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

The Best Industry for Your Business Acquisition

June 7, 2017

“Which industry is best for
my business acquisition?”

Whether you are a corporate or individual buyer, one of your first questions in the process is likely that question.

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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