References

Farmington Bank

Without reservation, I give Fran Barillaro and his colleagues at Cornerstone accolades for their solid business judgment, accurate reporting of the facts and thorough presentations on the businesses that they work with. As a traditional commercial lender, I have to not only meet the conservative risk parameters of the bank, but also satisfy various experienced approval constituencies. With Fran’s assistance, I have successfully financed a number of his referrals. Fran is adept at understanding the challenges of his clients, working through all the issues and fulfilling the sometimes esoteric requests that arise during the underwriting process. I recommend Fran as an honest and experienced business consultant who takes a sincere interest in his clients, strives to present information of the highest integrity and brings creativity

Joseph C. Guarino
Senior Vice President
Farmington Bank

Savoy & Chapel Sweet Shoppes

We just wanted to write and formally thank you for the help and guidance you provided in the sale of our two stores. Even though health reasons dictated a quick sale, we never really thought we could sell both businesses in 6 months. Your patience, determination and professionalism helped make it possible. You immediately gained the respect and confidence of the prospective buyers, making everything else much easier. Without their complete faith and trust in you, things would have progressed at a much slower pace.

So once again, thank you for helping to make a difficult time not so difficult. You were both a great broker and a real friend.

Ira Guttman & Bernadette McTamney
Owners
Savoy & Chapel Sweet Shoppes
Milford & New Haven, CT

J & G Machining Co.

Both Bob and I can’t thank you and your partners enough for the help you gave us back in 2009 to secure a couple of small business loans we were in desperate need for. One was for debt consolidation and the other for capital expenses including salary reimbursement for a machinist. It has been almost a year now since we were approved for the loans and we are a very busy shop. There is still a lot of work to be done, but both Bob and I are continually grateful for your help and guidance through a very rough time here at J&G Machining Company, Inc.

Amy B. Sartirana
Vice President
J& G Machining Co.
Winsted, CT

R.J. Carabetta & Company, PC

As a CPA clients trust and rely on me to provide the financial services required for their business to succeed. It is with this responsibility that I would refer, without hesitation the financial services of Cornerstone Business Advisors, LLC. I have referred many clients to Cornerstone Business Advisors with 100% satisfaction.

Cornerstone Business Advisors have been instrumental in developing business plans that have had a direct impact on the clients receiving significant amounts of funding.

Kurt J. DeNegris, CPA
R.J. Carabetta & Company, PC
Meriden, CT

QJ Tool & Manufacturing, Inc.

I was very pleased with Fran’s ability to provide a calming influence and keep the negotiations moving forward to a great conclusion. Without Fran’s help, we would not have been able to close this deal.

Larry R. Ernst, President
QJ Tool & Manufacturing, Inc.
New Britain, CT

Childcare Center

A few years ago I was looking to sell my childcare center. I received Fran’s name from an Early Childhood Education Consultant I worked with.

First and very important to me was the issue of confidentiality. Fran is a man who can be trusted completely with private matters and he handles every situation in a caring and professional manner.

Fran is easy to talk with; he asks all the right questions, looks for positive solutions and finds positive outcomes.

I highly recommend Fran Barillaro if you are looking to sell your business. You will be treated with respect and professionalism as you go through the process and in the end you will be glad that Fran was there to guide you, as he did me, every step of the way.

Darlene Valuzzo, Southbury, CT