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How History Informs Business Strategy

While living in Washington, DC in the nineties, I was introduced to a book that hit me like a brick and provided clear context for everything that was happening in the world around me. That book was The Fourth Turning, by William Strauss and Neil Howe. It held that events which many times appear unrelated …

PPP Loans: Forgiveness, Timeline, Implications, and Next Steps

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We are at a moment in time that economists, historians, journalists, psychologists, the medical profession, and politicians will be writing about and discussing for decades to come. The sudden and precipitous economic collapse was not caused by a supply and demand imbalance or financial deleveraging as in previous recessions but by an epidemic quickly turned …

Preparing Your Business to Weather the Virus

This post was co-authored by Jerry Pinataro, Senior HR Consultant, and Regina Walters, Consulting CFO. As COVID-19 spreads within the U.S. borders, companies are taking immediate action to protect their employees and sustain business operations as much as possible. Being proactive and planful is the best policy and so much is unknown with a virus …

Determining the Right Funding Source for Your Business

Funding for your business can originate from a number of different sources, including family and friends to banks and institutional capital, so it serves business owners well to understand the advantages and disadvantages that accompanies each of these funding options prior to deciding which to pursue. It is common for business owners and leaders to …

Finance Year-End

As Year-end Approaches, Finish Strong and Focus Forward As CEOs and other leaders come to grips with the reality of another year quickly coming to a close, many simultaneously recognize that it is a vital time to take stock of what needs to be done to strengthen one’s business and get it to where we …

Do I Need a CFO?

Some form of the question, “Do I need a CFO?” surfaces in the course of conversation at a very high percentage of the lunches or professional events our vcfo consultants attend with business leaders. It’s a pivotal and not surprising question for CEOs to struggle with, especially when they have solid controllers and accounting managers …

How to Determine if You Need New Accounting Software Part Two – Systems Selection

Selecting The Right Accounting Software – Interim CFO

In part one of this series, I identified the considerations you should keep in mind when deciding whether or not your company has outgrown Quickbooks. Part two covers how systems selection is the first big hurdle in a conversion.  Selecting the “wrong” system is not an uncommon mistake and the “right” system may be one of several …

Outsourcing vs. Centralizing vs. Offshoring: Which is Best for your Business?

Outsourcing, Centralizing or Offshoring – Virtual & PT CFO

Looking to streamline your business functions and can’t decide whether you should outsource, centralize or offshore? All three are great options for small business owners looking to increase efficiencies, reduce cost and improve service – so let’s break them down to determine which is the best for your business. Defining the Options When it comes …

How to Determine if You Need New Accounting Software Part One

How To Determine if You Need New Accounting Software Part One - vcfo

A common concern for many of our clients is in regards to their accounting software, specifically QuickBooks. Deciding when to make the switch from QuickBooks for a more robust accounting or Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system is no trivial matter. On the one hand, once a company has outgrown QuickBooks, remaining with it may limit …

The Single BEST Way to Prevent Financial Fraud

The Single BEST Way to Prevent Financial Fraud - vcfo

Financial fraud is a bad scenario for business owners. Beyond the embarrassment or the financial loss, fraud can also result in the termination of a long-term employee. A few factors may put a company at risk; however, the primary cause is a lack of internal controls and oversight. We also find that a lack of …