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 …

Senior HR Consultant Suzin Sciabarasi Joins vcfo

vcfo welcomes Suzin Sciabarasi as HR Practice Leader and Senior HR Consultant for the Austin Market. Suzin Sciabarasi has joined vcfo Austin as an HR Practice Leader and Senior Human Resources Consultant. Having served in the HR industry for more than 25 years, Suzin is experienced in developing, leading and executing human resources strategies to …

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 …

Top Blogs of 2016

As we kick off the new year, we are remembering our most read blogs from 2016. From compliance to strategy to valuation, we covered a variety of finance, HR and recruiting topics and best practices, realized through our own experiences and takeaways from helping clients address their business needs and concerns. 1. Complexity vs. Simplicity: …

Celebrating 20 Years in Business with A Year of Giving

As 2016 came to a close, we are reflecting on an amazing year that marked 20 years in business for vcfo. We celebrated this milestone by engaging our employees, alumni, clients and partners in a year of volunteerism efforts to give back in many ways. We were humbled by the outpouring generosity from our networks …

Austin Chamber Selects Future Leadership With Board Moves

The Austin Chamber of Commerce has selected new board leadership in Ellen Wood and Phil Wilson. Wood, currently the president and CEO of Austin-based consulting firm vcfo, was selected as the chairwoman of the Chamber’s board of directors in 2017. Wilson, currently the general manager of the Lower Colorado River Authority, will serve as the …

vcfo CEO Ellen Wood named Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce Chairwomen-Elect

The Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce today announced that its Board of Directors has selected Tony Budet, President and CEO of University Federal Credit Union, as the Chamber’s 2016 Chairman of the Board. In addition, Co-Founder, President and CEO of vcfo, Ellen Wood, was selected as the Chamber’s Chair-Elect.   To view the full article, …

Improving Manufacturing Profitability: A Four-Step Plan

For manufacturing firms, managing product lines to maximize gross margins while maintaining quality and safety standards is the key to profitability and success. In this industry, it is critical to have clearly defined profitability measurements and a plan for tracking, analyzing and integrating that data to inform the financial and operational decisions necessary to sustain …