"We can consult on growth, strategy, culture, ops, M&A, turnarounds and make you an offer for your business."
~ Riley LeBrun, President, Epic Consulting
We Don't Work With Start-Ups
At this point, we hate to say it, but we just don't like start-ups, franchises or any development driven expansion. Yes, these companies are often the darlings of the business world. We we are the biggest of fans of all the brilliant entrepreneurs who drive the headlines, but that type of business is no longer what excites us.
One of the biggest reasons is that the Small Business Administration reports that 90% of startups fail in the first two years. So instead, we serve mature operations, profitable ones, the ones who are the backbone of the US, not typically in the limelight.
We primarily work with businesses that are having issues with revenue, customers, staffing, or growing and our knowledge, networks, and skillsets can be of value. If you have been in business for 3+ years and are having these challenges, we would love to hear from you.
What We Consult On
Mature Company Strategy: Once you have survived the startup phase, figuring out what to focus on and where you go often the are the next biggest hurdles. Sure, you want better efficiency, higher profits, less expenses, but where do you go from there?
Realizing Untapped Potential: We come across businesses that are sitting on opportunities they know about but either aren't able to devote resources to it or have the understanding of how to develop it properly. Together, we will work with you to determine exactly how it's possible.
Asset Reallocation: Assets can be used in a variety of ways and can sometimes be the answer to your business needs. Let's review your holdings and discuss new ways to maximize the existing assets you have without spending any additional capital.
Turning Around A Floundering Company: Companies that struggle usually have many issues working against them but its often mistaken as just 'poor cash flow'. Allow us time to examine your strategy, growth, branding, sales, culture, marketing or accounting, to find other ways to jump start the business.
Culture Change: Improving company performance in many cases can be turned around by improving the teamwork, or lack there of, in a business. We are experienced in putting together systems and finding personnel that can dramatically alter a company's bottom line.
Mature Company Growth: Scaling a business can happen in many ways and budgets. It's when you have been in business for over three years however, that often the 'tried and true' methods begin experiencing diminishing results.
Mergers & Acquisitions: Following the same strategy that the largest companies in the world use, we are actively pursuing business opportunities to scale our businesses and help others do the same.
Post M&A Integration: Congrats, you just bought a new company! All the hard work is over, right? It's actually just the opposite. Many owners put so much focus on completing the deal that they neglect the delicate time of transition. Be sure to put adequate resources towards this important phase.
How to Gain When you Lose A Business
According to the SBA, each year nearly 595,000 US based businesses are forced to close their doors forever. In 2020, due to Covid's impact, the Federal Reserve estimates that an additional 200,000 businesses shut down. Although shuttering the business is usually the worst case scenario, it's not all bad news.
Many businesses will see your assets as a plus and often, even if they won't buy them for much, will give you some form of pay out, commission or referral fee for them. When closing up, you still often will have an email list, a website, Facebook page, a domain, equipment, inventory, a customer list and usually a lead list. It's possible you have more. These can be worth talking to someone about rather than just walking away.
How We Get Paid for Consulting
Remember, we are clear on our goal: growing our business through M&A. Although we don't mind sharing our expertise, working on building your brand takes away from building ours. If you are looking for a way to grow together, that would be our priority instead of splitting our time on another project.
Let's Find a Way to Work Together
Are you looking to sell, to partner or
sell a majority stake in a business?
We are actively seeking family/founder owned businesses where we can preserve and grow upon the strong foundations you already set.
Let us help find a meaningful long-term home for your business, create new opportunities for your team, and expand the heart of what makes your company special.