My business partner and I are going down the ETA path as a growth strategy for our current marketing agency. We have an investor interested in helping us make a strategic acquisition. They have asked us to present a few options for how the investment could be structured.

For background, they recently sold a business and are not interested in being involved in the company's day-to-day operation. Further, the investor is a blue-collar success story and does not want an overly complex structure.

I have spent my career managing small businesses, not sourcing or structuring outside investments. I am looking for advice, templates, and information to get started. I just finished Buy Then Build and started on the HBR Guide to Buying a Small Business so I am starting to speak the ETA language.

A special thank you to Karen Spencer, whom I met last night at a Twin Cities Startup Week event, for encouraging me to post and get engaged on searchfunder.