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Why DealCoach Is Different

Posted on August 13th, 2019

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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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Sell Your Business in 8 or 9 Months, Plus

Posted on January 15th, 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.

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

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Difficult Conversations

Posted on May 6th, 2018

It’s not easy to have the tough conversations. But as business owners, we need the courage to confront problems, particularly when we see something that goes against our core values. Failing to address issue areas can lead to dysfunction, toxic work environments, and weakened business value.

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6 M&A Communication Strategies

Posted on April 16th, 2018

Growing companies constantly seek growth opportunities, whether by entering new markets or unveiling new products and services. Each opportunity demands thoughtful communication that helps stakeholders see the value of the transaction and supports the deal to a satisfying conclusion. The right communication strategy gives you control over the narrative, and can even increase the value of the deal. Follow these six best practices.

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Make a Plan, Stan

Posted on February 12th, 2018

Paul Simon says, “There must be 50 ways to leave your lover.” There may not be quite that many ways to leave your business, but these are some of the more common:

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The Importance of Family Time in the Value of Your Business

Posted on June 14th, 2017

With the summer months coming up, DealCoach & Cornerstone Business Services’ Scott Bushkie wrote a timely article for the Green Bay Press-Gazette highlighting the importance of time away and how that enhances the value of your business. Whether it’s a family trip to a cabin or a long weekend for a child’s soccer tournament – that time away gives your management team a chance build trust and help you move the business forward.

There will be a learning curve, no doubt. But take those bumps in the road to learn and coach your team, and in the long run – when you’re transitioning out and are ready to exit – there will be more interest in your business.

You can read the article here.

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