pin222 W. Coleman Blvd., Ste. #124
Mount Pleasant, SC 29464
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The Buying Process
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Learn how to buy a business with the right advice and cover all the basics.

Buy a Business

As Certified Franchise Consultants, we will best advise you through the selection and purchase process.

Buy a Franchise

Our Sellers choose Meridian to achieve the highest and best possible price for their business.

Sell a Business

We have Certified Business Valuation experts to help you value your business.

Value of Business

Search & Discovery
Now the hard work begins. We will help you search for your business, aid you in signing confidentiality disclosures, get you detailed information on the business, and set up showings with the seller. We will refine your business search and visit opportunities until you decide on a business to purchase. If your search takes longer than a few months, you may need to return to the education step.


Discovery Day
Once it is determined that you are seriosuly interested and qualified in purchasing a business, we will arrange a confidential meeting with the business owner/representative so you may tour behind the scenes and ask any remaining questions you may have about the operation of the business. Your Meridian Business Advisor will arrange and oversee the discovery meeting to ensure confidentiality is preserved and your questions are addressed.  It also provides the seller the opportunity to meet the individual(s) that could potentially be buying their business.  If parties are not able to meet in person due to schedules or distance, we will conduct a virtual phone conference.

Submit an Offer
We will share with you our expertise in deal structure, by helping you draft a contingent offer on a business that you would like to buy. A purchase and sale agreement will be presented to the seller with a deposit of good faith held in escrow to demonstrate your seriousness. After any negotiations, you should be left with an executed contingent purchase agreement to buy a business.

This process could involve a tense negotiation period. There is more to negotiating a contract than just the purchase price. You will want to make sure that you not only have a favorable asking price, but that negotiations should be focused on the terms of the sale as well. It is industry best practices, that the Meridian business brokers assist and serve as intermediary between parties with negotiations.  We believe in upholding the highest level of ethics and integrity throughout the entire process and duration of our business relationship.
8 Due Dilligence
This period is where you fully inspect the owner’s representations are accurate. We will coordinate the efforts of your legal and accounting professionals and strive to satisfy all contingencies. If there is financing involved, your application that must be approved by the lender, proving that you are qualified for repayment of the loan.

Closing the Deal
Final preparations will be made for lease assignments, utility transfers, financing, merchant service accounts, inventory counts and any other last minute preparations to make the transfer as seamless as possible. Your acquisition will usually be completed by an attorney with the signing of several documents and the payment of the balance of the purchase price. Meridian will guide you through the process and cooridinate with all the key players to ensure a smooth transition.
10 Post Closing
Transitional training by the seller may include meetings with employees and clients, technical education, computer updating, and other essential knowledge transfer. We will be available to assist you with any questions or post closing requirements you may have. Remember what you have learned throughout this process, because when the time comes, Meridian will still be here to help you sell your business.



Many additional questions may arise during the buying process. Please do not hesitate to have us explain in more detail any portion of this process. You will discover that, with Meridian's assistance, you can have a successful experience purchasing and owning your own business.

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Franchising 101 12/19
Choosing the Right Business to Buy 12/29
Preparing Your Business For Sale 1/05
Benefits of Owning a Franchise 1/12
Buying a Business in 2018 1/19
We are located at 222 W. Coleman Blvd., Suite 124,  Mount Pleasant, SC 29464. Contact Us at 843.800.2148 
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