New Year’s Resolutions & Selling Your Business

Most people fail to keep their New Year’s Resolutions.  But where buying and selling a business is concerned, failing to keep those resolutions could mean an abundance of lost opportunity. Todd Ganos at Forbes recently penned a thought-provoking article entitled The 8 New Year’s Resolutions for the Sale of Your Business.  In this article, he … [Read more...]

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...]

Learn How to Prepare Your Business to Sell-Feb. 26 GABB Meeting

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 … [Read more...]

Employees May Welcome the Sale of a Business

Many sellers worry that employees might “hit the panic button” when they learn that a business is up for sale. Yet, mergers and acquisitions specialist Barbara Taylor thinks employees might welcome the news of a possible sale. In the article, “Selling Your Business?  3 Reasons Why Your Employees Will Be Thrilled,” Taylor cited the three reasons she … [Read more...]

5 Big Questions to Consider when Financing a Business Sale

How should the purchase of a business be structured?  This is a point that you’ll want to address early in the sale process. For most people, buying or selling a business is one of the most, if not the most, important business decisions that they will ever make. Therefore it is vital not to wait until the last minute to structure your deal. Let’s … [Read more...]

Obtaining a Fair Market Value for Your Business

Fair market value can be used as a way for business owners to “bridge the gap between the valuation they feel they deserve and that which they’re likely to receive.”  In an October 2018   Divestopedia  article, Dave Kauppi says this increases the chances of a deal actually taking place.  Let’s turn our attention to some of the key points in … [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...]

Ten Things to Do To Prepare To Sell Your Business

If you want to sell your business, be sure to check the items on this list prepared by Loren Schmerler, CPC, APC the founder and president of Bottom Line Management. Loren is a founding member of the Georgia Association of Business Brokers as well as an experienced business broker. 1. Do you really WANT to sell?. Make sure you really “want” to … [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...]