Once you find the perfect business, where do you get the money to buy it? 

Let us begin by saying that it is very difficult to buy a business with "no money down", notwithstanding, in today's market, a home buyer's ability to buy real estate on such terms. Business buyers need to have some funds to offer as a down payment in order to successfully acquire a business. That said, we work with motivated buyers in a variety of creative ways to help you tap into all available resources to finance your dream business. 

Below is a list of some financing opportunities, some of a creative style, to be considered in the pursuit of your dream. Your VR advisor can advise you on the applicability of these sources to your particular situation. You do not need to be an expert in financing - we will work with you to get the money you need. 

Very Common 

  • Cash equivalents (checking and savings accounts; money market funds). 
  • Stocks and bonds Certificates of deposit Gifts/loans from friends and family. 
  • Second mortgages and other real estate loans. 
  • Seller financing. 
  • Credit card financing. 
Moderately Common
  • SBA financing/ bank loans/ bank lines of credit.
  • Retirement accounts (IRAs, 401Ks, SEPS, pensions, etc.). 
  • Borrowing against a different existing business (lines of credit, accounts receivable factoring, inventory financing, equipment financing). 
  • Asset sales (real estate, autos, etc.). 


  • Customer and supplier financing. 
  • Venture capital small business investment companies. 
  • Private placement. 
  • Convertible debt financing.

Marathon Capital Advisors

4 Park Plaza
Wyomissing, PA 19610
Phone: (610) 898-8086
Fax: (610) 898-8090

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Mergers, Acquisitions, Business Sales, and Divestitures

COMPETENCIES: M&A Advisory, Business Brokerage, Strategic Planning, Performance Improvement Consulting, Interim CEO/COO/CFO, Executive Coaching, Succession Planning, and Loan Brokerage.

The Marathon Story

Marathon Capital Advisors, a sister firm to Marathon Franchise Advisors and Marathon Financing Advisors, both divisions of Marathon Business Group, LLC., is a specialty financial services firm founded in 2006.  

Marathon’s mission is based on simple founding values, build trusted relationships and be results driven. In that light, we keep our clients informed during each step in the process and we adhere to a proven process to achieve a successful conclusion for client engagement.