M&A in 2022: Is this the year to sell?

Posted on February 27th, 2022

If you’re a business owner, you’ve probably had a rough couple of years – and the challenges aren’t over. While COVID-19 may be weakening its grip, talent shortages, supply chain issues, and inflation are still very much at play.


Tracking your business perks

Posted on February 14th, 2022

Business owners take any number of perks from their business, from the standards like auto expenses, memberships, and insurance plans to extras like entertainment, vacations, or an additional family member on the books.


Supply chain issues complicating M&A

Posted on February 1st, 2022

Supply chain issues are a big concern for businesses right now. Forced shutdowns, crisis forecasting, labor issues, and logistics all played (or are still playing) a part in the current shortages. Business has not snapped back to normal.


Buyers like big fish in small ponds

Posted on January 3rd, 2022

Some business owners worry that a niche will limit their opportunities and they’ll miss sales. But a niche can often be the key to growth. What’s more, it can increase your overall business value.


When selling your business is your succession plan

Posted on December 26th, 2021

How old are your key employees? This is becoming one of the key issues buyers care about when acquiring a business. It’s not a case of agism – buyers would love for your senior employees to stay. It’s about risk and how soon the business’s pivotal people are going to retire.


Entrepreneurs really do think of business as their baby

Posted on November 16th, 2021

What does it feel like to sell your company? Many business owners say it feels like giving a child up for adoption. As it turns out, that’s not just a metaphor. Research shows entrepreneurs really do think of their business as a kid.


Buyers’ top focus is employee team

Posted on November 1st, 2021

Management team ranked number five on the buyer due diligence list. A good succession plan and backup support is still incredibly important to the saleability and value of your business, but it seems that the strength of your overall employee team is – at this moment in time – an even bigger priority.


Retention raises business value, especially now

Posted on October 15th, 2021

In the latest IBBA and M&A Source Market Pulse Report, a quarterly survey of M&A advisors, employee issues topped the list of buyer due diligence concerns. Employees, specifically longevity, loyalty and work ethic, ranked ahead of other priorities like operations, revenue and customer concentration.


The Happiest Business Owners Know What’s Next

Posted on October 5th, 2021

For many entrepreneurs, the business becomes their identity. It gives them direction. Without that outlet, some former business owners become unmoored. Suddenly, their phone isn’t ringing as much. No one needs them to make hard decisions anymore, and that can be troubling for some folks.


M&A’s dirty playbook

Posted on September 20th, 2021

If you work in M&A, you can take a class on how to take advantage of people. It’s true. Buyers can go through mergers and acquisitions training, at some of the most prestigious universities, learning how to pay has little as possible for a family-owned business or privately held company.