Only 10 percent of former business owners were highly satisfied with the process of selling their company, and 54 percent were dissatisfied, according to a new survey by the accounting firm Rothstein Kass.

The survey, of 116 ex-business owners of small to middle-market companies, found that the key to satisfaction with the process of selling their business was being extensively engaged in pre-exit corporate and personal planning. Owners who integrate financial planning and wealth management are not only happiest with the sales process, but also best positioned to receive the highest potential acquisition price for the company and gain more personal wealth.

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