Selling a Business
Minimizing risk, maximizing value, maintaining confidentiality
Buying a Business
Our team will find the right business to fit your lifestyle and financial needs.
Your privacy is respected and protected.
Sunbelt is the largest business brokerage network in the world, with over 250 offices globally, each independently owned and operated. Our Northern Ontario office is no different, with a team of professionals who live and do business on a daily basis throughout the North.
Trusted & professional advisors for your business
Two Bay Enterprizes
Tisdale Bus Lines
Algoma Telephone Systems
Innovative Kitchens By Design
STEM Engineering Group Inc.
We just wanted to thank Sunbelt for all the assistance that they provided Stem Engineering in seeking out an appropriate buyer to purchase our business. When we started thinking about the possibility of selling, we realized that our knowledge and understanding of this process was extremely limited. Probably the exact opposite position of the potential buyers with whom we would be dealing.
Sunbelt added expertise that enabled us to put a proper value on our business, and set up a series of interviews with interested parties. Sunbelt was instrumental in helping us to eventually find a fit with another firm that was both open and transparent with us. The eventual purchaser’s valuation of our company was similar to Sunbelt’s valuation. The purchaser was quite open with us, and this process utilizing Sunbelt, assured us that we had not been taken advantage of when we arrived at the final deal.
CUNA Railway Innovation Inc.
You have a viable business, you know the merit of what you have built. Competitors or entities with lack of knowledge will offer you less than the potential value.
Tyler and Steve at Sunbelt will prove the value of what you have and how best to market your business.
Our business was sold in less time than predicted. During the process multiple potential buyers were brought to the table. Most importantly, we were able to choose the buyer that best suited our criteria. Price suggested was agreed upon. A plan was put in place for succession and growth.
Our business was built with diligence, hard work and customer satisfaction. Sunbelt brought it all to the table, the outcome expected was achieved.
It is our immense pleasure to recommend Sunbelt Northern Ontario to anyone looking to sell their business.
In the lead up to listing our business, Sunbelt prepared a very detailed selling package that was very well received by lending institutions and potential buyers.
The remote location of our business was very challenging and the Sunbelt team took it upon themselves to overcome those issues with determination and professionalism. They worked hand in hand with us throughout, and strived daily
to secure the best possible selling price for our business. They also worked tirelessly with our buyers, by familiarizing them with the major lending institutions and ultimately worked with their lender, providing all the requested information in a timely and effective manner.
Without their support and depth of knowledge I am sure selling our family business would have been much more difficult.
Sunbelt Northern Ontario
We are professional business intermediaries focused on facilitating mid-market business transactions across Northern Ontario. Our firm’s focus is confidentially marketing our Client’s business to buyer prospects that are serious, qualified, and capable of completing the business transaction. A business owner’s identity and confidential information are never compromised – discretion and attention to detail are the cornerstones of our success.
Our firm’s reputation for completing transactions with high quality businesses and our dedication to servicing Northern Ontario is a distinct market advantage. We have developed quality relationships with a network of professionals in the north and have gained considerable knowledge of the unique Northern Ontario business landscape. As such, we have a unique skill-set and the required experience to help you navigate the complex and challenging sale process involving serious financial, legal, tax, and lifestyle implications.
Owner, M&A Advisor, Business Broker, Broker of Record
M&AMI, CBI, CMEA
Below are a few examples of our recent successfully closed transactions. The information is restricted to the industry in which the business operates in order to respect and maintain the seller/buyers need for confidentiality.
Metal Fabrication and Manufacturing Business
Construction and Excavation Business
Industrial Laundry and Restoration Business
Hair Salon Business
What our clients often ask us
Our intermediaries have significant experience pricing and marketing businesses exclusively in Northern Ontario. We are continually adding to an internal database of qualified buyers who are actively seeking opportunities in the north, and we also have access to an extensive buyer network throughout North America. While you continue to focus on running your business and maintaining maximum value, our firm is busy finding, screening, and working with potential buyers. As a result, you are far more likely to sell at an optimal price when we have found the right buyer for your business.
Our firm understands the importance of a proper valuation before taking your business to market. If your business is priced too high, buyers will not be attracted and will simply spend their time and energy moving onto the next opportunity. If your business is priced too low, you will lose out on obtaining the true value of your business. Alternatively, lending institutions may refuse to provide financing if a business is valued higher than it should be, causing frustration and wasting time for all parties involved in the transaction. Our firm utilizes several methods in our valuation process in order to determine what a buyer would willingly pay for your business, taking into consideration a wide range of factors surrounding the size and complexity, type, and cash flows of your business.
One of the major advantages of buying an existing business is the predictability of future cash flow. The existing processes, employees and resources of the business provide a foundation for continued success and profitability, which is often further grown by an incoming buyer. Additionally, existing businesses with a history of profitability are typically much easier to obtain financing for.
Business transactions typically entail a combination of buyer’s equity, third-party financing (lending institution) and often, seller financing. The appropriate mix depends on a number of factors including the buyer’s personal investment capability, the specific business’ dynamics, and economic trends. Our team of professionals readily assists buyers in sourcing appropriate financing for the acquisition.
The time required for a sale depends on many factors including the price of your business, current market conditions, the type of business, and location, among others. Transaction timelines typically range from 6 to 18 months from our initial conversations to closing the sale. Many factors contribute to the length of time it takes to reach a satisfactory deal, including how reasonably the business is priced and the desired terms of the sale.