Signature Assignment: Short-Term Funding

Signature Assignment: Short-Term Funding


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Assignment Content


  • Signature Assignment Grading Guide
  • OECD Database
  • Corporate Finance
  • About Your Signature Assignment
    This signature assignment is designed to align with specific program student learning outcome(s) in your program. Program Student Learning Outcomes are broad statements that describe what students should know and be able to do upon completion of their degree. The signature assignments may be graded with an automated rubric that allows the University to collect data that can be aggregated across a location or college/school and used for program improvements.

    Purpose of Assignment 
    The purpose of this assignment is to allow the student an opportunity to apply their understanding of cash flow management, break-even analysis, and short-term and long-term financing in starting and growing a business.

    Assignment Steps 
    Prepare a 12- to 15-slide PowerPoint® presentation with speaker notes requesting initial funding of $500,000 to start and run a start-up company. The proposed start-up company could be an existing business model (coffee shop, pet store, etc.), or could be something entirely new and exciting.

    Create the presentation in the following format, with at least one slide to cover each of the following areas:

  • – Title Page
  • – Table of Contents
  • – Executive Summary
  • – Information about the Industry
  • – Marketing Plan
  • – Competitor Analysis
  • – 3 Year Income Statement (Profit & Loss) Projections
  • – Your assumptions for why and how you will achieve your sales growth and what significant expenses and investments   you expect to incur to achieve your revenue goals
  • – 3 Year Proposed Funding Schedule (sources and uses of the funds received)
  • – Break-Even Analysis
  • – Academic and Business References


Review the following scenarios and assumption, and explain how it impacts your decision to expand:

  • – After Year 3, the investors are interested in your company expanding internationally to possibly outsource labor or to reduce manufacturing costs. What countries would you expand to first, and why? What factors would you need to consider in making this decision?
  • – What is the corporate tax rate in the countries you are considering expanding your business to, and how will that affect your decision to expand globally? (Use OECD Database or another resource to determine the corporate tax rate).
  • – The investors want to see a decision tree detailing the decisions you would make if you received $300K now and $200K at the end of three years instead of $500K up front.
  • – The investors would like your team to provide advantages and disadvantages of using debt financing versus selling company stock to raise capital for growth.
  • – Briefly explain the venture capital process. Does it make sense for your company to raise funds through venture capital?
    • Format your presentation according to APA guidelines.
      Plagiarism Free

Purpose of Assignment 

The purpose of this assignment is for students to synthesize the concepts learned throughout the course, provide students an opportunity to build critical thinking skills, develop businesses and organizations, and solve problems that require data. 

Assignment Steps 

Case 1: 

Scenario: Cloud Data Services (CDS), headquartered in Memphis, provides information technology services, specifically application hosting services in the cloud for several clients in the southern United States. CDS hosts software applications on their network servers. While CDS has achieved great success and customers rate CDS’s services highly, lately, some customers have been complaining about downtime on one of the primary network servers. The given dataset, found in the Signature Assignment Excel® Template, contains the downtime data for the month of November.

Use the data analytics skills learned in Week 3 and analyze the downtime data.

Make a short presentation to CDS’s management including the following:

1. Using used Microsoft® Excel® Pivot Tables, construct a frequency distribution showing the number of times during the month that the server was down for each downtime cause category.

2. Develop a bar chart that displays the data from the frequency distribution in part 1.

3. Develop a pie chart that breaks down the percentage of total downtime that is attributed to each downtime cause during the month.

4. Evaluate the mean, median, standard deviation, and variance of the downtime minutes for the month of November.

Case 2:

Note: Although you will be studying the concept of CPI in more detail in your ECO/561 class; for the purpose of this case, you need to use the concepts of percentages, percentage increase/decrease, and creating and interpreting line charts to compute the inflation rate in the US economy and determine which time period experienced the highest inflation rate.

Follow the steps below to complete this signature assignment:

1. Search for the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis (FRED).

2. On the home page of the website, you will see a search box.

3. Type in CPI- AUCSL in the search box and press the return key.

4. The first result of the search will be “Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers: All Items.” Click on this result link.

5. Click on the Download link and download the data in Excel®.

6. On the Excel® file, the second column gives you the CPI values for each period starting from 1947.

7. Go to the last row and notice the last date and the CPI value. Go back 6 years from this last date. For example, if the last date is 2016-11-01, then the date 6 years ago would be 2010-11-01.

8. Copy and paste this six years data into a separate Excel® tab.

9. Using Excel®, calculate the percentage change in CPI from a year earlier for each observation, beginning with the observation one year later than the first observation. To make this calculation, click on the blank cell next to the observation corresponding to that date and then use Formula 1, located in the Signature Assignment Excel® Formulas document (note that in Excel®, the symbol for multiplication is *), where t-1 is the first observation and t is the observation one year later. For example, to find the percentage change in CPI from 2011-11-01 to 2010-11-01, refer to Formula 2 located in the Signature Assignment Excel® Formulas document. Convert this value to a percentage in Excel®. Repeat this process for the remaining observations (you can use the copy and paste functions to avoid having to retype the formula).

10. This new column contains the national inflation rate.

11. Create a line graph of the percentage changes (inflation rates) from a year earlier.

12. Which period experienced the highest inflation rate? What was the inflation rate during that period?

Format your assignment consistent with APA guidelines.

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