Is It Time to Consider Selling Your Business?

The sudden and unexpected economic impact of issues surrounding COVID-19 likely has business owners who were considering selling and exiting their business reconsidering their strategy. The influence of these external factors may not be something you’d factored in or for which you have a contingency plan. So now, when it is clear what elements may …

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Maintaining Business Value through Uncertain Times

With stock fluctuations, speculation and unknowns swirling around the coronavirus situation, business owners are focused first on ways to continue doing business. But especially for those who are planning to exit their businesses in the next few years, there is concern about maintaining the value of their business. First, some general advice…. Don’t panic – …

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How a CPA Can Help Keep Your Exit Plan on Track

Every business owner needs an exit plan in place many years before his or her intended exit date. Once your exit strategy and plan have been developed, an essential next step in the process is assembling a team of preferred advisors. Your exit planning expert will likely be at the hub of that team, interfacing …

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The Importance of a Buy-Sell Agreement – Even if Your Partner is Your BFF

A buy-sell agreement, also referred to as a buyout agreement or business continuity agreement, is a contract that provides for the sale of an owner’s share of a business should certain events occur. When you start a business with one or more partners, your intention is to be in it for the long haul. If …

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Why 2020 is the Year You Should Start Your Exit Plan

Most business owners count on the proceeds from the sale of their business to maintain the security of their lifestyle following their exit. Yet a study by business transition specialists, ROCG, revealed that no more than 33% of businesses actually complete the sales process and that only 42% of study participants had formal exit plans …

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What Does Your Vision Look Like for the Next Chapter of Your Life?

Every business owner will eventually leave their company whether by selling the business, or retiring and handing over the reins to a family member or trusted employee. While you might know that day is coming, you’re likely entrenched in running and growing your business today, and not giving your eventual exit much thought. Maybe that …

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Whose Future — Besides Your Own — Is Riding on Your Exit Plan?

As a business owner you know that, eventually, the day will come when you decide it’s time to leave your company – a transition that will likely involve the single largest financial transaction of your life. Extensive planning, which will affect how you do business today, is critical to a successful exit. And, of course, …

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How Today’s Exit Plan Creates Tomorrow’s Lifestyle

I’ve worked with closely-held business owners for decades – as a CPA, tax consultant, and exit strategist. If there is one common denominator that holds true for each discipline, it is how crucial planning is in order to maximize one’s success. To ensure that the single largest financial transaction of your life – the eventual …

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How Long is a Business Valuation Valid?

There are many reasons to have a business valuation performed, including providing data necessary for buy-sell agreements, purchase and sale of a business, litigation support, insurance, estate planning and gifting, divorce, SBA loans, business planning, and gap analysis. And, of course, it’s a critical step in exit planning. But how long is a business valuation …

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When Should I Hire a Controller?

A client recently shared with me the story of his business, before and after hiring a controller. Like many small to medium-size businesses, he was relying on an existing staff member – his office manager – to handle bookkeeping, invoicing, and other financial responsibilities. But when she suddenly resigned, the company was in turmoil and …

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