Sign & Digital Graphics

November '18

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6 • November 2018 • S I G N & D I G I T A L G R A P H I C S __________________________________________ Publisher James "Ruggs" Kochevar – Executive Editor Ken Mergentime – Managing Editor Matt Dixon – Digital Content Editor Tony Kindelspire – __________________________________________ Art Director Linda Cranston Graphic Artist Iveth Gomez Multimedia Producer Alison McDonald __________________________________________ Advertising Account Executives Erin Geddis – Diane Gilbert – Sara Siauw – Sales Support Dana Korman – __________________________________________ Contributors in this Issue: Mike Burke; Scott Franko; Paula Aven Gladych; Vince DiCecco; Ryan Fugler; Charity Jackson; Amanda McGrory-Dixon; Matt Richart; Stephen Romaniello; Bill Schiffner; Rick Williams. ___________________________________________ Vice President/Events Sue Hueg CEM, CMP – Show Sales Damon Cincotta – Exhibitor Services Janet Cain – Tyler Wigginton – ____________________________________________ National Business Media, Inc. President & CEO Robert H. Wieber Jr. Vice President/Integrated Media John Bennett Vice President/Finance Kori Gonzales, CPA Vice President/Publishing and Markets Dave Pomeroy Vice President/Audience Lori Farstad Director of Technical Services Wolf Butler B Y K E N M E R G E N T I M E The Long View A s the owner or principal of a thriving sign or commercial graphics business, your central concern is to make sure that the business is running smoothly, is making money, and that your employees are competent and professional. Doing that is guaranteed to take up most, if not all of your time. Accomplishing that also entails preparing for the future of the business—exploring new growth opportunities, making capital investment deci- sions, bringing on new personnel and much more. But what about the future beyond that? What are your plans for your business when you decide to retire, or—heaven forbid—when you die? Most people don't want look that far ahead. Death? Who wants to think about that? And what about the retirement or passing of your key leadership employees? The point is that you should be ready for these contingencies by having and imple- menting a plan of succession for your business. Business succession planning is a series of logistical and financial decisions about who will take over your business upon retirement, death or disability. To write a succession plan, the first step is to identify the ideal successor to take over the business. Pretty straight-forward, right? Unfortunately, however, research tells us that only a small fraction (about 10 per- cent) of small and medium-size businesses owners have a formal, written succession plan in place—though some do have an informal, unwritten plan. But more than half of business owners in this group do not have any succession plan at all. They obviously don't want to think about this now—though they should. The basic process goes something like this: from among your staff identify a likely successor with the potential to handle the position, make a formal training plan for that person, create a timetable for the training, prepare yourself for retire- ment, and then install your successor. A succession plan helps to both ensure that those who come after you have fewer problems adjusting and makes it more likely that the business will continue to run smoothly when you're gone. It also helps prevent infighting and confusion. The plan should be clearly written and updated regularly. A good plan should also be developed for all essential leadership positions within the company. For many family and small businesses, succession planning is one of the toughest and most critical challenges they face. Yet succession planning is also a great oppor- tunity to maximize opportunities and create a multi-generational business that embodies your company's philosophy and mission for years to come. I think that's worth the effort, don't you? Okay, back to work. Do You Really Have to Think About This? (Yes) Got something to say? Join the S&DG Discussion Group at:

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