The AEG vision is that low mid-market business owners have access to insight, advice and tools that help them grow business value, optimize personal wealth and control their future. Other questions that business owners and advisors commonly ask about AEG include:
What is AEG's Mission?
The Association for Enterprise Growth is organized as a regional network of professional business advisors who, though education, resources and guidance, empower owners of privately held businesses to:
- Grow the value and profitability of their enterprise
- Increase their personal prosperity, and
- Gain greater control over the timing and terms of future business transitions.
We recognize that for almost all private business owners their personal fortune and future is directly linked to success and health of their enterprise. We seek to build enduring and sustainable relationships with business owners by providing readily accessible local expertise for business value optimization and personal wealth enhancement.
How Are AEG Advisors Organized?
Structured specifically to serve local business owners with local advisors, AEG is initially set up as a regional network of business advisors in the Washington, DC metropolitan region. It consists of approximately 30 independent professionals with proficiency and experience in a wide range of financial, legal, talent, accounting, marketing, management and other disciplines and/or access to capital or resources. These professionals provide collaborative diagnostics, advice, planning and solutions to address complex growth, management and financial challenges with individual business owners in their geographic region.
What Are the Main Steps in The AEG Service Process?
We work closely with each business owner through a detailed discovery process using patented software tools to diagnose, quantify, rank and prioritize the key drivers of enterprise value and to map personal financial goals. Using the information developed during the discovery phase, our skilled advisory resource teams under direction of a principal business advisor, present detailed views of potential red flags and blind spots, and build customized plans to address the specific needs of each unique enterprise and business owner and to correct identified situations in need of special attention. Then, at the business owner’s option, our advisors may continue to provide on-going support and communication, and to follow through on implementation and evaluation of performance metrics to plan.
How Do AEG Members Help Business Owners?
Our objective is to engage with business owners through programs to raise awareness on the critical importance of enterprise and personal financial assessment and planning. We seek to educate business owners on a whole range of interconnected and interdependent issues that have the potential to adversely impact enterprise value, personal wealth and future transitions. Our professional advisory teams work together with the business owner to collaboratively evaluate the best alternatives for each respective business.
Business owners have a range of options to access The Value Platform network. They may choose to call on AEG as an ad-hoc advisory resource or to deploy advisors on specific projects or may engage our advisors for long term support and assistance. In any these three access options, our professional teams use collaborative tools to build the very best strategies and solutions for business owners.
How Else Does AEG Support Business Owners?
AEG produces educational and networking seminars, roundtables and events for private business owners and entrepreneurs. We use special internet tools to distribute frequent email communications to a carefully selected group of business owners within each region. These messages are intended to build awareness, and we encourage business owners to visit our website to find additional information and resource ideas. We circle back to the business owners when they signal interest on topics of interest and extend invitations for our regularly scheduled regional workshops. We also schedule one-on-one meetings for business owners with specially trained principal business advisors to take the lead role in more in-depth discovery sessions and to make recommendations for targeted introductions to advisors specializing in specific topical areas.
How Is AEG Structured?
We are a national not-for-profit; non-stock corporation committed to the growth and prosperity of mid-market private enterprise and business owners.
Who are the Members of AEG?
Members are accredited and vetted professionals who specialize in mid-market business advisory services. AEG has another class of members who are vendors of highly specialized services to mid-market companies whose scope is national rather than regional.
How Do You Pay For the Costs to Provide Outreach and Education?
Our Association has a cooperative membership funding model to share the costs of outreach and education among our professional advisors.
What Is the Cost of Advisory Services To the Business Owner?
We offer initial outreach, introductory advisory consultations and most educational programs at nominal or no charge. Charges and fees for services of principal business advisor and for specialized software diagnostics and specialty advisory services are negotiated between the business owner and advisor(s) subject to agreement on specific services and consulting engagements. The AEG does not provide advisory, consultation or financial services directly to business owners, nor does the AEG set fee rates or schedules for professional services.