SBA PPP Re-Opening Guidance

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SBA PPP Re-Opening Guidance   The December 27, 2020 Economic Aid Act (Public Law 116-260) reauthorizes lending under the PPP through March 31, 2021, and among other things, modifies provisions related to making PPP loans and forgiveness of PPP loans, and authorizes second draw PPP loans under new section 7(a)(37) of the Small Business Act for PPP borrowers that previously received a PPP loa

Transferable Value

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What is Transferable Value and How to Maximize It   One of the most important elements of a successful business transition is the transfer of value. What the current owner sees as the future of the business matters little to a new owner unless specific intrinsic characteristics of the business can be transferred in order to make those goals more achievable.   Defining Transferable Va

2020 is Behind Us - Now is the Time to Think About Your Business Value in a Post COVID World

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It is officially 2021, and what was quite possibly the most challenging year for your company is behind us. The effects of COVID-19 are still apparent as the pandemic continues to claim lives in high numbers every day. Effective vaccines are giving us hope for significant improvement in the 3rd and 4th quarters of 2021. What does this mean for you or your business? Inevitably, because many small b

Strategies for Adding Value to Small Companies Over Time

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Now more than ever, we want to figure out how to make our businesses more valuable. With small businesses being affected the most during the COVID-19 crisis, strategies for adding value are vital, and also very possible. Let’s take a look at some changes you can make to increase value in your small company long-term.   1.     Instant Gratification: Faster Serv

Ways to Increase Value

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2020 has been a difficult year for many, but particularly for small business owners. When states shut down, shoppers were forced to rely on Internet shopping and curbside pickups or delivery. If your small business could not provide either of those options, you inevitably suffered. Thankfully, we have moved past this point, and you have likely learned how to adjust to this new normal. As we close

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