I came across this very interesting article that talks about a man named John Halstvedt. He works out of Billings, Montana but is part of a larger consulting type network named "Partner" On-Call Network.
"John Halstvedt is a something like a marriage broker, bringing buyers and sellers together, helping them work through all the research and options and paperwork.
We also work with existing businesses to grow through acquisition, maximize profits, develop business plans, arrange financing and prepare their business for a future sale."
I especially liked what he had to say about the problem facing most people trying to buy a business, especially in this economy...
"Most people hunting for a business to buy eventually give up. And most businesses for sale never do find a buyer.
The reason, said John Halstverdt, is frustration "due to poor communication between buyers and sellers, errors of omission and a lack of education and preparation.""
I hadn't really thought about but I guess that's the reason that people would want to pay for a professional to help them through the business acquisition process. Its certainly a model that I think is very interesting and apparently he helps a lot of people like us when their looking to take steps to either expand their existing business or buy a new one.
If you want to check out the whole article, it is from the Billings, Montana newspaper, but you can find it online at.... http://www.istockanalyst.com/article/viewiStockNews/articleid/3617271
I Would be interested to hear what other people's takes are on the services this fella provides.