Franchise Consulting First Steps

Our franchise consulting process starts by asking you a few basic questions. These questions then allow us to use information we’ve gained to narrow down that franchise search from 2,800 to a much more manageable number. By working through our questionnaire and providing us with valuable information, you can save yourself quite a bit of time and frustration. Working with us means finding a franchise with the right fit for you faster and easier than going it alone.

Venture Advocates to present at Techstars Startup Week

As business brokers, educating entrepreneurs on valuing a business is key. Knowing your business’s value will aid you in planning for the future - whether that means selling your business one day, buying a new business, or handing that business off to other family members when you’re ready to retire.

Understanding Family Offices

If the term “Family Office” is unfamiliar to you, you’re not alone. Most individuals outside of the investing and financial sectors aren’t aware of what a Family Office is or how it’s connected to venture capital or private equity funds.

Eric Payne: Business Valuation Basics

Business owners ask us all the time if they want to prepare to sell their business in a couple of years, what are the top 4-5 things they can focus on to maximize their business value, and how is business valuation calculated?  In this workshop Eric will touch on recasting financial statements, finding industry rules of thumb, using sold market comparables, and the top 5 things any business owner should do right away to maximize business value and exit their business in style. 

How to decide what business to buy

You’ve decided the corporate life, the 9-5 grind, just isn’t for you. You’re tired of working for someone else and want to be your own boss. You don’t want to start from scratch, so you’d like to start searching for businesses for sale. Great! Congratulations! Now you can begin to answer the hard question: what type of business should you buy?

Creating a Valuable Business: Lessons Learned

If you’re considering starting a business, or considering selling one, knowing how to create a valuable business is key. No one wants to run or buy a business that is worthless. The question is, what is the best way to make your business valuable? According to Warren Buffet you need to find your moat. What’s your competitive advantage? Your niche? What sets you apart? This is what you need to find and need to focus on.

Marketing tips for new businesses

Congratulations! You’ve taken the plunge to leave behind your old job and buy a business of your own. You’re now the boss, and of your many new concerns, you have to figure out how to maximize marketing, or at least locate a marketing specialist.  How much focus the previous owner put on marketing, will determine how much time and money you’ll need to spend on your new marketing plan. If the previous owners didn’t put much time and effort into digital marketing, you may have to account for a few extra marketing projects ahead.