Author Archives for Kelly Svihus

Performance Management

The Low Cost (and Huge Impact!) of Effective Performance Management

by | March 2, 2020

A consistent theme in business today is talent – acquisition, management, and retention. As business owners, we know that a robust interview process, onboarding experience, training program, and cultural engagement are essential to successfully hiring and keeping good employees. But often these activities don’t get prioritized amid day-to-day demands. Is there one area, though, that... View Article

Estate Plan

January FOCUS: The Sole Business Owner’s Estate Plan

by | January 28, 2020

We know it’s essential to have an estate plan that designates what happens to our assets when we die. How does your business fit into this plan? In many cases, the company is ignored. It passes through the estate to the heirs – but your business needs management until it can be sold or wound... View Article


Our Top 5 Blog Posts of 2019

by | December 31, 2019

Which blog post was your favorite? We have left 2019 behind and are planning great content for you in 2020. Here’s a look at our top 5 most popular blog posts from 2019. Find out which business topics were at the top of your peers’ minds in 2019 and find a blog you might have... View Article

Measuring business KPIs

September FOCUS Event: Key Performance Indicators For Your Business

by | August 5, 2019

Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) are the metrics that provide visibility on progress toward your business’s goals. Getting the right KPIs in place can help accelerate growth by shifting focus toward what’s truly important — enabling you to make informed and impactful decisions. But how does a business decide what the right metrics to measure are?... View Article

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July FOCUS Event: Data Privacy — Risks and Responsibilities

by | June 21, 2019

In an increasingly connected global marketplace, data for many companies has become simultaneously one of the greatest assets and one of the greatest risks. Data privacy and cybersecurity are rapidly shooting to the top of the list of concerns that keep business owners and CEOs up at night. According to Deloitte’s 2018 Global Risk Management... View Article


June FOCUS Event: Are Your Contracts Losing You Money?

by | May 22, 2019

When businesses are caught up in the busy day-to-day of bringing sales in the door and getting client work performed, the specifics of contracts and agreements can get lost by the wayside. However, paying greater attention to the processing of contracts, as well as their substance, can prove to be a revenue generator. Join us... View Article

profit planning

A Small Business Plan for Profit Improvement

by | May 15, 2019

This article was written by David Lightfoot of David Lightfoot CFO, LLC. The first step toward successfully evaluating your company’s financial health is with timely and accurate financial statements. But what if you’re getting accurate financial statements on a timely basis, but the profits aren’t up to your expectations? Where do you look next to... View Article

Improving Profitabilitiy

May FOCUS Event: Proactively Improving Profitability

by | May 2, 2019

The first few years of business are a whirlwind. Hiring employees, building your client list, and optimizing operations take time and money, and more often than not businesses run in the red. However, once you’ve built a solid foundation for your company, it’s time to shift your focus toward profitability. Join us as we discuss... View Article

Building a Deferred Compensation Plan

Building a Deferred Compensation Plan to Drive Business Objectives

by | April 8, 2019

By Tom Ovendale, Principle, and Bob Gruber, Founder, The Rainier Group. Deferred compensation can be a valuable tool in helping CEOs accomplish their employee retention and incentive objectives. Retirement plans, pension plans, and stock-option plans can all aid in making employment opportunities attractive for recruiting. Unfortunately, many deferred compensation plans fail to deliver the desired... View Article