Accounting and Finance for Non-Financial Managers

2 full days  |  1.2 CEUs

This program provides managers and business owners the fundamentals of finance and accounting principles, methods, and applications. Participants will develop a better understanding and appreciation of critical financial indicators, explore how these factors impact the bottom line, and learn how to make sound business decisions leveraging hard financial data. Participants have the opportunity to apply these concepts to their own organizational initiatives and goals.

Program Description

Participants will learn to:

  • Talk the language of business beginning with a short historical perspective and the accounting profession
  • Understanding the rules of the game – accounting conventions of revenue recognition and the matching concept
  • Risk-return concept as measured by Beta – numerous examples using familiar companies
  • Debt versus equity as a means of business financing – stocks and bonds
  • Examine the relationship between the balance sheet and both the income and cash flow statements, examining each asset, expense, and cash flow category in detail
  • Financial performance measures including the DuPont model to illustrate the relationship of the balance sheet and income statement to overall return on assets
  • Examine asset and liquidity category performance measures such as inventory turnover, days of inventory sales, aging accounts receivable, average collection days, working capital, quick ratio, current ratio, and degree of financial leverage, return on assets, and return on equity
  • Contribution margin versus gross profit comparison – concepts of fixed and variable costs leading to Break even analysis – examples of B/E include micro and macro application
  • Time value of money – net present value, discounted cash flow, and internal rate of return
    Budgeting – sales forecast and ancillary budgets such as departmental, capital, and procurement

Learning Outcomes

Participants will become familiar with the basics of financial statements and current practices in evaluating business performance. Scorekeeping remains an important activity of financial accounting because you must know if the business is winning or losing money. The financial statements tell a story about the company's financial condition and the program helps participants better understand that story. Attention directing and problem solving remain the highest value added activities performed by the financial team. Understanding how stakeholders (such as management, banks, and analysts) measure financial performance is essential to improving performance. Attendees will gain knowledge about using financial information for decision making as illustrated through ratio measures, make/buy (break-even) analysis, discounted cash flow concepts and budgeting concepts.



Any of the executive education programs offered by the Hudson Center of Entrepreneurship and Executive Education (HCEEE) can be delivered to your organization at your location Please contact us for more information.


Program Fee

Program fee varies based on the size of your group and includes tuition, instructional materials and lunch. Please contact us for more information. 

Comments from Past Participants

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Hudson Center programs take what I learned in school to the next level.

Marc Kruger | Business Development, Beran Trade Group

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This was a great investment of my time and the company services

Mark Blackburn | Executive Vice President, CSI International

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Great, useful course that provides elemental tools for non-financial managers.

Lucio Grimaldi | Vice President of Latin America , Publicitas Inc.

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Worth the expense and time spent. True value. Teacher was very knowledgeable, kept topic interesting.

Venus Larkin | Facility Manager, American Express

Course Customization

Using core programs, we can customize the material to fit your corporate training needs. With our extensive resources and program facilitators, we will design a program that is tailored to fit your specified objectives and requirements.

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Contact Information

For additional program information, please contact us at:

Hudson Center of Entrepreneurship and Executive Education
H. Wayne Huizenga College of Business and Entrepreneurship
Nova Southeastern University
Carl DeSantis Building, Suite 2088
3300 S. University Drive,
Fort Lauderdale, FL, 33328-2004
Tel: (954) 262-5119
Toll Free: 800-672-7223, ext. 25119
Fax: (954) 262-3188