Under the Restaurant Table

A dishonest business owner discovers the domino effect … the hard way. Early in my career I was selling a mid-sized restaurant in a shopping mall. It was a nice restaurant, family style, licensed, table seating of a hundred and twenty with ten bar stools. The statements showed a reasonable profit, not great, but reasonable. […]

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A Magic Wand

A banker was put in a difficult position with two partners who were fighting. The only thing he could do was call in their loans, because their business was making no money. “I don’t know if you can do anything about this,” he told me, “but I recommended that they talk to you.” “Am I […]

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Out of the Shadows

The following is a great example of the complexity of family-run businesses. It’s often just one thing that needs fixing. Out of the Shadows Approximately eighteen years ago I was approached by Graham, who wanted to know if I could put a value on his business. Of course I said yes. While our Comprehensive Business […]

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The Value of Full Disclosure

When it comes to digging businesses out of self-made trenches, there is nothing quite like an advisory board. Here’s a tale from Doug’s book of how a team of experts helped a company. The Value of Full Disclosure Donny and Erica, a husband and wife team, approached us a number of years ago to sell […]

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Playing Hardball

The secret to a successful next generation transfer is to create a structured plan as a guide prior to the changeover. The plan needs to be specific to the business and to the family’s circumstances. Once potential trouble spots are identified, proper succession and transition plans can be put into place to overcome them. The goal […]

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The Coke Bottle

Owners can’t really see their business objectively. Let’s think of your business as being housed in a giant Coke bottle, which in days of olde was a sculpted green glass bottle. Remember how light coming into these bottles was distorted? First it had a tinge of green and second, everything was out of focus. All […]

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