Posted: 3/13/07

TAMIU-SBDC Launches Workshops on Managing Finances



The Texas A&M International University Small Business Development Center  (TAMIU-SBDC) will be sponsoring a series of workshops on “Managing Cash: The Small Business Owner's Guide to Financial Control.”

The workshops are free of charge and  will be offered through March 20 in various locations in Jim Hogg, Webb and Zapata counties.

The workshops will focus on cash flow. Cash flow is what comes into and goes out of a business. Gaining financial control by understanding cash flow is crucial to business success.

“Many people think their business is sound as long as more money is coming in than going out. This way of thinking can weaken a business’ short-term stability and its long-term growth. A certain amount of cash must be on hand at all times for day-to-day operations and to pay expenses on time,” explained Isabel Salazar, SBDC training coordinator.

“Inevitably, a gap will occur when bills are due before  the cash that’s owed the business is collectd. In addition,  unexpected expenses, like equipment repair, can really complicate operations,” she noted.

Salazar explained that without proper cash flow, even a thriving business can fail.

“Think of your business as a rope with three intertwined strings. One string is what you sell (your products and services). The other string is what you earn, and the third is what you spend. If one string weakens, it affects the strength of the rope,” Salazar said.

The workshops will offer advice on:

  • Cash –The Fuel that Runs your Business
  • Maximize your Cash Flow
  • Tools for Speeding up Cash Collections
  • Overdue Invoices
  • Three Tools for Helping with Accounts Receivable
  • Cash Flow Statement – A Business Owner’s Right Hand
  • Overview of Cash Flow Statement Sample
  • Financing Solutions
  • Four Short Term Financing Solutions.

Workshop dates, times and locations are as follows:

Workshop schedules




March 13, 2007

9:00-12:00 noon

Larga Vista Community Center on Hwy 359 in Laredo, TX

March 13, 2007

1:00-4:00 pm

Self-Help Center on Hwy 359 in Laredo, TX

March 14, 2007

9:00-12:00 noon

Texas Workforce Center in Zapata, TX

March 20, 2007

9:00-12:00 noon

El Cenizo Community Center in El Cenizo, TX

March 20, 2007

1:00-4:00 pm

Rio Bravo Community Center in Rio Bravo, TX

For more information or to register, call the TAMIU SBDC office at 956. 326.2550 or 956.722.0563, or e-mail sbdc@tamiu.edu.

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