The relationship between Socrates & Plato is one of the most famous examples in history of a teacher educating a student. The teachings of Socrates are still academically referenced today. Society needs a broad spectrum of teachers and many education niches are best served by privately held companies. IBA successfully facilitates the sale of profitable schools in the Pacific Northwest on a regular basis to entrepreneurs who recognize that these service niche businesses, if managed prudently, provide an opportunity to make a positive contribution to society, receive an excellent return on investment, and grow a business model to a size only limited by the entrepreneur’s desire, capital, and management ability.
The education businesses represented for sale by IBA fall into five basic groups. The first group of businesses educates children. Transactions facilitated by IBA from this group have included basic education schools (preschools and kindergartens) and supplemental education programs (language schools to physical fitness & motor coordination programs). Business models in this group can be independent schools or franchises. The second group of businesses provides vocational education. Companies represented by IBA from this group have ranged from bartending schools to medical training programs and from certified inspection programs to schools that provided technology or software use education. The third group provides continuing education for established professionals and entrepreneurs. Companies represented by IBA from this group have ranged from schools providing continuing education to teachers to floral design schools teaching the latest styles and “best practices”. The fourth group involves schools that educate for personal enrichment or improvement. Examples from this niche include driving schools and schools that teach subjects ranging from Tarot to painting and from cooking to photography. The fifth group is a hybrid of the second, third & fourth groups where classes are offered for both vocational & continuing education and personal enrichment. A prime example of this type of school is a floral design school where career track individuals often learn their trade side by side with individuals wishing to bring a little more “Martha Stewart” into their homes. All five of the groups can employ business models that teach “live” classes, provide virtual material online, or provide educational material in a CD or book format.
The following are some specific examples of education businesses sold by IBA:
Private School serving Preschool to Elementary School Students
Professional development seminars for teachers, administrators, specialists, and para-educators
The Goddard School Franchises
Award Winning High Quality Preschool, Kindergarten, and Child Development Program
Foreign Language School teaching Mandarin, Japanese, Hindi, French, German, and Spanish
Zoom Language Center
Spanish Immersion School with Multiple Campuses
The Little Gym
Motor Coordination & Physical Development Program for Youth
Early Education Athletic & Motor Coordination Development Program employing Technology
Neo Art School
Seattle’s Oldest Locally Owned Art School for Children
The Bartending Academy
Multiple State Chain of Vocational Training Centers
Leading Provider of Mold Inspection and Remediation Training and Certification in the U.S. and Canada
Sketch for Schools
Education Grade Sketch Book Manufacturer
IBA is a trusted intermediary for entrepreneurs who own education & training businesses. We have successfully facilitated sales & mergers of education businesses in a spectrum of communities in the Pacific Northwest.
It also should be noted that the successful sale of an education company for its highest market value requires an experienced broker with the knowledge & skill to sell intangible assets (e.g. goodwill or blue sky), as traditionally a majority of a school’s value is found in its brand & market identity and not in its physical assets.