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About Us

One of the TOP M&A Advisory Firms in the Region

VR Business Sales New Haven represents owners of businesses valued between $500,000 and $25 million or with annual revenues from $1 million to $30 million. The office provides exceptional merger and acquisition advisory services to companies operating within a wide range of industry segments in Connecticut, Southern New England and Metro NY.  Independently owned and operated, the office consistently ranks within the Top 10 of over 50 offices worldwide with the VR franchise network.

  • Business Valuations with no obligations to list.
  • A confidential, comprehensive marketing process that is designed for what is most appropriate to sell a business quickly, efficiently and at maximum value.
  • Assistance & Guidance through the entire business selling & transaction process.
  • Commercial Real Estate Sales because our office is licensed to sell real estate and can value and sell any property associated with your business.
  • Access to a network of 50 VR mergers and acquisitions offices with over 2,000 listings.
  • Working with qualified business brokers to select the right business for you.
  • Assistance through the entire business search and acquisition process.
We offer simple, limited business valuations free of charge, but we recommend that most sellers invest in more sophisticated in-house or third party business valuation services that develop more precise recommendations regarding selling price. There is nothing more important in the selling of your business than to do this accurately.

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941 Grand Avenue, New Haven, CT

Fax: 203-772-3713

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Meet Our Team

Jeff Swiggett, CBI, M&AMI
Jeff Swiggett, CBI, M&AMIOwner, Business Intermediary
Jeff has over thirty years of business experience including positions in engineering, manufacturing, marketing, business startup and acquisition. He owned and operated an import/export firm as well as a manufacturing company. Jeff offers a wealth of practical experience when advising clients on selling or buying a business and brings a level of professionalism to the process that makes him one of the best recognized and most admired business intermediaries in Connecticut. Jeff is one of the few business brokers in New England that has secured the prestigious designations of Certified Business Intermediary (CBI) from the International Business Brokers Association (IBBA) and a Mergers & Acquisition Master Intermediary (M&AMI) from M&A Source. He is also a member of the Board of Directors for M&A Source.
Al Guthrie, CBI
Al Guthrie, CBIBusiness Intermediary
Al Guthrie comes to VR Business Brokers after having spent his career in management as President, CFO and Controller of numerous Mid-Market organizations where he was active in M&A work and projects. Al is also a former business owner having sold a print shop and greeting card manufacturing firm he owned in the 1980’s. He also owned and sold a capital equipment manufacturing firm in the 1990’s. During the early 2000’s Al sold an internet gift company that he bought in the 1990’s as a mail order firm, then developed the internet potential before selling it in 2002. Just prior to joining VR, Al worked in NYC as the CFO of a marketing company. Al has represented businesses valued up to $25 million. Al has received the prestigious Certified Business Intermediary (CBI) designation from the International Business Broker Association (IBBA). Al is a native of CT and has practiced Business Brokerage there since 2009, however, he has moved to South Jersey and beginning in 2017 practices there. Al is also a member of the M&A Source, a trade organization for Merger and Acquisition professionals. Al can be reached via email at [email protected]
Bill Hall, CBI
Bill Hall, CBIBusiness Intermediary
Bill Hall comes to VR Business Sales with forty years of sales experience. He has been General Manager of two wholesale distributors, VP of Sales for a contract cleaning company, and an award winning salesman at the largest paper distributor in the Northeast. He has been a Top 10 Producer among all business brokers in the VR network. Bill is active in his church and community. Bill has received the prestigious Certified Business Intermediary (CBI) designation from the International Business Brokers Association (IBBA). Raised and educated in Connecticut, and a Vietnam veteran, he lives on the Branford shore.
Devon Fleming
Devon FlemingBusiness Intermediary
Devon Fleming comes to VR Business Sales with over twenty years of sales and marketing experience. She spent a dozen years on Wall Street working for Mike Bloomberg and Dillon Read and another decade as an entrepreneur and management consultant for her own company. Devon is in the process of obtaining her Certified Business Intermediary (CBI) designation from the International Business Brokers Association (IBBA). Devon is known for publishing a regional "zagat-style" resource guide; is passionate about empowering women in business and is active in numerous, family-oriented philanthropic initiatives in lower Connecticut. When not working, Devon can be found spending time with her family, volunteering at her favorite animal shelter or blogging about being a "Household CEO".
David Shapiro
David ShapiroBusiness Intermediary
David comes to VR Business Sales, Mergers and Acquisitions with over 20 years experience in entrepreneurial, executive management, sales, and marketing. The last 10 were spent in the renewable energy industry serving one company in management and another as president and founder of a solar distribution and project development company. Prior to that he has held management positions in a real estate development, contracting and hospitality.
David grew up in New York City and presently lives with his family in Fairfield Connecticut.

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What People Are Saying About Us

VR Business Sales performed exceptionally in helping us sell our business.  The valuation was spot on, the marketing presentation was complete and professionally done, and the marketing program secured an out of state strategic buyer for us within one month of listing the business and we sold it three months later.  Jeff Swiggett thoroughly handled many of the transaction details and advised us throughout as to what our options were.  We wouldn’t have concluded the transaction as successfully without his services.  I’d recommend VR to any business owner.

Dan Gavreneaux, Optim Engineering, Norwalk, CT

The sale of our business was fairly complex mainly because of the demands of the bank that funded the acquisition for the buyer through an SBA guaranteed loan that involved many levels of security all of which had to be negotiated with the buyer. Al Guthrie of VR was instrumental in making sure this process was handled smoothly.  Also, Al’s background as a former business owner enabled him to give advice as to how we should present our financial statements to show the true value of the firm which in the end yielded a selling price that we were very satisfied with. We were very happy with the entire experience with VR.

John Lynch, Asset Recovery Center, Milford, CT

We were very pleased with VR’s assistance in the sale of our industrial fastener distributorship.  VR’s valuation of the business was close to the sale price and they were able to secure a buyer in a short period of time in a very difficult economic climate through their effective and intensive marketing efforts.  The profile they compiled for marketing the business re-cast our financial information to show the true cash flow and value of the business and gave a concise, well defined description of the opportunity.  If we had to do it again, I wouldn’t hesitate to select VR to represent us.

Curt Fisher, Fisher Products, Wallingford, CT

VR Business Sales moved my business in short order and handled both the buying and selling side in a professional manner.  My business was somewhat unique, yet VR was able to secure numerous inquiries and ultimately locate a buyer who was seeking exactly the business I was selling.  The presentation was professional, the follow up was always timely, the advice and direction, were all factors that were instrumental in the successful sale of my business.  Anyone considering a business broker need look no further than VR Business Sales.

Peter Alvord, Coastal Sewing Machines, Old Saybrook, CT

VR Business Sales New Haven provided invaluable assistance in the valuation, marketing, sales price negotiation, and selling transaction for my employment agency.  VR’s Bill Hall took the time to understand thoroughly the peculiarities of placing engineers and skilled technicians at our clients’ manufacturing plants as temporary employees. His steadfast efforts as an intermediary between us and potential buyers resulted in the sale of my business to a national temporary technical services company, at the full asking price. I enjoyed getting to know the folks at VR Business Sales in New Haven, and recommend them to any business owner who wants to market and sell his business in a professional, ethical, and timely manner, at a fair price.

Tom Reynolds, Reynolds Technical Services, Stratford, CT

VR Business Sales of New Haven recently represented me in the sale of my business which consisted of nine routes and ten trucks for FedEx Ground.  VR brought several qualified potential buyers to the table and we ended up with two competing buyers which resulted in a sale higher than our asking price!   During the due diligence process, which was complicated by the fact that FedEx was changing its business model in mid-stream, VR made sure that information flowed smoothly and as needed.  VR went out of their way to accommodate the needs of our out-of-state buyer, as well as my limited time constraints as an owner.  I highly recommend VR Business Sales of New Haven to anyone who wants to sell a business.  Their representation is reliable, ethical and thoroughly professional.

Bruce Brailsford, Bruzer Express, Inc., Branford, CT

When we decided to sell our property management firm, we wanted to work with a group that understood the nuances of our business, the value that we believed it had and would be able to draw sufficient number of buyers so that we could find the right one that would pay a fair price and take care of our clients and our employees who had worked with us for so long.    In our view, VR and their representative, Al Guthrie, was able to accomplish all of this.  Their valuation was spot on.  They brought us numerous buyers and helped us navigate our way through the transaction process, which for a business like ours can be quite complicated.  We wouldn't hesitate to recommend VR to any owner wishing to sell their business.

Al & Nancy Griffiths, Whitney Management & Maintenance, Hamden, CT

As a second tier supplier to the aerospace business, I knew that I wanted a trustworthy and knowledgeable business broker to value my business and find a qualified buyer while presenting my CNC machining business to them in an efficient, professional manner.    VR Business Sales acted as my intermediary with a large number of local, regional, national and even international prospective buyers that responded to VR's marketing.  I was professionally represented on many tours of my facility, and VR responded to all buyers' requests for information and data in a timely, thorough manner. When an acceptable offer resulted, VR made sure that the sale was negotiated well on my behalf, and coordinated the many due diligence requirements so that we were able to proceed to closing in an expeditious manner.  I recommend VR Business Sales of New Haven to anyone wishing to sell a business!

Andy Murzynski, ANMOR CNC Machining Company, New Britain, CT

When we asked VR to sell our premium promotions business, we told them that we wanted to do it quickly.  After valuing the business and explaining the terms under which we could expect it to be sold, they prepared the business review and immediately began confidentially marketing it to their internal buyer database.  Within weeks, we had several interested parties and quickly narrowed it down to one buyer.  The deal was closed shortly thereafter.  VR helped us through the entire process and was key to making the transaction happen.  We’d recommend their services to any owner.

Mike Rosenthal, Savitt Corporate Incentive & Travel Group
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