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Merger & Acquisition Comments from our Clients2023-09-21T10:08:47-05:00

Our Testimonials

I had contacted Larry five years ago to get the information as to what I would need to do in the future to make my business a good purchase for a future buyer.  So over the last five years I had been implementing things we had discussed and even though I thought I would be in business for at least another 10 years, circumstances changed for me personally and I felt I had done a good job following Larry’s advice.  I contacted him and he sold my business literally in one day!  He was amazing to work with and over the few months it took to actually close on the deal him and his team were exceptional and I appreciated him so much for all of his knowledge and insight.  I would highly recommend Larry and his group at Lake Country!

Connie L Hillmann
I would like to say Larry was very knowledgeable on selling a business , the time frame was extraordanery 60 days from start to finish. I was always kept informed thru the process.
John Petushek
Partnering with Lake Country Advisors was a great experience when selling our business.  Michael Szmanda and the L.C. Advisors crew took responsibility for vetting potential buyers allowing me to continue the daily operations of the company.  Very knowledgeable, efficient with great communication throughout the entire complicated process.

Bottom line: The  Employees, Buyer, Broker, Seller and all other parties involved benefited from a very positive transaction orchestrated by Lake Country Advisors.

Automation Fabricator Seller

You and Michael were great throughout our sale. All is well and again, we “thank you”.
You had a huge part in changing our lives. We will always fondly remember you and Michael.
Happy sailing Spencer~

Auto Service Seller

Larry, I would like to more than thank you for getting my company sold. It became clear to me, given the circumstances (dropping market and extended time), getting the sale done was about a commitment to me and not just a sales commission. Your perseverance and steady process was a rare benefit. To those who may choose to work with you in the future, I can only say, “he knows his business and cares beyond dollars about his clients”.

Greg - Business Owner

Our Google Reviews

Excellent4.8 Based on 52 reviews from review us onKuba SoltysiakKuba Soltysiak ★★★★★ I worked with Steve Dykstra and Jim Wendorff on purchasing a business. They were great to work with - professional, responsive, knew the market, and knew how to get over various hurdles we encountered. Highly recommend them.Scott JohnsonScott Johnson ★★★★★ This is our second time working with Michael. We will return if the opportunity arises. He is personable, professional, competent and timely. Highest possible recommendation.Dee O'ReillyDee O'Reilly ★★★★★ I have worked with Michael Szmanda at Lake Country Advisors (formerly known as VR Lakes Business Group, Inc.) for several years now and have found him to be very courteous, professional and knowledgeable. He is very prompt with his responses and explains things in a very easy to understand manner. He is a pleasure to work with and I would highly recommend him to anyone who needs advise on mergers and acquisitions, selling their business or business valuations.Estate Sales PlusEstate Sales Plus ★★★★★ We used Lakes Business Group, Michael Szmanda, to perform a business valuation for our company. He was very attentive and responsive always maintaining a very professional manner. He reviewed all the material we provided and called with very good questions and a questionnaire that helped him understand how our business operated and the financial details involved. Michael provided us with a very detail report shoqinf us the range of values for our business. I would highly recommend Michael and Lakes Business Group.Boyd McEwenBoyd McEwen ★★★★★ Our experience with Lakes business Group and especially Steve Aubrey was exceptional. Steve was very knowledgeable of our unique manufacturing business and contributed several ideas on how to reach out to potential buyers.With Steve’s help we were able to successfully find the most suitable match that led to a smooth transition.Dianne CrowleyDianne Crowley ★★★★★ This was our first experience in the arena of buying a business, and we are so grateful that we chose Lakes Business Group to help us through the process. Steve Aubrey was always accessible, well-regarded, knowledgeable, and prompt, and helped us all keep a sense of humor as we navigated through all the steps of the purchase. Whether you are a novice or seasoned buyer, I would highly recommend this company and Steve!Community Transportation ServicesCommunity Transportation Services ★★★★★ I want to personally thank Lakes Business Group and especially Steve Aubrey in both helping and guiding me in the purchase of my first business. Being new to this, and while this business was fairly small, I had no idea of the many requirements and complexity in purchasing a business. Both Steve and Lakes Business Group walked me through the whole process, helped me get the financing needed, and ensured we successfully closed on time! I highly recommend them!Gary DuckwylerGary Duckwyler ★★★★★ It was a pleasure doing business with Mike Szmanda. It was a great experience and the service was both professional and outstanding. I would do business again in the future and surely recommend him.Debbie BeckerDebbie Becker ★★★★★ I had a great experience selling my business with Lakes Business Group. Michael Szmanda was extremely professional and accessible to me throughout the entire process. He explained everything thoroughly and provided objective guidance when considering different sales scenarios. I would definitely recommend him if you are planning to sell your business!John GraberJohn Graber ★★★★★ I could not have been more satisfied with the service I received from Michael Zmanda. Throughout the valuation process, he clearly communicated every detail of what needed to be done, and then executed every step in a very timely manner. 5 stars, and a thumbs up.Debbie WiedenfeldDebbie Wiedenfeld ★★★★★ We were very pleased with the way Larry Heck handled the sale of our business. From the very beginning, when Larry met with us to learn more about the business, right up to closing, Larry was organized, professional and a pleasure to work with!Christina GrayChristina Gray ★★★★★ As a new business buyer, I heavily relied on the broker team with Lakes Business Group to help me navigate a very complex process. I'd never recommend buying or selling without a partner like them by your side. They keep your best interest in mind and truly act as your advocate from start-to-finish with total transparency, collaboration and communication. If you're considering business ownership, start with a conversation as their approach focuses on education and arming you with information to make your own decision as opposed to any hard selling. You won't be disappointed!Response from the ownerThank you for your kind words, Christina. It was a pleasure working with you! David S.David S. ★★★★★ I was under the impression that a business valuation would take many weeks and cost a lot of money. Michael Szmanda completed mine in just a few days, and for a very reasonable fee. I highly recommend Lakes Business Group.Justin ThompsonJustin Thompson ★★★★★ I highly recommend Lakes Business Group! I recently acquired a business that was represented by Steve Aubrey and cannot say enough good things about the experience. Steve was always professional, highly responsive, and very straight forward in all aspects of the business he presented.Dan HoefsDan Hoefs ★★★★★ I've been very pleased with VR Lakes Business Group Inc. and Michael Szmanda. He has been responsive, thorough, and very helpful. Not only do I continue to use them but I also recommend them to my clients.Petra DekanPetra Dekan ★★★★★ We would highly recommend Lake Business Group to anyone who is serious about selling their business. After being in business for 29 years, we finally made the decision to find a reputable company to sell our company. Andrew Falci and Dan Williamson from Lakes Business Group had buyers waiting to talk to us within a week! They sold our business and we couldn’t be happier going forward to the next chapter in our life.Response from the ownerThank you, Petra! It was a pleasure working with you! We wish you continued success in the next chapter of your lives! js_loader

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