Acquisitions, mergers and partnerships are the trend in business today. Organizations, groups and people are pooling their resources to grow and develop a stronger foundation. Sounds like a great thing, doesn’t it?

It is – when everyone is honest and everyone has the best interest of all in mind.

That is not always the case and it can have a devastating outcome when something goes awry. The thing is, it’s not just one small business owner that can be targeted and duped – it can be big organizations, municipal agencies, municipalities themselves or even states. No one is immune or safe from deceit.

The answer is to perform due diligence.

When most people think of a due diligence process, they think lots of numbers and accounting reports. [...]