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Petrick continued from page 12 in developing a business plan. We discussed equity and debt mix and when time came to apply for an acquisition loan, multiple lenders were considered for the project. Eli received attractive options for six-figure term loans and he selected the best one. Business Partner Starting New Practice Dr. S was a successful chiropractor in a two-provider practice. She wished to be sole owner and broke off from the partnership to start her own practice in a new location. We started with an organized search for leased or purchased space; she successfully navigated the commercial real estate market to find a location in an area our research study indicated was “underserved”. She is doing well in gross revenue and has cut back to a partial workweek, so she can act more as practice manager.

Selecting an Advisor Write down your key needs or “pain points”. Create a timeline and budget. Then, ask for referrals and research providers. Interview each and ask for background and references. Lastly, be prepared to contribute to the process (after all, you are the expert in your business). Get down to work following the plan you develop, and evaluate your progress as you go. This article was prepared by Jerry Petrick, MBA, CGBP, and Certified Business Advisor with the Washington State University Small Business Development Center (SBDC) in Longview (with input from John Rodenberg, CBA Tacoma SBDC). Jerry provides no-cost, confidential business advisory services by appointment. He can be reached via email

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