Category Archives: Finance

What is the basis for your capital need?

vcfo supports quite a number of companies that are looking to raise equity capital for their business. More times than not, there is very little basis for the dollar amount of the equity capital to be raised. Today’s capital markets are very difficult to begin with, so the more precision you can have around how …

My company is profitable, so why can’t I make payroll?

“Tom, I know I’m making money because I’m profitable every month. So why do I always struggle to make payroll? I was asked this question again last week – the answer is usually working capital and cash management. In this case, the answer was simple enough, once we looked at the company’s cash cycle. The …

Cash flow can “Trump” sales for business growth

I was talking to a friend of mine who owns a small security services business and his story was one I hear a fair amount so I thought it was worth sharing. To me he has a classic issue – cash flow management. If someone looked at his business from the outside they would get …

Tactical versus Strategic

Having led quite a few strategic planning processes, I have found that most management teams struggle with the concept of developing strategies versus discrete projects. Most management teams jump directly into tactical projects that more often than not, do not result in the desired strategic outcome. Successful companies are typically those that develop strategic plans …

Defining what a CFO does

We get that question frequently, often from entrepreneurs who are growing their business. They are familiar with bookkeeping and perhaps accounting, but often not with true CFO-level financial management. The core responsibilities of a CFO might be summarized as follows: Accounting for transactions and economic events (usually through use of or supervision of an accounting …

Does insurance really cover your risk?

Similar to my blog post on taxes actually coming more than once a year, many businesses only think about risk one time a year. That time is typically when it is time to renew the property and casualty, general liability and D&O policies. For many businesses, this becomes a routine and mechanical process, when in …

The Single BEST way to prevent FRAUD – part two…

Let’s stick with the story of my colleague’s client who has suffered three separate embezzlements in as many years. In the last post I talked about basic internal controls for vendor payables – and there are more to consider than the one’s I mentioned. Internal controls are not sufficient in isolation, however. A clever thief …

Fraud – is it happening in YOUR Company? Part one…

I was talking to a colleague and he asked me for my thoughts regarding a particular client of his who was dealing with the issue of FRAUD. After we talked about it for a while, I realized this conversation would be very helpful to many business owners and executives who may or may not be …