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April Newsletter

On March 9 we held our first ever “Owner’s Forum” in the Twin Cities and brought together some of the best minds in Business Succession and Transition Planning. We had over 150 business owners attend from across the Twin Cities area for a day of education and break out sessions. The “State of Owner Readiness Survey” results were also highlighted.

Many of you took the survey and the full report is now available:
Here are a few highlights of the Survey from our local market:
48% of Surveyed Owners indicated sales of $5 Million or more.
79% of our Owner respondents are Family Owned companies
79% Have NO written plan for Transition
57% Are not confident that they are ready to transition their business.
Yet, 91% of them agreed with this statement:
“Having a transition strategy is important both for my future and for
the future of my business.”
What does that tell us? It tells us that owners in our market know they need to start planning, but aren’t sure how to get started.
If you are 5 years or less 
from transitioning your company, we should talk.
Our first consultation is always complimentary. No pressure, just good advice. Call me for more information.
Another way to become more educated on business transition is to attend our Chapter meetings with the Exit Planning Institute. We meet monthly at Golden Valley Country Club. You’ll find more information about topics and registration at the same link highlighted above. Hope to see you there!
Have a great Spring!


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Julie Keyes
Julie Keyes

Founder & Owner at KeyeStrategies, LLC

Julie is a Certified Exit Planning Adviser and Value Growth Advisor with 30+ years of experience. She works with business owners who seek to understand and maximize their exit and critical transition options.