A Short Story All Family-Owned Businesses Should Read

When it comes to selling a family-owned business there are no shortage of complicating factors, but one in particular pops up quite often. This article contains a true story about a popular family business that was built up from the ground up only to later meet a very sad ending. While this is just one story, there are countless similar situations all across the country. Once upon a time, there was a family-owned pizza dough company that had millions in sales. They sold their pizza dough to a range of businesses including restaurants and supermarkets. The founder had five children and split the business equally amongst them. Complicating matters was the fact that the children didn't feel compelled to work in the family business. As a result, they turned the operation of the business over to two members of the third generation. Once the founder's children reached retirement age, they decided that they wanted to sell. So, they hired a business broker. The business broker began … [Read more...]

Around the Web: A Month in Summary

A recent article from Divestopedia entitled “To Sell Your Business, Start with the End in Mind” explains the importance of planning your exit strategy in the early stages of your business. The article points out that emotion plays a big part in humans' decision making process, and when a potential buyer perceives that the owner has not prepared a company for sale, they associate this with uncertainty, effort and stress that will accompany rebuilding the business. Focusing on building your company's culture is also very important for exit planning because a well-established company culture will continue to endure after you're gone. Creating a self-sustaining culture that involves talented employees, succession plans for key people, talent acquisition and talent retention can help your business be seen as more valuable in the future. Click here to read the full article. A recent article posted on BizJournals.com entitled “How to know when the ride is over and it's time to get off” … [Read more...]

Around the Web: A Month in Summary

A recent article posted on BizJournals.com entitled “Top 5 rules on preparing your company for sale” explains how the best time to begin preparing your business for sale is right now. The article highlights these main rules to follow: Start auditing your financial statements now as these will be required by the purchaser. Keep appropriate, complete corporate books and records so everything is ready to be presented to a buyer when the time comes. Obtain a professional valuation of your company so you can use this as a roadmap for growing your company and ultimately maximizing the exit price. Use the valuation of your company to determine what assets are superfluous and will not be valued. This can also help you make future decisions with your business strategy. Start the process now for finding a second in command who could easily replace the founder of the company. This will be very valuable to the future buyer after the sale is made. Starting to prepare your business for sale now will … [Read more...]

When Two Million Dollars is Just Not Enough

Not every person needs to sell the business when they feel just as they need to sell. Life changes, for example, separation or sickness, can trigger selling a business. Everything from declining business income to organization issues and more can send entrepreneurs scrambling for the leave sign. Be that as it may, selling a business isn't generally a choice, particularly for independent ventures. In this article, we will investigate simply such a circumstance. The business under thought is an effective dissemination business, which is likewise a great case of an esteem upgraded business. The two proprietors each draw a few hundred thousand from the business every year to oblige a scope of different advantages. Assuming theoretically, the business was to offer for $2 million dollars, every one of the proprietors would get roughly $1 million with a professional business broker in the picture. Obviously, this sounds like a sizable sum. All in all, what is the issue? When one stops … [Read more...]

Three Common Errors Caused by Inexperience

The well-known saying that "there is no trade for experience" is a cliché that has stood the trial of time. The basic certainty is that an absence of experience can disassemble your deal for selling a business. Consider the accompanying situation – an entrepreneur nearing retirement owns multiple locations of retail operations that are doing a few million in yearly sales. He meets an all-around professional and experienced business broker and is inspired. Notwithstanding, the entrepreneur's niece has received her MBA and has revealed to her uncle that she can deal with selling a business and simultaneously, spare him a bundle. On paper, everything sounds fine, but as a result of an absence of experience this gives the entrepreneur not an ideal outcome. We will investigate a couple of issues that as of late emerged with our anonymous, however successful, entrepreneur and his good natured and savvy, yet inexperienced niece. Mistake #1 No Confidentiality Agreements One … [Read more...]

Around the Web: A Month in Summary

A recent article posted on Forbes.com entitled “Small Business Owners Are Retiring, And Millennials May Not Fill The Gap On America's Main Street” uses the closing of a 235-year-old hardware store to prove a startling fact: the Millennial generation may not be suited to take over small business ownership like the generations before them. In the case of Elwood Adams Hardware, which has seen a multitude of owners over the last almost two and a half centuries, the current owner simply couldn't find a buyer. While student loan debt and an inclination to pursue work in the gig economy may be factors in this unwillingness to take on small business ownership, their age may actually be the driving factor. The article mentions that the sweet spot for entrepreneurship is typically the 40's, so it may take some time to truly see if millennials are suited for small business ownership. Click here to read the full article. A recent article from the Axial Forum entitled “Five Due Diligence Pitfalls … [Read more...]

It’s Time To Embrace CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility)

If you are unfamiliar with CSR or corporate social responsibility, you are certainly not alone. In the coming years, you'll be hearing a lot about CSR. In this article, we'll look at CSR and how, when implemented with sincerity, it can positively impact your company and its operation. Building Your CSR Locally One of the key ways that you can build your CSR is to think about ways to help your community. Contributing to local community programs, for example, is a great place to start. Everything from personal involvement to direct financial support can help build your company's reputation within your community. Your Connection to the Environment A second way to build your CSR is to show that your company is thinking about its impact on the environment. Recycling is important but so is using eco-friendly packaging and containers. Additionally, embracing low-emission and high mileage vehicles is another good step as this lowers your company's carbon footprint. Advertising and Good … [Read more...]

You Know the Old Saying About Loose Lips? How Does It Impact You?

The platitude "free lips sink ships," doesn't have old sources. While it sounds like one of those colloquialisms that has been around always, the platitude was really designed amid World War II. It was taken truly. The thought was that an absence of mystery could prompt the loss of genuine boats or other wartime passing. So at the end of the day, this truth was not a joke of a business. It should not shock anyone that this maxim is perfectly healthy in the business world. Barely any things are more critical than defending your business from spills. Holes can, just expressed, spell catastrophe for selling your business. Breaks can be especially harming on the off chance that you are looking to or are offering business. A release that you are anticipating offering your business can have a scope of outcomes. Everybody from workers to clients, providers and, obviously, planned purchasers and contenders could all pay heed and this could have consequences that should be discussed with a … [Read more...]

Top Four Statistics You Need to Know About Ownership Transition

If you own a business, then ownership transition should definitely be a central topic in your planning. A few years ago, MassMutual Life Insurance Company conducted a very interesting and thought-provoking survey of family-owned businesses. Obviously, family-owned businesses have their own unique needs and challenges. The MassMutual Life Insurance Company survey certainly underscored this fact. While the survey was conducted a few years ago, the information it contained is more relevant and actionable than ever. Let's take a closer look at some of the key conclusions and discoveries. Founder Control One of the most important findings of the survey was that a full 80% of family-owned businesses are still controlled by the founders. The survey also discovered that 90% of family-run businesses intend to stay family-owned in the future. Lack of Leadership Plans Leadership is another area of great interest. Strikingly, approximately 30% of family-owned businesses will in fact … [Read more...]

Reasons for Sale

The explanations behind selling a business can be partitioned into two principle classes. The first is a deal that is arranged nearly from the earliest starting point or by a proprietor who realizes that offering is or ought to be an arranged occasion. The second is precisely the inverse – impromptu; the deal is spurred by a particular occasion, for example, wellbeing, separate, business emergencies, and so on. In any case, in the middle of the two noteworthy reasons, are a large group of erratic ones. Business brokers can help smooth out this process as they are experts on the field. A dealer may not consider offering when he or she is drawn closer by an individual, gathering or another organization, and an alluring offer is made. The proprietor of a business may kick the bucket, and the beneficiaries have no enthusiasm for working it that can be easily distinguished with a business broker. An organization may acquire new administration that chooses to auction a division or two; or … [Read more...]