JoAnn Lombardi – Business Plan for Growth In A Slow Economy

A Business Plan for Growth During Sluggish Times

Article by JoAnn Lombardi, President of VR Business Brokers

It’s easier to grow a business if you have a well thought–out business plan.

In any economy, booming or sluggish, it’s always easier to create a high quality business plan if you know where you’re going, even in the worst of times.

Whether you are looking to buy or sell a business, you want to have a well-developed plan in how you are going to be successful.

You have to be able to keep your nose to the grindstone, and keep your business moving forward even in these trying economic times.

Read full article here A Business Plan for Growth in Sluggish Times

For more information about owning a VR Business Brokers Franchise please contact our VR Headquarters at 1.800.377.8722


Sell More Businesses With a VR Business Brokers Franchise Brokerage

VR has sold more businesses in the World than anyone®

You can become a part of the successful VR Business Brokers team.

VR Business Franchises are available in the U.S., Canada, and around the world.
By becoming part of the VR international business brokerage network you will have access to businesses for sale in a wide range of locations.

Through the extensive amount of resources available from VR you will be able to establish a successful business brokerage office by choosing one of the many available locations.

Business Brokers or Business Intermediaries provide a valuable service to both buyers and sellers of businesses of all types and sizes.

Through the extensive training and resources provided by VR, you’ll be trained to perform all the key functions of a successful business sale transaction.

VR will assist you as a new Franchisee in all phases of opening a new brokerage office, from:

  • Planning and selecting a viable location
  • Marketing of your new VR office
  • Building a strong team
  • Setting up your new office website
  • Building a Customer base
  • And all the steps in between to achieve the closing of many profitable transactions.

Take the next step toward a successful and rewarding career with VR.

View our VR Presentation Videos & PDFs  explaning the tools and resources that will be available to you as a VR Franchisee.

For direct questions please call VR at 800-377-8722  or 954-565-1555

You can also go here to fill out a VR Franchise Information Request


Video of VR Business Brokers Franchise with Peter King & JoAnn Lombardi


VR State of the Company Video by Peter King  CEO & JoAnn Lombardi President of VR


You can also view our VR Franchise Webinar Videos here which explain many of the tools and training included in the VR Business Brokers Franchise.  with Business Sales Franchises available in the US, Canada, and Worldwide.

You can contact VR Headquarters at 1.800.377.8722  to find out more details about the VR Franchise opportunity for your area.


VR Franchise Showcase has partnered with Annex Brands commercial shipping

Annex Brands Offers Tested Franchise Formula to Entrepreneurs

PostalAnnexThe VR Franchise Showcase, a leader in franchise and business placement for aspiring and established business owners, has partnered with Annex Brands in growing their franchise network across North America.Based in San Diego, California, the franchisor has nearly 400 retail and commercial shipping and business service centers located across the U.S. A leader in the shipping and business services industry, Annex Brands’ locations operate as PostalAnnex+ and Handle With Care Packaging Stores.Handle With Care

If you’re looking to buy a small business of your own, a shipping franchise from Annex Brands is a tested formula that has assisted hundreds of people in fulfilling their entrepreneurial goals. Today’s busy lifestyles demand our services of freight shipping, moving services, small parcel packaging and shipping, copying and printing, plus other office services.

They save companies and consumers alike time and money and, that’s what keeps them coming back. From site selection to ongoing advertising and support, you can count on the expertise of a nationwide company behind you to help you fulfill a dream of becoming your own boss. Franchisees continuously benefit from Annex Brands’ experience, entrepreneurial company culture, extensive operation systems, award-winning marketing expertise, comprehensive training and the hands-on-support from Home Office representatives and staff.
Call 1-800-377-8722 to learn more about this opportunity!

About the VR Franchise Showcase
The VR Franchise Showcase will support you with your decision in selecting the franchise business that’s right for you. When you are making a career decision that involves investing your own money, you want the best advice that you can receive. With only one shot at making this the right decision, it’s important to have the most competent people on your team. Learn more about how the VR Franchise Showcase can fulfill your professional and financial goals as a franchise owner today by calling 1-800-377-8722!
About VR Business Sales
VR Business Sales is the world’s premier business intermediary firm.

With a combination of global strength and local experience, VR’s 30 years of successful business sales through Valued Representation, is the reason more and more business buyers and sellers demand our proven skills and resources to help them succeed in an increasingly complex market.

VR specializes in the sale of privately-held companies and offers a multi-service approach to matching buyers’ interests, goals and desires with the right businesses. VR Business Sales is committed to a diversified menu of business advocate services, with more than 130 locations. Consequently, we have proven our value to business clients across the country and around the globe.

For more information about VR Business Sales, please call 1-800-377-8722.

VR Business Franchise Owner in McKinney Texas Highlighted in Dallas Morning News

Larry Lane, Owner of the VR office in McKinney, Texas, was recently showcased in the Dallas Morning News, offering useful recommendations to small business owners who are looking to sell their business.

In the article, Larry discusses five tips to plan for an exit strategy:

Setting a Timeline

Since it can take more than a year from listing a business for sale to completing the transaction, the best time to sell will always remain when a business has a growing revenue stream with profits at their peak and more untapped potential to have greater success.

Making Sure the Business is Ready

The business should have a diversified customer base where no client makes up more than 15 percent of the total sales. A strong management team should be in place with updated equipment and software.

Focusing on Profitability

Make sure that the business has maximized their profits. Many business owners will instead maximize expenses to minimize profits, which in turn minimize taxes; however, this will turn away potential buyers who focus on profitability. Remember, most business transactions are based on a multiple of earnings.

Learning Business Valuation Trends

Most owners need to be educated in the importance of having a valuation done on their business to avoid offering the wrong asking price.

Understanding Tax Ramifications

Make sure that the business owner understands the full tax implications of a business sale. Have the owner visit an accountant to cover all the odds and ends, and ask him or her if they would consider providing seller financing – this typically defers some taxes and allows for a higher asking price.

Larry saw the potential that VR Business Brokers has to offer, which led him to become a successful business owner of his franchise location in McKinney, Texas in facilitating the buyer and selling of businesses.

For more information about owning your own successful VR Franchise please contact VR Headquarters at  (800) 377-872.

For a quick review of the VR Franchise please see the VR Franchise Webinar slideshow presentation 

Owner of VR Business Office in Hawaii Comments on State of Economy

VR in Hawaii has seen a dramatic increase in the number of business listings due to the growing confidence in the marketplace. As a result, VR Owner in Hawaii, Matthew DiGeronimo has hired more staff to handle all the new clients at his office he says according to a recent article in the Hawaii Business Magazine.

“In May last year, we had five clients. In April 2011, we had 75 clients,” said DiGeronimo in the article, where he added that 81 percent of the local establishments for sale are represented by his VR location. Among those the clients that came in that month, 15 were buyers.

Having seen the potential that VR has to offer, DiGeronimo became the owner of the three franchise locations in Hawaii in helping entrepreneurs through the process of buying and selling of businesses.

“We had zero buyers a year ago,” DiGeronimo says. “We’ve had to hire three more people to serve clients who are not only looking to buy a business, but sell a business, because they are approaching retirement age, or moving back to the Mainland to care for elderly parents, as well as to just be closer to adult children.”

Hints of falling prices and other trends have added to the confidence in the business sales market in Hawaii. On BizBuySell, for example, the number of businesses listed for sale in the state skyrocketed from 2 in the first quarter of 2010 to 108 in the first quarter of this year.

VR has office locations available in many locations. To see a full list of available VR Franchise locations, please visit the VR Global Headquarters website

For more information about the VR Business Franchise Opportunity please call Toll-Free: 800-377-8722  or 954-565-1555

How To Sell a Business – Training from VR Business Brokers

Article by JoAnn Lombardi, Pres. of VR Business Brokers

All business owners will one day exit their company.  This fact is inevitable.  Therefore the sale or divestiture of the business is one of the most important decisions an owner will ever undertake.

Every step in a business sale demands an extremely specialized effort, and at VR we know that there are no shortcuts to a successful transaction.  Transition to an entrepreneur about to sell a business, means exploring new options in life and making a decision to change.  Owners of businesses view this decision to sell as an opportunity to reap the rewards of years of sacrifice, dedication, and hard work.

Making quick, objective decisions comes naturally to the business owner.  So why is the decision to sell the company so difficult?  Because it’s made by weighing the advantages of moving on against the time and energy that’s been devoted to growing to operation.  The decision to sell a business usually goes far beyond the economics.  It involves defining lifestyle, and redirecting personal energies, resources, and values into the next stage of life.

The VR organization prides itself on recognizing the importance of being a trusted advisor to our clients.  VR intermediaries around the world guide business owners through the transition of divesting their businesses.  Individuals joining VR have made the commitment to a profession that over the next 25 years will aid over ’70 million “Baby Boomers” change from corporate careers to entrepreneurs and from entrepreneurs to retirement.

Hundreds of thousands of businesses change ownership each year, and though the reasons for selling vary, there is one common goal…maximizing the proceeds from the sale.  This is what a VR business intermediary is trained to achieve.

VR defines small business sales as those transactions with a value of less than $2 million.  As you begin your new profession this is the market place that most people gain their experience.  For the past thirty years, twenty percent of the businesses in this value range change ownership ever year.  That’s 1 in 5, in every town, in every city, in every state.  That’s the market and opportunity for successful business intermediaries.

Valued Representation of a business by a VR intermediary is a complex process that is fulfilling emotionally and financially upon successfully completing a transaction.  As a VR intermediary you will be trained in a manner that draws upon years of substantial knowledge, professional experience, and success.

Upon joining VR you will be trained on how to:

  • Build an inventory of quality businesses to sell
  • Value and price a business
  • Formulate different transaction structures to maximize value
  • Prepare a VR Business Profile
  • Confidentially launch a marketing campaign
  • Educate buyers and sellers on the transaction process
  • Recast financial statements for the privately-held company
  • Facilitate negotiations
  • Prepare all necessary documentation
  • Navigate successful due diligence

And of course… how to successfully close business sales!

As a professional VR business intermediary you will manage the process of selling businesses with the goal of successful transactions, while the owners continue to manage their businesses.  You will be an invaluable advisor during the process, offering proven valuation and marketing techniques, along with unmatched negotiation skills.

VR offers extensive training to all of the VR Business Franchise owners. Through the VR training specific methods and techniques on every aspect of being a successful business broker are covered in full detail.

For information on how to become a VR Business Broker and open a VR Business Franchise office, please call (800) 377-8722 or visit Owning your own VR Business Franchise, also visit VR on Facebook  at VR Business Franchise Facebook Welcome page and VR Franchise Facebook Updates.