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Sara Burden, President of Walden Businesses, is a founding member of the Cornerstone International Alliance. The Alliance’s diverse membership creates a global footprint that is unmatched in the lower middle market. That, combined with members’ experience, resources and collaborative efforts are the driving force behind this continued level of success. To date, members have completed…

Have you ever had a deal blow up at the eleventh hour because your client got cold feet or found fault with the deal terms for seemingly irrational reasons? If so, you have likely witnessed the disruptive effects of unaddressed unpleasant feelings and concerns. All change, even when it results in a huge payout, involves…

The Hard Realities and How-to’s of Successful Value Growth and Selling in 2023 Program produced by XPX Atlanta. Our programming for this year will be a Collaborative Forum on the Hard Realities and How-To’s of successful business building and selling in 2023. Breaking News: Interest rates are still up. The economy is trending down. Buyers…

PRESS RELEASE – SOLD by Sara Burden and Walden Businesses, Inc. is pleased to announce its North Atlanta client, Express Employment Professionals, completed a successful sale to Category 5, LLC. Walden initiated this transaction and acted as advisor to the seller. https://waldenbus.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/10/Press-Release-SB-Express-Employment-Professionals.pdf Express franchise owner, Rodney Moore, shared: “One of the best business decisions I…

PRESS RELEASE – SOLD – Sara Burden and Walden Businesses, Inc. is pleased to announce its client, AF&S Products & Services, Inc., completed a successful sale to McMaverick, Inc., dba Apex Solutions. Walden initiated this transaction and acted as advisor to the seller. AF&S Products & Services, Inc. is a Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business (SDVOSB)…

Program produced by XPX Atlanta. Trusted advisors and the deal team need to look beyond numbers and operational process, to the people who will lead the company and deliver the value after the sale. Our 4 panelists come from M&A, Operations, HR, and HR Systems, to bring a comprehensive view of the impact of team…

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