June 8, 2017
Business Succession Planning Melbourne

Understanding & Evaluating Equity Transfer Options

Most business owners are not aware that there are many options available to them in achieving a successful exit from your business. There are in fact at least six exit options that allow you to maximise the value of your business when you leave. There […]
July 2, 2016

Finding the Right Broker for Your Sale

When making the important decision to sell your business, having the right business broker on your team is an important part of the process. Although there will never be one broker that fits all of your preferred dimensions perfectly, it’s important to consider your selection […]
June 27, 2016

Selecting the Right Business Broker

If you are considering the future sale of your business, consulting a business broker should be on your radar. Although there are some owners that attempt to sell their business themselves through learning the ropes from various resources, it is much more challenging to successfully […]
June 21, 2016

What Exactly is ‘Exit Planning’ and How Do I Start?

If you are at the height of your business success or you are slowly closing in on key competitors, you may have never considered your eventual exit. Or perhaps you have started to ponder your retirement, picturing what life may look like after work. With […]
June 3, 2016

Attracting and Retaining Exceptional Talent

Any business owner can tell you that hiring the ‘right fit’ saves valuable resources down the line. Not only does the onboarding process cost time, something that is scarce in many small businesses, but high turnover can also affect your reputation. Satisfied employees are more […]
May 25, 2016

CEO Spotlight: Greg Johnson

This week we’ve decided to do something a little bit different by offering some insight into the team at Ascend Business Partners. Meet Greg Johnson, Principal Consultant and exit planning extraordinaire! WHERE WERE YOU BEFORE ASCEND BUSINESS PARTNERS? Before Ascend Business Partners, I held various […]
May 14, 2016

Formalizing a Board Can Reap Many Rewards

Business performance management. Does the term sound familiar? It should be a regular phrase in your vocabulary, but many business owners only recognise poor financial management or a lack of planning when facing an uphill battle. When it comes to running a successful company and […]
May 5, 2016

Is An Advisory Board Right For Me?

When establishing a business, the last thing many consider is creating an advisory board. The daily operational tasks are consuming enough – and by the time you manage your cash flow, create a sound marketing plan and establish a world-class team, there remains little time […]
April 30, 2016

Creating a Sustainable Competitive Advantage For Your Business

Businesses which have a sustained competitive advantage generally sell for a super profit” – Martin Checketts, author and strategic lawyer When thinking about selling your business, it’s important to ask yourself the following questions: a) What makes my business stand out from the crowd? b) […]
April 28, 2016

Managing Your Emotion When Leaving Your Business

Exiting your business is often one of the most stressful experiences of your life. As a business owner, you have spent years – sometimes decades – building and developing your business and have put in a lot of blood, sweat and tears. When it comes […]
April 14, 2016

Help! I’m Struggling with Family Succession Planning

According to the KPMG and Family Business Australia Family Business Survey 2015, family-owned businesses represent approximately two-thirds of the Australian business landscape. Many families hope to retain their legacy, passing their business on to the next generation. When it comes time for you to consider […]
April 9, 2016

Developing a Personal Vision Statement for Success

Creating a personal vision statement provides the appropriate direction to guide your life’s choices. It answers the question – where do I picture myself? Though it can sometimes be a challenge to sum up a personal vision into words, here are some tips to create […]
April 1, 2016

How Significant is the Value Gap in Your Business?

Most business owners are surprised to discover the existence of a value gap, or a discrepancy between what your business is worth and the amount of money you will need to fund your future. There are a number of factors that can cause this gap, […]
March 21, 2016

What Makes Your Business Stand Out?

“Succession planning is already a key issue – yet by 2020, when 
the oldest Boomers
 hit
their 
mid 
70’s, 
we
 will
 witness 
the
 biggest intergenerational
 wealth 
transfer 
in
 history.” says Mark McCrindle, social analyst. “We are headed towards the biggest leadership succession ever.” Within the next […]
March 17, 2016

Creating a Well-Designed Exit Plan

Exit planning creates a detailed road map, allowing business owners to successfully exit privately held business. Its purpose? To maximize business value, minimize relevant taxes and ensure that the sale can sustain future personal and financial goals. If you have not started the exit planning […]
March 5, 2016

I’m Feeling Stuck in my Business and Want Out – Now What?

Owning your own business can be a rollercoaster of emotions as you maneuver through incredible successes and some challenging times. There may come a point where you’ve had enough and you just want to get off the ride. These suggestions are the first steps to […]