Family Business Services

Family business is a major economic force in America today. According to the SBA, the 24 million family businesses account for 89% of business tax returns, and employ more than 82 million people (or 62% of the workforce).

But these closely held family-owned businesses have unique concerns and accounting requirements. The finances of the business and the family are often highly entwined. Often, the business represents a large share of the family's wealth and future security. Business loans are secured by personal assets. Cash flow has a major impact on the family's lifestyle. Because of these factors, it is especially important that family businesses have a relationship with an accounting and financial management firm they trust and feel comfortable working with - a firm that is compatible with the requirements and character of both the family members and the business.

In our 60 years, Dermody, Burke & Brown has come to understand the particular dynamics of the family-owned business. We take the time to build consensus among the stakeholders. We assign each client a dedicated team, so that we can come to truly know their family members, operations, and business and personal goals. Our objective is to build a lasting, trusting relationship so our clients feel comfortable asking us any question or turning to us with any financial or non-financial challenge.

DB&B assists our clients throughout the entire business life cycle, from formation and choice of an appropriate entity, through expansions and acquisitions, to succession planning and planning for transitions and sales. And should an unusual issue arise, DB&B's affiliation with Allinial Global allows our team to tap into the wealth of experience of other top tax practices.

DB&B is a proud sponsor of the New York Family Business Center, a not for profit resource providing education, consulting, training, interaction and resources to ensure family owned businesses efficiently and effectively evolve through the various stages of business development.

Our services include:

  • Finance
    • Sales
    • Mergers
    • Acquisitions
      • Negotiations
      • Valuation
      • Financing
      • Legal & tax issues
      •  Management structure
      • Operational issues
    • Budget & modeling
    • Capital requirements
      • Start-up costs
      • Working capital
      • Capital improvements
      • Expansion
      • Debt or equity decisions
  • Planning
    • Business plans
    • Feasibility studies
      • Industry studies
      • Marketing plans
      • Strategic planning
      • Target markets
    • Succession Planning
      • Retirement
      • No successor apparent
      • Successor development
      • Family conflict resolution
    • Business Valuations
      • Mergers/acquisitions
      • Estate & gift tax compliance
      • Divorce proceedings
      • Shareholder disputes
      • Buy/sell agreements
    • Outsourced CFO Services
      • Accounting system set-up
      • Analysis of internal reporting
      • Cash management
      • Training
    • Human Resources
      • Hiring decisions
      • Design of employee benefits
      • Personnel policy
      • Incentive/compensation package design
      • Definition of roles & responsibilities
      • Teambuilding & organizational development
    • Management
      • Process improvement
      • Benchmarking
      • Facilitation services
      • Development of performance metrics
      • Risk management
      • Growth planning