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Tuesday, May 05, 2015

Top 5 Things to Do Now to Prepare Your Business For Sale

Even if you are not ready to put your company up for sale, it behooves you to start preparing now.  First, most of the issues you tackle to prepare your company for sale are the same things you should focus on every day to grow and build value in your business.  Second, this cannot be […]

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Why Does It Take So Long to Sell My Business?

The bad news for business owners who are ready to sell their company and retire is that it takes much longer than you might anticipate to close the deal.  According to the Pepperdine 2014 Private Capital Markets Project, only 25% of deals close in less than six months. So why does it take so long?  […]

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

4 ways to maintain confidentiality when selling a business

Many business owners we work with when selling a company express deep concerns about maintaining the confidentiality of the M&A process:  “If my competitors learn that my business is for sale, they’ll tell their sales force and all my customers will know.” This is a concern with which I’m painfully familiar.When selling my family’s fifth-generation […]

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Harpoon Brewery: What’s Beer Got To Do With M&A?

Well, not much, really, except that Charlie Storey, President, and Warren Dibble, the CFO of Harpoon Brewery completed an ESOP of the company last summer.  They’re coming to this year’s XPX Summit on March 19th at the Waltham Woods Conference Center to tell their story.  Check out their video to get a taste.  Oh – […]

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Mergers and Acquisitions in Manufacturing Automation 2014

In July of 2014 Mirus initiated its coverage of the Manufacturing Automation including PLM, ERP, SCM and System Integration sectors.   We have now updated this report exploring 2014 performance of major public Manufacturing Automation Software companies, related M&A transactions, and trends in the industry.  See Mergers and Acquisitions in Manufacturing Automation 2014 Overall, 2014 was […]

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

If Google Steps In It Regarding Independent Contractor vs. Employee, How Can You Protect Yourself?

If Google, a publicly-traded company with about $40 billion in annual revenue, can’t figure out if someone is an independent contractor or an employee, what does this mean for you? An article from Reuters last week, notes that Google is being sued by a former contractor, Jacob McPherson, alleging violation of federal labor standards, and that […]

Monday, November 17, 2014

A good question to consider before hiring that executive

Jamie Dimon of JP Morgan Chase spoke a few years back to a business school class and he posed an interesting question.  When considering whether to promote or hire an executive, ask yourself “would you want your kids to work for this person?” It was asked in the context of what makes a good executive […]

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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Top Three Deal Killers to Avoid

Few experiences in business are more harrowing than having a deal to sell your company fall apart. While the ups and downs of a deal are inevitable, having your transaction get permanently derailed is not. When a deal crashes and burns, the repercussions on your business can be significant and long lasting. Company performance may […]