Preparation


The C-Level Executive's Rising Role in Exit Planning The C-Level Executive's Rising Role in Exit Planning The C-Level Executive's Rising Role in Exit Planning The C-Level Executive's Rising Role in Exit Planning


Today's market requires a flexible management team that can grow your business, no matter what the market throws at them. Here is an...

Podcast: Acquisition Growth Strategies for Middle Market Companies Podcast: Acquisition Growth Strategies for Middle Market Companies Podcast: Acquisition Growth Strategies for Middle Market Companies Podcast: Acquisition Growth Strategies for Middle Market Companies


Podcast with John Bly, author of 'Cracking the Code: An Entrepreneur’s Guide to Growing Your Business Through Mergers and Acquisitions for...

Podcast: Wealth Management Strategies for Entrepreneurs Who Sold Their Business Podcast: Wealth Management Strategies for Entrepreneurs Who Sold Their Business Podcast: Wealth Management Strategies for Entrepreneurs Who Sold Their Business Podcast: Wealth Management Strategies for Entrepreneurs Who Sold Their Business


Eighty percent of people with wealth in excess of $5 million gain it through entrepreneurship. Learn about wealth management strategies...

How to Check an Investment Banker’s References How to Check an Investment Banker’s References How to Check an Investment Banker’s References How to Check an Investment Banker’s References


When devising reference check questions for investment bankers, your guiding light is to get usable data as answers that will help you make...

Misconceptions & Realities When Hiring an Investment Banker (Part 2: Industry Experience) Misconceptions & Realities When Hiring an Investment Banker (Part 2: Industry Experience) Misconceptions & Realities When Hiring an Investment Banker (Part 2: Industry Experience) Misconceptions & Realities When Hiring an Investment Banker (Part 2: Industry Experience)


M&A professional, Bill Snow, continues to answer the question, “How do I hire a good investment banker?” in Part 2 of this article series...

Misconceptions & Realities When Hiring an Investment Banker (Part 1: 'Knowing' Buyers) Misconceptions & Realities When Hiring an Investment Banker (Part 1: 'Knowing' Buyers) Misconceptions & Realities When Hiring an Investment Banker (Part 1: 'Knowing' Buyers) Misconceptions & Realities When Hiring an Investment Banker (Part 1: 'Knowing' Buyers)


The question M&A professional, Bill Snow, gets asked most often by business owners is “How do I hire a good investment banker?” In part one...

Solving Exit Strategy Issues to Maximize Profit Solving Exit Strategy Issues to Maximize Profit Solving Exit Strategy Issues to Maximize Profit Solving Exit Strategy Issues to Maximize Profit


Business owners have many reasons to want to sell their business now. But before making this big decision, be sure it's really what you...

Succession Planning: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly Succession Planning: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly Succession Planning: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly Succession Planning: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly


Succession of your business ownership is a process rather than a single event. Here are some good and bad (and ugly) ways to prepare for...

Stats Show Entrepreneurs Great at Building Wealth, Awful at Monetization Stats Show Entrepreneurs Great at Building Wealth, Awful at Monetization Stats Show Entrepreneurs Great at Building Wealth, Awful at Monetization Stats Show Entrepreneurs Great at Building Wealth, Awful at Monetization


Private business owners: most of the statistics are not in your favor. Here's how you can break out of this cycle.

Competitive Analysis: The No.1 Way to Impress Prospective Buyers Competitive Analysis: The No.1 Way to Impress Prospective Buyers Competitive Analysis: The No.1 Way to Impress Prospective Buyers Competitive Analysis: The No.1 Way to Impress Prospective Buyers


Want to impress prospective buyers? A competitive analysis will do just that and may even improve your business along the way.

A Summary of M&A Fees for Sell-Side Transactions A Summary of M&A Fees for Sell-Side Transactions A Summary of M&A Fees for Sell-Side Transactions A Summary of M&A Fees for Sell-Side Transactions


Investment banks offer expertise and know-how that can add significant value to any transaction, but complicated fee structures can be...

Why the Next 180 Days Are Significant When Preparing to Sell Your Business Why the Next 180 Days Are Significant When Preparing to Sell Your Business Why the Next 180 Days Are Significant When Preparing to Sell Your Business Why the Next 180 Days Are Significant When Preparing to Sell Your Business


When business owners are preparing to sell, the next 180 days is a critical time period to execute all significant changes that may be...

Seller Beware! Top 12 Mistakes to Avoid When Selling a Business Seller Beware! Top 12 Mistakes to Avoid When Selling a Business Seller Beware! Top 12 Mistakes to Avoid When Selling a Business Seller Beware! Top 12 Mistakes to Avoid When Selling a Business


Don't assume that because you have built and operated a successful company, you can also undertake the sale of your company. Here are 12...

The Exclusive Negotiations Fallacy The Exclusive Negotiations Fallacy The Exclusive Negotiations Fallacy The Exclusive Negotiations Fallacy


It is a common fallacy that an exclusively negotiated deal is faster, easier and quieter than a structured process. In reality, the...

Earnouts or Burnouts: Don't Get Burned on an Earnout Earnouts or Burnouts: Don't Get Burned on an Earnout Earnouts or Burnouts: Don't Get Burned on an Earnout Earnouts or Burnouts: Don't Get Burned on an Earnout


Earnouts are difficult legal clauses to manage and can often lead to misunderstanding and difficulty realizing them. Here is a practical...

When Deciding to Sell, Prepare for Disappearing Owner Perks When Deciding to Sell, Prepare for Disappearing Owner Perks When Deciding to Sell, Prepare for Disappearing Owner Perks When Deciding to Sell, Prepare for Disappearing Owner Perks


When preparing an owner to sell his/her business, it's usually to prevent a deal from blowing up because of a buyer's actions. However, M&A...

Preparing for an Actual Increase in Purchase Price During Due Diligence Preparing for an Actual Increase in Purchase Price During Due Diligence Preparing for an Actual Increase in Purchase Price During Due Diligence Preparing for an Actual Increase in Purchase Price During Due Diligence


It's a common concern for business sellers that their price will be knocked down as a result of what's discovered during the due diligence...

Comparing Comparables: The Problem with Transactional Data Comparing Comparables: The Problem with Transactional Data Comparing Comparables: The Problem with Transactional Data Comparing Comparables: The Problem with Transactional Data


George Abraham of Business Evaluation Systems explains the Direct Market Data Method and the issues facing transactional data from the top...

Confronting Yourself: The Emotional Journey of Selling Your Business Confronting Yourself: The Emotional Journey of Selling Your Business Confronting Yourself: The Emotional Journey of Selling Your Business Confronting Yourself: The Emotional Journey of Selling Your Business


For many entrepreneurs, the hardest part of selling their business is wrestling with their own emotions. Here are some tips for...