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Enterprise Risk Management for Small and Medium-sized Businesses: Current Perspectives

Total Credits: 4 including 4 Management Services - Technical

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ACPEN Industry Institute |  Practice Management
William F. O’Brien, MBA, CPA
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4 Hours
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Risk!  It is the topic that keeps CFO’s and Controllers awake at night.  Are you aware of your firm’s current exposure to risk?  Are you prepared for the unexpected disaster, product failure, litigation or compliance set-back? 

As a CPA in industry your role is fundamentally simple: protect assets and facilitate communication of financial results.  Yet, in reality the job is much more demanding than that.  Being aware of the potential roadblocks, or risks, on the pathway to organizational success can help you prepare for the inevitable surprises along the way!  This course will present an overview of Enterprise Risk Management and discuss how to implement the process in a Small Business setting. 

Learn what ERM can do for you.  Discover the best approaches for making it a way of life in your firm.  ERM is the key that unlocks the door to improved controls, wiser governance and improved stature in the finance arena.  

Basic Course Information

Learning Objectives

*Learn a new concept of governance

*Discuss the importance and fundamentals of risk mangement

*Review the 2017 ERM Initiative results

*Discover how to apply these fundamentals in the SME environment

*Identify the benefits and challenges you will face during ERM implementation

*Gain the impetus to apply these concepts to your own organization

Major Subjects

*Introduction and Making This Session Work

*A New Perspective on Corporate Governance

*The Importance and Fundamentals of Risk Management

*The Application of ERM Fundamentals in the SME Environment

*ERM Implementation Hints and Resources for Successful Implementation

*10 action items for you to take today as you implement ERM in your company

*Final Thoughts and Participant Take-Aways

Course Materials


William F. O’Brien, MBA, CPA Related seminars and products: 3

WILLIAM F. O’BRIEN, MBA, CPA, is a financial management consultant and educator with over 40 years of experience. He has held senior financial management positions with Intel Corporation and ROLM Corporation and served as CFO for several emerging high technology companies. Mr. O’Brien has extensive experience in corporate planning, financial analysis, cash management and managerial accounting in both domestic and international settings. He has served on the faculties of Santa Clara University and San Jose State University and is a frequent financial seminar speaker in both the U.S. and abroad. 


Tue, Apr 07, 2020 - 12:00p to 03:41p CDT
Mon, Apr 27, 2020 - 12:00p to 03:41p CDT
Sat, May 02, 2020 - 01:00p to 04:41p CDT
Fri, May 22, 2020 - 09:00a to 12:41p CDT

Additional Info

Basic Course Information


Two to four years’ experience in an operating business environment

Advanced Preparation


Designed For

CPAs in practice and Members in Industry

Original Recording Date


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Course Developer

Bill O'Brien

Date Added to Catalog


Additional Information

Complaint Resolution Policy

Please contact Anne Taylor for any complaints.

Official Registry Statement

Business Professionals' Network, Inc. is registered with the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) as a sponsor of continuing professional education on the National Registry of CPE Sponsors. State boards of accountancy have final authority on the acceptance of individual courses for CPE credit. Complaints regarding registered sponsors may be submitted to the National Registry of CPE Sponsors through its website:

Instructional Delivery Method

Group Internet Based

Course Registration Requirements

Online Registration

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Overall:      4.4

Total Reviews: 46


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