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Party time at the branch

Everyone in our industry acknowledges banks need to be different, and we’ve explored numerous initiatives on, from video transactions to teller pods and community rooms. But how about serving up a cocktail with your account statement?

That’s one way to look at St. Petersburg, Fla.-based C1 Bank’s new branch in Miami’s Wynwood district. Sure, it’s got all the amenities every branch needs, but be prepared for the teller desk to become a bar, and a fully stocked kitchen ready to accommodate a sizeable party of movers and shakers. In fact, the location actually doubles as an event space. [More]


The Private Company Outlook: Sageworks, ADP discuss recent trends

Privately held companies continue to have strong fundamental performance in general, but hiring by them remains weak, especially considering how much economic activity has occurred since the recession, Sageworks Chairman Brian Hamilton said Tuesday. “There’s no question the economy is perking along, but [the weak hiring] is one thing we can’t get through,” Hamilton said at The Private Company Outlook meeting in New York. [More]


Business owner? Get more from your bookkeeping software, QuickBooks®

Given all the other demands on business owners’ time, financial analysis or a thorough review of the company’s financial situation is usually under-prioritized. Businesses that use QuickBooks® or other common bookkeeping systems* can leverage the centralized and up-to-date data they have in the system to get more immediate and in-depth insights into their company. [More]


Benchmark your business & win the horse race

Maybe it’s an inherent competitiveness or just the pursuit of improvement, but it’s commonplace for people to seek out benchmarks they can use to assess their relative position or performance. It interests people to know how they compare to their peers. Benchmarks have a place in business, too, and can be an invaluable instrument to help business owners succeed. Compare running a business to running in a horse race. [More]


GDP, private-company trends among economy's mixed signals

In the last general report card on the economy before the Nov. 6 election, the recent GDP data was consistent with some of the mixed signals affecting privately held companies. Data from Sageworks Inc., a financial information company, shows that private companies on average have seen about 7 percent growth in sales from last year. [More]


Business credit: Making informed credit decisions

Private companies pose unique challenges for banks and others trying to quantify the credit risk associated with those companies in an automated and standardized manner. Since privately held firms aren’t required to share financial information with outsiders, the number of parties with access to accurate, detailed information about the business is extremely limited. However, there are new products on the market that now help these individuals make better decisions. [More]


Study using Sageworks data: Private cos. out-invest publicly traded cos.

Privately held companies invest substantially more than do publicly traded companies matched for industry and size, according to a recent study by researchers at New York University and Harvard University that used Sageworks’ data. The findings are consistent with theories linking conservative investing to public firm executives’ worries over stock prices, according to the working paper for the National Bureau of Economic Research. [More]


Economic data consistent with private-company trends

Thursday’s surprise downward revision to second-quarter GDP and the worst durable goods report since the recession were consistent with some of the trends Sageworks, a financial information company, has been seeing recently. Average annual sales growth for private companies has slowed to around 5.5 percent currently from nearly 11 percent in January and more than 8 percent a year earlier, according to the Sageworks Private Company Indicator. [More]


U.S. auto dealer trends

Privately owned U.S. auto dealers have continued to see double-digit sales gains over the last 12 months, growth that has outpaced other industries, according to a recent data release from Sageworks Inc., a financial information company. New- and used-auto dealers are in their third year of double-digit sales growth, though growth has leveled out more recently, the financial statement analysis by Sageworks shows. [More]


5 Financial metrics every business owner should know

Is your business successful? How do you know? If you’re like most business owners, your days are filled by efforts to make your company successful. Those tasks might be focused on making a great product, generating sales, or building customer relationships. And you might be great at those things. But how great are you at making money? And how well are you managing your resources?
While different people have various definitions of business success, there are five key financial metrics that can help you understand your business’ financial success and how you’re faring against competitors. [More]