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The BizBuySell Insight Report is a nationally-recognized economic indicator that tracks the health of the U.S. small business economy. Each quarter, BizBuySell analyzes sales and listing prices of small businesses across the United States based on approximately businesses for sale and those recently sold. The BizBuySell Insight Reports focus on over 70 major U.S. markets and publish local, regional, state and national data for trending and analysis.

An expert on small business issues, Group General Manager of BizBuySell.com and BizQuest.com, Bob House, discusses the trends revealed by the Insight Reports in various media outlets.

Small Business Transactions Reach Record Levels in 2014, Increase Over Six Percent From Previous High in 2013 According to BizBuySell.com Report

BizBuySell.com's Fourth Quarter 2014 Insight Report shows transactions continue to increase thanks to improving small business financials, retiring Baby Boomers; Seller confidence leading to higher asking and sale prices in fourth quarter.

San Francisco, CA - BizBuySell.com the Internet's largest business-for-sale marketplace, reported today that small business transactions reached record levels in 2014 as brokers reported the highest number of businesses changing hands since BizBuySell started tracking data in 2007. The full results are included in BizBuySell.com's 2014 Insight Report, which aggregates statistics from business-for-sale transactions reported by participating business brokers nationwide.

A total of 7,494 closed transactions were reported in 2014, an increase of over six percent from the 7,056 transactions in 2013, which was the previous record. This marks the second straight year of such strong activity after several slow years during and immediately following the recession. On average, 2013 and 2014 transaction totals are up 55 percent over the recession and recovery period from 2010 through 2012.

2014 Q4 Closed Small Business Transactions

The increasing volume of small businesses changing hands can be attributed to a number of factors. In BizBuySell's December survey of business brokers, respondents cited an increase in the number of qualified buyers in the market as the top driver of growth. The second most common response was the general improvement of the small business environment. At the same time, retiring Baby Boomers account for many of the new sellers in the market. In the same survey, more than 78 percent of business brokers attributed at least a quarter of their closed transactions to Baby Boomer sellers.

Insight Report data supports the belief that small businesses are performing at a higher level. The median revenue of small businesses sold grew from $405,905 to $417,562 in 2014, and the median cash flow rose from $97,000 to $100,000.

2014 Q4 Key Financials of Sold Small Businesses

Improving financials gave sellers more leverage during the sales process, leading to a slight uptick in median sales price as well, from $180,000 in 2013 to $185,000 in 2014. Financial multiples grew modestly as the average revenue multiple rose from 0.59 to 0.61 and the average cash flow multiple moved from 2.21 to 2.24. This indicates that while sellers are getting slightly higher returns out of their businesses, buyers continue to receive good value on their purchases.

"It was great to see the transaction surge from 2013 carry over and even swell in 2014," Bob House, Group GM of BizBuySell.com and BizQuest.com, said. "Small businesses continue to grow healthier, giving sellers confidence that they can receive a good exit price and buyers optimism that they are receiving a sustainable business. The result is a market with many successful transactions for both sides."

Fourth Quarter Continues Growth Trend; Financials Reach All-Time Highs

In addition to the annual data, BizBuySell's Insight Report also revealed a strong fourth quarter to end the year. The 1,848 closed transactions in Q4 2014 represent a 12 percent increase from the same period in 2013. Q4 2014 also marked the third consecutive quarter of increased median revenue, topping out at $445,146; the median cash flow hit $103,829. Both financial indicators are at their highest point since BizBuySell started tracking the data in 2007.

These improved financial numbers are allowing sellers to both ask for and receive more money for their businesses. The median asking price for a small business grew to $224,990 in Q4 2014 after sitting around the $200,000 mark for much of 2013 and early 2014. Asking for more money appears to pay off as the Q4 median sale price stands at $200,000, a strong increase from both Q4 of 2013 ($175,00) and Q3 of 2014 ($189,000).

2014 Q4 Small Business Sale Price vs Asking Price

"While 2014 in its entirety was a big year, it's a good economic indicator that Q4 ended so well," House added. "The record-high financials are a particularly strong positive for the business-for-sale market and small businesses overall."

Data Points to Continued Growth in 2015

Even with all the transaction activity occurring in 2013 and 2014, there still appears to be strong supply and demand in the pipeline for 2015. As the economy continues to strengthen, small business financials are likely to keep improving, and sellers will be more confident that they can successfully exit their businesses.

Brokers in BizBuySell's survey agree as 82 percent expect transaction activity to increase in 2015 and more than 45 percent believe final sales prices will rise in 2015 compared to just 12 percent who believe they will decrease. And while Baby Boomers were active in 2014, brokers are confident they will remain a driver of supply. Seventy-eight percent of brokers said they expect a larger number of Baby Boomers to exit their businesses in 2015 than did in 2014.

"The number of small business listings on BizBuySell.com and BizQuest.com continue to grow as more owners begin the process of selling," House said. "While the peak of this activity is unknown, all the fundamentals signal another strong market in 2015."

APPENDIX: Additional Statistics from Small Business Listings and Transactions Reported to BizBuySell

2014 Q4 Small Business Sale Price Multiples

2014 Q4 Small Business Sales by Sector

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Small Business Listing Metrics by Geography for Fourth Quarter, 2014

Key metrics from businesses listed for sale on BizBuySell.com by market for Q4 2014

BizBuySell.com
Time Period:
Q4 2014
 
Source:
BizBuySell.com
Market # of Businesses Listed Median Asking Price Median Revenue Median Cash Flow Asking Price to Revenue (average) Asking Price to Cash Flow (average)
Albany-Schenectady-Troy, NY 102 $289,000 $595,000 $131,830 0.77 2.89
Albuquerque, NM 53 $329,000 $369,000 $95,531 0.85 3.37
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 548 $250,000 $478,701 $107,252 0.87 3.42
Austin-Round Rock, TX 195 $250,000 $398,000 $109,700 0.85 2.98
Baltimore-Towson, MD 233 $299,000 $550,000 $120,000 0.72 2.97
Birmingham-Hoover, AL 68 $300,000 $533,518 $114,777 0.81 3.35
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA-NH 470 $219,000 $445,125 $114,690 0.62 2.50
Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT 160 $194,500 $420,700 $103,820 0.58 2.47
Buffalo-Niagara Falls, NY 39 $190,000 $396,823 $95,000 0.67 3.48
Charlotte-Gastonia-Concord, NC-SC 193 $250,000 $500,000 $105,229 0.65 2.93
Chicago-Naperville-Joliet, IL-IN-WI 656 $259,000 $519,100 $118,039 0.77 3.08
Cincinnati-Middletown, OH-KY-IN 118 $219,900 $522,000 $92,500 0.66 3.06
Cleveland-Elyria-Mentor, OH 85 $236,000 $427,747 $95,900 0.64 2.77
Columbus, OH 194 $175,000 $451,329 $89,650 0.60 2.77
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 899 $239,000 $417,620 $100,000 0.90 3.42
Dayton, OH 66 $299,500 $646,480 $129,359 0.72 2.92
Denver-Aurora, CO 348 $250,000 $424,500 $102,274 0.73 3.09
Detroit-Warren-Livonia, MI 131 $240,000 $420,000 $99,483 0.88 3.46
Durham, NC 18 $174,875 $480,000 $90,830 0.59 2.58
Fresno, CA 23 $249,000 $390,000 $96,299 0.91 4.96
Greensboro-High Point, NC 52 $214,500 $485,000 $107,262 0.68 2.85
Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT 176 $210,000 $480,549 $89,740 0.56 2.73
Honolulu, HI 34 $295,000 $350,000 $94,500 0.83 3.56
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 469 $259,000 $450,000 $113,000 0.78 2.99
Indianapolis-Carmel, IN 95 $219,000 $524,000 $82,973 0.57 2.77
Jacksonville, FL 382 $199,450 $393,381 $96,637 0.73 2.91
Kansas City, MO-KS 199 $350,000 $509,560 $135,000 0.82 2.88
Las Vegas-Paradise, NV 316 $187,000 $372,500 $90,042 0.71 2.43
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana, CA 2,068 $200,000 $425,065 $96,000 0.70 2.77
Louisville-Jefferson County, KY-IN 73 $290,000 $443,643 $100,752 0.84 3.29
Memphis, TN-MS-AR 62 $257,500 $501,646 $126,946 0.67 2.88
Miami-Fort Lauderdale-Miami Beach, FL 1,512 $225,000 $371,685 $101,573 0.84 2.88
Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI 63 $400,000 $670,000 $147,000 0.80 3.54
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 356 $225,000 $448,600 $85,000 0.81 3.30
Nashville-Davidson--Murfreesboro, TN 271 $183,768 $370,000 $83,637 0.74 2.79
New Haven-Milford, CT 149 $224,000 $434,000 $110,700 0.65 2.90
New Orleans-Metairie-Kenner, LA 138 $179,400 $289,000 $76,500 1.14 3.84
New York-Northern New Jersey-Long Island, NY-NJ-PA 4,716 $280,000 $533,032 $125,786 0.69 2.67
Oklahoma City, OK 85 $325,000 $600,000 $100,000 0.63 3.37
Orlando-Kissimmee, FL 688 $175,000 $365,234 $89,427 0.73 2.71
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 795 $295,000 $502,000 $118,700 0.80 3.07
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 1,302 $165,000 $342,000 $75,000 0.66 2.53
Pittsburgh, PA 82 $299,000 $510,450 $117,355 0.69 2.83
Portland-Vancouver-Beaverton, OR-WA 147 $210,000 $403,605 $90,813 0.70 3.22
Providence-New Bedford-Fall River, RI-MA 146 $244,500 $431,967 $100,000 0.71 3.12
Raleigh-Cary, NC 125 $200,000 $420,000 $101,000 0.68 2.77
Richmond, VA 118 $179,950 $484,648 $80,000 0.72 3.04
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 422 $199,500 $400,000 $100,000 0.72 2.75
Rochester, NY 82 $250,000 $437,991 $92,987 0.86 3.24
Sacramento--Arden-Arcade--Roseville, CA 220 $199,250 $393,000 $86,990 0.68 2.68
Salt Lake City, UT 115 $250,000 $350,000 $100,637 0.78 2.95
San Antonio, TX 174 $232,500 $496,000 $97,841 0.83 3.32
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA 358 $169,750 $300,000 $80,000 0.79 2.78
San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont, CA 306 $250,000 $483,089 $106,613 0.87 3.00
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 137 $249,000 $450,000 $112,000 0.68 3.07
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA 181 $200,000 $450,000 $100,000 0.65 2.81
St. Louis, MO-IL 206 $225,000 $437,380 $73,670 0.69 3.90
Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL 792 $175,000 $349,500 $85,000 0.73 2.65
Tucson, AZ 105 $195,000 $397,288 $90,750 0.73 2.83
Tulsa, OK 59 $300,000 $477,964 $107,000 0.72 3.22
Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC 137 $190,000 $400,000 $75,721 0.65 2.95
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 592 $239,000 $466,500 $104,366 0.64 2.69
Wichita, KS 26 $300,000 $440,000 $100,000 0.89 3.35
Winston-Salem, NC 18 $261,000 $521,500 $99,491 0.57 2.64
Orange County, CA 567 $185,000 $360,000 $86,200 0.66 2.64
Contra Costa-Alameda-Solano, CA 175 $230,000 $464,000 $103,883 0.75 2.89
New Jersey 1,778 $269,500 $446,400 $108,227 0.79 2.92

Source: Small business transactions reported on BizBuySell.com during the fourth quarter of 2014

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Closed Small Business Transaction Metrics by Geographic Market for the Full-Year 2014

Key metrics from transactions reported on BizBuySell.com by market during 2014

BizBuySell.com
Time Period:
2014
 
Source:
BizBuySell.com
Market # of Reported Sales Median Asking Price Median Sale Price Sales to Asking Price (average) Median Revenue Median Cash Flow Revenue Multiple (average) Cash Flow Multiple (average)
Albany-Schenectady-Troy, NY 9 $399,000 $399,000 0.96 $1,045,801 $147,203 0.47 2.26
Albuquerque, NM 5 $496,000 $447,500 0.91 $1,017,576 $201,140 0.63 2.43
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 197 $277,500 $256,000 0.91 $533,635 $121,444 0.65 2.47
Austin-Round Rock, TX 65 $154,100 $137,500 0.93 $323,838 $107,582 0.63 2.09
Baltimore-Towson, MD 86 $274,500 $244,200 0.87 $600,000 $101,216 0.51 2.32
Birmingham-Hoover, AL 14 $320,000 $307,500 0.89 $373,176 $72,561 0.61 3.29
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA-NH 229 $198,000 $175,000 0.89 $442,459 $115,000 0.50 2.09
Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT 29 $230,000 $230,000 0.95 $487,500 $126,400 0.60 1.98
Buffalo-Niagara Falls, NY 11 $267,450 $250,000 0.94 $522,500 $98,000 0.62 3.43
Charlotte-Gastonia-Concord, NC-SC 67 $255,500 $231,250 0.94 $496,040 $120,235 0.63 2.53
Chicago-Naperville-Joliet, IL-IN-WI 226 $179,000 $150,000 0.85 $436,000 $83,623 0.49 2.26
Cincinnati-Middletown, OH-KY-IN 20 $197,000 $180,000 0.92 $545,168 $88,632 0.51 2.21
Cleveland-Elyria-Mentor, OH 20 $350,000 $300,000 0.86 $450,000 $129,000 0.60 2.86
Columbus, OH 45 $132,450 $116,500 0.78 $286,778 $72,120 0.48 2.02
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 196 $225,000 $225,000 0.92 $419,000 $110,000 0.67 2.39
Dayton, OH 11 $420,492 $360,000 0.83 $701,000 $194,275 0.80 2.67
Denver-Aurora, CO 134 $225,000 $225,000 0.94 $550,000 $104,000 0.57 2.14
Detroit-Warren-Livonia, MI 83 $225,000 $200,000 0.90 $382,908 $89,385 0.65 2.52
Durham, NC 6 $69,995 $60,000 0.80 $376,174 $54,000 0.55 1.72
Fresno, CA 6              
Greensboro-High Point, NC 13 $304,000 $256,750 0.84 $934,000 $150,803 0.68 2.58
Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT 41 $199,000 $199,000 0.93 $350,000 $74,400 0.49 2.05
Honolulu, HI 11 $250,000 $280,000 0.95 $416,894 $153,603 0.71 2.31
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 131 $207,000 $187,500 0.93 $379,424 $89,188 0.60 2.24
Indianapolis-Carmel, IN 53 $243,900 $217,000 0.89 $628,100 $107,994 0.42 2.17
Jacksonville, FL 33 $149,900 $146,500 0.90 $362,204 $107,226 0.54 2.16
Kansas City, MO-KS 36 $282,500 $275,000 0.95 $533,000 $113,500 0.60 2.23
Las Vegas-Paradise, NV 56 $150,000 $122,500 0.90 $314,623 $76,326 0.49 1.72
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana, CA 717 $199,000 $189,000 0.95 $420,000 $90,307 0.64 2.45
Louisville-Jefferson County, KY-IN 20 $207,000 $167,500 0.88 $437,500 $83,500 0.59 2.66
Memphis, TN-MS-AR 28 $255,000 $215,000 0.84 $690,500 $136,528 0.51 2.24
Miami-Fort Lauderdale-Miami Beach, FL 300 $165,000 $150,000 0.89 $320,249 $96,338 0.61 2.04
Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI 24 $225,000 $159,250 0.84 $489,580 $87,741 0.41 2.21
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 31 $225,000 $175,000 0.90 $453,346 $80,000 0.55 2.51
Nashville-Davidson--Murfreesboro, TN 94 $237,000 $192,500 0.87 $417,791 $100,000 0.52 2.23
New Haven-Milford, CT 20 $203,500 $135,000 0.83 $463,441 $95,350 0.53 2.01
New Orleans-Metairie-Kenner, LA 10 $275,000 $186,010 0.94 $760,000 $100,000 0.37 2.83
New York-Northern New Jersey-Long Island, NY-NJ-PA 455 $222,000 $200,000 0.92 $416,000 $120,000 0.68 2.13
Oklahoma City, OK 17 $417,500 $360,000 0.87 $614,821 $132,001 0.62 2.16
Orlando-Kissimmee, FL 194 $165,000 $144,500 0.89 $306,095 $83,196 0.56 1.81
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 185 $252,500 $238,125 0.92 $505,000 $114,025 0.65 2.34
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 195 $185,000 $157,500 0.91 $378,332 $97,064 0.61 2.01
Pittsburgh, PA 18 $437,500 $413,500 0.92 $511,104 $143,037 0.69 2.88
Portland-Vancouver-Beaverton, OR-WA 66 $200,000 $200,000 0.91 $470,670 $84,046 0.64 2.54
Providence-New Bedford-Fall River, RI-MA 32 $350,000 $250,000 0.88 $696,000 $129,228 0.88 2.70
Raleigh-Cary, NC 52 $260,000 $225,000 0.90 $376,470 $125,280 0.66 2.18
Richmond, VA 26 $212,500 $177,500 0.92 $487,500 $98,500 0.39 2.09
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 97 $182,250 $160,000 0.93 $400,153 $83,000 0.61 2.15
Rochester, NY 4 $189,000 $175,000 0.86 $211,000 $101,000 0.83 1.55
Sacramento--Arden-Arcade--Roseville, CA 40 $176,500 $190,000 0.97 $272,700 $67,225 0.87 2.56
Salt Lake City, UT 53 $200,000 $183,750 0.90 $366,341 $103,920 0.61 2.28
San Antonio, TX 50 $148,000 $120,000 0.89 $415,999 $77,000 0.61 2.05
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA 164 $175,000 $165,000 0.94 $300,000 $81,548 0.79 2.17
San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont, CA 86 $198,000 $180,000 0.91 $229,775 $100,426 0.91 2.08
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 33 $149,000 $130,000 0.95 $354,664 $81,109 0.60 2.35
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA 89 $325,000 $300,000 0.90 $673,852 $143,588 0.52 2.58
St. Louis, MO-IL 23 $133,500 $132,900 0.89 $280,000 $100,154 0.30 1.65
Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL 245 $139,000 $120,000 0.91 $311,973 $83,090 0.55 1.85
Tucson, AZ 23 $127,500 $115,750 0.89 $352,993 $73,690 0.46 1.98
Tulsa, OK 13 $340,000 $227,500 0.83 $432,622 $151,250 0.60 2.23
Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC 40 $189,000 $173,500 0.86 $471,714 $81,923 0.53 2.45
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 161 $216,163 $179,400 0.86 $477,500 $103,500 0.45 1.95
Wichita, KS 7 $235,000 $200,000 0.88 $230,000 $108,000 1.11 3.55
Winston-Salem, NC 7 $435,000 $447,500 0.98 $1,887,000 $153,000 0.46 3.36
Orange County, CA 222 $160,000 $150,000 0.94 $363,000 $82,800 0.58 2.21
Contra Costa-Alameda-Solano, CA 30 $191,500 $182,500 0.93 $576,216 $114,500 0.70 2.09
New Jersey 196 $236,900 $223,500 0.93 $480,650 $120,000 0.60 2.26

Source: Small business transactions reported on BizBuySell.com during 2014

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Closed Small Business Transaction Metrics by Sector for the Full-Year 2014

Key metrics from transactions reported on BizBuySell.com by sector during 2014

BizBuySell.com
Time Period:
2014
 
Source:
BizBuySell.com
Sector Sub-Sector Number of Reported Sales Median Sales Price Median Asking Price Sales to Asking Price (average) Median Revenue Revenue Multiple (average) Median Cash Flow Cash Flow Multiple (average)
Agriculture Agriculture 6 $1,687,500 $1,900,000 0.88 $3,567,833 0.55 $776,817 2.26
Communications Communications 10 $221,000 $285,000 0.94 $336,204 0.55 $122,056 2.23
Construction Construction-Building 15 $237,500 $264,500 0.96 $748,526 0.49 $136,876 2.10
Construction-Heavy 4 $920,000 $950,000 0.73 $738,215 1.09 $320,000 3.09
Construction-Special Trades 94 $425,000 $450,000 0.90 $813,000 0.50 $200,000 2.32
Electric, Gas, Water, Sanitary Svcs Electric, Gas, Water, Sanitary Svcs 7 $250,000 $275,000 0.91 $530,000 0.82 $160,000 2.58
Internet Business Services (B2B) 58 $237,000 $249,500 0.92 $248,056 1.25 $90,627 2.50
Consumer Services (B2C) 94 $137,000 $150,000 0.90 $225,528 0.91 $68,422 2.09
Domain Name/Basic Site 4 $120,000 $120,000 0.68 $308,294 0.69 $89,786 1.25
General Internet 42 $124,900 $135,000 0.97 $128,177 1.34 $61,298 2.23
Software 27 $175,000 $210,000 0.89 $110,564 1.61 $85,776 2.53
Web Design/Tech Services 10 $298,800 $298,800 0.94 $381,600 0.79 $138,000 2.15
Manufacturing Apparel & finished fabrics 14 $275,000 $595,000 0.83 $605,000 0.49 $100,000 2.37
Chemicals & Allied Products 8 $900,000 $925,000 0.87 $1,511,783 0.57 $240,500 3.16
Electronic & Electrical Equip. 10 $665,000 $1,008,750 0.78 $1,169,000 0.67 $375,000 2.37
Fabricated Metal Products 60 $750,000 $1,000,000 0.88 $1,200,000 0.71 $333,000 2.81
Food and Kindred Products 26 $286,000 $295,000 0.88 $400,000 0.79 $90,000 2.86
Furniture and Fixtures 17 $450,000 $575,000 0.88 $1,100,000 0.44 $186,293 2.79
Industrial & Comm. Machinery 10 $480,000 $495,000 0.98 $900,000 0.81 $271,000 3.62
Lumber and Wood Products 11 $400,000 $450,000 0.94 $1,073,146 0.49 $208,332 2.51
Measuring & Analyzing Instr. 3 $606,250 $659,500 0.91 $808,201 1.05 $194,445 3.14
Miscellaneous 45 $424,995 $449,995 0.92 $751,327 0.78 $187,500 2.67
Paper & Allied Products 3 $70,000 $79,000 0.93 $111,434 0.79 $42,011 2.49
Primary Metal Industries 11 $1,127,500 $1,242,000 0.89 $1,625,000 0.69 $340,406 3.11
Printing, Publishing 45 $220,000 $225,000 0.89 $364,000 0.58 $93,122 2.10
Rubber and Plastic Products 11 $720,000 $850,000 0.93 $581,000 0.83 $172,200 3.46
Stone, Clay, Glass, Concrete 8 $316,000 $325,000 1.28 $922,658 0.45 $138,994 2.56
Textile Mill Products 2 $850,000 $850,000 1.00 $1,642,547 0.52 $177,875 4.78
Tobacco Products 2 $77,500 $87,500 0.88 $498,023 0.29 $75,728 1.33
Transportation Equipment 7 $1,692,500 $1,725,000 0.92 $2,035,820 0.70 $258,450 4.80
Retail Restaurants 1546 $150,000 $169,000 0.89 $480,000 0.39 $94,070 1.96
Apparel and Accessory Stores 73 $195,000 $199,500 0.91 $440,000 0.47 $88,826 2.13
Automotive Dealers 37 $500,000 $495,000 0.99 $2,100,000 0.37 $200,000 3.02
Bars/Taverns 268 $225,000 $250,000 0.88 $588,000 0.48 $100,000 2.41
Blding Mat., Hardware, Garden 26 $209,000 $212,500 0.94 $468,581 0.64 $99,902 2.45
Convenience Stores 266 $140,000 $150,000 0.89 $540,000 0.36 $94,000 2.07
Florists 38 $100,000 $144,000 0.87 $334,598 0.37 $65,320 1.78
Gasoline Service Stations 263 $240,000 $249,000 0.92 $751,800 0.47 $134,497 2.74
General Merchandise Stores 34 $98,000 $100,000 0.90 $464,854 0.35 $73,500 1.84
Home Furniture & Furnishings 30 $225,000 $275,000 0.84 $600,000 0.38 $120,000 2.64
Liquor Stores 282 $300,000 $342,500 0.93 $765,000 0.50 $120,000 2.96
Marine Dealers & Equipment 9 $540,000 $500,000 0.95 $352,382 1.27 $95,893 4.49
Miscellaneous Retail 245 $165,000 $199,000 0.88 $377,367 0.48 $86,882 2.02
Other Eating & Drinking Places 285 $125,000 $149,900 0.88 $315,000 0.43 $72,000 1.90
Other Food Stores 64 $118,800 $130,000 0.92 $300,000 0.54 $76,000 1.99
Pet Shops & Supplies 15 $161,000 $199,999 0.96 $340,000 0.64 $70,000 2.44
Supermarkets 49 $395,000 $399,000 0.97 $820,000 0.69 $150,000 3.57
Vending Machines 84 $115,000 $125,000 0.91 $329,992 0.62 $60,661 2.02
Service Agents & Brokers 34 $118,800 $125,000 0.88 $126,000 1.15 $51,200 2.41
Amusement & Recreation 58 $190,000 $197,500 0.90 $297,312 0.80 $77,705 2.50
Auto Repair, Parts & Services 234 $265,000 $299,000 0.94 $621,000 0.66 $135,312 2.53
Beauty Salons, Barber Shops 227 $94,800 $99,000 0.91 $208,698 0.45 $64,311 1.75
Computer & Software Services 35 $265,000 $275,000 0.89 $396,273 0.80 $102,511 2.47
Drycleaning/Laundry Services 289 $175,000 $192,500 0.91 $204,000 0.91 $74,735 2.68
Educational Services 96 $160,250 $175,000 0.93 $348,854 0.70 $85,000 2.50
Engineering & Accounting Svcs 52 $195,000 $195,000 0.94 $304,000 0.88 $120,000 2.15
Finance, Banking, Loans, etc. 23 $386,750 $392,500 0.92 $441,500 1.06 $178,500 2.21
Freight, Moving/Delivery 104 $355,000 $389,999 0.92 $500,000 0.73 $144,000 2.56
Health, Medical & Dental 254 $280,000 $299,000 0.91 $497,988 0.70 $145,410 2.28
Hotels & Other Lodging Places 62 $187,500 $245,000 0.92 $272,954 1.43 $100,846 3.18
Landscaping & Yard Services 118 $142,500 $160,000 0.94 $206,279 0.65 $90,244 1.67
Legal Services 8 $175,000 $175,000 0.90 $143,375 1.03 $99,865 1.99
Marine Repair, Parts & Services 8 $325,000 $399,000 0.85 $485,653 0.80 $168,585 2.03
Membership Organizations 6 $125,000 $150,000 0.80 $182,000 0.65 $45,596 2.92
Miscellaneous Repair Services 61 $210,000 $225,000 0.89 $495,000 0.54 $121,000 2.13
Miscellaneous Services 273 $175,000 $197,000 0.91 $322,213 0.70 $103,583 2.08
Motion Pictures 2 $280,000 $350,000 0.80 $650,000 0.43 $150,000 1.87
Museums, Art Galleries, Zoos 6 $85,000 $99,000 0.86 $180,000 0.47 $47,000 1.71
Other Business Services 347 $250,000 $272,500 0.94 $444,651 0.68 $116,654 2.44
Other Personal Services 209 $72,000 $72,000 0.96 $105,400 0.70 $73,000 1.38
Other Travel & Transportation 24 $375,000 $425,000 0.96 $598,000 0.70 $200,000 2.36
Passenger Transportation 21 $275,000 $275,000 0.96 $363,000 0.86 $125,050 2.37
Pet Care & Grooming 44 $172,500 $193,500 0.91 $350,000 0.81 $101,542 2.35
Social Services 4 $290,000 $300,000 0.97 $177,551 1.63 $41,345 7.01
Storage & Warehousing 10 $2,662,500 $2,775,000 0.91 $1,050,583 2.28 $380,443 6.32
Travel Agencies 6 $162,500 $165,000 0.94 $251,606 0.77 $77,627 2.07
Wholesale Durable Goods 60 $420,000 $463,650 0.92 $1,072,000 0.61 $183,290 2.73
Nondurable Goods 91 $135,000 $143,000 0.92 $403,312 0.49 $70,737 2.20
Other Non-classifiable Establishments 6 $500,000 $650,000 0.91 $649,792 1.54 $90,000 3.58

Source: Small business transactions reported on BizBuySell.com during 2014

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