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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


Blog posts published by Associates of BMC cover a variety of topics. Click here for a list of all our postings.


  • How to Bring the “Family” in Family Business into Focus: The Continuing Challenge

    Posting by Ed Kopf, Ph.D.

    Every business can benefit from clearly stating its objectives and, then, understanding the internal and external environment in which it is pursuing those objectives. A well-established approach to examining the environment as part of overall business planning is the SWOT technique. This acronym represents a careful assessment of (internal) Strengths and Weaknesses and (external) Opportunities and Threats.

  • Visioning: Putting Why Before What and How!

    Posting by Stewart Christ, MBA, Principal at BMC Associates

    Business leaders can be quick to charge ahead in pursuit of a “solution” only to find they are not only chasing the wrong solution but may be ignoring the real problem. Leaders can get so fixated on the How, they don’t think to ask the more important questions of Why and What.

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  • Partners and Equity (Part 3): The Basic Principles of a Comprehensive Approach to Dividing Ownership

    Posting by Ed Kopf, Ph.D., Principal at BMC Associates

    The first two posts in this series (Part 1 and Part 2) explore the many risks and opportunities that arise when business partners discuss their division of equity. They also describe a unique Comprehensive Contributions-based Equity Process (CCEP) that can minimize the risks and maximize the benefits of that critical discussion.

  • Your Business Model Canvas: A Shared Vision?

    Posting by Stewart Christ, MBA, Principal at BMC Associates

    The Business Model Canvas was introduced by Alexander Osterwalder as a mechanism to create and document a business model in a concise and visual manner and provide a unique way to enhance collaboration. The Canvas’ visual depiction of a business model incorporates key elements that include external partners, activities, value propositions, customer relationship and segments, resources, channels, cost structure, and revenue streams. 

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