We are a boutique consulting & Intermediary firm, devoted to helping small and micro Canadian businesses FIND and TRANSITION their ownership to the right successor.
It is our mission to support more businesses in reaching this stage so less small businesses will close their doors, more jobs are maintained and the opportunity of entrepreneurship through acquisition is recognized as an option for many Canadians who seek meaningful & independant careers.
Elizabeth MacRae heads a team of consultants with expertise in business valuation, project management, business development, marketing, communications, and sales. Together they work closely with lenders, coaches, financial planners, legal, and accounting professionals to ensure their clients have a holistic support system. It is said that it takes a community to raise a child, so too does it require a collective to transition a business from one owner to the next.
Following the sale of her automotive franchise Elizabeth was mentored by the late Pam Ryan, who introduced her to the sector of small business; Transaction Services, also known as Business Brokering.
“I know first-hand the uncharted waters of trying to sell ones’ business, and knowing what I know now, I would have operated and grown my business differently from day one. It lights me up to be part of the transition between owners. Knowing that our efforts have allowed the previous business owner to move on, and being witness to, what is most often a first-time business owners’ experience of entrepreneurship, is truly an honour. I am devoted to small business and the people we serve.”
As a business owner herself, Karla Helm understands the importance of having a broker that has an established and connected network to assist in a business sale or purchase. Working closely with Elizabeth and a team of consultants, Karla organizes and manages the minutest of details ensuring an efficient process throughout a business’s experience with Commercial Ventures.
“All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them.” – Walt Disney
Karla is committed to the Commercial Ventures mission of supporting Small Business owners during the transition out of their business, while supporting their successor on the way in.
After an arduous exit from her own business, Brigitte spent several years with the Calgary based
non-profit organization; Momentum, helping entrepreneurs plan and launch their new ventures.
Having experienced each phase of the business life-cycle herself, she has come full circle; now
supporting business owners in being proactive in their exit approach. She is passionate about
entrepreneurship and understands that planning your exit is just as important as your initial
“Business owners’ stories fascinate me. When they reach the point of preparing to sell, it is a
vulnerable time in their journey. I want to help make the transition as uncomplicated as possible.”
Who we serve
Our typical Client
We typically work with businesses who have top line revenue between $500K and $3M.
Businesses below this benchmark will often utilize us for Sell-by-Owner consulting or partipate in our education programs.
If your business generates revenue greater than $3M we have excellent referral partners who we can make an introduction to.
We encourage you to connect with us for a telephone call or coffee consultation. There is no charge for the light introduction and it’s important that a future relationship begin as a mutual fit.
If you are Seeking an Acquisition please contact us to schedule a Discovery Call so that we may better identify your needs. Not all of the opportunities we represent are promoted on our website so please register to join our network.