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 …

Showing the Strategic Value of HR – Part 2

4 key steps to creating a value-added HR organization As a long-time HR consulting firm, when the vcfo team goes in to help HR departments with a project or issue, what we often find is a team that is stuck in the proverbial HR “weeds.”Team members are often focused on HR for the sake of …

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. …

6 Ways Restaurants Can Avoid Unnecessary Credit Card Processing Costs

The pressures on restaurant owners and managers are relentless. New competition. Shifting economic conditions. Changing tastes. All kinds of constantly evolving business considerations make it easy to get caught up worrying about things like customer service and turnover while revenue and profits slip away. In fact, when we provide CFO consulting services to restaurants, we …

Why a Strategic, Not Reactive, Recruiting Approach Works for Us and Can Benefit You in 2017

In life and in work, strategic planning and preparation can go a long way. As a provider of recruitment services for a variety of client types, my team and I serve a range of diverse placement needs throughout the year at vcfo. While last-minute recruiting is sometimes necessary, we urge clients to develop a flexible …