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BizBen Releases: California Busineeses Sold Stats - January 2018

Total sales of California small businesses sold were down 8.6% from last month and down 1.1% from the same time last year in California.

January 2018 California completed small business sales transactions are listed below along with key economic data that drove these California specific small business stats:

Total January 2018 California Small Businesses Sold: 1,363

January 2018 California Small Businesses Sold By County: Alameda County 57, Amador County 3, Butte County 13, Contra Costa County 30, El Dorado County 13, Fresno County 18, Glenn County 1, Humboldt County 2, Kern County 30, Lassen County 2, Los Angeles County 309, Madera County 1, Marin County 20, Merced County 15, Monterey County 18, Napa County 6, Nevada County 4, Orange County 146, Placer County 28, Riverside County 69, Sacramento County 47, San Bernardino County 80, San Diego County 139, San Francisco County 45, San Joaquin County 44, San Luis Obispo County 9, San Mateo County 28, Santa Barbara County 10, Santa Clara County 40, Santa Cruz County 8, Shasta County 6, Solano County 19, Sonoma County 36, Stanislaus County 11, Sutter County 4, Tehama County 2, Tulare County 8, Tuolumne County 4, Ventura County 24, Yolo County 7

January 2018 California Small Businesses Sold By County - Most Sales:

Los Angeles County  309
Orange County  146
San Diego County  139
San Bernardino County  80
Riverside County  69
Alameda County  57
Sacramento County  47
San Francisco County  45
San Joaquin County  44
Santa Clara County  40

Percentage Decrease From Last Month: Down 8.6%

Percentage Decrease From This Time Last Year: Down 1.1%

Total Monthly Business For Sale Stats For California - Last 6 Months:

December 2017:   1,492
November 2017:   1,420
October 2017:   1,421
September 2017:   1,400
August 2017:   1,442
July 2017:   1,354

Last Year's 2017 Total Small Businesses Sold For California: 16,956

Some Key Econonomic & Geographic Information That Affected Sales Of California & California Small Businesses For January 2018:

  •  Consumer (Business Buyer) Sentiment - Up - More Likely To Buy A Business
  •  Home Prices Steady - Greater Access To Equity
  •  Interest Rates Remained The Same - More Likely To Use To Financing
  •  Retirement Savings - Uptrend - More Access To Capital
  •  SBA Loan Financing Easier To Obtain To Buy A Business
  •  Small Business Owner (Seller) Sentiment - Up - More Likely To Sell
  •  Stock Prices / Market - Uptrend - More Access To Capital

To view all small business sold stats for all Counties and Cities in California go to: California Small Businesses Sold Stats - BizBen.com Index


Most Popular Search Requests Of Small Business Types Wanted By Business Buyers For This Period:

1. Card & Coin Laundromats
2. Online eCommerce
3. Self Serve Car Washes
4. Gas Stations
5. Liquor Stores
6. Convenience Stores
7. Smog Shops
8. Postal/Mail Box Stores
9. Used Car Lots
10. Specialty Retailers
11. FBSO's - For Sale By Owner
12. Fast Food Franchises
13. Specialty Ice Cream Stores
14. Smoke & Vape Shops
15. Flooring Services
16. Absentee Run Businesses
17. Boba Shops
18. Pizza Restaurants
19. Tire Stores
20. Ethnic Restaurants

The BizBen.com Index has been collecting stats and information regarding California Small Business sales for over 15 years. The BizBen.com Index is part of BizBen.com (established over 25 years) - which currently lists over 10,000 active California small businesses for sale, businesses wanted to buy, blog, podcast, and resources for buying and selling small to mid-sized California businesses. Peter Siegel, MBA is the Founder and Director of BizBen.com & BizBuyFinancing.com and consults daily with business buyers, and owner/sellers on the topic of buying and selling small businesses throughout California.

For More Information Regarding These California Small Business Stats And Information:

Contact: Peter Siegel, MBA, BizBen.com Index Director

Phone: 866-270-6278

  Helpful Resources To Assist In Selling And Buying California Businesses
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.

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.

Janet Carrera - Escrow & Bulk Sale Services - SF Bay Area

Redwood Escrow Services, Inc. is a full service, licensed independent escrow company. We are EAFC Fidelity bonded, fully insured & licensed with the Department of Corporations. Committed to offering our clients the most comprehensive variety of escrow services available. Phone Janet at 510-247-0741.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Helen Yoo: Escrow & Bulk Sale Services - Southern California

New Century Escrow, Inc. is a fully licensed & bonded independent escrow company. Over 20 years combined experience in handling bulk escrow transactions. Multi-lingual staff that speaks your language, including Korean, Chinese, Vietnamese. Call Helen Yoo direct at 626-890-1151.


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