How to Avoid Bankruptcy, and if It’s Inevitable, How Best to Proceed

This November Zoom panel discussion provides perspectives and advice from three experts who collectively have been there/done this 100+times. A few of the many key takeaways include: Be transparent with creditors, vendors and employees in that order. Do a liquidation analysis to understand what you would walk away from, and with, should an orderly liquidation occur. Develop a new business plan that’s honest about what’s working […]

Keys to Generational Transition Discussed at Owner Transition Forum

July’s Owner Transition Forum, sponsored by Platinum Group, was a shining testament of how transition goals were aligned with family and personal values, according to Platinum Partner Steve Coleman. The monthly forum, via Zoom, featured father-son presenters, Mike and Matt Norman, updating the progress of their 2011 succession — the Dale Carnegie Training franchise in the Upper Midwest. Transition goals discussed included: keeping the company’s […]

Father and Son Update Family Business Succession Success

A family business succession update by two generations of business owners — a father to son third-generation story — will be the topic for Platinum’s next Business Owner Transition Forum on Tuesday, July 14 via Zoom, from 7:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. In 2011, a family business was moving down a path of ownership change from the second to third generation, but there were significant […]

Platinum Owner Transition Forum: Business Transition Includes Aging Issues

Business owners have spent their lives chasing dreams, building companies, and taking care of employees and their families. But the reality is coming for everyone that aging is more complicated and expensive than ever imagined. The most recent Transition Breakfast addressed “The Challenges and Opportunities of Aging,” presented by Platinum Group’s Executive Consultant Laurie Knutson. In addition to consulting with business owners on leadership, marketing […]

Platinum Owner Transition Forum

Join our Owner Transition Forum to gain fresh perspectives from other family business owners’ experiences. These monthly breakfast roundtables offer insights and open dialog around real owner stories in a confidential setting. Contact Steve Coleman at 612-270-4327 or

Best Practices®

The Best Practices® Conference is for business owners with $5M or more in revenue. Our conference speakers have deep, real-world experience leading and growing companies. They will share what has worked for them in solving their most difficult problems in order to grow their company. We strive to ensure that you can count on learning what you came to learn — Best Practices. Each of […]

Platinum Ventures Forum

Providing the Help to Make Your Dreams Come True Starting a new business venture but unsure how to begin? Do you have questions about strategy, raising capital, supply chain, governance, management team, legal and other major issues? Platinum Ventures Forum is a weekly opportunity (Tuesdays at 3:30 p.m.) for you to present your business idea and entrepreneurial challenges to a panel of Platinum Group experts […]