How to Buy a Business
Marcus Lemonis Develops a Growth Strategy for The Lano Company
The Lano Company is a Kansas City, Missouri based business launched ten years ago by Miranda when she developed a lanolin lip balm. Since then she and her business partner husband Layne have expanded the product line dramatically and grown the top line to $2.4 million as of 2014.
Let’s look at the situation using the 3Ps.
This is an interesting question that comes up rather frequently. Which of two pioneering computer industry competitors will have the greater legacy and be remembered longer by history.
I have to go with Gladwell.
How Marcus Plans to Grow Queens Vibe (formerly “Artistic Stitch Sports Complex”)
Well this episode was a bit of a roller coaster ride with some serious plummets that could have killed the deal. It also has some interesting deal-making aspects.
The Artistic Stitch Sports Complex is an odd collection of businesses all operating under one roof in Queens. The two owners, Sal and Nic, are friends who have been in business 18 years to date. Their bread and butter businesses are embroidery, silk screening, (and sign making*). However, they were able to get a deal on an old 28K sq. ft. warehouse a while back which had far more room than they actually needed. So to justify taking over the entire building they came up with some pretty weak secondary businesses. These include a restaurant and a sports complex where people can play basketball or get in some batting practice. These add-on businesses appear to take up 80%, if not 90%, of the floor space, with the profitable ones “shoved into a corner,” as Marcus put it. Walking around the place, he described it as the “world’s weirdest mini-mall.”
The new season of The Profit starts October 14th. That’s this coming Tuesday.
Oftentimes the only difference between winning and losing is your attitude. The tennis great Vitas Gerulaitis embodied the champion attitude.