Author Archives for Michelle Bomberger

What is Business Owner Exit Planning?

by | August 19, 2010

Allan Vander Hamm is a principal and the Director of Business Valuation and Transition Services at Berntson Porter and Company in Bellevue, Washington.   Allan’s practice focuses on designing and implementing comprehensive owner succession and transition projects; completing successful Merger & Acquisition transactions; and providing business valuations for transition, transactions, buy-sell agreements, divorce and estate and gift... View Article

Ownership Transition in Family Business: Overlooked Critical Considerations

by | August 10, 2010

Our guest blog this week comes from Bob Gruber, President of  The Rainier Group, a professional firm with  concentrated experience in the issues that affect successful private business owners and other successful individuals including business transition services, wealth advisory services and institutional consulting.  Bob will be participating in our Succession Planning panel discussion on August 25.... View Article

Why you need succession planning now!

by | August 3, 2010

As Chris Corrigan so aptly stated, “You can never over-prepare in business!”   Yet, we know, from strategic plans to budget plans and marketing plans to staffing plans, business owners find it difficult to fit it all in.  Now I raise the issue of succession plans… another one of those plans that doesn’t seem critical today;... View Article

MORE BANG FOR YOUR COMPENSATION BUCK – COMMUNICATION IS CRITICAL

by | July 20, 2010

Catherine Dovey is the founder of Compensation Works LLC and offers this guest blog with insights as to how and when to communicate with employees about compensation. ————————————- Several surveys show that up to 70% of employees are planning to look for new opportunities after the economy recovers.  Most of us assume that we need... View Article

Creating Value Through Employer-Employee Relationships

by | July 13, 2010

Scott Verrette of Resourceful HR offers us our guest blog post this month on how to create value in employment relationships.  Scott will be one of our guest speakers at the Equinox Focus Event:  Creating Value Through Employer-Employee Relationships on July 28.  Resourceful HR  helps companies grow through increased employee efficiency.  You can also sign up for... View Article

Making Happy Employees

by | July 7, 2010

Many studies show employers the value of “happy employees” to a business’ productivity and success.  An obvious question arising from these studies is:  “What makes for a “happy employee?”   The studies address this to varying degrees; but to me, a particular employee’s happiness in his or her work depends on many factors such as age,... View Article

Intellectual Property and the Financials

by | June 29, 2010

Our guest blog post comes from Dennis Purvine of CFO Selections.  Dennis is a CPA and CFO and has worked with companies in all stages of development. ——————————— Intellectual Property (I.P.) can be protected by patent, copyright, trademark, etc.  Companies that create, or purchase, intellectual property presumably create value for their business. (More on this... View Article

Speaking from Experience — Patents

by | June 23, 2010

Our guest blog post comes from Dana Fuhrman , COO of TRG Floors.  She speaks from experience about the importance of understanding your patent options and staying on top of the process. ———————– To Patent Or Not to Patent. Domestic only or International.  The first one should be an easy decision, right? We’re so excited... View Article

Common Mistakes in Patent Protection

by | June 10, 2010

Our guest blog post comes from Jim Rutter of Ruttler IP Law.  Jim will be our guest speaker at our June 23 Equinox Focus Event “Protecting and Leveraging Your IP”. ——————————————– The first major mistake that is made with patents is disclosing an invention prior to filing a patent application.  Disclosure could include offering to... View Article