Rock Around the Block - The Blog of Rock LaManna

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: Business Development, Printer's Edge Podcast

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

Marketplace Report - Buyers and Sellers

Posted by Rock LaManna on Thu, Jul 5, 2018 @ 17:07 PM

As you know, I spend a lot of time in the marketplace and from time to time, I want to share some strategic opportunities with you. Here is the scoop on a great company that is for sale. Watch the video to find out more:

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Topics: Business Development, Selling Your Business

Rock LaManna Awarded Lifetime Achievement Status

Posted by Rock LaManna on Thu, Jul 5, 2018 @ 09:07 AM

The Business Brokerage Press (BBP) has recently named Rock LaManna of The LaManna Alliance as its first ever Lifetime Industry Expert. The honor salutes LaManna’s expertise in the industries of Label Printing (Flexographic, Digital, Screen Printing), Print Shops/Commercial Printers, Sign Companies, and Decorated Apparel - Embroidery.

“The Business Brokerage Press is all about bringing you a professional advantage,” said Ron West, President of the Business Brokerage Press. “Rock LaManna’s diverse background and professional experiences enrich our community in countless ways.”

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Topics: Rock LaManna, Press Release

Buyers & Sellers - What Rock is Seeing in the Marketplace

Posted by Rock LaManna on Sat, Jun 23, 2018 @ 12:06 PM

I spend a lot of time in the marketplace and we thought it would be good to catch you up on some new developments. So let's talk about what's going on with buyers and sellers.

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Topics: Printer's Edge Podcast

My Father: Innovation and Legacies

Posted by Rock LaManna on Fri, Jun 8, 2018 @ 13:06 PM

As we approach Father's Day, I want to take a look back at my father's career and his legacy. As a man in his 90s, Carlo LaManna has much to look back on with pride.

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Topics: Family Business, Rock's Story

Successful or Broke? The Right Questions Make a Difference

Posted by Rock LaManna on Sun, Jun 3, 2018 @ 07:06 AM

As your business needs to evolve, are you prepared to make the important changes necessary to become successful? Whether it's printing, signage or converting, you need to be able to answer several very important questions regarding the direction of your operations.

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Topics: Business Development, Succession Planning

Meet the International Sign Expo Innovators

Posted by Rock LaManna on Sun, May 6, 2018 @ 15:05 PM


There are some great takeaways from a group of companies I call the International Sign Expo innovators. The three businesses recently received rewards for innovation at the ISA Expo. 

As you know, I spend a lot of time in the marketplace, taking to family businesses about their futures. In a world where comfortable can be commonplace, three businesses are taking some chances and using strategy to try to get ahead of the pack.

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Topics: Printing Business, signage industry

Your Sales Roadmap

Posted by Rock LaManna on Sun, Apr 22, 2018 @ 15:04 PM

Rock LaManna has learned the successful sale of a printing business needs a good roadmap. For more than 25 years, he's been creating these customized sales plans for owners.

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Topics: Selling Your Business, Succession Planning, Sales Strategy, Printer's Edge Podcast

Great Tool for Print Business Strategy

Posted by Rock LaManna on Mon, Apr 2, 2018 @ 07:04 AM

A key part of print business strategy sees you spend your time focused on the things that will make you money and help your business grow. Our longtime friend, Vince Mallardi of The Printing Brokerage/Buyers Association International, has released a great tool to help you focus on the right markets.

Many of you already know Vince as a longtime contributor to our annual printing industry predictions article.  

Now you can become enriched with Vince’s Top 25 Hot Markets for Printing 2018-2019. You can download this special report by clicking here.

These markets are a big deal as they account for nearly 95% of total print. As Vince suggests, you would be wise to boost your promotional spending to saturate existing markets among the food/beverage and banking/investment sectors in particular. Also, you may be surprised to learn what sector is now out of the top 25.

Now is the time to make good strategic decisions, while our economy is growing. You don’t want to look back at 2018 and say, “If only I’d acted!”

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Topics: Business Development, Sales Strategy