by Deborah Douglas
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Right now, there are millions of entrepreneurs risking everything for the privilege of owning their own businesses. They pledge their homes and personal assets to get working capital. They work horrendous hours and deal with near-constant stress in order to nurture and grow their cherished projects. Why? Because they are dreaming of the day when all of their sacrifices pay off and they can finally reap the benefits by cashing in and selling their business.
Ripe: Harvesting the Value of Your Business is written to help you make that dream come true. A smart entrepreneur understands that you only get one shot in this process, so you need to walk in armed with every piece of information available. Ripe helps entrepreneurs:
- Recognize the knock of opportunity when the time is right
- Maximize opportunity for a potential grand slam
- Demystify the entire business selling process
The principals, wisdom and easy-to-relate-to stories contained in this book will give business owners the tools and insights needed to develop a sound strategy for selling a business. Whether you plan to sell your business to an investor, transfer ownership to family, or retain your asset indefinitely, you will gain financially from applying the lessons taught and tools shared within this book.
What Business Professionals Have To Say About Ripe:
“As a past seller of my own company, I really enjoyed reading this outline of tips and experiences from the Douglas sale experiences. I can verify that all of this stress and strain is much as Debbie describes it, and is absolutely worth the time and trouble for an exiting owner!”
Rob Ashford, former owner, Osmegen, Inc.
“This book is immensely readable, and enjoyable – filled with real life examples that owners will relate to. In a time of intense economic volatility, this book goes right to the heart of what the business owner can do, to drive and to build value. I recommend it!”
Jim Mannebach, President and CEO Norgren
“As advisors and aids to middle market companies very much like those discussed in Douglas’ book, I think this book is really a “must read” for owners as they nourish and grow their companies. Maximizing business value is surely a core part of the “end game” for any owner, and this book is a great “how-to” handbook!
Rafael Pastor, CEO, Vistage
“This book is a great primer for the middle market owner contemplating future sale of his company. Not only does it give the “how to” and “what to do” when you are ready to sell – it also helps to guide owners toward focus a value-building plan, targeted toward the future.”
George Weathersby, President, YPO
“Ms. Douglas blends a long and solid accounting background with a wealth of hands-on experience in the merger and acquisition arena. This book is a wonderful tool for both business owners, and for M&A professionals, to examine the process of buying and selling companies from a full range perspective.”
Keith Wolmer, Dean, School of Business, University of Missouri, St. Louis