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Web Marketing, Management and Metrics: Questions, Not Answers

Many clients find themselves making critical marketing decisions without having enough data. Even very smart people make bad decisions when they look at a small data set and extend the conclusion across the entire website, or the entire marketing strategy. One client’s marketing team was frustrated by an investor’s insistence that he knew the important …

Sharing the Results with Everyone

As managers we sometimes forget that we may be the only ones who really see the whole picture of the company operation. Communicating company performance to internal teams is an important key to setting a course for your growing business, and also to minimize deviations from that path. The best way to communicate and leverage …

Maximizing the Expat Experience

In 1995 I started my international career with my first posting in the UK. Eight countries and 13 years later I returned home to the USA. Whether companies relocate employees abroad or they recruit employees from abroad, they are essentially making a large investment in that individual. In return they are looking for that employee …

Tips for Employee Retention and Turnover Reduction in Today’s Competitive Market – Part Two

Once you have developed an airtight strategy for attracting excellent employees, how do you keep them from being lured away in today’s competitive job market? Below is the second part of this series with more ideas and suggestions to help reduce turnover in your company and keep your current employees happy.   Keys to Retaining …

Shopping Your Insurance Carrier (and Your Broker)

He’s the most personable guy in the world. He always wants to take you to play golf or to baseball, basketball, football or hockey games. But does he really work hard to get you the best coverage at the best price, or is he more interested in playing golf? Who does he work for really? …

Processes and Systems Save the Day

In an earlier post, “Do you “really” know your financials?”, you might remember the story about how the company thrived and managed their risk so as to not be significantly threatened by the recession. There is more to this story when you look “under the covers” of what really went on… A key element of …

The Top 10 Points to Consider When You Outsource CFO Services

As trusted advisors to CEOs and management teams, vcfo relies on a unique platform of industry best practices and proven methodologies to help solve the most complex operational business issues. Based on our experience working with more than 3,000 clients, we’ve developed a “Top 10” list we share with organizations looking to outsource CFO support. …

Exiting Your Business?

Having worked with a substantial number of privately held companies in the past, the topic of ultimately selling the business is one that typically comes up when the owner is starting to think about retirement. In fact, however, the preparation for this ultimate event should have probably been started years and years ago. Be that …

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 …

A “Human Resources Department” vs. a “Personnel Department”

In case you haven’t noticed, there has been a steady evolution of the Human Resources profession. The days of having a door with “Personnel” written on it with “girls” inside handling administrative tasks like “ten keying” time cards, cutting payroll checks, faxing in insurance enrollments and typing up dictated policy memos to the office is …