Category Archives: Finance

The Best of vcfo Webinars: Expert Training for Your Business

With 2017 still new and full of possibility, we thought it was the perfect time to revisit some of our most helpful webinars from recent years. Whether you need winning ideas for a big upcoming pitch or want to brush up on your budgeting basics before diving into the year’s financial planning, you’ll find valuable …

From Passion to Profitability: Tips for Independent Breweries and Wineries

In the Pacific Northwest, craft beers, microbrews and local wines are highly celebrated and sought after. But if you work in the business then you know that local enthusiasm doesn’t make the brewing or winemaking business in Washington state or Oregon easy by any means. This post explores some key trends that are shaping business …

The Difference between Finance and Accounting

In our practice, we often talk with companies that are seeking investment and/or debt. Many of these companies have an accounting manager or controller that has been assigned the job of talking with a potential investor or lender. And many of these conversations do not result in success in the endeavor of acquiring the debt …

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. …

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 …

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 …