Seller

Tulsa, OK

#1 Feb 24, 2010
Any 'The March Group' clients out there? Did you pay the up-front fee? If so, did you get your business sold? Please share your experience.
Doug Bolt

Boca Raton, FL

#2 Feb 25, 2010
Thanks to The March Group, I was able to happily and confidently walk away from managing the daily operations of the 10-store automotive service and tire chain that I created in central Florida over the past 22 years. That part of the business no longer interested me, but I was unable to hire a suitable person to run my company.

Selling my company appeared to be my only other option, so I began researching 10 companies that could help me sell it. As part of this process, I attended one of The March Groupís seminars and learned there is a lot more to selling a business than I realized. To get the best price, I had to change a few things about the way I managed my business, like putting my financials into a form that put my best foot forward with a potential buyer.

The March Group was the only company of the 10 that could help me build my companyís value before I was ready to sell it. As a result, I hired The March Group and began analyzing my company in ways I hadnít been able to because I had been too busy driving sales. The March Group provided me with a great education and advice that resulted in the sale of my company to a national leader in the automotive aftermarket: The Pep Boys ó Manny, Moe & Jack.

I am now working with the corporate development team at Pep Boys on new acquisitions. This lets me focus on business development, the part of the business I still enjoy, without worrying about the operations side of the business. It has also given me more time to spend on my lifelong hobby that I love: restoring classic cars.

In selling my company, The March Group provided options I didnít know I had. Ultimately, it let me sell my company with confidence, knowing that I made the best deal for myself, my family, my employees and my customers.

The face of The March Group for me is the managing director who guided me through the process; Ed Wilcox was a true partner and became a friend. Ed was always there for me whenever I needed advice, a question answered or feedback on my thoughts. He even raised red flags I didnít see. Ed made it clear that my best interests came first, not making a deal.

I canít imagine now how I would have sold my business without The March Group. Thankfully, I donít have to.

Sincerely,

Doug Bolt
Former President
Florida Tire, Inc.
George Gifford

United States

#3 Feb 25, 2010
Seller,

For more than 24 years our firm has guided middle-market business owners on the path to their exit planning objectives. There are many transactions listed in our Web site, and our blog contains over 20 testimonial letters from appreciative clients.
http://blog.marchgroup.com/Blog/...

We welcome the opportunity to speak with you directly if you are interested in working with us, please contact George Markis at 866.663.5806 extension 113.
FORMER EPMPLOYEE

Fort Lauderdale, FL

#4 Mar 25, 2010
George,What about all the others? Why not let them tell their stories so people can be informed of the good the bad and the ugly...Remember there is always different outcomes, wonder what your sucess rate is

ber there is always different outcomes, wonder what your sucess rate is
George Gifford wrote:
Seller,
For more than 24 years our firm has guided middle-market business owners on the path to their exit planning objectives. There are many transactions listed in our Web site, and our blog contains over 20 testimonial letters from appreciative clients.
http://blog.marchgroup.com/Blog/...
We welcome the opportunity to speak with you directly if you are interested in working with us, please contact George Markis at 866.663.5806 extension 113.
Ellen

Toronto, Canada

#5 Mar 25, 2010
It apears they come on here lots & get other side deleted
nfw

Elk City, OK

#7 May 18, 2010
Seller,

Run, run very fast. Google the principals and then the companies they worked for. Their format matches Great Western Equities, GW Equities, RMS Equico and many others. Lots of the same players for all those companies. Do your reasearch.
nfw

Oklahoma City, OK

#8 Sep 29, 2010
Is the March Group still operating?
Business Advocate

Tulsa, OK

#9 Sep 29, 2010
Absolutely they're still operating. They're calling business owners hard and conducting seminars.
rjs

Oklahoma City, OK

#10 Sep 30, 2010
Surprised. Usually this format crumbles after five or so years in a wake of controversy.
fcsf40

Santa Cruz, CA

#11 Oct 28, 2010
I've just received notification that they no longer wish to market my company.... and I get to forfeit the down payment.

Seems no provision has been made having to do with a down economy and the subsequent reduction in revenues for over 90% of small businesses. We're viable, but not maintaining the numbers we began with before the world-wide meltdown, so we're no longer worth their time.

On the other subject, if March is so large, why only 20 testimonials?
jat

Chino Hills, CA

#12 Jun 3, 2011
I've seen a number of conversations disappear if they weren't favorable. The March Group seems to provide services, but not really sell many businesses. I would love to hear from someone that successfully sold their business besides Florida Tires (who seem to be over used) and was satisfied with the selling price. I talked to one seller and he said that you really need to understand the fees and he got about what The March Group valuation set it at, which I hear can be lower than expected. Most of the postive is posted by The March Group marketing from what I have previously read.
Teresa Lynch

Denver, CO

#13 Feb 6, 2012
Run as fast as you can from these fast talking con artists. They took an upfront fee and delivered one low appraisal. Lots of promises but nothing delivered after the 1st appraisal. Even filing a dispute with American Express couldn't get our money back from The March Group for doing almost nothing. I am posting this to try a save another small business owner from losing hard earned money. Now they are calling themselves Corporations4Sale. Don't be fooled into hiring or paying them. You will regret it!!
fcsf40

Corning, CA

#14 Feb 6, 2012
I cannot agree more w/ Ms Lynch. Once we left March (or they left us after finding one potential buyer who wanted to use the business, itself, as collateral ((and March advised us to do so)), we went to a local business broker. Economy still sucks, but we've dealt with at least eight potentials and have not spent a cent. Locals ask for a percentage, nothing up front.

Run.. don't walk.

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