Coaching, Exit Planning and Valuation Testimonials
"Your coach introduced me to new thoughts and ideas, and held me accountable to my plans. I liked the goals, vision and mission statement homework- it helped me to focus. I would highly recommend this coach to my peers; he was personable, and his approach was organized and targeted."
Debbie, Professional Practice Buyer
“Mr. Alan Melton made a very large impact on my business. Although we have had a reputation for outstanding service and technical expertise since 1965, our business was having a difficult time making it through these hard economic times. In 2010 we incurred a bad debt of $174,000, which equals about 10% of our annual sales, and it caused me to explore possibly filing bankruptcy or reorganization of the company. At the beginning of 2011 I was beginning to lose hope in recovering from this large loss. We had many obstacles to overcome, low moral with our employees, non-existent cash flow, and inefficient business practices. I was working 80 hours per week and I told Alan that the number one thing I wanted was a date with my wife.
Alan first worked with me one-on-one, then met with me and my managers, and finally with all of the employees. Our cash flow has started to improve and continues to improve daily. We have started paying off our accounts payables to our vendors. We have reorganized our office and improved our staff with Mr. Melton’s help. We are starting to achieve many of the actions in our action plan. I have a clearer vision of where we are going and what it takes to get us to the next level. With this clearer vision comes renewed hope. Most importantly, I am working less and have started taking my wife out on dates. I would like to thank Alan for seeing hope in me and my company, and helping us through this difficult time.”
Robbie, Service Company Owner
"One of your ideas increased my income by $12,000. Your coaching process helped me with my vision to know what we were moving forward to. Involving my employees in the process and seeing the plan in writing was helpful to all of us. My employee morale improved and the process helped to confirm my direction of selling my business."
Lisa, Owner, Pest Control Company
"This Strategic Planning and Coaching session was very timely for our organization. You led us to address key issues and to create ideas and actions to resolve them. You prepared me in advance for the constructive criticism that would come from my employees. You were especially effective in drawing out ideas from my employees in my presence, who may have otherwise been intimidated and reluctant to volunteer constructive criticism. I would highly recommend you to other Presidents, CEO’s and Business Owners.”
John, President Manufacturing Company
"Recently I used Empire Business Brokers for a valuation on two of my companies. I found your service to be very professional and very thorough; you had good, thought provoking questions. Among other things, we discussed the markets we are located in, our industry, our inventory levels, and our revenue and profit growth. I believe you 'shot straight' with me on my company’s strengths and areas for improvement.”
Bobby, Owner, Retail Machines and Products
"You were very helpful in guiding us with our business plan; you provided excellent coaching and feedback. We appreciated your business expertise. You were knowledgeable, fair and your character and integrity are rare in today's business world."
Glenn and JoAnn, Owners, Bed and Breakfast
"I just wanted to thank you for the time you invested in me. As a small business owner, I sometimes made decisions with no seemingly logical or "goal driven" reason. Sometimes ending in success, sometimes not! At times I think it was just my entrepreneurial drive and spirit that keep me going. You have shown me the specifics to having a distinct plan and destination. And to formulate a specific plan to reach those goals. No more just "winging-it". My business, time, and life are too valuable to let emotion, crisis or competition have control over my destination. I am following some of your suggestions, even though they did not always seem "do-able" and I am very encouraged by the results. And your laser focus marketing ideas have increased my retail customer base by 17%. No more "shotgun" approach. It feels great to have a plan and to know that it is realistic and attainable.""Thanks for all the help that you have given me. The practical advice and business-savvy ideas you have given me have added dollars to my bottom line, and will stay with me as a successful business person. The ability to stay focused on your goals and the way to develop them was information that I was able to use right away."
Neil, President, Printing Company
Michael, President, Retail Motorcycles
"Alan Melton has the uncanny talent of taking people's skills and ability and shaping them to grow and develop in these increasingly changing economic times. Alan, president of Empire Business Brokers, has had a profound impact on my career and he will greatly benefit any start up entrepreneur or small business owner who wants to see their business grow and prosper."
Mike, Regional Vice President, Ground Transportation Company "Although we operated a successful operation in New England, we came away with some of the industry's best practices. My heartfelt thanks are to you, for helping us to become a better company. There are businesses out there that could benefit from your roadmap to success and how they too can get there."
With high regards,
Richard, President/CEO, Limousine Service
"I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your input into my business. I consulted with you in February of this year in severe distress regarding the condition of my business. The future looked bleak. You provided me with an assessment of my status, gave me concrete recommendations for changing course and personal follow-up necessary to see me through the rough times. You did not pull any punches, and indeed this course has been a hard road. But we closed an office that was bleeding resources and concentrated on the location most likely to succeed. It is not over yet, but the information that you provided allowed me a vantage point that I had not previously observed. Just knowing that my struggle was not unique gave me some reassurance. Thank you again for your commitment to prayer and support of my situation through your expertise in analysis and advice. The prognosis for my business is improved as the result of your involvement."
Barnes, President, Physical Therapy
"Alan Melton with Empire Business Brokers helped me to see my company in a new light. His point about the difference between a business owner and someone who is self employed was a new idea to me. I plan to prepare my business for sale, and one of my priorities is to become less involved in the details, and more involved in God's will!"
Airplane Parts Distributor
Empire Business Brokers, LLC in Greenville Spartanburg, South Carolina