What is Due Diligence?

Due diligence is an essential process utilized by individuals, companies and investment firms to evaluate a potential merger, acquisition, or investment.  Business buyers will conduct due diligence on a target company to confirm the accuracy of the seller’s claims, mitigate risk, and garnet deeper insight into the operations – prior to committing to the deal.  While the due diligence process can be extensive and time consuming, it can help prevent costly surprises later on.


An SMB is a small-to-medium sized business, while an SME is a small-to-medium sized enterprise. Depending on whom you ask, there are several definitions and key differentiators that influence the classification. A widely accepted definition of SMB and SME is based on the number of employees and annual revenues – and even those classification ranges can vary.  At DueDilio, we consider any business with annual revenues of $1-$10 million to be an SMB.  Any business with revenues larger than $10 million we classify as an SME.

When conducting due diligence, an SME will typically have a more complex process.  Our SME Due Diligence Checklist is specifically tailored to address those areas.

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SME Due Diligence Checklist

This SME Due Diligence Checklist contains some of the most common items related to evaluating a potential SME (small and medium enterprise) acquisition. 

Items included in this due diligence checklist:

  • Corporate Matters
  • Finance
  • Operations
  • Labor Relations
  • Tax
  • Regulatory & Legal Matters
  • Environmental Matters
  • Intellectual Property
  • Real & Personal Property
  • Industry

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