5 Tips for Evaluating the Performance of a Manufacturing Target

Low to mid-market manufacturing companies are hot targets for investment.  Everyone from individual investors, private equity firms, and companies are calling owners and entrepreneurs to see if their companies would be available for sale or if they need growth financing. Even hedge funds have senior analysts touring plants. The challenge is how to evaluate the performance of a plant...

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5 Ways the Smartest Guys in the Room Fail at Start-ups.

Anyone who’s tried to combine consultants and/or big business execs with start-ups knows these two entities have trouble mixing. There has been many a business school case written about cultural disasters when big business has purchased new companies in an attempt to “innovate” and then slams process down hill. There’s a reason for that…what works in big business does...

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Blossom Principal and logistics expert David Martinelli speaks about reducing logistics cost.

David was recently quoted as a logistics expert for Camcode’s latest blog. David was asked.. What’s your #1 tip for how companies can reduce logistics costs (transportation costs or carry costs or warehousing costs etc)? Click here to find out David’s answer.  To speak with David about any logistical issues your organization might be struggling with, please email him at davidm@blossomgrowth.com  

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Resistance to change is not a ground rule…. It is an investigation.

Business journals are filled with studies that stress the importance of change management to the success of a large business initiative. We read of the “valley of despair”, the “marathon effect” and the “situational” nature of change as characteristics of an organization in transition requiring focus and care. The point is driven home that a large-scale change effort must...

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Driving EBITDA Growth and Maximum Value Creation with a Multi-Dimensional Office of the CFO

Value, a nebulous term…what is it, what does it mean, what is it derived from?   It’s often difficult to disseminate, unless of course you are in business.  I’ve had this great debate with many a lawyer, marketer, sales professional, and even artists.  For simplicity sake, my personal point of view and that of most private equity firms and banks,...

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Optimizing ROI through S&OP/Integrated Business Planning in your company or your managed portfolio

February 25, 2015No commentsBlog

Many, if not most, manufacturing and co-manufacturing firms in business today do not have a mature S&OP process in place. Instead, high marketplace pricing and relatively low cost of borrowing affords many firms the “luxury” of being wasteful yet viable. But if you’ve invested in or purchased an immature S&OP business at some multiple of earnings, you have dollars...

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Bright Shiny Thing!

February 16, 2015No commentsBlog

Technology is amazing.  It’s continually transforming how we live and work, and driving incredible gains in productivity. Some of us may remember when they saw a TV remote control for the first time.  The thought of actually not having to get up and walk across the room to change the channel was almost hard to comprehend.  Though this example...

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Why Can’t I Just Buy Something?

Retailers need to find the balance between value add and simply selling. As I look back on this holiday season, I noticed there are two sets of customers walking about the various retail shops; the “shopper” and the “buyer”.  But while retailers make it easier and easier for the “shopper” to find what they need/want, they have in many...

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Emerging firm Blossom Growth Partners is Breaking the Mold of Traditional Consulting

Chicago, Jan. 5, 2015 – Blossom Growth Partners (http://blossomgrowth.com/), an advisory firm focused on growth and fixing the problems associated with it, has opened its doors.  The firm, founded by three veteran industry operators and consultants, Brian D. Pitera, Lea Macchiaroli, and Steven Baumgartner, takes a non-traditional approach to advising companies. Blossom Growth Partners is a team of operators...

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