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BizBen Releases: California Busineeses Sold Stats - February 2017

Total sales of California small businesses sold were down 0.4% from last month and down 2.3% from the same time last year in California.

February 2017 California completed small business sales transactions are listed below along with key economic data that drove these California specific small business stats:

Total February 2017 California Small Businesses Sold: 1,373

February 2017 California Small Businesses Sold By County: Alameda County 84, Amador County 2, Butte County 9, Contra Costa County 21, El Dorado County 1, Fresno County 33, Humboldt County 1, Imperial County 4, Kern County 42, Los Angeles County 387, Marin County 6, Mendocino County 6, Merced County 1, Monterey County 10, Napa County 4, Nevada County 8, Orange County 144, Placer County 20, Riverside County 65, Sacramento County 52, San Bernardino County 45, San Diego County 117, San Francisco County 61, San Joaquin County 37, San Luis Obispo County 11, San Mateo County 21, Santa Barbara County 17, Santa Clara County 48, Santa Cruz County 4, Shasta County 6, Solano County 11, Sonoma County 23, Stanislaus County 7, Tehama County 1, Tulare County 9, Tuolumne County 1, Ventura County 41, Yolo County 7

February 2017 California Small Businesses Sold By County - Most Sales:

Los Angeles County  387
Orange County  144
San Diego County  117
Alameda County  84
Riverside County  65
San Francisco County  61
Sacramento County  52
Santa Clara County  48
San Bernardino County  45
Kern County  42

Percentage Decrease From Last Month: Down 0.4%

Percentage Decrease From This Time Last Year: Down 2.3%

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

January 2017:   1,378
December 2016:   1,397
November 2016:   1,125
October 2016:   1,448
September 2016:   1,308
August 2016:   1,615

Last Year's 2016 Total Small Businesses Sold For California: 16,858

Some Key Econonomic & Geographic Information That Affected Sales Of California & California Small Businesses For February 2017:

  •  Consumer (Business Buyer) Sentiment - Up - More Likely To Buy A Business
  •  Corporate Employment Was Up - Less People Looking To Buy A Business
  •  Holiday Or Event - Presidents Weekend - More Consumers Traveling
  •  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. Self Serve Car Washes
2. Independent Or Branded Gas Stations
3. Card Automated Laundries
4. Liquor Stores
5. Branded Gas Stations With Real Estate
6. Absentee Run Businesses
7. Pre Schools
8. Postal/Mail Box Stores
9. Home-Based Businesses
10. Elderly Care Homes
11. eCommerce Websites
12. Subway Franchises
13. Fast Food Franchise Restaurants
14. Coffee, Espresso Shops
15. Convenience Stores
16. Medical Marijuana Dispensaries
17. For Sale By Owner - FSBO
18. Smog Test Shops
19. Smoke & Vape Shops
20. Garage Door Repair & Services

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
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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

AJ Rana - Business Broker, San Francisco Bay Area

Professionals who understand the importance of world class business brokerage service and the value it can create. Specializing in assisting sellers and buyers with retail stores, restaurants, hospitality & lodging, manufacturing operations, distribution companies, e-commerce and service businesses.

Lee Petsas, Business Broker - Orange, San Diego Counties, Inland Empire

UBI Business Brokers has been successfully selling businesses in Southern California since 1965. Our Agents have over 100 years of experience in selling small to medium size businesses throughout Southern California. We service Orange County, Inland Empire, San Diego. Phone Lee at 714-363-0440.


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