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Applying for an SBA loan in the manufacturing industry

Wednesday, March 9th, 2011

The manufacturing industry – once the heart of American economic power – has fallen on tough times in recent years. However, despite the recession, this critical sector, which employs one in six private workers, is embarking on a strong comeback.

Last month, the Institute for Supply Management found economic activity in the manufacturing sector to have Read the rest of this entry »

Equipment tax write-offs for small businesses

Wednesday, February 16th, 2011

Although the economy has been steadily improving in recent months, there remains a number of obstacles to full-scale recovery – a situation that has prompted many small businesses to utilize any possible tax breaks or write-offs.

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5 Ways to Encourage Employee Excellence

Monday, August 30th, 2010

1- Build a culture of productivity. From the moment you first interview a candidate, they should understand your expectations. Whether your culture is a high-stress, strict regime, or a laid back, go with the flow atmosphere be sure your employees truly comprehend that you value and expect productivity.


28 Millones de usuarios de Internet en Espana conforman un fuerte mercado potencial para Activ Web Design

Sunday, August 1st, 2010

Desde Reino Unido Activ Web Design trae a España su modelo de negocio especializado en ofrecer servicios de diseño de páginas web. La asesora de la firma Beatriz Guerra explica las posibilidades de este modelo en nuestro país que cuenta con las ventajas de que “casi un 80% de las pequeñas empresas con menos de 10 empleados no tiene sitio web”. Su previsión es tener al menos 12 franquiciados antes de que finalice el año.


Small Business in Deflation

Tuesday, January 5th, 2010

By Jay Fenello

While homes were one of the first classes of property to enter deflation, Small Businesses and Commercial Real Estate are now deflating as well. And for many of the same reasons: people’s expectations of future value have gone down, there’s a lack of financing available, the declining net worth of buyers, rising unemployment, etc.

But there is also one major difference: small business and commercial real estate prices are directly related to the profits that they are expected to generate. If a small business is expected to earn $100,000 a year for its owner, its value is drastically different than the same business if it is only earning $50,000 a year. If a commercial strip center is expected to generate $100,000 a year in profits from lease income, its value is drastically different than the same property if is only generating $50,000 a year in profits.

For a concrete example, two years ago it was common for someone wishing to “buy a job” that generated $100,000 per year in profits to offer $250,000 for the business, paying $50,000 down in cash, and financing $200,000 with an SBA loan. (Note that this value is based on a multiple of 2.5 times cash flow.)

Then the Great Recession began, and small businesses started to suffer. It’s been very common to see gross incomes decline by 20% or more across the board. Because of the high level of fixed costs in a small business (things like rent and utilities), a 20% decline in sales could translate into an 80% decline in profits. The result is that this same business is now only generating $20,000 per year in profits, and would only be worth $50,000 using the same multiple.

But that’s not the worst part. Two years ago, businesses and commercial real estate were selling for premiums. Money was easy, and people were using pro-forma estimates of future earnings to justify higher prices. This was easy to do, because most business were showing a three year trend of improving results. So a buyer looking to buy a business that was reporting $60,000 in profits in 2005, $80,000 in 2006, and $100,000 in 2007, was happy to pay a high multiple on 2007 numbers, because they expected profits in 2008 to be $120,000 !!!

Today, the situation is reversed. Buyers are looking at sales trends that are going down, and they are expecting the down trend to continue again next year. Consequently, they are offering lower multiples, on these lower cash flow estimates.

Going back to our example, instead of offering $5o,000 for the business, today’s buyer may only offer $30,000 instead. Here’s a summary of how this has played out, using our sample company:

Small Business Valuations in the Great Recession

2005 2006 2007 2008 2009
Profits 60k 80k 100k 60k 20k
Multiplier 2.0 2.25 2.5 2 1.5
120k 180k 250k 120k 30k (more…)

What you should know to sell your business.

Sunday, January 3rd, 2010


Buyers want proof of the sales and profits that the business has made in the past.


Usually, buyers won’t even look at a business that is not priced competitively.


Buyers will want a complete list of equipment and will inspect it to ensure that everything is in good working order.


Businesses that use a third party evaluation have an 80% chance of selling at a much higher price. Those who do not use a professional business broker and a third party evaluation only have a 17% chance of selling.