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BizBen Releases: California Busineeses Sold Stats - March 2018

Total sales of California small businesses sold were down 10.5% from last month and down 23% from the same time last year in California.

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

Total March 2018 California Small Businesses Sold: 1,196

March 2018 California Small Businesses Sold By County: Alameda County 48, Amador County 1, Butte County 2, Contra Costa County 18, El Dorado County 6, Fresno County 24, Imperial County 4, Kern County 28, Los Angeles County 346, Madera County 1, Marin County 21, Merced County 4, Monterey County 15, Napa County 1, Nevada County 1, Orange County 149, Placer County 14, Riverside County 42, Sacramento County 36, San Bernardino County 60, San Diego County 117, San Francisco County 47, San Joaquin County 14, San Luis Obispo County 6, San Mateo County 19, Santa Barbara County 8, Santa Clara County 68, Santa Cruz County 6, Shasta County 17, Solano County 12, Sonoma County 14, Stanislaus County 2, Sutter County 1, Trinity County 1, Tulare County 9, Tuolumne County 2, Ventura County 24, Yolo County 5

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

Los Angeles County  346
Orange County  149
San Diego County  117
Santa Clara County  68
San Bernardino County  60
Alameda County  48
San Francisco County  47
Riverside County  42
Sacramento County  36
Kern County  28

Percentage Decrease From Last Month: Down 10.5%

Percentage Decrease From This Time Last Year: Down 23%

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

February 2018:   1,337
January 2018:   1,363
December 2017:   1,492
November 2017:   1,420
October 2017:   1,421
September 2017:   1,400

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 March 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 - 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. Car Washes
2. Absentee Run Businesses
3. Gas Stations
4. Laundries - Card & Coin
5. eCommerce Websites
6. Healthy Food Restaurants
7. Adjusted Net Income Over $100K
8. Liquor Stores
9. C-Stores & Markets
10. Hospice Services
11. Specialty Retailers
12. FSBO's For Sale By Owners
13. Fast Food Restaurants
14. Yogurt Shops, Franchises
15. Consulting Services
16. Pizza Restaurants
17. Postal/Mail Box Stores
18. Smog Test Shops
19. Relocatable Businesses
20. Donut Stores

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.

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.

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.

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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