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5 Things You Can Do Now if You’re Considering Selling Your Business in 2016

Posted by Kathy Richardson-Mauro on Wed, Dec, 02, 2015 @ 09:04 PM

The market for U.S. business sales is hotter than it’s been in years, according to business sales site BizBuySell. It’s a boom time for selling a business and will likely remain that way through 2016. If you’re a business owner who is thinking about selling or transferring your business to someone else within the next year, you need to start preparing. You want to make sure that you’re ready to sell when the time is right from a market perspective and from a business and personal standpoint as well.

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Topics: exit planning, exit strategy, business value, business owner, business transition planning, selling your business, end of the year business planning, selling your business in 2016

The Necessity of Saving Outside Your Business

Posted by Jane Johnson on Tue, Jun, 16, 2015 @ 10:00 AM

Richard was 64 years young and the CEO of a $10 million manufacturing company when we met him. He had been in business for over 30 years and he was confident that he could keep his customers happy and content even though his products were more expensive than those offered by his competition. As a result, he did not focus on keeping his raw material costs low or hire anyone to focus on marketing to attract new customers.

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Topics: External Transfers, business owner transition, business ownership, exit your business, exit strategy plan, business owner, business ownership transition

What Business Owners Can Learn from the Retirement of 3 TV Personalities

Posted by Kathy Richardson-Mauro on Tue, Jun, 02, 2015 @ 10:00 AM

We find frequently that business owners who are looking to transfer out of their businesses focus a lot on the financial aspects of the process. However, as we’ve often discussed, there are a number of non-financial aspects of a business transition that need attention, as well. The non-financial issues are equally important and, if not addressed, can leave owners feeling irrelevant.

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Topics: business owner, business owners, business transition planning

Business Transition Lessons Learned: Why Getting Yourself Prepared Is So Important

Posted by Jane Johnson on Tue, May, 26, 2015 @ 01:54 PM

We first met John in the building where his father, a brilliant engineer, had started their manufacturing business over 40 years ago. It felt like we were walking into a museum. Everything in the office as well as on the manufacturing floor looked like a snapshot out of the 1970s. Nothing had been upgraded, painted or in any way modernized. The employees were all well into their 60s.

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Topics: business owner transition, business owner, business transition, business ownership transition

If Your Business Is Your Largest Asset, It’s Time to Diversify

Posted by Jane Johnson on Fri, Apr, 03, 2015 @ 09:10 AM

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Topics: business owner transition, baby boomer businesses, business owner

Develop a Contingency Plan - Ensure That Your Business Can Go On Without You

Posted by Jane Johnson on Thu, Mar, 26, 2015 @ 10:00 AM

Have you developed a contingency plan for your business in case you die or become disabled? This is critically important. How many families and incomes would be affected if something happened to you tomorrow? How would your business function without you? Is there a written and realistic plan in place so that your management team and family could keep the business prospering?

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Topics: Business Ownership Transition Planning, business owner transition, business ownership, baby boomer businesses, business owner, contingency plan

Is Your Business Your Personal Piggy Bank?

Posted by Jane Johnson on Tue, Mar, 17, 2015 @ 10:01 AM


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Topics: business transitions, exit planning, business owner transition, baby boomers, baby boomer businesses, exit plan, business owner

What if I Want to Stay and Run My Business?

Posted by Jane Johnson on Tue, Feb, 10, 2015 @ 10:17 AM


All business owners will transfer the ownership of their businesses one day either before or after they pass away.  Planning for the transition is critical to ensure: 

  • Continuity of the business  

  • Enough liquid wealth for the owner and his/her family 

  • The minimization of taxes 

  • Achievement of the owners goals 

  • The preservation of business value 

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Topics: business owner transition, business planning, Jane Johnson, business owner

Planning On an Internal Business Transition? 5 Reasons Why You Still Need an Advisor

Posted by Jane Johnson on Tue, Feb, 03, 2015 @ 03:30 PM

Family business owners often think the internal transfer process will be an easy one and the pieces will just fall into place but usually find out quickly this is not the case. Working with an advisor who is uniquely trained in business ownership transfers can help guide you through the process of developing and implementing a successful internal transition plan. An advisor can help you to:

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Topics: Internal Transfers, Business Ownership Transition Planning, business ownership, business planning, business owner

Top 5 Consequences of Not Preparing Your Business Transition Plan

Posted by Kathy Richardson-Mauro on Tue, Jan, 20, 2015 @ 10:00 AM

Business owners are often too focused on day-to-day challenges to plan for the eventual transfer of their businesses. This lack of planning can jeopardize the future of their companies as well as the financial security of their families. Below are the top 5 consequences of not preparing a Business Ownership Transition Plan or BOTP as we call it.

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Topics: ownership transition, business owner transition, business planning, business owner