Who We Are

Cognitre (cog – nǐ – trē)

We are a collective and just like you: entrepreneurs to the core with a passion for industry, innovation, creativity and grit.

This passion is what fuels us at all levels of our organization with every new engagement. We provide business advisory, financial services, and market research to startups, small and mid-sized companies. We also work with overseas companies and non-residents who have the desire to take their operations, personnel and talent across the pond and into the U.S. Our directors have a wealth of knowledge and experience working with companies from the concept phase to startup to those on the verge of receiving VC funding. Our network allows you to plug in and reach your goals quicker to help your business sustain and reach new heights.  

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How We Can Help

Bookkeeping

It’s the foundation for any business–  big or small. Proper recording of your company’s cash inflows and outflows could mean the difference between receiving a loan or not. VCs look at companies with strong operational controls and record keeping. Our bookkeeping services help establish good practices that will allow anyone from a bank loan officer to an investor to follow the progress of your company.

Sales Tax Compliance

The recent Supreme Court ruling South Dakota v. Wayfair Inc. overturned a decades law that was a boon for e-commerce businesses. The new law will require online businesses to collect and remit sales tax in all states where the customer made the purchase. This may seem like a harrowing task given that every state applies sales taxes differently across various product categories and in many states, sales tax is also collected at the local level. Our sales tax specialists can work with your team to integrate a sales tax solution into your website. We’ll even assist with remitting sales tax to the appropriate state and local jurisdictions.

Payroll Processing Services

Handling payroll can be a time-consuming process, particularly for a growing business. We can take over all payroll processing functions so you don’t have to worry about missing payroll, filing tax forms and remitting payroll taxes on time.

Controller Services

Would your company pass with flying colors if it were subject to an audit? The more your business grows, the more important it is to follow a sound financial roadmap and establish protocols that fall in line with GAAP*. Investors, loan officers, and regulators need to be able to trust your financials. Our directors work with your company to put in place financial controls that guide your business, leaving no room for interpretation should your company become subject to an audit, business sale or acquisition.

Business Advisory Services

You’ve built your company up but need to align your business interests and chart a course for the foreseeable future. Whether it is a management succession plan, brand positioning or penetration of a new market, our directors work with you hand in hand and your management team to lay the groundwork for taking your business to the next level.  

Whether you are in the process of launching a new business or are an established startup, our directors consult you about the best operating structure for your company, evaluating and realigning your business to it make it more attractive to angel and VC investors.

Quanitative & Qualitive Research

It’s all about the data and having the right information at the right time to make great marketing decisions whether it’s for launching a new product, rebranding your corporate identity or testing the waters in a new market.  Without proper research, your company could be flying in the dark. That’s where our Data Insights Team come in. Our team works with your marketing executives to extrapolate important consumer insights so your business can maximize its ROI.    

FAQs

Yes. We work with pre-startup companies to those that are seeking VC funding. Whether you are in the beginning stages of forming your company or have been operating for a while, our directors work to ensure that your business is set up properly to succeed.  

No. We can help place your company in position to apply for a loan; however, since we are not loan officers, we do not guarantee that you will get a loan. Lending requirements vary from bank to bank.

No. Our directors work with your management team and personnel to ensure that your company positions itself well to market to VC investors. VCs have their own criteria when evaluating which projects to invest in and there is no guarantee that your company will receive funding. However, having good performance metrics, strong internal controls, and a solid management team, your company increases its chances of being funded.

Our fees vary depending on services. We provide a free consultation to better understand your business and its needs. Once we’ve established a clear goal and direction, we can provide accurate pricing and duration of our engagement.

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