Exit Planning & Business Transition

Having the right information at hand.

Knowledge is power when it comes to understanding the value of a business or property. Whether it is for a business acquisition, an exit strategy for retirement, or a property settlement, having the right information on hand can mean a world of difference when it comes to planning your future. Porte Brown LLC has highly qualified CPAs who can assist you when making one of the most critical and complex decisions of your life. We help our clients take a proactive approach, so they have all of the relevant information on hand before a decision needs to be made.

Introduction to ExitSmarts™

ExitSmarts is… innovative/approachable/sensible Main Street Exit Planning for the 94% of business owners who neither want nor need the complexity of large-business exit planning.

An Introduction to The ExitMap® Assessment - The First Step to Understanding the Complexities of Preparing a Company for Transition

The ExitMap® is your first step in planning for what is probably the most important financial event of your lifetime… the sale of your business. The Assessment is a great place to start whether you plan to sell the business on the open market, have your employees buy it or pass it on to family.

This quick video introduction provides business owners with a simple overview of the ExitMap® reports and the planning process:

Are you prepared for a business transition? Check your Exit Readiness!

This questionnaire consists of 22 questions which will produce a 12-page summary report that will be emailed to you and your Porte Brown Advisor. The report ranks the overall preparedness of a company for transition and provides a breakdown of the four major categories of readiness; Finance, Planning, Profit/Revenue and Operations.

  • It only takes 15 minutes.
  • It’s easy to decide which of the multiple-choice responses best fit your company.
  • It requires no financial or other confidential information.
  • It takes a broader view of your business than just the numbers.

Are You Ready to Make a Successful Exit?

If you are considering transitioning out of your business, whether for growth or eventual retirement, Porte Brown can help you achieve your long-term goals. We have a CEPA (Certified Exit Planning Advisor) that leads our experienced team in complex partnerships, including those involving family relationships. As members of the BEI Network of Exit Planning Advisors™ we know how to guide you to your successful exit. Using a systematic Exit Planning process developed over the last 25 years, you decide:

  • When you wish to leave your business
  • What amount of cash you need when you exit
  • To whom you want to transfer the business

Our Exit Planning and Business Transition services include advising clients on mergers and acquisitions, conducting due diligence and developing and executing estate, trust, and exit planning strategies. The transition planning process can include several components, from identifying your personal, business and financial goals to optimizing tax strategies and developing a plan of action to ensure that your business is transferred according to your terms. Porte Brown’s team of advisors take a personalized approach for each of our clients. This ensures that your plan is specific to your business’ unique circumstances and is tied to your exact goals, objectives, and concerns. Only after listening to your answers do we begin to create your unique business Exit Plan.

Services include:

  • Buy/Sell Agreements
  • Value Driver Analysis
  • Asset Gap Identification
  • Contingency Planning
  • Tax Planning & Compliance

3 Elements of a Successful Exit

  1. A Road Map - Exit Planning is a process that helps owners decide where they want to go as well as how to get there.
  2. Experienced Guides - Owners must assemble a team of trained and experienced advisors to guide them through the many choices and decisions they face as they work toward their exit goals.
  3. Implementation - Success depends upon a disciplined implementation timetable keyed to an owner's Exit Plan strategy.

Without experienced advisors, an Exit Plan and an implementation timetable, the chances for a successful exit are very slim. Nearly 50% of successful business owners hope to exit their companies within the next five years. In fact, the SBA observes that “At any given time, 40% of U.S. businesses are facing the transfer of ownership issue” and “the primary cause for failure... is lack of planning.”

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For more information, please contact Porte Brown’s Valuation and Transition Practice Group leader, Jeffrey Smiejek, CPA, CVA, CEPA, at 847-956-1040.

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