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Business Finance for Non-Finance Personnel

Are you interested in making better business decisions to increase your company’s profits, move up the corporate ladder, and help you reach a better, personal financial position?  This course will use practical explanations and real-life examples to show you how money flows through a typical business.  You will learn the basics of how a business operates, including how to develop successful business strategies and how to use financial statements to make better business decisions.

Whether you are and employee, sales executive, supervisor, or manager, this course will help you understand basic financial information and use that information to make decisions that will positively affect your company’s financial situation.  You will obtain significantly improved business acumen skills and financial understanding, and be more confident in your business and financial decisions.

6 Weeks / 24 Course Hrs
Starting October 18, 2017

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Business Finance for Non-Finance Personnel Details + Objective

Course Code: bfn

You Will Learn
  • Learn the difference between financial knowledge and business acumen
  • Learn how finances flow thorough the business and begin to master basic financial terminology
  • Gain an understanding of financial forces, which provide a foundation for developing financial strategies and driving profit
  • Learn to make sense of three financial statements: Income Statement, Balance Sheet and Statement of Cash Flows
  • Discover how executives bring their financial knowledge in line with business needs to make solid business decisions
  • Learn how to cost cut with your new knowledge of financial reporting and your business acumen skills
  • Discover how to develop strategies to increase supply and production efficiencies
  • Learn to move your business and your personal financial life in a positive direction by focusing on a analytical process called SWOT (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats)
How the course is taught
  • Instructor-led course
  • 6 weeks in duration
  • Courses begin each month
  • 2 lessons released each week
  • 24 course hours
How you will benefit
  • Gain a strong foundation in business finance
  • You will increase your ability to think “big picture” and see how to take advantage of opportunities in your workplace and personal life
  • Be able to apply what you have learned to your personal household finances
Business Finance for Non-Finance Personnel Outline
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Week 1

In this first lesson, you will learn the difference between financial knowledge and business acumen in a way that is easy to understand.  You will be introduced to a few basic financial strategies and explore what business finance can do for you, your company, and your personal finances.  Then you will discover how finances flow thorough the business and begin to master basic financial terminology. 

Week 2

In this lesson, you will learn what ROI refers to and what a Sales Forecast is and why it is important.  You will gain and understanding of financial forces, which provide a foundation for developing financial strategies and driving profit.  Then you will learn to make sense of financial statements. 

Week 3

This lesson will allow you to gain a broader understanding of the Income Statement.  You will examine a hypothetical company’s statement to learn what the numbers mean.  You will also learn what is recorded on the Income Statement and how to analyze it using financial ratios.  Then you will explore what information is included in the Balance Sheet, how it differs from the other financial statements, and how to analyze it using financial ratios.

Week 4

This lesson will review the Statement of Cash Flows.  You will see how financial personnel use this statement.  You will get an insider’s look into how executives develop another component of a company’s financial filings---the Management’s Discussion & Analysis (MD&A).  You will gain valuable insights into how you can understand the “story behind the numbers” for any company.

Week 5

In this lesson, you are going to put all of the financial knowledge you have gained to work as you consider some strategies for improving a hypothetical business.  You will explore how executives bring their financial knowledge in line with business needs to make solid business decisions.  Then you will tackle a key issue in business:  cost cutting.  You will discover how to use your new knowledge of financial reporting and your business acumen skills to develop strategies that have a positive impact on a company’s bottom line.

Week 6

In this last lesson, you will use the decision-making process to examine the inventory situation at a hypothetical business and develop strategies to increase supply and production efficiencies.  Then you will discover how to complete an overall strategic analysis of an organization.  You will learn about an analytical process called SWOT (Strength, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats) to develop strategies to move your business and personal financial life in a positive direction.

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Business Finance for Non-Finance Personnel Instructors
Matt Crabtree

Matt Crabtree, CFP ®, earned his Bachelor of Science in Business, Information Systems Management, in 1999, a mini MBA certificate from The School of Management at Yale University in 2004, a certificate in Financial Planning from Pepperdine University's Graziadio School of Business in 2012 and has received the financial industry's most rigorous and prestigious professional designation of Certified Financial Planner ™. After many years in project management, office management, and business sales, Matt began training individuals and organizations in areas of business finance, leadership development, successful negotiations, sales management, and customer service excellence. Matt has trained individuals and various units within the U.S. Department of Defense, as well as corporate organizations including IBM (technology), Accuray (healthcare-technology), and Gen-Probe (molecular diagnostics). Matt is registered as a securities broker with the Financial Authority Regulation Authority (FINRA) and with the U.S. stock exchanges (NYSE and NASDAQ) and as an investment advisor with FINRA. Matt's natural aptitude for explaining his material in an easy-to-understand and enjoyable manner allows each student to gain insights into areas that are often considered challenging.

Business Finance for Non-Finance Personnel Requirements / Prerequisites

There are no prerequisites for this course.

Business Finance for Non-Finance Personnel Frequently Asked Questions
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When can I get started?

A new session of each course opens each month, allowing you to enroll whenever your busy schedule permits!

How does it work?

Once a session starts, two lessons will be released each week, for the six-week duration of your course. You will have access to all previously released lessons until the course ends.

How long do I have to complete each lesson?

Keep in mind that the interactive discussion area for each lesson automatically closes 2 weeks after each lesson is released, so you’re encouraged to complete each lesson within two weeks of its release.

What if I need an extension?

The Final Exam will be released on the same day as the last lesson. Once the Final Exam has been released, you will have 2 weeks plus 10 days to complete the Final and finish any remaining lessons in your course. No further extensions can be provided beyond these 10 days.

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