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BizBen Releases: California Busineeses Sold Stats - February 2018

Total sales of California small businesses sold were down 1.9% from last month and down 2.6% from the same time last year in California.

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

Total February 2018 California Small Businesses Sold: 1,337

February 2018 California Small Businesses Sold By County: Alameda County 103, Amador County 1, Butte County 14, Contra Costa County 8, El Dorado County 7, Fresno County 42, Imperial County 2, Kern County 32, Lassen County 1, Los Angeles County 283, Marin County 8, Merced County 7, Modoc County 1, Monterey County 8, Napa County 1, Nevada County 1, Orange County 153, Placer County 8, Riverside County 69, Sacramento County 37, San Bernardino County 56, San Diego County 73, San Francisco County 52, San Joaquin County 20, San Luis Obispo County 17, San Mateo County 55, Santa Barbara County 31, Santa Clara County 106, Santa Cruz County 14, Shasta County 12, Solano County 13, Sonoma County 18, Stanislaus County 12, Sutter County 6, Tehama County 5, Tulare County 19, Tuolumne County 9, Ventura County 17, Yolo County 11

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

Los Angeles County  283
Orange County  153
Santa Clara County  106
Alameda County  103
San Diego County  73
Riverside County  69
San Bernardino County  56
San Mateo County  55
San Francisco County  52
Fresno County  42

Percentage Decrease From Last Month: Down 1.9%

Percentage Decrease From This Time Last Year: Down 2.6%

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

January 2018:   1,363
December 2017:   1,492
November 2017:   1,420
October 2017:   1,421
September 2017:   1,400
August 2017:   1,442

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 February 2018:

  •  Consumer (Business Buyer) Sentiment - Up - More Likely To Buy A Business
  •  Corporate Employment Was Up - Less People Looking To Buy A Business
  •  Home Prices Steady - Greater Access To Equity
  •  Interest Rates Holding Steady
  •  Retirement Savings - Downtrend - Less 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 - Downtrend - Less 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. Branded Gas Stations
2. Online eCommerce
3. Self Serve Car Washes
4. Laundries - Card & Coin
5. Absentee Run Businesses
6. Convenience Stores
7. FSBO's For Sale By Owners
8. Postal/Mail Box Stores
9. Liquor Stores
10. Manufacturers
11. Home Health Care Agencies
12. Fast Food Restaurants
13. Markets
14. Hospice Services
15. Flooring Services
16. Consulting Practices
17. Specialty Retailers
18. Adjusted Net Income Over $100K
19. Specialty Restaurants
20. Auto 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
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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.


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