We provide small to mid-size business owners with a strong partner who not only understands your journey, but also has resources to support your business planning, growth, and eventual transition or exit strategy.
We work with business owners to develop financial plans that consider both personal and business goals. We help owners assess their current situation from multiple angles, develop strategies for growth and to manage risk, and align their personal and business finances to enable overall financial health.
As most business owners know, planning for the future of a business is crucial, whether you intend to pass it on to family members, sell it, or have a planned exit strategy. We work with you, and often your CPA and Corporate Attorney, to develop a succession plan that facilitates the right transition for you.
Business owners face unique tax considerations. We work with business owners and their CPA or accountant to develop tax strategies that minimize tax liabilities. We provide guidance on tax-efficient investment strategies and develop options for retirement and employee benefit plans.
Business ownership can sometimes feel like it is fraught with risk and there is a need to protect personal and business assets from unforeseen events. We assist you in thinking through your insurance needs, such as business interruption, liability, and key person insurance.
Even before you have a business up and running, we should talk about two key things:
Business Structure & Funding: We have experience helping owners think about their business structure and the pros and cons of a sole proprietorship vs. partnership vs. corporation, etc. We can also review your business plan from a financial perspective and help you think through a funding strategy.
Personal Financial Planning: Reviewing the impact of business ownership on your own financial plan, especially if you have a family, is a crucial step. We will look at budgeting, managing personal debt, and ensuring you have a financial safety net in place.
As your business gains footing, you have hired more employees, and are positioned for growth, we focus primarily on the following:
Risk Management - We help you identify and manage various business risks, such as insurance coverage, contingency planning, and implementing risk mitigation strategies. Asset protection strategies to safeguard your personal and business assets are also important at this stage. Specific things to prepare for include death, disability, divorce, and disagreements (between owners, with employees, vendors, clients, etc.)
Employee Benefits & Retirement Planning - We work with business owners, and their leadership teams when appropriate, to design and implement employee benefit programs, such as 401(k), SEP IRA, Cash Balance Plans, and/or Defined Benefit Plans.
Succession Planning - Determining the value of your business year over year will help you determine what elements of the business to focus on to accelerate business value. You can build value by increasing your cash flow (EBIDTA) and/or improving your multiple.
Long before an owner is ready (are we ever ready?) to transition a business, we recommend they build out the following, which we can help you with.
Success Plan: Building an effective succession plan is a team effort, and our role is to assist you and work in alignment with your CPA/accountant and business attorney. The development of a succession plan smooths the transition of the business to the next generation or a new owner. Together, we help the owner evaluate the business’s value, structure the sale or transfer, and optimize tax implications. We also help facilitate family conversations around the transition, especially if other family members are involved.
Estate Planning: While an estate planning attorney drives the development of your estate plan, we help ensure the smooth transfer of business and personal assets, align beneficiaries, minimize taxes, and provide for family and charitable intentions.
Financial Independence Planning: This step often includes the business owner and their significant other(s). It can be emotional, bringing up new aspirations, but also fears and concerns about how best to manage the money going forward. And, for you as an owner, there may be deep emotional/personal connections to the business that need attention. Where will you place your mental, physical, and/or emotional horsepower once you no longer work within the business?
Note that through our custodian, Raymond James, we have access to world-class resources for all aspects of these transactions. This includes investment banking, mergers and acquisitions, lending, risk management, etc.
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