Rock Around the Block - The Blog of Rock LaManna

Label Company: Sell or Liquidate?

Posted by Rock LaManna on Sat, Dec 8, 2018 @ 14:12 PM

I was hired for the potential sale of a label company but soon realized my recommendation was to liquidate. Go behind the scenes of a label company assessment on this episode of The Printer's Edge Podcast. 

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Topics: Printer's Edge Podcast, Selling Your Business

Money Matters for Your Printing Business

Posted by Rock LaManna on Tue, Dec 4, 2018 @ 07:12 AM

When print owners tell me they're ready to sell, they sometimes pause when I ask them about this. When potential print business buyers talk to me, they definitely want to know about it. I'm talking about MONEY!

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Topics: Selling Your Business, Business Financials

Coaching Matters

Posted by Rock LaManna on Sat, Nov 10, 2018 @ 17:11 PM

When it comes to business, I know that coaching matters. Coaching has played a huge role in my personal and professional life by allowing me to get help from the best, in order to get better.

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Topics: Business Development, coaching

Succession or Exit? Know the Difference

Posted by Rock LaManna on Sat, Nov 3, 2018 @ 19:11 PM

I hear the terms “succession planning” and “exit planning” a lot. Often, printing business owners confuse the terms. Let's go over each to make sure you're in a power position to consider your future moves and decisions. 

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Topics: Succession Planning, Family Business

What's Next for Me and My Business?

Posted by Rock LaManna on Sat, Oct 6, 2018 @ 20:10 PM

Lately, I've been getting the same call from printing business owners. They're asking, "What do I do next?" As businesses grow and owners age, new challenges and opportunities can emerge.

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Topics: Printer's Edge Podcast, Selling Your Business

What's Your Marketing Plan?

Posted by Rock LaManna on Mon, Oct 1, 2018 @ 14:10 PM

So, do you really have a marketing plan? Maybe you have a vision statement. And sometime, a few years ago, you hired a marketing consultant to write a marketing plan for you.

All that stuff is filed safely away. Maybe the plans are in a desk or a filing cabinet. But the bottom line is that it's somewhere, where they are collecting dust.

That's a big problem for you and your business, especially if you plan on selling your company. I’m not talking about a few documents you gave some lip service to a few years ago.

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Topics: marketing, Management

Florida Graphics Alliance: The Courage to Change

Posted by Rock LaManna on Fri, Sep 7, 2018 @ 17:09 PM

Every business, even when it is successful, must decide if it is time for some major changes. That was the decision made recently by the Printing Association of Florida, which is now known as the Florida Graphics Alliance.

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Topics: Printer's Edge Podcast, Business Development

Rock LaManna's M&A Q&A

Posted by Rock LaManna on Sun, Sep 2, 2018 @ 20:09 PM

Recently, I took part in an M&A Q&A that was part of a print industry article. I pulled no punches and called it as I see it, as far as mergers and acquisitions go. Below, you'll find the questions and my answers.

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Topics: M&A, mergers and acquisitions

Lessons from Harvard Business School

Posted by Rock LaManna on Sat, Aug 11, 2018 @ 18:08 PM

You may not know that I am a graduate from Harvard Business School's Owner/President Management program.  This three year, intense education shaped the way I look at business and how I work with business owners today.

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Topics: Printer's Edge Podcast, Business Development

Rock LaManna's Greatest Hits

Posted by Rock LaManna on Sat, Aug 11, 2018 @ 17:08 PM

Over the years, I've put out a lot of good content on my blog and sometimes people ask me about my greatest hits. I've found that certain posts are consistently popular and useful to the printing and print related industries. 

I also know that during busy times, you may not be able to search through my article archives. I don't want you to miss out on marketplace knowledge. Remember, industry knowledge is power!

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Topics: Selling Your Business, Business Development, Packaging, M&A