Dan Bowser

Position: Bottom Line

Email: bowser@businessvaluesinsights.com

Planning for the worst usually for the best

The co-CEO of Italy’s largest chocolate maker died this month in a cycling accident. According to a Wall Street Journal article, this event places a question mark over the future direction of the...

DATE: April 26, 2011 | COLUMN: Bottom Line

In business : To thine own self be true

I spent much of this week counseling a client who is facing some difficult decisions. She spent the last year steering her firm back from the financial difficulties her industry faces as a result...

DATE: March 22, 2011 | COLUMN: Bottom Line

Keep accurate records to help profits, tax filing

Do you have financial statements for your business? Of course you do. Doesn’t virtually every business? Well, actually no.A Federal Reserve Board National Survey of Small Business Finances revealed...

DATE: Jan. 25, 2011 | COLUMN: Bottom Line

Set business goals for 2011 with questions in mind

The year’s end is a traditional time to reflect on the last year and make resolutions for change in the new. Longtime readers of this column know I believe this is the time to analyze past results...

DATE: Jan. 4, 2011 | COLUMN: Bottom Line

Follow the cash flow in buying a business

I recently was asked to advise a technology consulting and value-added reseller firm about the acquisition of an established firm in the same business.I asked them to outline their philosophy and...

DATE: Oct. 12, 2010 | COLUMN: Bottom Line

Essential to adapt to changing world for relevance

James B. Stewart, in a recent Wall Street Journal article, ascribed Barnes & Noble’s downfall to focusing on “managing decline.” What a perfect term to describe a firm insisting on continuing to do...

DATE: Sept. 14, 2010 | COLUMN: Bottom Line

Approach change with an open mind

A little more than 10 years ago, Dr. Spencer Johnson wrote Who Moved My Cheese?. Subtitled An A-Mazing Way to Deal With Change In Your Work and In Your Life, it gave readers a way to understand,...

DATE: Aug. 17, 2010 | COLUMN: Bottom Line

Know yourself, your business for success

Have you noticed elementary school kids running around with dozens of rubber-band-like objects on their wrists? Parents know their kids are crazy for Silly Bandz, the hottest accessory on the...

DATE: July 21, 2010 | COLUMN: Bottom Line

Treating your employees well always pays off

I overheard an interesting conversation between an employee of an independently owned business and her friend. Theemployee was telling her friend how the owner of the business treated his manager...

DATE: April 28, 2010 | COLUMN: Bottom Line

Times tricky for selling a business

I'm frequently asked about the effect of the economic downturn on business values and whether businesses are selling.The most valuable asset most business owners have is the equity in their...

DATE: March 30, 2010 | COLUMN: Bottom Line

Work smarter to put an end to working harder harder

Bob is a dynamic and articulate owner of a 20-year-old service business. Sales during the last decade have ranged from$2 million to $10 million. The pattern is always the same: Revenue builds,...

DATE: March 3, 2010 | COLUMN: Bottom Line

An attitude adjustment can reap rewards

Business has been tough the last couple of years, no doubt about it. You've been working hard, perhaps harder thanyou've ever worked before. Your stress level is through the roof. You're tired all...

DATE: Feb. 2, 2010 | COLUMN: Bottom Line

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