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Comments & Replies: 11     Views: 770     Posted By: Timothy Cunha JD   Timothy Cunha JD: Business Broker, SF Bay Area
Recently a business owner asked me on the phone, "Why do you keep the sale of a business confidential? How do you keep the sale confidential - any good tips?" Would like to hear from other Members - what would be your answer to this business owner? ProIntermediaries on BizBen discuss this topic.
Comments & Replies: 5     Views: 848     Posted By: Peter Siegel MBA   Peter Siegel MBA: BizBen Founder, Lead Advisor
The owner selling the business doesn't have recent financial information or documentation but insists revenues are increasing. Should buyers believe the seller? What should buyers do in this situation? ProIntermediaries on BizBen answer the question of verifying seller / owner's financial claims.
Comments & Replies: 10     Views: 743     Posted By: Peter Siegel MBA   Peter Siegel MBA: BizBen Founder, Lead Advisor
Being prepared when potential buyers contact you about your business for sale is a good idea. Too many sellers (and brokers) are unprepared & miss good opportunities or get involved with unqualified buyers. This Discussion post and answers from ProIntermediaries on BizBen assist with this issue.
Comments & Replies: 11     Views: 1001     Posted By: Peter Siegel MBA   Peter Siegel MBA: BizBen Founder, Lead Advisor
There can be many reasons why Brokers take awhile to get back to potential Buyer & to other Brokers and Agents if they are cooperating on the listing. Broker's reasons include: unprofessionalism, too busy, the listing is no longer available, the buyer doesn't sound viable, etc. We discuss them all.
Comments & Replies: 9     Views: 861     Posted By: Peter Siegel MBA   Peter Siegel MBA: BizBen Founder, Lead Advisor
Can business buyers actually get full representation from a broker? With 70% of all California brokers not cooperating with each other it may be a good idea to have someone on your side representing your interests. Is buyer representation a reality? ProIntermediaries discuss this topic on BizBen.
Comments & Replies: 7     Views: 855     Posted By: Peter Siegel MBA   Peter Siegel MBA: BizBen Founder, Lead Advisor
The only time to get an exact and accurate inventory count, and valuation, is at the time the business is being transferred. To do so beforehand, would mean that any merchandise sold after inventory is taken, but before close of escrow - Peter Siegel, MBA with BizBen & others discuss this topic.
Comments & Replies: 9     Views: 926     Posted By: Peter Siegel MBA   Peter Siegel MBA: BizBen Founder, Lead Advisor
Business buyers, brokers, owner/sellers all ask this question at some point. So I decided to ask some of the top Intermediaries in the California marketplace what they thought of the idea. Most of the ProIntermediaries on BizBen agreed with me on taking early possession before the close of escrow.
Comments & Replies: 9     Views: 1978     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: 9     Views: 3288     Posted By: Peter Siegel MBA   Peter Siegel MBA: BizBen Founder, Lead Advisor
During this time period of being "sheltered in place" we discuss strategies, best practices that business buyers, business brokers, agents, and owner/sellers are practicing or thinking about during these times of being immobilized. Also discussed are business types that may be good purchases.
Comments & Replies: 3     Views: 3910     Posted By: Business Broker  
Small business sales happen in good times and bad, but even good economies affect the way in which they sell. But the truth is that not every small to mid-sized business sells and not every marketplace is good. I explore these concepts and other factors that affect a sale in this BizBen Discussion.
Comments & Replies: 2     Views: 5700     Posted By: Joe Ranieri   Joe Ranieri, Business Broker: LA, Orange Counties
The restaurant business is a tough business to be in, no one can dispute that, and so it's imperative that an owner's equipment is in good working condition. A new owner should make sure that the restaurant's equipment is in good working order before they close escrow. We discuss this topic.
Comments & Replies: 1     Views: 7298     Posted By: Attorney  
An E-2 Visa & Immigration Attorney here in California addresses some of the more commonly asked questions regarding this topic about buying and selling small businesses with E-2's on BizBen Blogs and Podcasts - E-2 Visa information & strategies for business buyers and sellers.
Comments & Replies: 3     Views: 3330     Posted By: Marketing Consultant  
Posting business for sale listings on social media websites has become an increasingly popular, yet unproductive trend amongst business brokers. When posting your listings online, consider your audience and where potential business buyers and business owner/sellers spend their time online.
Comments & Replies: 2     Views: 3069     Posted By: Marketing Consultant  
As a business broker, branding yourself with consistent and ongoing content is critical to your long-term success. Branding yourself protects you from outside factors that may affect your company's brand in the future and allows you to continue making progress if your company's circumstances change.
Comments & Replies: 2     Views: 8568     Posted By: Joe Ranieri   Joe Ranieri, Business Broker: LA, Orange Counties
Can a seller of a small business back out of an ongoing escrow? Probably, yes, it all depends how far along the escrow is, which will dictate how messy things will get for both owner & buyer. Joe Ranieri (Southern California Business Broker) gives his feedback with others on this BizBen Discussion.
Comments & Replies: 3     Views: 7738     Posted By: Business Broker  
Business tax filings are very important factor in determining the credibility of business financials. Just seeing those financials, you can't determine whether those values are overstated or not. Some business owners provide made up financials to buyers - so, that's where tax fillings come in.
Comments & Replies: 1     Views: 2141     Posted By: Joe Ranieri   Joe Ranieri, Business Broker: LA, Orange Counties
A point of back ground, back in 2016, California Governor Jerry Brown signed into law an increase to the state minimum wage from $10 to $15 per hour. The increase is gradual and goes up about a dollar a year and maxes out at $15 an hour in 2022. Here is some advice in handling this new increase.
Comments & Replies: 1     Views: 8188     Posted By: Joe Ranieri   Joe Ranieri, Business Broker: LA, Orange Counties
Butcher shops, once a vestige, are increasingly becoming popular again in many metropolitan and suburban cities. In this Discussion Post on BizBen, Joe Ranieri (Orange County & LA County Business Broker) discusses various issues of buying a butcher shop and what that entails for business buyers.
Comments & Replies: 4     Views: 7454     Posted By: Joe Ranieri   Joe Ranieri, Business Broker: LA, Orange Counties
Sometimes business brokers just can't win with their clients, because if an offer comes in too fast & too early then they must have lowballed the price & the seller is suspicious, and if not enough offers come in after putting the business on the market - they may look unproductive to their clients.
Comments & Replies: 1     Views: 7808     Posted By: Chuck Post   Chuck Post: Laundry Specialist, Consultant, Due-Diligence
We are finding that many laundry buyers and investors are not being given true light to selected elements of value or there are inconsistencies in the interpretation of these elements of value. This common error needs to be addressed. In this BizBen Discussion we address many of those factors.
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