Learn and Grow

We are continually reading books and periodicals that relate to business transition, business development and business sales. Among the many we have found helpful are those listed below. Each of the publications listed offers insights related to different stages of your business. Some relate more to those just trying to find their way, while others venture into the topic of preparing for a sale. If you have books not on this list that you feel we should consider adding, please send a note to John Howe. If we haven’t read it yet, we will take a look and consider adding it to our list. If you’d like to discuss things, drop a note via email or give us a call at one of our offices. We love to talk about business.

Burlingham, Bo. Finish Big: How Great Entrepreneurs Exit Their Companies on Top. London: Portfolio Penguin, 2014. Print.Finish Big, Bo Burlingham

Carpenter, Sam: Work the System,

Warrillow, John. Built to Sell: Creating a Business That Can Thrive without You. New York: Portfolio Hardcover, 2011. Print.

Tatum, Doug. No Man's Land: What to Do When Your Company Is Too Big to Be Small but Too Small to Be Big. New York: Portfolio, 2007. Print.

Tatum, Doug. No Man's Land: A Survival Manual for Growing Midsize Companies. New York: Portfolio, 2009. Print.

L., Badaracco Jr. Joseph. Managing in the Gray: Five Timeless Questions for Resolving Your Toughest Problems at Work. N.p.: Harvard Business Review, 2016. Print.

Gomes-Casseres, Benjamin. Remix Strategy: The Three Laws of Business Combinations. Boston, MA: Harvard Business Review, 2015. Print.

Gerber, Michael E. The E-myth Revisited: Why Most Small Businesses Don't Work and What to Do about It. New York: CollinsBusiness, 1995. Print.

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Case Studies

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    Initially, liquidation was a serious consideration. It would offer a quick exit but would hurt loyal employees and disrupt the customers who had come to rely on its quality production.

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    Our client owners could dig in for the long haul…However, this would take five years or more. Owners simply lacked the horsepower to do it.

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  • Water Purification Company and Young Buyers

    Owners decided they wanted to retire. They also wanted to be fair to the staff who had been loyal to them. Could the company be sold, the staff retained and the facility remain in use?

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  • Magnetics Company with High Profile Customers

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