Selling a business may be the most important decision of an owner-entrepreneur's career. Businesses typically represent most of the entrepreneur’s wealth and selling it is usually a once-in-a-lifetime event. If it is mishandled, serious value is lost. In the broad category of Mergers and Acquisitions ("M&A") there are many nuances that differentiate private company transactions from public company transactions. This blog, written by experienced M&A advisor Derek van der Plaat, provides straightforward answers to questions about valuation, buying or selling a private business, and how the M&A process works.