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 RKJ Partners: 

Sell-Side M&A Newsletter

Volume 1, Article 2 

RKJ Partners, LLC is an Atlanta, Georgia based investment banking firm designed to specifically assist dynamic, lower middle market growth companies in executing transactions less than $100MM.                                    

RKJ Partners, LLC 4514 Chamblee Dunwoody Rd.,  Suite 170 Atlanta, Georgia  30338 p. 404.424.9580 www.rkjpartners.com     

 March 2018

Can you see around corners? Of course not! Not a month goes by where we don’t hear:

“Bob wasted months negotiating with a buyer who couldn’t come up with the cash to buy his company. All his employees found out and some quit. Worse, a customer found out and switched providers.”

“John sold his company for a very low price with a bad structure and got hit with a big tax bill and an IRS audit.”

An investment banker can help you predict and prepare for these scenarios as well as what’s around each corner in the

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The Entrepreneur Job Description | Personal Touch Career Services

Ah, job descriptions: While a critical document for the HR department, sometimes their value is not always appreciated in the day-to-day operations of the company. However, a job description’s value extends way beyond just being a tool to hire new employees. In fact, they can help establish expectations, identify areas of weakness, and give direction to the workday.

Interestingly enough, most entrepreneurs and business owners fail to write a job description for themselves. As a result, they perform their work “on instinct;” in the end, this results in overlooking key functions that can slip out-of-mind.

Many entrepreneurs may be quick to exclaim, “I do everything!” Well, that is not an effective management tool. For a job description to work, it needs to state in clear terms what the areas of responsibility are and how they shall be performed.

Back some time ago, I created the job description for my role

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18 business leaders given The Entrepreneur of the Year awards

SINGAPORE: Eighteen local entrepreneurs were awarded The Entrepreneur of the Year Award (EYA) 2018 on Wednesday (Oct 10).

Out of the winners, 11 individuals bagged awards under the Established Entrepreneur category, while another seven won under the New Entrepreneur category.

One Established Entrepreneur winner was Mr Derrick Yap, CEO of PBA International.

Mr Yap joined his father’s bearings distribution firm in 2002, ultimately turning it into one of Southeast Asia’s largest robotics and automation companies.

“The biggest challenge was the transition. We went from a low-risk business with a simple business model and short-term view, to a higher-risk business with a much longer-term view. It was a venture into the unknown,” said the 39-year-old.

The firm, which started out in 1987, now has 30 companies in its group, offices in 10 countries and over 500 employees across Asia.

The award was a sweet achievement for Mr

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Top 25 Young Entrepreneur Success Stories

For two years I scraped and scoured the internet hunting for the world’s top young entrepreneurs so I could harvest their secrets.

If I wanted to be successful, I had to learn from the best. I needed to hear their stories. How they started. How they grew. How they are building their empires right now. And I needed to hear it straight from their mouths.

So I narrowed my list of 100+ young entrepreneurs down to the top 25. We contacted them, gathered their secrets and published a book. Here’s a list of the world’s top 25 young entrepreneurial success stories.

Read their interviews, visit their sites, follow them on Twitter and learn as much as you can from their remarkable stories. Oh, and find a link to discover how they do it at the bottom.

Adora Svitak, 12

Tiny Literary Giant

Adora is a 12-year-old who has

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Business & Entrepreneur Networking | F6S

NYC Business & Entrepreneur Grade-A Networking Mixer

Join The NYC Business Networking Group (NYCBNG) for our monthly networking opportunity.

At our events, we focus on helping you create long term relationships, not just hard selling your products and services. This helps you build social capital among the members of our local community on an ongoing basis. We encourage you to leverage these relationships to enhance the value of our events and your business.

Meet a high calibre of individuals and company attendees. Members include professionals, executives, business owners, investors, lenders, entrepreneurs and startups from a diverse range of industries.

Network with members and interact with our sponsor companies who will showcase their business-related products and services.

WHEN: Wednesday February 25, 2015 from 6:00 – 9:00 PM
WHERE: American Whiskey, 247 West 30th St (7 & 8 Ave) NY, NY 10001
COST: $15.00 prepaid (100 available) or $25 cash/door

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Entrepreneur with CT ties helping small businesses navigate the loan process



(WFSB) – A Silicon Valley entrepreneur with ties to Connecticut is trying to help small business owners get the cash they need to survive.

Laura Bilazarian is on top of the world, but don’t let the pretty dress fool you.

She’s tougher than just about all of us.

Laura won a rugby title in college and built a big career on Wall Street, but she still eyed an even greater challenge: starting a small business.

“There’s not a day that’s not really extremely hard,” Bilazarian tells us.

But if you are the kind of person that likes to do hard things that can be satisfying too, Laura created and later sold a highly successful tech company in Silicon Valley and because she just can’t help herself, Laura just started a new small business, but even with all that experience, nothing couldn’t prepare Laura or any

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Business Entrepreneur: Please Like our page and Share

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Any business that wants to be successful must have in its genes a product or service that people need.  That product or service must also be affordable and present a value proposition to the customer or client.  The challenge for many businesses is linking the product or service with the customer or client.

Traditional means of advertising are costly and seldom represent a feasible value proposition for the small business entrepreneur.  It is here that social media platforms play an invaluable role in conveying the specifics of the product or services being offered.

Now many users of social media platforms may be annoyed by the constant flow of advertisements and product related articles that pop up in their streams.  No doubt this very article may be one of them.  However, I ask you to consider the following:  Someone out there is an entrepreneur trying to earn a living, provide for

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Small Business Entrepreneur Grants Program

Up to $5,000 is available from the Small Business Entrepreneur Grants Program to help SMES to access professional advice and support in the early stages of their business.


Small Business Entrepreneur Grants Program

The Small Business Entrepreneur Grants Program provides small businesses access to planning, coaching and training to help businesses get a better start.



The Queensland Government through the Office of Small Business (OSB), Department of Tourism, Major Events, Small Business and the Commonwealth Games (DTESB) has made the Small Business Entrepreneur Grants available to newly started small businesses to enable them to access professional advice and support in the critical early stages of establishing a business.



The objectives of the Small Business Entrepreneur Grants Program are to:

  • support new Queensland small businesses to establish and develop
  • encourage entrepreneurship and increase business capability and skills
  • facilitate and encourage access to professional business advice
  • improve business confidence and
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Small Business, Entrepreneur, Startup: Which Do You Identify With?

I hear these three terms used interchangeably, but in my mind, they all mean slightly different things. It’s semantics, of course, but here’s my take on what these three words mean. Which do you identify with the most?

Small Business, Entrepreneur, Startup: Which Do You Identify With?

Small Business

Wikipedia: A small business is a business that is privately owned and operated, with a small number of employees and relatively low volume of sales. Small businesses are normally privately owned corporations, partnerships, or sole proprietorships. The legal definition of “small” varies by country and by industry, ranging from fewer than 15 employees under the Australian Fair Work Act 2009, 50 employees in the European Union, and fewer than 500 employees to qualify for many U.S. Small Business Administration programs. Small businesses can also be classified according to other methods such as sales, assets, or net profits.

Me: In my mind, small businesses are those boutiques,

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How to Become a Successful Entrepreneur: A Simple Guide

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Becoming a massive success is every entrepreneur’s dream when they start out.

If you’ve been wondering how to become a successful entrepreneur, you’ve got to be willing to put the work into getting where you need to go.

This post is going to be your entrepreneurial guide so that you can establish your presence in the business world. Everyone falls on their face at least once or twice, so don’t get discouraged, just follow these steps and keep getting up and trying again.

Understanding Yourself

The best entrepreneurs spend their formative business years learning what makes themselves tick. If you can get to know yourself and why you do the things you do, you can proceed with the utmost confidence. Confidence is the key to winning people’s favor, both personally and in business.

Another important part of understanding yourself is knowing what you’re good at and

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