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Which Industries Should I Target?

Posted September 12, 2019 by Bobby Martin

The North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) was developed as the standard for use by the U.S. federal government’s statistical agencies, replacing the Standard Industrial Classification (SIC) system in 1997. Industry-specific NAICS codes are assigned to each business in the country, classifying them for the collection...

4 Ways to Help SMBs Manage Cash Flow

Posted September 06, 2019 by Vertical IQ

You may have heard the platitude, “Cash is the most important, yet least productive, asset a business has.” It is a bit cliché, but it is also true. Properly balancing the so-called “big three” of cash management—accounts receivable, accounts payable, and inventory—is crucial to the financial success of any business. 

The 3 Local Economic Indicators Every SMB Advisor Should Know

Posted August 29, 2019 by Vertical IQ

The economy is a hot topic lately, with pundits arguing over whether we are or aren’t heading into a recession. Whether you think an inverted yield curve is a recession bellwether or not, there’s no debate that there’s a lot to be learned by looking at economic numbers. But practically speaking, most small business success is...

2 Simple Ways to Wow Prospects at a Networking Event

Posted August 22, 2019 by viqadmin

Speaking with people you don’t know at a networking event can be a tricky proposition. Having a valuable conversation with a prospective client means making sure it is about them, not you. To do that, you need to be both inquisitive and insightful. Knowing something about a lot of different topics gives you a leg up. And that’s where...

Industry Spotlight: Hotels & Motels

Posted June 20, 2019 by Vertical IQ

It’s summertime, and the 41,000 hotels and motels in the U.S. are rolling out the red carpet to vacationers as well as business travelers.

Industry Focus: A Clean Perspective on Janitorial Services Companies

Posted April 25, 2019 by Vertical IQ

It’s spring cleaning time! And the nation’s 53,000 janitorial service providers are here to help. These crucial companies clean building interiors, windows, and the interiors of transportation equipment, such as aircrafts.

The How and Why of Industry Structure

Posted October 18, 2018 by Bobby Martin

One of the fascinating things about working for Vertical IQ is learning about the structures of industries and why they have evolved that way. At the heart of what we analyze are the numerous facets that drive revenue—and factors that make businesses within that sector succeed or fail. Indeed, it’s every advisor’s job to understand...

How Bankers Can Help Business Owners Plan Exit Strategies

Posted October 04, 2018 by Bobby Martin

Two members of the Vertical IQ team and I attended the 2018 Exit Planning Summit in Nashville last week because many exit planning experts need and appreciate industry research. Having been a business banker for many years, and then personally being involved with founding and selling several successful businesses, I’ve had first-hand...

3 Trends Bankers Should Key In On When Meeting with Computer Programming Firms

Posted September 20, 2018 by Vertical IQ

It seems that just about everything today relies upon computers, and as a result, computer programming services is a booming industry. For bankers, despite the risks, there is a lot of opportunity to be found within the rapidly growing computer programming services industry.

A Potentially Healthy Environment for the Medical Device Manufacturing Industry

Posted September 06, 2018 by Vertical IQ

We noticed an interesting article in the August 15 issue of American Banker regarding community banks that are forming dedicated healthcare lending teams. In recent years, the healthcare industry had seemed risky to many banks as Medicaid reimbursements have been declining and concerns about the future of the Affordable Care Act (ACA,...

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