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March 13, 2020

How Glenn Kraft came to the decision to sell G2N

When Glenn Kraft started thinking about his personal post-G2N financial future, he began a process to explore what he might get for his company, who might be interested, and what to do if the answers were nothing and no one....

By Adam Burroughs

March 4, 2020

John Rowady: Why It’s OK To Be Selfish As You Consider Your Company’s Future

Selling your company is a big deal. It’s OK to put your own interests first in pursuit of your desired goals, says rEvolution’s John Rowady....

By Mark Scott

February 20, 2020

An Inside Look At Terrence Oprea’s Sale Of MCCI To His Executive Team

The moment you start to think that maybe it’s time to retire in terms of private ownership, it’s usually too late, says Terrence Oprea....

By Mark Scott

February 6, 2020

Dean Zayed: Ready To Deal, Not Ready To Walk

Dealmaking provides options. Darryl Ronconi and Dean Zayed found a way to sell a majority interest in Brookstone Capital Management and retain a strong voice in the company moving forward....

By Mark Scott

January 23, 2020

Charles Robins on the importance of deal prep

When selling a business, everything starts with the fundamentals — preparing historical financials, readying a data room, etc. But, according to Fairmount Partners Managing Director Charles M. Robins, it takes more than just the basics for a company to maximize its valuation....

By Adam Burroughs

January 23, 2020

Jeremy Falendysz: Be Ready To Answer The Tough Questions When You Sell Your Business

The decision to sell your business is an important, but very small step in the actual transaction timeline, says UHY's Jeremy Falendysz....

By Mark Scott

January 17, 2020

Tammy Wolcott: Time kills deals, so move fast

W Squared co-founder Tammy Wolcott talks about how she and her team prepared the business for a sale....

By Adam Burroughs

January 16, 2020

John Roppo: Before the sale, focus on what you can control

John Roppo has found preparation critical to the sale process. The long-time CFO, who recently started his own consulting firm, gives some tips to help companies prep for sale and focus on what they can control....

By Jayne Gest

January 3, 2020

For Arnie Malham, Selling One Business Informs Growing The Next

Arnie Malham had a nice little business in MedView Services, but it wasn’t really sellable. “What we found out is that while we had a great little niche with great little margins, the upside wasn't big....

By Adam Burroughs

December 18, 2019

Edward Chan on how to achieve just the right level of transaction preparedness

1315 Capital's Edward Chan talks deal prep — who to hire, when not to hire, how to prepare and how not to prepare your company for a sale....

By Adam Burroughs

December 12, 2019

QED’s Hiroyuki Fujita: Dealmaking Can Be A Tool To Protect Your Company’s Future

QED’s Hiroyuki Fujita is confident his deal with Canon will both protect QED’s future and preserve its innovative culture....

By Mark Scott

December 5, 2019

PWP Growth Equity’s John McKee on seeing the other side when selling a business

Selling a business is, for many, ultimately about the transaction — a value-and-price equation based on data scrutinized through the diligence process. However, PWP Growth Equity Managing Director John McKee sees something more than that....

By Adam Burroughs

November 21, 2019

Pepper Hamilton’s Daniel McDonough highlights transaction preparedness pitfalls

Lawyers, LOIs, unrecognized risks and setting up for your next professional chapter ... there's lots to consider, and plan for, when preparing your business for a sale. Pepper Hamilton Partner Daniel McDonough identifies a few traps to avoid during the process....

By Adam Burroughs

November 14, 2019

PwC’s Exit Strategies Report: When It’s Time To Sell, Make Sure You’re Ready

It’s OK if you’re not ready to sell now. Just be sure you’re ready when that time comes, say PwC’s Fentress Seagroves and Shari Forman....

By Mark Scott

November 13, 2019

Tom Lombardo: Invest in your exit strategy upfront

Prior to a sale, it’s critical to professionalize your company, whether that means planning, education or just a better understanding of its value. And as with any strategy, that may require an investment to bear fruit, says Adams Manufacturing President and CEO Tombardo....

By Jayne Gest

October 23, 2019

Randy Carver: There Is Much To Think About As You Prepare To Sell

The first question you need to ask yourself if you’re thinking about selling your business, says Randy Carver, is what do you want to do next?...

By Mark Scott

October 22, 2019

The preparation with Myonexus pays off for Michael Triplett

Selling can be emotionally exhausting, but Michael Triplett knows extensive preparation was critical for the successful sale of Myonexus Therapeutics to Sarepta Therapeutics earlier this year. He looks back on the $165 million deal....

By Jayne Gest

October 21, 2019

Huron Capital’s Gretchen Perkins: You Don’t Have To Walk Away After You Sell

Business owners have numerous options as they explore the sale of their business, explains Gretchen Perkins....

By Mark Scott

October 10, 2019

Jeremy Falendysz: Sellers Are Often Their Own Worst Enemy In Maximizing Deal Value

Sellers who want to boost value ahead of a potential sale often do more harm than good, says UHY Corporate Finance’s Jeremy Falendysz....

By Mark Scott

October 10, 2019

Ted Lentz talks transaction preparedness when selling Lentz Milling

Ted Lentz, now CFO and Chief Analytics Officer at JM Swank, reveals the steps he took to prepare his family’s business, Lentz Milling, for the auction block....

By Adam Burroughs

October 3, 2019

Serial Entrepreneur Dan Pries On Financial Vs Strategic Buyers

Serial entrepreneur Dan Pries, who is currently running OptivityX, talks about selling businesses and what he’s learned about the differences in strategic and financial buyers....

By Adam Burroughs

October 2, 2019

Ohio Basement Systems Finds Growth Foundation In Sale To Groundworks

Mike Rusk talks about how the sale of his Ohio Basement Systems to Groundworks will give the company an even stronger support structure for the future growth of the business he and his wife Gayle started in 1998....

By Mark Scott

September 26, 2019

How Ted Karkus sold Cold-EEZE for $50 million

ProPhase Labs CEO Ted Karkus shares the strategy behind the 2017 sale of Cold-EEZE to Mylan for $50 million....

By Adam Burroughs

September 20, 2019

Selling A Business Is All About Focus

Sun Acquisitions President Domenic Rinaldi talks about a seller whose lack of focus killed a deal, tips on identifying the right buyer and the problem with selling to a competitor....

By Mark Scott

September 19, 2019

Frank Lordi On The Ins And Outs Of Selling His Consulting Firm

Founder Frank Lordi discusses the factors that drove him to sell AC Lordi, and offers an inside look at the firm’s acquisition by BDO last May....

By Adam Burroughs

September 13, 2019

John McInerney On Finding The Right Deal Partners

M&A veteran John McInerney talks about his experience selling Keystone Printed Specialties and what it taught him about the value of good advisors....

By Adam Burroughs

September 6, 2019

Dawn Fuchs Coleman On Selling The Family Business

Former Weavertown Environment Group CEO Dawn Fuchs Coleman talks about selling the family business and her journey from executive to coach and investor....

By Jayne Gest

September 4, 2019

Why You Should Prepare To Sell, Even If You Don't

You never know when an opportunity is going to come along that you just can’t afford to pass up, says Vistage Michigan’s David Alden....

By Mark Scott

August 29, 2019

Innkeeper Ellen Grinsfelder Finds The Right Buyer Second Time Around

The first time Ellen Grinsfelder tried to sell the Inn & Spa at Cedar Falls was a bust. Three years later, she sold it without ever having to list it. Here's how she did it....

By Jayne Gest

August 23, 2019

Circonus’ Bob Moul: How to reduce the pain of due diligence

Serial tech CEO Bob Moul talks about how to prepare — and protect — yourself before and during the due diligence process....

By Adam Burroughs

August 12, 2019

Selling Your Business Can Be An Exhausting Process

For founder Howard Lewis, the act of selling Family Heritage Life was ultimately positive as it gave him the opportunity to pursue other passions in his life. But it was also exhausting....

By Mark Scott

August 9, 2019

Joy Taylor On The Keys To Good Deal Prep

TayganPoint Consulting co-founder Joy Taylor talks about how she prepared to sell her business to Grant Thornton, and what she would do differently if she had it to do all over again....

By Adam Burroughs

August 8, 2019

Structuring Your Own Deal: 'They Thought We Were Nuts'

When the co-owners of Two Men and A Truck – Columbus came up with a unique plan to sell their franchise to an employee, their lawyers were skeptical. Very skeptical. But after two false starts, Gail and John Kelley sold the moving company's No. 2 franchise....

By Jayne Gest

August 2, 2019

Stuart Sorkin: No Secret Equation For Right Time To Exit

Stuart Sorkin talks about his journey rejuvenating Affy Tapple and the difficulty he faced making the decision to exit the business....

By Mark Scott

August 2, 2019

Thaddeus Bartkowski Took Control To Make Deals Work For Catalyst Outdoor

Thaddeus Bartkowski shares how taking deal matters into his own hands ultimately paid off for Catalyst Outdoor Advertising....

By Adam Burroughs

July 26, 2019

What Tom Bonney Learned From Selling Two Businesses

After selling his first consulting business, Tom Bonney built CMF Associates from the ground up with a clear goal of selling to the right buyer. Here's what he learned....

By Adam Burroughs

July 23, 2019

Selling Your Business: Take Time To Do It Right

Spectrum Diversified Designs founder Sheldon Goodman talks about the process he followed to find the right buyer and the importance of having industry experts in your corner who can guide you to a more informed decision....

By Mark Scott

June 26, 2019

Aggressive buyers fast-track due diligence in seller’s market

It’s a seller’s market, and large strategic buyers are being very aggressive — in some cases, short-cutting due diligence processes, says Wade Kozich, senior advisor with boutique investment bank Footprint Capital and senior director at GBQ Partners....

By Jayne Gest

June 21, 2019

Selling an ESOP: How Remington Products Sold To Private Equity

We take an inside look at how CEO Rhonda Newman worked with investment bank Cascade Partners to sell the ESOP company to Gridiron Capital....

By Mark Scott

June 14, 2019

Brett Lindsey: Inside Everstream's Sale to AMP Capital

After receiving 16 bids, Everstream CEO Brett Lindsey completed a deal in September 2018 to sell the fiber network for more than $330 million to a surprising buyer: Australia’s AMP Capital. Here’s an inside look at how the deal got done and Lindsey’s takeaways from the process....

By Mark Scott

June 13, 2019

Cellar Tech's Jim Rose: Selling is a painful process

The founder of the oil and gas industry business knew he needed help moving his company forward. But nothing prepared him for what's involved in selling a business....

By Jayne Gest

May 30, 2019

RSM'S Mike Dingwall: Why You Need Professional Sell-Side Due Diligence

RSM's Mike Dingwall discusses sell-side strategies that can set you up for positive outcome in the sale of your business....

By Mark Scott

May 24, 2019

Chris McKenna: How to get the most value from selling your business

The Carleton McKenna managing partner talks about pre-transaction strategy and how it can lead to a more lucrative exit for the seller....

By Mark Scott

May 8, 2019

Delta Energy’s Sheri Tackett: A tale of Two Sales

Sheri Tackett wasn’t prepared when she sold Delta Energy in 2012. When it came time to sell Delta Energy Services three years later, she didn’t make the same mistake twice....

By Jayne Gest

April 2, 2019

When selling a business, take talent development seriously

Sellers who pay lip service to talent development could be leaving millions of dollars on the table, says Solutions21’s Buddy Hobart. This week, Buddy explains why it’s past time for buyers and sellers to take talent development seriously....

By Jayne Gest

March 22, 2019

M&A due diligence: Understanding cost, risk and liability

There are no mergers of equals, says Howard & Howard’s Joseph DeVito, Esq. But effective due diligence can help your business get the best possible deal. Here’s what you need to know about cost, risk and liability when preparing for a merger....

By Mark Scott

February 19, 2019

Seeking a buyer?

5 metrics that buyers will ask about, and the ways you can leverage them to create a more attractive acquisition target....

By Joe DiRocco

February 4, 2019

No business is perfect

Every business has problems, and it is well-nigh impossible to keep them secret. Wise sellers frame how the problems will be disclosed. Managing this disclosure maintains credibility, while not making the problems seem bigger than they really are....

By Mark Filippell

January 30, 2019

Sweat the details

Howard L. Lewis isn’t usually a micromanager. But that changed when he prepared to sell his business.“You can’t be a bystander or a passive viewer of this transaction,” says Lewis, founder and...

By Mark Scott

January 24, 2019

Alan Homewood: Saying no was more important than saying yes

Founder Alan Homewood discusses the growth and sale of 2Checkout. "I made pretty much every mistake it’s possible to make. If there’s a checklist of the mistakes an entrepreneur can make, I made about all of them.”...

By Jayne Gest