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High Purchase Prices Tank Deals

The unfortunate truth is that approximately 50% of all small business sales transactions fall through. While failed transactions can happen for a variety of reasons, Peter Siegel, MBA (BizBen Founder & Lead Advisor) discusses the most common reason deals fall through; unrealistic asking prices.

Tips For Selling A Bakery

Bakeries service all occasions from weddings, birthdays, retirement, and a whole host of other special occasions. Many bakeries do a brisk retail business, but really make their money in catering. Joe Ranieri a Southern California Business Broker looks at the top tips when trying to sell a bakery.

Business Acquisition Financing With Equity Sharing

Most business acquisition financing strategies involve borrowing money to meet the purchase price. But an entirely different approach, equity sharing, is sometimes pursued if borrowed money is not wanted, or is not available to complete the purchase. Peter Siegel, MBA - BizBen.com covers this topic.

A Checklist For Business Buyers

The idea to have a buying a business checklist follows the adage that it's always useful to start with a plan when searching to buy a small business for sale. Peter Siegel, MBA Founder of BizBen.com and top advisor of the BizBen ProBuy Program suggests six items for all business buyers to utilize.

Buying A Second Restaurant Location

Start-up costs are typically so high to build a restaurant from scratch that many current owners prefer to look for an existing restaurant that isn't doing so well and customize it as their own - second location. Joe Ranieri gives tips to restaurant owners buying a second location to expand.

LOI VS Purchase Agreement Tim Cunha

In my opinion and experience, an LOI may very well be appropriate for lower middle market transactions of $5,000,000 or more; but, for deals less than that an Asset Purchase Agreement ("APA") with contingencies on the actions of the buyer (and seller) is much more efficient and effective.

When To Sell Your Business
When To Sell Your Business
Buying A Small Liquor Store Business

Buying a liquor store? First, ask yourself these three critical questions to find out if owning a liquor store is right for you. Questions like hands on vs absentee ownership, inventory turnover, licensing issues. Peter Siegel, MBA (BizBen ProBuy & ProSell Program Lead Advisor) explores this topic.

Buying A California Business

80% of all California business buyers never end up buying a business! Many factors contribute to this statistic, but by following the points below and utilizing the ProBuy Method of buying a business you should be successful in locating a business that interests you and completing the transaction!

Confidentiality Agreements

Owners should keep the fact that they want to sell their small business confidential. Before releasing information to prospective buyers, buyers should commit to confidentiality in writing & should understand why it is important. Peter Siegel, MBA a ProBuy and ProSell Advisor with BizBen explains.

Where Is The Value Of A Coin Laundry

The coin laundry is an all-cash, necessity of life service business. What could be better? Yet, understanding how the business justifies such a high purchase price is baffling. In fact, many times the value is so misunderstood that it results in investors over-paying. Sometimes grossly over-paying.

Valuing And Selling Your Preschool

There are several things to consider when placing a value on a preschool. Businesses that are regarded as leading preschools in their area can go for premium prices so know what you have so a potential buyer can't take advantage of your lack of knowledge. Peter Siegel with BizBen.com explains.

Earnest Money For A Down Payment

Peter Siegel, MBA - BizBen Founder & Director of the ProBuy/ProSell Programs explores why earnest money deposits when opening escrow (and bulk sale) serve several important purposes when buying or selling a small business in California. For Buyers not offering a realistic deposit may be a problem.

Why Deals Fail Blog Post
Why Deals Fail Blog Post
Cash Flow Is Important To Business Financing

Demonstrating sufficient cash flow to cover a business acquisition loan is key to getting a lender's approval. But buyer must be knowledgeable. Support a business acquisition loan with the target company's cash flow. And know how to determine the actual cash flow amount. Peter Siegel, MBA explains.

ABC Licenses - Liquor Licenses In Califonria

A restaurant and bar specialty business broker gives us the inside look at California ABC liquor licenses - tips you won't find in an official manual! Jeff Back a Northern California restaurant/bar specialty broker covers the topic of liquor licenses and working with the ABC.

8 Items Important To Business Buyers

In this month's Business Buyer survey for BizBen.com, we asked participants in our ProBuy Program and 250 other random business buyers what they look for and avoid when looking at a business for sale postings online. Of the 20 potential posting characteristics we asked about, 8 stood out.

Business Brokerage Survey Results

The latest BizBen.com survey of Business Brokers and Agents outlined what it takes to be a top ten percent performer in the business brokerage industry. From good communication to utilizing your resources, these traits are something to take note of and put into practice to be successful.

Buying A Boutique Fitness Center

First thing you may be asking, what is a boutique gym? Simple, a boutique fitness gym is on average much smaller than your typical large-scale gym, ranging from 800 to 2,500 sq feet. In this BizBen blog post, Joe Ranieri (Southern California Business Broker) discusses this topic for gym buyers.

Chuck Posts New Laundry Book

Chuck Post, a leading laundry expert with over 37 years of developing laundries, retooling, and rebranding hundreds of existing laundries, tells investors how to search, find, evaluate, and do good laundry due diligence laundries for acquisition. A must read for new investors & current operators.

SBA Loans Computing Add Backs
SBA Loans Computing Add Backs
Buying A Business Strategies

If you are buying a small business, you probably have really good ideas about changes you would like to implement and ideas to sell more, be more efficient and more organized. Christina Lazuric an Orange County business broker chats about business buyers and their decision making processes.

Webinar Buying A Card Or Coin Laundry

Chuck Post hosts these live FREE online webinars on Buying A Card or Coin Laundry. These webinars occur every Weds at Noon. Have your questions ready for an open and honest discussion about both the Pro & Cons of the Vended Laundry Business. RSVP or for more info phone Chuck at 619-227-5711 direct.

Laundry Buyers Today

Today, we see more growth in the white-collar sector than we do in blue-collar entering the laundry business. We are also happy to see a rapidly growing representation of Black and Hispanic investors; women entrepreneurs are possibly one of the fastest growing segments.

Why Buyers Do Not Buy Businesses

First the dreaded statistic: 80% of all business buyers looking to buy a small business never end up doing so! Peter Siegel, MBA BizBen.com Founder & ProBuy Director) covers successful tactics & strategies all business buyers of small to mid-sized businesses should utilize now to buy a business.

SBA Loan Tips For Buyers

SBA large loan expert and advisor Peter Siegel, MBA (BizBen.com & SBALoanAdvisors.com Founder) shares his views and experience for getting the right SBA loan for larger deals, getting deals professionally prequalified & analyzed, and getting that loan through underwriting with fewer complications!

Add Backs To Get Business Acquisition Loans

When seeking large SBA business acquisition financing loans, it helps to review seller's add backs (cash flow analysis) as a source of funding to service the debt. Peter Siegel, MBA - SBALoanAdvisors.com Founder covers this specific topic for business buyers, owner/sellers, agents, business brokers.

Business Broker Questionable Practices
Business Broker Questionable Practices
Business Buyers Biggest Mistakes

A business buyer in our ProBuy Program searching to buy a business asked me to sum up what I though the biggest mistakes business buyers make when they search for and bought a small business. I asked ProIntermediaries on BizBen their thoughts on the matter and received a diverse response.

Myths When Buying A Restaurant Business

So often we hear about the keys to success in the restaurant business and we tend to take them for granted because they seem so logical. But what seems so logical just doesn't hold up to be true. Here are some of the most frequently sited principles for success that are simply myths.

Getting Business Brokers & Owners To Return Your Calls, Emails, Texts

You've found your dream business. You've called/emailed/texted the broker or owner; you've tried to reach out again via phone/email/text. However you're not getting a response and it's getting frustrating. How to get brokers/owners to return your calls/emails/texts - what key strategies to utilize.

Buying A Car Wash

One of the most popular business searches (and eventual business purchase) on BizBen is the self serve and full service car wash. Peter Siegel, MBA (ProBuy & ProSell Programs Director) with BizBen.com reflects on three types of car wash models and what buyers should look for in a car wash purchase.

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