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Private Companies

Private Companies Growing Sales, Planning Hires

Mary Ellen Biery | Posted 07.19.2014 | Business
Mary Ellen Biery

Two recent reports provide an upbeat assessment of private companies, the drivers of 65 percent of new job creation and nearly 50 percent of private n...

Guess Which Industries Are Growing the Fastest?

Mary Ellen Biery | Posted 07.07.2014 | Business
Mary Ellen Biery

Recent new home sales figures raised concerns about a housing market slowdown, but one thing is clear: The fastest-growing industries in the U.S. over...

Non-Profits and Social Media: Believe it or Not, Your Non-Profit Is a Brand

Tulani Elisa | Posted 05.28.2014 | Business
Tulani Elisa

Brand seems to be a dirty word in the nonprofit/NGO space. Organizations shy away from it because "it's a private sector thing" or "it only applies to organizations that have money for marketing."

Furniture Retailers Are Sitting on Their Inventory Longer

Mary Ellen Biery | Posted 05.24.2014 | Business
Mary Ellen Biery

Private furniture stores, on average, had 142 days of inventory on hand in 2013, based on preliminary estimates. That's nearly a week more in inventory than furniture stores had in 2011 and 18 days more than the industry's average in 2006.

Is Your Business Worth As Much As You Think? Many Aren't

Mary Ellen Biery | Posted 05.03.2014 | Business
Mary Ellen Biery

About two-thirds of nearly 1,000 business owners surveyed recently by Pepperdine University's Private Capital Markets Project expect to transfer their...

U.S. Trucking Companies Deliver Sales, Profit Gains

Mary Ellen Biery | Posted 04.23.2014 | Business
Mary Ellen Biery

Privately held U.S. trucking companies posted their fourth year of higher sales, and profitability also improved in 2013, according to data from Sagew...

Why Slowing Sales Are a Problem

Mary Ellen Biery | Posted 02.08.2014 | Business
Mary Ellen Biery

Looking at dozens of financial metrics, it's clear that privately held U.S. companies have a lot going for them right now. Almost every major metric...

Factory Slowdown: Private Manufacturers' Sales Slowing

Mary Ellen Biery | Posted 01.23.2014 | Business
Mary Ellen Biery

U.S. manufacturers added more jobs last month than they had since February, but job gains in the sector continue to be below the expectations of some ...

Guess Which Small Businesses Are Growing The Fastest?

Mary Ellen Biery | Posted 12.22.2013 | Business
Mary Ellen Biery

With the U.S. economy's slow growth in recent quarters, it may seem like nobody's seeing much business, least of all small firms. But Sageworks, a fi...

What Non-Government Economic Indicators Say

Mary Ellen Biery | Posted 12.14.2013 | Business
Mary Ellen Biery

In the shutdown-induced absence of several national economic indicators, media outlets have highlighted some quirky options for gaining insight on the...

How healthy is your business?

Mary Ellen Biery | Posted 11.03.2013 | Business
Mary Ellen Biery

When 1 in 10 entrepreneurs work 70 hours a week, it's a safe bet that business owners have a lot of issues competing for their attention. Making a gre...

Home-related retail sales building

Mary Ellen Biery | Posted 10.26.2013 | Small Business
Mary Ellen Biery

Privately held retailers of home-related goods and materials are seeing strong sales growth, according to new data from Sageworks, a financial informa...

Why Michael Dell's Fight Makes Sense

Mary Ellen Biery | Posted 10.14.2013 | Business
Mary Ellen Biery

The allure of escaping life on the stock exchange seems to be fairly common among founders of publicly traded companies that lose their way.

4 Things You Don't Know About Private Companies

Mary Ellen Biery | Posted 07.28.2013 | Small Business
Mary Ellen Biery

As the U.S. stock market has climbed this year, initial public offering filings and pricings are also outpacing last year's figures, based on statistics from IPO research firm Renaissance Capital of Greenwich, Conn.

APPLIX: Apple and Netflix and the case for staying private

Brian Hamilton | Posted 07.02.2013 | Business
Brian Hamilton

As I look at Wall Street headlines I better understand why so many owners and stakeholders of privately held companies aren't jumping into the IPO line and some publicly traded firms are jumping out.

The Top 5 Lessons Learned in Our First Year

Ryan Caldbeck | Posted 06.25.2013 | Small Business
Ryan Caldbeck

In the course of its first year any startup will confront issues it had not anticipated. Decisions will be made that are wrong. Every new business is different, and every one will encounter its own unique problems. Here are the lessons we learned from our mistakes at CircleUp in our first year.

Accounting Firms Tally High Margins

Mary Ellen Biery | Posted 06.04.2013 | Small Business
Mary Ellen Biery

Privately held accounting, tax prep, bookkeeping and payroll services companies (NAICS code 5412) posted an average annual net profit margin of 21.2 percent, based on financial statements filed during the 12-month period ended February 2013.

The Health of Private Companies As We Head Into Sequestration

Mary Ellen Biery | Posted 05.05.2013 | Small Business
Mary Ellen Biery

The average private company's likelihood of default is lower and debt-to-EBITDA, a measure of financial liquidity, is also below the period a year earlier, according to early estimates based on financial statements from 2012 and 2011.

Private Companies Are Too Smart to Hire

Brian Hamilton | Posted 01.23.2014 | Business
Brian Hamilton

People with illnesses take drastic measures to save their lives, and their families encourage and support them through the fight. In the same way, businesses and individuals of all political parties need to call on our elected representatives to lay out a treatment plan that touches every part of our economy.

Four Companies That Need a Credit Check

Mary Ellen Biery | Posted 12.23.2012 | Small Business
Mary Ellen Biery

When a company is evaluating its own financial health and planning for growth or for weathering a downturn, an assessment of your current situation and probability of default helps create a more complete picture.

Small Business Growth Plummets: Report

The Huffington Post | Nate C. Hindman | Posted 10.05.2012 | Small Business

National employment may be on the rise, but Main Street is still paralyzed by uncertainty and weak demand, according to a new report. Private com...

Private-Company Sales Growth Slows to 5.4%

Mary Ellen Biery | Posted 11.20.2012 | Small Business
Mary Ellen Biery

The rate of annual sales growth among privately held U.S. companies is slowing significantly. And while 5.4 percent is still a faster rate of growth than the broader U.S. economy is experiencing, it's the slowest rate since November 2010.

Best Buy Founder: 'I Am Not Going Away'

Reuters | Posted 10.16.2012 | Business

By Dhanya Skariachan NEW YORK, Aug 16 (Reuters) - Best Buy founder Richard Schulze on Thursday repeated his call for the consumer ele...

Companies Hiring The World's Geniuses

24/7 Wall St. | Michael B. Sauter and Lisa Uible | Posted 08.10.2012 | Business

From 24/7 Wall St.: The story of American business has been about shipping the country’s manufacturing jobs overseas. However, there is another part...

10 Low-cost Summer Start-ups

Mary Ellen Biery | Posted 09.24.2012 | Small Business
Mary Ellen Biery

While some of these jobs may seem like they are just for teens, adults can and do make these businesses their full-time ventures, with a few tweaks.