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Small Business Finance


Confederation College

Entrepreneurship Series



Small Business Finance was designed with the start-up business owner/manager in mind and provides a detailed overview of the organization and operation of a business from a financial perspective. Developed as a combination textbook and workbook, it takes the reader step-by-step through each element of a company’s finances from pre-startup costs all the way to record keeping and financial monitoring for an established business.


Along the way, readers will be introduced to a variety of useful operating tools such as start-up checklists, supplier evaluation forms, cost and revenue forecasting methods, cash flow analysis tools, ratio analysis, accounting tools and various financial journals.


Written in plain language and using straightforward mathematical illustrations, the book takes the intimidation out of small business finance.



Graham Clayton (Ph.D Cand.) is an economist, former small business owner and educator with an extensive background in the design and teaching of post-secondary business programs both at Confederation College and in the USA, Caribbean and Ukraine. He has held a number of management positions at Confederation including Director, Centre of Entrepreneurship for the Northwest, and Director, Institute for Global Entrepreneurship and Electronic Commerce.



Mitchell Wilkie (M.I.M.) is currently Vice-President of TRAK Canada in Burlington, Ontario. He is an engineer and international business specialist who worked on a variety of domestic and international entrepreneurship projects for the Northwest Enterprise Centre at Confederation College. Mr. Wilkie also taught some courses in international business and management during his five-year tenure at the College.






Section 1: Introduction

Section 2: Pre-Start-up Needs and Costs

Section 3: Operating Cost Forecasts

Section 4: Sales Revenue Forecasts

Section 5: Monthly Financial Statements — Income and Cash Flow

Section 6: Start-Up Financing Requirements

Section 7: Sources of Financing

Section 8: Year End Statements and the Balance Sheet

Section 9: Financial Analysis - Liquidity and Profitability

Section 10: Financial Analysis - Input and Activity Ratios

Section 11: Financial Record Keeping

Section 12: Business Monitoring and Finances




Small Business Finance Confederation College Entrepreneurship Series, 136 pages, ISBN: 978-1-55270-092-1; softcover; published in 2002; Canadian $29.95.


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