Succession Planning Part II Selling to Key Managers, Partners or Employees

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“Plans are nothing; planning is everything” Dwight D. Eisenhower   In our last issue we talked about the framework and options to transition your business to another family member or members. In this issue we would like to discuss another option, that of selling to a partner, key managers or employees, when your ability to keep it in the family is not a viable option.  

Succession Planning Part III Selling to a Financial Investor or Strategic Buyer

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“Winning isn’t everything, it’s the only thing” Vince Lombardi   In our final issue of Succession Planning, we will discuss the process of selling your business to a third party when the options of selling to a family member, employees or managers are not viable solutions. Selling your business can be a complex process and could be the single most important business

Planning Your Exit

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"A Fool with a plan can beat a genius with no plan" - Oilman T. Boone Pickens Every successful Entrepreneur has planned along the way. You have planned the startup & planned for expansion and growth, but have you thought about planning your exit? Surveys indicate that the majority of small to medium sized business owners do not have a family member who is interested in taking the reigns. What sho

Why you need a business broker to sell your business.

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Would you hang this sign outside your business? Many business owners feel that they are capable of personally selling their business. They have spent their entire lives building it. Who knows the business better than they do? While it is more than likely that the business owner knows more about the business, they usually have no idea how to value it and will either undervalue or grossly overprice

Succession Planning Part I - Keeping it in the Family

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“The future always calls your bluff” Jeanne Moir, International Planning Alliance   While it may not be at the top of his or her “To Do” list, every small business owner should have a well thought out succession plan in place. Having a succession plan can reduce or eliminate taxes, reduce business risk, keep control of the process in the hands of the owner and insur