This Week’s Featured Client Meeting

(based on actual client but details changed for privacy) We met recently with an experienced business owner to begin the process of valuing her business for purposes of transitioning her ownership.  After our final meeting, as she prepared to leave she remarked that she enjoyed having a chance to look at her business from aRead More…

You have an interested buyer…now what? 3 Ways to be prepared.

Numerous clients have shared recently that they are seeing an increase in unsolicited inquiries about purchasing their business, some of which are legitimate inquiries from buyers or business brokers.  While it is natural to be excited that you are a ‘target’ for an interested buyer, it is critical to slow down, stay calm and respond,Read More…

5 Ingredients Used for Pricing a Business

Last month we shared that while the value of a business can appear financially complex, at CapVal our goal is to break down complex business valuation topics to help business owners and advisors understand and maximize business value.  At the highest level, the value of a business is based on two key factors: (1) futureRead More…

Business Valuation Does Not Have to Feel Like a Black Box

Anybody can Google the definition of business value: “the value of a business today is the present value of future economic benefits.” That is straightforward if you are a business appraiser, but for the average business advisor or owner, business valuation can feel like a black box. However, it does not have to be thatRead More…

Don’t fight over business value

When a business valuation expert, also known as an accredited business appraiser, sets out to value a business, they are looking at it as though there will be a sale. Sometimes a business is valued for an actual sale while for purposes such as gifting and divorce, a hypothetical sale is assumed. In all cases, aRead More…

The Psychology of the Deal…Value Doesn’t Always Equal Price

Bargaining Position Matters.  While they are frequently confused as being synonymous in the business world, the terms “value” and “price” don’t mean the same thing when it comes to business valuation.  Every business ownership transfer involves negotiation, or bargaining, and bargaining position is a function of economic strength, knowledge, negotiating skills and timing.  As such,Read More…

3 Reasons to Talk Business Valuation with Your Clients

Cathy is the President of Capital Valuation Group, Inc., headquartered in Madison, WI. Capital Valuation Group has been helping business owners across the country understand, increase and unlock the value of their businesses for over 40 years through keynote speaking, valuation analysis, determining damages and providing expert witness testimony. Cathy welcomes conference and event speakingRead More…