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Table of Contents
PART 1: BUILD THE STAGING BUSINESS OF YOUR DREAMS
1: IN THE BEGINNING
2: CREATING YOUR BUSINESS PLAN
3: DEVELOPING SYSTEMS AND PROCEDURES
4: GETTING THE RIGHT PEOPLE ON YOUR BUS
5: WORKING ON THE BUSINESS
PART 2: STAGE TO SELL FOR THE HIGHEST POSSIBLE AMOUNT
6: ADVANCED PLANNING
7: DECIDING TO SELL
8: THE PATH TO SELLING YOUR STAGING BUSINESS
9: THE INFORMATIONAL DOCUMENTS
10: CHOOSE YOUR SUCCESSOR
11: GETTING THE DEAL DONE
12: FINALE! ENJOYING THE REWARDS
ABOUT THE AUTHORS
ABOUT YOU DON’T KNOW WHAT YOU DON’T KNOW™
Award-winning staging professional Liz Connolly has been a prominent figure in the staging industry since early 2007. At that time, Liz founded INhance IT! Home Staging in St. Louis, and through that company, staged over 5,000 properties. In early 2019, Liz sold the St. Louis division and relocated with her family to Sarasota, Florida, where she has recently founded “From Staged to Sold,” a firm assisting individuals interested in selling their home staging businesses.
INhance IT! received dozens of national and international industry awards and accolades. In 2017, 2018, and 2019, INhance IT! was recognized by RESA as one of the top ten staging teams in North America, and Liz was recognized as Top Ten Professional Stager in both 2016 and 2017.
Liz is a RESA-Pro member, a member of the Institute of Residential Marketing, and a Master Certified Staging Professional. Liz holds the following designations:
• International Master Certified Staging Professional
• CSP Luxury Staging Specialist
• CSP Occupied Staging Specialist
• CSP Vacant Staging Specialist
• CSP Residential Renovation Project Manager
• CSP Approved Mentor
• CSP Vacant Staging & Builder Project Instructor
• Staging and Design Professional (Staging Studio)
Steven Denny co-founded Innovative Business Advisors in 2018 and serves as a Managing Member of the firm. Steve has been actively engaged in M/A activities in a wide variety of industries for the last 14 years and has developed specific products to assist clients in growing their profitability and enterprise value. His specialty is working with established private companies in the lower middle market with annual revenues from $1 – 50 million.
Prior to founding his own firm in 2005, Steven spent 25 years as a senior executive in the hospitality management business working with two Fortune 25 companies. During this time, Steven distinguished himself as an exceptional business development and leadership professional, perennially appointed as member of the “Chairman’s Club”. This led to his appointment to lead the formation of a common platform used to manage customer relationships globally.
Born and raised in California, Steven paid his own way through college beginning at the University of North Carolina and culminating at High Point University. As a lifelong learner, Steven has completed executive training with Six Sigma (green belt), Xerox PSS, Karrass Negotiation, Miller Heiman and several others throughout his corporate career. Today he is recognized as a business and valuation expert in the Hospitality industry. Steven has also served in public office as a member of the Board of Education and continues to serve his community including several years as Chairman – Finance for the ~4,500 member household Community Association overseeing a multi-million dollar annual budget. He is active in the local Chamber, his church and various other civic organizations.
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