FAQ

Why choose ATK Ventures to sell my business?

There are many reasons to select ATK Ventures with the serious task of selling your business. We are highly experienced at evaluating and marketing businesses, finding the right buyer, negotiating the right price, terms and structure as well as closing transactions. We maintain confidentiality and are completely transparent with our clients. We have developed our Unique Process in order to help our clients Maximize Their Exit in Minimal Time. We truly care about our clients and align with them so that their goals become ours. Unlike many M&A firms, if your business is not yet ready to go to market, we can help you prepare it. We have many vetted strategic partners in virtually all aspects of business that can help increase the marketability and ultimate valuation of your business.

How long does it take to sell my business?

Many factors come into play, such as how much preparation a company will need in order to optimize the valuation. Helping our clients prepare their company for Maximum Exit is one of several factors that truly separate our firm.  We have sold a business in as little as 3 days and in extremely rare cases it has taken as long as three years. Due to our systems, processes and experience we typically are able to close a transaction within 3-12 months of engaging.

What are the fees ATK Ventures charges to sell my business?

ATK Ventures offers zero upfront fees. We completely align with our clients in order to help them Maximize their Exit. Our clients owe us nothing if we are not successful in completing the transaction. Once the transaction is closed, we charge an industry standard success fee. In fact, in many cases we are able to sell our clients businesses for above standard market value which makes our fee irrelevant.

When is the best time to sell my business?

The best time to sell your business is when you are ready! This is why it is so important to have an effective exit strategy in place. If you are ready to sell, and your business is not prepared, it is unlikely your business will demand the highest valuation possible. We suggest meeting with us at least 1-3 years prior to selling your company so that we can help develop and implement an exit strategy designed to optimize your business before going to market. Once the business is prepared, we will target the right potential buyers and entice and negotiate multiple offers as we’ve found buyers tend to act quicker based on fear of loss vs potential for gain.

Am I obligated to accept an offer when one is presented?

No. That said, our fiduciary responsibility is to our clients and we will present, and review all offers that we entice from prospective buyers. As our client, you are always in control and will have the option to reject, accept or counter any offer. We will advise you through every phase of the process and if necessary, we will counter and negotiate any offer based on what it takes to make the offer 100% acceptable for you.

How is your closed transaction success rate so high?

Since we offer zero upfront fees, we only engage with business owners that we are 100% confident we can help achieve their exit goals. We have the expertise to accurately value companies as well as help prepare them to go to market. Our Unique Process is designed and proven to ensure the highest sales price and the shortest time on the market.

What is a good engagement for ATK Ventures?

We are interested in helping any owner of any size business up to around 100 million in revenue who is ready to sell now or in the future. That said, we only engage once we know the business is prepared to go to market. If your business is ready for market now, we can engage and sell it now. If your business is not yet ready, we can help you prepare it for a future exit.

Does ATK Ventures have qualified buyers ready to buy my business?

We have relationships with qualified active buyers for all types of businesses as well as an extensive database where we can search and target both strategic and financial buyers. Additionally, we can confidentially market online to find and qualify new potential financial and strategic buyers.

Does ATK Ventures have client references?

Definitely! We develop long lasting relationships with our clients, and they are happy to share their experience of working with us to Maximize Their Exit.

Is selling my business a CONFIDENTIAL process?

Yes! We maintain confidentiality throughout the process of selling your business. In fact, once you make the decision to sell your business, we highly recommend you only sharing that decision with those that absolutely must know such as your spouse or any business partners.

Why should I use an M&A firm to sell my business?

There are many reasons to use a professional M&A firm to sell your business. Selling your business on your own is similar to representing yourself in court. Regardless of your competence in selling, negotiating and closing – it just doesn’t make sense! It takes a lot of blood, sweat and tears to start and grow a business and selling it can be an emotional process. As professional M&A Intermediaries, we act as a buffer between you and any potential buyers which helps take the emotional aspect out of the process. ATK Ventures will manage and facilitate the entire process and focus on achieving your exit goals so you can focus on running your business!

How do I know if it’s the right time to sell my business?

It all starts with a conversation. We want to meet you and confidentially discuss what your options are. Additionally, knowing what your business is really worth is great information to have. We can typically provide a low to high Opinion of Value within an hour of meeting with you. Regardless of whether or not you decide to sell, it’s definitely worthwhile to find out what your business is worth and what your options are. If now is not the right time, we can help you formulate an effective exit strategy for the future!

I already have a buyer so why hire an M&A firm?

Experience has proven that it is rare for a seller to know the actual buyer for their business. If you do have a buyer, it is wise to hire an experienced M&A firm to handle the negotiations and help you navigate the various potential pitfalls throughout the various phases of the sales process such as the due diligence and legal phase. Additionally, we can help qualify a buyer and potentially introduce other qualified buyers to create urgency and ensure that you are able to Maximize Your Exit.

How do I know my employees will be taken care of after I sell my business?

We listen to your questions, concerns and exit goals. Whether that includes making sure that your employees continue on with the new owner or anything else, we take that seriously. We make any potential acquirers aware of what you’re looking for in a buyer and filter them out accordingly. We strive to find the right buyer, which typically means they share the same values as our clients. Although anything can happen post close, the truth is most buyers view employees as assets and believe it is much easier and cost effective to not only keep them, but make sure they know they have long term job security and potential for advancement. In fact, it’s not uncommon for buyers to incentivize employees to stay. 

Can ATK Ventures help me find a business to buy?

Of course, we can! It’s true that our focus is on helping business owners sell their business, however, we can certainly help you or anyone find a business to purchase! In fact, occasionally we’ve helped our sell-side clients to actually become buyers in order to increase the value of their current business before we sold it!

CLIENT REVIEWS

In looking for the right business to purchase, my wife and I met with Talon and his team to discuss potential businesses. After learning about our goals and the type of business we were looking for, Talon brought a business to our attention that was new to the market. It was a good fit for us and was being offered at a great value. Talon helped us navigate through the buying process with the seller ensuring a smooth process. Three years later, we received an offer sold the business at a substantial profit. Talon did a great job in finding a business for us that was a good fit and had the growth potential we were looking for.

John & Leanne LeeTCS

Our experience with Talon was first class! We were extremely impressed from the first time we met Talon and the team. They are experts in selling businesses and will most definitely give you valuable advice! The entire process was smooth from first discovery meeting until the wiring of funds. Their goal is to facilitate the sale of your business for the best price and terms as quickly as possible. If you’re ready to sell your business, call Talon. He will do what they say and my wife and I couldn’t be more pleased with the results.

Glen and Patsy BradleyBradTex Heating & Air

After 30+ years of working hands on in our family business we were ready to look towards the future for our company. When we decided that we were ready to sell it was important for us to find a company to help us with the sale that respected our relationships with our employees and customers. We met with Talon and the team and felt their core values were in line with ours. Talon worked with us through the process to match us with the right buyers for our company and desires for its future. Talons guidance and expertise from the start to closing helped us to make this a win for us, a win for the buyer and a win for our customers and employees.

David & Cyndi KeelerAll-Systems

Talon…..I just wanted to say thanks to you and your team. There are times in my life when God has introduced me to just the right people and this was one of those times. As I look back on the process I realize how little I knew about the sale of a business. I was so blessed to be involved with your team of experts. I received a phone solicitation early March. We had our first meeting mid March. I had an offer that exceeded my expectations end of April. Closed the sale mid May. During the process your team put me together with the right buyer, led me through the process, put me together with an expert attorney. Victor and his partners advised me to structure the payment in a manner that literally saved me $40k in tax payments. As I write this from my recliner, I have the funds deposited in the bank, the buyers are operating their new company with most all transitions completed, and all my former employees are still employed and appear to be happy with the change. Win, Win, Win. That is the way I wanted to exit.

Dale KingFormer President, Retired, King Air Conditioning, Inc

I started my company twenty years ago. When I was ready to sell, I interviewed several business brokers. One of them was Talon “the Eagle” because my financial advisor referred me to him. Talon was very knowledgeable and straightforward answering my questions so I chose him. He quickly found the right buyer, negotiated everything on my behalf and sold my company for maximum value. I highly recommend Talon and the highly experienced team to anyone considering selling their business.

Almir DemoraisTotal Cleaning Services

Our first meeting with Talon was very comfortable and loved his knowledge in selling a business for both the buyer and seller. Talon and all his team were very professional and knowledgeable in every aspect of selling a business. Talon and all his team made sure everything went smoothly all communication was courteous and professional. His recommendation of an attorney to get through the legal process went smooth and very professional to work with. Talon also suggested to get our business evaluated with a CPA/Evaluation firm for tax purposes. That evaluation ended up saving us 100K plus in taxes. For the cost of the evaluation it was worth the cost. The process was all done within 30 days. Talon did very well following up with each process and has stayed in contact after sale was final. I would highly recommend Talon.

Cody and Kandice SheffieldFormer President/VP, Boone’s Heat. & A/C, Inc.

I think anyone can find a buyer. The road from finding a buyer to cashing a check is fraught with pitfalls. The whole process is fraught with emotion and sometimes the smallest things can blow a deal up. Talon and team made sure our buyer and us kept our eye on the goal. We would not have gotten the amount of money we got for our business without the team negotiating for us and we certainly would not have closed without the firm mediating the whole process.

Leonard E. LynskeyComplete Pharmacy Care

Starting a business is hard. Running a business is even harder. But, selling a business is the hardest of all. It’s an emotional process selling something you love so much. Talon served as an ultimate matchmaker between us and the new owner of Southern Comfort Mechanical. The team treated my husband and I with sensitivity and brought a sense of peace throughout the entire transaction all the while getting us a premium price. Talon and his team are the true “Dream Team!

Jason and Laurie FraserSouthern Comfort Mechanical

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