Alliances and Your Bottom Line

by Jan Triplett

Business Success Center

Jan Triplett, Ph.D. is the CEO of the Business Success Center (BSC), a City of Austin certified green business. It provides sales and financial strategies and advice to owners of product and service businesses. It received a Small Business Administration (SBA) five-star national award and the Austin Business Journal named it a top 20 management consulting firms. Triplett is a national and international speaker, author of A Networker’s Guide to Success and Thinking Big, Staying Small. She published The Networker ” and moderated KUT radio’s “The Next 200 Years”. She was co-creator of the award-winning “City Management Academy” and the “Owners MBA. She owned and ran the Entrepreneurs’ Association and a business accelerator and hatchery. She is a small business activist, serving as a White House Conference on Small Business and Congressional Summit delegate. She was on the Mayor’s Task Force on International Infrastructure, initiated the Northcross IBIZ District and recommended portions of Austin’s Big Box Ordinance. She was a founder of the Women’s Chamber of Commerce of Texas and the Greater Austin International Coalition. The SBA honored her as Texas’ Small Business Advocate. Triplett is a member of Central Texas Association of Guaranteed Government Lenders and an NCRC Certified Technical Advisor. She volunteers for the Austin Farmers Market and the Austin Humane Society and serves on the advisory board of Students Involved in Free Enterprise.

While a successful alliance can add 17% or more to your bottom line, alliances between businesses are not only useful for increasing sales.

Six areas of your business can engage in and benefit from strategic alliances:

Topics: Business Operations, business management

How long do you plan to be in this business? part one

by Mark Puzdrak


Mark Puzdrak is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) with more than 13 years of professional experience helping small to medium-sized businesses with their tax and accounting needs including individual, corporate, and partnership income tax returns along with business and individual tax planning. Mark is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants. He is licensed as a Certified Public Accountant in Texas and Pennsylvania. He earned both of his bachelor of arts degrees in accounting and finance from Lycoming College in Williamsport, PA. Mark is committed to delivering tax and planning services that meet each client's unique objectives with a focus on services for small to medium-sized businesses as well as clients in the Real Estate, Manufacturing, Entertainment, and Professional Services industries. Mark lives in Austin, Texas with his wife, Kelly. He enjoys reading biographies, visiting small Texas towns, and the occasional scotch and cigar.

Earlier this year, I presented on a topic called Be the CEO. That presentation mentioned certain questions that should be discussed with your trusted advisor, i.e. your Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Fractional Chief Financial Officer (CFO), or CFO, at the beginning of the engagement. One of those questions will be the topic of a two-part article series, How Long Do You Plan to be in This Business?

Topics: Business Operations, business management

Lessons From 20 Years of Entrepreneurship

by Dave Sather

Sather Financial Group

Dave Sather is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER and President of the Sather Financial Group, Inc. Sather Financial Group is a $400 million “fee-only” wealth management firm based in Victoria. Sather Financial is ranked as one of the top independent wealth management firms in the country according to Financial Advisor Magazine. Dave was raised in El Paso, received his B.A. in Business Management from Texas Lutheran University and received his M.B.A. from Texas A&M University. He has spent the past twenty years in the financial analysis, investment and banking industries. Dave is an adjunct professor in the business program at Texas Lutheran University. Additionally, Dave is a director of Business Bank of Texas as well as the Chairman of the Finance and Investments Committee for the Brownson Children’s Home and is a member of the Executive Advisory Council at Texas Lutheran University. He resides in Victoria, Texas.

This week marks our firms 20th anniversary. In 1999 my naïve business plan for a “fee-only” and “fiduciary” investment management firm fit on a cocktail napkin. It was me, a phone and a computer. Thankfully, much has changed since inception and hopefully I’ve learned a bit in the process that may be helpful to others.

Topics: Accounting & Finance, business management, entrepreneurship