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Value Acceleration Series: Recap Part Two (of Six)

We are two for two when choosing value acceleration presentation dates that align with winter storms. It turns out we may be a more reliable indicator of winter weather than Punxsutawney Phil, who has a track record of 36 percent accuracy over...

Value Acceleration Series: Recap Part One (of Six)

We held our first discussion on value acceleration on January 9th as the first of a six-part series. If you were unable to attend (because the weather was not in your favor, or if you are outside of the Portland, Maine area), or are a business...

Value Acceleration—the Gas Pedal for the Value of Your Business

Consider the implications of the following statistics:

Executive Compensation: Making or Breaking an Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP)
Executive compensation is often a contentious issue in business valuations, as business valuations are often valued by reference to the income they produce. If the business being valued pays its employees an above-market rate, its income will be...
BATNA: What You Need to Know

I leaned out of my expansive corner office (think: cubicle) and asked my coworker Andrew about an interesting topic I had been thinking about. “Hey Andrew, do you know what BATNA stands for?” I asked. Andrew, who knows most things worth knowing,...

5 Steps to Maximize the Transferability of Your Business

Do you want to receive top dollar for your business? Do you want to make your business irresistible to a potential buyer? Looking for a stress-free retirement? If you find yourself answering “yes” to these questions, it’s time to take steps to...

Four Reasons Why a Shareholder Agreement is Essential to your Company’s Survival

Although there is no legal requirement to have a formal shareholder agreement, it’s a good idea for any company with more than one shareholder to have one, as it reduces the potential for conflict between shareholders, helping the company run...

Why a Business Valuation Analysis is Important to Your Company’s Value

All business owners need to consider a business valuation, ideally updated annually. A current business valuation is important for your company’s financial health as it can:

Four Tips for Choosing a FAIR Expert Witness

Approximately 80% of civil cases involve an expert witness. The courts are increasingly critical of experts who advocate for clients’ positions rather than presenting independent analysis. Having an unbiased expert who develops defendable positions...

Supermarkets and Succession Planning: Lessons Learned from Market Basket

What can a trip to the supermarket teach us about the need for succession planning? It was hard, if not impossible, to avoid stories on the Market Basket dispute that erupted over the summer. The company's crisis was unprecedented on a number of...


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