Confidentiality Agreements: What are the Most Important Elements?

Every business has to be concerned about maintaining confidentiality. When business owners are getting ready to sell their business, they often become somewhat obsessed with confidentiality. It goes without saying that owners don’t want the word that they are selling to spread to the public, employees or most certainly their competitors. Yet, … [Read more...]

Why Goodwill Is Important to Your Business

Goodwill can enhance the value of your business, but what does the term mean when buying or selling a business? Usually, the term “goodwill” is a reference to all the effort that a seller puts into a business over the years that he or she operates that business.  In a sense, goodwill is the difference between an array of intangible, but … [Read more...]

Business Valuation Theory and Practice – Part One: Valuation Approaches

By Dan Browning, founder and President of DB Consulting, Inc. This article is for educational purposes only. Nothing contained herein can be used against me in a litigation or other adversarial setting. Examples have been changed to protect the innocent (and not so innocent). How do appraisers determine the value of a business? There are … [Read more...]

Determining Your Company’s Undocumented Value

Business appraisals are not one-dimensional. In fact, a good business appraisal is one that factors in a wide range of variables in order to achieve an accurate result. Indisputable records ranging from comparables and projections to EBITDA multiples, discount rates and a good deal more are all factored in. While an appraiser may feel that he or … [Read more...]

New SBA Loans on Hold During Government Shutdown

Business Buyers and Sellers and their Brokers may face an unusual stall on closing their deals due to the federal government shut down. GABB President Dean Burnette says, "I'm in the final stages of closing a deal right now. Fortunately, our SBA Lender got an authorization number the night before the shut down so we will receive our … [Read more...]

The Importance of Understanding Leases

Leases should never be overlooked when it comes to buying or selling a business.  After all, where your business is located and how long you can stay at that location plays a key role in the overall health of your business.  It is easy to get lost with “larger” issues when buying or selling a business.  But in terms of stability, few factors rank … [Read more...]

Georgia’s Business Climate Tops in the Nation

ATLANTA - Georgia's business climate has been ranked No. 1 in the nation for the sixth consecutive year by Site Selection, a leading economic development trade publication, according to Gov. Nathan Deal. According to Site Selection, Georgia is the first state to hold this ranking for six consecutive years under leadership by the same … [Read more...]

Valuation Theory PowerPoint by Dan Browning

Dan Browning, a GABB Affiliate, has 20 years of experience as a business appraisal professional and holds the Master Analyst in Financial Forensics (MAFF) and Accredited in Business Appraisal Review (ABAR) designations from the National Association of Certified Valuators and Analysts (NACVA). He spoke to the Georgia Association of Business … [Read more...]

A Business Opportunity Is NOT a Going Business for Sale

By Peter Siegal, Founder & Senior Advisor at BizBen.com What's the difference between a business opportunity and a going business for sale? They are NOT the same thing. A business opportunity refers to all opportunities for those in the market to buy and own their own small business.  But it's not the same thing as a going business for … [Read more...]

Three Major Legal Mistakes to Avoid During a Sale

The business sale process can be complex, which is why it's best to have expert help from a business broker. Brokers can help you avoid costly legal mistakes which can bring the entire sale process to a sudden and complete halt. Let's take a closer look at what you can do to avoid these kinds of issues when selling your business. Major Mistake 1 … [Read more...]