Entries by Jackie Berens

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Re-opening the Economy: Three Phases to Bring Back Business

As we begin to look beyond the coronavirus economic lockdown, the government gave us a plan to end lockdowns and stay-at-home orders within the next few months. President Trump has provided governors with a three-phase program intended to safely revive America’s economy, which is called “Opening Up America Again.” 

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How to Create Contingency Plans for Supply Chain Disruptions

While the Coronavirus outbreak has been unexpected in every way, its impact on our global supply chain and local distributors is unprecedented. If your company, or its key suppliers, carries limited raw material inventory and relies heavily on Asian sources of supply, you are at high risk of disruption, according to several new economic analyses.

Controllers Processes and Procedures

A controller is someone responsible for all accounting-related activities within an organization. Financial Controllers report to a firm’s CFO. Their duties include the preparation of operating budgets, overseeing financial reporting, and performing essential functions related to payroll.

Timeliness: Your Work in Progress (WIP) Schedule is Incorrectly Forecasting your Cash Flow

A Work In Progress (WIP) report consists of an accounting schedule that’s a portion of a company’s entire balance sheet. In best practices, each accounting period has a calculated work in progress report that complies with GAAP principles.  These reports are required on projects where the Percentage of Completion (POC) accounting method is used. The WIP report typically consists of current period and project-to-date financial metrics that explain each contract the company is working on, however, the format does change from company to company.

How to Know If You Have Hired the Right Staff Accountant

Staff Accountants are the backbone of any good accounting firm and handle the majority of basic accounting functions for your company. When you have great Staff Accountants, your business will run more smoothly, and your CFO will be able to make the best possible decisions. When it comes to accounting, every small decision matters in a big way for the company as a whole. Here are a few qualities to look out for when hiring Staff Accountants:

Oversight and Accountability- Have You Left Gaps in Your Controls?

Small businesses are among the most vulnerable groups to fraudulent activity. These businesses are more susceptible and face a greater risk of fraud because typically, they have employees working across many different departments as their job description, there is a closer relationship between the staff and owners, there are few oversight procedures in place, their accounting department has less expertise on financial functions, and there is a larger impact on the bottom line of a small fraudulent event. 

How can you prevent fraud in your small business? Here are a few tips to help you keep your company safe:

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How to Prepare for a Supply Chain Disruption in the Future

As the effects of COVID-19 continue to unfold, many companies have found themselves in a situation for which they were unprepared. Without implementing proper crisis preparation tactics, companies will continue to suffer, as businesses deal with future unexpected occurrences. Being prepared for a potential supply chain disruption, allows companies to work proactively rather than having to react without time to adequately consider their options.

Planning for Exit?

No matter how emotionally attached you feel to your business, it is essential to start considering an exit strategy as soon as you open your doors. An effective exit strategy will allow your company to take advantage of timely opportunities, such as an acquisition, an IPO, or a lucrative partnership. Planning for future changes by using these types of strategies will also give you the flexibility to set aggressive goals and pivot accordingly as you reach them.

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SEC Relief for Small Businesses

On May 4, 2020, the SEC announced temporary conditional relief for small businesses that have offered Regulation Crowdfunding offerings in the past to allow them to raise additional funding through Regulation Crowdfunding investment offerings under more expedited and less strict criteria.

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Restaurant and Bar Resources During COVID-19

Small businesses are doing everything they can to overcome the economic hurdles created by the COVID-19 outbreak. It is clear that every business will be impacted in some way, but restaurants and bars have been hit especially hard—and suddenly— by the pandemic. 

While chains like Denny’s and IHOP have the cash reserves in place to pay workers—even during the shutdown—small, non-chain restaurants across the country were left feeling abandoned and desperate when faced with mandated closures. In response to the crisis, a slew of programs, grants, and resources have begun to take shape, along with a regularly updated Hospitality Industry Alliance COVID-19 Facebook group. Here are a few of the solutions we think will be most helpful for owners of restaurants, bars, and other small businesses:

Financial Transparency for Complex Organizations

As a developer or private equity firm, it is important to streamline your accounting and forecasting processes—particularly when there is complexity involved—in order to ensure the greatest amount of transparency across your company’s financials. This becomes more complicated (and important) when you have multiple LLCs, a complicated ownership structure, and poor communication with investors. Here are a few ways to ensure clarity in the face of complexity:

The Benefits of Outsourcing Finance & Accounting

A skilled finance team provides strategic direction, sophisticated insights into the company’s financial situation, financial forecasting, growth planning, and tight control over budgets and cash flow. 

However, interviewing, hiring, training, and paying full-time salaries for each of these employees can be expensive and time-consuming. Many small businesses just don’t have the resources to assemble a full-time finance team. Outsourcing can help!

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Paycheck Protection Program Challenges

The Paycheck Protection Program has been created to assist small businesses during this unprecedented time. The SBA PPP program is only a part of the CARES Federal Stimulus package, which works to counteract the economic downturn related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Recently, the SBA PPP has run into several challenges while dealing with the delivery of funding.

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Changes to the Main Street Loan Program

Over the last week, the Federal Reserve has updated the Main Street Lending Program. There are 5 major changes that the Federal Reserve has made to the Main Street Lending Program that banks will start lending on within the next two weeks. 

If you are eligible you should highly consider taking out one of these loans. It is inexpensive money, and will likely go as quickly as the SBA PPP Loan funds. Get started organizing your information with our MSELF Loan Organizer so you are prepared and at the front of the line to get your money.

Here are the 5 major alterations to the MSELF loan program requirements:

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MSELF Loan: Helping Businesses Navigate COVID-19

The government has implemented yet another  business stimulus loan program called the Main Street Extended Loan Facility (MSELF). This loan program provides up to $2.3 trillion in loans to larger businesses in need. All US banks are eligible to originate this loan. Before you decide to apply, there are a few criteria and features that you should know.

The Accounting Dream Team: Roles and Responsibilities

As most business owners know, the team behind your bookkeeping is vital to the success of your business. Still, things can get a little complicated when it comes to understanding the roles and responsibilities of each person. In the interest of clarity, we at TGG are always interested in the numbers and transparency, let’s outline each of their roles and responsibilities.  

Cybersecurity Protocols

With the changing technological times, almost every company is utilizing technology to run their businesses. This can put a company in a vulnerable position if they do not have the right cybersecurity protocols in place. Small businesses tend to be the first target for hackers, as they assume that smaller businesses don’t take the time to protect their company from cybersecurity threats.

How Boards Can Prepare for Industry Innovation & Disruption

Adopting new technology can be daunting, but innovation is critical to business survival in the age of digital disruption. A recent survey by Ernst & Young revealed insights to help boards of directors improve their companies’ approaches to adopting emerging technologies. Here, we’ve broken down the key takeaways for boards looking to expand and improve their company’s focus on innovation.

Exit Planning and Growth – What should you focus on?

You’re thinking of selling your business…now what? It can be an overwhelming process to know where to start and what buyers are going to be focusing on. Here are some pointers on where to start as you target a future exit; which revolves around planning ahead and running a financially conservative business.

Quality of Earnings Report

Historically, companies planning for an exit strategy would focus on three years of audited financial statements as the standard reporting expected by a buyer. Today, a Quality of Earnings Report is much more desirable. For either of these to be effective (or even possible) however, you need to have accurate books. With those in place your CPA can come in and give you a Quality of Earnings Report to prove beyond a doubt to a potential buyer that the financial information you are providing is correct.

TGG Accounting Named to Inc. Magazine’s 2019 List of America’s Fastest-Growing Private Companies

Inc. Magazine Unveils Its Annual List of America’s Fastest-Growing Private Companies—the Inc. 5000. For the 5th Time, TGG Accounting Appears on the Inc. 5000, Ranking No. 3756 With Three-Year Revenue Growth of 53 Percent

NEW YORK, August 14, 2019 – Inc. magazine today revealed that TGG Accounting is No. 3756 on its annual Inc. 5000 list, the most prestigious ranking of the nation’s fastest-growing private companies. The list represents a unique look at the most successful companies within the American economy’s most dynamic segment—its independent small businesses. Microsoft, Dell, Domino’s Pizza, Pandora, Timberland, LinkedIn, Yelp, Zillow, and many other well-known names gained their first national exposure as honorees on the Inc. 5000.

Boom or Bust Part I: 5 Opportunities During Times of Growth

We are beginning a 4-part series, focused on safeguarding your business to withstand economic changes; both positive and negative. We will give you tactics to consider depending on how the overall economy is directly impacting you and the performance of your business. We’ll begin our series with five opportunities to contemplate during times of growth.

In March 2019, the NFIB Small Business Optimism Index increased to a historically strong level. Of the small business owners surveyed, 23% said the next 3 months was a good time to expand their businesses. If you are one of these business owners and the current market has been good for you, then here are 5 tips to help you capitalize on your success.

The Top 5 Most Important Tax Changes for Small Businesses

Tax season is officially in full swing. For those in the small business world, there are a lot of questions surrounding the recent 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act and how those changes to the tax code could positively or negatively affect this year’s filings. These are some of the biggest changes seen in three decades and the overall result is a big win for small businesses. We looked at the changes and pulled out the five most important tax changes for small business owners.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Every year TGG’s Founder and CEO, Matt Garrett speaks with thousands of small business owners around the country. They ask him numerous financial and accounting questions, yet the same ones come up time and time again. These are the most frequently asked questions Matt has been asked:

Basic Business Model

At TGG, we believe in simplifying things whenever possible, especially when it comes to developing a basic business model. Accounting is complicated enough! One area where simplification helps tremendously is benchmarking. While every business has some unique characteristics, businesses within industries share many more similarities than differences with respect to how they make money and what range of profitability can be expected.

Simplifying and comparing to a Basic Business Model provides the benefit of benchmarking any business against the expected industry business performance at any given time. It can be broken down into the following five parts; Revenue, Cost of Goods Sold (COGS), Gross Profit, Sales, General and Administrative Expenses (SG&A) and Net Operating Income. The basic business model is a static equation, but the inputs change by industry, making this simplistic model extraordinarily powerful.

The Ideal Accounting Department

What should your ideal accounting department look like? It’s a common question among businesses. It’s important to know proper roles and responsibilities along with how to best structure it. When it comes to accounting, a multi-layer structure is critical to provide appropriate internal controls and to produce accurate and timely financials to manage your business.