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Buy-Side Considerations with Laurie Barkman – Exit Readiness Podcast

Buy-Side Considerations with Laurie Barkman – Exit Readiness Podcast

Laurie Barkman joins the Exit Readiness Podcast to discuss Buy-Side considerations and when having an acquisition strategy for growth and building value. Laurie discusses why a business owner would consider growing through acquisition, common pitfalls on the buy-side M&A process, and how a transaction intermediary can be helpful in the process.

8 Steps For Turning A Service Into A Product

8 Steps For Turning A Service Into A Product

Does your business offer a service or a product that you differentiate through a higher level of service? Maybe you’ve been disproportionately impacted from the economic disruption caused by the coronavirus pandemic. Consumers cut back on services to avoid human contact and conserve cash, but are still bought products that solve a specific problem. 

Exit Value Planning [Video]

Exit Value Planning [Video]

Many business owners want to stop working in their business in the next several years, but most have not planned for that transition. Given recent business cycles, supply chain challenges, and talent issues, owners may be thinking about their next stage sooner than expected. In this presentation, Laurie Barkman and Paul Visokey discuss the business exit tsunami that is having effects on exit strategies and how to navigate the waters.

Laurie Barkman Attains Certified Merger and Acquisition Advisor Designation

Laurie Barkman Attains Certified Merger and Acquisition Advisor Designation

Pittsburgh-based SmallDotBig LLC, a business transition and strategic growth advisory, is pleased to announce that Founder Laurie Barkman recently attained the Certified Merger & Acquisition Advisor (CM&AA) designation.  Awarded by the Alliance of Merger & Acquisition Advisors (AM&AA), the CM&AA is the benchmark industry credential and serves to maintain the highest standards of excellence among M&A professionals. 

3 Ways M&A Advisors Help You Sell a Business

3 Ways M&A Advisors Help You Sell a Business

What value do mergers and acquisitions intermediaries provide to family businesses or privately held companies considering a sale? Hear a buyer’s perspective from Alex Panosian, Managing Partner of CW Growth Partners, a family investment office.

Maximizing Value: The Key to Your Best Business Exit

Maximizing Value: The Key to Your Best Business Exit

As a business owner, you’re proud of the results you’ve achieved. When it comes to the value of your business, your future is critical. That’s why your growth potential is one of eight key factors that drive the value of your business. This webinar covers why driving growth and value enhancement planning are essential to maximizing your company’s value, and creating more and better options for a successful exit when selling your company.

Quotable Quotes: Mark Twain

Quotable Quotes: Mark Twain

I like to ask all of my podcast guests if they have a favorite quote about entrepreneurship. What's yours? "It's not what you don't know that gets you into trouble. It's what you know for sure that just isn't so." - Mark Twain From Succession...

Four Signs You’re In The Owner’s Trap

Four Signs You’re In The Owner’s Trap

You started your business for the freedom that comes with running your own company. The freedom to earn what you deserve, and to work for whoever you want, when you want, and from wherever you want. The challenge for many business owners is that...

SmallDotBig Integrates the Value Builder System

SmallDotBig Integrates the Value Builder System

SmallDotBig announced that it has integrated The Value Builder System into its strategic advisory services for small and midsize business owners and CEOs. Laurie Barkman, SmallDotBig Founder, strategy advisor, and succession expert, earned her...

[Video] M&A and Exit Planning Trends 2021

[Video] M&A and Exit Planning Trends 2021

M&A and Exit Planning Trends 2021 As a result of the pandemic, many business owners are accelerating their exit timeline and changing their definition of wealth. On February 18th, we held a live panel discussion to explore key market dynamics...

EBITDA calculator

EBITDA calculator

Calculate your EBITDA (Earnings Before Interest, Taxes, Depreciation, and Amortization): Earnings Before Interest Taxes Depreciation and Amortization (EBITDA) is a measure of profitability that excludes expense items that are determined by your...

Quotable quotes

Quotable quotes

Guests on The Succession Stories Podcast share their favorite quotes about entrepreneurship and leadership with Laurie Barkman. "If you think you know what you're doing today wait for tomorrow." ― Beth Armknecht Miller | Episode 36 "In humility,...

Quotable Quotes: What are you planning for?

Quotable Quotes: What are you planning for?

I like to ask all of my podcast guests if they have a favorite quote about entrepreneurship. What's yours? "In life and in business, you get what you plan for. What are you planning for? Andy Ellis, Localize Capital Listen to more quotable #quotes...

Quotable Quotes: Do What You Love

Quotable Quotes: Do What You Love

I like to ask all of my podcast guests if they have a favorite quote about entrepreneurship. What's yours? "We shouldn't do things we don't love as a general rule. If we're not having fun doing it, why are we doing it? Even in a crisis, it's better...

Steering Your Next

Steering Your Next

The coronavirus outbreak thrust many businesses into unchartered waters as we faced profound changes to how we live, work, and serve our communities. Many organizations innovated out of necessity, utilizing digital platforms to execute...

Resilience and navigating the now

Resilience and navigating the now

When I feel challenged, I find it helpful to have a rallying cry to focus forward. Right now, mine is: Navigate the now, plan for the recovery, shape the future. #resilience

Take small steps on a big journey

Take small steps on a big journey

This quote resonated with me as an entrepreneur. It's not easy to step out of your comfort zone and do what is difficult while it is easy. At SmallDotBig, we work with entrepreneurs, corporate innovators, and next-generation business owners to...

Make things happen

Make things happen

Are you watching change happen in your business, or are you making it happen? #transformationtuesday #corporateinnovation #strategytoexecution Astronaut Jim Lovell had it right. So did the former Chairman of GENCO Corporation, and my former boss,...

Culture eats strategy for breakfast

Culture eats strategy for breakfast

Strategy or culture: which is more important? Any company disconnecting the two may be putting their success at risk. #strategicplanning #strategytoexecution #hr #transformationtuesday Peter Drucker's quote is a classic. But I first heard it from a...

The origin story of SmallDotBig

The origin story of SmallDotBig

I'm the founder of a consulting firm called SmallDotBig. Some people have asked me where the name came from. So, here’s the backstory. If you play pool in the US, you’re used to solids and stripes. But if someone from Australia or New Zealand joins...

To grow, simplify.

To grow, simplify.

As organizations evolve, they inevitably become more complex. Most companies have some degree of complexity from the beginning; typically business owners do not take the time to develop an operating system that scales with the organization. For...

Buy-Side Considerations with Laurie Barkman – Exit Readiness Podcast

Buy-Side Considerations with Laurie Barkman – Exit Readiness Podcast

Laurie Barkman joins the Exit Readiness Podcast to discuss Buy-Side considerations and when having an acquisition strategy for growth and building value. Laurie discusses why a business owner would consider growing through acquisition, common pitfalls on the buy-side M&A process, and how a transaction intermediary can be helpful in the process.

EBITDA calculator

EBITDA calculator

Calculate your EBITDA (Earnings Before Interest, Taxes, Depreciation, and Amortization): Earnings Before Interest Taxes Depreciation and Amortization (EBITDA) is a measure of profitability that excludes expense items that are determined by your...

3 Ways M&A Advisors Help You Sell a Business

3 Ways M&A Advisors Help You Sell a Business

What value do mergers and acquisitions intermediaries provide to family businesses or privately held companies considering a sale? Hear a buyer’s perspective from Alex Panosian, Managing Partner of CW Growth Partners, a family investment office.

Maximizing Value: The Key to Your Best Business Exit

Maximizing Value: The Key to Your Best Business Exit

As a business owner, you’re proud of the results you’ve achieved. When it comes to the value of your business, your future is critical. That’s why your growth potential is one of eight key factors that drive the value of your business. This webinar covers why driving growth and value enhancement planning are essential to maximizing your company’s value, and creating more and better options for a successful exit when selling your company.

Four Signs You’re In The Owner’s Trap

Four Signs You’re In The Owner’s Trap

You started your business for the freedom that comes with running your own company. The freedom to earn what you deserve, and to work for whoever you want, when you want, and from wherever you want. The challenge for many business owners is that...

SmallDotBig Integrates the Value Builder System

SmallDotBig Integrates the Value Builder System

SmallDotBig announced that it has integrated The Value Builder System into its strategic advisory services for small and midsize business owners and CEOs. Laurie Barkman, SmallDotBig Founder, strategy advisor, and succession expert, earned her...

[Video] M&A and Exit Planning Trends 2021

[Video] M&A and Exit Planning Trends 2021

M&A and Exit Planning Trends 2021 As a result of the pandemic, many business owners are accelerating their exit timeline and changing their definition of wealth. On February 18th, we held a live panel discussion to explore key market dynamics...

EBITDA calculator

EBITDA calculator

Calculate your EBITDA (Earnings Before Interest, Taxes, Depreciation, and Amortization): Earnings Before Interest Taxes Depreciation and Amortization (EBITDA) is a measure of profitability that excludes expense items that are determined by your...

Quotable quotes

Quotable quotes

Guests on The Succession Stories Podcast share their favorite quotes about entrepreneurship and leadership with Laurie Barkman. "If you think you know what you're doing today wait for tomorrow." ― Beth Armknecht Miller | Episode 36 "In humility,...

Quotable Quotes: Do What You Love

Quotable Quotes: Do What You Love

I like to ask all of my podcast guests if they have a favorite quote about entrepreneurship. What's yours? "We shouldn't do things we don't love as a general rule. If we're not having fun doing it, why are we doing it? Even in a crisis, it's better...

Steering Your Next

Steering Your Next

The coronavirus outbreak thrust many businesses into unchartered waters as we faced profound changes to how we live, work, and serve our communities. Many organizations innovated out of necessity, utilizing digital platforms to execute...

Resilience and navigating the now

Resilience and navigating the now

When I feel challenged, I find it helpful to have a rallying cry to focus forward. Right now, mine is: Navigate the now, plan for the recovery, shape the future. #resilience

Take small steps on a big journey

Take small steps on a big journey

This quote resonated with me as an entrepreneur. It's not easy to step out of your comfort zone and do what is difficult while it is easy. At SmallDotBig, we work with entrepreneurs, corporate innovators, and next-generation business owners to...

Exit Value Planning [Video]

Exit Value Planning [Video]

Many business owners want to stop working in their business in the next several years, but most have not planned for that transition. Given recent business cycles, supply chain challenges, and talent issues, owners may be thinking about their next stage sooner than expected. In this presentation, Laurie Barkman and Paul Visokey discuss the business exit tsunami that is having effects on exit strategies and how to navigate the waters.

Maximizing Value: The Key to Your Best Business Exit

Maximizing Value: The Key to Your Best Business Exit

As a business owner, you’re proud of the results you’ve achieved. When it comes to the value of your business, your future is critical. That’s why your growth potential is one of eight key factors that drive the value of your business. This webinar covers why driving growth and value enhancement planning are essential to maximizing your company’s value, and creating more and better options for a successful exit when selling your company.

Four Signs You’re In The Owner’s Trap

Four Signs You’re In The Owner’s Trap

You started your business for the freedom that comes with running your own company. The freedom to earn what you deserve, and to work for whoever you want, when you want, and from wherever you want. The challenge for many business owners is that...

SmallDotBig Integrates the Value Builder System

SmallDotBig Integrates the Value Builder System

SmallDotBig announced that it has integrated The Value Builder System into its strategic advisory services for small and midsize business owners and CEOs. Laurie Barkman, SmallDotBig Founder, strategy advisor, and succession expert, earned her...

[Video] M&A and Exit Planning Trends 2021

[Video] M&A and Exit Planning Trends 2021

M&A and Exit Planning Trends 2021 As a result of the pandemic, many business owners are accelerating their exit timeline and changing their definition of wealth. On February 18th, we held a live panel discussion to explore key market dynamics...

EBITDA calculator

EBITDA calculator

Calculate your EBITDA (Earnings Before Interest, Taxes, Depreciation, and Amortization): Earnings Before Interest Taxes Depreciation and Amortization (EBITDA) is a measure of profitability that excludes expense items that are determined by your...

Take small steps on a big journey

Take small steps on a big journey

This quote resonated with me as an entrepreneur. It's not easy to step out of your comfort zone and do what is difficult while it is easy. At SmallDotBig, we work with entrepreneurs, corporate innovators, and next-generation business owners to...

To grow, simplify.

To grow, simplify.

As organizations evolve, they inevitably become more complex. Most companies have some degree of complexity from the beginning; typically business owners do not take the time to develop an operating system that scales with the organization. For...

8 Steps For Turning A Service Into A Product

8 Steps For Turning A Service Into A Product

Does your business offer a service or a product that you differentiate through a higher level of service? Maybe you’ve been disproportionately impacted from the economic disruption caused by the coronavirus pandemic. Consumers cut back on services to avoid human contact and conserve cash, but are still bought products that solve a specific problem. 

To grow, simplify.

To grow, simplify.

As organizations evolve, they inevitably become more complex. Most companies have some degree of complexity from the beginning; typically business owners do not take the time to develop an operating system that scales with the organization. For...

8 Steps For Turning A Service Into A Product

8 Steps For Turning A Service Into A Product

Does your business offer a service or a product that you differentiate through a higher level of service? Maybe you’ve been disproportionately impacted from the economic disruption caused by the coronavirus pandemic. Consumers cut back on services to avoid human contact and conserve cash, but are still bought products that solve a specific problem. 

Steering Your Next

Steering Your Next

The coronavirus outbreak thrust many businesses into unchartered waters as we faced profound changes to how we live, work, and serve our communities. Many organizations innovated out of necessity, utilizing digital platforms to execute...

Resilience and navigating the now

Resilience and navigating the now

When I feel challenged, I find it helpful to have a rallying cry to focus forward. Right now, mine is: Navigate the now, plan for the recovery, shape the future. #resilience

Make things happen

Make things happen

Are you watching change happen in your business, or are you making it happen? #transformationtuesday #corporateinnovation #strategytoexecution Astronaut Jim Lovell had it right. So did the former Chairman of GENCO Corporation, and my former boss,...

Culture eats strategy for breakfast

Culture eats strategy for breakfast

Strategy or culture: which is more important? Any company disconnecting the two may be putting their success at risk. #strategicplanning #strategytoexecution #hr #transformationtuesday Peter Drucker's quote is a classic. But I first heard it from a...

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