Minding My Own Business Workshop now available on video!

The Minding My Own Business Workshop attended by hundreds is now available to small to mid-sized business owners in a Power Point presentation!  Based upon the book, Minding My Own Business by the TFG Executive Director, Dirk Dieters, the narrated presentation lasts approximately one hour and allows you to learn and compare your business to the six responsibilities of the small business owner!

It is available FREE for the remainder of 2018!  Call the office 303 338 9300 or email your request to admin@tfginfo.org!

Temporary CEO – Corporate Turnaround

TFG has added to it’s menu of services for small to mid-sized businesses CORPORATE TURNAROUND and TEMPORARY CEO services.  Following successful trials these services are now available.

Has your company suffered a critical setback and require the services of a professional manager?  This can happen due to illness, death, or other instances that remove an owner or key person.

Are you ready to sell and need to get the company prepared?

Are you ready to transition to family members who are not as ready to run the place as they need to be?

Do you want out and have lost the energy needed to position your company for sale risking a loss of all you have built over the years?

Has something gone wrong–a change in the market, loss of a critical customer or an intervening event–and you need someone to step right in and straighten things out?

These are some of the tasks for which The Fremont Group has prepared key Success Partners.  Give us a call!

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Golf Anyone?

The Fremont Group subsidizes their work allowing business owners of all sizes to receive the assistance that they need. Our main source of funds for this are the sales of “Minding My Own Business” by Dirk Dieters our Executive Director and our Golf Outings. Both our offices in Denver and Phoenix are hosting golf outings this year–enter your foursome now!

OUR EVENTS ARE COMING UP SOON! IF YOU ARE INTERESTED LET US KNOW IMMEDIATELY OR YOU RISK MISSING OUT!

Denver
Monday, June 4th
Blackstone Country Club 8:30 am Registration

This event at the exclusive Blackstone Country Club in Aurora, Colorado includes breakfast, range balls, your round of golf in a four-person scramble, lunch, and numerous prizes!

Phoenix
Tuesday, June 12th 7:30 am tee time
Gainey Ranch Country Club

This event at the exclusive Gainey Ranch Country Club in Scottsdale, Arizona includes breakfast, range balls, your round of golf in a four-person scramble, lunch, and numerous prizes!

Sponsorship Opportunities
The Fremont Group is a non-profit organization serving small to mid-sized businesses with management, financing, mentoring, and education. Our Success Partners provide invaluable assistance to business owners. Our Day of Golf is our major fundraiser used to subsidize the services to clients.

Major Sponsor (Either Event)
$1450.00 Recognition as a major sponsor
Recognition as sponsor of either the long drive prize, closest to the pin prize or sponsor of the prizes for “hitting the green” on a selected hole.
A Foursome for play in the event including Greens Fee, Cart, Range Balls, Continental Breakfast, Lunch, and Contests. Team Captains also receive a second round later in the month.

Contributing Sponsor (Either Event)

$1250.00 Recognition at event
A Foursome for play in the event including Greens Fee, Cart, Range Balls, Continental Breakfast, Lunch, and Contests. Team Captains also receive a second round later in the month.

Participant
Denver: $780.00
A Foursome for play in the event including Greens Fee, Cart, Range Balls, Continental Breakfast, Lunch, and Contests.

Phoenix: $620.00
A Foursome for play in the event including Greens Fee, Cart, Range Balls, Continental Breakfast, Lunch, and Contests.

Donor
$250.00 Recognition at even
Lunch for up to 4 persons

Individual Entry
Denver: $195.00
Phoenix: $155.00
Entry for one player in the event including Greens Fee, Cart, Range Balls, Continental Breakfast, Lunch and Contests. You will be paired with other individual players.

CAll 303 338 9300 OR EMAIL ADMIN@TFGINFO.ORG FOR MORE INFORMATION. YOU WILL BE PROVIDED WITH A LINK TO THE CLUB CORP REGISTRATION SITE FOR PAYMENT AND REGISTRATION.

Fremont Motto: “You only have what you give—it’s by giving of yourself that you grow rich!”

What can The Fremont Group Do For My Business?

The Fremont Group is a non-profit organization supporting small to mid-sized businesses. In our effort to be a resource for your success we have a number of ways that you can benefit. For example:

Self Assessments. The Fremont Group offers a self-assessment package. This is a series of approximately sixty questions in all areas of your business. From your responses your strengths and weaknesses are identified. The self-assessment then continues to determine how much of an impact these issues have on your results so that you can determine where to start and what is and what is not worth changing. The Self-Assessment can be completed over the phone with one of our Success Partners or we can meet with you on site. There is a nominal charge for either.

Minding My Own Business Workshops. Minding My Own Business is the title of a book authored by our Executive Director, Dirk Dieters. The book identifies and reviews the six responsibilities of the small business owner. Our workshops our modeled after the book. Generally one and one-half to two and two-half hours, the workshops are always individualized. You are guided by our Success Partner through interaction with the topics and are guaranteed to acquired a technique that you can immediately implement in the management of your company. The MMOB Workshops can be attended in three ways: through webinar; in a local hotel in your area; or on your site. They are designed only for owners and spouses. Webinar workshops can be scheduled. TFG plans MMOB Workshops in cities and invites local attendees. The charge for the Workshop varies according to its’ location.

Webinars. TFG offers an on-going series of individual webinars. These are one-hour sessions on specific topics offered at a nominal fee. Check our Facebook page or contact us to be added to our email list for topics.

Initial Consultations. Our Success Partners perform two-day Initial Consultations. These are done on consecutive days at your site. We meet extensively with you, your key people, review your financial statements and operating procedures and then on the second day, together with you, develop an Action Plan to address issues that impact your results. This is you Business Physical that many clients complete each year. It may or may not lead to an on-going relationship with that Success Partner to help implement the identified actions. The fee for this is all inclusive of travel expenses.

Success Partner Relationships. Our clients develop on-going relationships with their Success Partners. This includes half to full-week on-site work followed up with weekly telephone contact and off-site work to ensure implementation. In many instances Success Partners return monthly for a half-week but always remain on their “Advisory Board” for weekly conversations. The fees for this work are subsidized depending upon your size. Contact us to determine your range of subsidy.

On a side note, all of our communications are done through video screen sharing. We use the simple Google Hangouts that is already on your computer if you have a gmail account. We also sponsor events. In 2018 we plan Golf Outings in Phoenix and Denver. Contact us for information.

Are you looking for small business financing?

So are many other of our small business owners so we did some research–a lot of research. What we found is that there are a lot of bad people out there in this market. People ready to take advantage of small business owners. So as we looked into it we identified over 30 sources of funding that covered the spectrum of need. Some are for the poor credit, lots of problems people and some are for those who have good credit and few problems. Their terms range from very high interest with daily drafts from your bank account and personal guarantees to competitive rate lines of credit. Contact us and we will gather information and submit it to the appropriate array of lenders and very quickly identify what can and cannot be done for you. Generally this is done without initial credit checks that “ding” your credit. In some instances you will need to present your story in its’ best light–prepare a package for presentation–in which case we can help and in other cases an applicant is strong enough not to need this work. Regardless, if you are looking for loans in the $25,000-$250,000 range you should give us a call to assist.

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We are often asked, “Why should we work with The Fremont Group? What could they do for us?” Here is the answer:

Every business owner “owns” a “system.” It is a system that converts market demand for their goods or services into cash. Our Success Partners have “been there and done that.” Together with you they design and implement an “Operating System” for your business. The Operating System brings structure, stability, and mature management to the business. At a minimum it includes:
• creating standards of required performance and proper reporting in all areas (sales, operations and administration) so that proper and meaningful delegation can take place and employees can be properly held accountable for pre-determined results;
• control of the money including a budget that interfaces with pricing strategy, cash flow projections that bring sanity to AR and AP decisions, and implements proper use of debt and capital so that profit is budgeted and cash retention is accomplished;
• a consistent schedule of reporting/meetings with sales, operations, and finance so that things don’t “slip through the cracks” and the development of a responsible management team to shoulder responsibility;
• and a time management component so that the owner is focusing on what really matters rather than feeling constantly “stressed out” and unable to do his or her job which is really running the company.
Of course, every company is unique with different strengths and weaknesses. The Success Partner first surveys and gets to understand you and your business so that a tailored Action Plan can be developed with the owner. Then an implementation plan is developed so that the pace of change matches the ability of the company to assimilate the improvements and to be assured that it can be budgeted into the company’s cash flow.
But it is a two-way street. To be successful, The Fremont Group can only work with small business owners who are truly committed to change. The process is at its’ best with three types of owners: (1) The stressed owner who knows that his company is underperforming but simply doesn’t have control; (2) the owner who is contemplating transition—either to a family member or employee, prepare the business for sale or just to reduce the amount of time and stress that is now required; or (3) the owner who recognizes that he has not realized his potential and that he or she is not where they thought they should be by now.
Depending upon the desired result, the process can take weeks, months or years. The Fremont Group generally works in scheduled half-week sessions with regular contact and established benchmarks in between on-site work. Your Success Partner becomes an integral member of your advisory board of directors and a person that an owner can talk to, learn from and share their success with. Are you ready? Let’s talk.

The Cost of Not Seeking Help

On TFG’s Linkedin page, we recently commented on a kickstarter campaign which crashed and burned violently. Worst of all, the project could easily have been a success if only a few key actions had been taken.
Summary: The project was an affordable espresso machine for the home market. Founders just wanted to crowd fund a small production run of 50 units to be made by hand. In pricing the product, the founders discounted their labor to zero. When posting their project, they did not restrict the number of units which could be ordered. In the end, they found themselves on the hook for producing 2000 units. The project collapsed because the cost of creating and perfecting a factory production process was too high. No units were ever shipped.
Their key failing was not seeking advice on their plan from trusted advisors. At the outset, it would be easy to see the project could easily spiral out of control if demand exceeded the 50 units which could be produced. Thus exposing the project’s weaknesses before anything negative happened.
No matter how long you’ve been in business, there’s no excuse for this type of oversight. If you want an honest assessment of your business or strategy, schedule a free webinar with TFG. We’d love the opportunity to earn your trust.

We’re not from the government but we ARE here to help!

The Fremont Group is a non-profit organization with the mission to support small business owners.  Persons who are familiar with SCORE, an agency established by the SBA to do much the same, is therefore familiar with us—with one difference.  The Fremont Group can stay with you and provide much more intensive assistance than SCORE.  To meet us, try a customize webinar.  Contact us and together we will pick an issue.  The issue could range from sales and marketing, to operations, to employee productivity, to cash flow forecasting, to creating and using your budget.  Then we will develop a webinar customized for you to address this issue.  Like what you hear and we can come in for a day and do a Business Assessment creating an Action Plan to take you to your next level.  Best of all—the webinar is free!  We want to help you—let us!  Give us a call at 303 338  9300 today to talk about it—talk is cheap!

What you want, what you need and what you can afford

There is a Starbucks in your neighborhood—I know that because there’s a Starbucks everywhere.  Walking by that Starbucks are two people.  The first is a homeless person.  He has 5 one-dollar bills, 3 quarters and a dime in his pocket.  He looks into the Starbucks, sees the $4 cup of coffee and says to himself, “I really want that $4 cup of coffee but I don’t need it” so he walks on.  The second person is a suburban house wife.  She has lots of cash in per purse lots of money in her checking account.  She looks into Starbucks and sees the same $4 cup of coffee and says to herself, “I need that $4 cup of coffee.”  She goes in and buys it.  Your business might be doing over one-million dollars a year in revenue.  Unless you are a drug dealer you cannot imagine what that $1,000,000 would look like piled up on your desk.  All you know is that you have a lot of money but you are frugal and only buy what you need.  The problem is this: The difference between a want and a need is the balance of your checkbook and you can’t even really imagine how much money that you have!  We all know people who as their income increases their expenses go up even faster.  The cell phones, video games, big screen tvs—all those things that they only want they now think that they need and only because they have more income.  You cannot run your business based upon what you want or need you must run your business based upon what you can afford!

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Consultants—Your Client can Finance your consulting project

 

The Fremont Group can now refer to you a financing program that will allow your client to finance your consulting project and their other needs.  48 hour response and 80% approval!  Whether its working capital, unsecured finance, term loans, revenue loans, equipment finance, SBA, retirement funding or custom funding packages, your clients will receive fast approval and rapid funding. Many of your clients will qualify for multiple funding opportunities giving your clients their choice of options. We recognize the need for you, the advisor, to help guide your client/borrower in their selection of the type of financing best suited to the clients’ situation. Your clients depend on you for advice, strategy, compliance and planning and you may very likely be responsible for helping to pick one of the several options that will be offered. Their dedicated staff will assist you and your client in choosing the best funding or financing option.

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