Category: Startups & emerging growth

Getting ready for your first audit: what every small business should know

We can see the sweat from here. Your small business is up for its first-ever audit, and you’re concerned about how long the process will take, keeping cost down, and—above all—getting a clean opinion. It’s natural …

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Round of applause for these fast-moving companies meeting major milestones

Every company has a unique journey. They move super-quick at times and then slow down to make their way over obstacles. All the while, they’re chasing after certain milestones that keep them moving forward. Anytime they …

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Don’t go it alone—why every cannabis company needs the right set of partners

It’s all about who you know. In the high-velocity world of cannabis companies, this mantra is so true. When starting out or expanding into new territory, with limited resources and an uncertain future, companies often do…

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Building a strategic roadmap: 6 questions every new cannabis business needs to ask

A giant window opened up when Californians approved the adult use of cannabis a few months ago. Startups and companies looking to expand are taking advantage of the opening, but they have to act fast. As time goes on, it…

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Live and learn: Passing on wisdom from the tech sector to the cannabis sector

The pressure is always on. In Silicon Valley, we’re accustomed to tech startups moving at the speed of light to get their innovative products to market. All while fending off tough competition, being careful with their c…

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Culture and innovation trailblazers—how 5 companies are defining a new path

There’s nothing quite like working in the San Francisco Bay Area. Innovation is happening all around us—and as consultants, we get to see it in person every day working with our clients. Tomorrow’s must-have apps are…

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Tales from the front lines in CFO and controller recruiting—what’s expected these days

A CFO who is good at financial integrity management but struggles with assessing situations and being visionary won’t be a CFO for very long. I see CFOs facing this challenge in companies of all sizes, from Fortune 500 c…

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5 tips for finding financing with the right investors

Companies are under the microscope from the moment they attract a key investor. “Potential investors are making assessments and determinations throughout the whole process—not just right at the start,” RoseRyan direc…

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Top 5 financial mistakes that startups make—and how to avoid them

The odds are tough for any startup. The business model is unproven, and the shift from prototype to product can take awhile. It’s all-hands-on-deck, which can be rough going when the team is so small. On top of that, eve…

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Falling off the rails? 6 tips for a smooth transition to your new accounting system

The next time your company undergoes an accounting system switch, will it make your team soar or fumble? Of course, we dream of success and no one predicts failure when taking on a big project like this, but there is somet…

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