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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]

New Small-Business Tax Proposal

On Monday, the White House announced several  small-business initiatives, including an extension of the permanent capital-gains tax relief for small company investors. The White House will also announce the creation of a new, private organization called Startup America, aimed at getting private co... [read more]

What Defines A Successful Entrepreneur?

Today, we would like to briefly touch upon a common question we are often confronted with by (mostly) first-time business buyers: what makes a successful entrepreneur – or more importantly, will I succeed in the business I am about to purchase? There is a significant number of articles, blogs and... [read more]

Excellent long-term client relationships

Historically and particularly in these tough economic times it is difficult and time-consuming to acquire new clients. It’s therefore critical to maintain excellent long-term client relationships with your existing clients. Generally the first year of a client relationship is the easiest to maint... [read more]

Business Expansion

The opportunity for a business owner to expand their business is both exciting and potentially risky.  When you are considering expansion, it generally means potential growth of the business which is a positive development. However, jumping into expansion without considering several key questions ... [read more]

Succession Planning – Do You Need it?

One of the most common questions I receive as a small business advisor is how to properly prepare your business for succession. Succession planning refers to planning to hand off your business to another party. Common reasons for succession planning can include a business sale, a business partner di... [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]

Confidentiality Agreements: Their Importance To Business Buyers And Sellers

If you are planning to buy a business in the near future, or sell one for that matter, then you are probably thinking about the price you may have to pay, scheduling business appraisers, collating legal documents, putting in an offer and so on. The list of things to do is indeed long. However, one ... [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]

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]

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]

Retailers Negotiate Rent Reductions

Retail chains are using the fine print in their leases to demand rent reductions, eking out critical savings and pressuring mall owners already struggling with vacancies…. …. Retailers that want to stay put are using the triggered clauses to negotiate multi-year rent reductions from their landl... [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]