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M&A Takeaways for Mid-Size Companies

Just because a company is smaller than an M&A-eating behemoth the size of Procter & Gamble doesn’t mean it can’t pick up a few morsels of wisdom from its experience. That’s the word from Mitchell L. Marks, professor of business at San Francisco State University, and an M&A consultant on the side. The same lessons apply, whether the deal steals ...

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M&A: Preparing Your Company for Sale

As a managing director at FMV Capital Markets, an Irvine, California-based investment bank, Allan Siposs has advised dozens of companies on how best to prep for sale. He calls his process a pre-transaction “Due Diligence Dress Rehearsal.” Here are a few of his thoughts on what to do well before opening night: Confirm that formation documents, meeting minutes, summary of ...

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How CEOs Can Control Health Care Costs in 2012

Group health care plan costs rose only 6.1% on average in 2011, which is down from 2010’s 6.9%. But, the future of health care costs will be uncertain until the Supreme Court rules on the legality of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) sometime next June. Here’s how you can start to control your costs in preparation for the legislative changes that are bound to affect your bottom line.

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The Payback Potential of Power

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Most CEOs know the exact cost of their IT or healthcare spending, yet most don’t know the costs associated with their energy use. For many companies, particularly manufacturing firms, this energy expenditure is larger than healthcare or IT costs and growing faster. Perhaps most importantly, it’s a cost businesses can often reduce by 30 percent or more through active energy ...

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