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Manufacturers: Are you Ready to Start Exporting?

Posted by Concannon Miller on Thu, Dec 20, 2018

If your company would like to tackle the international market, it's time to evaluate your chances of success.

Manufacturing firms that successfully make the leap generally tend to have a firm domestic base, strong reputations and a quality product. A solid track record is also essential before expanding abroad.

But there's more to it than that. Before taking on the world, realistically examine how your skills and resources fit into a highly competitive global environment. Here are five points to consider:

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Topics: Manufacturing

Cash Management & Obtaining Financing: What Every Manufacturer Should Know

Posted by Andrew Desiderio on Tue, Nov 20, 2018

Cash flow is the lifeblood of every manufacturing company. While many business practices factor into your company’s cash flow, two are especially important: cash management and obtaining outside financing.

Effective and efficient cash management practices can help best administer the money coming in and out of your business. And bank loans can sometimes be necessary to provide your company with a cash flow influx, especially during times of expansion or other capital projects.

Read on for tips for cash controls, negotiating bank loans and your company’s cash conversion cycle.

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Topics: Manufacturing

The R&D Tax Credit: Many Businesses Can Qualify (Video)

Posted by Tony Deutsch on Thu, Oct 25, 2018

The R&D or Research and Development Tax Credit is available to far more industries than you’d think, including manufacturing, construction and software development among many others. You don’t have to develop a new product to qualify; even improving processes can be a qualifying activity. The R&D Tax Credit is one of the most lucrative available as it’s a dollar-for-dollar reduction in tax liability.

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Topics: Manufacturing, Business tax planning

How Much is My Brewery Worth? A Valuation Primer

Posted by Andrew Desiderio on Tue, Sep 25, 2018

Whether you’re looking to buy a brewery, sell a brewery, gift some ownership to a partner or successor, or are just plain curious, the question of value is of primary concern. Ask any valuator worth their salt and he or she will tell you, valuation is an art, not a science.

There is no black and white formula for determining what a brewery is worth. However, there are time tested and generally accepted methods within which one can work to derive a fair value.

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Topics: Brewers, Business Valuation, Manufacturing

New Guidance on Taking Advantage of Expanded Bonus Depreciation

Posted by Concannon Miller on Tue, Aug 21, 2018

Federal tax reform through the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act significantly expands bonus depreciation under Section 168(k) of the Internal Revenue Code for both regular tax and alternative minimum tax purposes. Now, the IRS has released proposed regulations that clarify the requirements that businesses must satisfy to claim bonus depreciation deductions.

Although the regs are only proposed at this point, the IRS will allow taxpayers to rely on them for property placed in service after September 27, 2017, for tax years ending on or after September 28, 2017.

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Topics: 2018 Federal Tax Reform, Business tax planning, McDonald's management, Manufacturing, Construction & Real Estate Development

Business Growth & Forecasting Tips for Manufacturers

Posted by Harry Pietrouchie on Thu, Jul 26, 2018

It’s challenging to succeed in the manufacturing industry without a plan, or at least some written goals. A basic plan should include your annual budget. Even better, it should include multi-year budgets and projections.

Forecasting may be time consuming, but is a necessary step in predicting and controlling future success. Many of the most successful manufacturing companies we work with not only engage in forecasting, but do so with their entire executive team and on a regular basis. 

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Topics: Manufacturing

Manufacturers: What to Look for in a CPA (Video)

Posted by Andrea Brady on Tue, Jul 3, 2018

There are many lucrative tax benefits for manufacturers. Concannon Miller’s Manufacturing Team is immersed in the industry and is able to identify missed tax opportunities.

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Topics: Manufacturing

Manufacturers: Manage Equipment Assets for Increased Savings, Productivity

Posted by Concannon Miller on Tue, May 29, 2018

As manufacturers look for every opportunity to cut costs, one important area to address is equipment downtime. A breakdown, even for just an hour, reverberates through the manufacturing process.

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Topics: Manufacturing

Think Like a CFO: How Brewers Can Boost The Bottom Line

Posted by Harry Pietrouchie on Thu, Apr 26, 2018

Brewery owners wear lots of hats – in addition to your CEO duties, you may also handle your company’s production, bottling, canning and/or kegging, marketing and hiring. You might even shovel the sidewalks in the winter.

A critical job responsibility that should always be on your mind is that which a CFO handles. Your brewery may not be big enough to warrant having a CFO, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t think like one.

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Topics: Brewers, Manufacturing

Manufacturers: Audit Your Loading Dock for Business Savings

Posted by Concannon Miller on Thu, Apr 5, 2018

The loading dock is an often-neglected cash leak for manufacturers. Shipment delays, poor labeling and confusing packaging can severely slow production and cut your profitability.

Take a hint from retailers: Set up a standardized vendor compliance program.

Start by talking with your receiving employees for suggestions on what can be done to speed up the process. Some of the steps retailers take that you can consider are:

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Topics: Manufacturing

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