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M&A or mergers & acquisitions might not be on the tip of your tongue as a small business owner but as we plan for retirement or other transitions, acquisition begins to find its way into our world.

Hi, I’m Stephen Krausse with Beyond 50 Percent and it’s time to roll up our sleeves and get to work with another episode of the Up and to the Right Podcast.

Over the course of the last twenty years I’ve been involved in four acquisitions and each time I had a different role to play. 

  • In 2000 I was part of the management team that sold a small business to a publicly traded firm. 
  • A few years later I put an offer together to purchase a local sports shop – that one didn’t work out.
  • In 2017 a large company bought our parent company.
  • Finally, in 2018 I worked with our new parent company to purchase Directed Energy and return our company to private ownership.
This week I thought I would share one lesson from each of those experiences.

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