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2020 Economic Impact

Our first Core Member Economic Impact Study has been published. Goering Center members and Corporate Partners were surveyed in October 2020 and the results published in April 2021.

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Goering Center Newsletter

We provide members of the media and the general public with relevant, complete and timely information about our mission, member services and the impact we are making in the region. Hear from our region’s thought leaders and learn about our members and volunteers.

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Quarterly Message from the President

Do you have a blueprint for your future?

Most of us wouldn’t consider working with a builder on our dream home if that builder didn’t have a blueprint to follow. Without a plan, how will the builder and their team make our wishes a reality, much less successfully guide their subcontractors such as electricians, plumbers, and carpenters through the building process?

As someone building a business, can you imagine having a blueprint guiding you and your team to the outcomes you want? A business blueprint serves to outline the choices you’ve made about how you will compete and win in your field, be it on price, value, cost, speed to market, locations, differentiation, or some other factor, such as your purpose, culture or mission. This framework determines not only where you go, but also where you don’t go. It’s something your employees should be able to understand, align with, and follow so you are working together efficiently and effectively to meet your goals.

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In Memoriam

On February 7, 2021, the Goering Center lost its founder and friend John Goering. Those who knew him miss him terribly, and those who never met him wish they had. We are proud and bolstered to continue his legacy as tributes and fond memories pour in, and we would like to share his joy, his wisdom and his profound kidness with you as well


From UC News

Unlock the charitable capital in S-Corporation stock in a...

July 1, 2021

Many private business owners come to a liquidating event in the lifecycle of their business — sometimes related to succession planning or selling the business — and want to benefit the community that helped the business succeed. Often, the business owner can make gifts to charity before the liquidating event in tax-favored ways, but for owners of S-Corporations, taxes to the recipient charity may significantly reduce the remaining gift funds.

Does your 401(k) plan expose you to hidden risk?

July 1, 2021

As a business owner, it’s likely that you have established a 401(k) retirement plan to help your employees prepare for their financial future, and to attract and retain top talent. But is the structure of your plan leaving you open to financial or even legal risk? When establishing a 401(k) plan, one of the many forms to complete serves the purpose of assigning fiduciary responsibility to you, the business owner. You become the legal sponsor of the plan. Unfortunately, many business owners do not put enough thought into what it means to serve as a fiduciary, for either the plan or themselves.

Strong foundations don’t crumble — your legacy shouldn’t either.

July 1, 2021

When looking at the numbers, statistically, more than half of business owners will exit their businesses for reasons outside of their control. These unplanned exits can be triggered by a multitude of events such as death, illness, disability, divorce, or a natural disaster. These aren’t things that we like to think about, but planning for the possibility of both expected and unexpected events will provide your business and your family with the greatest chance for success.

Government Stimulus: Is your family business missing out?

June 10, 2021

The past year has seen every level of government – federal, state, county, and local – pump trillions of dollars in stimulus cash into the hands of many business owners looking to stay afloat during government-imposed operational restrictions and shutdowns. While certain programs have made the headlines for their bold and favorable terms, subsequent federal legislation has provided small and family-owned businesses the opportunity to claim benefits from not just one, but multiple programs.

BLUEPRINT takes strategy out of your head, and into play

June 10, 2021

The “daily grind/demand” of private business turns the most well-intentioned entrepreneurs into firefighters, sacrificing their vision for long-term growth to stay alive in the moment. Most know a strategy is important and have a mental picture for where they want to go. to be successful everyone needs to be a part of the plan – from the management team down to the front line. Entrepreneurs who can cast their vision and create passion for a big hairy audacious goal, while communicating a clear and simple plan for getting the job done …has a shot at successful execution.

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