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A professional valuation is always the first step. Even if you are not planning to sell in the near future, a valuation can be very informative. We have years of experience and use systemic valuation techniques to ensure consistent and accurate pricing. Please reach out if you would like to learn more about the valuation process.
When you list with Lighthouse you get more exposure. We go above and beyond with top tier ads on all listing sites, custom digital marketing campaigns, targeted direct outreach and an announcement to our private buyer list. Our proven marketing techniques greatly increase the odds of a successful sale.
Our proven selling process has resulted in many successful closings. The process works and we will guide you every step of the way. Selling a business is a very important decision. Our proven process ensures you will get the results you deserve.
To Client Satisfaction
Lighthouse Business Brokers takes client satisfaction seriously. We are dedicated to providing timely communication, delivering on our promises, and achieving results. We value ETHICS, transparency, hard-work, and getting RESULTS. We go the extra mile for our clients because we share the SAME GOAL as our clients, a successful closing.
Running and selling a business are two distinct actions. We knew how to do the first and not a clue on how to do the second. When approaching a time to sell our family business after 40 years I interviewed no less than a dozen brokers in the Chicago area. When I spoke to Maria, I knew she was the one. She was direct, transparent, knowledgeable, patient and engaging. After a seamless prospectus process, we were set to list our business for sale when, unexpectedly, we had to take a step back and delay the process due to factors beyond our control. The delay was significant, but when we were finally ready Maria quickly picked up the baton and set off to get our business sold. Maria showed nothing but professionalism and a skill set that lends her talents in aiding us to sell our business in a very difficult environment. She was enthusiastic when dealing with potential buyers and worked with all parties to get to a successful and rewarding end for everyone involved. Whether you have a small or large business Maria will go above and beyond for you. She is someone I have come to respect and appreciate.
WE GOT IT DONE! I know I speak for all of us when I say thank you not only for selling our business but also your professional manner. We truly can say you acted in our best interests, not your own. We know there were several times you could have pushed us into a "bad sale" just to have our business sold. In the end we noted your professionalism, general knowledge on sales of businesses, responsiveness, and marketability to potential buyers. Should any potential client need to discuss this, have them contact me.
Mark KRockford, IL
I started thinking about selling my business in late 2018, I had researched several brokerage firms and came across Lighthouse Business Brokers. So I called and talked to Andy he came out the next day and performed an evaluation on my business at that time. Well fast forward to February 2020, (Talk about bad timing) I decided to pull the trigger and put my company up for sale. I called Andy at Lighthouse Brokers and he came out the next day, and we got the ball rolling. At the time I had several hundred customers and a dozen or more Vendors. Therefore I wanted the business to be marketed appropriately while at the same time keeping the sale confidential. As this was my first time selling a business I was apprehensive regarding the process. I needed someone professional and trustworthy who I felt could get the business sold. During the entire process, Andy kept an open line of communications and always kept me updated. He was always available to talk when I had a question. Also, Andy would screen potential buyers, all buyers were qualified before the information of my business was given. I was very grateful for having a great business agent like Andy during this process.
Robert L.Elk Grove Village, IL
Lighthouse was terrific to work with throughout the entire process of selling our business. During our first phone consultation, Maria was very clear about what to expect when selling a business, and she followed through and delivered at every step. We listed our business for sale a few months before the pandemic started, and within a couple of months, we had two solid offers for our full asking price. Unfortunately, the pandemic hit, and our business took a big hit while we were in due diligence so the buyer pulled out, but Maria was very supportive. As soon as business started to bounce back we revised our listing with them, and they again brought us a great offer within a couple of months of re-listing. I can't thank Maria enough for her hard work in getting our company sold. I frequently look for businesses to buy and have noticed that Lighthouse always seems to have more listings that interest me than any other business broker in Chicago, which is why we chose them to list our business. I'd highly recommend working with Lighthouse whether you are looking to buy a new business or sell your existing business.
Owen L.Chicago, IL
When I decided to sell my business, I interviewed several business brokers. I decided to move forward with Lighthouse Business Brokers as I really liked the personal service they offer. From the moment I decided to engage their services, Lighthouse was very prompt in creating the CIM (which looked great and was very accurate), and getting the business on the market. Throughout the process, Maria kept in touch and eventually found a great buyer for my company. I know she had to work closely with my buyer as well, and he was also impressed with her level of service and communication. I would highly recommend Maria and Lighthouse to anyone thinking of selling their business!
Jennifer R.Chicago, IL
My experience with Lighthouse Business Brokers was the definition of professional. They found the perfect buyer for my business in less than 2 weeks and they provided constant updates throughout every stage of the process, even during the weekends!
Brian M.Chicago, IL
This was my first time selling a business, but they guided me every step of the way, and his experience was invaluable. From finding the right buyer to managing the negotiations, the end result was exactly what I wanted and I couldn't be happier with my choice to hire LBB.
Steve R.New York, NY
I've worked with other brokers in the past and nothing compares to the experience and expertise that Lighthouse Business Brokers provides. Andy consistently exceeded my expectations on every aspect of the deal and he always put my best interests above anything else.
Michael T.Evanston, IL
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Our office is located in Chicago, IL and we focus on listing in the Chicago market. We do occasionally list in other states and we provide valuations and advisory services all over the country.
Custom Tailored Exits
Designed to Maximize Overall Value
Our Experienced Business Brokers Will Guide You Step-by-Step Through the Entire Sales Process
The process starts with a valuation. We have years of experience and use software to perform a detailed analysis of your business and provide you with a accurate valuation.
If you decide to move forward the next step is to complete a formal listing agreement that details the terms of our engagement.
Seller Q&A and CIM
We conduct an interview designed to highlight key selling points of your business. Then our team gets to work on the CIM (Confidential Information Memorandum). The CIM is designed to showcase your business and provide detailed information that buyer's will need to make an informed decision. We get a lot of complements on our CIM's.
Once the CIM is approved we are ready to list. Our marketing is optimized to target real buyers that are actively searching for a business. An NDA is required before any business specific information is shared. We take steps to ensure confidentiality.
Introductions & Tours
Once serious buyers are identified we will coordinate introductions and tours. We are mindful of your time and careful about confidentiality.
Offers / LOI
When offers come in we thoroughly review and present them in a timely manner. We will keep you informed and advise you on all of your options so you can make the best possible decisions.
We will facilitate a professional negotiation, ensuring both the buyer and seller are aligned when we come to terms.
We will help coordinate an efficient, transparent, and orderly due diligence.
The buyer typically presents the purchase agreement 2-4 weeks after coming to terms on the LOI. We make a point to always read and provide feedback on the purchase agreement. It is essential that a qualified attorney reviews all legally binding agreements.
We help prepare and coordinate with all parties to make sure the closing goes smoothly. This is where the hard work pays off and the attention shifts to transitioning the buyer to continue operating the business successfully. This is the finish line!
Do You Have A Plan?
It All Starts With A Valuation
Do you know what your business is worth?
Even if you don’t currently plan on selling, running a business with a VALUE CREATION MINDSET allows you to focus your time and money on initiatives that will have a major impact on both the valuation and marketability of the business when it is time for an exit. A business that commands a higher value is inherently a more robust and efficient business. We can provide a current valuation and then advise you on specific actions that can be taken to increase your company’s value. We have helped business owners add significant value to their businesses, resulting in faster transactions and higher sales prices.
Please contact us to discuss our Valuation and Advisory Services in more detail.