1. They want you to hold money in your escrow account (usually a large dollar amount so the deal is attractive). The risk is that the deal or client requires you to transfer some or all of the money out of your account before you bank has time to verify the funds are legit and can cover the transfer. This actually happened to a Georgia attorney awhile back and it was in the AJC. Talk about bad publicity for the attorney who got suckered; he was very embarrassed.
2. The transaction involves an overseas or out-of-state company wanting to do a deal with either an individual or a business in located Georgia, and they need a Georgia attorney or other professional to represent them.
- Private chat area for member brokers to ask questions and confidentially share information.
- A new and improved broker search tool that will enable visitors to search for member brokers by radius, specialty, and other filters.
- GABB members will be posting our listings to our own webpage, this will give us the ability to post more photos and info about our listings, it will also help with our longer-term goal of improving the SEO of our website among other benefits. We are working on methods to share those listings to BizBuySell and other websites.
- Visitors to our site will be able to find what they are looking for faster.
- The new design will be less labor intensive for GABB’s administrator and for each member to manage profiles and listings.
- Sponsors and affiliates will have better visibility in the new design.
Members will be able to view the proposed new website and ask questions of the website developer, Ron West, of Business Brokerage Press, who also hosts the GABB website. Ron will join us remotely.
Business Brokerage Press is the publisher of the text for Business Broker University Training, The Complete Guide To Business Brokerage and the industry standard guidebook for valuing businesses, the annual Business Reference Guide. BBP, through Ron’s knowledge and leadership in technology, also hosts and consults with many business broker Websites and IBBA Affiliate Websites through the DealStudio brand.
The GABB will meet at the Georgia Association of Realtors at 6065 Barfield Road, Sandy Springs, GA, 30328. The meeting will start at 10:30 a.m. preceded at 9:45 a.m. by a networking breakfast. The GAR headquarters building is a two-story building located in Sandy Springs near the intersection of Hammond Drive and Barfield Road.
The GABB is the state’s largest and oldest association of professionals who specialize in brokering the purchase and sale of businesses and franchises. Broker members help owners determine the asking price of their business, create marketing plans and strategies for selling their business, identify and qualify buyers, and have the knowledge, experience and skills needed to help maintain the confidential nature of the process. Affiliate members include bankers, lawyers, appraisers, insurers and other professionals who work closely with brokers to help owners and buyers get to the closing table.
For more information about GABB, please contact GABB President Dean Burnette at 912-247-3209 or email@example.com, or GABB Executive Director Diane Loupe at firstname.lastname@example.org or 404-374-3990.
Do you want to learn more about Business Brokerage?
The Georgia Association of Business Brokers is offering a Spring Conference that will cover the basics of business brokerage including
- Reading a Profit & Loss statement to help determine business value
- Components of a Balance Sheet
- Qualifying Buyers
- Finding Seller’s Discretionary Earnings
- Basic Legal Issues in Business Brokerage
- Avoiding Legal Pitfalls
The Spring Conference will be held on April 30th at the Georgia Realtors Building at 6065 Barfield Rd. from 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. at the Georgia Association of Realtors Conference Center. The cost will be $125, but GABB members can register for $75 if they register by April 15. If you want to just take half a day of classes, that’s $75. Scroll to the bottom of the page to register.
Breakfast and lunch are included. Patrick Norris, Esq., of Norris Legal Atlanta Law Group, LLC will provide lunch, and Kim Eells and Susan Kite of Renasant Bank are providing breakfast.
The morning session will cover some basic business brokering skills, while the afternoon session will tackle legal issues. Attendees may register for the entire conference, or just the morning or afternoon session. The classes are offered through the Georgia Association of REALTORS school #271 and have been approved for six hours of continuing education credit towards renewing your Georgia real estate license.
AM: An Introduction to Business Brokerage: Business Profitability and Qualifying Buyers: (70542) Real Estate CE / 3 credits
DESCRIPTION: The student will be able to identify, understand and complete basic documents used to determine the potential sales value of a business, will learn how to identify key elements of a profit and loss statement, calculate a business’s profitability and value using the business’s tax returns, and determine a business’ discretionary earnings. At the conclusion of the session, attendees will be able to determine the profitability of a business and if a buyer can qualify to purchase it. 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
How to Read a P&L statement and Balance Sheet: Former GABB President Greg Defoor, Founder DeFoor Business Services, Inc.
OBJECTIVE: Upon completion of this segment of the class, students will be able to identify important features of profit and loss statements and balance sheets, and demonstrate how to determine the ways balance sheet items affect cash in the bank.
Determining Real Estate Loan Structure using Business Tax Returns: Ryan Stoll, SBA Banker at Cadence Bank
Objective: Upon completion of this segment, students will be able to determine whether a buyer can qualify or not to purchase a business based on their tax returns, as well as determine the profitability of a business and its value. Students will be able to use a tax return to determine CADA.
Discretionary Earnings and Business Valuation: Dan Browning
OBJECTIVE: Upon completion of this section of the class, the student will be able to demonstrate how a Seller’s Discretionary Earnings affects the value of a business. The student will be able to identify and explain private and bank valuations, how to determine owner’s compensation, and how to identify items that will not enhance the value of a business.
BREAK FOR LUNCH
GABB Spring Conference: PM Session: Business Brokerage Basics: Legal Issues (70543) Real Estate CE / 3 credits
DESCRIPTION: Participants will learn how to identify potential legal problems that could arise in the purchase or sale of a business such as identifying asset purchases versus stock purchases; how to verify a business’ legal status; identifying ownership structures; how to use the basic legal forms provided by GABB; identifying and understanding the steps in the due diligence process; and securing their commission and avoiding litigation
Basic Legal Issues in Business Brokering: Tanya Nebo
OBJECTIVE: Basic Legal Issues in Business Brokerage. After completing this hour, students will be able to identify and explain basic legal issues business brokers may encounter in the sale or purchase of a business, identify types of purchases, identify legal entities, and demonstrate how to verify the status of a business, and demonstrate an understanding of the due diligence process.
Legal Forms Used in Business Brokerage: Attorney Shannon Collier Stalvey
OBJECTIVE: The student will be able to identify and use common legal documents used in the purchase of a business, including how to obtain and use GABB Forms, identify legal problems that a broker may encounter when using a standardized forms, demonstrate the use of a standardized form, and identify situations in which a broker should consult an attorney.
Avoiding Legal Pitfalls in Business Brokering: Attorney Larry Domenico
OBJECTIVE: Students will be able to identify and explain legal pitfalls when selling a business, demonstrate ways they can avoid lawsuits, identify asset purchase agreements and non-compete agreements, and demonstrate how they can avoid problem clients
Register for the class.
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Just before retirement is not the best time to prepare your business to sell for an attractive price. Savvy business owners spend years thoughtfully preparing to transition out of business ownership.
UGA Small Business Development Center consultant Daniel McCoy discussed ways that small businesses can prepare for the day when they want to sell their business.
Here’s a link to an audio recording of Mr. McCoy’s remarks.
His PowerPoint Presentation is here. How to Prepare a Business to Sell
The Tuesday, Feb. 26 meeting was preceded by a free networking breakfast sponsored by GABB Board member Kim Eells, Vice President of SBA Lending at Renasant Bank and Susan Kite, Vice President of SBA Lending at Renasant Bank.
Mr. McCoy was an SBA Lender from 2014 to 2017. He joined the University of Georgia Small Business Development Center (SBDC) in September of 2017, after starting his own business of tax preparation and loan packaging. His business experience consists of several years in retail upper management, 19 years in commercial lending, three years in insurance, and four yuears as a small business owner. He holds an MBA in Accounting from Benedictine University, a B.S. in Organizational Management from Covenant College and an Associates degree in Arts from Reinhardt University. His specialties include human resources, financial management, customer service, and business planning and forecasting.
The GABB is the state’s largest and oldest association of professionals who specialize in brokering the purchase and sale of businesses and franchises. Broker members help owners determine the asking price of their business, create marketing plans and strategies for selling their business, identify and qualify buyers, and have the knowledge, experience and skills needed to help maintain the confidential nature of the process. The professionals of GABB relentlessly pursue professional development so they can provide superior, ethical services for all customers and clients. Affiliate members include bankers, lawyers, appraisers, insurers and other professionals who work closely with brokers to help owners and buyers get to the closing table.
For more information about GABB, please contact GABB President Dean Burnette at 912-247-3209 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or GABB Executive Director Diane Loupe at email@example.com or 404-374-3990.Read More
When it comes to buying a business, nothing is more important than the factor of due diligence. For most people, this investment is the single largest financial decision that they will ever make. And with this important fact in mind, you’ll want to leave absolutely no stone unturned.
Let’s examine the three most commonly overlooked areas when it comes to buying a business: retirement plans, 1099’s and W-2’s, and legal documents.
1. Examine All Legal Documents
While it may sound like a “pain” to investigate all the legal documents relating to a business that you are vetting for purchase, that is exactly what you have to do. The very last thing you want is to buy a business only to have the corporate veil pierced. “Piercing the corporate veil” refers to a situation in which courts put aside limited liability and hold a corporation’s shareholders or directors personally liable for the corporation’s actions or debts. Everything from trademarks and copyrights to other areas of intellectual property should be carefully examined. You should be quite sure that you receive copies of everything from consulting agreements to documentation on intellectual property. Your business broker can recommend attorneys who are familiar with legal issues involving the purchase of a business.
2. Retirement Plans
Forgetting about retirement plans when you’re buying a business is a mistake can quietly translate into disaster. Before signing on the dotted line and taking ownership, be sure that both the business’s qualified and non-qualified retirement plans are 100% up to date with the Department of Labor and ready to go.
3. W-2’s and 1099’s
If 1099 forms were given out instead of W-2’s, you’ll want to know about that and be certain that it was done within the bounds of IRS rules. Imagine for a moment that you fail to do your due diligence, buy a business and then discover that you have problems with the IRS. No one wants IRS problems, but a failure to perform due diligence can quickly result in just that. So do your homework!
There can be many skeletons hiding in a business, and you want to be sure that you protect yourself from any unwanted surprises. One exceptional way to protect yourself is to work with a business broker. A business broker knows what to look for when buying a business and what kinds of documents should be examined. There is no replacement for the expertise and experience that a business broker brings to the table.Read More