Gordon blogs only when he sees a need either among our members or within a business transaction in which he is personally engaged. Content rich and highly insightful, Gordon's blogs are like an advanced course in business success.
There is a chasm between the ways wealth was created in the 20th versus the 21st Century. In the 20th, it was essentially invention of devices followed by well managed traditional assets, (real estate, plants, machinery, equipment etc.) leveraging large labor forces. In the 21st, it is development and management of intellectual property leveraged through…Read More
I received and email from a college student who wants to be an entrepreneur. He was concerned that after graduation it would then take years to get the operational experience he believed would be necessary to start or buy his own business. Here is the pertinent portion of my response to him. I started a…Read More
So your business failed. You have no income. Every dollar you had was invested in your business and it’s gone. Maybe you have bill collectors calling night and day and eviction from your residence is only weeks or even days away. Your brain and emotions are beyond fried. You have no money, no prospects and…Read More
One of my apprentices purchased a small regional candy manufacturer. The company had some non-descript products that for the most part were similar to products of other larger candy manufacturers who enjoyed substantially more robust channels of distribution. One of their products was the texture of a gummy bear, the shape of a jelly bean…Read More
This blog item looks at one primal directive and ten skills that can elevate an entrepreneur to super success status. The primal directive: Pursue your passion Success in any business is very demanding. Many entrepreneurs spend 80 or more hours a week for years building a business. You’ve got to love what you do or…Read More
A question often asked by entrepreneurs is: How much does it cost in legal expenses to complete the acquisition of a company?” A better question would be: "How do I get the services of a top attorney without emptying my pocketbook?" I'll answer both questions here. In the many transactions that I’ve participated in during…Read More
A good bank lending officer can be an entrepreneur's most important ally. Yet most fledgling entrepreneurs have unrealistic expectations of their banker. Expect your banker to play it by “the book.” “The book” divides your business entity's history into two segments: 1) before two years of successful operation; and 2) after. To the uninitiated, dealing…Read More