2014 was a great year for entrepreneurs with the largest growth in investment dollars since the turn of the 21st century. So, where did all of those investor dollars go? As a region with a considerable amount of well-known tech companies, it is not surprising that Silicon Valley is one of the main contributors of investments nationwide and thus has a strong influence over where these dollars were invested. In 2014, we saw most tech-related funding go to industries such as Software, Biotechnology, and IT Services. In this article, we highlight the Who, What and How Much of the 2014 investing boom.
By: Mark Sheffield, Principal
It’s not business as usual in 2015. Best practices for an emerging business to succeed have changed. Today’s keys to success are different, even compared to five or ten years ago. That’s because the playing field has completely changed. The business environment has utterly transformed. Here are five ways the system has changed:
By Steve Carter, Principal
What is happening when a surety questions the accuracy or timely delivery of your financial statements or criticizes the content and consistent presentation? Why all the fuss?
By Jeff Faust, Director of Valuation Services
As business owners approach the age of retirement, it is essential to understand the value of their business in order to plan for their exit. Will you simply close the doors, sell to a third party, gift to another family member, sell to another family member or sell to your (key) employees? In any case, knowing what you may receive for your business will help decide the route you want to go.
Wing Nien Foods is a family-owned business that spans three generations, dating back to 1942 in the United States. Entrepreneur George Hall saw an opportunity to start a soy sauce manufacturing business in San Francisco. Wing Nien Foods became one of the first soy sauce manufacturing companies in the United States. With the help of his extended family, the business did very well. Originally, creating the soy sauce was a manual time-consuming process: a soy bean press was used to extract the sauce, which was then bottled, labeled, and capped by hand. With each generation, this process has evolved to become more efficient and expanded to reach a greater market, while maintaining the same degree of precision and care.