UHV SBDC seminar to focus on building financial management skills

A highly praised financial manager will team up with two University of Houston-Victoria Small Development Center advisors in November to present a two-day seminar that aims to take the mystery out of financial figures.

Steve LeFever

“Profit Mastery: Get Control of Your Business” will take place from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 12 and 13 at the UHV SBDC, 3402 N. Ben Wilson St.

Developed by Steve LeFever, founder and chairman of Business Resource Services, the seminar is designed to help individuals enhance their financial management skills. The intended audience is business owners, managers, accountants, bookkeepers, bankers, consultants and investors.

“Financial management education is repeatedly cited as the single greatest need for business owners across all industries,” LeFever said. “Audience members with differing levels of expertise will gain specific tools that can be applied immediately to improve the financial health of their companies.”

Brian Cunningham

The seminar will include video sessions about financial statement analysis; volume and pricing issues; cash flow and growth planning; and how to determine the right kind of financing. Brian Cunningham, SBDC certified business advisor III, and Mark Martinez, certified business advisor II, will illustrate points by using case studies and discussing real-life examples.

“I can’t stress enough how important effective financial management is for companies, particularly those starting out or in their early years,” SBDC Director Joe Humphreys said. “This seminar packs a lot of valuable information into two days. The classroom training will resonate with attendees and provide them with plenty of advice for their own financial management strategies.”

LeFever has worked as a financial manger, commercial banker and entrepreneur. His Seattle-based company, Business Resource Services, develops practical financial programs and training for the business community. LeFever’s Profit Mastery program has been presented on three continents in eight languages, and his book, “Profit Mastery: Knowledge-Driven Financial Performance,” has sold more than a million copies.

Mark Martinez

“Mr. LeFever has built a reputation as a terrific presenter who can relate to what business owners and accountants are facing in many different industries,” said Farhang Niroomand, dean of the UHV School of Business administration. “I’m glad that he is teaming with Mr. Cunningham and Mr. Martinez for what should be an educational and entertaining seminar.”

Registration for the seminar is $200 and includes training materials and lunch each day. Seating is limited to the first 12 applicants who register at Certificates will be presented at the completion of the training. Participants should dress comfortably and bring a calculator.

The UHV SBDC offers assistance on starting, growing and financing a business; contracting opportunities; and recovering from disaster. It also helps new businesses start and existing businesses expand through a combination of consulting and training in areas like market identification, raising capital and developing a business plan. Most of its services are free to area small business owners. The center serves Aransas, Bee, Calhoun, DeWitt, Gonzales, Goliad, Jackson, Karnes, Lavaca, Refugio and Victoria counties.

For more information about the seminar, contact the SBDC at 361-485-4485 or

The University of Houston-Victoria, located in the heart of the Coastal Bend region since 1973 in Victoria, Texas, offers courses leading to more than 80 academic programs in the schools of Arts & Sciences; Business Administration; and Education, Health Professions & Human Development. UHV provides face-to-face classes at its Victoria campus, as well as an instructional site in Katy, Texas, and online classes that students can take from anywhere. UHV supports the American Association of State Colleges and Universities Opportunities for All initiative to increase awareness about state colleges and universities and the important role they have in providing a high-quality and accessible education to an increasingly diverse student population, as well as contributing to regional and state economic development.

Jeremy Shapiro