Category Archives: Buying or Selling a Business

A discussion of the issues involved in buying or selling a business by William Bruce, president of the American Business Brokers Association.

Small Businesses Selling for Record Prices

Strong small business earnings are being reflected in record prices for business ownership transfers. Continue reading

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Small Business Optimism Reaches All Time High

The Small Business Optimism Index soared in August to a new record in the survey’s 45-year history.  According to the National Federation of Independent Businesses, the record-breaking figure is driven by the changes in the nation’s economic policies. Continue reading

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Small Business Earnings and Confidence Are Setting Records. How Long Can It Last?

Earnings and confidence levels in the small business economy are in record territory. How long can it last? Continue reading

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The Two Dramatically Different Definitions of “Amortization.”

The term amortization has two distinctly different meanings. It’s confusing to have such distinctly different meanings attributed to the same word, with both being used in the financial world.  We hope this article helps a bit to clear up the misunderstanding we frequently encounter. Continue reading

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Small Business Ownership Transfers Set a Record in 2017

A record number of small businesses changed hands in 2017. Continue reading

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What is Business Intellectual Property? How Do You Value It?

Intellectual property is something originally created in the mind.  Among other things, it can be an invention, a  written manuscript or a company logo including words, phrases and images used in business. How do you place a value on intellectual property? Continue reading

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Family Businesses Are Now Less Likely to be Passed on to the Next Generation

The most surprising result of the survey is that among family-owned businesses contemplating a transfer of ownership within the next five years, only about half of the owners plan to pass the business on to the next generation of the family. This is down from 74 percent two years ago and is the lowest percentage in 17 years. Continue reading

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