Cornerstone Business Services

We take the investment banking merger and acquisitions (M&A) model and offer it to the lower middle market in the Midwest. At Cornerstone, it’s about quality not quantity.

We work with a limited clientele across the Midwest and dedicate our considerable resources to making each engagement a success. We work strategically, create leverage for our clients, and deliver higher values for businesses.

Our core competencies are selling privately held and family businesses, helping companies grow through acquisition, and assisting individuals to acquire a business. That is 100% of what we do, and it will make your buying a business, selling a business or  succession planning a comfortable and low-stress experience.

Success from the Start
We recognize that not every business is ready for sale. That’s why we only accept engagements when we believe the timing is right. We understand you only get one chance to sell your business. We won’t tell you what you want to hear.  We’ll tell you what you need to hear (the good and the bad), giving you realistic information so you can make a well-informed decision about selling your business.

Buyer Reach
Depending on the needs of the client, we’ll exercise a regional, national, or international buyer reach. We have the tools and contacts to reach the best, most qualified buyers (strategic/synergistic, private equity, and high net worth individuals). Our clients tell us they sleep better at night, knowing we got them the absolute highest value the market would bear.

The Statistic We Hang Our Hat On
Since 2001, Cornerstone has developed proven best practices that distinguish us as thought leaders in the market. With our experienced mergers and acquisitions advisors, proprietary process, buyer reach, and limited clientele, Cornerstone maintains a closing ratio that is significantly higher than the national average. As proof of this success, we have continued to close a significant number of deals, a testament to the effectiveness of our methods.  Here are some of the businesses we sold.

Positioned to Serve Businesses Across the Globe
We serve national and international businesses from our two offices in Wisconsin and Iowa.

Media & Press Releases

2014 IBBA Fall Conference

Save the date for the 2014 IBBA Fall Conference! Event Details Monday, November 17, 2014 – Saturday, November 22, 2014 Registration Information IBBA Conference Rates Member Non-Member Early Bird Registration $650 $900 Regular Registration $750 $1,000 Onsite Registration $875 $1,125 If you would …

Sell a Business | Trim Working Capital

By Scott Bushkie Over the years, I’ve surprised any number of clients, looking to sell a business, by telling them that working capital most likely would be included in the price of their company. Many of them believed that they …

Mergers and Acquisitions | Current Acquisition Trends

By Scott Bushkie Reviewing the companies we’ve sold recently, I see the majority have sold to strategic buyers (companies growing through acquisition). And not only did they sell to strategic buyers, they sold to companies much larger than themselves. In …