Our Core Competencies
There is a world of difference between business planning and writing a business plan.
Yet far too often, the two are mistakenly viewed as being one in the same.
In his August 14th, 2013 post Why Business Plans Are A Waste Of Time, Paul Brown wrote the following:
“Why doesn’t creating a business plan make sense? Because you can plan and research all you want, but the first time you encounter something you didn’t expect out in the marketplace, the plan goes out the window. Once you are underway, things never go exactly the way you anticipate.”
The fact is that business planning at its very core is driven by unique insights and strategic thinking that positions you and your business for success. These insights cannot be found within the text of a business plan, but within the framework of key relationships with industry thought leaders – leaders who can help you to recognize and adapt to real-world scenarios in real-time.
This is where the first of the Four Pillars of the Inner Orbis Service Model comes into play.
In an update of Malcolm Gladwell’s seminal book The Tipping Point, SmallBusiness.com‘s Rex Hammock wrote about how “mavens are now thought leaders.” He went on to write that the “people who actually become thought leaders have to be obsessed with the topic, not theories of processes.”
When it comes to business planning, our primary goal at Inner Orbis is to connect you with these very thought leaders. The men and women who possess the right blend of experience and expertise to help you to either build your new business or take your existing business to the next level.
Our business planning service does not stop at the introduction.
We play an active role in driving the process for you, thereby creating a single contact point that informs and empowers you, without distracting you from your daily responsibilities.
Mergers & Acquisitions
According to a March 12th, 2012 Forbes article, half of all M&A deals fail.
The reason offered is that while most deals look good on paper, the writer reports that few organizations “pay proper attention to the integration process.” Specifically, how the deal “will actually work once all the paperwork is signed.”
While other studies put the rate of failure at a much higher percentage, one thing is clear . . . M&A success is determined long before the deal closes.
It is in this capacity that Inner Orbis will make the difference.
We area relationship driven organization that specializes in bringing together the right mix of people at the right time, when they are needed most. This uniquely positions us to provide you with the expertise to assess the intangibles of any potential M&A initiative you are looking to undertake relative three key areas:
- cultural fit
- integration path development
- achievable outcome assessment relating to your specific goals
In short, you will be able to determine the potential for success long before you sign on the dotted line.
A final area in which we will provide assistance is in those instances when you are selling your business.
Beyond everything referenced above, we have found that emotional preparation is important when you reach the point of enacting a planned exit strategy. This is particularly true when you are transitioning away from a business that you have started and successfully built up.
As part of this preparation process, we will provide you with an overview of the market in terms of where your next exciting challenge can be found.
It will not come has a surprise to any business person that one of the biggest challenges entrepreneurs usually face – especially when launching a new venture, is funding.
While there are multiple venues through which funds can be sought such as friends and family, angel investor/venture capital, and even by way of the new crowdfunding platforms, finding the right financing vehicle is critical.
Through our extensive relationships in both the business and financial community, Inner Orbis will connect you with not only potential funding sources, but with the right people to maximize your opportunity for success.
When we talk about the right people, we are talking about leveraging the experience and creativity of funding thought leaders.
Through these new age thought leaders, Inner Orbis will introduce you to the many vehicles that you most likely haven’t considered. This includes the previously mentioned crowdfunding platforms, as well as government grants, peer-to-peer lending, and even barter agreements.
In the end, Inner Orbis will help you to navigate the investment world to secure the funds you need to achieve your business objectives.
When you think of the word audit, it likely doesn’t conjure up a positive image.
However, the audit about which we are talking centers around providing you with insights into your business in the critical areas that literally mean the difference between delaying or derailing your enterprise, or taking it to the next level of success.
So what is a true business audit? What does it entail?
Everything from succession planning to identifying and addressing liability gaps as well as HR issues to name only a few.
Leveraging the experience and expertise that helped us to create the TK Group’s patented audit process, Inner Orbis will bring together the right professionals to assess your enterprise’s strengths and potential weaknesses. We will then prescribe a course of action that will keep you on the surest and shortest path to achieving your goals both professionally as well as personally.