Edward J. McCloskey, Attorney-Business Succession Planning

GNOEA met via Zoom on Tuesday January 26, 2021 for organization updates and to learn about  preparing an Exit Plan for your business, by GNOEA member, Edward J. McCloskey, Business and Family Attorney. With more than 45 years in business, Edward practices Corporate/Business Law, Estate Planning and Successions. https://lawejm.com

Ed explained the difference between an Exit Plan versus a Business Succession Plan noting that the exit plan,  focuses on your needs when you are ready to retire or exit the business and is for business owners who are financially independent. How much do you need from the business to continue your current lifestyle?

Ed reviewed the four exit strategies: Selling the business to family, selling to a key employee(s), selling to a third party or the most common liquidation. Ed suggested considering the following questions when preparing an exit plan: when to exit, the value of your business (not what your business is worth), where the money come from, and risks prior to an exit. He also shared options for those who may be ready to exit but not financially independent as provided on his handout. When coordinating  an exit plan, Ed recommended getting the advice of a CPA and financial advisor and other professionals that can help design a comprehensive plan.

He referred to Stephen Covey’s The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People that suggests designing a plan that “Begins with the End in Mind”.

Recording and presentation will be in meeting archives

Membership News

New Member Review:

The Board has voted on the membership application of the following potential member.
Members have until February 2, 2021 to submit an objection due to conflict of interest:
Paige Henderson, Owner/Photographer

Bellus Photography
Guest of: Cynthia Widlitze

Potential Members

New Member Recruitment: If you have a prospect, please have them connect with Julie Couret at membership@gnoea.com

A list of open classifications can be found here.

Thank Yous & Announcements

Cynthia Widlitze introduced guest Paige Henderson, Owner/Photographer of Bellus, a photography boutique. Paige provided a brief overview of her photography services located in her new Mandeville location. She announced that a TV show will be televising her business on national television.

Lola Lass, Adeeta Staffing, announced that she has several employment opportunities available. Interested parties should contact her by email at llass@adeeeta.com.

Jesse Hoppes, Leaaf Environmental, will listen in on a GNO, Inc. & JEDCO call today on Identifying Opportunity Zones. Contact Jesse for details at jhoppes@leaaf.com.

Brien Lundin Q1 2021 dues invoices sent-  Electronic payment is preferred. Please update your GNOEA mailing address to P.O. Box 113478, Metairie, LA 70011. The address is also on the website.

Board meeting to follow today’s meeting.


Upcoming Meeting Schedule

February 2 – No meeting

February 9 – Zoom – Stan Harris, President and CEO – Louisiana Restaurant Association – COVID’s impact on the Restaurant Business

February 16 – No meeting (Happy Mardi Gras)

February 23 – Zoom – TBA

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Please contact Tim Scott President-Elect/ Program Chair if you would like to be added to the presentation schedule or would like to recommend a speaker.