Legislation signed into law on Monday, September 27, by President Obama is expected to increase accessibility to SBA-backed loans needed to fund the purchase of small California businesses. The Small Business Jobs and Credit Act of 2010 restores the incentives that have periodically been available to small business lenders and buyers over the past couple of years. They include the waiver of loan application fees and an increase, up to 90% of a loan to a small business, in the amount that the SBA will guaranty.
When provided with the SBA’s 7(a) lending program, these incentives helped boost lending activity, making funds available for--among other things--the purchase and sale of small California businesses. It’s likely, however, that just as in the past, the window of opportunity for borrowers will not remain open long--only until the funds allocated by Congress for the program have been committed. That's why prospective business buyers need to get SBA pre-qualified now. Waiting until you’ve found a suitable business to buy may be too late.
The four key steps involved in pre-qualification for an SBA loan are:
1. Submit your information to the BizBen's Buyer Success Program (Pro Program) and an expert Advisor will go over your buyer and financial qualifications for potential SBA financing. This process will determine if you are SBA loan qualified for a business purchase (other forms of business purchase financing are also discussed during this consultation).
2. Assemble financial information and develop a strategy for deploying your assets. That means determining how much cash you will have available for a down payment and working capital, figuring out what assets can be used as loan collateral and realistically assessing their value as security for a loan, and documenting any income you will receive that can provide for living expenses, other than the earnings you anticipate from the business.
3. Complete a resume that details your experience in the type of businesses you wish to acquire and that details your general business strengths and skills. The lenders want to know you have a background that will enable you to manage the books of the business, motivate and direct employees, and negotiate effectively with customers and suppliers.
4. Get an education about creating a basic business plan. This can be learned from books and by asking an SBA loan consultant to show samples of plans. Your application to a lender should demonstrate that you are prepared to begin planning even before you take over a newly acquired business. The fact that you’re seeking funding support in advance of needing the money will show you know the importance of being ready, and suggests that you have some of the skills needed to succeed with a small business.
A common reason that prospective buyers for a California small business fail to achieve their objective is that they aren't prepared to move quickly when the right opportunity is encountered. While a "wanna be" purchaser of a good business opportunity for sale is trying to line up the funding to pursue a transaction, another entrepreneur who is better prepared will be able to complete a deal to buy the company.
The newly adopted Small Business legislation might expand a buyer’s opportunities to get a good business, but only if the entrepreneur has the discipline and foresight to line up one or more sources for needed funding even before that business is found.
About The Author: Peter Siegel, MBA is the Founder of BizBen.com and the Director of the BizBen Network. If you are searching to buy a business make sure you are a part of the BizBen Business Buyers Success Program. If you have questions about buying a business, getting SBA Loan pre-qualified or about the Business Buyers Success Program please feel free to phone Peter Siegel direct at: 866-270-6278.
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|Mark Chatow, Esq.: Legal Services For Buying, Selling Businesses
Mark has a broad range of small business purchase & sale experience from analyzing potential acquisition targets to successfully guiding buyers and sellers through the purchase & sale of small businesses. Mark can assist with contracts, negotiations, legal matters, etc. Reach Mark at 949-478-8393.
|Ranvir S. Sandhu, Esq. - Legal Services For Buyers And Sellers
I've worked at top Bay Area law firms and have extensive experience with business entity formation, mergers, dissolutions, conversions, employment matters, including experience in reviewing and negotiating transactional documents such as leases and purchase agreements.
|Helen Yoo: Escrow & Bulk Sale Services - Southern California
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|Willard Michlin, CPA, Certified Fraud Examiner, Due Diligence Services
Willard Michlin, CPA #106752, offers buyers step by step training & assistance in doing Due Diligence Services when they are thinking of making an offer, or are in process of investigating a business purchase. He helps to determine the actual net profit even when there is cash. Call 805-428-2063.
|Elizabeth McGovern: Escrow Services - SF Bay Area
McGovern Escrow Services, Inc., is a leading independent escrow company. We are a trusted partner with our clients, assisting them through the tangled bulk sale & liquor license transfer process. We provide attentive, quality & innovative customer service. Phone Elizabeth McGovern at 415-735-3645.
|Joe Sandbank, Esq. - Legal Services
I have provided legal counsel to business buyers, sellers and brokers for over 17 years. With prior experience as a business broker and SBA loan officer, Joe brings both a practical and legal approach to all aspects of the business acquisition process.
|Diane Boudreau-Tschetter: Escrow And Bulk Sale Services
California Business Escrow, Inc. is a full service independent escrow company serving all of California and has expertise in a wide range of escrows. Our team prides itself on providing an exceptional escrow experience. For more info phone Diane Boudreau-Tschetter at 888-383-3331 or 209-838-1100.
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