Three Things I Have Learned in 2020

The challenges we’ve faced throughout 2020, both personally and in business, are unprecedented. We’ve all invariably met struggles but have found opportunities as well. I’d like to share three things I’ve learned during this crazy year that relate to business, but that also speak volumes about the human spirit. These insights arose primarily from the …

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Now is the Time to Start Exit Planning – Here’s Why

Many business owners feel shaken by the impact of the pandemic on the business climate and may be questioning whether their vision of the future is still possible. One of the best antidotes to uncertainty is having a solid plan! It’s never the wrong time to start exit planning, and the more lead time you …

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Peers – A Lifeline Through the Pandemic

The Exit Planning Peer Advisory Board (PAB) provides a safe place for business owners to discuss their challenges and offer support and insights to their fellow members. A look back at the last few meetings reveals another layer of the group’s value. The events of this year have put businesses and their leaders to the …

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What Does Re-Emergence Look Like for Your Business?

“Expect the best. Prepare for the worst. Capitalize on what comes.” – Zig Ziglar At our July Peer Advisory Board (PAB) meeting on Exit Planning, the discussion was around what business looks like as we re-emerge and get back to business in this phase of the COVID-19 pandemic. We focused on addressing what responsibilities business …

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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 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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