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Thank you for a great year, 2018!

Well, with 2018 in our rear-view mirror and as we move forward along the 2019 highway, it is a  great time to reflect on the past year’s journey.  For us at The CFO Centre Canada, the last 12 months have been rich in opportunities to help SMEs thrive as well as our overall growth.  Our road was paved with outstanding relationships, both new and growing, from clients to collaborators.

We are pleased to have welcomed several talented individuals to our team. 

Scale up with the CFO Centre - Disruptive Ideas
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Is your business idea disruptive enough?

Maybe you see ride-hailing services like Uber and Lyft as arrogant bullies. Or, to you, they’re a breath of fresh air in a world held victim by over-regulated dinosaurs.

But whatever your view, you can’t deny that ride-hailing upended an entire industry. Some taxi companies have tried to compete with the upstarts through rideshare-like mobile apps allowing customers to choose vehicle options, pre-book rides, and pay by smartphone.

Why have ride-sharing services succeeded against well-entrenched opposition?

Scale up with The CFO Centre
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How to start building your “dream team” for helping your company Scale Up

Venture Capitalists, angel investors, bankers and private-equity managers may not agree on much, but there is one idea they share. They’d rather put their money behind a stellar management team even if it has a just-okay idea than put it into a brilliant idea implemented by a ho-hum management team.

If your company is seeking to break out of startup mode and into a period of aggressive growth, how do you go about building that stellar management team?

Scale Up with The CFO Centre - Cashflow
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How your business can fly away from cash problems

Do you ever feel that growing your business is like being a bird in a cage? Even if it’s a big cage, it’s still got its limits. For your business, that “cage” can be a lack of cash needed to let your business fly as high as it can.

It shows up when you’re hit with a lack of cash to hire new people, to move to larger premises,

CFO Centre Blog - The F Word
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If You Want To Succeed, You Need To Embrace The ‘F’ Word

What do Sir James Dyson, the Mercedes F1 team, Pixar, Google and the airline industry have in common?

They’re hugely successful, yes, but the thing that links them is they never shy away from the ‘F’ word—Failure. Instead, they face and learn from their mistakes, errors, and mishaps. So says Matthew Syed, award-winning Times journalist and best-selling author of ‘Black Box Thinking: Marginal Gains and the Secrets of High Performance’ (John Murray).

The value of a CFO to a SME
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How a Part-Time CFO Keeps a *SME in Top Health

How a Part-Time CFO Keeps a *SME in Top Health

*Small and Medium Enterprise

By Chris Carl

Regional Director at The CFO Centre

A part-time CFO is to an SME what a doctor, a physical trainer, and a world-class coach is to a superstar athlete.  The superstar athlete will always be good – but they will only be great if they are healthy (the doctor makes sure of that),

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What Ancient Rockers Can Teach You About Making A Profit

At an age when they should (or we just wish they would) hang up their leather pants and retire disgracefully, more and more ancient rockers are embarking on yet another tour.

This year alone, the Rolling Stones (of course!), Madonna, The Who, Neil Young, Rod Stewart, Pearl Jam, Queen and even Ringo Starr are performing on stages around the globe. Given that many of them are nearing or way past grandparent-age, you might wonder why they’re still bothering so many years after their first taste of fame.

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Would your CFO pass the ‘barbecue test’?

Published by The Globe and Mail on 25/04/16

In the past decade, the classic image of the number-crunching chief financial officer has all but vanished to make way for the more nimble, generally trained, modern CFO. The expectations for these financial executives from investors and employers are high, but the skill sets and work environments are constantly evolving.

“It’s no longer like the old days when you had the bean counters sitting in a little room,

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The Finance Director Who Fired His Boss

I work with a team of 10 high calibre Finance Directors across the North of England.

Each of them is accredited by one of the major chartered Institutes and each of them used to work for successful companies as ‘traditional’ Finance Directors.

By traditional, I mean that each of them used to work as the sole Finance Director within a corporation, working Monday through to Friday (and weekends), usually from about 8am to 6pm.

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