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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

My Brother, Who Art Thou? The Challenges Brothers Face When They Work and Own a Family Business Together

March 25, 2015

Event: Presentation at the 21st Annual Conference of Psychodynamics of Family Business

Hosted by: Psychodynamics of Family Business

Event Date: May 2, 2015

Location: Hyatt Orrington Hotel, Evanston, IL

David Gage will talk about the ways brothers’ relationships and the power of positions in family businesses can facilitate … or retard family member’s personal growth.

Discussion of Dr. Gage’s Book, The Partnership Charter: How To Start Out Right with Your New Business Partnership (Or Fix the One You’re In)

Event: Book Talk

Hosted by: DC Psychological Association

Event Date: May 28, 2015

Location: Somerset House, Chevy Chase, MD

Celebrating the 10th Anniversary of the publication of his book, David Gage will talk about the impetus for the book, the writing experience, and what he has learned in the ensuing 10 years as a result of it’s publication, first in English, then in Chinese in 2005 and Russian in 2012.

Business Partners Need Mediation – Before They Know It

The media is littered with stories of business partner and family business disasters. "If it bleeds, it leads," as they say. Despite these unfortunate stories, thousands of entrepreneurs join forces every year, often against the advice of their trusted advisers, family, and friends, who’ve seen many partnerships end badly.

The Dos And Don’ts Of Going Into Business With A Sibling

December 8, 2014

BMC Principal Ed Kopf is quoted in an article on The Huffington Post entitled “The Dos And Don’ts Of Going Into Business With A Sibling” by Shihab S. Joi. Also read Ed’s blog post on the same topic, “Am I My Brother’s Keeper?: Brothers in Family Business.”

Other News & Updates

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

Built to Sell: Co-Founders and Co-Sellers

Safeguarding the Family When the Business is Sold

Thanksgiving: Gratitude and Your Partnership

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