Now is the time to Consider Selling Your Business

Sunday, March 06, 2016

Despite concerns about the continuing strength of the economy, middle market companies have shown remarkable pricing resilience -- however, nothing good lasts forever.  Although valuations appear to be holding steady, the number of middle market sale transactions declined to a 20 year low for the month of January 2016.  This result indicates that buyers are becoming cautious about completing transactions.  If this uncertainty persists, history shows us that valuations will go down.   As a result, if you or your clients have been thinking about selling, now is the time.  Read More

Shareholder and Partnership Disputes -- California Corporations Code Section 2000

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Shareholder and partner disputes arise frequently in business for a multitude of reasons.  Examples include a shareholder mishandling corporate information, a partner acting inappropriately or a personality conflict among shareholders.  Read More


Sunday, October 04, 2015

Selling a business is the most popular exit strategy for business owners.  In some cases, there are no successors who want to continue the business; in others, it was always the business owner's plan to sell the business at a certain point in time.  Whatever the reason for wanting to sell, the following considerations for the sale of a business will help to sell the business and secure the best sales price for the company.  Read More

Setting the Valuation of Your Early-Stage Food Business

Friday, September 18, 2015

Webinar: Setting the valuation of your early-stage food company with valuation expert, Melisa Silverman, hosted by Food Centricity.  On Wednesday, September 30, 2015 from 11:00 am - 12:00 pm PT, Melisa Silverman, President of Avenue M Advisors®, Inc., will explore business valuations for start up companies, share examples of recent business valuations, the reasons for the valuations, the value that business valuations can provide and the results to each business. Read More

The Undiscovered Country: What Must Be Found in an IP Audit

Friday, September 18, 2015

The IP Practice Section of the California Bar will hold their annual conference on November 15-16, 2015 at the Westin Mission Hills in Rancho Mirage, California.  On Thursday, November 15, 2015 from 9:00 am - 10:00 am a general session will be held on The Undiscovered Country: What Must be Found in an IP Audit.  This panel will provide a comprehensive overview of the essential IP portfolio information that must be identified and understood in a competent, useful IP audit.  Read More

Company Valuation Basics -- Don't Forget the IP

Friday, May 22, 2015

There comes a time when every company needs to know the dollar value of the business assets, including intangibles such as patents, copyrights, trade secrets and even the brand.  Brandaide provides access to trademark registration services as well as to ancillary services such as company valuations.  Cheryl Hodgson, Attorney with Brandaide and Hodgson Legal, interviewed Melisa Silverman of Avenue M Advisors, Inc. to share the basics you need to know.  Read More

25 Reasons a Business Owner may Need a Business Valuation

Friday, May 15, 2015

There are many reasons that a business owner or individual may need to know the value of a business.  The standard of value that is typically utilized is fair market value.  The fair market value standard consists of an independent buyer and seller having the requisite knowledge and facts, not being under any undue influence or stressors and having access to all of the information to make an informed decision.  Below are 25 common reasons that a business owner or individual may need a business valuation:  Read More

Highlights from the Panel Discussion on Making Gifts of Illiquid Assets

Sunday, May 03, 2015

On Friday, May 1, 2015, the California Community Foundation held a luncheon for advisors on Making Gifts of Illiquid Assets Work for Your Clients.  The panelists consisted of William Flumenbaum with Capital Group Private Client Services, David Newman with Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp, LLP and Melisa Silverman, President of Avenue M Advisors, Inc. Read More

California Community Foundation Luncheon - Making Gifts of Illiquid Assets Work for your Clients

Thursday, April 30, 2015

On Friday, May 1, 2015, the California Community Foundation is hosting a luncheon for Advisors: Read More

2015 NCEO Conference

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Avenue M Advisors will be attending the 2015 NCEO Conference in Denver, CO on April 21-23.  The Conference is important for business owners interested in exploring whether an ESOP is the right vehicle as an exit strategy.  Attendees will learn about the basics of ESOPs, information beyond the basics of ESOPs, valuation issues, compensation & benefits, communications and culture, leadership and governance issues.  The Conference will be held at the Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel.  Read More