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Approved Study Guide and Workbook

The Approved! Study Guide & Workbook is designed for easy integration with both Approved! An Insider’s Guide to Getting Your Bank Loan Approved.

Each chapter in the study guide includes several exercise sections intended to help you become more familiar with the core concepts and terminology used throughout Approved! Specifically, the exercises are intended to test both your quantitative knowledge (definitions, facts, etc.) as well as your understanding of qualitative principles (leadership skills, critical reasoning, rationale, implications, etc.)

Each chapter also includes one or more Case Studies and Discussion Topics that can be used to improve your understanding of the real-life requirements and expectations that come with starting and running a business. These discussion topics will stimulate critical thought and reflect challenges that you may face in real-world business situations.

Lastly, many of the questions in the workbook relate specifically to “your business” and the funding requirements, banking needs, challenges and concerns of your business. For readers without an actual business, you should “create” a hypothetical business and answer the questions for that business.

We hope that you find Approved! Study Guide & Workbook to be a valuable supplement to Approved!

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Since 2017 Alan R. Stewart has served as Chief Financial Officer of ShotSpotter, Inc., a Silicon Valley-based public SaaS software company. From May 2015 to February 2017, Mr. Stewart was a Managing Director of RA Capital Advisors, LLC, a private investment bank specializing in mergers and acquisitions, private financings and restructurings. He has also served in business development for a commercial bank focused on loans to middle market commercial clients.

From 2004 to 2014, he served as Chief Financial Officer and then Chief Development Officer of Epsilon Systems Solutions, Inc. Since 2008, Mr. Stewart has served as President of FIT Advisors, LLC, a boutique consulting firm that has offered temporary CFO services and served clients from start-up ventures to large private companies.

Mr. Stewart was selected as San Diego Business Journal’s CFO of the Year in 2007 and again in 2013. Both awards were in the large private business category. Mr. Stewart was selected as BNY Mellon’s 2017 Advisor of the Year in San Diego in the category of “Deal Facilitator Greater than $25M.”

Prior to his business career, Mr. Stewart served over ten years as a submarine nuclear engineer in the United States Navy. He received his B.S. in Oceanography, with distinction, from the U.S. Naval Academy and his M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.