Could following your passion be the perfect business move?

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Remember being 18 years old and full of equal parts curiosity and terror when you thought about your future? It was easy to get excited!  Were you drawn in by Art History 101 your freshman year? Did you find a passion for guitars sparked by a gig at a music store? Or perhaps you began experimenting with culinary creations while living on your own for the first time. Oftentimes, these bi

A Paradox of Opportunity & Uncertainty: The BizBuySell 3Q 2020 Report

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The 3Q 2020 Insight Report from BizBuySell, which is the result of extensive surveys of business brokers on small business purchase and sales activity, as well as buyer and seller confidence levels, provides the best information on what is going on in the market.  First, we have the good news! There continues to be a steady upward trend in small business sales since the pandemic hit back in

IBBA Market Pulse Report Calls Small Business Market "Shaken But Resilient"

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In addition to the BizBuySell Insights report highlighted in our prior blog, the International Business Brokers Association (IBBA) released the Q2 2020 Market Pulse report. Not surprisingly, it had similar conclusions as the economy is still uncertain, and it appears that things may not return to “normal” until at least 2Q 2021. This report takes a particularly close look at how CO

Business Opportunities in the New Economy

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With the current situation, many people have lost their jobs, or are disillusioned with their current situation. People have been furloughed, taken a salary cut, or decided to retire a little ahead of schedule. The coronavirus has created a new reality for millions of people around the world. And while there’s no guarantee of when life will normalize, or what work will look on the other side

Small Business Emergency Plan - BRIDGE Plan

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In such a singular moment in our global history, our thoughts continue to dwell on our fellow small business owners. As an entrepreneur, nimbleness and perseverance is in your DNA! We will be able to rise above this challenge, and we can anticipate a future beyond this pandemic, if we plan accordingly. As a prospective buyer, this could also be a good time to get your ducks in a row and be ready t

COVID-19 Updated Resources for Small Businesses

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We’ve all been living with COVID-19 for weeks, and we’ve all had to make sacrifices and hard decisions. How are you holding up? First, we'd like to share some positive perspective with you. In this episode of The Deal Board podcast, our experts discuss the effects of COVID-19 on small business. This podcast includes plenty of opportunities you can plan to act on. Take a liste

How to Finance Your Business Purchase

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You’ve caught the entrepreneurial bug and you’re ready to purchase a small business. Maybe you’ve even found the exact local company that’s a perfect fit for you. Whether you’re just starting out, looking for a change in career, or transitioning into a working retirement, your deal begins and ends with proper financing.  If the word financing sends a little shiv

3 Steps To Your 2020 Exit Planning

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2020 is fresh, and hopefully so are your eyes for the future. Whether you’re a resolution setter or you’re still trying to find an intention for the year, planning is a must-do for success in your business. If you’re a small business owner, maybe your resolutions include selling your business and starting an all new journey. No matter where you are on the path of small business

Five Things to Consider Before Buying a Business

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There are 28.8 million small businesses in the United States, employing more than 58 million people, according to the Small Business Administration. These small businesses (with less than 500 employees) represent over 99% of the businesses in the United States! Entrepreneurs think that they need to develop their own plan and build it from the ground up. However, you can purchase an existing busin

The Four Key Attributes of a Great Business Broker

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  When someone is looking to sell their business, or become a small business owner by purchasing a business, they often don’t know where or how to start the process. An effective business broker can add significant value to both parties in the transaction, but only if the broker is effective. There are four key attributes that define a great business broker, and all are equally importa