Archive for November, 2010

How the broker fits in to a business acquisition

Tuesday, November 30th, 2010

For business owners looking to sell their company, finding the right broker for the right price can be a challenging task. Selling a business is already an arduous process, but a good broker should be able to help owners with the endeavor.

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Closing the deal

Monday, November 29th, 2010

When it comes to selling a business, finding a prospective buyer and hiring a professional broker are the easy parts; closing the deal is where it can get tricky.

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New trust-based financial services and startups arise amid public distrust of large banks

Wednesday, November 24th, 2010

Small business banking has taken quite a hit in recent years. Aside from the drastically tightened availability of credit, banks have lost a good deal of what many believe to be a cornerstone of the financial system: consumer trust.

According to data surveyed from BrandAsset Valuator by Inc. magazine, trust in the banks has declined by 58 percent over the past three years.

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Selling a Business: How Proper Due Diligence Can Help Close the Deal, Georgia Association of Business Brokers Panel

Tuesday, November 23rd, 2010

Selling a business is much easier when business owners have accurate and organized records, say two Georgia financial experts. They will discuss how due diligence can help or hinder a business sale during the Nov. 30 meeting of the Georgia Association of Business Brokers. (more…)

Selling a business to a competitor

Tuesday, November 23rd, 2010

As the task of selling a business is so rarely an easy one, many small business owners look to rival companies as potential buyers. The perks of selling to a competitor may not be at once apparent, but the fact that they understand the industry and the business better than others is indeed a selling point.

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Proposed Comcast-NBCU merger faces new obstacle following restructuring proposal

Monday, November 22nd, 2010

Comcast has hit another speed bump in its plan to acquire NBC Universal from General Electric, but this time the obstacle has been self-inflicted.

Last week, Comcast released a management restructuring plan for NBC, despite declaring in September that no further personnel changes would be proposed. The move irked many regulators who are anything but prepared to green light the $13.

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Expedia acquires FlightTrack maker Mobiata in move to enter mobile marketplace

Friday, November 19th, 2010

Online travel service Expedia announced Thursday plans to buy the Mobiata, maker of the popular iPhone travel app FlightTrack. Mobiata was founded in 2008 by then 21-year-old Ben Kazez.

Within a year of launching, the flight data and navigation software generated more than $1 million in sales. The app has been ranked among the top five bestselling travel apps for 18 months straight.

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How to market a business when deciding whether to sell

Friday, November 19th, 2010

As 2011 winds down, many small business owners are wondering if it is the right time for them to sell their company.

Over the past few years, sales prices of businesses have remained stagnant, dropping to a $200,000 median sale price in the beginning of this year, according to Inc. magazine. Valuations are also creeping along, but rose marginally in early 2010.
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Consideration to make in buying a franchise

Thursday, November 18th, 2010

As unemployment continues to hover near or around double-digit levels and the economy creeps slowly toward recovery, many small businesses and entrepreneurs are looking to franchises as a source of new capital.

Businesses that are seeking to buy a franchise have more to consider than when buying a small company.
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Competing interests means it’s time to compromise

Wednesday, November 17th, 2010

The business acquisition process, like most financial transactions, involves a number of different competing parties – all vying for the best possible deal. Buyers want to acquire the company for as little as possible, sellers want to earn as much as possible and brokers have their own financial interests at stake.

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