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>Trendsetter Barometer™ — Private companies' optimism fuels growth plans, including renewed interest in M&A Trendsetter Barometer® Q2 2014 — Private companies outperform the economy but plan to hire just a little
Cruising into summer, private companies told us they felt optimistic about the economy and their revenue prospects. Our survey shows that capital spending is up among these businesses, while their concern about headwinds is down. But it’s not all blue skies – headcount increases remain low as companies struggle to find workers with the right skills and contend with rising wage pressure. Read our report to hear what else is on private companies' minds.
What is a board's role in family business? What is a board's role in family business?
More and more family businesses are interested in corporate governance today. Many want to understand the value a board brings, and how to evolve their board to provide that value. This publication is the first in a series about family business corporate governance.
2014 CEO Survey: A private-company perspective 2014 CEO Survey: A private-company perspective
US CEOs continue to face economic, legislative, and regulatory uncertainty. But they are by no means sitting on their hands. Instead, they’re assessing and preparing for the various ways their businesses will be changed by — and can capitalize on — long-term trends such as technological advances, demographic movements, global economic shifts, resource scarcity, and urbanization. Read how.
Employee financial well-being and retirement survey: 2014 results Employee financial well-being and retirement survey: 2014 results
PwC's Financial Wellness Survey tracks the financial and retirement well-being of working American adults nationwide.
2014 Guide to tax and wealth management 2014 Guide to tax and wealth management
PwC's 2014 edition of Managing your wealth offers guidance on strategic tax planning, managing your portfolio, charitable giving, estate and gift planning, business succession planning and other wealth management topics.
Growing Your Business™ - Profitability 2.0 Growing Your Business™—Profitability 2.0
Is your company as profitable as it could be? If not, it might be time to abandon conventional wisdom and do things differently. Read how.
PwC Family Business Survey 2012/13: US report PwC Family Business Survey 2012/13: US report
This companion piece to PwC's global Family Business Survey looks at what US family businesses have been doing and thinking since we last conducted our survey two years ago.
Building a presence in today’s global markets: The BRICs and beyond Building a presence in today’s global markets: The BRICs and beyond
Read about the top business opportunities and risks private companies face in emerging and fast-growing markets, which include not only the BRICs, but also a second tier of rapidly developing markets, such as Indonesia and Mexico.
Realizing shareholder value: Private company exit strategies Realizing shareholder value: Private company exit strategies
We have created this series, Realizing shareholder value: Private company exit strategies, to guide privately-held business owners in the development and execution of an effective exit strategy. This, the first installment, explores the framework for developing an effective exit strategy—setting the appropriate objectives and understanding the importance of effective and early planning.
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Each quarter, PwC's Private Company Trendsetter Barometer tracks the business issues and best practices of America’s leading privately held businesses.

Trendsetter Barometer™ — Private companies outperform the economy but plan to hire just a little Trendsetter Barometer® Q2 2014 — Private companies outperform the economy but plan to hire just a little
Cruising into summer, private companies told us they felt optimistic about the economy and their revenue prospects. Our survey shows that capital spending is up among these businesses, while their concern about headwinds is down. But it’s not all blue skies – headcount increases remain low as companies struggle to find workers with the right skills and contend with rising wage pressure. Read our report to hear what else is on private companies' minds.
 
Trendsetter Barometer™ Q1 2014 — Private companies' optimism fuels growth plans, including renewed interest in M&A Trendsetter Barometer® Q1 2014 — Private companies' optimism fuels growth plans, including renewed interest in M&A
In the first quarter of this year, we spoke to 214 private-company leaders about what they envision for the next 12 months. Trendsetter CEOs told us their optimism about the US economy is at a three-year high, they expect to outperform GDP forecasts, and their expansion plans are picking up steam. Read our report to hear what else they're planning for the year ahead.

Trendsetter Barometer archive

Growing Your Business™ discusses the opportunities and challenges that leaders of privately owned businesses face, suggesting ways they can make the most of both.

2014 CEO Survey: A private-company perspective 2014 CEO Survey: A private-company perspective
US CEOs continue to face economic, legislative, and regulatory uncertainty. But they are by no means sitting on their hands. Instead, they’re assessing and preparing for the various ways their businesses will be changed by — and can capitalize on — long-term trends such as technological advances, demographic movements, global economic shifts, resource scarcity, and urbanization. Read how.
Growing Your Business™ - Profitability 2.0 Growing Your Business™—Profitability 2.0
Is your company as profitable as it could be? If not, it might be time to abandon conventional wisdom and do things differently. Read how.
Customer engagement: Reaping the rewards of digital outreach Customer engagement: Reaping the rewards of digital outreach
Private companies are leading the charge in making entrepreneurial use of social media, mobile devices, and other digital avenues to get closer to their customers. While these companies are still in the minority, more are likely to follow suit as competition for customers continues to heat up.
Risk Resilience: Reckoning with a New Era of Threats Risk Resilience: Reckoning with a New Era of Threats
Globalization, economic realignment, and rapid technological change are likely to drive volatility for years to come. Against this backdrop, private companies need to rethink their approach to risk so that shocks to the system won't derail corporate strategy and undermine growth.
Innovation imperative: Keeping your company relevant Innovation imperative: Keeping your company relevant
In today’s world of emerging technologies, emerging markets, and emerging consumer demands, companies must emerge too — out of old molds and into new ones — if they are to survive and thrive. For some companies, that means reinventing themselves. For others, it’s about seeking innovative ways to make their business newly relevant. Read about why 75% of US private companies are prioritizing innovation, with growth as their top objective.
Emerging markets calling: Growth beyond the comfort zone Emerging markets calling: Growth beyond the comfort zone
Businesses are going where demand is growing. That means venturing into new markets abroad — a move that doesn’t come naturally to all private companies yet may be more manageable than they think.
Cyber security: Why you can’t afford to ignore it Cyber security: Why you can’t afford to ignore it
Cyber criminals are increasingly targeting private companies in hopes of easy access. The cost to a business can be high, ranging from financial loss to reputational damage. With heightened awareness, private companies can fight back.
Succession planning: Delaying could cost you Succession planning: Delaying could cost you
A clearly communicated succession plan signals that the business is here to stay. Lack of a plan, on the other hand, may suggest an uncertain future for the business in an already uncertain economy. Early planning can nip that concern in the bud.

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Private wealth

2014 Guide to tax and wealth management 2014 Guide to tax and wealth management
Wealth management and tax planning, done right, require care and a thoughtful approach. Our annual guide walks you through the key concepts and approaches to make well-informed decisions about your wealth management, including guidance on strategic tax planning, managing your portfolio, charitable giving, estate and gift planning, business succession planning and other wealth management topics.

Family business

What is a board's role in family business? What is a board's role in family business?
More and more family businesses are interested in corporate governance today. Many want to understand the value a board brings, and how to evolve their board to provide that value. This publication is the first in a series about family business corporate governance.

PwC Family Business Survey 2012/13: US report PwC Family Business Survey 2012/13: US report
This report highlights the views of 100 owners, leaders, and top executives of US family businesses across a variety of industries. The US findings represent one component of PwC’s global survey of nearly 2,000 companies in 28 countries.This companion piece to PwC's global Family Business Survey looks at what US family businesses have been doing and thinking since we last conducted our survey two years ago.

Provides timely insight on emerging tax issues for private companies and individuals. PCS tax insight primarily focuses on significant tax developments for mid-size nonpublic companies, partnerships, S-corporations, LLCs and high-net worth individuals.

Private companies - Tax return compliance and due diligence considerations for S corporations

22 August 2014 | Insights
Tax return compliance and due diligence considerations for S corporations.

IRS issues final regulations regarding dispositions of tangible depreciable property

14 August 2014 | Insights
The IRS today released final regulations under Section 168 regarding the disposition of tangible depreciable property.

Private company services – IRS guidance addresses treatment of disallowed losses associated with certain S corporation distributions

18 July 2014 | Insights
IRS guidance addresses treatment of disallowed losses associated with certain S corporation distributions.

Commonly overlooked exceptions to the 50% disallowance for meal and entertainment expenses

05 May 2014 | Insights
Commonly overlooked exceptions to the 50% disallowance for meal and entertainment expenses.

Managing your wealth: Guide to tax and wealth management

25 April 2014 | Managing Your Wealth: Guide to tax and wealth management
PwC’s 2014 year-end guide to tax and wealth management offers guidance for strategic tax planning, managing your portfolio, charitable giving, estate and gift planning, business succession planning and other topics.

Certain contributions of inventory not eligible for enhanced deduction, IRS concludes

21 April 2014 | Insights
The IRS has concluded that a corporation was not eligible for the enhanced charitable deduction for donations of certain hair care and grooming products.