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THE CRITICAL QUESTION FOR BUSINESS OWNERS: DEFINING SUCCESS – WHY ARE YOU ON THIS ROAD? By Ladd Hirsch on April 15, 2024 “If you don’t know where you’re going, any road will take you there.” — From Alice’s conversation with Cheshire Cat from Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland For business owners intently focused on growing their…

Unlocking Retirement Savings to Fund a New Business Many people have dreams of starting a business but lack the capital or funding needed to launch their new business ideas. It’s true: It costs money to start a business. The US Small Business Administration (SBA) says that how to fund a business is one of the…

On January 9, 2024, the Department of Labor (“DOL”) announced a six-factor test for determining whether a worker is an independent contractor or an employee under the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”). This new rule takes effect on March 11, 2024. Classifying workers as independent contractors or employees is extremely important—independent contractors do not receive…

I believe one of the most understood transition /exit planning areas for business owners is when the goal is to move it to children, or other close family members. Clients for whatever reason often think moving their business to a child or multiple heirs is just about creating an agreement, maybe including a trust, figure…

No attention to exit strategy. No attention to value creation. “I am tired, and I want to sell but I don’t know what it’s worth or how to design an exit strategy for selling my business.” We hear this from business owners over, and over again. To sell your company, to make it both sellable and…

Just because you run a successful business doesn’t necessarily mean that you will exit from it successfully. Planning can increase the odds that you will transfer your business on terms you’re comfortable with.  Yet very few business owners engage in proactive exit planning, failing to establish arrangements for a thoughtful transfer of ownership that protects…

By Chris Delaney When it comes to managing their business, manufacturers need much more than historical financials to project their future revenue, profitability and liquidity. Historic numbers simply capture what has happened in the past—but traditionally do a poor job predicting where a company will be in the near (3-6 months) or distant future (1-2…

– Friends since high school or before – Teammates – Golf buddies – Successful businessmen – In mid 60’s thinking about retirement – Planning golf resort retirement together One got really proactive with his health as a client of Retirement Wellness Strategies during the course of preparing to sell his business Offered the same to…

By Paul Karr There is a common misconception that accounting policy is something that controllers can do in their spare time. Midsize firms especially can fall into the same trap: We’ve always had a small team, and everyone has to complete a lot of work, and we can’t afford another resource. Your controller already has…

Our borrowers often ask us, “Is it better to buy an established business or start up a business?” It’s a reasonable question for those looking to exit their current employment or invest in a business for another income stream. While it may make sense in specific industries to start a business, the benefits of purchasing…

I’m having a lot of client dialogue on Cash Balance Plans (CBPs).  A CBP is the third sleeve of a Retirement Plan – following the standard 401k and Profit Sharing sleeves of traditional plans.  The contribution limits are substantial allowing participants the ability to contribute significant $s pretax and to grow those contributions tax deferred….

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In Muldrow v. City of St. Louis, the Supreme Court tackled a very important question: under Title VII (the federal civil rights law), when is a job transfer discrimination? The Background Title VII makes it unlawful for an employer “to fail or refuse to hire or to discharge any individual, or otherwise to discriminate against…

What is the role of a company’s board directors?  There are many possible, and valid, answers to this question. Guidance, oversight, succession planning, and executive compensation often are mentioned, and rightly so. But at the Private Company Governance Summit 2024, speaker Jon Wells of Midmark Corporation shared a different answer: to be a ‘professional question…

On March 8, 2024, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas struck down the new joint employer rule created by the National Labor Relations Board (the “NLRB” or “Board”). As we covered earlier this year, the now-struck-down 2023 Rule severely loosened the Board’s existing regulations by allowing a joint employer finding irrespective…

How many decisions do you make every day? According to Cornell University researchers: more than 35,000. Every. Single. Day. Decision-making is one of a CEO’s most important jobs, and one of the easiest to do wrong. It doesn’t have to be like that though. Here are 5 tips to improve your decision-making effectiveness – and help you…

Unlock the Potential of Buy-Sell Agreements and Estate Taxes with Premium Financing As a professional in the premium financing life insurance industry, staying informed about the strategies that can benefit your clients the most is crucial. One such strategy is premium financing, a powerful tool for paying estate taxes and fund buy-sell agreements. Join us…

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