Ownership Thinking

The term “Ownership Thinking” (OT) is likely best known as the title of a book. But it’s also a business, and a mindset. The Denver area business came first, founded by Brad Hams in 1995 after several years of developing the Ownership Thinking model. Its goal was to help businesses unleash their potential by providing …

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Which Value Drivers Need Attention First?

Once you’ve chosen an exit date, your attention should turn to value drivers – those activities, capabilities, or qualities that add worth to your company and that are under your control. Adding worth includes increasing profitability, reducing risk, and promoting growth consistent with your strategic goals. Optimizing performance in key areas of your business will …

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I’ve Chosen My Exit Date! Now What?

All business owners know they will eventually exit their business, and most understand that making it happen on their terms is a process that typically takes years. Yet, as is the case with any complex project, sometimes the hardest thing to do is start. Yet, starting is as simple as choosing your exit date! I …

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What is the Purpose of a Quality of Earnings Report?

If your exit plan includes selling your business, you can likely expect the potential buyer to request a Quality of Earnings Report. Obtaining a Quality of Earnings Report (QER) is one of the major steps in due diligence that a prospective buyer will perform to determine the quality of assets and identify financial shortcomings of …

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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 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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