Business & Financial Consulting

How Independent Loan Reviews Can Mitigate Risk to Your Institution

Banks and financial institutions rely on the insight from independent loan reviewers to uncover potential risks embedded in their loan portfolios. As part of standard practice, financial institutions engage independent entities to review their loan portfolios, ensuring no undue risk may affect the Bank’s overall asset quality and capital composition. An independent review of the…

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Risks You Haven’t Thought of: How Climate Change is Presenting New Challenges for Lenders

In the Fourth Quarter of 2021, President Biden presented his administration’s “roadmap for climate change,” identifying how government agencies would strengthen infrastructure in response to worsening climate conditions. This was a key position during the Biden campaign, and its persisting emphasis has brought the world of banking to an inflection point. Climate Plan B impacts…

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Nonprofits – What’s Keeping You Up At Night?

The answer is probably “a lot of things” right? It is for many of us here at Mercadien. Our Nonprofit and Human Services Group meets regularly to discuss our clients’ top challenges and look at ways we can help them address their issues. We have gathered intel from our clients, the AICPA and NJCPA, the…

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Times Are Changing – Have You Reviewed & Updated Your Strategic Plan?

It’s hard to believe that over a year has gone by since many of us have changed the way we do business. I have only been in the office a handful of times over the last year; I am fortunate and can work from just about anywhere. Of course, for many of you, this is…

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The Right Valuation Approaches During Times of Uncertainty

The uncertain economic environment during the COVID-19 pandemic has made business valuation practitioners questioning the more historically utilized inputs. Many companies have experienced unforeseen growth or decline, depending on the industry and other unique attributes of those companies. The pandemic has enhanced the focus of the risks associated with cash flow realization, the factors affecting…

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Jeffrey Baresciano Featured in PICPA’s CPA Now

Jeffrey Baresciano, CPA, CFF, ABV, CVA, Director of Mercadien’s Forensic & Litigation Support Services Group, was featured in the Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants (PICPA) CPA Now blog. His article entitled, “The Right Valuation Approaches During Times of Uncertainty”, discusses how important it is to ensure that the entire story of a closely held…

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Times Are Changing – Have You Reviewed & Updated Your Nonprofit’s Strategic Plan?

It’s hard to believe that over a year has gone by since many of us have changed the way we do business. I have only been in the office a handful of times over the last year; I am fortunate and can work from just about anywhere. Of course, for many of you, this is…

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Why Your Organization May Benefit From a Process Efficiency Study

The world has changed since the COVID-19 pandemic hit over a year ago, causing organizations to adapt to these changes and adjust to operating in a remote environment. New policies and procedures along with increased regulatory requirements can be a hurdle for any organization. As such, your organization should consider performing an efficiency study. Efficiency…

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The Importance of Long-Term Strategic Planning

One of my core consulting activities is helping businesses with long-term strategic planning. It’s an important, often overlooked facet of business growth. You see, business leaders who spend too much time working in the business forget to work on the business. The day-to-day pays the bills, after all. But if you want your business to…

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Summary & Highlights of the American Rescue Plan Act

On March 11, 2021 President Biden signed the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, (ARPA or the Act) which will provide $1.9 trillion in relief funds across a wide spectrum of categories, including additional relief for nonprofits and small businesses, the extension of unemployment benefits, new tax provisions, assistance for restaurants and bars, and more.…

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