Gathering Pertinent Documents – Part II Asset and Liabilities There are assets and liabilities on a balance sheet that can be transferred with the sale or kept by a seller.  A buyer needs to know exactly what assets and liabilities are to be transferred with the sale so that he can make an educated offer.  […]

Gathering Pertinent Documents- Part I Developing a marketing package When studying for a big final exam, attending study groups, preparing classroom notes, and going to the library were keys to success.  The same is true for one of life’s biggest exams – selling a business.  Having all the pertinent documents ready for the sale will […]

Determining When to Sell Timing is everything A business owner can spend his entire career developing a business until it becomes his “baby.”  Selling can be the most difficult and emotional decision a business owner will ever make.  It is filled with emotions similar to sending a child off to college or giving a daughter […]

We have spoken with literally thousands of buyers over the years, asking them why they were interested in venturing into business ownership. As former business owners and intermediaries counseling buyers, we have been in a position to take our own polls concerning buyers’ motivations. Although there have been many different answers, there are some basic […]

Business owner decides to sell business The first step sounds like common sense, but unless a business owner truly decides to sell, the process cannot and should not begin. Perhaps when a supplier has sent a shipment late, an employee has quit, or a customer has not paid on time, you may have pondered the […]

Jennings, 54, has started 40 businesses in 35 years. An impressive streak — until he admits that most of the businesses failed. “But that’s what entrepreneurship is about,” he said. “We do what others won’t do so that later on we have the freedom to do what others can’t do.” After 22 years of “dabbling” […]

Unlike the CEOs of major public companies, whose personal financial situation has little effect on their companies’ borrowing, if you are a small business owner, your personal credit is a major factor influencing your company’s access to capital. The power of personal credit scores to predict small business loan repayment, the legal structure of many […]

Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses is a $500 million investment to help small businesses or entrepreneurs create jobs and economic opportunity by providing them with greater access to business education, financial capital, and business support services. The program is based on the broadly held view of leading experts that greater access to this combination of […]

SBA is gearing up for National Small Business Week, May 12-16. They are taking the show on the road to celebrate small businesses across the United States. This year’s activity will include forums and panels about trends in small business, innovation, financing, business growth – and more. There will also be matchmaking events and networking […]

An M&A deal is the biggest deal of your life, so completing a successful transaction is key. Knowing a few key M&A tips — whether you’re merging or acquiring — increases your odds of successfully completing an M&A deal. Secrets to success include the following: Retain capable and experienced M&A advisors. You can’t complete this transaction […]

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