An 8-hour workshop that targets anyone who makes decisions that impact sales, operations, and strategy. It is a non-financial manager training workshop that is perfect for improving business and financial acumen in all employees, even those without a financial background!

Participants collaborate with their team to address complex and competing problems of oversupply, inventory build-up, working capital, cash flow, and debt repayment. The workshop also introduces formal exercises in budgeting, cash flow forecasting, and ratios. Learners must take the initiative to stay competitive in the simulation.

Participants take away a big-picture understanding of business and finance terminology by working with financial statements. The simulation allows participants to improve their financial and business acumen through stealth learning. Participants become fully immersed in the simulation that they don’t even realize how much they are learning!

Participants gain an enhanced readiness to take initiative in everyday activities, like reducing the company’s costs, inventories and working capital. They improve their business acumen by acquiring an understanding of how and why their everyday decisions and actions impact other areas of the company.


The Finance For Everyone workshop teaches finance for non-finance professionals, providing an overview of financial tools and concepts. Participants play all the major roles in an operating company – production, R&D, sales and marketing, management, and finance – they get first-hand experience and improve their business acumen.

  • Financial statements and their management uses: Income Statement (P&L) and Balance Sheet
  • Investing, generating profits (or losses!)
  • The difference between cash and profit
  • Cost structure and capacity utilization
  • Working capital and inventory build-up
  • How market conditions impact business decisions
  • Budgets and cash flow forecasts
  • Unit cost analysis
  • Implementing change and measuring results
  • Ratios as metrics for management (ROA, ROI)
  • Your company’s specific financial metrics

“I will have a better understanding of the payables and receivables time-line. It also teaches examples of “real world” market competition and how hard it is to guess what competitors will do.” — Associate, McGladry


The competition consists of four business cycles. Participants are grouped into team-based companies in which they have full decision-making power and are accountable for their company’s results. In each cycle, the team-based companies develop and implement a business strategy that incorporates real-world dynamics, including production capacity, customers, prices, and financing.

Each Participants improve and develop their business acumen in every cycle. Each cycle includes the following activities:

  • Competitor and market analysis
  • Setting prices in a competitive market
  • Monitoring cash flow
  • Preparing an Income Statement and Balance Sheet
  • Posting, comparing, and discussing of results

Teams have the opportunity to improve their company through real-world business solutions like expansion, quality initiatives, and niche marketing. Finance and business acumen learning is integrated within the simulation through various activities like forecasting, budgeting, and unit cost analysis.

The extended 12 hour workshop offers even more: an additional 2-3 hours of simulation experience and integrated finance planning and analysis tools including break-even analysis, income statement analysis, discounted cash flow; 30 minutes Introduction to Ratio Analysis, a discussion of common business metrics with the Income/Outcome Triangle for Ratio Analysis; and 30 minutes of The Company Board®, a 3D visual representation of your current corporate financial position.


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