On April 9th and 10th, in Woburn, MA, at the Holiday Inn Select, the New England Business Brokers Association is hosting a Conference titled “New Decade, New Opportunities.” The conference offers IBBA classes and workshops and is open to the public. You can learn more about the Conference and sign up for the classes and workshops at the NEBBA website.
Many of the classes and workshops at the Conference can be of value to individuals interested in buying or selling a business. There is a workshop that covers the basics of business valuation. There are two workshops that cover different ways to finance the purchase of a business. Anne Hunt, the Lead Lender Relations Specialist at the Boston SBA office, will conduct a workshop on SBA financing. Larry Carnell, of Benetrends, will explain how to use IRA funds to buy a business.
Two workshops will help individuals interested in buying or selling a business understand the sales process better. Scott Loring will present a workshop on negotiating. Marc Gudema, the writer of this blog, is conducting a workshop on managing the closing process. This workshop will present some of the problems that arise during closing and how to handle them.
There are two workshops that cover lead generation. Although they are focused on business broker lead generation, the information would be useful to any business owner. Debra Murphy will conduct a workshop on how to drive visitors to your website and increase your visibility. Glen Cooper will present a seminar on how to use LinkedIn to generate leads.
Most of the workshops are of value to business owners, but there are two workshops in particular that owners thinking of selling their businesses shouldn’t miss. Michael Coyle will present a workshop on Exit Planning. Ira Bryck, the Director of the University of Massachusetts Family Business Center, will conduct a workshop on the problems of selling a family business.
There are three IBBA courses being taught. Each is an all-day course. On Friday, Richard Mowrey is teaching course 301, Introduction to the M & A Process. In addition to business brokers, this course would be valuable to other advisors who are interested in learning more about what’s involved in the process of mergers and acquisitions. Covering both days are courses 220 and 221, Pricing Businesses.
Three workshops are being offered specifically for business brokers. Ted Burbank, who wrote a book on the subject, will teach a workshop on how to obtain up-front retainers. Jeremy Poock, an attorney, is conducting a seminar on what business brokers should do avoid legal pitfalls. Phil Steckler is leading a workshop on the attributes of successful brokers.
The cost to attend the workshops and courses is very reasonable. If you live within driving distance of Boston, there is no cost for travel or overnight stay as there would be with attending an IBBA Conference where these classes and workshops are normally presented. Check out the NEBBA website for more information and to sign up. Registration for the workshops is by one day or both. This is a great opportunity to attend workshops and increase your understanding of the buying and selling process at a very reasonable price.