Rock Around the Block - The Blog of Rock LaManna

Selling Your Printing Business: Got the Time?

Posted by Rock LaManna on Thu, Mar 7, 2019 @ 17:03 PM

When it comes to selling your business, your estimate of the length of the process is like a flip of a coin. It's highly random. And I'm willing to bet that most of you will guess wrong. Sound like a costly mistake for a successful business owner.

Most businesses take 1-2 years to sell. Minimum.

No matter how desperate you want to sell, there are no buyers who will speed through a closing just to get you the cash you want. You’re better off liquidating and closing the doors than thinking you’re just going to turn something around in 2-3 months.

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Topics: Succession Planning, Sales Strategy

Three Printing Business Case Studies

Posted by Rock LaManna on Sat, Jan 12, 2019 @ 10:01 AM

Let's take a look at three printing businesses that each faced some serious challenges. All involved privately held printing companies. There were tough decisions that needed to be made and sometimes there were major disagreements. 

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Topics: Exit Planning, Succession Planning, Family Business, Printer's Edge Podcast

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

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

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

BOOM! Big Idea Strategies: Live Presentation from the GOA Expo

Posted by Rock LaManna on Wed, Mar 21, 2018 @ 07:03 AM

Rock LaManna and the LaManna Alliance were proud to present two educational sessions at this year's Graphics of the Americas Expo. This session, "Boom! Big Idea Strategies" was designed to empower print business entrepreneurs.

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Topics: Succession Planning, Printer's Edge Podcast

Lessons Learned: How My Father Sold His Business

Posted by Rock LaManna on Wed, Mar 18, 2015 @ 08:03 AM


When I started working for my father at Vomela in 1975, I knew virtually nothing about the business. But through the years, he would teach me countless life lessons about owning a company and creating a vision to successfully sell a business. 

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Topics: Selling Your Business, Succession Planning, Family Business, M&A, Rock's Story

Alarming Statistics if You’re Preparing to Sell Your Business

Posted by Rock LaManna on Wed, Jan 7, 2015 @ 08:01 AM

Why don’t you sell your business with the same approach you used when you started your business?  For some reason, all the business fundamentals go out the window with this all-important transaction. These eye-opening stats from Canada illustrate my point.

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Topics: Selling Your Business, Exit Planning, Succession Planning, M&A

Why are 75% of Owners Unhappy With Life After Retirement?

Posted by Rock LaManna on Wed, Nov 5, 2014 @ 08:11 AM

Seventy-five percent of former business owners reported being unhappy in their first 6 to 12 months of retirement, according to Pinnacle Equity Solutions. The surprising reason? They didn’t prepare themselves emotionally for life after retirement.

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Topics: Succession Planning, M&A

Don’t Ask Your Parents When They Will Retire from the Family Business

Posted by Rock LaManna on Wed, Jun 18, 2014 @ 09:06 AM

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Topics: Succession Planning, Family Business, M&A