So you want to own your first business. You’ve been bitten by the business bug, and now it’s time to learn, and fast! If you want to build the entire business infrastructure from scratch, then close this tab right now, and go ahead and start pulling out your fingernails. Or better, acquire a business with all the infrastructure already rocking, and begin by doing the fun stuff – scaling up a business that you know actually works, from 6 figures to 7 figures, and beyond.
You’ve already built a business or two (or ten). Maybe they succeeded, or maybe some failed. You know how most of it works, and you want to make sure you maximize your impact with your next project. I’m here to show you how you can take your resources and skillsets and, instead of linearly grinding out growth, generate 10x, exponential growth. The best part? It’s a formula that you can use again and again, stopping the growth.
You’re influential. You have a portfolio of investments and businesses. Your dinner reservation next Tuesday is with your state senator, and after that you’ll throw bags of money out your window as you drive down the street in your hot red lamborghini (ok ok, maybe not that last part – but a guy can dream, right?)
I will show you how you can acquire entire channels of distribution, expand into complimentary product lines, and absorb entire databases of customers, so these rising tides lift all your boats – or in this case, yachts 🙂
In this module, you will learn the foundations of acquisition entrepreneurship (AE) as a strategy.
In this module, you’ll take the most important primary step filled with self-reflection that most buyers don’t take – determining who you are as a buyer.
In this module, you’ll learn the various approaches to use to identify deals and build a transaction team.
In this module, you’ll learn the frameworks to use to evaluate a business and begin analyzing it’s performance.
In this module, you’ll gain insight into the seller’s perspective and what to expect as you begin to interact with sellers.
In this module, you’ll learn how to manage the transaction post-LOI starting with due diligence.
Here’s a few examples of who you’ll be learning from through the Masterclass:
Founder of eCommerce Lending & Focal Point Lending
Stephen has funded over $300mm in online business acquisition loans alone. He leads the #1 source for online business acquisition financing. With nearly 30 years of lending experience, he is an expert at navigating SBA lending.
M&A Attorney & Author
After practicing M&A law for nearly 30 years, award-winning lawyer, Joel wrote the book, Here’s the Deal: Everything You Wish a Lawyer Would tell You About Buying a Small Business to share his expertise in a rarely discussed space.
After exhausting her search through a traditional search fund, Monica successfully acquired a company as a self-funded searcher allowing her the flexibility to pursue targets that aligned to her personal interests.
CPA & Author
With nearly 40 years of experience, Bill is a well-respected thought leader and trusted advisor in this space. He partners with clients for due diligence and transaction support as well as strategy.
Jim is most widely known as the co-founder of Square but has founded over 7 businesses. In his book, Innovation Stack, he discusses what it takes to build a resilient, world-changing company.
Serial Acquisition Entreprenuer
After taking a unique opportunity, Charles founded Getix Health through acquisition. He then grew the business to an impressive size through 5 acquisitions with a significant exit.
President, Ecommerce Law Group
Aside from being a successful acquisition entreprenuer, Shawn specializes in assisting entrepreneurs and investor groups with buying and selling ecommerce businesses.
This course includes over 70 questions and answers about all aspects of acquisition entrepreneurship especially SBA financing that have been asked by Acquisition Lab members during live sessions with lenders as well as Walker Deibel.
This course includes 38 interviews with Acquisition Entrepreneurs discussing how they found their deals, mistakes they made, lessons learned, etc. as well as M&A Professionals sharing their insights and experiences.
Walker Deibel cofounded four startups, including his most recent endeavor, Acquisition Lab, and has acquired seven companies. He is the founder and Managing Partner of the holding company, Centra, as well as an advisor for online entrepreneurs. He holds an MBA from the Olin School of Business at Washington University in St. Louis where he received the Declaration of Achievement in Entrepreneurship from the Skandalaris Center of Innovation and Entrepreneurship.
Walker is a Certified M&A Advisor and former SEC licensed stock broker. Walker has also produced almost a dozen films and had premieres at some of the world’s most prestigious festivals, including Sundance, SXSW, and Toronto International Film Festival. He is the author of Buy Then Build: How Acquisition Entrepreneurs Outsmart the Startup Game, released in fall 2018 by Lioncrest Publishing.
Chelsea Wood is a strategy consultant with an emphasis on maximizing organizational success through human capital. She is also the Managing Director of Acquisition Lab and a Certified Merger and Acquisition Advisor. For over 15 years, Chelsea has partnered with leadership teams to identify and address their unique business challenges related to operational performance, strategy, business development and human capital. Her background includes training design & delivery and executive coaching. She has partnered with leadership teams as they grow through acquisition as both an external consultant as well as a member of the transaction team.
She managed new growth initiatives, including mergers, acquisitions and other strategic partnerships, for a multi-state integrated health-delivery system growing from $3B to $6B through transactions during her tenure. Chelsea has a Green Belt, Six Sigma Certification and a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Southern Illinois University. Her master’s degree is in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from The Chicago School.