Tag Archives: strategic planning

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 …

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 …

Considering international sales? Five questions to help balance credit risks and competitiveness

For many companies, a jump to international sales can open up exciting growth opportunities. But it can also be much trickier to balance risks and rewards in foreign markets compared to domestic markets. Credit risks in payments are a case in point. This blog post examines the risks of typical international payment structures as well …

Someday I’ll Be A Unicorn

Friday afternoons are always days that I tend to wax philosophic. This Friday’s musings got kicked off by a post that a good friend shared with me about GAFAnomics, basically a shrine to Google, Apple, Facebook and Amazon as pillars for the “new economy”. Not to take anything away from the success of these companies, but I have heard this song and …

Top 8 Things CFOs Should Ask Before Year-End

It’s year-end. You’ve likely been focused on critical Q4 initiatives, such as completing financial projects, providing restructuring solutions or developing budgets. For many CFOs, you’ve likely spent the past few months working on the 2016 budget, so it’s time to get back to business. While you were focused on budgets, reviews and projections, your employees …

Demystifying the Balance Sheet

Recently, I presented to a Vistage Key Group and spoke on how the balance sheet enables business owners to better understand the health and well-being of their companies. Originally, I had developed this presentation upon soliciting ideas for presentation topics from entrepreneurs. What I found was that while many understand income statements and cash balances, …

Elements of a Successful Pitch

Attracting capital is never easy. Venture capitalists, angel investors and others who provide capital for entrepreneurial enterprises are constantly pitched for funding. In today’s market, the average VC fund will review between 80-100 deals for each one they choose to fund. However, in order to stand out to investors, entrepreneurs must know how to formulate …

Top Blogs of 2014

As 2014 draws to a close, we’re taking a look at some of our most popular blogs from the past year. Whether you’ve read them before or are seeing them for the first time, we hope that vcfo has provided you with knowledgeable, informative content, and we look forward to continuing to share our financial, …

Budgeting Methodologies: Analyzing the Advantages & Disadvantages

Recently, I served as a panelist for the webinar, “Budgeting Basics: How to Build a Strong Budget for 2015.” We discussed a variety of topics, including how budgets affect profitability, when to start building next year’s budget, planning framework and company stakeholders who need to be involved in the process. One vital aspect of budgeting …

Growth Opportunity: The Demand Chain

Efficiency Only Goes So Far The last ten years of American business have been focused on integrating and perfecting operational efficiencies through the perfection and active management of the Supply Chain. For the last couple of years of economic turmoil, many companies have almost exclusively focused on supply chain efficiencies as a strategy for survival. …