Author/Moderator: Lance Wallach, CLU, CHFC, CIMC


AICPA - Business Valuation

By Grant Webb. To become a CPA who performs business valuations means you’ve truly mastered your trade. Bisk trains accountants to become CPAs to broaden the scope of one’s possible accounting careers.

Whether you are looking to court investors for expansion, selling, or just want to accurately gauge the value of your business, a formal business valuation is an important tool. Many business owners are so focused on building the company, staying ahead of competition, and keeping aware of market trends that they seldom stop to take a good look at what they have accomplished. A business valuation offers the opportunity to put a value on the entire business and may be used as a lens through which to focus future efforts.

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Business Valuations

The Information a Valuation Will Return

Business valuations are full of information essential to running a successful business, including

  • Details about the reason for the valuation.
  • A description of the company and its market position.
  • An analysis of risk factors specific to the business and industry.
  • An assessment of economic conditions and industry trends.
  • Detailed past and projected financial statements.
  • A review of valuation methods, and justification for those selected.
  • An estimate of value, typically based on a weighted average of the various valuation methods.