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Business Succession Planning and Exit Strategy Consulting

Dunnington Consulting helps New England small B2B business owners prepare for, build value, and succeed spectacularly at business succession.
Business Value Proposition
We offer three services for the grown up phase of your business. Our system can help you build, prepare, and plan your exit with 2x the price and 3x the offers. Focus on value more than size. It's a game changer.

  • Get Traction

    We help connect purpose, brand and culture so that the business does things customers, employees and communities care about….and you build a distinctive company that thrives. Small businesses that get traction are businesses that sell.

  • Build Value

    Virtually everybody overestimates the value of their business – it’s rather normal. We provide a fast, online, secure, free business valuation survey that’s fully actionable.

  • Finish Big

    For most entrepreneurs, business succession is the largest financial and personal change of their careers. It’s important to view it as a process, not a liquidity event, because there’s a lot to think through and a lot at stake.

We help small business owners
Our business value preparation program helps you get on the fast track to being transition ready.

A rule of thumb: one year of preparation for every decade of operation.

Go from this...

  • All decisions made by or approved by owner
  • Customers ask for the owner
  • Most revenue comes from a single customer
  • Start up systems patched up, still in place
  • Proccess knowledge in heads of owner and employees; no documentation
  • Recruiting and turnover surprises
  • No legal protection over intellectual property
  • Financial reporting backlogged three months with poor quality and accuracy

To this...

  • Experienced management team with distributed decision making
  • Diverse customer base, recurring revenue
  • Documented, state-of-the-art systems and processes with cross-trained employees
  • Employees so well trained they could work anywhere, but are so well treated they don't.
  • Recipes, trademarks, patents, etc. legally protected
  • Daily dashboards, monthly financial statements issued by third business day, clean annual audits

The Case for Getting Transition Ready
- Sooner Rather than Later -
Make Your Company Attractive to Buyers - as You Build a More Profitable, Enjoyable Business That Doubles in Value and Runs Itself in 12 Months

  • How Owners Handicap Themselves
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    - Virtually everyone overestimates their company's value.

    - 80% of owners need to grow their business' value to attract buyers - but wait too long to start. As a result...

    - Few companies are ready to sell at the value owners expect, so they struggle to attract serioius buyers and generally fail in due diligence.

    - Only 2 in 10 business ultimately sell.

    - Just 3 in 10 family successions work and last.

    - 75% of former owners report being unhappy within a year of transition.

  • How Owners Get Traction, Gain Value, Finish Big

    - Things that build value, that buyers care about, are the same things that grow sustainable companies.

    - Building value brings more time and financial freedom -- before, during, after transition.

    - The sooner you start, the more evidence you'll have to claim premium value.

    - Being ready helps owners deal with unforseen problems (eg health issues) or other surprises.

    - Being ready puts you in the catbird seat - you can operate, grow, or sell.

Proven Process, Flexible Approach

How ready is your business? GET YOUR SCORE

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Kind words from clients
Companies that succeeded using the system used by Dunnington Consulting

When our clients succeed, so do we.
We're glad to share with you some of the things they've said about working with us.


“…help came at a critical time in our company’s development. Its influence has been significant and continues even today as we are dealing with extraordinary growth. We are grateful that they were there to help us.”

Becky Foster, Principal

“I came to the realization that my business would be in peril if anything happened to my health. The livelihood of all of our employees would be at risk. The CoreValue Assessment has been an excellent management tool for highlighting key elements of our business that are opportunities for improvement, and the discipline to address all 18 elementshelped position A.M. Metal Finishing for the ‘Top 50 Shops Award.’ “

Rick Hunter, Owner

” an integral part in efforts to clarify our business goals and develop a good strategy specific to our business objectives. This is a doable strategy which we believe will help our business grow and gain new customers over the next several years!”

Bonnie Kuhn, Owner/Vice President

Let's talk

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