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Fully Invested - Helping Business Owners and Management Teams Maximize Business Value | Raising Growth Capital and Financing; Mergers and Acquisitions; Sell a Business; Buy a Business; Commercial Real Estate Finance; Valuation

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Fully Invested - Helping Business Owners and Management Teams Maximize Business Value | Raising Growth Capital and Financing; Mergers and Acquisitions; Sell a Business; Buy a Business; Commercial Real Estate Finance; Valuation
Fully Invested - Helping Business Owners and Management Teams Maximize Business Value | Raising Growth Capital and Financing; Mergers and Acquisitions; Sell a Business; Buy a Business; Commercial Real Estate Finance; Valuation

Fully Invested - Helping Business Owners and Management Teams Maximize Business Value | Raising Growth Capital and Financing; Mergers and Acquisitions; Sell a Business; Buy a Business; Commercial Real Estate Finance; Valuation

Western Reserve Partners LLC

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Every day, you give it all to your business. You are willing to take chances, make mistakes, and try something different to make your vision a reality. Your daily schedule requires you to juggle customer service, finance, sales and marketing, product development, cash collection and business development. You are, Fully Invested. This podcast is for business owners and management teams looking for ways to grow and maximize the value of their businesses. You will learn from industry experts about mergers and acquisitions, financing strategies, succession planning, ownership transition, valuation and commercial real estate finance strategies. Fully Invested is produced by Western Reserve Partners, a middle market investment bank in Cleveland, OH. We specialize in helping middle market companies enhance business value by providing strategic advice & transaction guidance. We value, sell & help companies make acquisitions, raise growth capital and advise on commercial real estate finance.

Latest Episodes

Achieve Faster Sales Growth When Sales and Marketing Collaborate, with Samantha Stone

Achieve Faster Sales Growth When Sales and Marketing Collaborate, with Samantha Stone hosted by: David Mariano, Director and head of the firm’s Buy-Side advisory practice Achieve Faster Sales Growth When Sales and Marketing Collaborate, with Samantha Stone Even if you believe your sales and marketing teams are already aligned, you may be surprised by how much more can be done to accelerate growth. If your sales and marketing teams aren’t on the same page, tune in to learn how to course correct. This week, Samantha Stone (LinkedIn | Twitter), author of Unleash Possible is in the studio to share with us how to achieve more revenue growth by getting your sales and marketing teams to collaborate. A revenue catalyst, author, speaker, consultant, personal coach and mother of four, Samantha has also launched go-to market initiatives, lead marketing strategies for award winning high growth companies. Key questions in this episode: * What is the current state of how most sales and marketin...

38 MIN2017 JUL 20
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Achieve Faster Sales Growth When Sales and Marketing Collaborate, with Samantha Stone

Improve Your Profitability, with Andy Fauver

Improve Your Profitability, with Andy Fauver hosted by: David Mariano, Director and head of the firm’s Buy-Side advisory practice Improve Your Profitability, with Andy Fauver Most business owners focus on cost control and efficiency in order to improve profitability. Although important, is that enough? In this week’s episode, Andy Fauver, VP of Business Development at Insight2Profit, helps us understand how pricing is your biggest profit lever. Andy’s success has been built over 20 years of experience in strategic planning and new business development with firms such as Ernst & Young, Capgemini and Freedonia Group. Key questions in this episode: * Why is pricing as a profitability lever often overlooked by business owners? * Where are the best opportunities to increase pricing? * Does it matter who makes the pricing strategy decisions? * How can your pricing strategy impact market value of your business? * Where do you start? * Can these principals be applied to service or projec...

28 MIN2017 JUN 29
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Improve Your Profitability, with Andy Fauver

Why You Need to Move Slowly AND Quickly as the Buyer

Why You Need to Move Slowly AND Quickly as the Buyer hosted by: David Mariano, Director and head of the firm’s Buy-Side advisory practice Why You Need to Move Slowly AND Quickly as the Buyer As the buyer, you’ll need to be mindful of the pace at which you move through the M&A process. Your success rate and your reputation depend on it. In this week’s short-but-sweet episode, we discuss the efficiency and risk of the M&A process as it pertains to the speed at which the transaction is moving forward. Key points in this episode: * What might happen if a buyer is not mindful of the change of pace during a transaction. * How a buyer can manage the pace of a transaction. * How the dynamic between the buyer and seller changes over the course of the transaction. * 5 steps toward a smooth transaction (at 04:00) * Why adding time-specific details to the Letter of Intent can avoid problems later on. * How to earn a reputation as a respectful buyer (and what it buys you in the long run). Res...

11 MIN2017 JUN 22
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Why You Need to Move Slowly AND Quickly as the Buyer

What I Learned about Acquisitions at the 2017 ASPIRE Conference

What I Learned about Acquisitions at the 2017 ASPIRE Conference hosted by: David Mariano, Director and head of the firm’s Buy-Side advisory practice What I Learned about Acquisitions at the 2017 ASPIRE Conference For the second year running, Smart Business Magazine held the ASPIRE Conference here in Cleveland, Ohio. It is quickly becoming an invaluable event, packed full of information and advice from all areas of business. In case you missed it, here is a partial recap for you. The 2017 ASPIRE Conference took place last month – listen to hear what you missed about making acquisitions. Key points in this episode: * Is now a good time to grow by acquisition? * One unique way to gather cultural information about a company. * To change or not to change (the name of an acquisition), that is the question (at 04:12). * How businesses are affected by technology throughout the entire acquisition process. * How businesses are using social media and analytics to source transactions. * How u...

16 MIN2017 JUN 8
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What I Learned about Acquisitions at the 2017 ASPIRE Conference

Getting More Value out of Your Advisor Relationships, with Marc Rosen

Getting More Value out of Your Advisor Relationships, with Marc Rosen hosted by: David Mariano, Director and head of the firm’s Buy-Side advisory practice Getting More Value out of Your Advisor Relationships, with Marc Rosen Every smart business owner knows there will be a transition at some point in their business. You’ll be more likely to sail through the inevitable transition when you take an active role in accessing the collective experience and wisdom of your advisors. We are joined this week by Marc Rosen, Co-Founder of the Client Experience Institute and Founder of the Vector Group. As a former company President, COO and senior leader with more than 20 years in diverse industry sectors, Marc is passionate about sharing his experiences and providing guidance to entrepreneurs, executives and emerging leaders looking to create a brighter future. Key questions in this episode: * How can business owners begin to plan for a future transition by utilizing the people around them? *...

28 MIN2017 JUN 1
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Getting More Value out of Your Advisor Relationships, with Marc Rosen

Growing Sales in a Slow Growth Economy, with Larry Goddard

Growing Sales in a Slow Growth Economy, with Larry Goddard hosted by: David Mariano, Director and head of the firm’s Buy-Side advisory practice Growing Sales in a Slow Growth Economy, with Larry Goddard Growth is never easy and the recent economic climate has made it even more difficult for businesses to achieve it. Smart business owners know that it takes analysis, discipline and training to tilt the odds in their favor. Today in the studio we have Larry Goddard, a principal and practice leader in BDO’s management consulting practice. Larry brings his 30+ years of management and advisory experience into the discussion on how to grow sales in a slow growth economy. Key questions in this episode: * How do experienced business owners usually address a slow growth period? * Why wouldn’t a middle market business owner put effort into growing their business? * How can a business sustain steady growth over a period of time? * Why is a compelling value proposition so important? Key poin...

26 MIN2017 MAY 25
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Growing Sales in a Slow Growth Economy, with Larry Goddard

Transitioning Out of a Business on Your Terms, with Don Matso

Transitioning Out of a Business on Your Terms, with Don Matso hosted by: David Mariano, Director and head of the firm’s Buy-Side advisory practice Transitioning Out of a Business on Your Terms, with Don Matso It is inevitable that there will be a crucial transition in your business’ future. But how can you properly plan for that eventuality? What reasonable objectives can you reach for? This week, we’ll hear practical advice on how to create a successful and satisfying transition, on your own terms. Today in the studio, we welcome Don Matso, of The Valere Group. Don brings 30 years experience in business and building strategic value to this week’s discussion. We examine how to create a satisfying transition out from your business. Key questions in this episode: * Why do business owners need to define their objectives in advance of a transition? * Are there common themes in play when objectives are not met during a transition? * How can a business owner move along the learning cu...

30 MIN2017 MAY 18
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Transitioning Out of a Business on Your Terms, with Don Matso

How to Get an Acquisition Target to Call You Back

How to Get an Acquisition Target to Call You Back hosted by: David Mariano, Director and head of the firm’s Buy-Side advisory practice How to Get an Acquisition Target to Call You Back Everyone knows how frustrating it can be when you don’t get a call back from an acquisition prospect. If the competition is so great, how can you convince them that you are serious? Follow these steps to stand out from the rest. In this episode, we dive into how to make your call to an acquisition target more effective. Key points in this episode: * Why you need to stand out. * How to be systematic about your call process. * When a little background knowledge can make a difference (at 04:00). * How building trust can move the process along. * How to follow up on the first phone call. * Why measured persistence can make a big difference. Resources mentioned in this podcast * Click here for access to training and templates * The “Why treat acquisition candidates like a customer?” podcast * Pre-Suasi...

11 MIN2017 MAY 4
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How to Get an Acquisition Target to Call You Back

Selling Businesses in Bankruptcy and Financially Distressed Situations

Selling Businesses in Bankruptcy and Financially Distressed Situations hosted by: David Mariano, Director and head of the firm’s Buy-Side advisory practice Selling Businesses in Bankruptcy and Financially Distressed Situations There are as many reasons a business would fall into a bankruptcy as there are businesses, but there are specific steps a business owner can take to make the most of a tough situation. In this episode, learn what to do before your creditors are spooked and the bank starts calling. In this week’s episode, David Mariano and Mark Filippell discuss, in detail, what can happen to a business in financial distress. Key questions in this episode: * What is the most important thing a business owner can do when he or she is in a distressed situation? * How do all the different parties inter-play during the sale of a distressed business? * What are the different scenarios in selling a business in distress (at 04:35)? * What are the triggers that would set a business to...

21 MIN2017 APR 27
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Selling Businesses in Bankruptcy and Financially Distressed Situations

Why You Need to Treat an Acquisition Candidate Like a Customer

Why You Need to Treat an Acquisition Candidate Like a Customer hosted by: David Mariano, Director and head of the firm’s Buy-Side advisory practice Why You Need to Treat an Acquisition Candidate Like a Customer Buying a business involves much more than just bringing the right amount of money to the table. Making a good, first impression is a nice start, but how you behave before and after the initial approach can make the difference on whether or not you get a deal closed. In this week’s mini episode, we discuss one of the most common questions we receive about buying businesses. Key points in this episode: * How to approach a business that you would like to acquire. * What your competitors look like. * How private equity competes against you. * Why you need to be sensitive to a seller’s relationship with their business. * Why your reputation matters. Resources mentioned in this podcast * Click here for access to training and templates * Click here to go to episode 8 of Fully Inv...

11 MIN2017 APR 20
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Why You Need to Treat an Acquisition Candidate Like a Customer

Latest Episodes

Achieve Faster Sales Growth When Sales and Marketing Collaborate, with Samantha Stone

Achieve Faster Sales Growth When Sales and Marketing Collaborate, with Samantha Stone hosted by: David Mariano, Director and head of the firm’s Buy-Side advisory practice Achieve Faster Sales Growth When Sales and Marketing Collaborate, with Samantha Stone Even if you believe your sales and marketing teams are already aligned, you may be surprised by how much more can be done to accelerate growth. If your sales and marketing teams aren’t on the same page, tune in to learn how to course correct. This week, Samantha Stone (LinkedIn | Twitter), author of Unleash Possible is in the studio to share with us how to achieve more revenue growth by getting your sales and marketing teams to collaborate. A revenue catalyst, author, speaker, consultant, personal coach and mother of four, Samantha has also launched go-to market initiatives, lead marketing strategies for award winning high growth companies. Key questions in this episode: * What is the current state of how most sales and marketin...

38 MIN2017 JUL 20
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Achieve Faster Sales Growth When Sales and Marketing Collaborate, with Samantha Stone

Improve Your Profitability, with Andy Fauver

Improve Your Profitability, with Andy Fauver hosted by: David Mariano, Director and head of the firm’s Buy-Side advisory practice Improve Your Profitability, with Andy Fauver Most business owners focus on cost control and efficiency in order to improve profitability. Although important, is that enough? In this week’s episode, Andy Fauver, VP of Business Development at Insight2Profit, helps us understand how pricing is your biggest profit lever. Andy’s success has been built over 20 years of experience in strategic planning and new business development with firms such as Ernst & Young, Capgemini and Freedonia Group. Key questions in this episode: * Why is pricing as a profitability lever often overlooked by business owners? * Where are the best opportunities to increase pricing? * Does it matter who makes the pricing strategy decisions? * How can your pricing strategy impact market value of your business? * Where do you start? * Can these principals be applied to service or projec...

28 MIN2017 JUN 29
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Improve Your Profitability, with Andy Fauver

Why You Need to Move Slowly AND Quickly as the Buyer

Why You Need to Move Slowly AND Quickly as the Buyer hosted by: David Mariano, Director and head of the firm’s Buy-Side advisory practice Why You Need to Move Slowly AND Quickly as the Buyer As the buyer, you’ll need to be mindful of the pace at which you move through the M&A process. Your success rate and your reputation depend on it. In this week’s short-but-sweet episode, we discuss the efficiency and risk of the M&A process as it pertains to the speed at which the transaction is moving forward. Key points in this episode: * What might happen if a buyer is not mindful of the change of pace during a transaction. * How a buyer can manage the pace of a transaction. * How the dynamic between the buyer and seller changes over the course of the transaction. * 5 steps toward a smooth transaction (at 04:00) * Why adding time-specific details to the Letter of Intent can avoid problems later on. * How to earn a reputation as a respectful buyer (and what it buys you in the long run). Res...

11 MIN2017 JUN 22
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Why You Need to Move Slowly AND Quickly as the Buyer

What I Learned about Acquisitions at the 2017 ASPIRE Conference

What I Learned about Acquisitions at the 2017 ASPIRE Conference hosted by: David Mariano, Director and head of the firm’s Buy-Side advisory practice What I Learned about Acquisitions at the 2017 ASPIRE Conference For the second year running, Smart Business Magazine held the ASPIRE Conference here in Cleveland, Ohio. It is quickly becoming an invaluable event, packed full of information and advice from all areas of business. In case you missed it, here is a partial recap for you. The 2017 ASPIRE Conference took place last month – listen to hear what you missed about making acquisitions. Key points in this episode: * Is now a good time to grow by acquisition? * One unique way to gather cultural information about a company. * To change or not to change (the name of an acquisition), that is the question (at 04:12). * How businesses are affected by technology throughout the entire acquisition process. * How businesses are using social media and analytics to source transactions. * How u...

16 MIN2017 JUN 8
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What I Learned about Acquisitions at the 2017 ASPIRE Conference

Getting More Value out of Your Advisor Relationships, with Marc Rosen

Getting More Value out of Your Advisor Relationships, with Marc Rosen hosted by: David Mariano, Director and head of the firm’s Buy-Side advisory practice Getting More Value out of Your Advisor Relationships, with Marc Rosen Every smart business owner knows there will be a transition at some point in their business. You’ll be more likely to sail through the inevitable transition when you take an active role in accessing the collective experience and wisdom of your advisors. We are joined this week by Marc Rosen, Co-Founder of the Client Experience Institute and Founder of the Vector Group. As a former company President, COO and senior leader with more than 20 years in diverse industry sectors, Marc is passionate about sharing his experiences and providing guidance to entrepreneurs, executives and emerging leaders looking to create a brighter future. Key questions in this episode: * How can business owners begin to plan for a future transition by utilizing the people around them? *...

28 MIN2017 JUN 1
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Getting More Value out of Your Advisor Relationships, with Marc Rosen

Growing Sales in a Slow Growth Economy, with Larry Goddard

Growing Sales in a Slow Growth Economy, with Larry Goddard hosted by: David Mariano, Director and head of the firm’s Buy-Side advisory practice Growing Sales in a Slow Growth Economy, with Larry Goddard Growth is never easy and the recent economic climate has made it even more difficult for businesses to achieve it. Smart business owners know that it takes analysis, discipline and training to tilt the odds in their favor. Today in the studio we have Larry Goddard, a principal and practice leader in BDO’s management consulting practice. Larry brings his 30+ years of management and advisory experience into the discussion on how to grow sales in a slow growth economy. Key questions in this episode: * How do experienced business owners usually address a slow growth period? * Why wouldn’t a middle market business owner put effort into growing their business? * How can a business sustain steady growth over a period of time? * Why is a compelling value proposition so important? Key poin...

26 MIN2017 MAY 25
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Growing Sales in a Slow Growth Economy, with Larry Goddard

Transitioning Out of a Business on Your Terms, with Don Matso

Transitioning Out of a Business on Your Terms, with Don Matso hosted by: David Mariano, Director and head of the firm’s Buy-Side advisory practice Transitioning Out of a Business on Your Terms, with Don Matso It is inevitable that there will be a crucial transition in your business’ future. But how can you properly plan for that eventuality? What reasonable objectives can you reach for? This week, we’ll hear practical advice on how to create a successful and satisfying transition, on your own terms. Today in the studio, we welcome Don Matso, of The Valere Group. Don brings 30 years experience in business and building strategic value to this week’s discussion. We examine how to create a satisfying transition out from your business. Key questions in this episode: * Why do business owners need to define their objectives in advance of a transition? * Are there common themes in play when objectives are not met during a transition? * How can a business owner move along the learning cu...

30 MIN2017 MAY 18
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Transitioning Out of a Business on Your Terms, with Don Matso

How to Get an Acquisition Target to Call You Back

How to Get an Acquisition Target to Call You Back hosted by: David Mariano, Director and head of the firm’s Buy-Side advisory practice How to Get an Acquisition Target to Call You Back Everyone knows how frustrating it can be when you don’t get a call back from an acquisition prospect. If the competition is so great, how can you convince them that you are serious? Follow these steps to stand out from the rest. In this episode, we dive into how to make your call to an acquisition target more effective. Key points in this episode: * Why you need to stand out. * How to be systematic about your call process. * When a little background knowledge can make a difference (at 04:00). * How building trust can move the process along. * How to follow up on the first phone call. * Why measured persistence can make a big difference. Resources mentioned in this podcast * Click here for access to training and templates * The “Why treat acquisition candidates like a customer?” podcast * Pre-Suasi...

11 MIN2017 MAY 4
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How to Get an Acquisition Target to Call You Back

Selling Businesses in Bankruptcy and Financially Distressed Situations

Selling Businesses in Bankruptcy and Financially Distressed Situations hosted by: David Mariano, Director and head of the firm’s Buy-Side advisory practice Selling Businesses in Bankruptcy and Financially Distressed Situations There are as many reasons a business would fall into a bankruptcy as there are businesses, but there are specific steps a business owner can take to make the most of a tough situation. In this episode, learn what to do before your creditors are spooked and the bank starts calling. In this week’s episode, David Mariano and Mark Filippell discuss, in detail, what can happen to a business in financial distress. Key questions in this episode: * What is the most important thing a business owner can do when he or she is in a distressed situation? * How do all the different parties inter-play during the sale of a distressed business? * What are the different scenarios in selling a business in distress (at 04:35)? * What are the triggers that would set a business to...

21 MIN2017 APR 27
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Selling Businesses in Bankruptcy and Financially Distressed Situations

Why You Need to Treat an Acquisition Candidate Like a Customer

Why You Need to Treat an Acquisition Candidate Like a Customer hosted by: David Mariano, Director and head of the firm’s Buy-Side advisory practice Why You Need to Treat an Acquisition Candidate Like a Customer Buying a business involves much more than just bringing the right amount of money to the table. Making a good, first impression is a nice start, but how you behave before and after the initial approach can make the difference on whether or not you get a deal closed. In this week’s mini episode, we discuss one of the most common questions we receive about buying businesses. Key points in this episode: * How to approach a business that you would like to acquire. * What your competitors look like. * How private equity competes against you. * Why you need to be sensitive to a seller’s relationship with their business. * Why your reputation matters. Resources mentioned in this podcast * Click here for access to training and templates * Click here to go to episode 8 of Fully Inv...

11 MIN2017 APR 20
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Why You Need to Treat an Acquisition Candidate Like a Customer
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