4 Acquisitions 4 Lessons | Up and to the Right | Episode 022

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Video IntroductionListen & Download Show Notes M&A or mergers & acquisitions might not be on the tip of your tongue as a small business owner but as we plan for retirement or other transitions, acquisition begins to find its way into our world. Hi, I’m Stephen Krausse with Beyond 50 Percent and it’s time to roll up our sleeves and get to work with another episode of the Up and to the Right Podcast. Over the course of the last twenty years I’ve been involved in four acquisitions and each time I had a different role to play. In 2000 I was part of the management team that sold a small business to a publicly traded firm. A few years later I put an offer together to purchase a local sports shop – that one didn’t work out. In 2017 a large company bought our parent company. Finally, in 2018 I worked with our new parent company to purchase Directed Energy and return our company to private ownership. This week I thought I would share one lesson from each of those experiences. You can subscribe to the Up and to the Right podcast on iTunes, Stitcher, Google Play, TuneIn and now there’s even a playlist on the Beyond 50 Percent youtube channel!

Up and to the Right | 2017 Episode 03 | Operating Profit Drives Expense

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One of the most common reasons for small business failure is problems with cash flow (not having the cash you need to operate your business when you need it). Looking at this another way… by learning when to incur expenses you can turn this risk for other small businesses into an asset for your own.The secret sauce: operating profit drives expenseThe world of marketing would love for us to continue believe differently but we’re not falling for it anymore… at least not where our businesses are concerned.