Angel Investing or Buying A Business?

As the year 2013 draws to an end, the recent article by the Wall Street “What You Need To Know To Become An Angel Investor” (December 2, 2013) has caught our attention. “This question is particularly interesting as we consistently receive related questions by investors across all of our five ... [read more]

The Top 5 Mistakes In Selling A Business

Quite often, business owners attempt to sell their company “on their own” once they are ready to retire. However, the process of selling a business is fraught with unknowns that make it so difficult – often with far reaching negative impact. “There is no question that it appears tempting to... [read more]

Optimism On Main Street?

“The overall economic outlook is unexceptional, but Main Street is more confident about the future than it has been in years” concludes a recent Wall Street Journal Article [WSJ August 29, 2013]. These findings are supported by a WSJ/Vistage survey as well as a Wells Fargo/Gallup poll, which in... [read more]

Selling Your Business to Fund Retirement

Many business owners plan to use their current business as their future retirement account.  What we mean by that is that most of a business owner’s net worth is usually tied up in the business and when it comes time to actually retire, one simply coverts that business value to a retirement inco... [read more]

Business Seller’s Price Expectations

Very often, a business owner’s price expectation for the sale of a business is substantially “off the mark” – interestingly enough though, these misestimates occur in both directions – under and over! In less than 10% of all scenarios are the expectations consistent with what the Fair Mar... [read more]

Current Value of Your Business and Value Drivers

There are many reasons business owners need a business valuation.  Estate planning, partnership splits, refinancing, recapitalization or divorce are just a handful of scenarios where business valuations are needed.  Another tremendous and underutilized use of business valuations is a current snap... [read more]

Who Is The Right Buyer, Anyhow?

One interesting question we are consistently confronted with is “who will be the buyer for my company?” This question is even more relevant in light of a recent Wall Street Journal article describing the sale of a company to its employees by way of an ESOP. “There is no question that a sale o... [read more]

Middle Market Trends

As the “spring market” starts arriving in the North-East US, supported by an improving transaction market, we wanted to give our readers insight into a few current trends and research reports for “Main Street USA”. A recent study conducted by the IBBA (international Business Broker Associati... [read more]

“I don’t need a valuation. I KNOW what my company is worth.” = Big Trouble

Accountants and licensed CPA firms will be the first people to corroborate the assessment– that valuing a business is a specialized discipline that requires specific expertise. While accountants and professionals do play a key role in the gathering of necessary current financial information, they ... [read more]

Business Sellers Should Demand an Independent Valuation……Ahead Of Time

If a small business owner wants to sell a company now or sometime within the next five years, an independent business valuation is an essential first step.  If the time is now, then the appraisal serves as the basis for a potential deal structure.  Should a potential transaction be further down t... [read more]

Fiscal Cliff Resolved…Now What?

We’ve learned over the years that holidays are a time for many companies to take a step back and reflect. Many use this time to formulate new plans, budgets and human resource allocations for the upcoming year. “The same principles apply to us as an M&A and business brokerage firm,” says ... [read more]

Maximizing the Proceeds of a Business Sale: A Case Study

Last month, we discussed how the top line of a transaction (the sale price), isn’t the only thing a business seller should be focusing on.  Ultimately, minimizing the tax impact will maximize the proceeds of any business sale.  Many readers of our e-newsletter were intrigued by this idea— esp... [read more]

Making the Most of Uncertain Times

The election is over, but most business owners agree that the economic uncertainty they had hoped would vanish is still with us and will remain so for the foreseeable future.  So what are the implications for an owner who is interested in selling his or her business and retiring during the next 12... [read more]

Current Acquisitions Focus on Top Line Revenue Growth

Two recently published news reports are reflective of trends we have seen in the market, both of which highlight the focus on top line revenue growth and reduced hiring. First, a recent survey of business owners by the Wall Street Journal found that half of small business owners expect that the cou... [read more]

Learn Why NOW Could Be the Best Time to Sell

While many small business owners are biding their time waiting for the economy to spring back before selling, prime opportunities may be slipping away. At the kick off of a five-seminar fall series beginning on September 19th PEGG (Professional Economic Growth Group) Small Business Symposium – we... [read more]

Slow But Continued Growth

The summer months have always been somewhat slow in the business brokerage industry. Buyers and sellers prefer the “cool” environment of the beach and parks over the “hot“ transfer of businesses. “We  have had a significant number of business valuations performed in the second quarter an... [read more]