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Merrell Stout

Managing Partner

Leading Viking’s efforts in Atlanta, North Georgia, and the Upstate of South Carolina, Merrell’s experience includes a series of successful technology startups, managing a market for a fortune 50 company, serving as CEO of a PE backed company, and making private equity investments as a general partner in a PE firm.  He holds a degree in Economics From Hampden-Sydney College and an MBA from the University of Rochester.

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The Greenville Business Environment

Named one of the top 10 fastest growing cities in the U.S. by CNN Money, Greenville is South Carolina’s third largest urban area, and is growing faster than any other area in the state. Similar to Spartanburg, Greenville’s business economy long depended on the textile industry; however, over the past several decades the economy has shifted, and opportunities in the professional and business services sectors have witnessed significant growth. Conveniently located midway between Atlanta and Charlotte, the Greenville-Spartanburg area of the Upstate has ample opportunities for continued growth and development.

Viking understands the nuances of the Greenville-Spartanburg-Anderson business environment and has experience providing valuations and facilitating sales of businesses in the metro area. We’ve closed sales on more than 800 businesses throughout the Southeast, including many in the Greenville metro area:

  • Norcomm (HOA Association)
  • Carolina Urgent Care (Medical Center)
  • Energy Hardware (Hardware Store)
  • Fastsigns (Sign Company)
  • Stone Plaza Pharmacy (Pharmacy)

Selling A Business In Greenville, SC

Just like you rely on an accountant to help with your taxes and an attorney to help navigate legal situations, it’s also wise to seek expert guidance when it’s time to sell your business. Viking’s experienced business brokers in Greenville, SC, can help. With decades of experience, more than half of our brokers have bought and sold their own businesses; this gives them unique insight into the process.

Since 1996, Viking has developed its own network of pre-qualified, pre-screened potential buyers. The 2,500+ people in our network are seriously searching for business opportunities, and we can get your business in front of them. At the same time, we’ll lead you through our proven 7-step sales process, aimed at helping you get every dollar your business is worth. We’re there for you every step of the way, ready to answer questions and provide guidance.

Preparing To Sell Your Greenville Area Business

There are a variety of things you can do to ensure your business is ready for sale:

  • Put your best foot forward: Serious prospective buyers will want to see your business facilities before making an offer. Ensure everything looks good, and tackle those repairs you may have been putting off.
  • Prepare your paperwork: Not only do you need to ensure all of your business’s financial info is in order, but you also need to gather other relevant paperwork—like asset lists and lease agreements—so you’re ready to share them with the right potential buyer.
  • Set up a Viking consultation: The smartest move you can make in preparing to sell your business is to get in touch with a team that can offer you expert guidance. Contact Viking for a no-cost, no-obligation consultation and business valuation, and learn how we can help you.