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.

“EmergyCare retained the services of Decision Associates in the fall of 2009 to guide us through the Strategic Planning process. Don Moore and his group of experts took our senior management team and select Board members through what I felt would be an arduous process. What resulted was a stronger senior team and a cohesive relationship with our Board of Directors, not to mention a roadmap (Strategic Plan) for the next 3-5 years. I definitely recommend Decision Associates to the nonprofit sector as we completed another update in 2015, and we continue to use them as the need arises.”

~ Bill Hagerty, Executive Director
EmergyCare

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