Comp-Dyn, Inc.

At Comp-Dyn we are here to help you communicate your vision, to your staff, your investors, and yourself including: Accounting System Development and Support, Feasibility Studies, Business Plans, Grant Writing and Accounting Management.

Non-profit work has always been a part of the focus here at Comp-Dyn, Inc. We know that small, community based projects do not have the funds to hire legal and accounting teams to make sure they have met all the requirements and passed all the tests to protect the donations of their patrons. The appropriate legal and tax structure is also critical if your organization is interested in pursuing grants. We are here to help tailor a solution for your situation and available resources.

As a consulting company, Comp-Dyn, Inc. can approach many business problems with a point of view that is outside of the day to day workings of a company by sharing the experience gained in the full range of company structures and a variety of business needs. Although accounting may be the backbone of services provided, the goal is to find ways and means to streamline an organization’s business processes with tools and workflows that are practical and easily maintained. Business Modeling can help identify new markets. Software selection and conversion can help strengthen reporting and projections. Designing processes, such as accounting procedures, can get the job done faster, more accurately and with end results that are comprehensible to end users.

General consulting and accounting

Consulting at Comp-Dyn,Inc. can take place in a number of ways. Some contracts extend over a period of months and can fill the needs of accounting or management personnel from a full or part-time virtual mode. In many ways, this is the perfect situation from which we can assess your needs and help you develop better “mouse traps” for your business model. We, in fact, work ourselves out of a job. In past endeavors, every effort was made to understand the “what was” before recommending changes of any kind. There never is a job too small to investigate, or a position that doesn’t “suit” if it helps build an understanding of the overall process your company deals with. Our senior consultant has spent time behind a cash register in a business to understand better what requirements needed to be filled in a software package, and what elements were “cotton candy” and would only end up adding unnecessary complexity or not be used at all. Before we draw any flowcharts we endeavor to try systems and meet your deadlines with existing tools and information and, consequently, find out what it is you need and why you are not getting it.

Some consulting is a also a bridge between where an organization was and the growth potential (or downsizing) generated by current markets. We do not hire or fire, but we can recommend ways to use your current staff to their fullest potential and make suggestions for changes.

Business Plans

Business Plans are where vision is king! But the numbers count too…. The most common purpose of a business plan is to lay out a vision of one or more founders for a project they believe will be a pathway to success or provide an answer to an identified need. These documents can be a few pages long or they can become quite voluminous depending on the intended audience and the complexity of the project. The point is that a business plan is the focal point of being able to express a vision in a way that investors, lenders or partners can get excited about the project. Not only does that plan have to be articulate, it needs to be supported with real numbers and real projections about what needs to happen when, who will do it, how much it will cost, and when, realistically, someone can expect a return. It is a “map” of what the owner(s) of the idea intend to do. This approach is also used for existing projects or companies to define avenues of expansion (whether geographical, physical or through related services), diminishing points of return, capital expenditure criteria, or reorganization of existing assets. Business plans can be produced for internal use as well as for lenders or investors. So, if you would rather devote your time to your vision; it is often better to hire a consultant with the skills to communicate that vision to the people you need to achieve it.

Feasibility studies

Feasibility studies are all about finding the right questions. In the process, feasibility studies can be used to accomplish a number of tasks. For example: if a project has a limited budget for maintenance, which items can be fixed or replaced that give the “biggest bang for the buck”? Or, if the client has a piece of property and wants to develop that parcel, what are the “highest and best uses” of that property and what would be the cost to develop? In addition, in order to find funding, such projects need feasibility studies to explore the market for rents or sale prices, the demographics of the location and the availability of contractors and services needed to complete the project. Yes, much of this information can be found through public access, but a great deal of work goes into knowing where to find the most reliable answers in order to support the best decisions: and NOT get caught up in supporting decisions already made! This last is a very good reason to hire a consultant with a critical eye and the ability to find the right questions.

Grant writing

Here we go with vision again! There are a number of ways and means to find grant providers and fund raising ideas. Some of those resources can be found on this website on our “Links and Resources” page. Sometimes a request for grant money is a simple statement of what you want to do, how much you need, and how you intend to track the expenditures related to the funding. Sometimes, though, it takes hard work to make sure that your idea attracts the attention of the people who can say “yes”. Not only does it mean stating your vision in clear, concise language, it means showing that you have done your homework and you know how to meet the need you have identified, what it will cost, and what it will take to deliver your solution. If your expertise is in the field of the service you provide, it is often far better to hire a consultant that knows how to convey the importance of the project and how to research and support the financial information that a granting entity must know. We can fit the “how much we do” with the “how much you can do” and create a document that has the best chance of succeeding.