Introducing Simone Group…


In 1998, we engaged a third party to help us package our business for investment and an eventual sale.

We found the process to be unduly time-consuming, expensive, and a burden to the continuing operation of the business.  The personal stresses were outside of what was to be expected, and we were left with a ‘bad aftertaste’ of the process.

We resolved then and there to make the process of growing or buying a business easier on the business owner.

As the years passed, we took on increasingly complex portfolios for clients across a variety of sectors in both Canada and the US.


Common to each was the development and execution of processes to build scale, find buyers, and develop partnerships.


During an assignment a few years ago that involved the assessment-for-acquisition of several companies across western Canada, we noticed that most businesses focus only on delivering incremental growth – working ever harder to get that increasingly elusive 4-10% growth, in the hope that the grass will eventually become greener for the owners.

Our mission is to help businesses achieve their potential, through transactions that build and extend capability, coverage, and scale, while building – or fully realizing – owner equity.

These tools helped point to  opportunity:

The Limits of Organic Growth

Because an acquisition is a method of strategic growth, it’s reasonable to factor organic growth – the ‘steady as she goes’ approach into the discussion, and assess best-case scenarios for growth. more…


Is the Timing Right to Consider an Acquisition?

Answering ‘Yes’ to any of these will give you confidence that you should proceed with the exploration of an acquisition more…




Would it even work?

Successful acquisitions follow a characteristic pattern – see if it might work more…

Are Market Conditions Right?

4 market conditions that indicate timing is right to acquire a company more…

Is it Worth the Effort?

Assessing the relative value of a target or range of targets is the first step.  more…

Process and Budget Questions…

The general process is described here, but be aware that it will take many twists and turns along the way.  We can help with financing if necessary, or just advise on what an offer should/could look like more…



To provide the greatest degree of comfort possible for our partners and clients, we offer a 3-level service guarantee:


7-day exit guarantee – no questions, no penalties, no worries.


110% 30-day money back guarantee – if you aren’t completely happy with our service, get your money back, plus 10%.


120-day find-your-buyer/acquisition guarantee, or you can halve our commission.

Let me introduce myself now…I’m James Simone.


My background is as a Strategy Consultant and Marketing specialist, and I have broad experience in the corporate and not-for-profit sectors.


I’m a process-driven executive with a record of creating exceptional shareholder value for businesses searching for gains in very competitive markets.


I’ve developed and executed strategies that created sustained revenue market share leadership for brands in competitive service-driven markets, launched and owned several enterprises, and consulted on the acquisition and management of many others – all through the lens of creating sustainable growth and wealth for ownership and sponsoring partners, through excellent services.


I’ve worked with leaders in the financial service, healthcare, consulting, personal services, and hospitality sectors, including Home Trust, University of Vermont Health System, CLS, Marriott, and CBT.  


I am an active board member in the not-for-profit community in Edmonton (currently with Jasper Place Family Resource Centre), and I hold both a BComm and an MBA.


I have two grown daughters, and I live in Edmonton with Wendy, my wife of 34 years.