Category Archives: Finance

How to Fund Your Business

How to Fund Your Business - vcfo

Options to fund a business range from family and friends to banks to institutional capital and business owners are best served by understanding the advantages and disadvantages of each option before making this decision. Read more below for tips on navigating this process effectively. Overview of the Stages: Even though every company has a timeline, …

Someone Wants to Buy My Business! Now What?

It’s the call many business owners dream of: out of the blue, a big competitor or maybe a holding company calls and says they’re interested in buying your business. Maybe you instantly start seeing big dollar signs, or perhaps you’re unimpressed, but either way, you’re probably thinking the same thing almost all of my clients …

The First Question Every Consultant Should Ask

When business owners call on consultants, they are often excited to jump straight into strategy or tactics for a project or process. After all, time is money and most business owners are motivated, action-oriented people. But the reality is that business owners and their leadership teams are usually going a million miles per hour, which …

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, …