Succession Planning for Sustainable Small and Family Business

  • 19
  • August 2024
  • 10:00 AM PDT | 01:00 PM EDT

    Duration:  60  Mins


Basic & Advanced

Webinar ID


  • Deciding What to Do: Life and Career Planning for Small Business Owners and Family Leaders
  • Considering Your Choices
  • Planning for Succession in Small and Family Business
  • Planning the Strategy for Succession
  • Recruiting a Successor from Inside, Outside, or Utilizing Other Options for the Organization
  • Special Issues in Small and Family Business Succession Planning
  • Family-Owned Business Dynamics and Politics
  • Questions and Answers about Psychological Issues in Small and Family Business Succession
  • Questions and Answers about Legal Issues in Small and Family Business Succession
  • Questions and Answers about Tax and Accounting Issues in Small and Family Business Succession
  • Questions and Answers about Financial Planning Issues in Small and Family Business Succession
  • Questions and Answers about Talent Management Issues in Small and Family Business Succession
  • Transitioning the Business and Executing the Plan

Overview of the webinar

Small and family-owned businesses rarely employ first-rate, well-qualified talent in human resources. More typically, business owners must be jacks-of-all-trades and serve as their own accountants, lawyers, business consultants, marketing experts, and HR wizards. Unfortunately, that does not always work well when business owners embark on planning for retirement or business exits. To help business owners avert problems, this book will offer limited advice on the management, tax and financial, legal, and psychological issues that should be considered when planning retirement or other exits from the business.

This comprehensive approach is unique when compared to the books, articles, and other literature that currently exists on the market. This book takes on a bold and integrated approach. Relevant research combined with the rich experiences of the authors brings this comprehensive, evidence-based approach to action-based approaches for the reader.  

Who should attend?

  • Owners
  • Senior Leaders
  • Professionals of small and Family-Owned Businesses

Why should you attend?

So, what is preventing you from starting this effort tomorrow? Small and family businesses are the bedrock of all businesses. More people are employed by small and family-owned businesses than by all multinational companies combined. Yet the research on small and family businesses is bleak: fewer than one-third of small business owners in the United States can afford to retire.

Only 40 percent of small businesses have a workable disaster plan in case of the sudden death or disability of the owner, and only 42 percent of small businesses in the United States have a succession plan. Fewer than 11 percent of family-owned businesses make it to the third generation beyond the founder. Lack of succession planning is the second most common reason for small business failure. 

Faculty - Mr.William J Rothwell

William J. Rothwell, Ph.D., SPHR, SHRM-SCP, CPLP Fellow is President of Rothwell and Associates, Inc., a full-service consulting company that specializes in succession planning. He is also a Professor of Learning and Performance in the Workforce Education and Development program, Department of Learning and Performance Systems, at The Pennsylvania State University, University Park campus. In that capacity, he heads up a top-ranked graduate program in learning and performance. He has authored, co-authored, edited, or co-edited 300 books, book chapters, and articles—including 64 books. Before arriving at Penn State in 1993, he had 20 years of work experience as a Training Director in government and in business. As a consultant he has worked with over 50 multinational corporations--including Motorola, General Motors, Ford, and many others. In 2004, he earned the Graduate Faculty Teaching Award at Pennsylvania State University, a single award given to the best graduate faculty member on the 23 campuses of the Penn State system. His train-the- trainer programs have won global awards.


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