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Marketing Blindly and Nationally

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If you’re a savvy business owner, you know that maintaining strict confidentiality is critical when selling your business. Only a handful of people should know you’re thinking of selling: your spouse, financial planner, accountant, and attorney. Often, this element alone will push a seller towar ...
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Attention Serious Buyers

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If you are searching for a business on internet, you should know that, unfortunately, most of the businesses that you see will never sell. This could possibly be due to the business being overpriced, the financials are in poor condition, or a number of other reasons. We can help. Ask yourself thi ...
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Lending Posture

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One of the top questions we’re asked in this unprecedented COVID environment is “are you still selling businesses?” The answer is a resounding YES! The follow up question usually has something to do with how banks are supporting those transactions, so we thought we’d examine what we’re see ...
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Hope is Not a Strategy

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You probably have a financial advisor who is managing your money and will advise you as to whether or not you’re on track for retirement. That’s smart and, for most of us, essential. Even the most talented, worth-their-salt money manager will tell you that their financial models can be “garbag ...
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Is it “Buyer Beware” or “Seller Beware”?

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We have all heard it said “buyer beware”.  The belief was that sellers were peddling substandard goods or elevating prices beyond what was reasonable or offering warranties that were constructed to be indecipherable at best and absolutely no good at their worst.  Sellers were preying on th ...
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Can Selling Your Business be a DIY Project?

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Business owners often consider trying to sell their business themselves. For some people, this may be a viable option, but for most it isn’t a wise business decision. There is a lot that goes into the complicated, time-consuming process of selling a business. When you hire an experienced busin ...
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Finding You the Right Business

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We do buy side searches for private equity groups, family offices, strategic buyers, and individuals. Whether you are looking to grow your business through an acquisition or just locate a great business with terrific potential, we can help. It is my understanding that as part of the Cares Act (Se ...
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Coronavirus and Buying or Selling a Business

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  Coronavirus. Yep, we’re jumping on the bandwagon. Why on earth are we, business brokers, talking about Coronavirus?! It has nothing to do with buying or selling business, right? Hang with us for a minute… Last week, the Federal Reserve cut interest rates by 50 basis points (0.50 ...
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Retaining Key Employees

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Think about the key employees in your business. The ones who understand how everything works: employee roles, client preferences, supply chain, cash flow, compliance, etc. When they take a well-deserved vacation, you FEEL it and so does everyone else. They might be in sales, support, administration, ...
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2020 Forecast

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2019 is in the books. In general, people are feeling pretty good right now. The S&P 500 was up 28.9% and the Nasdaq was up 35.2%. Unemployment is crazy low at 3.5%, optimism is high, and although there has been lots of turmoil nationally and globally, it has mostly impacted a few specific sector ...
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The Importance of Knowing Your Business’s Value

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How much is your business worth? How much is it actually worth to a buyer if you were to sell it right now? Even if you’re not ready to sell at this moment, knowing this number is very important for a few reasons: Planning: We know that most business owners work with financial planners and ac ...
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Competition

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Non-competes. You’ve probably been exposed to them at some point. Perhaps you have employees sign them or maybe you have signed one yourself at some point. Non-competes are also a very important component of a business transfer. Imagine this: You bought a high-end restaurant. Since you struck a ...
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8 Ways to Make Buying a Business Less Scary

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In addition to eating a ridiculous amount of candy corn, with Halloween around the corner, we’ve been thinking about all things scary. Here are some things that can make an entrepreneurial leap a little more comfortable. If you’re a business owner looking to sell, take note of these things too a ...
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Business For Sale By Owner

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With all of the online options at our fingertips these days, it is easier than ever to sell things. You can sell everything from a couch, to a car, to a house just by listing them online. In these days of the FSBO (For Sale By Owner) posts, wouldn’t it just be easier to try to sell your business t ...
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Should I Tell My Employees I’m Selling?

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The short answer: no. We have sellers all the time who ask us this and our answer is always the same: it’s a bad idea. Even if your team is small in number and a very tight knit group, we still recommend that you don’t take them along with you on the ride of selling a business. There are a few l ...
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Congruence

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Congruence explains how things correspond or agree with each other and it has EVERYTHING to do with selling your business. Many buyers mystery visit your business before they make an offer on it. They want to see how your website, collateral materials, products, and staff interact with them as a ...
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How Much is Your Business Worth?

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Is your business gaining value each year? Are there issues in your business that are reducing the value? Are you counting on the proceeds from the sale of your business to help fund your retirement? In business there is one certainty: At some point every privately held business will be sold ...
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Growth Through Acquisition

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Businesses grow in one of two ways: organically or by acquisition. Growing organically means that you grow slowly but surely over time as the demand and money allows. When you grow by acquisition, you buy another company and absorb them into your organization. Growing by acquisition can be a great b ...
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Discounted Cash Flow

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In an academic setting, a discounted cash flow model sounds like a completely reasonable form of valuing a business. You project out the anticipated cash flows for 5-10 years, use a discount rate and look at what those future cash flows are in present day dollars.  The formula for this is usual ...
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Pricing Your Business to Sell

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If the business is not priced correctly, it will most likely continue to sit on the market. This frustrates you and turns away possible buyers. Most businesses are sold at a price based on current performance. All businesses have future potential that may be much greater than the current numbers, bu ...
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