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...]

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...]

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...]

Overcoming Five Buyer Objections to SBA Loans

By Susan Kite, Vice President, Signature Bank of Georgia, and Kim Eells, Vice President, The Brand Bank   I.        “This deal costs too much; I can’t get it financed.” SBA 7a Loans are guaranteed by the US Government, giving banks a higher comfort level to make a loan they may have denied as a conventional loan. SBA loan terms can be … [Read more...]

Why Buy a Franchise?

By Mark Jones, Franchise Systems Advisors404-444-3186   Owning a business is part of the American dream and owning a franchise can make that dream a reality for many people who otherwise wouldn’t have the opportunity. People are attracted to franchises because the best ones have proven to be extremely successful over the years. They combine many … [Read more...]

Do I need an attorney?

It may be advisable to have an attorney review the legal documents. It is important, however, that the attorney you hire is familiar with the business buying process and has the time available to handle the paperwork on a timely basis. If the attorney does not have experience in handling business sales, you may be paying for the attorney's … [Read more...]

Why should I go to a business broker?

A professional business broker can be helpful in many ways. They can provide you with a selection of different and, in many cases, unique businesses, including many that you would not be able to find on your own. Approximately 90 percent of those who buy businesses end up with something completely different from the business that they first … [Read more...]

What happens when I find a business I want to buy?

When you find a business, the business broker will be able to answer many of your questions immediately or will research them for you. Once you get your preliminary questions answered, the typical next step is for the broker to prepare an offer based on the price and terms you feel are appropriate. This offer will generally be subject to your … [Read more...]