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We Present Expert Buyer and Seller Services for Sales of Main Street and Middle Market Businesses at your finger tips.

Exclusive Business Valuations By Valuation Experts in The Bay Area

Valuation holds immense significance for business buyers. When you’re eyeing a potential acquisition, understanding the true value of the target company is paramount. It’s like having a reliable compass on your entrepreneurial journey. Valuation provides you with essential insights to make well-informed decisions. It helps you determine if the business aligns with your strategic goals and financial capacity. More importantly, it safeguards you from overpaying, reducing financial risks.  

We assist buyers and sellers in understanding the business valuation, helping you negotiate effectively, secure financing, and ultimately, ensuring that your investment is a step towards long-term success. Explore our expert articles and tools to navigate the intricate landscape of business buying with confidence. 

Find the Right Business

By choosing to invest in a company, you have taken a crucial step towards securing your financial future. Becoming a business owner offers unparalleled opportunities to accumulate wealth and shape your own path. Now, the journey begins as you embark on the process of identifying and procuring the ideal business that aligns with your aspirations.

Evaluate the Business

Please peruse our extensive collection of business listings. To better understand your financial capacity, skills, experiences, and personal life goals, we will collect comprehensive information from you. This data will aid us in securing your wholehearted dedication to the process and enable us to identify the most suitable business ventures for you to pursue.

Make an Offer

We are prepared to leverage our expertise in deal structure to assist you in formulating a contingent offer for the acquisition of your desired company. We will guide you through the process of drafting a purchase and sale agreement, which will be presented to the seller along with a deposit held in escrow as a demonstration of your genuine intent. Following any necessary negotiations, you will ultimately obtain an executed contingent purchase agreement, solidifying your commitment to acquiring the business.

Due Diligence

This period is where you fully ensure the owner’s representations are accurate. We will coordinate the efforts of your legal and accounting professionals and strive to satisfy all contingencies. If there is financing involved, your application must be approved by the lender, proving that you are qualified for repayment of the loan.


In the final stages, we will undertake essential tasks to ensure a smooth transition, such as lease assignments, utility transfers, financing arrangements, merchant service account transfers, inventory counts, and any other necessary last-minute preparations. Escrow will typically oversee the finalization of your acquisition, involving the signing of various documents and the payment of the remaining balance of the purchase price, thereby facilitating a seamless transfer of ownership.

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Frequently Asked Questions.

Selling a business can be a complex and emotional process. It’s not just about finding a buyer and signing a deal; it’s about getting your business ready for the sale, identifying potential roadblocks, and creating a clear and compelling picture of what the business has to offer. For business owners looking to sell, there are several steps they can take to ensure their company is in the best possible position for a successful sale.

This is the most important question sellers often have. A broker will help analyze your numbers and come up with the most probable selling price. The most probable selling price is often what the market will pay for the business at that point in time. We have years of experience in valuing almost any kind of business and will provide a business owner with the most likely selling price that is based upon cash flow and comparable business analysis.

The time that it takes to sell a business from the time that it is listed to the close of escrow varies for each business. Providing your broker with all the necessary documents like tax returns, Profit and Loss statements, balance sheets and pricing the business correctly will facilitate the sale. On average it can take 6-9 months, and although this seems like a long time there is a lot that goes into selling a business such as marketing to buyers, writing memorandums and contracts, interviewing buyers, due diligence and finally the closing.

We do not have upfront fees. We’re engaged with you from the beginning, analyzing, and pricing your business and “shepherding” the deal from beginning to end. Your only obligation is when we a find a buyer for your business. Our fees are paid at closing.

Confidentiality is very important in the sale of your business. We are very professional and experienced in making sure that the sale of your business is kept confidential. It is crucial that your employees, customers, and vendors do not know about the sale of your business. When we start working with you, we will guide you through this delicate process.

The most important thing that you can do to ensure that your business gets sold is to keep good financial records. To provide an Opinion of value, your broker will need 3 years of tax returns, 3 years of Profit and Loss Statements, balance sheets, payroll reports, a current lease and any other documentation like policies and procedures for the business. Not having good financial records can cost in the selling price, or even cause a deal to fail.

Deciding to sell your business is personal decision. Often, if we try to “time the market,” there are other factors that impact the sale. Some businesses, with good cash flow can be in demand during a recession. Buyers with cash from different industries decide to invest in businesses. The multiples that businesses are priced can vary slightly during economic shifts. Your broker will help you analyze your business value based upon current economic conditions.

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