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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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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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