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Comments & Replies: 9     Views: 3003     Posted By: Timothy Cunha JD   Timothy Cunha JD: Business Broker, SF Bay Area
Just had a discussion with a owner/seller about non-disclosure agreements and confidentiality agreements when selling a business. Here was her question: "I am selling my business and I have heard I should have potential buyers sign a NDA. What items of information should I have on my NDA?"
Comments & Replies: 1     Views: 3212     Posted By: Peter Siegel MBA   Peter Siegel MBA: Business Purchase Financing Expert
Applying for a business acquisition loan can be challenging for someone who hasn't been through that process in the past. If one has a mortgage one knows that the value of the property being pledged has to at least equal the amount of the loan, SBA loans to buy a small business are very different.
Comments & Replies: 8     Views: 3061     Posted By: Peter Siegel MBA   Peter Siegel MBA: Business Purchase Financing Expert
When considering buying a business that is losing money one has to be very careful. There are reasons that the business could be losing money that aren't fatal or extremely difficult to fix and there are other reasons that should send you running in the other direction. Peter Siegel, MBA explains.
Comments & Replies: 7     Views: 3642     Posted By: Peter Siegel MBA   Peter Siegel MBA: BizBen Founder, ProBuy/ProSell Program Director
A buyer who I have been consulting with on the BizBen ProBuy Program is looking to buy a liquor store (and possible other "cash" oriented businesses). They asked me how they should verify cash being generated by the business and how to go about conducting due diligence etc.
Comments & Replies: 2     Views: 1550     Posted By: Ken Oppeltz   Ken Oppeltz, CBI, CBB: San Diego Business Broker
After speaking with literally thousands of owner/sellers in the San Diego County area, I think I have heard all the reasons why a small business owner/seller wants to sell. But does it really matter their reason? It may shock you to hear mostly I don't think so.
Comments & Replies: 5     Views: 3899     Posted By: Rob Hartman   Rob Hartman, Business Broker, SF Bay Area
Is buying a truly absentee run business really viable? I take a look at this concept with others on BizBen and explore how this can be done. What size businesses, what types of small businesses can be truly run absentee without the owner milling about running a venture? I give my views.
Comments & Replies: 7     Views: 3236     Posted By: Rob Hartman   Rob Hartman, Business Broker, SF Bay Area
Is starting with a higher selling price a good strategy when selling a small business? or even showing an asking price? I have some definite ideas about this concept and would like to share along with other Advisors, Brokers, Agents contributors on BizBen. What are your thoughts on asking prices?
Comments & Replies: 2     Views: 3194     Posted By: Rob Hartman   Rob Hartman, Business Broker, SF Bay Area
What are some of the better negotiating tips for business sellers selling a small business. In this Discussion I will list several key strategies I feel work and have others comment on them as well.
Comments & Replies: 2     Views: 3688     Posted By: Rob Hartman   Rob Hartman, Business Broker, SF Bay Area
As a business broker, the phrase I hear most often from my buyer clients is, "I am looking for an absentee owner business." Since it is such a popular topic of discussion, let me offer an alternative method of business selection with several ideas and tips that I offer my buyer clients when asked.
Comments & Replies: 1     Views: 2546     Posted By: Joe Ranieri   Joe Ranieri - Restaurant Broker - Orange County Area
As the year winds down, it's tempting for business brokers to go through their old files and throw them out to make room for new client's folders, but that would be foolish. Joe Ranieri (Orange County Business broker) discusses strategies for saving files - a key annual strategy for brokers/agents.
Comments & Replies: 2     Views: 751     Posted By: Timothy Cunha JD   Timothy Cunha JD: Business Broker, SF Bay Area
How do you value a small business before putting it on the market? Tim Cunha, JD offers 6 items all business owners should consider. Other advisors and business brokers also weigh in on this very important topic especially when over 70% of small businesses never end up selling (due to pricing).
Comments & Replies: 1     Views: 975     Posted By: Joe Ranieri   Joe Ranieri - Restaurant Broker - Orange County Area
My restaurant recently upgraded its beer with wine license to a full-service liquor license, and if I sell, how much can that increase my selling price? A Southern California restaurant broker specialist initiates this discussion and other advisors, business brokers, agents weigh in on this topic.
Comments & Replies: 6     Views: 2072     Posted By: Joe Ranieri   Joe Ranieri - Restaurant Broker - Orange County Area
What are some reasons a business that was previously on the market with another broker didn't sell? Every broker or agent understands that not every business they list will result in a sale. There can be many reasons small businesses don't sell and many are discussed on this BizBen Discussion post.
Comments & Replies: 2     Views: 2099     Posted By: Joe Ranieri   Joe Ranieri - Restaurant Broker - Orange County Area
Should small business owners/sellers give potential buyers direct access to their tax returns (and potentially to copies direct from the IRS) either before or during the due diligence process? Several business brokers and advisors discuss this topic on BizBen Discussions.
Comments & Replies: 1     Views: 1692     Posted By: Joe Ranieri   Joe Ranieri - Restaurant Broker - Orange County Area
Buying a seasonal small business restaurant can be challenging, but Joe Ranieri a business broker restaurant specialist and others in this BizBen Discussion review multiple ways to offset these factors and still get the most from buying and operating a small to mid-sized seasonal restaurant.
Comments & Replies: 4     Views: 3292     Posted By: Mark Chatow   Mark Chatow - Legal Services For Business Buyers And Sellers
Once you have successfully negotiated the Asset Purchase Agreement ("APA") for your acquisition it's natural to relax a little and let your guard down. Attorney Specialist Mark Chatow discusses what business buyers should look out for when opening escrow and getting escrow instruction in place.
Comments & Replies: 10     Views: 19754     Posted By: Peter Siegel MBA   Peter Siegel MBA: BizBen Founder, ProBuy/ProSell Program Director
Was just asked the question from a business owner what the "typical commission" amount is for a broker and if upfront fees are common? Thought this might be a great Discussion topic on BizBen for both business owner/sellers and potentially for business buyers (buyer representation).
Comments & Replies: 1     Views: 2472     Posted By: Broker/Consultant  
When buying an Elderly Care Home what should potential buyers always ask the broker or owner before proceeding? Find out in this Discussion on BizBen. Items buyers of elderly care homes will want to know more about why the seller is moving on, average length of stay, placement fees paid, etc.
Comments & Replies: 2     Views: 4878     Posted By: Peter Siegel MBA   Peter Siegel MBA: Business Purchase Financing Expert
When seeking SBA loan financing many potential business buyers have wrong information about the process of securing the best financing to buy a business. Peter Siegel, MBA a business purchase financing expert delves into the myths regarding SBA financing and business purchase financing.
Comments & Replies: 3     Views: 3221     Posted By: Broker/Consultant  
50% of all California small business for sale transactions fail to complete. Why do businesses for sale fall out of escrow? Joel Miller (a senior care business specialist) discusses his 5 top reason why businesses fall out escrow along with other brokers, advisors on this BizBen Discussion.
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