NEW WEBINAR SERIES: Start-Up Readiness Program

September 12, 2018

NPC is SO pleased to partner with Grant Thornton LLP to offer a series of webinars designed to help start-ups in the natural product space get off on the right foot. This series addresses the key issues that most start-ups face, and provides access to seasoned business and accounting pros.


Part 1: Making Good Financial Decisions


Early on, it’s easy to track your debits and your credits, but as your business picks up steam, so too will the complexity of your business decisions. Grant Thornton’s presentation is designed to give you a leg up. They’ll walk through some key financial and business management topics that will impact your business in hopes of setting you up for success. Topics include:

  • Maximizing after-tax personal cash flow, while maintaining business salability
  • Choosing the right organizational structure
  • Financial projections and business planning
  • Building controls and best practices into your day-to-day operations
  • Understanding the difference between the year-end accounting requirements of your lenders
  • Understanding when a Notice-to-Reader will do and when you need to consider a year-end review or audit.

We’ll have representatives from our tax, assurance and business advisory teams on hand to answer your pressing questions and provide some free advice.


  • Sean Stager, Advisory Services
  • Patrick Carruthers, Tax Services
  • Mike LeBlanc, Assurance Services

Part 2: Funding, financing and government incentives


Finding the finances you need to grow your business, your team or your offer is a science and an art. The network of potential funding sources is dense and complex. Grant Thornton’s presentation is designed to help shed some light on different sources of funding available to your organization, what each source is generally looking for from you and some tips and tricks for navigating the funder/ funded relationship.

They’ll talk bootstrapping, angels, investment agencies, banks, and SR&ED and other government incentives, so you not only know who to go to, when, but also how to capitalize on their resources, and make sure you don’t give away your business in the process.


  • Elias Reid, SR&ED and Government Incentives
  • Matt DeWolfe, Assurance Services
  • Alex Martin, Assurance Services



Thinking about the future can feel like a last priority when you’re busy keeping the lights on, but planning for the future today can save you time, energy and money sooner than you think. In this presentation a team of Technology Sector advisors will talk about what happens when a business takes off and changes start happening quickly. Have you considered:

  • How you’ll set achievable goals?
  • How your business/culture would handle doubling in size?
  • What your approach would be if you received some bad press?
  • What needs to happen if someone wants to buy your business?

We’ll talk about plans and processes you can put in place that will help you build and protect your business as you grow and consider your Exit strategy.


  • Nicole Deveau, Strategic and Operational Advisor
  • Ryan Morse, Assurance Advisor
  • Louis Westergard, Transaction Advisor
  • Jeff Merrick, Business Risk Advisor