For Michelle Vilms, it’s not just about the numbers. It’s about the transformative effect those numbers can have on a business when they’re organized and simplified.
Traditionally, we leave our bookkeeping in the backroom, a mystery for some accounting wizard to fix for us once a month or once a year because we have to. But what if understanding our finances is easier than we think? And what if that meant we could dramatically improve our businesses?
That’s that “aha” moment that Michelle has made her life’s work.
She’s spent decades perfecting it. Michelle uses new technology to give small businesses the power to understand their finances minute-to-minute, empowering them to grow and expand in new ways. Michelle understands the challenges of small businesses intimately. She is one.
In the 1990s, Michelle was part of the team that helped grow office supplies store Staples from a chain of more than 100 stores to a $15 billion company as director of marketing and finance. But after 11 years, she made the tough decision to leave and pursue her calling as a financial consultant. Vilms Consulting naturally grew out of that work.
Today Michelle serves clients with earnings in the $500,000 to $6 million range. She marries the newest technologies with a tried-and-true human approach to accounting. She helps businesses and nonprofits not only get their finances in order but also truly understand them.