Following are some of the best articles we’ve run across on selling a business, buying a business, business valuation, building value in your business, and other helpful advice on middle market M&A. Enjoy! 

Business Transitions: It is Hard to Let Go — Business ownership transfers are inevitable, and fall into two main categories: voluntary and involuntary. Which will yours be?

How to Sell Your Business for Top Dollar in 2014 — Ignore the tired headline and read this article for the list of four things you must do. We like #4: Know what it’s worth!

15 Steps to Set Up Your Company for a Successful M&A Transaction — Most if not all of these steps apply to any middle market M&A deal.

15 Ways to Fail Your Business Succession — Geared towards retiring Baby Boomers, this article focuses on many of the obstacles associated with planning an exit.

Types of Businesses Most & Least Likely to Receive SBA Loans — An exhaustive list compiled by “The Loan Professor,” courtesy of veteran business broker William Bruce.

Bill Would Jumpstart Small Company M&A by Cutting Red Tape — An important step forward for business owners, business brokers and everyone involved in middle market M&A!

Want to be truly productive? End each day like this. — 7 tips on how to end each day, to be followed by the 12 things successful people do before breakfast.

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Author: Barbara Taylor

Barbara is co-founder of Allan Taylor & Co. and a former New York Times blogger. She has been a small-business owner since 2003. Barbara lives with her husband, Chris, and their two sons in Northwest Arkansas.