August 14, 2008 // Franchising.com // Durham, NC – Audun Runde, Ph.D., was looking to supercharge his consulting career and his passion for entrepreneurship. His difficulty in finding a good business to buy at a reasonable price made him search for a better way. He found it when he met a Business Buyer Advocate at "Partner" On-Call Network LLC. He liked what he saw so much, in June 2008, Runde became a member of "Partner" On-Call Network.
Founded in June 2005, "Partner" On-Call Network is a business opportunity that enables people who have been successful in business to become a business consultant using their experience and founder Ted J. Leverette's successful 30 year old business model.
Runde has an impressive background to support his consulting capabilities. He has been a successful management consultant with top-tier strategy firms. Experience ranges from operational and financial consulting to commercialization strategy and market analysis. Engagements include process improvement, strategic decision analysis, market valuation and forecasting. Broad industry knowledge across various industries, including internationally, enable him to guide his clients as they grow their company to the next level.
"When I discovered POCN, I recognized it was a great opportunity for me to share my passion for buying and selling businesses and my insights into building and managing companies," says Runde. "I am truly honored to be part of this elite and innovative group where my clients have the benefit of the 500 year collective experience of our Business Buyer Advocates and "Partners" On-Call."
"Partners" On-Call also serve entrepreneurs who want to start a company and sellers of established companies. POCN offers a complete menu of services to facilitate a safe, profitable transaction for all parties involved including business search, due diligence, financing, valuation and post-acquisition service for business buyers.
Working as a Business Buyer Advocate, a "Partner" On-Call introduces clients to profitable businesses quietly for sale by-owner on the "hidden" market. "I'm not a business broker and I don't compete with them," Runde assures his clients.
"We're not a business broker but we sell a lot of businesses. Actually, we don't sell any businesses but owners sell their company to the buyer we represent. Sellers love our role as a Business Buyer Advocate. We introduce buyers to companies quietly for sale by-owner on the hidden market, which means these sellers avoid paying a sales commission that can be as much as 12% of the purchase price. We also provide street-smart guidance to buyers who want to purchase a business listed for sale by business brokers. Brokers appreciate what we bring to the table, which is educating and guiding buyers so they do not waste the time of brokers and their sellers.
"We discourage buyers from purchasing mediocre businesses," says Runde. "We introduce capable buyers to mature, profitable, fairly priced companies."
According to Ted Leverette, "the safest, fastest, most economical way to grow a small or midsize business is by mergers and acquisitions. It's also the most profitable growth strategy. We strive to be the Go-To Team for Done Deals."