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What is a Business Valuation?

By MarksNelson on February 3, 2011 in Articles, Litigation Support

Rob Metcalf specializes in business valuation and litigation services and administers the MarksNelson business valuation practice. Learn more aboutKnowing how much your business is worth takes a little homework. Consider hiring a professional called a valuator, a valuation analyst, or a business appraiser to name a few, who will employ professionally accepted methods to arrive at a well-reasoned and defensible opinion of the value of your business or your ownership interest in a business. Just like attorneys, financial planners and wealth management experts, professionals who specialize in conducting business valuation projects, also have special certifications like CVA (Certified Valuation Analyst) or ABV (Accredited in Business Valuations) which require rigorous course work and an exam.

The arrival of an opinion of value is what is termed a business valuation or a business appraisal. While it is true that your business or ownership interest is only worth what someone is willing to pay you for it, a valuator will estimate the price that an economically rational person should be willing to pay you for your business or ownership interest. In fact, a business valuation may be used to support the value that a seller might demand for his or her business or interest.

Why would you need a business valuation? There are a number of triggers that often are the catalyst for needing a complete valuation. They can include:

  • Divorce
  • Buying or selling a business
  • Succession plans

No matter what the reason for needing a business valuation, be thoughtful about selecting the appropriate professional who can help you gain a clear understanding of the value of your business. For more information about business valuations, contact Rob Metcalf, CPA/ABV, CVA, CBA, ASA at

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MarksNelson LLC works with clients to help safeguard and grow their businesses. Our ultimate goal is to help our clients to Move Forward. The firm provides Assurance, Accounting Services and Business Advisory, Business Valuation, Consulting, Cost Segregation, Employee Benefit Plan Audits, Litigation Support, Forensic Accounting, International Tax, State and Local Tax and Tax planning, advisory and compliance services. MarksNelson is a member of The Leading Edge Alliance, the second-largest international professional association of independently owned accounting and consulting firms, serving clients who need additional resources on a national or international level. MarksNelson has significant accounting and business advisory experience in the auto dealership, construction, insurance, manufacturing, distribution and real estate sectors. The firm was named among the 2014 Best Accounting Firms for Leadership Equity by the 2014 Accounting MOVE Project for its dedication to gender equity.


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