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Comments & Replies: 2     Views: 6174     Posted By: Joe Ranieri   Joe Ranieri, Business Broker: LA, Orange County Areas
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: 3640     Posted By: Joe Ranieri   Joe Ranieri, Business Broker: LA, Orange County Areas
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: 14946     Posted By: Transactional Attorney  
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: 1     Views: 3067     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: 9332     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: 2     Views: 6786     Posted By: Peter Siegel MBA   Peter Siegel MBA: Business Purchase Financing Expert
We're hearing more and more about "crowd funding" through sites like gofundme and kickstarter as a possible way to raise the cash needed to buy a small business. This method of collecting funds has proven successful in other kinds of situations. Could this strategy work when buying a small business?
Comments & Replies: 3     Views: 2421     Posted By: Broker/Consultant  
Is an As-Is sale of a small business achievable by owners when selling a business? Brokers and agents hear this all the time from sellers when procuring listings. Joel Miller (a Southern California Senior Care Services Intermediary) discusses this topic with others on this BizBen Discussion.
Comments & Replies: 4     Views: 8093     Posted By: Peter Siegel MBA   Peter Siegel MBA: BizBen Founder, ProBuy/ProSell Program Director
We all understand the idea of paying too much for a small business. But is there such a thing as not paying enough? That seems like an odd notion, but I'm familiar with situations in which a buyer acquired a small business for a figure substantially under what probably was market value.
Comments & Replies: 2     Views: 8250     Posted By: Joe Ranieri   Joe Ranieri, Business Broker: LA, Orange County Areas
What are some ways a broker can prevent a buyer and seller from doing a deal behind their back and what to do about it if it happens? Joe Ranieri (Orange County Business Broker) discusses ways a business broker or agent can protect themselves from buyers and sellers trying to circumvent them.
Comments & Replies: 1     Views: 11892     Posted By: Chuck Post   Chuck Post: Laundry Specialist, Consultant, Due-Diligence
Are laundries good investments for buyers? Chuck Post, (at 619-227-5711 - California laundry consultant, due diligence services, and laundry buyer representation) discusses this topic with other advisors & brokers in this BizBen Discussion about laundry investments and if they are good investments.
Comments & Replies: 1     Views: 6622     Posted By: Joe Ranieri   Joe Ranieri, Business Broker: LA, Orange County Areas
What should you look out for when buying a beauty salon business? Buyers kept asking us so I decided to go over the basics plus a bit more and discuss items like: independent contractors vs employees, inventory considerations, licensing issues, escrow considerations, and of course valuation ranges.
Comments & Replies: 1     Views: 3002     Posted By: Broker/Consultant  
Does the location of an elderly care facility matter when buying this type of business? Joel Miller (an Elderly Care Facility Specialist Intermediary & Consultant) feels it's very important for many reasons - many which you probably hadn't thought of. Before buying a care facility - read this post.
Comments & Replies: 3     Views: 7305     Posted By: Peter Siegel MBA   Peter Siegel MBA: BizBen Founder, ProBuy/ProSell Program Director
Yes, there are ways to find businesses with growth potential that can be purchased with modest investments. But before offering any ideas about finding cheap businesses, it's important to review some of the risks involved. Peter Siegel (BizBen ProBuy Program) discusses this topic with others.
Comments & Replies: 4     Views: 8103     Posted By: Peter Siegel MBA   Peter Siegel MBA: BizBen Founder, ProBuy/ProSell Program Director
Buying a small business is hard enough when there is no competition, so how might a buyer navigate the process when there is additional competition from other buyers? Peter Siegel, MBA (BizBen ProBuy Program) and others explain a few of the ways that a buyer can beat out other buyers.
Comments & Replies: 3     Views: 3729     Posted By: Broker/Consultant  
Are you thinking of buying into one of the fastest growing industries in California? Joel Miller a Senior Care Specialist covers this topic in his latest Discussion on BizBen. This Discussion covers: What to look for when touring a Care Home, how to proceed with pre and post due diligence issues.
Comments & Replies: 3     Views: 10782     Posted By: Joe Ranieri   Joe Ranieri, Business Broker: LA, Orange County Areas
Joe Ranieri, (Orange County Business Broker) discusses how to convert restaurants: buy an existing inexpensive restaurant and then converting it to another concept. He discusses finding the right location, working with the landlord, notifying existing clients, and observing restaurant trends.
Comments & Replies: 2     Views: 37554     Posted By: Chuck Post   Chuck Post: Laundry Specialist, Consultant, Due-Diligence
Chuck Post a laundry consultant, specialty broker, buyer representative & due diligence advisor starts this discussion on why it's important to have an exit strategy in mind while buying a laundromat! He & others explain why this concept is so important for buyers especially in the laundry business.
Comments & Replies: 5     Views: 8147     Posted By: Peter Siegel MBA   Peter Siegel MBA: BizBen Founder, ProBuy/ProSell Program Director
When purchasing a small to mid-szied business, there are a multitude of things to evaluate. One area that is often overlooked is the business's culture. Peter Siegel, MBA with BizBen discusses with potential buyers the importance of understanding how the business runs on a day-to-day basis.
Comments & Replies: 8     Views: 10657     Posted By: Peter Siegel MBA   Peter Siegel MBA: BizBen Founder, ProBuy/ProSell Program Director
Negotiating the terms of a business deal is a delicate process, where one wrong move can cost you the business that you wanted to purchase. Peter Siegel, MBA (BizBen ProBuy Program) discusses the ins and outs of negotiations, and how to work well with the seller to get a deal done.
Comments & Replies: 14     Views: 18288     Posted By: Peter Siegel MBA   Peter Siegel MBA: BizBen Founder, ProBuy/ProSell Program Director
Who really represents the buyer? The selling broker or agent through dual agency? Many brokers and agents weigh in on this Discussion on BizBen. Bottomline is all business buyers need to know who really represents them and has their best interest at heart when seeking and negotiating on deals.
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