M&A Digest – May 15, 2015

We continue looking the M&A Basics series with a look at recasting and succession planning, as well as share errors to avoid when selling your company, the challenges of selling a family-owned business and more. As usual, click on the headline to read the full piece.

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Errors To Avoid When Selling Your Company

“Let’s face it – the equation is not balanced. You will most likely only sell one business your entire professional career. Buyers, especially those working for equity firms and corporate strategics, will make dozens of acquisitions in their careers. Because of this, they have the upper hand and can negotiate deals aggressively to their benefit, not yours.”

Can’t Pay Your New Employees More? Try Offering These Things That Are Just As Important

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What’s holding your business back from attracting the best and brightest employees? Your mind might turn to money. If your small or medium sized business is not a in a position to offer the highest salaries in your industry, all is not lost. Top talent candidates are after more than money, says a recent report from the National Center for the Middle Market (NCMM).

M&A Digest – May 1, 2015

This M&A Digest features discussion about your company’s HR policies on being buyer buyer, the timing of hiring an M&A advisor & the right time to exit, the level of confidence bankers have in the economy, and business disaster preparedness. Click on the headline to read the full piece.

M&A Digest – April 17, 2015

This week’s M&A Digest discusses several studies that analyze merger and acquisition activity, manufacturing M&A activity and how business owners are hurt without an exit plan. Click on the headline to read the full article.

4 Problems A Family Business Can Avoid

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Companies with multiple family members in the ranks face a unique set of problems, since their personal and professionals lives are so entwined. While there are hurdles that can trip up family businesses, the good news is that they can be avoided and, if need be, corrected.

Here are four problems that owners of family companies can avoid to keep their workplace happy and productive

M&A Digest – March 27, 2015

This week we delve into the acquisition trends of CEOs, what business owners can expect when they sell a business, the role of M&A advisors and wealth managers when you sell a business, and more. Click on the headline to reach the full piece.

M&A Digest – March 13, 2015

This week’s M&A Digest explains the best way for business owners to go public, what determines success when succession planning, predictions for merger and acquisition activity in 2015, and more. Click on the headline to read the full article.

Ransomware: What It Is, What It Does, and What Can Be Done To Avoid It

Ransomware is the Trojan Horse of data destruction. It’s a vicious type of malware that creeps into your computer system and literally paralyzes it, locking up your files, videos, business documents – everything on the hard drive, really – and then demands a monetary ransom to unlock it. It’s a serious type of cyber extortion that has been around for years but has seen a recent uptick in activity, according to the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Most malware of this type manages to encrypt or encode all of the files on infected computers. Some of these programs often claim to be from governmental or even law enforcement agencies and use scare tactics to warn the user that illegal or compromising material has been found on the computer.

M&A Digest – Feb. 27, 2015

In February’s last digest we discuss how documentation plays a role in succession planning, how important your executive team can be to your business sale, how to keep your deal on track to close, and more. Click on the headlines to read the full pieces.

10 Things Business Owners Must Know About Cyber Security

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Cyber breaches don’t discriminate. Theft of digital information occurs at companies large and small, from local banks to major defense contractors, and has now surpassed physical theft as the most commonly reported fraud. According to the business magazine Fast Company, federal agents delivered the somber news last year to more than 3,000 U.S. companies that their computer systems had been hacked to the tune of $215 million. President Obama identified cyber attackers during a recent White House summit as a major threat to the U.S. and world economy.

Whether your business has a sophisticated, high-technological Internet presence or merely uses email and maintains a website, cyber security ought to be part of the overall game plan. Every business using the Internet is responsible for creating a culture of security that will enhance business and consumer confidence.

Usually cyber threats are blamed from the outside where crooked programmers pilfer corporate intelligence and raid your financial data. But sometimes the threat is created from the inside out when employees’ ignorance literally opens the door to cybercriminals. This can’t happen, and doesn’t have to.

It’s important to train and educate your employees BEFORE you have a data breach. Waiting to react is a mistake. Create a culture of cyber vigilance and have in place policies that will leave you cyber secure. Here are things your employees need to know to stay on their cyber toes.