ValuSource (alternatively known as "Valusource.com" and "the Company") understands that its customers care how their information is used, and is committed to ensuring that your information
with strong customer communication integrity. The Policy is designed to assist you in understanding how ValuSource collects, uses, and safeguards personal information, and to enable you
notice. To maintain its high privacy standards, the Policy will be continuously assessed against new technologies, business practices and the Company's customers' needs.
Information Collected by ValuSource
Upon visiting Valu'Source'Scftware.com, you may provide the Company with two types of information: personal information you knowingly choose to disclose, which is collected on an individual
basis, and web site usage information collected on an aggregate basis as you browse the Company's web site.
1. PERSONAL INFORMATION PROVIDED BY CUSTOMERS
In order to access or purchase the products and services provided by Valusource.com- such as training, tools, software, and related services-ValuSource may request web site visitors to
register as customers. During this registration process, ValuSource will ask you for personally identifiable information such as: your name, email address, mailing address, zip code,
country, and user name and password assignments. ValuSource uses the information it gathers for several purposes, such as to understand more about its audience's interests, to communicate
with customers, and to provide them with a better web site experience by personalizing online content, services, and email messages. ValuSource also uses this information to offer content
and services, as well as developing offers that the Company believes are uniquely relevant and valuable to customers.
2. WEB SITE USAGE INFORMATION
When you visit Valusource.com and interact with the products and services that reside there, ValuSource and third parties, with whom the Company has contracted to provide additional
services, may collect information on your actions. Valusource.com may utilize a standard technology called "cookies", as well as a web visitor's IP address, to collect information about how
the Company's web site is used. Information collectively gathered through cookies and IP addresses may include the date and time of visits, the pages viewed, and the time spent at
Valusource.com, as well as the web sites visited just before and just after accessing the Company's web site. This information is collected on an aggregate basis. None of this information
is associated with you as an individual.
Valusource.com may use a feature of your browser to set a "cookie" on your computer. Cookies are small packets of information that a site's computer stores on your computer. ValuSource can
you visit our site, deliver content specific to your interests, track your progress within a tutorial, and track the pages you've visited. These cookies allow ValuSource to use the
information collected to customize your online experience so that your visit to Valusource.com is as relevant and as valuable to you as possible. You may modify your browser preference to
provide you with choices relating to cookies. You have the choice to accept all cookies, to be notified when a cookie is set, or to reject all cookies. If you choose to reject cookies, you
may be unable to use ValuSource's services that require registration in order to participate, or will have to login each time you visit Valusource.com.
Your IP address is a number that is assigned by your ISP (Internet Service Provider) to your computer to identify its location. ValuSource uses your IP address to help diagnose problems
with its server and to administer its web site. The Company also sometimes uses IP addresses to communicate with customers, and to possibly even ban those customers who are not complying
with ValuSource's Terms of Service.
Use of Information
The majority of the information collected by ValuSource is used to create aggregated portraits of its audience; portraits which present anonymous statistical demographic information. This
aggregated information is used, among other things, to determine trends and needs, and also to supply market research to potential advertisers and partners to help them understand who the
Company's audience is. Occasionally, ValuSource may also use information collected to notify you about important changes to its web site, new services, and special offers potentially of
value to you.
Due to the personal nature of much of the content and services of the site, the information you have provided may be used to help guide to you content, training, services, and products that
may serve to provide you with a more fulfilling experience while visiting Valusource.com.
Some areas of ValuSource's websites are reserved for customers who have registered with the Company. These areas, for example, might include access to training, mentor programs, chats,
message boards, and other customer-specific premium content.
How ValuSource Protects and Secures Your Information
Some of ValuSource's websites have security measures in place to protect you from the loss, misuse, and alteration of the information under the Company's control, including your personal
information, tutorial test results, personal growth plans, and credit card information. Access to all of your customer information requires the use of your password. ValuSource recommends
that you do not share your password with anyone.
ValuSource utilizes encryption/security software to safeguard the confidentiality of certain personal information it collects and guard against unauthorized access or disclosure and
accidental loss, alteration or destruction.
Evaluation of Information Protection Practices
Periodically, ValuSource's operations and business practices are reviewed for compliance with corporate policies and procedures governing the security, confidentiality, and quality of its
Employee Access, Training and Expectations
ValuSource's corporate values, ethical standards, policies, and practices are intended to enhance the protection of customer information. Its business practices limit certain employee access
to confidential information, and limit the use and disclosure of such information to authorized persons, processes, and transactions.
Information Sharing Policy
ValuSource does not sell or otherwise share personally identifiable information with third parties without your consent except in the following instances: (i) unless required by applicable
law or pursuant to a court or similar order; (ii) as deemed necessary, in ValuSource's discretion, to protect the legal rights or the property of the Company, a customer, or third party, or
to prevent personal injury; and/ or (iii) in the event the Company is required to transfer personally identifiable information to a third party in the event of a sale, merger, assignment,
joint venture, or other transfer or disposition of a portion or all of the assets or stock of the Company or its affiliated entities (including, without limitation, in connection with any
bankruptcy or similar proceedings), (iv) We only share email and postal addresses with our partners, the National Association of Certified Valuation Analysts and the Institute of Business
In addition, ValuSource reserves the right to allow system access to third parties providing necessary technical services when such access is required in order to provide those services.
The Company also reserves the right to provide your personally identifiable information to third parties who provide services on behalf of ValuSource, provided that such third parties are
Information Collected by Third Party Advertising Companies
Some or all advertising on Valusource.com is served by third party advertising companies, which deliver cookies to your computer for advertisement tracking and rotation purposes. Since third
party advertising companies only assign, or "tag," your computer with a number, they know nothing about who you are. ValuSource does not provide these third party advertising companies with
any personally identifiable information about you. However, these companies may use non-personally identifiable information about your visits to Valusource.com and other sites in order to
provide advertisements about goods and services potentially of interest to you.
Notice of New Services and Changes
Occasionally, ValuSource may also use the information it collects to notify you about important changes to the Company, new services, and special offers of potential value to you. You will
be given the opportunity to notify ValuSource of your desire not to receive these offers by clicking on a response box when you receive such an offer, or by sending an email request to the
Order Forms and Transactions with E-Commerce Partners and Advertisers
The information provided via the product and service purchase forms at Valusource.com are secured via SSL Encryption. The information provided in these forms will only be shared with
designated fulfillment partners, if applicable, to the extent the information is needed to successfully complete any product and/ or service transactions. Fulfillment partners may not use
this information for any other purposes.
Electronic Newsletters and Reminders
ValuSource offers registered customer electronic newsletters on a variety of topics. If you choose to subscribe to any of these newsletters, currently the only information you will be
required to provide is a valid email address, except in the cases of certain newsletters where you may also be required to provide certain non-personally identifiable information to help
the Company customize newsletters with topics of interest to you. In order to receive these newsletters, you must opt-in, or grant the Company permission to deliver them to you. Generally,
ValuSource does not share mailing lists from its electronic newsletters with third parties. However, in some situations, ValuSource may share its newsletter mailing lists with third parties
Additionally, ValuSource may provide third parties with a list of its customers and visitors who have opted-in to receiving additional information from third parties. In those instances
where you opt-in to subscribe to a newsletter through a third-party email service or advertiser or partner, the email address information sometimes will be located on the third party's
specifically opt-out from receiving their newsletters. As a result, to stop receiving them, you will need to affirmatively opt-out from third party newsletter delivery.
Valusource.com may provide various public forums such as chat rooms, message boards, "ask the expert" areas, and question and answer (Q&A) areas that are available to you as a registered
customer. Please remember that any information you disclose in these public forum areas becomes public information and is immediately accessible at Valusource.com, so it is important for
you to exercise discretion and appropriate caution when deciding to reveal personal information in these areas. ValuSource may decide to utilize the content of Q&As, interactions with
experts, and/or chat room and message board content throughout Valusource.com and in promotions in order to enhance the Company's editorial, advertising, and public relations efforts.
Surveys and Polls
ValuSource's surveys ask for opinions on various issues. Often these surveys and polls are sponsored by or associated with ValuSource's advertisers and partners. Occasionally, during
surveys, ValuSource may request demographic information (like zip code, age or gender) from respondents. Most information obtained through surveys and polls is aggregated and used
internally, or shared with advertisers and partners only in the aggregated form. In the event personally identifiable information is requested from you as part of a surveyor poll process,
such personally identifiable information is never provided to third parties without your consent. In these instances, you may expressly choose to receive information from a sponsor, in
which case your information is provided to that sponsor only. Some survey answers may be added to your customer profile so that ValuSource can better provide you with content,
advertisements, and offers that are most appropriate for you.
Links to Partner and Advertiser Sites
Valusource.com contains links to advertiser and partner websites. The Company cannot be responsible for the privacy practices or the content of such non-ValuSource web sites and does do not
control the practices of any of its advertisers or partners to whom it is linked. In order to participate in the partner and/ or advertiser supplied services and tools, you may be required
to provide personally identifiable information to the advertisers and partners whose tools and services you have chosen to interact with. Each advertiser and partner will request different
information from you. The information you provide via links to co-branded pages, co-branded sites, third party sites, or tools may be shared with advertisers and partners on an aggregated
basis and, in these instances, your permission will not be requested since no personally identifiable information will be shared or provided to these third party sponsors or advertisers.
ValuSource will, however, use commercially reasonable efforts to contractually require all such third party advertisers and partners to agree not to use any non-personally identifiable
information about you, in conjunction with other sources of information, or otherwise, to identify you.
If you have additional questions about how one of ValuSource's advertisers, partners, or sponsors uses information about you, the Company urges you to contact them directly.
ValuSource Opt-In/Opt-Out Policy
Upon registration, or from time-to-time, you may be asked to indicate whether you are interested in receiving information from ValuSource about special offers or news about its web site and
advertisers. You will also be provided with the opportunity to opt-in to receive offers directly from select companies other than ValuSource. If you do choose to receive these communications
by means of an opt-in agreement, the Company will occasionally send you an email message that matches your request(s). You may, of course, always choose not to receive any of this information
from ValuSource. As such, the Company currently provides the following opt-out opportunities: Upon registration, you can choose to receive only customer information emails. At any time, you
can follow a link provided in every newsletter or email message (except for e-commerce confirmation emails, if applicable) to unsubscribe from that particular mailing list or email service.
At any time, you can contact ValuSource to have your contact preferences changed to "Do Not Contact Me." Please note that ValuSource reserves the right to contact you in the event of a
Changes to Customer Information and Data Archiving
ValuSource provides you with the ability to access, correct, or change certain information fields in your customer profile at any time (on those websites that contain such profiles),
including contact information or other information you've provided to the Company. However, you cannot currently change your customer name, although you may re-register and choose a new
name. Please be advised that ValuSource currently archives information it collects on its customers and visitors.
ValuSource will not make new use of any personally identifiable information which it has gathered from individual customers or visitors prior to any such significant change in its Privacy
Policy without first obtaining the customer's or visitor's consent for any new uses. In instances where the Company asks for your personally identifiable information that will be shared
with third parties, and in cases where a customer or visitor opts-in to share his or her information with third parties, these disclosures and opt-ins will override anything to the contrary
notice to its web site customers and visitors.
revision has been made.
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24 years in business: ValuSource has been providing software and data for valuing businesses since 1986. We provide professional business appraisers, business brokers, merger and acquisition specialists, investment bankers, business owners and business stakeholders with software, data and services to meet their specific needs.
Money Back Guarantee: ValuSource offers an unconditional money-back guarantee on all its business software provided that returns (or notification, for on-line products) are received within thirty (30) days of the invoice date. There are no refunds for databases or technical support.
Global Presence: ValuSource has been providing business valuation software around the world for many years. We recently released our international beta version which is based on International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS). The international version is now in English, but we plan to develop versions in Spanish, German, French, Arabic, Chinese, and Korean.
Used by Thousands of Professionals: ValuSource has been developing valuation software for over 24 years and our software is being used by thousands of business valuation professionals in the US and around the world. As the international valuation community grows, we expect to see significant growth in our international user base. Not only do we provide valuation software to valuation professionals, but we also provide data to valuation professionals that rely on Excel to perform their valuation analysis.
How Is A Professional Valuation Different: The Online Business Valuation service is a great first step in understanding the business value but it is not a professional appraisal. A professional valuation is performed based on valuation standards and incorporates a significantly larger scope of work than provided by the Online Business Valuation Service. A professional valuation includes things such as determining the appropriate standard of value, making normalizing adjustments to financial statements, interviewing company management, performing financial statement analysis and benchmarks, analyzing company risk and potential future earnings, determining the most appropriate valuation methods, potentially incorporating discounts for lack of control and lack of marketability or a control premium. Because the significantly larger scope of a professional appraisal, the value you obtain from a professional appraisal could potentially be significantly different than the estimate from the Online Business Valuation report.