Business Owner Succession

Planning for a Business Owner Succession

How do you successfully transfer your business to a family member or employee within the company? How can you be sure the successor is ready to take over? How can you ensure the company's future success?

A successful transfer of a business requires a structured process that encourages an owner to incrementally step back and transfer real authority to a successor. Without this process, only 1/3 of businesses are successful.

Decision Associates has extensive experience helping business owners efficiently transition through a succession and ensure continued growth. Our experts assess an owner's or successor's contribution to business, including:

  • Experience
  • Intellectual property
  • Behavioral characteristics
  • Entrepreneurial and business acumen

We then inventory and classify these contributions to create a virtual image of a person’s skills and capabilities. By developing a GAP analysis, we can determine how the business will need to be run by the successors in order for them to succeed and develop a plan to close any gaps that exist between the owner and successor.

Closing gaps may require training, hiring a particular expertise, mentoring and coaching or finding new skill sets to replace deficiencies after an owner's departure. Whatever the situation is within your business, we can help ensure your business owner succession is a positive experience for the entire company.

Contact Decision Associates to learn more.

“Decision Associates conducted a marketing research project for us recently that resulted in a large new customer, and we have a list that we will continue to target. Mike Estrich and Ricardo Guardiola were very thorough and have a good methodology. Our expectations were exceeded in that we got a lot more information that we originally though we would get. Their “step by step” approach worked well for ATP and we would recommend the Decision Associates team for other projects of this type.”

~ Scott Eighmy, CEO
American Turned Products (ATP)

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