Complaint Review: Ripoff Report | Beyond Breakeven TRUSTED BUSINESS | Ripoff Report Verified™ …businesses you can trust. Since 2003, Ed Keels and his staff at Beyond Breakeven, Inc. (BBI) have been helping wannabe business owners with deal structures that provide business loans and business credit when banks won’t. Beyond Breakeven has developed more than one hundred ways to fund a business acquisition and do so with little to none of the buyer’s own money. - Tampa Florida
- Beyond Breakeven TRUSTED BUSINESS | Ripoff Report Verified™ …businesses you can trust. Since 2003, Ed Keels and his staff at Beyond Breakeven, Inc. (BBI) have been helping wannabe business owners with deal structures that provide business loans and business credit when banks won’t. Beyond Breakeven has developed more than one hundred ways to fund a business acquisition and do so with little to none of the buyer’s own money. Tampa, Florida USA
Beyond Breakeven TRUSTED BUSINESS REVIEW: Beyond Breakeven, Inc., receives a positive review due to the commitment to Ripoff Report Corporate Advocacy, Business Remediation & Customer Satisfaction Program. A program that benefits consumers, ensuring complete satisfaction, confidence when doing business with a member business. Beyond Breakeven, Inc. recognized by Ripoff Report Verified as safe business service. Commitment to Ripoff Report Corporate Advocacy Business Remediation & Customer Satisfaction Program, a program benefiting consumers, ensuring complete satisfaction & confidence when doing business..
*UPDATE: Beyond Breakeven recognized by Ripoff Report Verifiedâ¢ as a safe business service.
REVIEW UPDATE: November 19, 2018: Beyond Breakeven remains committed to increased customer satisfaction and has improved their business practices over the years to better serve their customers. Beyond Breakeven is truly dedicated to making sure their customers are satisfied and that any complaints which do arise are addressed promptly and fairly.
To date, Beyond Breakeven has made good faith efforts to resolve all complaints reported on Ripoff Report. Based on our experience, the member business has proven to be among the top members of the Ripoff Report Corporate Advocacy Business Remediation and Customer Satisfaction Program as a Verified Safe Business™.
Over time and since becoming a member, Beyond Breakeven has remained actively engaged and improving the way they address customer service complaints. As an active and current member of the Ripoff Report Corporate Advocacy Business Remediation and Customer Satisfaction Program we are happy to report that now more than ever Beyond Breakeven remains committed to improving customer satisfaction.
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Ripoff Report Verified™ REVIEW
EDitor's UPDATE: Positive rating and recognition has been given to Beyond Breakeven for its full commitment to quality customer service.
Ripoff Report's discussions with Beyond Breakeven, Inc. have uncovered an ongoing dedication by the company to total client satisfaction. This means that clients can expect that the company will work towards finding a mutually satisfactory resolution to any concerns. Beyond Breakeven, Inc. listens carefully to client concerns and sees them as an opportunity to learn from past mistakes and become more efficient as a company in the services offered and the support for those services.
Beyond Breakeven, Inc.'s Pres./CEO, Mr. Ed Keels, has stated that it is the company's goal and commitment to always over delivering that has resulted in a more than 99% customer satisfaction rating. In the very, very rare event when a client expresses disappointment in service or project deliverables, the company policy is to address the client's concerns quickly and completely. Mr. Keels believes this is why much of the company's business comes from referrals of existing and past clients.
One of the things the Ripoff Report learned in the course of its review is that typical client feedback reads, "The only reason we are in business today is because of the help and funding provided by Beyond Breakeven, Inc. and Ed Keels".
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The information provided in this report below is based on comments made by Ed Keels during an onsite inspection held by a third party verification company with no biases towards Beyond Breakeven.
Beyond Breakeven, Inc provides the crucial service of assisting people with buying or starting a business. CEO, Ed Keels expressed that a study was conducted by Office Depot several years ago that stated 40% of people want to start their own business but didn't know where to get the money. Additionally, the survey stated that most people don't know where to begin when it comes to starting a business, "so we take care of both of those issues and then some." Mr. Keels went on to state, "we put people in business without having to put a dime of their own money into the project, and without having to pay forty grand for professional services. We do it all for $5,900. That puts it in the reach for most people."
Leads for Beyond Breakeven are primarily obtained through referrals and organic Internet searches. Beyond Breakeven works very closely with potential clients to ensure that they will be an appropriate match for their services. This includes conducting a brief interview with each potential client. Mr. Keels stated the following in regards to their sales and services process, "we scale our work to our staff availability. We typically only except 10 clients a month. Anything more than that and...customer service may falter or we don't deliver at the level that we intend to. So we won't take a project if we're over committed." Additionally Mr. Keels stated, "we put everything we do in writing. We do not ask them for a commitment over the phone. We are not a pushy sales agency. After we have a conversation and everything feels good we give them a contract, and we say 'okay today is Friday. You have until next Thursday at the close of business to think about it, pray about it, ask your spouse about it, do your research and see if we are the company for you.'"
CUSTOMER CARE & COMPLAINT RESOLUTION – BEYOND BREAKEVEN
During the onsite interview Mr. Keels was asked to describe a situation where a client was not satisfied with the level of service or product they received. Mr. Keels stated, "come August will be in business 14 years, and I can count on one hand the number of complaints." He did express that a complaint was made for a partial payment or a partial refund rather, "we had a program that is a step above our normal $5900 it is an extra $2000 for in analysis program. Where you can analyze the loss profitability of a business and it gives you an analysis on how to fix that. It's $2000 you get your money back hundreds of times over if you use it! The guy decided it wasn't what he was looking for and he complained rather than calling us and asking for a refund he complaint directly to the BBB that complaint is two years and 10 months old. That was the last legitimate complaint that we have had and we gave him a refund."
When asked to comment on the complaints posted on Ripoff Report's website Mr. Keel stated expressed that all complaints were false. He went on to state the following about one of the complaints, "she read the notes of the first guy and just re-iterated them as if they were her own thoughts if she check that stuff out...she has now committed libel, we know who she is because she went around and posted on a whole bunch of other sites. She has since taken every one of those down and recanted because we have put her own notice that the stuff that she has put out there are absolute lies fabricated lies." To further assure future clients Beyond Breakeven has an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau.
Beyond Breakeven is proud to be a part of Ripoff Reports Corporate Advocacy Business Remediation and Customer Satisfaction Program. Mr. Keels stated the following, "our hope is that this method it will allow us to shine some truth of and the lack of validity of those reports."
BEYOND BREAKEVEN - STATEMENTS FROM THE CEO – ED KEELS
" Most people that try to start or buy a business become discouraged very quickly when faced with the amount of money needed to get their deal done. They have to first come up with 20% or more of the loan amount in personal funds for the down payment. That in and of itself kills most deals. Then they are surprised to learn that they will have to put in tens of thousands of dollars more for agreements, contracts, forensic accounting, valuations, loan packagers, etc. At Beyond Breakeven, Inc. we do all of those expensive professional services in-house and without the high cost, and we utilize funding methods that eliminate the need for down payments having to come from the wannabe business owner.
By eliminating these costs, we put starting or buying a business within the reach of people who could not get there without our help. That is the heart of the company and a mission and work of which we are very proud.
Beyond Breakeven, Inc.'s team is on a mission to help people get into business cost effectively and prepared to run their businesses profitably. Beyond Breakeven, Inc. takes employee satisfaction seriously as well. Employee feedback and surveys reveal comments such as this, ""I learned so much through the program and coaching. I didn't realize how much I didn't know and could never have done this without the help of your company and Ed Keels. Thank you."
Ripoff Report was pleased to learn that Beyond Breakeven, Inc.'s past and current approach to business is focused on its pledge to total commitment towards client and employee satisfaction.
STATED IMPROVEMENTS FROM BEYOND BREAKEVEN
Beyond Breakeven, Inc. recognizes that complaints posted on Ripoff Report (whether true or not) are issues that need to be addressed, not ignored. If handled correctly, complaints can be valuable learning opportunities. With the feedback generated by Ripoff Report's review, Beyond Breakeven, Inc. has made organizational changes allowing its clients and employees a more streamlined approach to problem resolution and a commitment to a great client experience.
In summary, after our review, which included discussions with Ed Keels, Pres./CEO, Ripoff Report is convinced that Beyond Breakeven, Inc. is committed to quality delivery of services resulting in total client satisfaction.
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NOW TO THE ORIGINAL REPORT THAT WAS FILED
Beyond Breakeven Inc. Ed Keels Candace Keels Tampa Florida
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Ripoff Report would like to let readers know that Ripoff Report emailed this customer so the member business could make things right with them. When a business joins the Corporate Advocacy Program, Ripoff Report emails everyone from the past so the member business can make things right with them. Of course, everything within reason. In order to confirm that the complaints were resolved, Ripoff Report is copied on all responses so we can insure that the member business did right by their customer. The author of the Ripoff Report below never responded to our offer to help them. The Report below should be taken with a grain of salt.
STATEMENT FROM BEYOND BREAKEVEN:
This author did not fully check her facts and based much of her negative comments in her report on the previous report. A report which we have proven to be full of lies, untruths and libelous statements. Specifically, with regard to alleged kickbacks which do not exist.
NOW TO THE ORIGINAL REPORT THAT WAS FILED
We will make this short and sweet. Everything we state is based upon our own direct experience and discoveries.
1. We found value in some of the business consulting advice on its own merit. Ed should just sell that.
2. We were told that we will be prepared in this process to speak to investors. There are no investors. We were told that there are sources at Ed's disposal that are not available to the masses. Anyone can access those same sources with an easy Google search. The unfortunate thing is that we knew none of this until the final funding plan deliverable.
3. Ed was upfront that he does receive a fee from the SBA when he gets you an SBA loan. That is not unusual- many consultants and firms receive the same fee. He did not openly share that he also receives a referral fee from some of the "sources" that he uses in the funding plan. If you receive personal benefit from a referral you make to a client, you have an ethical obligation to disclose that benefit. Ed did not disclose that to us. If you are considering working with Ed, our advise is to ask him point blank if he receives any commission, referral fee, kick back, etc., from anyone other than the SBA. If he denies it, have him put that in writing for you. Our position is that full disclosure is required when you are paying a consultant and he stands to personally benefit from the advice he provides.
4. The business plan was touted as the most incredible, indisputable, incorruptible business plan ever created. It's not. In our opinion, we wrote most of the plan- all BB did was put our work into a template. We have the emails with the language verbatim.
5. We were told repeatedly (and it was a formal "strategy" in our funding plan) of the need to build business credit. To be sure, the establishment of a solid credit profile for any business is a necessity. We recall one recording where Ed explains that when financing is sought, that it is sought for the business, not the individuals. In our funding plan, the establishment of corporate credit was a key "strategy" to obtaining funding- but was number 4 on the list of "strategies". Numbers 1-3, without exception, required the use of our personal credit and taken out as personal obligations. All three of those strategies, by the way, are available for someone to look into via Google. None are properitary sources to Ed Keels.
6. Speaking of sources, we did not expect the funding plan to include such genius strategies like Kickstarter, family loans, investors, etc. Does anyone of merit, after working with a client for a year, think that these strategies are new and revolutionary? And why would those strategies not be discussed early on in a project? It made us extremely upset to sit and listen to Ed talk about these options as if we were fresh from our mother's womb, and that it took Ed to show us to borrow money from friends and family. Pure genius.
7. One of the sources was a credit card conversion product, similar to that described by the other report on this compay. That product was not outlined for what it was; rather, when we brought to Ed's attention what the product offered actually was, he coldly (and harshly) told us he knew what it was- we didn't need to explain it. Well, if you knew what it was, and how potentially dangerous the solution was, then why for the love of all that is holy didn't you take the time you paid for to detail and explain it so that we could make an informed decision? Could it be because there was a personal stake in it for Ed? We don't know- we just know that it calls motives into question in our minds. We also thank our stars we did not pursue it.
We could go on. We feel that Ed does provide a value, but it is wrapped up in this whole charade of unlocking financing when everyone else says no. We hope to inform everyone that if the answer is "no", it is for good reason. That doesn't mean you need to give up on your dreams; nor does it mean you have to get sucked into a wormhole of financial trickery, either. There are valid options out there that you can and should puruse- without having to pay someone $6000.
One last thing on the fee- Ed says it's not a fee, but a savings. His own blog says that, in addition to a down payment, "The person would have to pay around $30k in fees to professionals like Business Valuators, Forensic Accountants, Deal Structurers, Business Plan Writers, Loan Packagers, Incorporation Companies and Attorneys. When you consider that we do all of the needed professional work in house, and provide funding resources that do not require a down payment (thereby eliminating the need for our client to come up with around $70k to $100k), then our $6K fee doesn't look like a cost..."
Some help for those interested on the above:
a. There are sources online on how to properly evaluate a business. Free.
b. Forensic accountants? Maybe. But we did not see any of that, either, with this service.
c. Loan packagers? Guess what- they get paid the same way we believe Ed makes some of his money, at least based on what we came to learn. Finders fees.
d. Ed did not incorporate us. He told us to file with the Secretary of State. We knew that already. Value add? Zero.
e. Your attorney represents you and only you. Period. And for all the talk about how much attorneys will cost you, Ed is quick to point out that he is not an attorney in all of his written documentation. Get an attorney.
f. As for everything else, it has value, but not as much as Ed is placing on them in our opionion. What we will say is that a professional in each of these areas may cost you more, but will deliver what you pay for and will work only in your interest, in our opionion.
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