Small Business Climate Change?

Traditionally, the summer months of July and August have been slow in the business brokerage industry. Buyers and sellers do not have their minds set on transferring businesses during the dog days of summer. “This year, however, has been quite different,” says Achim Neumann, President of A Neum... [read more]

Recession Offers Small Business Opportunities in Second Quarter

For the second quarter of 2011 it looks like Main Street and Wall Street will present two very different pictures. While large publicly traded companies are expected to report strong profits, small businesses across the country are still dealing with tight credit, nervous customers and increased co... [read more]

Rules of Thumb to Value a Business

Quite often, we are asked during presentations which ‘multiple’ is the right one with which to assess the value of a business. Without doubt, most business owners then volunteer that the EBITDA multiple (Earnings Before Interest, Tax, Depreciation, Amortization) is the best single criteria.  H... [read more]

Financial Aspects of Selling a Business

What are some of the financial aspects of running a business while selling it? Most owners know more about running a business than selling it, which can be a daunting task by any measure. A business transfer is complicated endeavor, and if not executed properly, runs the risk of losing substantial v... [read more]

Small Business Recovery Act Difficult to Quantify

The 2009 tax breaks President Barack Obama signed into law should have bolstered many small businesses. Instead two years later, there is still confusion, and according to many, underutilized opportunities. Most small businesses agree that the Recovery Act’s impact is difficult to quantify. While... [read more]

Mergers are back in style

In New Jersey mergers and acquisitions are on the upswing in 2010 and more deals are being completed as the economy shows stability. I was quoted in a recent NJ Biz article that discusses this trend. Below is an excerpt from the write-up. The complete article can be read here. Excerpt from NJ Biz a... [read more]

A Good Start Into 2010

We have seen a significant uptick in recent weeks in activities, from buy and sell side. This is most strongly reflected by a significant increase in buyer inquiries. However, the sell side, too, has shown more readiness and several business owners expressed their desire to sell. But whereas in the... [read more]

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]

Small-Business Myths Busted

So many aspiring entrepreneurs dream of the numerous rewards that await them when they finally break free of the shackles of the rat race and become their own boss. But many see only the gold at the end of the rainbow–and go into it with misconceptions about what’s it’s really like to own the... [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]

SBA Loan Development

The Small Business Administration ended its 2009 fiscal year on Wednesday, marking the close of a tumultuous year of lending initiatives to keep banks’ doors open. Despite the efforts to revive the credit market, the SBA approved less than 45,000 loans, down 36% compared to last year and 56% from ... [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]