SBA Business Valuations for Business Owners
Your business is likely one of your most valuable assets and knowing its worth is critical to key life decisions including: developing an exit or succession plan, preparing for acquisition & growth, gifting or estate planning, dealing with divorce, or other significant events. An SBA business valuation is a critical tool to support your plans for growth or for future business transition.
A crucial step in the process is selecting a business valuation firm staffed with accredited appraisers and the right experience. Our team of highly experienced appraisers and analysts oversee more than 2,000 business valuation engagements per year. We have seen it all. No business is too large or too small, too simple or too complex.
What is a business valuation?
A business valuation is a result of determining the monetary worth of a business, using objective metrics and other value identifiers. You may need one if your business is going through a change in ownership, a sale, or for exit planning.
Take a look at our Additional Services
- Income Statement Adjustment (Add-Back)Tracing
- Working Capital Analysis
When would I need a business valuation?
Whether you are a small business owner or someone who serves small business owners, there will come a time when you’ll need to know the value of a business to guide key decisions.
Here are our top 8 scenarios in which you’ll need a valuation:
- SBA Lending
- Listing a Business for Sale
- Business Planning
- Gift Tax / Estate Tax
- Corporation Tax Filing Status
- Partner Buy-Outs / Disputes
- Marital Dissolution
For more information about why you may need an appraisal, read our blog.
Learn more about business valuations:
Download our free guide: How to Navigate the Business Valuation Process Successfully
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SBA Business Valuation Accreditation
Your GCF Business Valuation appraisal team has one or more of the following accreditations:
- 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 (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 (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)
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.
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.