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Evaluating Your Company’s Weaknesses

The time you spend evaluating your company’s weaknesses is, as it turns out, one of the single best investments you can hope to make.  No one should understand your company better than you.  But to fully understand your company, it is essential that you invest the time to understand your company’s various strengths and weakness.

Your company, from the beginning, has been an investment.  It’s an investment in your time, your mental energy and, of course, your financial resources.  The time and effort you expend to locate, understand and then fix your businesses’ weaknesses is time very well spent.  Addressing and remedying your businesses’ weakness will not only pay dividends in the here and now, but will also help get your business ready to sell.  Let’s turn our attention to some of the key areas of weakness that can cause some buyers to look elsewhere.

An Industry in Decline

A declining market can serve as a major red flag for buyers.  You as a businessowner must be savvy enough to understand market situations and respond accordingly.

If you spot a troubling trend and realize that a major source of your revenue is declining or will decline, then you must branch out in new directions, offer new goods and/or services, find new customers and also find new ways to get your existing customers to buy more.  Taking these steps shows that your business is a vibrant and dynamic one.

You Face an Aging Workforce

It has been well publicized that young people, for example, are not entering the trades.  Many trades such as tool and die makers will be left with a substantial shortage of skilled workers as a result.  No doubt, technology will replace some, but not all, of these workers.

This is an example of how an aging workforce can impact the health and stability of a business.  If your business potentially relies upon an aging workforce then it is essential that you find a way to address this issue long before you put your business up for sale.

You Only Have, or Primarily Rely Upon a Single Product

Being a “one-trick pony” is never a good thing, even if that trick is exceptionally good.  Diversification increases the chances of stability and can even help you find new customers.  Additional goods and services allow you to weather unexpected storms such as a supply chain disruption while at the same time provide access to new customers and thus new revenue.

The Factor of Customer Concentration

Many buyers are concerned about customer concentration.  If your business has only one or two customers, then your business is highly vulnerable and almost every prospective buyer will realize this fact.  While it is an investment to find new customers, it is well worth the time and money.

A business broker can help you evaluate your company and, in the process, address its weaknesses.  Remedying your businesses weakness before you put your business up for sale and you will be rewarded.

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Successful Colorado Companies to Watch Alumni Event

Greenwood Village, CO, United States (May 22, 2018) – The Forbes M+A Group, a CCTW ambassador and sponsor, is pleased to announce another successful Colorado Companies to Watch event.

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Tactics for Maximizing Business Value Ahead of a Sale

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Axial’s recent article “Maximizing Your Business Value Before a Sale” gives insight into how to get the most out of a business sale. According to the article, the key to a successful sale comes in driving business value before selling the business. 

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Preparing Your Business for Sale? You Better Follow these Rules

The best way to generate the highest possible value for your business is to prepare for a sale long before the fact. BizJournal recently published “Top 5 rules on preparing your company for sale”, which encourages business owners to begin to plan for their sale beginning now. The article focuses on the following ‘rules’: 

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Winter 2017/2018: The Forbes M&A Group Newsletter

The Forbes M&A Group recently released its Winter newsletter for business owners looking to learn more about merger and acquisition transactions. This 8-page newsletter includes valuable information for executives wanting to learn more about selling a company, growing through acquisitions or buying a company. The original articles, written by our own team of experienced M&A executives and entrepreneurs, include:

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How to Improve the Value of Your Company

The first way is to have your accountant take a look at your accounting procedures and make recommendations on how to improve them.  He or she may also help in preparing financial projections for the coming year(s).  Getting your company’s financial house in order is very important in establishing the value of your firm.

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Q3 2017: The Forbes M&A Group Newsletter

The Forbes M&A Group recently developed its inaugural newsletter for business owners looking to learn more about merger and acquisition transactions. This 8-page newsletter includes valuable information for executives wanting to learn more about selling a company, growing through acquisitions or buying a company. The original articles written by our own team of experienced M&A executives and entrepreneurs include:

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Colorado Companies to Watch 2017

by The Forbes M+A Group

The Forbes M+A Group was proud to be a Platinum Sponsor for Colorado Companies to Watch 2017. As entrepreneurs ourselves, we understand the perseverance and creativity it takes to create and sustain a thriving, successful business. We sincerely congratulate all of this year’s winners. Read the full press release. 

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Avoiding M&A Pitfalls – A Recent Panel Discussion

by The Forbes M+A Group

Mergers and Acquisitions (M&A) Failure Rates Between 70% and 90% (Harvard Business Review).

How to avoid failed transactions was the topic of a recent panel presentation co-sponsored by The Forbes M+A Group; Anton Collins Mitchell, LLP (ACM); Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, LLP and U.S. Trust. During the invite-only presentation, three top business panelists shared their first-hand experiences on the complexities of divestitures and advice on how to avoid common M&A pitfalls.

IMG_2717.jpgModerator Bill Nack, a Managing Director for The Forbes M+A Group, began the discussion by asking panelists to provide an overview of their recent transactions and what made them successful.

Kevin Durban, former owner of Performance Mobility, acquired his company in 2006 as a single store operation. Under his leadership, Performance Mobility expanded to 9 stores in four states, strengthened the management team, and implemented a phantom stock program for employees.  In 2016, he was ready to take some chips off the table and the economy made the timing favorable. In 2017, Performance Mobility was successfully acquired by United Access of St. Louis, Missouri.  Kevin shared that maintaining clean records and financials was key in the success of his sale. “Many owners treat their companies as personal checking accounts.  We were always deliberate about keeping these separate.”

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How to Keep Employees Engaged During An Ownership Transition

Ensuring that your employees stay on course during your ownership transition should be one of your key areas of focus. There are many key steps that you should take during this delicate time. Let’s explore the best tips for keeping your employees engaged throughout the entire ownership transition process.

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