BizBuySell in the News

December 11, 2012

Yahoo Finance

4 Things to Do Before You Sell Your Business

Sales of small businesses rose in 2012, and business brokers expect more sales next year, according to recent survey data released by online business marketplace BizBuySell. The increased number of sales this year has reportedly been driven by concerns over the looming fiscal cliff and the cost implications of a returning Obama administration.

December 6, 2012

Wall Street Journal

Small Business Must-Reads - Thursday, Dec. 6

Brokers in the United States are seeing more buyers and sellers in the business-for-sale market, but list national debt and the potential fiscal cliff as the biggest factors compromising economic recovery.

December 6, 2012


A Fix-and-Flip Business-Buying Checklist

One alternative to starting a business from scratch is to buy an existing business and turn it around -- a method that may help you redefine your own thoughts of what a "startup" could be.

December 5, 2012

Business News Daily

Brokers Predict Steady Business Sales in 2013

After a year that saw the market for buying and selling businesses improve, brokers are predicting even bigger gains in 2013, a new study finds.

December 3, 2012

Fox Business

Small Business Sales On The Rise. What Is Driving Recent Sales And Buyer Activity? Group General Manager Mike Handelsman on the rise in sales of small businesses.

November 14, 2012

Demystifying Small Business Valuation

A successful small business sale begins with a solid grasp of business valuation. Here's what you need to know to set your company at the right price.

November 2, 2012

Business News Daily

10 Unique Businesses For Sale Right Now

Not every great business idea has to be your own. Sometimes it makes more sense to buy an established business get get off the ground running. Here are ten cool businesses for sale right on the web site right now.

November 1, 2012

Wall Street Journal

Looming Tax Hike Motivates Owners to Sell

A looming increase in the capital-gains tax rate next year is fueling sales of some privately-held businesses. Many business owners “mostly founders who could gain a lot from a sale “are looking to close deals before next year, when the maximum tax on investment income is scheduled to rise from 15% currently to at least 23.8% on most capital gains, at least for higher-income households. Many sellers intend to convert their equity into retirement funds or just start anew.

October 31, 2012

Huffington Post

Financing Experts Posted Advice Online for Buying and Selling a Business or Franchise

I attended a webinar a few weeks ago called "Best Practices in Buying and Selling a Business with a Focus on Financing." It explored the availability of transactional financing to buy or sell a small business., an online matchmaking site that pairs borrowers with lenders presented the webinar. Mike Rozman, BoeFly's co-president moderated the panel with expertise in buying and selling small businesses, financing, appraising and brokering existing franchises.

October 16, 2012

5 Steps to a Successful Seller Financing Deal

TWith today's tight lending restrictions, offering seller financing may be the key to selling your business and earning a big takeaway. Although the economy seems to be improving slightly, tight credit markets mean the days when you could simply get a large check and be done with the sale of your small business are long gone.

October 16, 2012

Business News Daily

Sales of Businesses on the Rise

The market for buying and selling small businesses is on the rebound, a new study finds. Research from, an online business-for-sale marketplace, shows that transactions in the last three months increased nearly 3 percent from the same period of 2011. In total, brokers reported 1,189 closed transactions between July and September.

October 10, 2012

The Street

3 Things You Should Know About Small Business: Oct. 10

What's happening in small business today? 1. Super-small-business owners favor Obama. Another day, another political poll about which presidential candidate is favored by small-business owners. Today's poll, released by SohoOS, a free online business-management tool for microbusiness owners and freelancers, says microbusiness owners (those with fewer than five employees or no employees at all) favor President Obama over Republican candidate Mitt Romney.

October 8, 2012

Yahoo News

Get started: Sellers getting more for business

People selling their businesses are getting more money for them, according to a new report. says that the median sale price of transactions that closed in the third quarter was $174,000. That's up from a median sale price of $150,000 in the same period last year. is a website where prospective buyers can search for businesses that are being sold.

September 13, 2012

Business News Daily

Biz Brokers Predict Credit Tightening for Rest of Year

Businesses in search of funding will have a difficult time finding it the rest of the year, new research suggests. A recent study found that most business brokers are pessimistic regarding the availability of financing in 2012. Nearly 70 percent believe access to funding has not improved since last year.

September 6, 2012

Yahoo News

Survey: More sellers finance sales of businesses

If you need financing to buy a small business, there's a good chance you'll have to get it from the seller. In a survey of 260 business brokers by, one-third said that nearly all sales of small businesses they saw included financing by the seller.

August 30, 2012

Wall Street Journal

Why Waiting to Sell Your Business Might Backfire

Millions of small-business owners may be delaying retirement to their late 60s or 70s and beyond, in hopes of riding out the sluggish economy and a slump in the sales value of small businesses.

August 30, 2012

Wall Street Journal

'The Economy Stole My Retirement'

Danny Sullivan dreams of gardening and spending time with his grandchildren, but that's just a fantasy. Retirement is out of his reach, at least for the foreseeable future.

August 15, 2012

Selling Your Business: Checklist for a Smooth Closing

When it is finally time to close a business sale, preparing a closing day to-do list and understanding what will happen will ease the transition. When it is finally time to close a business sale, preparing a closing day to-do list and understanding what will happen will ease the transition.

August 8, 2012


Owners Are Selling Businesses. Is the Economy Approving?

Small businesses are often used as a measuring stick for the U.S. economy. The more there area and the jobs they create the better the economic conditions.

August 8, 2012

Yahoo Finance

A Surprise Economic Indicator That's Looking Up

Small businesses are often used as a measuring stick for the U.S. economy. The more there are-and the jobs they create-the better the economic conditions.

August 4, 2012

Yahoo News

10 Dream Businesses You Can Buy Now

Want to start a business but don't want to start from scratch. No problem. There are thousands of businesses for sale right now. The best part is that most of them are established businesses with customers and a solid profit.

July 29, 2012

The Costco Connection

Closing the Deal: Eight essential steps for selling your business

When Tom Schramski was selling his small healthcare firm, he joshed that he required intensive psychotherapy to cope with the aftershocks. Such was the roller coaster of emotions he confronted during and after what is often a life-changing event.

July 20, 2012

CNN Money

Sell your startup for $1 million or more

You rarely make a fortune from running your own business. Most entrepreneurs take just enough out of profits to provide a livable income, plowing the rest back into the enterprise to keep it growing.

July 17, 2012

Wall Street Journal

Fewer Small Firms Changing Hands

The number of small businesses sold over the second quarter dropped for the first time in a year, even as owners lowered their asking prices, according to, an online small-business marketplace.

June 28, 2012

Huffington Post

Small Business Owners Looking to Sell in 2012

(Reuters) - Jim Angleton did not plan on selling his small financial services business this year, but when a foreign buyer approached with the right offer he went ahead without regrets.

June 26, 2012

Small Business Trends

Tony Calvacca, President of the New York Association of Business Brokers (NYABB) Announces Innovative Business for Sale Listing Integration with

MELVILLE, N.Y., June 25, 2012 /PRNewswire iReach/ It has been announced today that Tony Calvacca, CBI, president of the New York Association of Business Brokers (NYABB) will be unveiling the new Listing Referral system at the upcoming NYABB one day conference on June 27th in Tarrytown , NY.

May 30, 2012

How to Market Your Business For Sale

Balancing marketing plans while trying to keep a small business sale confidential can be tricky. Here's how to target potential buyers quickly and discreetly.

May 24, 2012

Business Insider

Is it Time to Sell Your Business or Buy a New One?

Have you delayed retirement because the recession was preventing you from getting a fair price for the business you worked so hard to build? Have you been contemplating buying another business, but couldn't find the financing? Small business owners in both of these situations have a lot to be hopeful about if BizBuySell's First Quarter 2012 Insight Report is any indication.

May 2, 2012


Business Owners Ready to Take the Money and Run

Small business owners who put off selling their businesses during a down economy are reconsidering in 2012.

April 16, 2012

Wall Street Journal

4 Monday Must-Reads

What apps do entrepreneurs love?: The Washington Post lists ten must-have tablet and smart-phone apps for entrepreneurs on the go.

April 14, 2012

Huffington Post

Are Boomer Entrepreneurs Preparing to Cash Out?

This could be another sign that the small business economy is recovering: Private company acquisitions on business-for-sale marketplace hit their highest levels in more than three years, according to data it recently released.

March 23, 2012


When business owners can't sell, jobs are lost

As many as 308,000 jobs were not created last year because business owners who wanted to sell their companies couldn't, according to research by BizBuySell. General manager Curtis Kroeker joins Alisa Parenti in Money, Markets and More.

March 21, 2012

What's Motivating You to Sell?

You've decided to sell your business. Taking the time to examine your choice and the factors that led to it will help you throughout the sale process.

March 7, 2012

The Wall Street Journal

More Owners Help Finance Sales of Their Firms

Throw the keys to the buyer, grab a check and hit the exit. That's the expectation of many owners selling their businesses. But it's also an increasingly rare scenario.

February 16, 2012


How Small Businesses Can Hurt the Economy

Few people have the perspective that business brokers do on just how close some small businesses can come to closing their doors. Transferring business ownership is a delicate process at best, whether the business is sold to a third party or handed off to the next generation. Success can easily be derailed by any number of variables, from financial realities to emotional perceptions.

February 6, 2012

Fox Business

Q&A: How Do I Market the Sale of My Business?

For 10 years, I've had a successful employee benefits insurance agency. Due to illness, I'm in the process of putting my agency on the market. Other than discussing it with my local networks and colleagues, how should I go about marketing the sale?

January 26, 2012

New York Times

Selling a Business on Facebook

An independent florist with a reputation for unusual arrangements, Bloom is a fixture in historic downtown Bentonville, Ark., an area whose rapid growth was recently accelerated by the opening of the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art.

January 18, 2012

Wall Street Journal

Sold! More Small Businesses Exchanged Hands Last Year

The small-business-for-sale marketplace picked up again last year, for the second year in a row, thanks in part to better business performance.

Sales of businesses with roughly $360,000 in annual revenue rose 3.3% in 2011, according to, a San Francisco-based online marketplace for small-business acquisitions. The median revenue for small businesses sold last year rose by 6.7%, its data show.

January 1, 2012

Business News Daily

30 Big Ideas, Trends and Predictions for 2012

What's in store for small business in 2012? We asked small-business owners nationwide to tell us what trends and big ideas they think will take center stage next year. Here's what they had to say:

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