Approach

We invest in people before we invest in companies.

How we partner

01

Search

You gain the support, tools, and training to help you build relationships with thousands of small business owners while hunting for a great company to acquire. You don't have to relocate during your search, but you will have to once you find the company you will lead.

02

Acquire

Once you find the perfect deal, we work on the acquisition together and fund it with committed capital from a collection of America’s leading family business owners.

03

Grow

You become CEO and have the potential to earn majority ownership in the company you lead, cementing your legacy and building generational wealth.

We buy small companies with our partners.

We buy profitable small companies in overlooked corners of the economy with lots of customers who keep on paying them.

$1 - 5 million

of EBITDA

Niche leaders

in overlooked industries

U.S. or Canada

headquarters location

We choose our partners carefully.

Majority Search is a place for ambitious people to pursue their life's work.

We take character very seriously since our investment isn’t just in dollars; it’s in time and reputation.

Doers

You take action (prudently) while others are still studying the map. You bring energy and a bias for action to every task. No obstacle can stand in your way.

Learners

You seek opportunities to learn everywhere. You're a voracious reader, a curious questioner, and a natural network builder. The answers are out there. You won't stop until you find them.

Leaders

You're a clear communicator. A developer of people. A vision setter, a candid feedback giver, and a common sense prioritizer. You know that to lead is to serve and you operate that way every single day.

THERE ARE MULTIPLE PATHS TO ENTREPRENEURSHIP THROUGH ACQUISITION

Why choose Majority Search?

Partner with us to gain support and capital to fund a search and acquisition

Search Fund

Raise capital from an investor group to fund a search and acquisition

Self-Funded Search

Buy a business with savings and an SBA 7(a) loan with a personal guarantee
FOCUS

Individuals or teams

Individuals

Both

Both

Target earnings size range

$1 million - $2 million

$2 million - $4 million

$250,000 - $1 million

SEARCH PHASE

Salary while searching

-

Diligence costs covered

-

Deal support

-

-

Personal investment in acquisition

Personally meaningful amount

Not expected

Requires 20% of purchase price or more

No bank debt at closing

-

-

OUTCOMES

No personal guarantee

-

Vesting schedule

Performance-based

Time and performance-based

Negotiated

Ending ownership

Up to 51%+

Up to 20 - 30%

Negotiated

Time horizon

Indefinite

4 - 7 years

Indefinite

ADVANTAGES
  • Search is fully funded
  • Own a larger company than a self-funded search
  • Transaction support
  • Conservative capital structure
  • Path to majority ownership without a personal guarantee
  • Indefinite time horizon
  • Search is fully funded
  • Larger company size
  • Own majority of a smaller company
CONSIDERATIONS
  • Smaller company size than search funds, but larger than self-funded searches
  • No path to majority ownership
  • Forced exit due to investor fund life
  • Smaller company size
  • Need substantial personal savings to fund search and acquisition
  • Requires a personal guarantee on SBA 7(a) debt
FOCUS

Individuals or teams

Individuals

Target earnings size range

$1 million - $2 million

SEARCH PHASE

Salary while searching

Diligence costs coverered

Deal support

Personal investment in acquisition

Personally meaningful amount expected

No bank debt at closing

OUTCOMES

No personal guarantee

Vesting schedule

Performance-based

Ending ownership

Up to 60%+

Time horizon

Indefinite

ADVANTAGES
  • Search is fully funded
  • Own a larger company than a self-funded search
  • Transaction support
  • Conservative capital structure
  • Path to majority ownership without a personal guarantee
  • Indefinite time horizon
CONSIDERATIONS
  • Smaller company size than search funds, but larger than self-funded searches
FOCUS

Individuals or teams

Individuals or teams

Target earnings size range

$2 million - $4 million

SEARCH PHASE

Salary while searching

Diligence costs coverered

Deal support

-

Personal investment in acquisition

Not expected

No bank debt at closing

-

OUTCOMES

No personal guarantee

Vesting schedule

Time and performance-based

Ending ownership

Up to 20 - 30%

Time horizon

4 - 7 years

ADVANTAGES
  • Search is fully funded
  • Larger company size
CONSIDERATIONS
  • No path to majority ownership
  • Forced exit due to investor fund life
FOCUS

Individuals or teams

Individuals or teams

Target earnings size range

$250 thousand - $1 million

SEARCH PHASE

Salary while searching

-

Diligence costs coverered

-

Deal support

-

Personal investment in acquisition

Requires 20% of purchase price or more

No bank debt at closing

-

OUTCOMES

No personal guarantee

-

Vesting schedule

Negotiated

Ending ownership

Negotiated

Time horizon

Indefinite

ADVANTAGES
  • Own majority of a smaller company
CONSIDERATIONS
  • Smaller company size
  • Need substantial personal savings to fund search and acquisition
  • Requires a personal guarantee on SBA 7(a) debt