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Tim Geppert: Small Businesses Can Compete for Bonded Construction Projects


Having spent a career in and around the construction business, a strategy many small business owners consider is whether to bid on bonded projects. Government construction contracts typically require surety bonds so there is a large market opportunity. The good news here in the San Antonio area is that Bexar County and the U.S. Department of Transportation offer a free Bonding Education Program (BEP) to provide small and disadvantaged businesses the tools and resources required to compete for projects requiring a surety bond. The USDOT course covers many topics over the eight weeks, one night per week. ...


Casey Hall: Business Turnaround Lessons Learned from Greg Brenneman


Recently, I attended the Tri-Cities NACD breakfast with Greg Brenneman of CCMP Capital as a one man panel and Bill Chiles of Pelican Energy Partners as the moderator. Greg shared his lessons learned from a career of leading turnarounds as a consultant, executive, board member, and private equity investor. It was about as well-rounded of a perspective as one person could give. An excellent session! ...


John Trampe: The business value of internal controls in banking


In recent news, there have been stories about large banks committing fraudulent activities. Credit cards were issued without the customer’s consent. Accounts were set up that customers would learn about only after they were charged fees. Fake email accounts were set up to sign up customers for online banking. ...


Casey Hall: GAMMA Shares Lessons Learned for Selling a Business


Owners of successful small to mid-size businesses will be faced at some point with deciding whether to sell their company. Many will not have experience at navigating the process. The Greater Austin Mid-Market Alliance (GAMMA) focused its May quarterly meeting on providing practical advice to business owners on what is involved in successfully selling their company. Aventine Hill was honored again to sponsor the event. Beth Hair, John Romero, and I attended.  ...


Casey Hall: GAMMA Event Highlights Wave of Business Transfers as Boomers Retire


John Romero and I attended the February 8th Greater Austin Mid-Market Alliance (GAMMA) event which Aventine Hill sponsors. John Dini was the speaker and the topic was "Beating the Boomer Bust". He presented demographic and economic data that showed how the baby boom generation drove and continues to drive economic trends as they age. ...


Jens Mielke: New Revenue Recognition Rules Coming to a Board Meeting Near You


May 28, 2014 was a milestone day in accounting history. The Financial Accounting Standards Board and the International Accounting Standards Board issued the first converged accounting standard – Accounting Standard Update 2014-09 – Revenue from Contracts with Customers (Topic 606). ASU 2014-09 replaces hundreds of pages of existing revenue accounting guidance, much of which represents layers of detailed ad hoc industry-specific rules, with one principles-based standard. Since revenue usually (hopefully!) is the largest number on a company’s income statement, this new standard is slowing getting the respect it deserves. The impacts will reach beyond the accounting department. Ultimately, investors will see changes in quarterly revenue and employees will see changes in pay that is tied to company performance.  ...


Ed Fleming: FEI Meeting Highlights the State of Oil Market


I attended the September 15 FEI meeting along with a number of my Aventine Hill colleagues. Andrew Slaughter, Executive Director of the Center for Energy Solutions at Deloitte, was the keynote speaker addressing the timely topic of “The Oil Market Downturn and Recovery Outlook”. Mr. Slaughter gave an excellent overview of the current oil and natural gas market situation. He also provided insights into what the future holds for energy prices.  Here is a summary of Mr. Slaughter's talk followed by comments from my own perspective. ...


Roy Bowman: Takeaways from the Northstar Private Equity Event


Aventine Hill sponsored the Northstar Private Equity Fast Pitch event for the second year in a row. It was another great event and we caught up with old friends and made new ones. ...


Gary Brooks: Managing Cash During Troubled Times (Part 3)


This is the third in a series of posts about managing cash when a business experiences a downturn. Part One focused on overall efficiency of workflow processes and how being efficient during good times can help mitigate the impact during bad times. Part Two focused on banking and cash management. This post will focus on more aggressive actions that are taken when a situation is most problematic. ...


Gary Brooks: Managing Cash During Troubled Times (Part 2)


This is the second in a three part series of posts about managing cash when a business experiences a downturn. Part One focused on overall efficiency of workflow processes and how being efficient during good times can help mitigate the impact during bad times. Today's post will focus on banking and cash management. ...


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