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Ben Knight

Managing Partner

Knight, with a strong background in sales and marketing, joined Viking Mergers & Acquisitions as the Managing Partner for their Charleston, SC location, leveraging his experience in acquiring and growing businesses to assist entrepreneurs and investors in the Berkeley, Charleston, and Dorchester counties with their buying or selling needs.

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The Charleston Business Environment

Voted the Best City in America and the #1 City in the World by Travel & Leisure magazine, Charleston isn’t just a picturesque Southern gem with rich history, delectable dining, and gorgeous weather; it’s also an award-winning metro area for business. The 2022 Top States for Doing Business report from Area Development ranks South Carolina #3 overall; and for the second year in a row, South Carolina is #1 for its easy-to-navigate regulations. In Charleston, businesses get county-sponsored tax savings in addition to state tax incentives, have access to a skilled and competitive workforce, and can get help through local business development programs.

As experts in mergers, acquisitions, and the sale and purchase of businesses, Viking’s business brokers in Charleston have a keen awareness of the local business climate. We’ve successfully closed sales on more than 800 businesses, including many in the Charleston – Mt. Pleasant area. Now is a great time to consider buying or selling a business in the Charleston area, especially in these top industries.

Selling A Business In Charleston / Mt. Pleasant

Preparing to sell your business can seem like an overwhelming task, but Viking’s 7-step sales methodology removes the chaos and uncertainty from the process. In addition, we will introduce your business to our private network of thousands of potential business buyers, each of whom has been pre-qualified and pre-screened. Our business brokers in Charleston will keep you informed every step of the way, helping you earn top dollar for your business.

Getting Your Business Ready To Sell

Here are a few tips to help get your Charleston or Mt. Pleasant business ready to go on the market.

  • Get in touch with Viking: we offer a CONFIDENTIAL consultation, including a complimentary business valuation. Our brokers—over half of whom have bought and sold their own businesses—have decades of experience.
  • Pull together updated financial records: Work with your accountant to gather your fully-reconciled business financial statements. Your ability to show your business’s cash flow will have a huge impact on your sale’s success.
  • Collect business records: If your paperwork isn’t already in one place, now is the time to gather it together. Things like asset lists, lease agreements, contracts, etc. should all be in order to show potential buyers you’re organized and serious.
  • Tidy up: If you’ve been putting off repairs or dragging your feet on cleaning up, remember that you don’t get a second chance to make a first impression. Don’t let procrastination cost you – literally. Tackle these items before buyers start looking.

Buying A Business In Charleston / Mt. Pleasant

Is the business you’re thinking of purchasing a good deal? Or could something be lurking in the financials that you’ve overlooked? Are you thinking about purchasing a business, but aren’t certain exactly what type of business would best suit your goals? Let Viking’s experienced business brokers in Charleston help. Whether you need assistance determining the type of business that would best fit your lifestyle and your financial goals or you want a second look at a business’s books, we’re happy to help at any step of the buying process.

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Call Or Email A Viking A Business Advisor

Viking professionals have a keen understanding of business financials and which numbers truly matter. Following our valuation process, we are typically accurate within 4% of the business’s final selling price. In other words, when we give you a valuation for your business, the business normally sells for an amount that is 96% or more of our original valuation. Contact Viking today for your complimentary business valuation.