How to Start Strong in Your Business Exit Process

October 4, 2017

Honesty.

Selling your business requires honesty.

You must be prepared to answer the questions that buyers have in an honest, almost clinical way.

Starting strong in your business exit process involves being honest about your motivation, your numbers, your employees, your customers and your competitors.

It’s a bit like going to the doctor to get your moles checked – annoying, frustrating, a bit anxiety inducing but you come out on the other side aware of what needs to be removed and what looks a little funky but is actually just fine.
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“Can I Afford to Buy a Business?” Two Frameworks to Help You Answer That Question

September 27, 2017

If you’ve ever considered purchasing a business, the thought right after, “I can be my own boss!” is likely “Can I even afford it?” Business ownership is rewarding in many ways- beyond finances. But it also brings lifestyle changes that impact those around you. It’s an investment you want to be confident in.

We won’t talk in absolutes about whether or not you can afford to buy a business. But, after a decade of seeing executives buy businesses, we’ve developed two frameworks that work in tandem for helping you answer that question.

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5 Mistakes People Make When Valuing a Business

September 20, 2017

As merger & acquisition professionals, we know that much of our job is education. The work we do day-in and day-out is a little bit complicated, a little bit obscure, and a whole lot different than a business owner’s day-in and day-out work. We value and enjoy our role as educators but sometimes we get frustrated when our clients get tunnel vision and choose to focus on any problem but the one that matters. We find ourselves having the wrong conversation over and over.

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70-90% of Strategic Acquisitions Fail – Here’s How Corporate Buyers Kill Deals

September 6, 2017

Strategic acquisitions have a historical failure rate of 70-90%. That’s a pretty dismal stat.

So, what are you doing wrong? And, more importantly, how do you properly lead your team in an acquisition process when the cards are stacked against you?

Below are five of the most common mistakes we see corporate buyers make when going through the acquisition process. These mistakes can be costly – especially, if the deal dies after you chased it for months. We’ve included reminders of basic, yet vitally important, acquisition principles that will allow you to steer clear of failure and action items to help your team gain momentum in the right direction.

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The Value of Business Ownership

August 9, 2017

Is business ownership a valuable experience? Read the story of Robert Drumm, a DVS Group client, to find out.

Lawyer, brewer of beer, writer, dad, husband – all words used to describe Robert.

In 2013, he was ready to add one more role to that list – business owner. Read more

Investment Banking Done by Humans, Not Investment Bankers

July 26, 2017

This is the final post in a series on The DVS Group Tenets – the principles, philosophies, values that guide our merger and acquisition work. Find the other posts in the series here.

The final DVS Group tenet is “Human”.

In an industry that’s known for being stuffy, arrogant and all about the numbers, we believe humans matter. Read more

What Is a Tailored M&A Process?

July 19, 2017

This is the third in a series on The DVS Group Tenets – the principles, philosophies, values that guide our merger and acquisition work. Find the other posts in the series here.

ARM was a niche business in the pharmaceutical industry, seeking to advance medical knowledge exchange by pioneering innovative tools and solutions. The founders were proud of the business they had built but felt it had grown beyond their comfort level. A customer was asking to double their business but the founders didn’t feel equipped to add that responsibility. They hoped to stay on for the long term but desired to sell the business to allow that growth to occur. Read more

Why M&A Firm Size Matters in Getting Great Deals Done

July 12, 2017

This is the second in a series on The DVS Group Tenets – the principles, philosophies, values that guide our merger and acquisition work. Find the other posts in the series here.

The second DVS Group tenet is “boutique”.

Boutique doesn’t just mean small. Read more

Finding the Right Fit When Buying or Selling a Business

July 5, 2017

This is the first in a series on The DVS Group Tenets – the principles, philosophies, values that guide our merger and acquisition work. Find the other posts in the series here

The “Purple Squirrel” tenet guides the way The DVS Group gets great deals done for our clients. Read more

The Best Industry for Your Business Acquisition

June 7, 2017

Whether you are a corporate or individual buyer, one of your first questions in the process is related to the business’ industry. Which industry is best?

Let me tell it to you straight – no industry is the best industry. And I’m not just saying that so I don’t hurt any of the industries’ feelings. You may have preferences and some industries may be better than others but, speaking from experience, there is not a golden ticket industry that will take you to the chocolate factory of ideal businesses.

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Buckle Up! 4 Ways Your Journey to Buy a Business Could Get Derailed

April 12, 2017

Are you properly settled in for the ride as a Blue-Chip Executive on the journey to buy a business?

The journey can be long and arduous, and you might get lost and never arrive, or crash on the way, or get distracted, or wind up at the wrong destination.

So, as you’re buckling your seatbelt, examine the ways your journey to buy a business could get derailed and then, take our tips to heart – they will help you stay on track.

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Who Will (Maybe) Buy Your Business: A Business Owner’s Guide to Potential Buyers

January 25, 2017

There are two main considerations when thinking about who would and could buy your business. The first is your management team. The second is the size of your business. Why are these the two main considerations? They’re the first two aspects of the business a buyer will go to in order to evaluate. Your management team and the size of your business matter to buyers.

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[Listen] The Buyer’s Perspective: Interview on Exit Coach Radio

January 4, 2017

I enjoyed my time talking to Bill Black about the buyer’s perspective in business acquisition. These insights might be helpful if you are a motivated seller and desire to be attractive to potential buyers of your business.

Check out more of Bill Black’s Exit Coach Radio interviews here.