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Survival 101: Merging or Partnering – Is it right for your firm?

Date: Wednesday, June 24, 2009
Time: 8:00a.m. registration; 8:30-10:00 a.m. seminar
Cost: $10.00 members, $25.00 non-members
Place: AIA Arizona Offices
Questions: contact Tina Litteral, Hon. AIA, CAE.
Cont. Ed: Earn 1.5 AIA Learning Units

Many firms and sole practitioners are considering multiple strategies to stay viable in this challenging economy.  One of the strategies they are considering is merging with another firm or finding a partner to share the costs and risks.  What should you consider when making this decision?

This seminar will discuss:
1. How to develop a partner “wish-list”
2. How to find a partner
3. What to consider when evaluating partnership/mergers
4. What are the steps to begin the partnership/merging process
5. What are the pitfalls of merging/partnering
6. What are the rewards of merging/partnering

You will leave the seminar with:
1. A defined “wish-list” for your ideal partner
2. Actions to take to begin the process of finding your partner
3. A list of legal, financial, and cultural criteria to evaluate your prospective partners.

Join Andrea Norman, MBA, Principal of Mind the Gap Marketing Solutions, as she takes you through the issues related to partnering or merging your architecture firm.


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