Business Resources

BuySide Valuation – Nebraska Business Development Center – Statewide

No-cost business valuation reports for potential small business buyers. Similar to our comprehensive reports, but more concise with basic narratives and supporting information. Appropriate for project exploration, buy-sell agreements, and in-house financing support for acquisition. Free to qualified potential buyers only.


Not all entrepreneurs start a business. An existing business may offer a better path to success. Potential buyers need timely, reliable information to evaluate an opportunity, make an offer decision, negotiate purchase agreements, or apply for bank financing to support an acquisition.

Savings of $1500 or more

NBDC’s new BuySide program provides credentialed summary business valuation reports at no cost to potential buyers of small businesses. These reports are appropriate for

  • opportunity investigation,

  • performance analysis

  • purchase agreement development

  • negotiations between buyer and seller

  • support of some lender in-house financing requests.

Focus on the Buyer

BuySide reports are high-quality fair market value business valuation reports designed exclusively for buyer use. The reports value the entire business entity at a 100% controlling interest. We consider all approaches to value – asset, income and market approaches. Appropriate valuation methods include single-period capitalization or discounted future benefits method, direct market data – guideline private transactions method, and the net adjusted book value method.

Timely, Accurate, Summarized

Unlike rule of thumb or simple calculation estimates of value, BuySide provides a credentialed value report unique to that business and presented in a summary format. All projects are prepared by an experienced credentialed valuation analyst and delivered in around 10 business days after all requested information is received.

Do You Qualify?

For this program, a qualified buyer will have a credit score of 675 or greater, at least 10% equity to contribute to any potential purchase or have seller financing options for a portion of the purchase, have no bankruptcies or felonies in their past, and not be a family member of the business owner (family sale or succession events require a full valuation report). All valuation projects and consulting services provided to the client are confidential.

Before requesting a BuySide business valuation report, buyers are expected to conduct a reasonable amount of research and investigation into a project, including preliminary discussions with the seller. The time to request an NBDC BuySide valuation report is when such a valuation is required to move the project forward.

We aim to provide BuySide services to as many viable projects as possible. Therefore, there is a limit of one valuation report per buyer or buyer group per 60-day period and a total of not more than two reports per year.

Services Provided

Business Planning

  • Market Plan Development (Specialty)
  • Market Research (Specialty)
  • Business Plan Consulting, Development and Review
  • Demographic/Census Data (Specialty)

Financial Resources and Assistance

  • Obtaining Debt Funding
  • Obtaining Equity Funding

Libraries and Research Organizations

  • Business Research Resources
  • Demographic/Census Data


  • Market Plan Development and Training
  • Market Research
  • Demographics/Census Data
  • Competitive Analysis

Economic and Site Development

  • Site Location Assistance

Buying or Selling a Business

  • Buying or Selling a Franchise
  • Valuation (Specialty)
  • Purchasing an Existing Business (Specialty)

Starting a Business

  • Business Research Resources
  • Site Location
  • Startup Business Counseling (Specialty)


  • One-on-One Counseling (Specialty)
Contact Information
Odee Ingersoll
University of Nebraska Kearney, 1917 West 24th Street
West Center Building, Room 127E
Kearney, NE 68849