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BMC Associates help business partners and owners of family and non-family businesses deal with conflict and build collaboration.
  • The Partnership Charter
  • Mediation
  • Business Succession Plans
  • Collaborative Estate Planning
  • Other Services
  • Business partners smiling and shaking hands after striking a business deal

    The Partnership Charter

    Start partnerships out on a solid foundation of comprehensive agreements.
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  • Business partners smiling and shaking hands on reaching agreement.


    Resolve conflicts among business owners and principals through facilitated negotiations.
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  • Business Succession Plans

    Business Succession Plans

    Successfully transferring leadership in business and family to the next generation.
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  • A family meeting comprised of parents and adult child and spouse

    Collaborative Estate Planning

    Families planning together to preserve and build a legacy.
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  • Figure holding a puzzle piece that says solution and is the missing piece of puzzle

    Other Services

    Enhance productivity, strengthen relationships and enhance teamwork.

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The Partnership charter

The Partnership Charter by David Gage Millions of people co-own closely held companies, family businesses, and business partnerships, but establishing them and keeping them together is never easy. Here, finally, is the guide they have been waiting for.... Read More

Welcome to BMC Associates

BMC Associates helps business partners, owners of family businesses, and principals of other organizations deal with conflict and build collaboration. BMC’s interdisciplinary and non-adversarial approach helps strengthen working teams’ overall business and interpersonal performance.

BMC’s services include:

  • Mediation, a process that resolves conflicts through facilitated negotiations.
  • The Partnership Charter, an innovative, preventative tool for partners and partners-to-be who want a structured approach to negotiating the many issues that tend to cause difficulties and conflicts among partners.
  • Business Succession Plans, an integrated approach to transferring family business leadership and ownership.
  • Collaborative Estate Planning, a way for families to address the many sensitive issues involved in transferring assets such as vacation properties from one generation to the next.
  • Other Services that meet the planning and organizational development needs of clients are offered in conjunction with the services described above.


Recent News & Updates

MPA Workshop

October 28, 2018

Event: Maryland Psychological Association Annual Convention

Event Date: November 2, 2018

Location: Baltimore, Maryland

The Maryland Psychological Association asked Drs. Donna and David Gage to present a workshop at their Annual Convention about the many ways psychologists can use mediation to help their clients. They will focus on mediation with business partners, boards of directors, management teams and families with business and estate issues, but they will emphasize how psychologists’ training and experience make them particularly well suited to work in any conflict situations that involve close relationships.

Continuing Education Program

October 15, 2017

Event: DC Psychological Association

Event Date: October 20, 2017

Location: Washington, DC

David and Donna Gage gave a workshop for psychologists, social workers and executive coaches on how BMC uses a multidisciplinary approach to help family business owners resolve complex family and business conflicts collaboratively.

Presentation at Annual Convention

April 21, 2017

Event: American Psychological Association’s Annual Conference

Event Date: August 6, 2017

Location: Washington, DC

Dr. David Gage presented a talk entitled “Siblings in Conflict: Tied at the Hip in the Family Business” at the world’s largest annual conference of psychologists. He talked to psychologists from around the world about how siblings jointly inherit family assets and suddenly find themselves not just siblings, but also business partners.

Dr. Gage Interviewed For APA Webinar

April 20, 2017

Event: American Psychological Association Webinar

Event Date: April 25, 2017

Dr. David Gage was interviewed on the American Psychological Association’s on-going webinar series, “How Did You Get That Job?” The series explores how the knowledge, skills, and experience gained through psychologists’ education and training can successfully transfer to a variety of jobs that they may never have considered.

Other News & Updates

Built to Sell: Co-Founders and Co-Sellers

Safeguarding the Family When the Business is Sold

Thanksgiving: Gratitude and Your Partnership

Celebration of Young Presidents’ Organization’s “Best of the Best” Education Award

Partners and Equity (Part 2): The Basic Principles of a Comprehensive Approach to Dividing Ownership

The Five Dysfunctions & The Partnership Charter

Have a Lean Start-up, but Start Out Right

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