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21
Jun
17
A Day in the Life of an M&A Advisor
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:
14
Jun
17
Small Business Administration: Commonly Used Terms
Get accustomed to the lingo of the Small Business Administration (SBA) with the following definitions regarding financing for business acquisition.
07
Jun
17
The Best Industry for Your Business Acquisition
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?
24
May
17
5 Mistakes People Make When Evaluating a Business
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…
17
May
17
What to Do If You Get an Unsolicited Offer for Your Business
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.
09
May
17
The Ultimate Guide to Due Diligence
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. Due diligence in small, private business transactions is different than due diligence for large or public companies. With less structure and regulation, due diligence with these kinds of …
04
May
17
Side-by-Side Look: SBA Loans versus Conventional Loans
The Small Business Administration (SBA) has many resources for business owners. Money is one of them - certainly enticing for anyone looking to start, scale or shift directions in their business. The SBA 7(a) loan program allows lenders to provide loans within the SBA's guidelines. The SBA guarantees the repayment of these loans. The SBA's website explains, "When a business applies for an SBA loan, it is actually applying for a commercial loan, structured according…
19
Apr
17
How to Prevail When 70-90% of Strategic Acquisitions Fail
Strategic acquisitions have a historical failure rate of 70-90%. That’s a pretty dismal stat.So, how do you properly lead your team in an acquisition process when the cards are stacked against you? Go back to the basics. Below are five reminders of basic, yet vitally important, acquisition principles that will allow you to steer clear of failure. We included action items to help your team gain momentum in the right direction.
12
Apr
17
Buckle Up! 4 Ways Your Journey to Buy a Business Could Get Derailed
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.
05
Apr
17
How to Start Strong in Your Business Exit Process
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…


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