Introducing Your Business Valuation Service Specialists

At GCF, we bring the nation’s most rigorous valuation process to every engagement, and our deliverables are designed to withstand even the toughest scrutiny. As business valuation experts, we apply our expertise and high standards to a range of valuation and consulting services.

Complete Appraisal—Self-Contained Report

The valuation of a business delivered in a comprehensive, detailed report. If a valuation is in dispute and goes to court, or if you need a business valuation that could be challenged for any reason, this report explains in full detail how the valuation was determined. This documentation meets or exceeds American Society of Appraisers (ASA) and Institute of Business Appraisers (IBA) standards for reporting.

Business Valuation Services / Summary Appraisal

While meeting the same high standards—and requiring the same level of investigation and analysis—as the full report described above, this Summary Report delivers the salient information required by many institutions. The IBA endorses this report, calling it “an instrument of brevity.” Our summary reports typically run 60 pages in length.

Calculation of Value (Available to SBA Lenders Only)

Sometimes you need a basic understanding of a business’ value. In these circumstances, our Calculation of Value service provides a rough estimate of value without incurring the cost and time of a full valuation. A calculation of value is NOT an appraisal because the appraiser is not coming to a “conclusion of value.” Instead, it provides an approximate value based on a limited amount of investigation and due diligence. While a Calculation of Value does not meet USPAP or IBA Standards, it can be a very valuable tool when precision and extensive documentation is not required.

Appraisal Review

Sometimes a second opinion is in order. During an Appraisal Review, we examine and critique a valuation report from another appraiser. We typically write up our observations and recommendations in a letter.

Machinery and Equipment Appraisal

In certain situations, machinery and equipment can be a significant component of a business’ value. That’s why we offer rigorous, accurate and defensible appraisals of key machinery and equipment assets in a business.

Other Consulting Services

Our business valuation specialists also provide a variety of business valuation consulting services, including:

  • Expert witness testimony
  • Litigation support
  • Business planning advisory
  • Employee stock ownership plan (ESOP) support
  • Gifting and estate tax services

Learn more about business valuation services:

Download our free guide: How to Navigate the Business Valuation Process Successfully

Read: Why & When You Need a Business Valuation

Read: Different Types of Business Valuations

Start the Process

Are you ready to learn more about your the value of your business? Contact us to get started.

Business Valuation Accreditation

Your GCF Business Valuation appraisal team has one or more of the following accreditations:

  • Business Appraisal Accredited Senior Appraiser (ASA) – is recognized as having achieved the highest level of education, training, and report writing for business valuations. The ASA designation is the gold standard for a business valuation professional. (source: American Society of Appraisers)
  • Certified Business Appraiser Certified Business Appraiser (CBA) – a very prestigious credential in the eyes of all who are familiar with it as it earned the reputation of being a difficult credential to obtain. (source: National Association of Certified Valuators and Analysts®)
  • Certified Valuation Analyst Certified Valuation Analyst (CVA)
  • Accredited in Business Valuation by the American Institute of CPAs (ABV by AICPA) – a credential granted exclusively by the AICPA to qualified valuation professionals who demonstrate expertise in valuation through knowledge, skill, experience, and adherence to professional standards. (source: American Institute of CPAs)
  • Accredited in Business Valuation (ABV) – credential is granted exclusively by the AICPA to CPAs and qualified valuation professionals who demonstrate considerable expertise in valuation through their knowledge, skill, experience, and adherence to professional standards. (source: American Institute of CPAs)
  • Certified Public Accountant (CPA)

GCF’s Machinery and Equipment Appraisal Accreditations

  • Expert Equipment Certified Appraiser (EECA) – Our appraisers are recognized with a deep understanding of valuation principles and extensive experience by the Institute of Equipment Valuation.
  • Certified Machinery and Equipment Appraiser (CMEA) – a CMEA professional has the expertise and certification to conduct a third party machinery and equipment appraisal.

Over 25 years of experience and expertise in business valuations and appraisals.  An accredited appraiser receives extensive training, remains in good standing, and follows specific industry practices to determine the value of a business.

The GCF Business Valuation Process