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“When we first met Jim, we were ..."
“When we first met Jim, we were getting “burned-out” in our business and figured selling was the only way out. After talking with Jim he suggested that we read a book that gave different ideas of a business sale. He also suggested that we complete an exit analysis and valuation of our company as the first step. This process forced us to take a step back and with the additional perspective gained from the project, Jim helped us to see a better exit path. Rather than selling our business to some unknown buyer, we decided to transfer the company to our daughter and two nephews. Jim jumped right in with a process that included working with our attorney, accountant and financial planner to address all the important issues of not just the transfer, but the internal transition as well: taxes, legal, operational, even our personal estate planning. With so much to think about and so much going on, It was very nice to have someone like Jim managing the process to ensure everything went smoothly. We appreciate the professionalism and patience of Jim through this major new chapter in our lives. In the end we found the best possible exit scenario for us and are so excited that our company legacy has remained in the family. Thanks Jim!”
We were very impressed with Jim’s valuation ..."
We were very impressed with Jim’s valuation process and direction. It gave us the motivation to find the right buyer and sell our business at a fair price.
We worked with Jim at CBE. We ..."
We worked with Jim at CBE. We gave him 18 months to find a buyer for our business and he did it from contract with CBE to closing in 6 months. He worked hard whether it was a work day, evening, or weekend. He vetted potential buyers well and took the confidentiality very seriously. We gained a wealth of knowledge in the process and we could not have sold our business without a knowledgeable broker like Jim. Thank you very much for your work ethic and support through the process.
Jim did an exceptional job in evaluating ..."
Jim did an exceptional job in evaluating our business. He is very knowledgeable & straight forward in his evaluation of determining the health & value of the business. He had some very good suggestions on how to improve the value & how to build a better box that runs smoother. He did extensive research on our type of business to come up with a fair market value & some insight on how to make it worth more. I would highly recommend Jim DeShayes when a business owner starts to plan their exit & wants an accurate evaluation of their business.
When I first started exploring the idea ..."
When I first started exploring the idea of selling my business I researched and interviewed several business brokers. After meeting with Jim, I knew that I needed more than just a broker to list my business on a website. Selling my business for retirement was a major step in my life and getting it right was critical with no room for error. Jim’s approach to Exit Planning was a key factor in our ultimate success. His process helped clarify my financial retirement goals and my wishes for my employee’s well-being. After fully understanding the nature of the business and evaluating its financial fundamentals, Jim mapped out several options available for achieving my goals. Working as my trusted advisor and in full collaboration with me, Jim assisted in all aspects of the sale of the business. I would have been lost without his experience and guidance. In the end, the business sold and all of my goals were met. What was most remarkable was that throughout our engagement, Jim’s advice was always centered on what was in my best interest and would help me achieve my goals…even when it clearly would have been harmful to his commissions. It is his unselfish, professional and detail-oriented guidance which makes it easy to give him my highest recommendation. He has become my first new friend in retirement!
I never expected the sale of my ..."
I never expected the sale of my business to go so smoothly or easily as it did with the
help of Jim DeShayes with the Colorado Business Exchange. It was such foreign ground
and felt so daunting, but Jim made it so understandable and straightforward for all parties
involved. He was super attentive and thorough and truly helped both myself, as the seller,
and the buyers come to satisfactory compromises from start to finish. I was so impressed
with his communication and speed of action throughout the process. If I ever found
myself in the position to sell or buy another business in the future, I would definitely
want to work with Jim again, and I would highly recommend his services to anyone in
the same position. I simply could not have asked for anything more and I am
unbelievably happy with the end result.
Jim came recommended to me by a ..."
Jim came recommended to me by a longtime business associate. He provided a wealth of information and practical examples of the types of buyout agreement structure we were interested in pursuing. His research was timely and he provided organized catalogues of his work so that we could review and compare on our own time. His specific business valuation ended up being corroborated by a separate accounting firm hired to also perform an independent business valuation. It made the process of pricing that much easier and removed much of the emotion and baggage that might have derailed the process. I would not hesitate to recommend his services.
Jim with Colorado Business Exchange had three ..."
Jim with Colorado Business Exchange had three buyers for my business in just a few short weeks. After we found the right buyer, Jim was diligent in making sure everything went as smoothly as possible and that all details were handled appropriately.
The business Value Building program that Jim has in place, although not applicable for my circumstances, was excellent. I would use Jim again in a heartbeat and highly recommend him as a broker to sell a business.
Jim was valuable in the planning and ..."
Jim was valuable in the planning and valuation process preparing for the transfer of the business. I valued his resources, experience, expertise and guidance through the entire process. He was available and knowledgeable with a fair balanced and truthful perspective. I highly recommend Jim as an important member of your team.
“Jim DeShayes was fantastic! His work ethic ..."
“Jim DeShayes was fantastic! His work ethic is beyond description. Jim had sound advice from the moment we first met several years ago. After his initial evaluation as to the market value of our company, we initiated programs that made the company attractive to potential buyers. We had multiple offers within a few months of placing our company on the market.
Retirement is proving to be as much fun as imagined. Thank you Jim!”
“We are very pleased with all of ..."
“We are very pleased with all of the excellent service provided by Jim DeShayes at Colorado Business Exchange. He was very good at providing us with information of prospective buyers. He handled all matters and concerns promptly in a very professional manner.
Jim is a very fine business broker and we would highly recommend him to anyone in need of his expertise services.”
“Jim DeShayes has been the consummate professional, ..."
“Jim DeShayes has been the consummate professional, representing me through the intricate process of valuing, marketing, negotiating & closing the sale of my company. Jim always kept my best interests foremost. Most important has been his understanding and compassion during a sometimes trying process. I hope others have the opportunity to benefit from his unique skills.”
“We were so grateful that we had ..."
“We were so grateful that we had decided to hire Jim to represent us in this very daunting task of selling our business. We did not know where to start. How much we could reasonably ask for a selling price? The task seemed overwhelming to us. He was so very knowledgeable and diligent every step of the way. He helped us determine a value and helped us promote in a professional and discrete manner, which was very important to us. He was able to find and deal with potential buyers almost immediately after listing it.
He took on all the headache and follow through when dealing with the buyer. He just kept us informed and little else had to be done on our part. My husband and I do not know how anyone could do this without the help of a business broker like Jim. There are just too many things that need to be considered and addressed along the way. We would definitely recommend Jim for his friendly personality, knowledge and continued professionalism.”
“Jim has represented us to successfully sell ..."
“Jim has represented us to successfully sell our three The UPS Stores franchises. This requires and extraordinary amount of patience in that the franchisor takes a process that once buyer and seller have agreed and due diligence is done, would normally require several weeks to a month. The Franchisor in this case extended the ordeal from February to the middle of September. When situations would sometimes get tense Jim would always position himself in the middle maintaining everyone’s perspective and not letting the ridiculously inept handling by the franchisor and endless delays tear things apart. He certainly earned his keep.
I Think it is also a statement of recommendation that the buyers who had already purchased on store from us approached Jim about buying our remaining two stores rather than pursuing this through the Franchisor’s representative. We are quite happy with Jim’s work and highly recommend him to someone considering selling their business.”
“Jim was a great help in the ..."
“Jim was a great help in the valuation, listing and selling of our small business. We would highly recommend Colorado Business Exchange to anyone looking to sell or buy a business.”
“Jim was extremely helpful in going through ..."
“Jim was extremely helpful in going through the sale process, from answering questions concerning the due diligence done by the buyer to resolving some last minute issues that could have delayed the closing His help led to an uneventful closing. He also investigated and documented several valuation options for the business which led to the sale of the business. In addition our attorney was happy with the paperwork that Jim provided in order to complete the sale of the business.”
“Jim DeShayes handled the sale of my ..."
“Jim DeShayes handled the sale of my business. He provided great personalized service where his expertise and professionalism really showed. Jim was timely and consistent on his follow through on all of the issues that required his personal attention and effort. From start to finish, the sale of my business went very smoothly and was completed in less time than I thought possible. This is directly attributed to Jim in his finding the most suitable buyer for my business. What impressed me most working with Jim was his desire for the buyer and seller to achieve a positive outcome from the business sale and purchase.”
“Jim- We wanted to thank you for ..."
“Jim- We wanted to thank you for taking the time to come see us at our business & share your insights about selling. We appreciate your time and effort. Sincerely”
“Thanks Jim! You have helped us prepare ..."
“Thanks Jim! You have helped us prepare for this day (our exit) for over 5 years! You taught us how to execute a successful exit strategy! You truly shared your knowledge & expertise & stood by our side through all the hills & valleys. We couldn’t have crossed the finish line without you. We also appreciate & enjoy your fun, light hearted & witty ways when the times got to though & too serious. Again we appreciate you more that you’ll ever know! Thank you”
“Selling your business can be very challenging ..."
“Selling your business can be very challenging when considering all the details that require attention. CBE worked day and night to help make sure that even the smallest of details were taken care of. Their extensive knowledge of what needed to be done as well as how to properly and efficiently get those things done made the transfer stress-free and professional. I would happily enlist the help of CBE to sell any of my businesses in the future.”
“I would like to thank Jim for ..."
“I would like to thank Jim for his professionalism while taking on my business to sale. Throughout the whole process Jim exceeded expectations by always staying on top of the sale of the business. Thank you Jim for a job well done.”
“Jim is a very thorough, thoughtful, patient ..."
“Jim is a very thorough, thoughtful, patient and professional business broker. This is my 2nd transaction and each one has done perfectly.”
“My dealing with Colorado Business Exchange has ..."
“My dealing with Colorado Business Exchange has been a real pleasure. My broker, Jim DeShayes, was without a doubt the reason I was able to sell my business. He was always very professional and personable with the various parties we negotiated with. His eye for detail saved me several times from missing a document or piece of information that could have compromised or ended the sale negotiations. Also, Jim is very good at putting potential buyers at ease while at the same time conveying the impression that all negotiations will be conducted in a business like fashion.
I strongly recommend Jim DeShayes and Colorado Business to anyone who would like a brokerage firm to help buy or sell a business.”
“Jim is conscientious, has great attention to ..."
“Jim is conscientious, has great attention to detail, knows the business of selling businesses inside-and-out, acts as mediator independently so you aren’t bothered with going back-and-forth with prospective buyers, made sure every “T” was crossed and every “I” dotted in all the documents along the way and at closing. He was great to work with, completely understands both buyer and seller sides of the transaction, keeps everything in constant “reality check” mode so that you are realistic about the whole situation. He is organized and knowledgeable about ALL the paperwork needed and what all of it means and got the job done while being very sensitive about what we needed in order to make it all work out. He is pleasant to work with, has great people skills and worked hard to make the sale happen.”
“Thanks Jim – feel free to use ..."
“Thanks Jim – feel free to use me as a reference.”
“Jim DeShayes was was very helpful with ..."
“Jim DeShayes was was very helpful with all the paperwork & schedule. Great job marketing also. I would not want to do this transfer on my own.”
“What can I say. Jim is the ..."
“What can I say. Jim is the best. Not only does he know his trade very well. He is not, in the least bit, greedy. One of my main concerns with any brokerage was, did I really need one. One of my potential buyers had wanted to circumvent Jim or any broker, stating that “they were only interested in their commission”. Let me tell you I am glad that I did not try to go this alone. There is so much I just do not know about selling a business. I know plenty about my business (HVAC) but this was a whole different world. Long story short this guy tried to rip me off, since I had already moved out of state, and he knew my employees well. Bottom line, with out Jim’s very thorough paperwork that guy could have succeeded in his thievery. Here is the kicker for all of this Jim made not a dime, besides his initial evaluation of my business. Please call me if you are even hesitant about signing with Jim. Because I owe him big time.
Thanks again Jim”
“We sincerely want to thank Jim DeShayes ..."
“We sincerely want to thank Jim DeShayes for doing a fabulous job in guiding us though the sale of our 7 yr. old business, Stratus Design’s. Having never gone through this process before, Jim was so patient, professional & informative in the way he diligently worked with us from the very first meeting with him and clear through the process. He was always available to answer questions for me, and I know that without him we would not have had the knowledge, resources or the time to accomplish this. In fact, he saved us a tremendous amount of time in the screening of all prospective buyers before bringing them to us to talk. We were able to sell our business for 100% of our asking price, get through all the hundreds of details, close the sale, and train our buyers, all without a hitch and in an extremely positive manner. I am now able to pursue my fine art career full time and I really do owe it all to Jim DeShayes.
Thank you, thank you!”
“We sold our business with the help ..."
“We sold our business with the help of Colorado Business Exchange and have nothing but good things to say about our experience. Jim DeShayes has a knack for details, a fantastic work ethic, and extensive business knowledge. We were especially impressed with the number of contacts he sent our business listing to, as well as his overall marketing program. It certainly worked for us! Thanks for all your hard work on our behalf, Jim! We sincerely appreciate it!”
“Jim: Thank you again for the work ..."
“Jim: Thank you again for the work you put into helping me sell my business. I could not have gotten the deal I wanted without your help!
I just wanted to say that in my previous experiences buying and selling businesses I found that a business broker was more of a necessary burden than a trusted advisor. That was definitely not the case with Colorado Business Exchange. You did a great job mediating the conflicting positions between myself and my potential buyer, listening to both sides and being proactive in resolving our issues. But more importantly you added a lot of value to the process by being more than just a facility to transact the sale. Your consultative approach was much appreciated and feedback was always honest and insightful.
I’ll call you in a few months when I’m ready to work on buying my next business.
“We would like to thank Colorado Business ..."
“We would like to thank Colorado Business Exchange for the smoothness and the care they took in selling our business, they were always there to answer any questions or concerns on our part. Especially the days before closing we and the buyer were able to closely review all the closing documents, so no surprises awaited us.
I would highly recommend Jim DeShayes and his team to anybody who is considering selling their business”
“Jim DeShayes was incredibly thorough and professional ..."
“Jim DeShayes was incredibly thorough and professional during the entire process. He spent countless hours dedicating his personal attention to the successful completion of the sale of my business. I highly recommend Mr. DeShayes to anyone looking to sell their business.
If you want to sell your business honestly and professionally then Colorado Business Exchange is your company.”
“Jim spent time with us analyzing the ..."
“Jim spent time with us analyzing the potential for selling our limo business. He fully explained everything he was looking for and looking at. We had such a clear perspective that we felt comfortable in making the decisions we had before us.”
“I was very satisfied with my experience ..."
“I was very satisfied with my experience with the Colorado Business Exchange. Jim provided excellent insight backed by data for resolving a complex business dilemma of whether to liquidate or sell a struggling business. Added to the issue, were intercompany subcontracting and sales which clouded the financials. Jim was able to sort through the financials and provided real numbers as to what the business was worth and the probability of selling it. The Up-Front Contract was more than fair and the value was definitely there. I highly recommend the Colorado Business Exchange to anyone looking to buy or sell a business. We were treated with the utmost respect, professionalism, and competence.”
“We met with Jim, initially unclear of ..."
“We met with Jim, initially unclear of what our needs for a business valuation would actually evolve into. He listened to our concerns, queried more about the nature of our business (as it was unfamiliar to him), and proceeded with evaluation our financial information. At the onset , he explained that if we were not satisfied, we could elect not to pay his fee.
We had several discussions to further clarify operations and financial issues. Jim made calls to a few consultants “in the business” to further gain insight and foster a more accurate valuation for us.
After completion, he presented us, in person, with his findings and projected valuation. He spent at least an hour in the presentation of his interpretations and projections to ensure our thorough understanding. This fostered discussion into current strategies and future planning for us.
We feel his services have been very valuable to us and have enjoyed working with him. He is professional and thorough and obviously has the knowledge to be offering this type of service in our community. We will not hesitate to contact him in the future for any other needs or if our situation changes. Additionally, we recommend him without hesitation.”
“We were very pleased with the entire ..."
“We were very pleased with the entire process. We were presented with our buyer in a very short period of time and all communications between the parties was handle in a very professional manner. I would not hesitate to recommend CBE or Jim to anyone looking to sell or purchase a business.”
“Jim DeShayes with Colorado Bus. Exchange was ..."
“Jim DeShayes with Colorado Bus. Exchange was a true professional to work with. I had a specialty business that wasn’t the easiest to find prospective buyers for. He works tirelessly finding screening those buyers from all over the country. If your business is priced correctly (which he makes sure it is) he will get it sold. Thanks Jim.”
“Jim, Many thanks for all of your ..."
“Jim, Many thanks for all of your hard work in helping me to sell the Alteration Shop! Because of Colorado Business Exchange, the longtime dream of the Alteration Shops continued success and service for the community has come true! I appreciated most, your sincere listening to my hearts needs as a seller, and communicating well the needs of the buyer. I would and will, gladly recommend your service to others! Good Luck – be well and thanks again, Tam”
“Jim DeShayes worked diligently on our behalf ..."
“Jim DeShayes worked diligently on our behalf 100% of the time. He was always respectful of our goals and worked toward that end consistently.
He has been and continues to be a valued business associate and friend.”
While Wire World Inc. is a small ..."
While Wire World Inc. is a small company and has been in business for ten years, it was not until we received a call from Jim DeShayes from the Colorado Business Exchange some three years ago that really put us on the road to success.
As we all know, it is very difficult to find people like Jim DeShayes, that will take the time to thoroughly review a company and offer suggestions and a plan to make the company successful. Jim spent over two weeks analyzing our manufacturing and accounting proceedures and suggested several things we needed to do to increase our business and increase our profits.
We were so involved with our company that we could not see the forest for the trees, It really took someone like Jim, to open our eyes to the things we really needed to do.
Taking his advise and implementing the changes he suggested, we have increased our sales by over one million dollars and we now employ nine people at Wire World Inc.
I absolutely recommend Jim DeShayes to anyone who is looking to make their company a successful and profitable one.
“After a year and a half trying ..."
“After a year and a half trying to sell my business on my own, Jim made it happen. Everything was taken care of, his check list made it all so easy.
In fact, I’ve already referred Colorado Business Exchange to several people because I know they’ll be taken care of.
He was always prompt at returning my phone calls and being out of town and away from the business, again I knew Jim was taking care of all the details.
When we arrived at closing, there was nothing missing. We all met our deadlines prior to closing, which made it that much easier.
I believe anyone trying to sell their business will find a trustworthy, hard working friend in Jim at Colorado Business Exchange.
I would do it again, but only if I had Jim DeShayes as my broker.”
“This was my second experience with Jim ..."
“This was my second experience with Jim and Colorado Business Exchange with the same great results. This transaction was by far more difficult than my first one not only in the timeframe but in the complexity of the deal and me being out of state. Jim once again proved himself to be, without doubt, a fantastic business broker. He stayed on top of everything and made sure things were done when they needed to be done. He thought of creative ways to deal with issues that came up and worked with both me and the buyer to figure out the best solutions. His very personal and detailed approach to both of my transactions made what could have been a very stressful time a lot more manageable. I would highly recommend Jim and Colorado Business Exchange to anyone that is thinking about buying or selling a business.”
“Having built my very small business from ..."
“Having built my very small business from scratch, building it over 14 years, when it was time to move on, I was delighted to find someone of Jim DeShayes’ caliber and skills to help me sell it. Jim explained to me that we needed to find a buyer who wanted to “buy their job” and he specializes in marketing that kind of business.
Thanks to his expertise and guidance, we obtained a business appraisal and he found just the right buyers for my magazine. Than he walked the buyers and me through the due diligence period, a myriad of legal paperwork, and the final closing with grace. His understanding of the necessary details and patience were invaluable and made a complex process much easier.”
“I have been extremely satisfied with the ..."
“I have been extremely satisfied with the way Colorado Business Exchange has handled the sale of my business. Jim DeShayes has gone above and beyond my expectations of a brokerage firm. He has followed through in detail with every step of the sale from start to finish. I would highly recommend him in the selling of your business. I would use him again in a heartbeat!!”