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Exit Paths for Business Owners

Top Eight Exit Paths for Business Owners

1. Transfer the company to family member(s). 
2. Sell the business to one or more key employees. 
3. Sell to employees using an employee stock ownership plan (ESOP). 
4. Sell to one or more co-owners. 
5. Sell to an outside third party. 
6. Engage in an initial public offering (IPO). 
7. Retain ownership but become a passive owner. 
8. Liquidate

Percentage of Exit Paths Business Owners Take

59% of owners anticipate a third-party sale. 
30% anticipate a transfer to the next generation. 
31% anticipate a management buyout. 
6% expect to sell to an ESOP.
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