How to Build and Grow a Successful Business

How to Build and Grow a Successful Business : Based on 40 Years of Teaching Entrepreneurs

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An easy-to-read book written in a conversational style, containing instructions for starting a new business or growing an existing business from a specialist who has been assisting entrepreneurs for forty years. It includes anecdotes and humorous stories of projects he has been involved in through the years that highlight the problems that entrepreneurs encounter on their journey. Divided into three sections, the book covers starting a company from scratch and overcoming barriers to growth for an existing company, then closes with the author's personal experiences and thoughts from his four decades of working with entrepreneurs. You will laugh at some of the stories, think about the skills you still need to acquire and wonder at the courage it takes to be a success in business. Most of all you will finish reading it with the knowledge that you have learned some things important to your own success. What makes it unique? Detailed planning forms for starting capital needed before you begin; Working capital forecasting; Major Project financing; Management-oriented Financial Statements; What a banker or investor wants to see; Effective Planning Government assistance (SBA, SBIC's, Exim-Bank, etc.); Managing personnel; Effective marketing; and much, much more

Product details

  • Paperback | 322 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 17mm | 431g
  • Createspace
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1514629690
  • 9781514629697

About Michael D Atchison

MBA in International Finance from the University of Texas at Arlington. Started his own company at age 14. Worked as a milkman, wholesale bread salesman, shoe salesman and insurance agent. Trained in the AT&T corporate world as a management trouble-shooter; VP/Manager of the International Department of what is now a major Bank of America location; host of his own radio talk show in the Boston/Providence market; founder of a crisis management firm in Houston; has held titles of COO of a heavy equipment manufacturer, VP/Sales and Marketing of a multi-state services company, CFO of several client organizations, board member of numerous nonprofits. Has worked with banks, service companies; steel processors; heavy manufacturers; distributors; importers/exporters; financial companies; transportation companies; international trade companies and nonprofits. Hands-on involvement in strengthening their infrastructure - accounting, administrative, sales and marketing, etc. - to support growth. These companies almost universally had poor or non-existent management reporting systems installed, with most having outdated or inadequate accounting systems which needed immediate upgrading, with corresponding training for all accounting staff. Strong cost accounting knowledge; ability to implement project management systems, implement cost controls, restructure debt, raise venture capital, write business plans, prepare budgets and accurate forecasts, teach senior management some financial and accounting skills so they can better manage their companies. A self-described seven-sided peg in a world full of round and square holes. As comfortable with a truck driver as he is with the CEO of a major more