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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: …

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 …

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 …

Startup Struggles for Today’s Entrepreneur

Starting a new business is an exciting, yet often unpredictable time. Whether you’re a veteran entrepreneur or embarking on your first business venture, it’s important to understand and recognize the obstacles you’ll be facing during the startup journey. From customer retention to lead nurturing to obtaining credit, this infographic from Clarity clearly outlines the struggles …

Ranking Your Employees: Use a Little More Science, a Little Less Art

There has been a lot of debate over the years about the process of ranking employees as part of an organization’s performance assessment process. Some people swear it’s the only way to run a truly competitive business, while others view it as punitive and destructive to culture and morale. I’m here to tell you that …

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 …

SEO for the CEO: What You Need to Know About SEO Strategy

Maybe it’s happened to you: your board looks at your budget for web marketing and asks about key performance indicators. As the CFO or CEO, you boldly look over the data from your marketing team and condense the complexity to a quick test: How are we doing on these five keywords? One of your board …

Great Internal Systems = Reduced Risk = Proactive HR & Accounting Departments

When was the last time you took a good look at your internal software systems? As a human resources consultant, I frequently talk to companies that say they are not happy with their current payroll or HRIS (Human Resource Information System). They complain about: no reporting or insufficient reporting, too much time spent on data …

Do you “really” know your financials?

There is no better example of risk management than that of a Seattle heavy manufacturer who approved its annual budget in May 2008 and was ready for another banner year.  With five offices in three states and both domestic and foreign production, it supplied the construction industry for commercial and residential building. Despite the state …