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, http://www.workthesystem.com/
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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Perception vs Reality with Small Businesses
Sometimes the economic picture on the news seems inconsistent with what is happening for many business owners. Nearly every owner we speak to is out straight.
NH-Based Techinical Manufacturing Company Sold
Hampshire Controls has a bright future with new ownership. The company was recently sold by Diane Rush, owner and president, to Pillar Imaging and its leader Dr. Michael Pilon.
Be Ready When You Are Ready
When a business owner says it’s time to sell, I ask, “How fast do you want to be out?” The answer I hear most is, “Yesterday.” But sellers underestimate how long the process takes.
Looking at a Sale Through the Right Lens
Sometimes our vision about the future is blurry because we aren’t considering the whole picture but only parts of it.
5 Deal Points from the Trenches
Today I work with clients of Business Transition Strategies who are implementing Growth Through Acquisition strategies. Here are a few observations from working on a wide variety of projects.
Tax Changes Could Hurt Net Proceeds
Changes proposed to the capital gains tax suggest they may need to get 30% more in a transaction in the future just to net the same value they would get today.
Good Ideas From Shark Tank Deal
One of my colleagues in Cornerstone Alliance was front and center in a recent Shark Tank exercise. A business that had been sold was put in front of four potential buyer groups.
Buyer Trends in Lower Mid-Market
Other businesses are a significant market for companies being sold within the lower mid-market.
Things to Consider in Transition Thinking
As a business owner, you have to consider the role you want to play in the business in the immediate future following a sale and how that could impact the sale.
Spring Cleaning is Good for Business
May is a good time for spring cleaning, especially at your business. It is a good time to look at your business as though you were in the throes of due diligence. Here are a few areas to consider.
Precision Machining Company
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.
Green Product Company
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.
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?
Magnetics Company with High Profile Customers
(T)he manufacturer would need to focus on growing EBITDA to capture interest from major strategic buyers and achieve a higher multiple of earnings.