Category Archives: Blog

Civil Discourse – Leaders Can Bring it Back

Civil discourse has all but disappeared in recent years. We now live in a time of hyper- partisan positioning and blame. Media sources and politicians alike pump out biased information in the quest for ratings and personal gain at the expense of good decision making focused on the best interests of our communities and nation. …

Inflation is here. It’s real. It could take you out of business.

US currency on fire, representing The cost of runaway inflation.

This blog is a wakeup call. Inflation is here to stay…without substantial intervention. Intervention isn’t going to happen until those making the calls acknowledge this is not a transitory situation and implement necessary actions to include raising interest rates. However, as you will see outlined below, even that will most likely not tame the monster. …

7 Leadership Practices that Make a Big Difference

This post was co-authored by Cristina Silingardi, Vice President with vcfo, and Donna Zinsmeyer, Director of Operations with vcfo. 7 Leadership Practices that Make a Big Difference for Employees and Organizations As we have celebrated our 25th anniversary this year, we have also looked back at leadership practices that helped to make it possible. It is …

Key Elements of a Merger & Acquisition Integration Plan

image: successful mergers depend on a solid M&A integration plan

Merger & Acquisition Integration Plans The M&A term sheet has been negotiated, due diligence has been completed and the valuation plus the timing has been agreed upon by both sides. The transaction documents are almost through their first iteration by the attorneys. In your mind, the hard work has been done and you need to …

Should You Incorporate in Delaware?

image: agreement on Delaware incorporation

Delaware declared its independence from Great Britain on June 15, 1776 and thereby also became independent of Pennsylvania with which it had been connected since 1682. Delaware was the first state to ratify the U.S. Constitution and became known as “First State” among the 50 that now comprise the United States of America. Today, Delaware …

What Is ESG and Why Is It Important?

Understanding the Rise of ESG – What Business Leaders Need to Know In just the past year, searches in Google for “ESG” have more than doubled. If you’re a business leader who has not yet become acquainted with this trending acronym, you should get to know it. For those already familiar with ESG, you’re likely …

Remote Work Practices for Regional, Int’l. Employees

woman working from home

This post was co-authored by Teresa Foltz, Senior HR Consultant with vcfo, and Amy Beckstead, Employment Attorney at Beckstead Terry, PLLC. Remote Work Rockets Into Hyperdrive The onset of COVID-19 pushed the already accelerating rocket of remote work into hyperdrive. The technology and framework for successful remote work models were in place but refined further …

Delaware Incorporation: To Flip or Not to Flip? That is the Question

image: VC investors prefer US companies, which is where the Delaware flip shines.

The U.S. share of global venture investment has held steady at around 50% for the past five years. It was 51% in 2020. While this is down from an 84% share in 2004, and 90%+ share throughout the 1990s, high-growth tech companies with global market opportunities and unicorn potential would nonetheless be foolish not to …

Best Practices for Long-Term Incentive Planning

image: discussing long term incentive planning

This post is co-authored by Kelly Wells and Teresa Foltz. Many elements go into the formula for attracting, retaining and developing the right talent for your organization. In assessing how you’re doing across each of these elements, one of the questions you’ll undoubtedly want to explore is “What kind of long-term incentive plan should our …

7 Practices for New and Up-and-Coming Business Leaders

image: Woman mentoring team: practical business leadership

This post is co-authored by Carter Freeman and Mike Wilfley. As vcfo celebrates 25 years of making companies stronger, we also celebrate the new and emerging entrepreneurs and leaders that continue to start and build the businesses of tomorrow. Being a firm of this age, comprised of professionals with deep careers at the highest leadership …