Last week's blog discussed a local business merger which may have raised important questions concerning mergers and acquisitions and the process of buying a company. Companies are able to enjoy growth opportunities through mergers and acquisitions. For a merger or acquisition to be a positive growth opportunity for any company, however, the proper due diligence and research must be conducted. In addition, important legal ramifications and possible liabilities must also be carefully considered. The first step in acquiring or merging with a business is to determine which business is the best business for you and your company.