Category Archives: Finance Consulting

7 Tips to Better Financial Forecasting

Financial forecasts are one of the most important business planning tools, if not the most important planning tool available to a company’s managers. Without a sense of where you are expecting your business to grow (or shrink) over some period of time, it is unlikely that your management team will be effective in executing on …

How You Can Improve Your 401(k) Plan

How You Can Improve Your 401(k) Plan 1. Contribute. Not saving is one of the biggest challenges to retirement readiness. If you don’t think you can afford to save, you should start small… saving even 1%. When you are able to increase your contribution, do so and stay with it. 2. Work the Match. If …

Elevator to Exit: Hein, vcfo and Dailey Presentation

vcfo recently co-sponsored an event for clients and guests entitled “Elevator to Exit”, covering a company’s life cycle from a financial and capital perspective. The presentation, as well as a handout summarizing the company life cycle and actions needed, is available on the vcfo website. Presenters included David Hieb, Partner of Dailey Partners, Carter Freeman, Managing …

A CEO’s Thoughts on CFOs and Financial Talent

I have been a Chief Executive of private and public companies for over thirty three years. I am just now starting to get the hang of it. Along the way, I have learned a few things that I wish I had learned earlier in my career. You can rarely afford the financial talent you need …

Internal Fraud: A Case Study in Recovering from Disaster

Louise Tieman shares an internal fraud case study on proformative.com. This is the tale of the kind of fraud disaster that keeps CFOs up at night–and makes CEOs physically ill. This is the kind of fraud disaster that shutters the victim company most of the time. Like most internal frauds it was also completely preventable, though that …

Shopping Your Insurance Carrier (and Your Broker)

He’s the most personable guy in the world. He always wants to take you to play golf or to baseball, basketball, football or hockey games. But does he really work hard to get you the best coverage at the best price, or is he more interested in playing golf? Who does he work for really? …

Processes and Systems Save the Day

In an earlier post, “Do you “really” know your financials?”, you might remember the story about how the company thrived and managed their risk so as to not be significantly threatened by the recession. There is more to this story when you look “under the covers” of what really went on… A key element of …

The Top 10 Points to Consider When You Outsource CFO Services

As trusted advisors to CEOs and management teams, vcfo relies on a unique platform of industry best practices and proven methodologies to help solve the most complex operational business issues. Based on our experience working with more than 3,000 clients, we’ve developed a “Top 10” list we share with organizations looking to outsource CFO support. …

Exiting Your Business?

Having worked with a substantial number of privately held companies in the past, the topic of ultimately selling the business is one that typically comes up when the owner is starting to think about retirement. In fact, however, the preparation for this ultimate event should have probably been started years and years ago. Be that …

Great Internal Systems = Reduced Risk = Proactive HR & Accounting Departments

When was the last time you took a good look at your internal software systems? As a human resources consultant, I frequently talk to companies that say they are not happy with their current payroll or HRIS (Human Resource Information System). They complain about: no reporting or insufficient reporting, too much time spent on data …