Business Trends to Look Out for in 2022

Business Trends to Look Out for in 2022

Thinking of selling your business in 2022? Give yourself an edge—read up on what we learned in 2021. 2021 was a year of unpredictable firsts for business owners and entrepreneurs. Nothing we learned in 2020 could have prepared America for pandemic shutdowns. Many small operations had to quickly pivot, improvise, and adapt to a world that changed overnight. But now, with a swiftly recoverin

How to Identify Trustworthy Buyers

How to Identify Trustworthy Buyers

For many entrepreneurs, selling a business is about more than money—it’s about passing down a legacy. After years of hard work, it’s only natural to want to see your creation in the hands of someone who shares your passion. However, finding that perfect “someone” can be a challenge. Not everyone that can buy your business should buy your business. As veteran brokers,

5 Factors that Make Your Business Stand Out When Trying to Sell

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Your business may be unique to you, but because it it part of a larger industry and has competitors, it falls under certain well-known categories. In order to stand out during a sale and get the best offer possible, there are 5 factors to consider. These factors will not only set your business apart, but they are also great guidelines to consider as you begin preparing to sell your business. ST

Pros and Cons of Selling Your Business without a Broker in Utah County

Pros and Cons of Selling Your Business without a Broker in Utah County

Are you ready to sell your business, but still on the fence about using a broker? You’re not alone. Many business owners, especially first-time sellers, feel compelled to DIY the process, thinking it will save them time and money. Selling your business can be a long process with many tedious steps. An experienced business brokerage (plus the valuable resources they bring to the table) can m

How to Find the Right Buyer When Selling Your Small Business

How to Find the Right Buyer When Selling Your Small Business

Finding the right buyer for your business goes beyond getting the highest offer possible. As a seller in Utah County, you're looking for the most qualified buyer that best aligns with your values who will complete the transaction. After years of building your business, it’s natural to want a big payoff. But there are other factors, like preserving your legacy or maintaining the integri

3 Questions You Should Ask Before Hiring a Business Broker

3 Questions You Should Ask Before Hiring a Business Broker

Utah County (and all of Utah) continues to grow at a breakneck pace, and although COVID stubbornly won't completely go away, small business is back! We have seen a lot of small business owners ready to sell, and aspiring entrepreneurs ready to buy, so now is the time to take the big step. As always, when selling your business, you now have two options: Do-It-Yourself or work with a business b

Five Reasons Business Brokers Improve Closing Rates

Five Reasons Business Brokers Improve Closing Rates

Hiring a business broker may seem complicated and an unnecessary expense to someone trying to save money and simplify the sale of their business. Why add more to your long list of to-dos when you have enough going on? Well, the thing is, a business broker is so much more than just an extra set of hands. Studies have shown that working with a broker increases your chances of selling your business m

How to Sell your Business in Utah County in 2021

How to Sell your Business in Utah County in 2021

Over the past year, many owners have been working hard to keep their businesses afloat. At times, having to reinvent or resize their company to stay competitive amidst the pandemic. Now, as things are turning around, you may be asking yourself, Should I sell my business? As valuations continue to go up, and buyers remain eager to spend their money, it’s prompting to be a big year for bus

The 3 Key Takeaways from BizBuySell's 1Q2021 Insight Report

The 3 Key Takeaways from BizBuySell's 1Q2021 Insight Report

One year after the onset of the pandemic, aspiring entrepreneurs continue to flock to high performing businesses. This resulted in median sale prices to jump 30% compared to Q1 of 2020, according to BizBuySell's Insight Report, which tracks and analyzes U.S. business-for-sale transactions and sentiment of business owners, buyers, and brokers. Sold businesses report 15% year over year increas

How to Value Your Business Post-COVID

How to Value Your Business Post-COVID

Now that we are well into 2021, we can now acknowledge that last year was quite possibly the most challenging year for your company. The effects of COVID-19 are still apparent as the pandemic continues to claim lives in high numbers every day. Effective vaccines are giving us hope for significant improvement in the 3rd and 4th quarters of 2021. What does this mean for you or your busines

Could following your passion be the perfect business move?

Could following your passion be the perfect business move?

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

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

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"

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

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

Utah is Reopening for Business, Are You Ready?

Utah is Reopening for Business, Are You Ready?

With nearly 3 full months of quarantine behind us, we are heading into uncharted territory as Utah cautiously opens its doors. The new normal is fluid, with updated information about the coronavirus coming all the time. What does regular business look like now? Will customers return? What if there’s a second-wave of COVID-19? As featured in a prior blog post, the pandemic has offered a uniqu

Small Business Emergency Plan - BRIDGE Plan

Small Business Emergency Plan - BRIDGE Plan

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

COVID-19 Updated Resources for Small Businesses

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

FAQs REGARDING SBA ECONOMIC INJURY DISASTER LOANS

FAQs REGARDING SBA ECONOMIC INJURY DISASTER LOANS

We wanted to provide you with this information directly from the SBA's Utah District Office. In the meantime, if you have any questions, we can help! Email us by clicking HERE and we will do what we can to assist you through this process. Are SBA's resources available during the COVID-19 crisis? Answer: “The health and safety of our employees is our number one priority. SBA

3 Steps To Your 2020 Exit Planning

3 Steps To Your 2020 Exit Planning

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

The 10 Steps to Successfully Preparing Your Business for Sale - PART 2

The 10 Steps to Successfully Preparing Your Business for Sale - PART 2

As we mentioned in the last blog post, Baby Boomers are retiring and they're putting their businesses up for sale, and the trend will be there for the next 5 years--which also means that buyers are looking for opportunities in this hot market. In addition, there are many other reasons why a business owner may sell. Please see our prior post Part 1, which will outline the first 5 steps.

The 10 Steps to Successfully Preparing Your Business for Sale - PART 1

The 10 Steps to Successfully Preparing Your Business for Sale - PART 1

Baby Boomers are retiring and they're putting their businesses up for sale. While this trend will eventually slow, we expect this to create an active market for small businesses for quite some time--likely the next 5 years. In addition, many other boomers who have had corporate careers are looking to purchase a business as the last step prior to retirement, so the buyer’s market is stro

Market Still Strong for Small Business Sales

Market Still Strong for Small Business Sales

International Business Brokers Association (IBBA)/Pepperdine University Study Show Continued Strength in the Market for Small Business Sales - 2Q2018 The results of the quarterly survey and study are in, and the strong consensus is that the market for the sale of Main Street & Lower Middle Market businesses continued to be extremely strong, especially for businesses valued at up to $2 million. Bu

The Four Key Attributes of a Great Business Broker

The Four Key Attributes of a Great Business Broker

  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