By Cheryl Bell
Founded in 1994, First Choice Business Brokers has accelerated to become the largest Business Sales Organizations in the country.
First Choice Business Brokers of Grand Strand is the local presence of the industry leader. They are headquartered in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. The firm’s strategic location allows their local Brokers to serve all of the Grand Strand and Pee Dee area business owners.
Their business is to allow business owners to change the course of their business either through buying a business or selling a business. The brokers use their local roots and market knowledge in combination with the international presence and experience of First Choice to personally serve each client and maximize their opportunities.
The group’s business brokers come from varying backgrounds such as retail, industrial sales, manufacturing, procurement, supply chain, banking, wholesale distribution, administration, and government. All have been extensively trained, becoming experts in business evaluation, marketing and negotiating in order to serve both buyer and seller.
The buying and selling of a business should never be compared to the purchasing or selling of a home. First Choice Business Brokers Associates are trained professionals who specialize in business sales. Their business sales process includes:
Marketing: They complete a comprehensive market evaluation of your business using various methods including past, current and future projected financial position, your business sector, your client mix, your operations profile and your asset mix. Using a combination of these factors ensures they have produced a market evaluation using proprietary analysis tools and industry proven practices.
Interviewing: The group has developed a marketing plan to attract potential buyers from their network of buyer investors nationally as well as internationally. Their documents protecting the confidentiality of the seller’s strategic business information is one of their attributes.
Negotiating and Close: Once First Choice qualifies and approves a buyer they are then introduced to the seller to begin negotiations. All negotiations are managed by the Business Brokers using comprehensive and copyrighted documentation and agreements. Once the agreement is clearly and concisely documented, First Choice facilitates all details of the deal to assure a successful and smooth transition.
For a business valuation and consultation at no charge, call 843-213-1266.
Senior Business Broker
Cheryl has over 30 years experience in such diverse industries as banking, insurance, airline, and media, with the majority of that time in sales capacities. Prior to becoming an FCBB senior broker, she was an independent insurance broker in Atlanta.
She also spent four years with AirTran Airways in Station Operations and Quarterly Business Reviews Coordinator.
In California, Cheryl was with KTLA-TV and Continental Cablevision with the latter in advertising sales. In moving to the south, Cheryl was with WQQK-FM and WUXP-TV as an account executive in Nashville.
She earned a Bachelor Degree in Business Marketing and a Master’s of Business Administration, both with University of Phoenix.
Cheryl is a two-time Walker/Fundraiser for the Susan G Komen 3-Day/60 Mile walk in Atlanta and a mentor with Big Brothers Big Sisters of America.
Senior Business Broker
Steven Rodriguez has over 20 years of experience in the financial service industry. Steven founded SkyyLine Leasing, which assisted local business owners in securing financing for their equipment needs. Steven’s expertise is also within the insurance and mortgage fields. Steven was an account executive with Argent Mortgage Company, Leasecomm and a sales agent with New York Life Insurance Company and Aflac. Just recently Steven was a franchise account representative with QP Group America/IHG Corporation, in which he educated hotels and management groups in a new e-procurement/supply chain program.
He received an A.A.S. in Food Processing Technology from SUNY Farmingdale and Bachelor’s Degree In Business Management/Economics from SUNY Empire State College.