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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 …

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 …

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 …

Recruiting Millennials

As members of another generation, whether you’re a Baby Boomer or part of Generation X or Y, communicating with the Millennial Generation can oftentimes require methods or tools you don’t normally use. Born between 1982 and 2004, you need different communication tools to connect effectively with this generation. As professionals outside of this generation, we …

Top 5 Challenges for CEOs and Business Owners: Part 1

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 #1: Fighting for Survival Between 2008 and 2011, approximately 11,740 significant …

Celebrating 20 Years of Service

As CEO and founder, I’ve had the opportunity to watch vcfo grow throughout its 20-year history. Over the years, we’ve worked with more than 3,000 clients of various industry segments, sizes, life cycles and locations. While our original core offering was fractional or part-time CFO solutions for small, start-up or emerging businesses, we’ve grown just …

Reasonable Cybersecurity Measures

There are two facts about cybersecurity that are undeniable: 1.) No business entity is immune to cybersecurity risks. 2.) There is no singular, “one-size-fits-all” answer to mitigating cybersecurity risks. With that in mind, what should we be doing to ensure we have done what is necessary to protect our organizations’ data from malicious actors?  The …

Leadership and Creating a Winning Organization

Polls over the years in organizations as well as government show that the majority of people do not particularly trust those who lead. Last year, a Forbes article provided data telling us that there are very low levels of employee engagement in the US and worldwide. Executive tenure has been dropping for years (although the …

Just Say No to Failure

When a company hits turbulent times, there will likely be people on the sidelines advising you that it is time to throw in the towel, give up or shut it down. However, the companies that survive are usually the ones that don’t hear the noise and refuse to accept the negativity. These companies will change …

Understanding the Technology Value Lifecycle Approach

Technology risk exists on many levels, but so does opportunity. This opportunity comes in the form of the recognition of real value from technology investment and utilization through improved employee efficiency, information sharing and collaboration, and culture. Individually in our personal lives, we are quick to select apps from our respective app stores, which we …