Business Plan Outline

Written by Larry Johnson Friday, 06 November 2009 19:45

1. Executive Summary

BFA believes the Executive Summary is one of the most important aspects of a business plan. This is because potential investors examine so many business opportunities that yours has to stand out to get noticed. Focus on the company's distinctive attributes, the factors that will make this company successful in a competitive market.

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Mezzanine Financing

Written by Larry Johnson Friday, 06 November 2009 19:42

The Canadian lending market is becoming increasingly sophisticated and is demanding loan criteria that meet their higher expectations. Mezzanine financing options are becoming more popular as business and credit facilities get more imaginative about filling in the gaps on the financing puzzle.

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Insider Industry Secrets

Written by Larry Johnson Friday, 06 November 2009 19:39

BFA uses a form of triage to determine the viability of a deal. Triage is a process in which things are ranked in terms of importance or priority. The purpose of triage is to assign scarce resources to where they can be used most effectively and efficiently. The common everyday use of triage is in a hospital setting where decisions mean treating the most badly injured patients first leaving the ones with less serious injuries for later.

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Importance of Accurate Information

Written by Larry Johnson Friday, 06 November 2009 19:37

Timely financing support is vital to the health and development of any business. All too often, however, businesses find the process of applying for funds confusing, time-consuming and frustrating.

Working with dedicated, knowledgeable professionals who understand their needs, the financial products available to them, and which institutions or lenders best fit their current situations dramatically increase the likelihood of a successful financing.

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Factoring and your business

Written by Larry Johnson Friday, 06 November 2009 16:34

What is Factoring?

The term "factoring" is derived from the Latin "factare" which means "to make it happen"! And this is essentially what it does ...

Factoring is known by many names. These include "cash for receivables," "discounting receivables" or "purchasing receivables." By whatever name it is known, it means that a business’ accounts receivable are converted into immediate cash by the outright purchase of its A/R or invoices, at a discount by a factoring company.

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Cold cash or cash flow?

Written by Larry Johnson Friday, 06 November 2009 16:32

Cold cash or cash flow? Which one does the lender underline when examining financial statements? Knowing what lenders look for when they are appraising a project’s financial viability can help a BFA Associate provide quick and effective advice to his clients. Cash flow, more than cash, is what the majority of asset-based lenders consider the most important issue when examining the financials.

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