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Young CPA looking to invest in first business. Any ideas?

I am just starting my search for my first business. I think I would like to buy an established web business in a solid market or a brick and mortar business that I could expand through online channels, although I also have some interest in a liquor store because they seem to be such a safe bet. Does anyone have any advice and/or experiences in either of those industries? I have about 200K available but would like to use as much owner financing as possible.

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Would you be interested in investing your money instead ? I have been looking for an investor to invest
$ 200,000 into the purchase of a profitable restaurant. The return rate would be 35 %. If you're interested, please e-mail me at or call me at 626-353-7741.

Nov 24, 2009
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Sunbelt Business Sales & Acquisitions NE
CBI, Senior Business Broker

You have a lot of options with your professional experience and it also sounds like you're looking for growth opportunities. We have liquor stores listed and other existing mature business which can use an entrepreneurial owner who understands online channels are necessary for growth.

Please call me review our portfolio and discover what matches your investment criteria and discuss lucrative opportunities that today more so than in the past have owners who are willing to extend more seller financing.

I can be reached at 617-945-5338 or
Mariola Andoni
Sunbelt Business Sales & Acquisitions
Certified Business Intermediary

Nov 23, 2009
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The BAF Group LLC

I have sold several businesses to both Attorneys and CPAs, and had very good experiences with both. Liquor Stores are great - but you have to use the same rationale as with other businesses in selecting location, location, location! Stay away from Liquor Stores that concentrate their sales on beer, which means the more upscale your market, the better off you potentially are. Moreover, DO NOT assume that you can run such a store as an absentee-owner. DOOMED TO FAILURE, in most cases. There are exceptions, but those are just that.

As for "brick and motar", I would ask for clearer definitions of your interpretation.

Nov 22, 2009
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Freedom Business Brokers
Orange County, CA

Nothing personal but with due apology I want to state that during my 13 years of tenure I didn't sell any business to any CPA or Attorney or Engineer. And the reason is that they investigate so much deep down into any business that they become lost in rationalizations. Business buying is like a marriage and you can't consider a marriage like a trade. You have to take it for granted many things when doing either of these acts. It does n't mean that I am advising against due diligence. What I am advising that don't see the business under a microscope. Just see it like you are seeing under normal vision.
I have many businesses listed if you are interested to talk to me respond to email first then we will talk if you hav not decided as yet in favor of any business.
Sid ------(

Nov 22, 2009
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We are a holding company that is making several large acquisitions. We are looking for key people that can bring talent to the table and would like to head up the acquisition. We are looking to make several acquisitions in the 10 million range. We would like to talk to people that can headed one of the acquisitions and would be vested. It you would like to discuss this future please send me an email at

thank you,

Ed Schradermeier

Nov 21, 2009
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Cook County, IL

Hi, Since this is your first business, I'm sure you are very nervous and unsure. Sometimes it's best to get an attorney on board so when you're ready to purchase, you have someone to draw up papers and who can assist with any questions. Just be sure to see as much paperwork as you can regarding your business to insure the value. If you are looking for a business that can be run from anywhere, then definetly go the established web business route. I know someone who specializes in these kind of businesses, so contact me if you are interested. Matt at

Nov 19, 2009