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5 essential steps for navigating seafood business marketplace uncertainties

These are interesting times for seafood companies and fisheries based in Washington state. A confluence of factors, including changing ocean conditions and intense international competition are introducing uncertainties that complicate business decision making. It all begs the question of what seafood businesses can do to stay strong in the face of rapid environmental changes and …

Top Blogs of 2016

As we kick off the new year, we are remembering our most read blogs from 2016. From compliance to strategy to valuation, we covered a variety of finance, HR and recruiting topics and best practices, realized through our own experiences and takeaways from helping clients address their business needs and concerns. 1. Complexity vs. Simplicity: …

Celebrating 20 Years in Business with A Year of Giving

As 2016 came to a close, we are reflecting on an amazing year that marked 20 years in business for vcfo. We celebrated this milestone by engaging our employees, alumni, clients and partners in a year of volunteerism efforts to give back in many ways. We were humbled by the outpouring generosity from our networks …

Improving Manufacturing Profitability: A Four-Step Plan

For manufacturing firms, managing product lines to maximize gross margins while maintaining quality and safety standards is the key to profitability and success. In this industry, it is critical to have clearly defined profitability measurements and a plan for tracking, analyzing and integrating that data to inform the financial and operational decisions necessary to sustain …

Showing the Strategic Value of HR – Part 2

4 key steps to creating a value-added HR organization As a long-time HR consulting firm, when the vcfo team goes in to help HR departments with a project or issue, what we often find is a team that is stuck in the proverbial HR “weeds.”Team members are often focused on HR for the sake of …

How suppliers can prepare for aircraft manufacture cost-cutting demands: 5 key steps

From a competitive standpoint, 2016 has been a choppy year for major aircraft manufacturers. Intense pricing competition between Airbus and Boeing, as well as increasing competition from Bombardier, have led both companies to pursue cost-cutting efforts. The ripple effects to suppliers from Boeing’s latest efforts, including requests for longer payment terms, have significant business implications. …

6 Ways Restaurants Can Avoid Unnecessary Credit Card Processing Costs

The pressures on restaurant owners and managers are relentless. New competition. Shifting economic conditions. Changing tastes. All kinds of constantly evolving business considerations make it easy to get caught up worrying about things like customer service and turnover while revenue and profits slip away. In fact, when we provide CFO consulting services to restaurants, we …

Why a Strategic, Not Reactive, Recruiting Approach Works for Us and Can Benefit You in 2017

In life and in work, strategic planning and preparation can go a long way. As a provider of recruitment services for a variety of client types, my team and I serve a range of diverse placement needs throughout the year at vcfo. While last-minute recruiting is sometimes necessary, we urge clients to develop a flexible …

The Importance of Value Interpretation During a Sale

A cursory view of the stock market would have you believe that a company’s value is a singular metric. A stock is trading for $100 and is, therefore, worth its stock price multiplied by the number of outstanding shares. But, there is more at play than meets the eye here. That $100 stock price is …