April, 2017

Dying is NOT an Exit Strategy

T oo many owners are so focused on growing their businesses that planning for retirement and succession is put on the back burner. According to the FPA/CNBC Business Owner Succession Planning Survey, 78% of small-business-owner clients plan to sell their businesses to fund their retirement, yet fewer than 30% of these owners actually have a written succession plan. 

We have personally worked with the families of owners who have become disabled or passed away unexpectedly, and have seen the struggle and stresses that they have to endure to ensure that their businesses do not liquidate for a fraction of their previous value.
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Oxbow Animal Health

Will companies look to other cities if they can't find room to expand in Omaha? Industrial space is scarce
By Cindy Gonzalez / World-Herald

With business multiplying like the rabbits and gerbils it feeds, Oxbow Animal Health started the hunt for a bigger place to grow.

Founders of the family-owned global distribution operation has a prerequisite: They wanted to stick close to the Murdock, Nebraska, farm where it all began.

Such local loyalty was lucky for the nearby City of Papillion, area real estate experts said, because not all companies bursting at the seams would hang on three years to get a new place.    Read on...


Build Brand Recognition from the Inside - Out

When most people think about branding, Human Resources is not something that naturally comes to mind. Instead, you think of slick advertising campaigns and instantly identifiable logos that inherently promise value, quality and a desirable image or personality.
When you think about the world's most successful brands, you think of names like Google, Coca-Cola, and Apple - brands that have transcended their category of product or service to become icons themselves.
But if you look closely, these brands also have another thing in common.
They consistently top annual Best Places to Work Lists. In addition to brand recognition, they also have a strong company culture and highly engaged employees.  
Want to Work Smarter, Not Harder?
10 Scientifically Proven Ways to be Incredibly Productive
Of course you do. So here's how.

I absolutely believe in the power of hard work. Like Jimmy Spithill, skipper of Team Oracle USA, says, "Rarely have I seen a situation where doing less than the other guy is a good strategy."
That's basically my mantra: I may not be as talented, or educated, or experienced as other people... but I can always try to out-work them.
But we can all work smarter, too. That's the real key to success: working harder and smarter.
Fortunately, working harder is easy (kind of). You just have to, well, work harder. But how you can work smarter? That's a lot tougher. And that's why I got the following tips tips from Belle Beth Cooper, co-founder of Hello Code, which makes Exist, a cool app that connects all of your services to turn that data into insights about your life. You can read the  10 tips here...

CFO Systems provides CFO, Controller, HR, and operational leadership to middle-market companies throughout the United States. We serve our clients as interim and timeshare executives, providing the expertise and experience they need on their schedule.