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01/31/19

Protect your value: Stage two of value maturity

Our companies — whether we own them or just work in them — operate as a living organism, with their own circulatory and other major systems.

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01/15/19

Unpacking stage one of value maturity: Identify

In my last post, Introducing the 5 stages of value maturity, the question was posed: Where is your company at within the stages of value maturity?

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12/20/18

Introducing the 5 stages of business value maturity

Maturity of a business is an interesting concept. Some measure it in terms of how old the company is, others measure it in terms of where its products and services are in their lifecycles, while others still consider the experience of the management team. Most don’t think about business maturity in terms of its approach to its value.

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12/06/18

The state of Wisconsin owner readiness is … mixed

As a group, business owners overwhelmingly acknowledge, “having a business transition plan is important both for my future and the future of my business” — 93 percent agreed with that statement. This statistic alone provides a reason for optimism. However, the optimism balloon quickly deflates as you study the report.

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11/20/18

Will you still need me, will you still feed me, when I’m 64?

The Beatles recorded “When I’m Sixty-Four” in 1966 when songwriter Paul McCartney was just 24 years old, and old age and retirement were a distant notion.

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Spending half her career as an advisor to privately-held and family businesses and the other half in CFO/COO roles, Martha Sullivan is a partner and the succession planning practice leader in the business transition strategies group at Honkamp, Krueger & Co., P.C. She and her team have extensive experience assisting business owners achieve their personal, business, and transition goals. “Don’t think of the 'exit' from your business like it’s a four-letter word. Make it your next adventure!”

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