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Mike Jaczko, BSc. Phm, RPh, CIM, FEA, a pharmacist by background, is a portfolio manager, partner and member of KJ Harrison Investors, a Toronto-based private investment management firm servicing individuals and families across Canada. For more information on this topic, email [email protected] or visit

Max Beairsto, B.Sc. Pharm., MBA, CVA is a pharmacist and valuation analyst with Enterprise Valuators Corporation (EVCOR), an Edmonton-based business valuation firm that focuses on business valuations and sale advisory of small and mid-sized private companies. You can reach him at [email protected] or visit


  • 7/23/2024

    6 accounting issues pharmacist-owners face when selling

    There are good business reasons to adopt sound accounting practices. Detailed, exact books can help you assess your pharmacy’s financial performance and find areas of strength, weakness, opportunity and risk. They also make your life a lot easier when you have to deal with regulators, tax authorities or financial institutions. But they are absolutely essential when you want to sell your business for a good price.
  • 5/28/2024

    When selling a pharmacy, every team needs a quarterback

    A transition quarterback is primarily an intermediary and an overseer—sort of a “white hat” for the sale project—who ensures that everyone on the team is working together, getting along, and moving in the same direction: towards a satisfactory sale of your business. Without an effective leader, the transition team experience can go wrong in a whole bunch of ways.
  • 5/7/2024

    Make fun a serious business in your pharmacy

    It's an often-overlooked feature of high-performing workplaces, but good bosses know that fun can be a great stress reliever, team-builder and motivator. When you make your workplace more fun, you can foster higher employee engagement, which makes it easier to keep and attract staff.
  • 4/23/2024

    How technology can improve your pharmacy’s efficiency—and make your life easier

    If you are still doing things the same way you were 10 or 15 years ago, chances are your dispensary is behind the times. And you might very well be making your life – and your pharmacy’s operations – more difficult than they need to be.
  • 4/16/2024

    An epidemic of job burnout for pharmacist-owners

    Job burnout impacts not just the pharmacists and their enjoyment of work, but also everyone in their circle—staff, family and customers. It can also take a financial toll, adversely affecting their job performance and their interest in running the business.
  • 2/20/2024

    How to 'right-staff' your pharmacy

    If your store is overstaffed, you may need to make difficult decisions like reducing staff or potentially laying off unproductive or redundant employees. Doing that can be painful, for your employees and for you. So how do you right-staff the right way?
  • 1/16/2024

    12 business resolutions for pharmacist-owners in 2024

    The new year – still fresh – presents an opportunity not only to look back at all that was accomplished over the past 12 months, but also to look ahead and set priorities for the new year. That is especially the case if you are preparing to put up your pharmacy for sale within the next five years or so, because that is how long a successful business sale transaction can take in the pharmacy industry.
  • 1/9/2024

    The great annual debate: RRSPs vs TFSAs?

    The RRSP deadline looms the end of February, and the new year brings an additional $7,000 of contribution room for Tax-Free Savings Accounts. Ideally, it would be great to maximize contributions to both RRSPs and TFSAs, but in some cases pharmacists can’t afford to do both every year.
  • 11/28/2023

    Year-end tax-loss selling for your pharmacy business

    Tax-loss selling is an investment strategy that can lower your tax bill. Interested in knowing more? Does this apply to your pharmacy business? Read on. This investment strategy kicks in when you sell a stock for a capital loss, so that you can use the loss to offset realized capital gains with a view to reducing the tax you ultimately pay.
  • 11/14/2023

    Selling your pharmacy? Win the mental game first

    Many pharmacist-owners sell their companies and then find something in their lives is missing. They might have dreamed of retirement for a long time as a nirvana of comfort and leisure, but the reality turns out to be something different, and disappointing. The truth is, retirement can be difficult, even if you have a tidy nest egg that will support you and your loved ones for the rest of your life.