The marketplace for small to midsize businesses is messy.
Having peeked behind the curtain at over 10,000 companies,
this book aims to demystify the buyers, the process, and the inevitably emotional journey that is selling a company.
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My name is Brent Beshore and I’m the founder and CEO of adventur.es, a firm that invests in and partners with closely-held, family-operated companies in North America.
If you’re reading this, you’re likely an entrepreneur, the family member or close friend of a business owner, or an advisor to an owner. While no one likes to admit it, the unavoidable truth is, at some point, in some way, each business must be transitioned — years pass, people age, markets change. This often carries an unfortunate amount of stress, anxiety, and frustration. Most of the time, transitioning is a once-in-a-lifetime occurrence and the traditional paths are unnecessarily opaque.
Do something enough and you get good at it. Just as you have built your expertise, over more than a decade, my colleagues and I have had the privilege to peek behind the curtain at over 10,000 companies — reviewing financial statements, meeting with leadership, and seeking to understand what makes each company tick. We are professional investors, and this is what we do day in and day out.
Talking with hundreds of business owners, we noticed that many of the same questions, concerns, and thoughts repeat. And that makes sense. Just as all businesses share many commonalities, sellers of those businesses will have mostly similar experiences, with differences in personality, motivation, and situation driving the nuance.
This book attempts to demystify transacting from a seller’s point of view. As much as the finance industry likes to pretend to be “buttoned up,” they’re largely disorganized and unnecessarily shrouded in mystery. The title says it all — it’s a messy marketplace, with every type, temperament, and motive imaginable.
The goal of this book is to help sellers, the families of sellers, sellers’ advisors, and company leadership to understand the market for smaller companies, allowing them to make better decisions and create better outcomes.
Our hope is that you walk away from this book better prepared to understand the path forward, the vantage points of everyone involved, and the process of a transition through a transaction with an outside investor. Whether you choose this course or another, such as an employee stock ownership plan or a management buyout, being informed is the best path towards making that choice responsibly.
There is no pitch for my firm in these pages. That said, if I, or anyone at adventur.es, can be of assistance, please don’t hesitate to reach out. You can contact us here.