Small Businesses Slightly More Optimistic

Small businesses grew slightly more optimistic last month, though they are still climbing out of a funk brought on by a credit crunch and a severe recession. Index Inches Up The Index of Small Business Optimism, released Tuesday by the National Federation of Independent Business, rose 1.3 points to ... [read more]

Start-Ups Will Keep Struggling in 2010

The economic downturn has dimmed many entrepreneurs’ hopes of opening a small business, as sources of funding have dwindled or dried up completely. And while many hope 2010 will be better, the outlook continues to be bleak. The majority of entrepreneurs use personal savings or contributions from f... [read more]

EBITDA: the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly!

“EBITDA” is one of those terms that has received increased usage but usually for the wrong reason. This short article will define it and discuss how it can be useful but also misleading. EBITDA is an abbreviation for “earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization.” It is ca... [read more]

The Eight Biggest Mistakes….

Many people dream of owning a business. I was a teenager when I started my first business. Since then I have bought or started many businesses and helped others do the same. Here are some common mistakes I have witnessed or committed myself. Mistake #1 – Paying too much This results from the comb... [read more]

Find the Right Company

As briefly mentioned in our last newsletter, we have noticed a significant amount of “cash” sitting on the sidelines – buyers, who are ready to move due to the dissatisfactory investment returns obtained in this market. After all, what does a treasury bill really yield these days? We see this... [read more]

SBA Revises Good Will Caps

Effective with loan applications on or after October 1, 2009, the Small Business Administration revokes its position that acquisition financing is limited to buy-sells involving goodwill amounts up to $250,000. NO GOODWILL CAP EFFECTIVE OCTOBER 1, 2009 Specifically, the SBA changed the rules for fi... [read more]

Plumbing for Joy? Be Your Own Boss

By economic yardsticks, Roger the Plumber should be feeling pretty low. Roger Peugeot, owner of the 14-employee Overland Park, Kan., plumbing company that bears his name, is part of a sector hit hard by shrunken credit and slumping sales. He has been forced to reduce staff and is battling new compe... [read more]

What Is An Investor To Do Now?

What is the investor to do now? With record amounts of cash on the sidelines, debt yields at history lows and gold hitting new highs, many potential investors/business buyers are questioning where the economy will be heading from here and what is the best time to acquire a business. Whereas we woul... [read more]

Warning! Business Sellers Are Liars

“Business Seller Retiring – Priced to Move” While searching for an existing small business to buy, the novice entrepreneur will come across a few deals that seem almost too good to be true. There are times when a family situation or a dodgy medical condition may require a quick sale at a belo... [read more]

Springtime Fever?

ATLANTIC HIGHLANDS, NJ – April – As unlikely as it appears, spring does indeed increase transaction flow. Whereas one would think that numbers don’t lie and result in the same analysis throughout the year, it’s the springtime that gets the juices flowing. And similar to the real estate marke... [read more]

A Brilliant Time To Invest?

ATLANTIC HIGHLANDS, NJ – March -In July 1993, Tom Siebel launched Siebel Systems, which made software for managing corporate sales staffs. The U.S. economy was faltering, and the market for his product was new and untested. In other words, the timing couldn’t have been better. Also Online Peter ... [read more]

A Buy Side Uptick?

ATLANTIC HIGHLANDS, NJ – March – Being in the business of assisting business owners and buyers to match each other, we have noticed a significant ‘uptick’ in recent weeks on the buy side. Combining the effects of more readily available financing and few attractive alternate investment vehicl... [read more]

Buy/Sell Ideas for 2009

ATLANTIC HIGHLANDS, NJ. – February –We wanted to briefly get in touch with you with some perspectives for 2009 – from an organization that has lived through several economic cycles and challenges as we experience today. On the buy side, the infinite pursuit of determining the “best buying po... [read more]

The Importance of Due Diligence

ATLANTIC HIGHLANDS, NJ – October, 2008 – While buying a small business may seem to be an exciting venture, you need to do your homework when gathering information on the business. The ‘doing your homework’ process is known as conducting due diligence, meaning exercising care in a transaction... [read more]