Platform Businesses the Belle of the Ball

Posted on January 7th, 2020

Business owners thinking about exiting their business may be hearing the terms “platform” and “add-on” acquisitions. Understanding these terms, and knowing which category you might belong to, can help you prepare your business for a competitive, higher value sale.


Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop

Posted on January 2nd, 2020

Your business is on the market and you’re looking forward to that glorious day when you can let go of the pressure and responsibilities of ownership. But don’t let those future plans distract you from what’s going on today.


Why DealCoach Is Different

Posted on January 2nd, 2020

As you look at your options for business valuations, I want to share where we fit in and why we think DealCoach is best. There are cheaper services out there, but like anything, you get what you pay for. Many of the low cost valuation services you find online are computer-generated models only.


Business Owners Have a Value-Expectation Disconnect

Posted on December 17th, 2019

If you’re a business owner, you know that at some point you will have to transition out of your business. The question is, will the business transition to new ownership or will you have to shut your doors?


No Haircuts

Posted on September 16th, 2019

Imagine a buyer has offered you a six-multiple on EBITDA in their initial letter of intent. Unfortunately, you don’t have clean financials that have been tested and scrutinized by an outside party. Once the buyer vets your financials, they uncover some adjustments they don’t agree with and revenue that was accounted in the wrong period.


Business Owners are Operating without a Report Card

Posted on July 30th, 2019

Imagine your kids going to school, kindergarten through high school, without ever receiving a report card. As a parent, how would you know when they needed additional help? If they were ready for a new challenge? Whether you should help them prep for college or consider alternative training?

At the end of the day, it would be hard to make well-informed decisions. Your kids would go to school and put in the time every day, and you’d have no idea if they were doing D or A-level work.


DealCoach Helping You Estimate the Value of Your Business

Posted on March 4th, 2019

DealCoach's Estimate of Value (EOV) provides owners with a realistic understanding of what the market would most likely bear for their company in today’s marketplace.


How Long Will It Take to Sell Your Business?

Posted on February 26th, 2019

If you’re one of the several million baby boomers thinking about selling their company in the near future, you might be wondering how long the whole process will take and what to expect along the way. 

If you have a focused advisor who is working the deal, expect two months of initial prep, 30 to 120 days for marketing, one month for negotiations, and roughly 60-90 days to handle due diligence, financing, and legal. Here’s the process in more detail:

By Scott Bushkie, Cornerstone Business Services, Inc. | March 23, 2016


Top 5 Reasons Deals Go Wrong

Posted on February 19th, 2019

Last year set new records for M&A activity. Big corporations drove the market, and that momentum was also reflected in the lower middle market and Main Street. But not everyone got a deal done last year. Let’s review why some business transitions go sour:


Will your business survive your death?

Posted on February 12th, 2019

Most entrepreneurs are a rare breed, full of optimism and confidence. But that same optimism it takes to run a business is the same sense of faith and certainty that can make them feel invincible. Every economic downturn is the last, every prospect is the next big sale, and every good leader retires happily with their family.

Unfortunately, none of us are invincible. And if you’re like many business owners, a significant portion of your wealth—and your family’s income after your death—is tied up in the business.