The following guide features online directories for professionally accredited appraisers providing business valuation services in the U.S., Canada, and other countries.
The American Society of Appraisers is an international organization of appraisal professionals, with appraisal disciplines covered including appraisal review and management, business valuation, gems and jewelry, machinery and technical specialties, personal property, and real property. Its member directory is searchable by name, geographic location, appraisal discipline, specialty, and keyword.
ABV credential holders are AICPA members who have met the education, examination, and business valuation experience requirements necessary to be designated as "Accredited in Business Valuation". Credential holder directory is searchable by country, state, city, and zip code, with optional features including the ability to refine the search by credential, name, organization, and areas of expertise.
NACVA is a professional organization which offers certifications in business valuation and financial forensics, with certifications offered to its members including the CVA (Certified Valuation Analyst), ABAR (Accredited in Business Appraisal Review), and MAFF (Master Analyst in Financial Forensics). Its member directory is searchable by name, industry, specialty, city, state, zip code, and country.
The CBV Institute is a professional accrediting body in the field of business valuation in Canada, and offers the CBV (Chartered Business Valuator) designation to qualified business appraisers who meet its education, examination, and business valuation experience requirements. Its member directory is searchable by first name, last name, company, biography keywords, country, and state or province.
Featured staff article provides guidance on choosing a business appraiser, with topics addressed in the article including hiring the right appraiser for the job (e.g., business, real estate, or equipment appraiser), looking for a professional certification or designation (e.g., ASA, CPA/ABV, CBA, CVA, and CBV), understanding appraisal costs, insisting upon independence, and using common sense.
Free guide discusses things to be considered in choosing a business appraiser, with topics covered in the guide including why choose an accredited appraiser, what does it take to become accredited, what are some questions to ask potential appraisers, what are things to watch out for, what does an appraisal cost and how long does it take, what do I get, and how long is my appraisal "up-to-date".