiveness and entrepreneurial success. And you will get an understanding of the seven steps in the accounting cycle and how to use financial information in decision making. You will come away with the knowledge to analyze resource allocation and evaluate financial performance. Then discover the keys to managing cash. Cash is arguably the most important factor in new business success. Dun & Bradstreet (D&B) reports 90% of all small business failures are due to poor cash flow. As an entrepreneur, you will find out how to maximize cash flow, learn the importance of cash and find out your role in cash flow success. Finally, you will explore potential debt and equity sources of funds to help support your entrepreneurial work and create a financially successful venture. Find out where business start-up money comes from, and ways to get it. After successfully completing the Entrepreneurial Finance Certificate, you will have exponentially increased your knowledge about entrepreneurial finance, and how to maximize the chances of success and minimize the risks for your new venture. Three one-month online courses

Start date: 02/06/17

End date: 04/28/17

Tuition: $495.00

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This course will provide an introduction to the concepts and uses of accounting in a business environment. The primary areas of study in this course include analysis of business transactions, recording procedures and the use of ledgers and journals, accounting for sales and purchases, managing cash, payroll, accruals and deferrals, and preparation and analysis of basic financial statements. After completing this course, students will have solid understanding of business and financial accounting and its role in bookkeeping administration. Details

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Tuition: $1,499.00



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Do you want to achieve financial independence and true freedom to indulge in whatever makes you happy? Do you want to live life to the fullest, while only working when you want to? Imagine how great it would be to spend all of your time doing the things that matter most to you, all the while knowing you are financially secure. Imagine a life filled with enjoyment, leisure, and satisfaction. Envision your future free from the typical 9 to 5 grind. This course will show you how. The course will also help you avoid being one of the many American''s who struggle financially. Did you know 56% of American''s retire with less than $10,000 and that many people, even rich people, live paycheck to paycheck? It does take planning but it is attainable and the sooner you begin, the better off you will be! I know investing can be intimidating – especially if you have never done it before or know what to do. No one is born knowing how to be smart with money, and most people are not taught this at home or at school. But it is not that complicated and this course will show you how to budget, plan, and invest for a comfortable, successful retirement and future. This course covers tools that will help you set yourself up for financial success. If you follow the simple, easy to follow principles explained in this course, you will achieve success.

Start date: 06/05/17

End date: 06/30/17

Tuition: $195.00



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Would you like to be able to talk finance with your friends? Do you want to join an investment club but wish you knew the basics of investing? This course will provide you with the understanding of basic investment terminology. Learn about stocks, mutual funds, corporate and government bonds, real estate, and commodities. Instructor has an MBA in Finance with over 20 years of teaching experience.  

Start date: 07/19/17

End date: 08/09/17

Tuition: $99.00



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How do you keep track of the day-to-day financial transactions of a business? Whether you are looking to advance in your career, or you’re an entrepreneur, (or maybe you are a part of a family business), this course will help you if you are looking to understand the numbers. The Basics of Bookkeeping course will help you understand, and know how to record, every penny that comes into your business and every penny that goes out of your business. This course shows you how to create a chart of accounts that will meet your needs. All of the money you spend and all of the money you earn have a place to go. How do you record them? What are debits and credits? What do the numbers mean? How do you label accounts? Even if you outsource your bookkeeping needs, you should still have a basic understanding of what happens with the money earned and the money spent. No one should be blind to his or her finances! In this course you will learn where the numbers go and why! You will learn bookkeeping terminology, as well as what it means to keep track of the numbers. At the end of the cycle, what do the numbers mean? The Basics of Bookkeeping will show you how to keep track of the numbers and why!

Start date: 02/06/17

End date: 03/03/17

Tuition: $195.00

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