Category Archives: CFO Consulting

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 …

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 …

Build the Best Budget for Your Business

As we begin Q4 and near year-end, businesses should begin preparing for 2017. While many companies may begin aligning its workforce or implementing strategies around technology process improvements, now is the time to dive into budgets. Budgeting and forecasting enables businesses to determine the right process and people improvements based on their individual growth plans, …

Top 5 Challenges for CEOs and Business Owners: Part 2

We have seen CEOs and business owners struggle to meet the challenges to building sustainable value in their companies. These challenges are shown as a progression from low-value at the survival stage to a high value exit plan at the top of the stairs. Challenge #3: Making Consistently Good Decisions All companies’ structures and performances …

What you need to know about accounting for Digital Currency

In the past 50 years, we’ve experienced one of the greatest evolutions in the payment industry: the credit card. Enabling people to make purchases and send or receive money digitally, the credit card minimized society’s use of cash and checks. For accountants, this introduced a new way businesses are paid and how they pay their …

Considering international sales? Five questions to help balance credit risks and competitiveness

For many companies, a jump to international sales can open up exciting growth opportunities. But it can also be much trickier to balance risks and rewards in foreign markets compared to domestic markets. Credit risks in payments are a case in point. This blog post examines the risks of typical international payment structures as well …

Cash Preservation

Cash preservation is typically a top of mind concern for any business. Having provided CFO consulting for many start-ups and growing businesses, I’ve seen this be particularly important. In many cases, a course of action has a different result from a cash flow perspective than a profit perspective. A decision may make sense from a …

Someday I’ll Be A Unicorn

Friday afternoons are always days that I tend to wax philosophic. This Friday’s musings got kicked off by a post that a good friend shared with me about GAFAnomics, basically a shrine to Google, Apple, Facebook and Amazon as pillars for the “new economy”. Not to take anything away from the success of these companies, but I have heard this song and …

Leadership and Creating a Winning Organization

Polls over the years in organizations as well as government show that the majority of people do not particularly trust those who lead. Last year, a Forbes article provided data telling us that there are very low levels of employee engagement in the US and worldwide. Executive tenure has been dropping for years (although the …