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Looking at a Business That You Might Want to Buy? Here’s How to Analyze It.

Let’s say you’re serious about going into business for yourself and have identified an attractive business that is for sale. You’re interested in investigating the opportunity. What’s next? How do you check it out? Continue reading

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What Are a Company’s Discretionary Earnings?

What is discretionary cash flow? It is NOT the profit or loss that you show Uncle Sam on your tax return. It’s important because it provides an accurate picture of the true cash producing ability of the business. In effect, it uncamoflages the bookkeeping praqctices of most business owners. This article exlpains how to compute the important number. Continue reading

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Small Business Survival Index Ranks States for Entrepreneurship

The Small Business Entrepreneurship Council has released its 2011 annual ranking of the states for small business and entrepreneurship. The top states are …. Continue reading

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What’s Hot and What’s Not, Business Wise

Inc. Magazine had an interesting recent article on current business trends. Interestingly, the small business sector with the largest increase in revenue from 2009 to 2010 was fitness and sports centers, up 14 percent. The sector with the largest decrease in revenue for the same period was car washes, down 12 percent.
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How to Finance Your Business Acquisition

For the last five years there is no question that financing has been the most difficult step in the process of buying a business. With the collapse of the financial markets in 2007, traditional sources of funding pretty much dried up. But now there is a light at the end of the tunnel. Continue reading

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