Three Things You Need to Know About Seller Financing

October 17, 2017
A business is for sale. Buyer and seller meet. It’s a match made in heaven. They’re ready to get a deal done. How is the buyer going to find the millions of dollars required to buy the business? Likely partially from you, the seller.

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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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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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Are You Ready to Buy a Business? Six Questions to Ask to Find Out

September 13, 2017

Buying a business is hard work. Are you ready for that task? Below are six questions to help you find out. These questions are tailored specifically for the individual executive seeking to acquire a business (a different set of questions should be asked by corporate buyers). If that’s you, take some time to consider these questions.

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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

A Day in the Life of an M&A Advisor

June 21, 2017

I find that people are often confused about what I do as an advisor at a mergers and acquisitions firm. If you search for an answer about what people within the industry do, you are inundated with posts about dog-eat-dog competition and long hours. Well, turns out, it’s possible to care about other people and get home to your family for dinner as an M&A advisor. Here’s a peek into a day in my life: Read more

What to Do If You Get an Unsolicited Offer for Your Business

May 17, 2017

Not many things are more overwhelming or intimidating than when a business you respect approaches you asking that you consider selling your business. Whether you’re ready to sell or not, there is a rush of emotions: fear, excitement, trepidation, pride. Every fiber of your being wants this to work out for the survival of your business, for your employees, your family, your legacy.

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The Ultimate Guide to Due Diligence

May 9, 2017

Due diligence is a term most of us have heard somewhere at some point. But what does it actually mean and how does it play out in specific contexts? At The DVS Group due diligence is an essential part of our small, private business ownership transition process.

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