Capstone Vice President Matt Craft presented at the Virginia Leaders in Export Trade (VALET) program orientation in Richmond on January 19.

For 14 years, Capstone has helped Virginia companies grow through our participation in the Virginia Economic Development Partnership’s VALET program. Matt talked about how leaders can identify the best markets for growth their companies and objectively make decisions using data and tools.

Capstone Vice President Matt Craft presents to VALET companies in Richmond, Virginia.

Capstone Vice President Matt Craft presents to VALET companies in Richmond, Virginia.

As the members enter the program, we wish them the best of luck and urge them to take advantage of the resources and opportunities available for helping their company grow.

For more than 10 years, Capstone has served as a Virginia Leaders in Export Trade (VALET) Program Partner. The program, run by the Virginia Economic Development Partnership, helps businesses expand internationally.

We are excited to continue offering our expertise in strategic planning and external growth to assist companies in realizing their international growth goals. Helping VALET members to execute strategic mergers and acquisitions is one of the key ways we implement our mission.

We also provide complimentary education on international expansion and strategic growth for VALET Program companies. For example, we presented “How to Pick Top-Notch Markets”  at the VALET Spring Meeting in 2015.

Learn more about the VALET Program from the press release.

Are you unusually busy? If you’re like most people the answer is yes! With the holiday season upon us, we are most of us inundated with commitments to work, family and friends.

While it might be easy to get caught up in the bustle of the season, I recommend pausing to plan your growth path for the New Year if you haven’t already done so.

Envision the big picture first. What are your long-term growth goals? We always encourage our clients to think about their dreams. Don’t be afraid to dream big for your company. Once you’ve defined the vision, you can break it down into manageable pieces such as specific goals for 2015 or goals for the next five years.

Plan out actionable items — initiatives you will undertake to accomplish each goal — and then identify and assemble the necessary resources. Each initiative should bring you one step closer to your growth objectives. You don’t have to have all the answers right now, and your plans may change, but this will help you stay focused and organized next year.

Of course, you may be well ahead of the curve with your strategic planning. But in case you haven’t begun planning for 2015, now is your chance to think about your next stage of growth before 2014 comes to a close.

Have a question about leadership and strategic planning? Contact us today.