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Investing/buying a minority stake in a business

How do I connect with good small businesses where the current owners want to continue to be the majority owners and run the business and want a minority owner like me for more capital to expand the business and give big picture finance, marketing and strategy advice.The current owners would continue to run the business day-to -day and I would be available to help with bigger picture finance , strategy and marketing issues. I read everyday about how it hard for small businesses to find capital today, but it has been hard for me to find small businesses to invest in because the businesses listed are where the owner wants to sell the whole business and not continue to be involved with the business.

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FMI Inc.

If it i closely held business with one owner, stay away from it unless you have a long NON-PERSONAL relationship with the owner. It is a good way to ruin a friendship UNLESS you stay completely out of business decisions and only contribute funds when asked.

May 5, 2009
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The BAF Group LLC

What you have to answer is: "What can I bring to the table, that would interest a business owner?" If it is money, how much? And if you are going to work for the current owner, how will your investment offest what you would expect to earn from working there, and is that investment/salary expense really worth it to the owner? Finding what you want will be extremely difficult to do, and your best bet might be through networking with attorneys and accountants, who may have a client that is getting ready to retire in a couple of years, but does not have a clear exit strategy already in place.

May 3, 2009

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