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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:
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.
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…
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 …
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…
The Ultimate Guide to Business Valuation
Value is calculated. Price is negotiated. That's one of the most important things to remember about the process of business valuation. Business valuation is a topic that goes deep and wide. There are a lot of questions and a lot to learn.
DVS Group Featured on Axial Forum
Read our article, Top 5 Tips for Navigating SBA Financing for Acquisitions, on Axial's Forum here.
The Ultimate Guide to EBITDA
We talk about EBITDA often in our office. The financial measure is important when valuing a business. Business owners, buyers of businesses and even financial advisors can be at a loss for what EBITDA truly means because it is mainly used in the sale of a business- an event they’ll likely experience once. There is a heap of questions out there regarding EBITDA. And there is an equal amount of answers. We weeded through the…
Financial vs. Strategic Buyer
The distinction between a financial buyer and a strategic buyer is pretty straightforward. A financial buyer acquires a company as an investment for returns. A strategic buyer acquires a company to advance a business plan.
Nobody's Dead: The Story of M&A Tombstones
Tombstones in the financial industry- one of those things that is done just because it has always been done. Tombstones? Yep, tombstones. Curious about the term? So were we.

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