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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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  • A team of business professionals

    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

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.”

Visioning: Putting Why Before What and How!

April 2, 2014

Posting by Stewart Christ, MBA, Principal at BMC Associates

Business leaders can be quick to charge ahead in pursuit of a “solution” only to find they are not only chasing the wrong solution but may be ignoring the real problem. Leaders can get so fixated on the How, they don’t think to ask the more important questions of Why and What.

Partners and Equity (Part 3): The Basic Principles of a Comprehensive Approach to Dividing Ownership

January 27, 2014

Posting by Ed Kopf, Ph.D., Principal at BMC Associates

The first two posts in this series (Part 1 and Part 2) explore the many risks and opportunities that arise when business partners discuss their division of equity. They also describe a unique Comprehensive Contributions-based Equity Process (CCEP) that can minimize the risks and maximize the benefits of that critical discussion.

Your Business Model Canvas: A Shared Vision?

December 16, 2013

Posting by Stewart Christ, MBA, Principal at BMC Associates

The Business Model Canvas was introduced by Alexander Osterwalder as a mechanism to create and document a business model in a concise and visual manner and provide a unique way to enhance collaboration. The Canvas’ visual depiction of a business model incorporates key elements that include external partners, activities, value propositions, customer relationship and segments, resources, channels, cost structure, and revenue streams. 

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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