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BMC Associates help business partners and owners of family and non-family businesses deal with conflict and build collaboration.
  • The Partnership Charter
  • Mediation
  • Business Succession Plans
  • Collaborative Estate Planning
  • Other Services
  • Business partners smiling and shaking hands after striking a business deal

    The Partnership Charter

    Start partnerships out on a solid foundation of comprehensive agreements.
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  • Business partners smiling and shaking hands on reaching agreement.


    Resolve conflicts among business owners and principals through facilitated negotiations.
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  • Business Succession Plans

    Business Succession Plans

    Successfully transferring leadership in business and family to the next generation.
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  • A family meeting comprised of parents and adult child and spouse

    Collaborative Estate Planning

    Families planning together to preserve and build a legacy.
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  • Figure holding a puzzle piece that says solution and is the missing piece of puzzle

    Other Services

    Enhance productivity, strengthen relationships and enhance teamwork.

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The Partnership charter

The Partnership Charter by David Gage Millions of people co-own closely held companies, family businesses, and business partnerships, but establishing them and keeping them together is never easy. Here, finally, is the guide they have been waiting for.... Read More

Welcome to BMC Associates

BMC Associates helps business partners, owners of family businesses, and principals of other organizations deal with conflict and build collaboration. BMC’s interdisciplinary and non-adversarial approach helps strengthen working teams’ overall business and interpersonal performance.

BMC’s services include:

  • Mediation, a process that resolves conflicts through facilitated negotiations.
  • The Partnership Charter, an innovative, preventative tool for partners and partners-to-be who want a structured approach to negotiating the many issues that tend to cause difficulties and conflicts among partners.
  • Business Succession Plans, an integrated approach to transferring family business leadership and ownership.
  • Collaborative Estate Planning, a way for families to address the many sensitive issues involved in transferring assets such as vacation properties from one generation to the next.
  • Other Services that meet the planning and organizational development needs of clients are offered in conjunction with the services described above.


Recent News & Updates

Developing Technology for Professionals To Use with Their Clients

May 10, 2022

APA Annual Conf – August 6, 2022
Minneapolis, MN
At APA’s annual conference of psychologists Drs. Donna and David Gage will present their work on developing a online platform for professionals to help their business partners to collaborate more effectively.

The Partnership Charter app will help business partners design their partner relationship by exploring everything from their personal styles to money and equity.

Keynote Presentation to the Exit Planning Exchange

May 5, 2022

The Tower Club, Mclean, VA
Many companies create exit plans that depend on partners being successful. Sometimes partners have to get in sync in order to agree to sell; other times partners will take the reins after a sale. Their ability to work together for an extended period will determine the ultimate success of the transaction.

The DC Metro Chapter of the Exit Planning Exchange is a local nonprofit association of diverse professional advisors collaborating to help their private company clients build business value, transfer ownership and create a legacy of success in their lives and their communities.

Donna & David Gage featured by Sandy Spring Bank

April 10, 2021
Video-Recording Available in July 2021
Drs. Donna and David Gage will be featured by the Trust Department of the largest community bank in the Washington DC Area. Phil Fish, Vice President and Estate Planning Specialist at Sandy Spring Bank, invited Donna and David to a Fireside Chat focusing on perils of being partners, how to minimize the risks, and build resilient partnerships.

David Gage featured in “Profiles in Success”

June 26, 2020

BMC’s Founder, David Gage, was recently featured in a “Profiles in Success” story. His profile is part of a series centered on personal portraits of “successful small-business owners, corporate executives and industry groundbreakers who wish to perpetuate the executive leadership values of character, chemistry and caring throughout American society.” Here at BMC, we consider it an honor to have David chosen for the feature, placing him among numerous well-respected, creative leaders

David is widely regarded as a pioneer in the field of business partnerships for having founded the first multidisciplinary firm in the country to recognize and focus exclusively on the personal and business sides of partnerships, and for developing a unique tool to help family and non-family co-owners reach comprehensive agreements to be successful partners.

Other News & Updates

Celebration of Young Presidents’ Organization’s “Best of the Best” Education Award

Partners and Equity (Part 2): The Basic Principles of a Comprehensive Approach to Dividing Ownership

The Five Dysfunctions & The Partnership Charter

Have a Lean Start-up, but Start Out Right

Built to Sell: Co-Founders and Co-Sellers

Safeguarding the Family When the Business is Sold

Thanksgiving: Gratitude and Your Partnership

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