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December 29, 2017

It could be another record year for business mergers

Will U.S. set one or two records? The mergers-and-acquisition business should hit a record in 2017, at least in terms of the number of transactions. Deals through October, nationally, had already exceeded last year's total of 9,950 M&A transactions, according to Thomson Financial.

December 22, 2017

How a San Francisco Rum Aficionado Turned His Dreams into a Tiki Empire During an Economic Downturn

Martin Cate had experience in the tiki industry as a co-owner of Forbidden Island in the East Bay California town of Alameda. Fueled by a his lifelong passion for rum and vintage tiki bars, Cate decided to sell his Forbidden Island shares to his partners and search for a location to start his very own island-inspired watering hole.

December 19, 2017

Good mentors do more than just motivate, they help drive results and business growth

What do Steve Jobs, Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg have in common? In addition to being phenomenally successful tech entrepreneurs, they all relied on mentors to help grow their companies.

December 8, 2017

12 Questions to Ask When Selling a Business + Answers & Free Checklist

Selling a business can be a difficult process, which includes everything from preparation to valuation to closing the deal. Along the way, there are plenty of questions almost all business owners have. To help, we've answered the 12 most common questions you'll likely ask during the business sale process

December 8, 2017

Survey finds some firms are hiring by buying

The strength in the market for small and midsized businesses is being driven by companies' interest in finding talented workers. That's the finding of a third-quarter survey of 334 business sales brokers released Monday by Pepperdine University's Graziadio School of Business and Management and two industry groups, the International Business Brokers Association and the M&A source.

December 7, 2017

This may be the selling opportunity of a lifetime for business owners

Historic low interest rates during the past several years have not only been a catalyst for economic growth, they've also created enormous demand by private equity firms seeking to invest in a wide range of small businesses. In turn, these investments have created a "once-in-a-generation" opportunity

December 4, 2017

Get Started: Companies seeking workers drive business sales

The strength in the market for small and mid-sized businesses is being driven by companies' interest in finding talented workers. That's the finding of a third-quarter survey of 334 business sales brokers released Monday by Pepperdine University's Graziadio School of Business and Management and two industry groups, the International Business Brokers Association and the M&A source.

December 4, 2017

Avoid these financing mistakes that kill business valuations

Having a well-financed business that doesn't rely on bad sources of debt goes a long way to making a company attractive to buyers and ensuring that it fetches an attractive valuation. But, the choices that produce a good balance sheet don't happen overnight; it takes years of preparation to ensure the best possible sale years later.

December 3, 2017

Confidence Still High for Business Sales

Bizbuysell, the Internet's largest business-for-sale marketplace, released its 2017 Buyer-Seller Confidence Index, a national indicator of small business sentiment of the current business-for-sale environment. Owners Remain Confident They Can Get an Acceptable Price, But Just For Today.

December 1, 2017

The Succession Plan: An Often Overlooked Necessity

When asked the significance of a company succession plan, experts were united when they explained the absolute necessity of a good plan. "[Succession planning] may be the most important thing for a business and it is for sure the thing that is done less well," said Carl Rowe

November 30, 2017

Buying and Selling of Small Businesses Reaches All Time High, BizBuySell Says (INFOGRAPHIC)

According to the BizBuySell's Q4 2016 Insight Report, transactions of small businesses have climbed steadily, with 2016 hitting an all-time record high.

November 24, 2017

Revenue spikes, but small business sale prices stay flat - Atlanta Business Chronicle

The median revenue of small businesses sold in metro Atlanta spiked 50 percent in the third quarter, versus a year ago, according to new data from online business-for-sale marketplace

November 20, 2017

Confidence of Small Business Buyers and Sellers Drops in 2017

Market confidence among both buyers and sellers of businesses dropped slightly in 2017 compared to 2016, according to, the online business-for-sale marketplace. Its 2017 Seller Confidence Index dropped slightly from 59 last year to 58 this year while its 2017 Buyer index dropped more significantly, to 46 (in 2017) from 49 (in 2016).

November 15, 2017

Top Mistakes Small Biz Buyers Are Making in the Current Marketplace |

The current business-for-sale marketplace offers a smorgasbord of acquisition opportunities for buyers. But despite the brisk pace of activity, buyers continue to make several mistakes that can handicap their ability to achieve post-sale success.

November 7, 2017

Four Prerequisites Before Applying for a Business Acquisition Loan

Buying an existing business provides many advantages over starting a new one. The biggest advantage is that in taking over a business, the buyer inherits a customer base along with market knowledge, and records of revenues and operating expenses.

November 1, 2017

Scary Legal Myths, Getting Ready for the Holiday Rush, The Power of Collaboration and Other Things Entrepreneurs Need to Know

According to an annual survey from the National Retail Federation (NRF) and Prosper Insights & Analytics, Americans will spend a record $9.1 billion (up 8.3%) on costumes, candy and pumpkins this Halloween.

November 1, 2017

Business-for-sale marketplace on track to hit all-time high in 2017, according to - The Business Journals

In the third quarter, the marketplace saw 2,589 small business transactions, according to's Q3 2017 Insight report. This represents a 24 percent increase in transactions from Q3 2016 and continues a two-year trend of robust quarter-over-quarter market growth

October 30, 2017

Embracing Innovation to Sustain a Competitive Edge

Earlier this year, Ford ousted CEO Mark Fields because board members doubted his ability to lead the company through industry changes like ride hailing apps, self-driving vehicles and electric cars. Although C-suite turnover in large corporations isn't earth-shattering news, Fields' exit offers some important lessons for small business owners and sellers.

October 26, 2017

Report: Sales of L.A. Area Small Businesses Drop Slightly in Third Quarter | Los Angeles Business Journal

Los Angeles area small business sale transactions fell slightly during the third quarter, but the median sale price rose from the previous quarter, according to data from released Wednesday.

October 20, 2017

42 Percent of Small Business Owners Would Take Action Against Employee Political Activism

There's been plenty of debate on what is and what isn't allowed at work, specifically regarding politically motivated speech. President Donald Trump infamously said he supported NFL owners firing players who refused to stand for the national anthem prior to games. And it turns out, a lot of small businesses feel the same way.

October 16, 2017

2017 Could Be Record Year For Small Business Mergers, Acquisitions: Research

It could be a record year for small business transactions, based on a recent BizBuySell Insights Report. The latest anecdotal evidence: A healthy 2,589 small business were bought or sold in the 3Q 2017. The number of year-to-date transactions has reached 7,491, which puts 2017 on course to break the previous record for small business transactions set in 2016.

October 9, 2017

Why our retirement crisis could mean extinction for the family business

In the U.S., family businesses are as iconic as baseball or apple pie. Business consultants frequently extol the virtues of the family-owned enterprise, but sadly, the future of this American institution is in doubt thanks to a perfect storm of economic and demographic forces.

October 3, 2017

Tax reform stumbling block: Individuals vs. businesses

The biggest surprise in the Unified Tax Reform Framework released last week was the retreat over individual tax custs, according to Dustin Stamper, director in Grant Thornton's Washington National Tax Office.

September 25, 2017

Do You Have An Exit Strategy For Your Small Business?

Current data shows a positive outlook for small business owners. The NFIC small business hiring data shows that almost 30% of small businesses need to fill positions. Job creation is a sure sign that a business is doing well and that the owner feels optimistic about their business.

September 25, 2017

What Happens After You Sell Your Company? What These Founders Say May Surprise You

Selling a company is the entrepreneurial dream. With recent reports showing record numbers of small business owners exiting, I was curious about how entrepreneurs fare in the post-exit period. What they told me might surprise you.

September 18, 2017

5 ways small businesses can become more attractive to buyers

Entrepreneurs who have built businesses with years of blood and toil often find that selling to a good firm doesn't happen overnight. Indeed, it takes three to five years of careful preparation, including doing such things as maximizing cash flow and putting in place the next generation of leaders.

September 12, 2017

Cyberattacks -- Huge Risk for Small Businesses

Massive data breaches at huge companies get most of the attention--keeping corporate boards and affected consumers up at night--but hacking attacks on small businesses can also cause nightmares and put the local restaurant chain or mom and pop shop out of business.

September 1, 2017

Veterans Take Note-Small business sales in 2Q2017

Entrepreneurship For Transitioning Warriors, when a veteran considers buying a business there are many factors that must be understood. One of those is the changing market for businesses. Prices and values rise and fall just like with other commodities. It is important for veterans to understand these price and value changes. Factor the changes into the decision-making process of whether and when to buy an existing business rather than starting from scratch.

August 21, 2017

A tool for buyers and sellers of small businesses

There's a great online tool for those interested in buying or selling a small business., based in San Francisco, is the internet's largest business-for-sale marketplace. It offers an online marketing platform to list and, hopefully, to sell businesses. The site also features an extensive franchise directory as well as a business-valuation tool.

August 18, 2017

Inside The Deal To Buy San Francisco Landmark Fishermen's Grotto And Preserve Its Legacy

Building a business from scratch is tough, but taking over a popular institution can be even tougher. For Chris Henry, purchasing one of the oldest-run, family restaurants in San Francisco posed both a challenge and an opportunity to restore a historic building to its former Fishermen's Grotto glory.

August 16, 2017

As the boomer generation retires, their companies go up for sale

A major economic trend is unfolding with barely a ripple of attention: Boomer business owners are approaching retirement age and an army of these entrepreneurs are, or will be, putting their companies up for sale.

August 15, 2017

How To Value A Business: The Ultimate Guide to Business Valuation

A business valuation is a calculation of what a business could potentially sell for. It factors in the seller's discretionary earnings with a multiplier that varies by industry, both tangible and intangible assets, and the business's current liabilities. An accurate business valuation can be used to negotiate a favorable price during the sale of your business.

August 8, 2017

Cashing in: Record number of small businesses sold in 2Q

So say the latest numbers from BizBuySell, the online marketplace where owners sell restaurants, bars, dry cleaners and more. The number of small business transactions across the U.S. hit record levels in the second quarter with 2,534 closed transactions, according to the company's Q2 Insight Report.

August 3, 2017

Selling Your Business? How to Take Advantage of the Current Market

It has been a good year for business sales. According to broker data compiled by, there were 2,534 closed transactions through the first half of 2017, which represented a 31 percent increase in sales over the first half of 2016. Since July 2017, the report reads, nearly 5,000 businesses have been sold.

July 28, 2017

Boomer Entrepreneurs: Selling Their Businesses Without Selling Out

A major economic trend is unfolding with barely a ripple of attention: Boomer business owners are approaching retirement age and an army of these entrepreneurs are, or will be, putting their companies up for sale.

July 28, 2017

Advice for Buying a Restaurant and Selling a Restaurant

The latest report from BizBuySell shows that the count of business sales continues on pace to set records for restaurants sold and businesses sold this year. Their data shows 2,534 closed transactions occurred in the first half of the year a 31% increase over the same time last year. Twenty-two percent of those transactions were restaurants. If that pace continues, 2017 will easily surpass 2016 which was in itself, a record breaking year.

July 27, 2017

Maintaining Business Value When a Company Leader Leaves

Strong, charismatic business leaders inspire employees and customers. When such a leader leaves a small business, it can create a vacuum which can throw the entire operation into chaos and jeopardize the revenue streams the business depends on for growth and profitability.

July 19, 2017

Practical Steps to Buy a Profitable Online Business

As an online entrepreneur, you can start from scratch and build an online business from the ground up. Figure out your niche. Set up a website. Build an email list and market to it. Write blog posts and other content. Create products or promote affiliate products - or use the drop shipping model.

July 17, 2017

14 Things Small Business Owners Need to Know This Week

Dealing with "Bad" Customers, How to Get a Good Night's Sleep, The Growing Gig Economy and Other Things Entrepreneurs Need to Know

July 3, 2017

How Long Does it Take to Sell a Business

The first thing that business owners want to know when selling their business is how long it is going to take. They may have debts that need to be paid or a pending retirement that they want to get to right away. The truth is there's no simple answer to this question because there are a lot of variables involved. The hardest part is finding a buyer, which can go fast or slow depending on how the market is at the moment. But if you have a list of contacts who may become buyers, then you will speed up the sales process immensely.

June 29, 2017

6 Key Steps Small Business Owners Can Take to Ensure a Successful Business Acquisition

For many small business owners, one of the smartest growth strategies is through the acquisition of another business. Acquiring an additional business can offer increased capabilities, such as new niche products or technologies, a larger market share, cost cutting, and many other advantages.

June 29, 2017

Avoid These Financing Mistakes That Kill Business Valuations

Having a well-financed business that doesn't rely on bad sources of debt goes a long way to making a company attractive to buyers and ensuring that it fetches an attractive valuation. But, the choices that produce a good balance sheet don't happen overnight; it takes years of preparation to ensure the best possible sale years later.

June 22, 2017

How the Rise of Robots Will Affect Small Businesses

The robots are coming. It sounds like a line from a B-grade science fiction movie, but the rise of robots is a reality for businesses of all shapes and sizes. Automation technologies are making their way into the workplace and the ramifications for both employers and employees are huge.

June 21, 2017

Business owners are actually freaking out about the GOP health bill

As Senate Republicans on Capitol Hill write health-care legislation behind closed doors to replace the Affordable Care Act and prepare to send it to a vote , they are losing support from a key constituency: business owners across the United States.

June 15, 2017

Expert: What to look for in buying a small business

While it's the dream of many to open a small business, some get into small business and realize it isn't for them. Still others like the challenge of starting small businesses, but prefer to sell once the business is up and running. In either case, here's what you need to know before buying a small business.

June 2, 2017

Where to Sell a Business

Online Business for Sale Websites Reviewed. Searching the Internet to gather key facts on the many alternative online business for sale sites can take up much of your valuable time.

May 31, 2017

How to Protect Business Value in a Tricky Economy

If you're thinking about selling your company in the next few years, have you considered the impact that changing economic conditions could have on business value? Better yet, have you considered what you will do to protect the value of your business if key economic indicators go south?

May 22, 2017

What One Former Tennessee Liquor Store Owner Can Teach Business Owners About Selling At The Right Time

In 1992, Harriman, Tennessee's retail market was about to change drastically. For the first time, since its founding as a temperance town in 1889, it was allowing the sale of liquor. Laura Overstreet, a stay-at-home mom with a varied job history, decided to act on the opportunity.

May 22, 2017

Small-business sales off to a strong financial start in 2017

Small business transactions got off to an impressive start in the first quarter of 2017, building off of and surpassing last year's activity.

May 11, 2017 small business poll on health care and tax reform with Bob House

Bob House joins Jim Blasingame to report on the survey his firm conducted showing small business owners were very much interested in abolishing Obamacare and accomplishing tax reform.

May 7, 2017

Small-Business Owners Are Split on the Federal Minimum Wage Debate

The federal minimum wage of $7.25 per hour has stayed the same since 2009. But with the majority of states already enforcing minimums beyond that amount, there's a growing debate about whether the federal rate is overdue for an increase.

May 6, 2017

Why 60 percent of small-business owners want Obamacare repealed

Across America many small-business owners are cheering at the GOP win on repealing and replacing Obamacare. After years of debate, the House voted Thursday to repeal key parts of the Affordable Care Act and replace them with new provisions that change the way the federal government funds purchases of individual health plans and Medicaid.

May 4, 2017

3 Lessons Small Business Buyers Can Learn From Marcus Lemonis

Still struggling to decide whether that small business you have your eye on is a solid investment or a disaster in disguise? Then take a page from the playbook of CNBC's serial entrepreneur, Marcus Lemonis and start asking the right questions.

April 29, 2017

Learn How One Millennial Sold A Tiny, Niche Business For $1 Million-Plus

Dan Faggella, 29, grew his ecommerce business Science of Skill, to seven-figure revenue before he hired any employees, extending what he could do on his own through automation and hiring contractors.

April 27, 2017

Why Are So Many Quick-Serve Restaurants Being Sold?

From Panera to Checkers to Popeyes, the deals keep rolling in, and don't expect that to change anytime soon.

April 26, 2017

The Dodd-Frank Act Debate and How It Affects Small Business Owners

Shortly after taking office in January, President Trump signed an executive order cutting financial regulations, a first step at dismantling aspects of the Dodd-Frank Act. But what is Dodd-Frank? Is it hurting small business? Will dismantling it make a difference?

April 24, 2017

Get Started: Small business sales hit record in 1st quarter

Small businesses remain hot commodities, with first-quarter sales of companies reaching the highest point recorded by The internet marketplace tallied the number of transactions reported by business brokers nationwide.

April 11, 2017

2 Roadblocks to Successful Leadership Transitions

According to, more than 7,800 small businesses were sold in 2016. That's up by nearly 9 percent from 2015. Good news, right? Unfortunately for many, it isn't always as smooth as walking off with a big check.

April 9, 2017

Small-business owners say costs, regulations among needed ACA fixes

Small businesses in Michigan and insurance experts have ideas how Congress can fix the Affordable Care Act to lower premiums, reduce costly regulations and make the system work better for businesses under 100 employees.

April 3, 2017

Why Small Business Owners and Buyers Support Trump's Plans to Renegotiate Trade Deals

President Donald Trump is making good on his campaign promise to renegotiate trade deals. And, he has the strong support of both small business buyers and sellers.

March 27, 2017

More than Obamacare repeal, small businesses want Congress to rein in costs

LaRonda Hunter, a business owner in Fort Worth, Tex., views the Affordable Care Act as a literal job killer. Fearful of triggering the law's employer mandate, which requires businesses with 50 or more workers to offer health insurance or pay penalties, Ms. Hunter has held off on expanding her small chain of hair salons.

March 17, 2017

Burger King Owner: Small Biz Rooting for Trump, Ryan on Obamacare Replacement

Randy Bradley, owner of Burger Kings in Iowa and Missouri for the past 27 years, said he is rooting for the House Republicans proposal to replace Obamacare, especially the Trump-endorsed American Health Care Act's (AHCA) plan to eliminate Obamacare's employee mandate provision.

March 6, 2017

3 reasons 2016 was a good year to sell a business, and what it means for 2017

After consecutive months of steady growth, the BizBuySell Q4 2016 Insight report revealed a record 7,842 closed small-business transactions were reported in 2016, the highest yearly total of small- business sales since BizBuySell first started tracking data in 2007.

March 1, 2017

How Business Owners Can Maintain Profitability and Company Value with Rising Labor Costs

At the start of 2017, the minimum wage increased in 19 states across the country, and two more states plus the District of Columbia are scheduled to see wage hikes later this year. Rising labor costs are a fact of life for many small businesses, and a financial reality that can affect business value.

February 28, 2017

47 Percent of Small Business Owners Approve of Trump, Survey Says

It's only been a little over a month since Donald Trump was sworn in as President and a new survey by BizBuySell, one of the largest online business-for-sale marketplaces, reveals that almost half of the small business community approves the Trump presidency.

February 22, 2017

4 Tips for Selling Your Restaurant

The second half of 2016 was filled with change, from the election of Donald Trump to the injunction of the widely debated new overtime regulations, permeating the small business environment with uncertainty.

February 17, 2017

When a generation of business owners reaches retirement age

Small businesses - those with fewer than 500 employees - are the economic engine of America. There are 28 million small businesses in the United States with upwards of 555,000 in Washington state, according to the U.S. Small Business Administration.

February 5, 2017

Study Shows Why Many Business Owners Can't Sell When They Want To

To hear business owners tell it, a top goal of selling or transferring their business is to get the full value for it so they can fund retirement. Most also understand that a transition strategy is important for them and their business.

February 3, 2017

What Donald Trump's Cabinet Picks Mean for Small Businesses

Donald Trump has set a blistering pace during his first two weeks in office, making good on many of the promises that led to his Electoral College victory in November. Entrepreneurs and business owners are now turning their attention to the impact a Trump administration will have on small businesses and the economy in general.

January 19, 2017

A record number of small business owners are selling their companies

Exit?stage left! That's what a lot of business owners are saying - and doing. In fact, sales of small businesses reached record levels in 2016. A total of 7,842 closed transactions were reported this past year, the highest annual total of small business sales since online business for sale market place BizBuySell first started tracking data in 2007, according to the company's quarterly Insight Report published this week.

January 17, 2017

Get Started: Business sales are upbeat sign about economy

Sales of small businesses rose more than 8 percent last year, a sign of increasing confidence in the economy. That's the finding of a report by, an online marketplace for small companies.

January 11, 2017

Buying Your Way into Entrepreneurship

Many aspiring leaders take conventional routes to the top in business: They get on a C-suite track at a large company, climb the ladder to partnership at a consulting or investment firm, or launch their own start-up. But there is another career path that has become increasingly popular in recent years: buying and running an existing operation-or what we call acquisition entrepreneurship.

January 5, 2017

Selling a Small Business in 30 Days: How One Couple Sold Their Bakery For Six-Figures

When the recession hit in 2008, it specifically hurt small business owners, with many struggling just to keep their doors open. But for Daniel and Jenny Ramirez, it actually opened a door for a new career.

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