SCORE Association Establishes Branch in Valdosta, GA

VALDOSTA, GA, August 4, 2016–The SCORE Association, a not-for-profit organization composed of volunteers who provide free mentoring and free or low cost training to entrepreneurs who wish to start a new small business or grow a business, has opened a new branch in Valdosta, according to Arthur L. Slotkin, the Georgia District Director of the SCORE … [Read more...]

5 Reasons Buying a Business is Preferable to Starting a New One

If you are considering running your own business, one of the first questions that might pop in your mind is: should I start a new one or buy an established business. In this article, we'll take a closer look at the age-old dilemma of buying an existing business verses starting a new one from scratch. 1. An Established Concept The benefits of … [Read more...]

Using Social Media To Improve Business Brokering

Social media expert Dr. Matthew Loop offered practical advice on using Facebook and other applications to boost your business when he spoke to the Georgia Association of Business Brokers (GABB) on June 28. Loop offered highlights from his book, Social Media Made Me Rich, which offers a quick, practical, easy-to-understand, comprehensive … [Read more...]

Managing Financial Risk: The Importance of Environmental Due Diligence

By Michael Wade and Keith Kaylor BAT Associates, Inc. Is there an environmental liability lurking in the commercial property your client is preparing to buy? And how can you find out? Many commercial properties do have potential environmental issues, and purchasers and lenders may unknowingly be taking on substantial risks from loss of … [Read more...]

SBA Lenders Offer Advice on Getting Loans Approved

If you want to get an SBA loan to buy or sell a business, get the information to lenders early, be honest up front about potential problems, and expect to pledge assets, including a home, to secure the loan. That advice highlighted the presentation by veteran SBA lenders to the Georgia Association of Business Brokers on April 26. Bob … [Read more...]

Six Ways Business Brokers Can Avoid Litigation

GABB member Lawrence Domenico, an experienced litigator, spoke to the Georgia Association of Business Brokers about how you can avoid litigation. Here's what he had to say: For you guys as Business Brokers, it almost always is better to avoid litigation if you can. Courts and Arbitration proceedings take a long time to complete and lawyers are … [Read more...]

Don’t Want to Get Sued? Come to GABB on Tuesday, Feb. 23

Lawrence Domenico is the kind of lawyer you hire when you litigate, or sue someone. And he's represented a lot of Georgia business brokers in disputes over the years. On Tuesday, Feb. 23, Larry will offer advice worth hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars to members of the Georgia Association of Business Brokers and their guests. Namely, how … [Read more...]

A Buyer’s Quandary

Statistics reveal that out of about 15 would-be business buyers, only one will actually buy a business. It is important that potential sellers be knowledgeable on what buyers go through to actually become business owners. This is especially true for those who have started their own business or have forgotten what they went thorough prior to buying … [Read more...]

Top GABB Brokers in Oct. 27 Expert Panel

A panel of some of GABB's most active and successful members highlighted the Oct. 27 GABB meeting. The panelists discussed issues that came up during or after due diligence that created a potential problem in getting the deal closed and how those issues were resolved. GABB President Greg DeFoor moderated the panel. Listen to a recording of the … [Read more...]

Nine Steps to Better Due Diligence, Closing Deals

Third in a series on Business Brokering Buyer and seller strike a deal, but a thorough due diligence and either seal or sink that deal. Georgia Association of Business Brokers Vice President Mike Ramatowski moderated a panel discussion at the July meeting on getting buyers and sellers through due diligence and to the closing table. … [Read more...]