Getting Enough ? We’re Talking About The Right Business Financing Advice Of Course !
OVERVIEW – Information on the proper sources for Canadian business financing . The right business advice around loans and cash flow needs can make your business – wrong advice has broken others !
Canadian business financing advice seems to be all over the place today - but how in fact do you pick a trusted financing advisor? Wrong decisions in this area can lead to major challenges which are not easily fixed.
Many business owners and financial executives want to ensure they can rely on an independent 'trusted' financing advisor when it comes to their business finances. How does one pick such an advisor? Who can get the job done? Let's dig in.
Naturally in today's environment business owners don't have time to waste. Financial or growth challenges abound - Owners and financial mgrs look for someone that can bring expertise and solutions to their business.
We believe this whole area of developing a trust between the advisor and the company is a two way street. It is incumbent on the business owner to make sure the goals and needs of the company are made very clear. Business owners or financial managers should not blur the issues to the point that each party does not understand the goals and the respective roles.
When a trusted financing advisor is chosen he or she needs to be given access to the reins and information on the business and its challenges.
Business owners need to ensure that the specialist firm they are dealing with has experience either with the challenges they are facing, or the particular industry the customer is in. Many business financing challenges are industry specific, so this is not the time to be training and advisor on your business! Most people realize though that many financing challenges are somewhat generic in nature, so although an industry expertise is often helpful, it is clearly not always 100% required.
The business owner and financing advisor need to be able to have effective dialogue and communication on what the operational and financing issues are. Many times there is what we call ' warning signs ', yet in other cases companies are already clearly in trouble.
A financing advisor needs to be given information and clarification on issues related to:
- Current lenders
- Working capital issues
- Asset issues
- Future goals of the company
A basic understanding of those areas will allow an advisor to recommend / implement solutions such as:
Working Capital term loans
Asset based non bank lines of credit
Sales leaseback of fixed assets or real estate
Bank loans/ lines of credit
Naturally the above list is hardly all inclusive, but it is a solid start to the dialogue. The business absolutely has to have a handle on what the intermediate term goals are. Management needs to have a strong sense that the business advisor can assist in the recovery, and the advisor must be given the tools that he or she needs.
Both the business owner and advisor should have frank discussions around the probabilities of success and the timelines associated with that success. What's realistic, what isn’t?
Business owners and financial executives should clearly check the background and experience of the advisor. References are of course highly recommended. Professional affiliations are of course important, but not critical.
References from lawyers, bankers, and accountants are often excellent sources of information. The business advisor should clearly be indicating they have the right attitude and credentials around the business owners financing needs.
It is certainly not unrealistic to have solid discussions around timelines and action items responsibility. Ultimately business is of course people, so chemistry is important, and the business owner should have a sense they could work with the financing advisor. However, at the end of the day you don't have to like people to get the job done (it certainly helps though!). Credibility and experience are ultimately always at the top of the list - but it sure helps to work with someone who's ' user friendly'!
All engagements should of course be documented properly re success, work fees, etc. A credible business financing advisor will of course be willing to sign any required non-disclosure document.
In summary, a trusted business financing advisor is a valuable ' out of the company ' asset to any firm. Business owners and financial managers should choose such an advisor carefully, and pay important attention to the qualities and capabilities that advisor can bring to the table, and ultimately, your firms success.
Stan Prokop - founder of 7 Park Avenue Financial –
Originating business financing for Canadian companies , specializing in working capital, cash flow, asset based financing . In business 13 years - Completed in excess of 100 Million $$ of financing for Canadian corporations . Core competancies include receivables financing, asset based lending, working capital, equipment finance, franchise finance and tax credit financing. Info & Contact Details :
7 Park Avenue Financial
2910 South Sheridan Way
Office = 905 829 2653
Stan has had a successful career with some of the world’s largest and most successful corporations.
Prior to founding 7 Park Avenue Financial in 2004 his employers over the last 25 years were, ASHLAND OIL, ( 1977-1980) DIGITAL EQUIPMENT CORPORATION, ( 1980-1990) ) CABLE & WIRELESS PLC,( 1991 -1993) ) AND HEWLETT PACKARD ( 1994-2004 ) He is an expert in Canadian Business Financing.
Stan has over 40 years of business and finance executive experience. He has been recognized as a credit/financial executive for three of the largest technology companies in the world; Hewlett-Packard, Digital Equipment and Cable & Wireless. Stan has had in depth, hands on experience in assessing and evaluating thousands of companies that are seeking financing and expansion. He has been instrumental in helping many companies progress through every phase of financing, mergers & acquisitions, sales and marketing and human resources. Stan has worked with startups and public corporations and has many times established the financial wherewithal of organizations before approving millions of dollars of financing facilities and instruments on behalf of his employers.