Case Studies

Bittersweet 16: How Bee International Transitioned to Bank Financing After Years of Success with LSQ

Since 1970, family-owned and operated Bee International has delighted customers with novelty candies and gifts like their popular Easter egg candy holders and gingerbread house kits. Located in San Diego, California, the business has scaled to include an in-house art department and design team with state-of-the-art equipment to turn imaginative concepts into colorful delectables that […]
October 18, 2021 Julian Gonzalez
Blog

Working at LSQ: Fueling Creativity and Passion

After more than 15 years in the insurance and traditional banking industries, Jessica Ortiz needed a change. “Some workplaces can be stifling and really shake your confidence,” Brooklyn-native Jessica said. “There is still some PTSD from some of those experiences. There was never any ownership and everything that didn’t go right was the end of […]
October 6, 2021 Andy Cagle
Blog

From Getting Started to Making a Decision: A Guide for Working Capital Platform Buyers

For any company, successfully managing working capital is vital to staying in business: vendors have to be paid, payroll has to be met, and the lights have to stay on. The good news is that there are copious options to help enterprises make the most of their liquidity. The bad news is that there are […]
October 4, 2021 Andy Cagle
Blog

Meeting the Array of Working Capital Needs: Supply Chain Finance and Dynamic Discounting

When working as part of a strategic accounts payable strategy, supply chain finance and dynamic discounting can help businesses strengthen their supply chains. When a buyer company is evaluating a working capital management solution, an important initial question that should be asked is, “does this benefit the entire supply chain?” While there are a bevy […]
September 29, 2021 Andy Cagle
Blog

Chasing Growth & Funding Payroll During a Jobs Boom

Our 20-minute webinar: Chasing Growth & Funding Payroll During a Jobs Boom, covers the essential info you need to know about AR financing and outlines why staffing firms have selected LSQ as their working capital provider for more than 25 years. Highlights From This Webinar Include: Recurring challenges we’ve seen when firms try to access […]
September 22, 2021 Julian Gonzalez
Blog

Supply Chain Equity: Getting Everyone to the Dance

Creating Equity in Supply Chains According to author and thought leader Verna Myers, “Diversity is being invited to the party. Inclusion is being asked to dance.” Earlier this month, we were able to sit down with Danya Perry, Vice President of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at the Raleigh (N.C.) Chamber of Commerce, to talk about […]
September 22, 2021 Andy Cagle
Blog

Top 5 Myths About Factoring Debunked

Factoring, also known as AR financing, has a history reaching as far back as Mesopotamia, where producers and merchants employed mercantile agents to manage the sale and delivery of goods in return for trade credits. It was later adopted by ancient Romans, gained popularity through the Middle Ages, and deployed during the colonization of North […]
September 14, 2021 Julian Gonzalez
Blog

Working Capital and Cash-Flow Solutions for Minority-Owned Businesses

In August 2021, we sat down with the Diversity Consortium as part of their XBE Thrive webinar series to talk about working capital for minority-owned businesses. The Diversity Consortium is an organization designed to work with corporate entities, to help build and calibrate their strategies around supplier diversity, and to work with the disadvantaged business […]
September 8, 2021 Lori Sternola
Blog

COVID-19, Supply Chain Finance, and the Importance of “Preferred Buyer” Status

The tightening of supply chains are threatening businesses globally due to the continuing pandemic; attaining “preferred buyer” status with suppliers through a supply chain finance program can help keep production – and profitability – moving forward. The Delta variant brought a screeching halt to the lifting of production and shipping restrictions, just when we thought […]
September 2, 2021 Andy Cagle
Blog

ESG and Supply Chain Finance

How to Drive ESG in Your Supply Chain The importance of environmental and social governance (ESG) for companies across the globe has never been more important. Customers, investors, and regulators expect companies to manage the impacts their operations have on the environment and society as a whole. Beyond that, there is an expectation that companies […]
August 31, 2021 Andy Cagle
Blog

The Importance of ESG in Your Supply Chain

No matter the name or acronym the initiatives take, companies across the world are investing in being better global citizens. You don’t have to look too far down the organizational charts of large corporations to see titles relating to environmental and social governance (ESG). ESG-oriented investing has experienced a meteoric rise. Global sustainable investment now […]
August 25, 2021 Andy Cagle
Blog

Transparency, not Regulation to Mitigate Supply Chain Finance Risk

Supply chain finance (SCF) offers companies of all sizes options to optimize working capital, reduce costs, and strengthen supply chains – all without putting strain on their suppliers’ capital or overall health. The popularity of these payment arrangements have been buoyed by increasingly sophisticated cloud-based technology solutions that have provided simpler platforms that enable faster, […]
August 18, 2021 Andy Cagle
Blog

Future Proofing Your Supply Chain

I am going to start with an obvious statement:  The COVID-19 pandemic had – and is continuing to have – an unprecedented impact on production and supply chains globally. Very few industries have been spared disruption. If you look at our own portfolio of clients, the magnitude of declines has been anywhere from 10 to […]
August 17, 2021 Andy Cagle
Blog

Working Capital: A Vital Value Lever for Private Equity Firms

The private equity industry has matured, but it now faces new challenges in a world that is rapidly changing, and firms need to explore new levers of value. Working capital optimization is relevant for private equity firms, as it is a key enabler for value creation, releasing cash, expanding through investment, or conducting acquisitions without […]
August 10, 2021 Miguel Serricchio
Blog

Is Export Credit Insurance The Key To Growing & Protecting Your Business?

Export credit insurance is an insurance policy that protects U.S. exporters against nonpayment by international buyers. It plays a major role in facilitating international trade and accounts for a large sector of trade finance that is increasing in demand as global conflicts continue to arise. If you are exporting goods or services from the U.S., […]
August 5, 2021 Julian Gonzalez
Blog

Driving Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion with Supply Chain Finance

For most companies, embracing diversity–in not just words but actions–is a top priority. While becoming more inclusive and equitable takes on many forms, like hiring and promotion practices, many enterprises have identified their supply chain as a facet of their business where they can make real progress toward their diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) goals. […]
July 28, 2021 Andy Cagle
Blog

How Debtor-In-Possession (DIP) Financing Can Help You Turn Things Around

Most companies go through peaks and valleys, with the peaks hopefully lasting longer than any downturns. When a rough spot turns into a longer decline, however, it may be time for a company to access turnaround financing. Turnaround financing is used to help companies improve their cash flow while maintaining operations. Many companies need turnaround […]
July 22, 2021 Julian Gonzalez
Blog

LSQ and EXIM: Leveling the Playing Field for U.S. Exporters

Moving out of a pandemic – and with looming inflation – access to working capital  needed to maintain operations is increasingly difficult for businesses today.. The risk aversion is greater when the business in question is an exporter, as global markets can be even more fickle than domestic ones.  Low credit ratings (or no credit […]
July 13, 2021 Miguel Serricchio
Blog

P-Cards for Procurement? There are Better Options

For more than 200 years, the printed check was central to the operation of a business; they were used to pay employees, rent and mortgages, suppliers, and myriad other financial obligations. However, as technology has advanced and companies look to become more efficient, electronic payments have overtaken the paper check as the preferred method of […]
July 8, 2021 Andy Cagle
Blog

Could Factoring Unbilled Receivables Solve Your Agency’s Cash Flow Woes?

Staffing and consulting agencies sometimes have difficulty generating enough cash to fund payroll, cover taxes, and pay workers’ compensation insurance. While traditional financing is often where businesses turn to first for a boost in working capital, many agencies find the rigid lending criteria and arduous application process unsuitable or impossible to overcome. These barriers to […]
July 6, 2021 Julian Gonzalez
Blog

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Supply Chains

While not a new consideration, for the last few years, companies globally have had to reassess the answer to one very difficult question–one that, for many, they haven’t liked the answer to: How diverse, equitable, and inclusive is your business?  While the scope of that question is immense and touches every part of the enterprise, […]
July 1, 2021 Andy Cagle
Blog

What is Dynamic Discounting?

In business, everyone wants their money.  Companies that are part of a supply chain are no different. Buyers want to hang on to their money and sellers want to get paid as soon as possible. Competing interests lead to conflicts that can threaten the health and resiliency of the supply chain. But there are solutions; […]
June 24, 2021 Andy Cagle
Blog

Finding the Right Early-Payment Strategy for Your Business

No matter the company–or what side of the buyer/seller dynamic it falls on–liquidity is vitally important. Without working capital, there are no day-to-day operations, employees don’t get paid, facilities aren’t maintained, and there is no more business. While the need to maximize working capital is universal, the fundamental path to doing so is not. Buyers […]
May 25, 2021 Andy Cagle
Blog

Foreign Accounts Receivable Insurance for U.S. Exporters

Foreign accounts receivable insurance (export credit insurance) protects U.S. exporters by reducing exposure to various risks that could result in non-payment. In this prerecorded webinar, experts from EXIM Bank and One Source Risk Management join LSQ to outline what foreign accounts receivable insurance is, who can qualify, and how exporters can safeguard themselves from external […]
May 20, 2021 Julian Gonzalez
Blog

8 Things to Look for in a Supply Chain Finance Solution

Supply chain finance (SCF) has become increasingly common among large businesses and their cash-flow-starved suppliers as a way to boost working capital. In fact, according to a 2020 Gartner poll, roughly 23 percent of respondents said their company relied on supply chain finance to bolster cash flow and provide some stability in the pandemic-driven economy. […]
May 18, 2021 Andy Cagle
Blog

What is Supply Chain Finance?

SCF fulfills the basic need of financing the working capital necessary to run any business. When successfully delivered, SCF benefits the entire buyer/seller dynamic and it improves certainty for sellers by providing payments for delivered goods and services earlier than agreed terms with the buyer.
May 4, 2021 Andy Cagle
Blog

DIP Financing On The Rise— Surveying The Current Landscape

LSQ's DIP financing team provides valuable insight on how to better approach and facilitate the acquisition of capital for your clients prior to and following a Chapter 11 petition.
March 16, 2021 Julian Gonzalez
News

LSQ Completes a SOC 1 Type 1 Examination for its LSQ FastTrack Working Capital Platform

LSQ, a leading provider of technology-driven working capital solutions, successfully completed their 2020 SOC 1 Type 1 examination for their LSQ FastTrack working capital platform, which encompasses Accounts Payable (Supply Chain Finance & Dynamic Discounting) and Accounts Receivables solutions.
March 16, 2021 John Teixeira
Blog

Supply Chain Finance 101

Supply chain finance acts as a conduit for financing your suppliers. It works by utilizing third-party funders like LSQ to offer early payments to your suppliers, which lets you maintain positive supplier relationships while balancing your own liquidity needs.
February 18, 2021 John Teixeira
Blog

Supply Chain Finance: A Life Preserver for Small Suppliers?

LSQ CEO, Dan Ambrico, joins the SupplyChainBrain Podcast to discuss suppliers' liquidity dilemmas in a pandemic-stricken economy and financing methods for increasing operating capital.
January 13, 2021 Julian Gonzalez
Blog

Uncovering Cash in a COVID World

LSQ's Miguel Serricchio and Mena Rizk connect with BDO to outline the current lending environment and share how LSQ helps free up capital from both the receivables and payables side of the business.
December 15, 2020 Julian Gonzalez
Blog

Credit Market Trends— An inside look at where we are, and where we’re heading.

Leveraging LSQ's extensive data and expert analyses, this pre-recorded webinar sheds light on the pandemic's effect on U.S. SMEs, credit trends, and the foreseeable future of lending for financial professionals.
December 2, 2020 Julian Gonzalez
Blog

How Law Firms Can Preserve Partner Distributions During a Crisis

The traditional law firm operating model may be showing deficiencies in a business climate where cash is king, but that doesn’t signify that the model requires upending altogether.
October 21, 2020 John Teixeira
Blog

Working Capital Solutions for Private Equity Portfolio Companies

With supply chains disrupted, how can private equity portfolio companies generate liquidity without increasing leverage?
October 13, 2020 Michael O'Brien
Blog

How Bankers Are Navigating Commercial & Industrial Portfolios Through the Crisis

Commercial and industrial portfolios will account for a large portion of non-performing assets during the pandemic. LSQ's partner program can help bankers and workout officers navigate credit obstacles to add new clients and salvage strained relationships.
September 2, 2020 Julian Gonzalez
Blog

The Best Practices for Creating and Issuing an Invoice

Invoicing is often considered tedious and time-consuming; however, to get paid on time by your customers, your business needs to be good at it. Learn how you can avoid common billing mistakes by following these best practices when creating and issuing an invoice.
August 27, 2020 Andrew Fiola
Blog

The Human Side of Corporate Restructuring

A lot of content getting shared right now focuses on what to expect financially before going into restructuring. But what about the human side? It’s much easier to enter a turnaround, reorganization, or even bankruptcy, if you have a plan for both sides: people and finances.
August 25, 2020 Elena Anemogiannis
Blog

Why Choose Between a Just-in-Time or Just-in-Case Inventory Strategy?

Do companies need to sacrifice nimbleness and efficiency to maintain excess inventory? Why companies should consider a shift to a hybrid inventory strategy.
August 11, 2020 John Teixeira
Blog

4 Reasons to Utilize Invoice Finance During the Economic Crisis

COVID-19 has changed the economic landscape. Current conditions make invoice finance an ideal solution for businesses looking to access working capital and control cash flow.
August 7, 2020 John Teixeira
Blog

The Pandemic’s Looming Effects On Commercial Banking

What effects will the COVID-19 pandemic have on commercial banking? Here's what industry experts, banking partners, and our data are telling LSQ.
July 30, 2020 Julian Gonzalez
Blog

Will Rethinking Supply Chains Lead to a China Manufacturing Exodus?

The coronavirus pandemic has led to a reevaluation of how businesses should diversify their supply chains. Enterprises looking to eliminate single points of failure should consider expanding the geographic diversity of their supplier base to reduce over-concentration.
July 16, 2020 John Teixeira
Blog

Procurement and Supply Chain Practices to Adopt after COVID

Companies need to develop a more sustainable business model for the future by rethinking their supply chains and how they protect strategic suppliers. To build resiliency and avoid disruptions, we suggest making the following changes to your procurement and supply chain practices.
July 9, 2020 John Teixeira
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6 Helpful Tips to Get Your Customers to Pay You Faster

Unsure of how to approach slow-paying customers or interested in learning the best practices for collecting invoice payments? Follow these 6 tips to get paid faster.
July 7, 2020 Andrew Fiola
Blog

Future-Proof Your Supply Chain Against Disruptions

LSQ's CEO shares data-driven strategies and insights to help businesses successfully emerge from the current crisis and how to improve their supply chains in the post-pandemic world.
June 30, 2020 Dan Ambrico
Blog

Law Firms Must Access and Reduce Lock-up to Improve Cash Flow

Law firms need cash, and instead of looking outside of their firm, they should look inwards towards their reservoir of unpaid invoices and unbilled work to solve their liquidity needs.
June 24, 2020 John Teixeira
Blog

How and Why Factors Interact With Your Customers

Find out how your customer plays a role in determining a successful factoring relationship.
June 18, 2020 Andrew Fiola
Blog

Startups Must Get Creative to Extend Their Runways

Growth stage startups may be feeling the most stress as their existence is tied so heavily on being able to deliver on growth forecasts. They don’t know when the dust will settle, but they need runway until they get a better idea of what the other side looks like.
June 9, 2020 Elena Anemogiannis
Blog

How to Finance Awarded Government Contracts

Learn how Government Contractors can obtain funding to make payroll, purchase additional supplies, and fulfill orders through Contract Financing.
June 1, 2020 Andrew Fiola
Blog

Supporting SMEs While Managing C&I Risk During the Coronavirus Pandemic

COVID-19 is propelling a wave of distressed debt to banks and alternative lenders. Learn how you can support SMEs and manage C&I risk for your company.
May 28, 2020 Elena Anemogiannis
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The Essential Supply Chain Finance Terms You Need to Know

Is there a difference between dynamic discounting and early payment programs? Supply chain finance doesn’t have to be confusing, here are the essential terms you need to know.
May 21, 2020 Ashley McChesney
Blog

How Your Clients Can Navigate the Current Economic Environment

LSQ’s financial and risk experts share their thoughts on the current credit landscape and how businesses can stay resilient during times of uncertainty.
May 19, 2020 Andrew Fiola
Blog

What Your Business Should Focus On During COVID-19

How SME's can manage risk and be resilient during COVID-19. A first hand perspective into the market from the largest alternative lender.
April 28, 2020 Dan Ambrico
Blog

Managing Risk and Building Resiliency Into Your Business During a Crisis

The demand shock caused by COVID-19 will create significant disruption in the credit markets. As a leader in alternative finance, we wanted to share some thoughts on managing risk and building resiliency into your business.
March 17, 2020 Dan Ambrico
Blog

Invoice Financing Terminology — Understanding Your Receivables

A quick guide to all things AR Financing. We are demystifying everything from Advance Rate to Non-Recourse Factoring (and everything in-between.)
February 25, 2020 Ashley McChesney
Blog

4 Ways Invoice Financing Can Improve Your Business

See how to use invoice financing as a means to fund a variety of business initiatives including capital investments, purchasing inventory, and hiring new talent - all without taking on new debt.
February 21, 2020 Andrew Fiola
Blog

What is Invoice Financing?

Expand your knowledge and understanding of one of the oldest forms of commercial finance. Learn about what invoice financing is, how it works, and why businesses use it.
February 13, 2020 Andrew Fiola
Blog

Simplifying Accounts Receivable Management with LSQ’s Dashboard

We surveyed the existing AR management platforms and found that most solutions were outdated, difficult, and lacked functionality - so we fixed it.
January 13, 2020 Andrew Fiola
Blog

4 Common Myths About Invoice Financing

There's a lot of talk about what Invoice Financing is and isn't. Find out what common myths are easily mistaken.
September 24, 2019 Andrew Fiola
Blog

Get the Most out of Seasonality Using Your Invoices

Looking to pull the most out of your seasonal demand? Here's how invoice financing can help.
September 9, 2019 Andrew Fiola
Blog

Is Invoice Financing Right for Your Small Business?

Is invoice financing right for your small business? Discover what it is, who it’s for, and how it works.
August 15, 2019 Andrew Fiola
Blog

5 Things to Remember When Billing Your Customers

Are billing issues creating lag in your cash flow cycle? Refer to this list the next time you bill your customer.
April 1, 2019 Andrew Fiola
Blog

5 Thoughts on 2019’s Financial Landscape

Join LSQ’s president, Dan Ambrico, as he sheds light on emerging trends, unfamiliar threats, and the path forward in this must-read blog post.
February 20, 2019 Dan Ambrico