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5 Things Acquiring Companies Look For

5 Things Acquiring Companies Look For

5 Things Acquiring Companies Look For I’ve written before about strategic acquisitions – when one company buys another, usually smaller company, because the smaller company has something the acquiring company wants and the acquiring compnay one wants it now! When a company wants to expand in some way – geographically,

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Dishonest Sellers: Part Deux!

Dishonest Sellers: Part Deux!

Dishonest Sellers: Part Deux! Last week I shared the first half of a story about an experience we had with a less-than-honest seller and his equally ethically-challenged attorney. Recall that these unscrupulous individuals had, on several occasions during and even after the due diligence period, tried to screw the buyer

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Dishonest Sellers: What’s a Broker to Do?

Dishonest Sellers: What's a Broker to Do?

Dishonest Sellers: What’s a Broker to Do? If you’re a business broker – or plan to become one – a dishonest seller is going to find his way to your door sooner or later. Aside from the immediate financial harm your brokerage business could face from that, dealing with a

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The Best Time to Sell? What the Pros Say

The Best Time to Sell? What the Pros Say

Is This the Best Time to Sell a Business? Have you noticed a trend in my recent posts? There has been one, even if you haven’t noticed. And that trend has been my repeated statements about how frenetic the business-buying market has become in the past 18-20 months and that

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Selling a Business Quickly: A Tale of Two Sales

Selling a Business Quickly: A Tale of Two Sales

Sell a Business Quickly Want a fast exit? That tells me a lot, little of which is good. An attempt to sell a business quickly strongly suggests lack of preparation and if you’ve been reading these blog posts for any length of time, you know that lack of preparation is

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Demand for Businesses Makes This a Great Time to Sell

Demand for Businesses Makes This a Great Time to Sell

Demand for Businesses: Why Now is a Great Time to Sell “Deal fever” – unprecedented demand for businesses – is rapidly spreading through the Middle Market business segment and if you’re a business owner or business broker, the prevailing situation impacts you. Middle-market companies are looking to acquire competitors and

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Buying a Business: Growing Through Acquisition

Buying a Business: Growing Through Acquisition

Growing Through Acquisition Most business owners want to grow their business and there are a number of ways to do this. You can hire more sales staff or add distributors; if you’re a wholesaler or manufacturer, you can start a retail operation; you can expand into online sales; you can

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Starting vs Buying a Business

Starting vs Buying a Business

Thinking of Starting a Business? Let’s Chat About It First Starting vs Buying a Business Millions of people have a dream of owning their own business. My guess is that you’re one of them. That dream may have been born from seeing other people successfully operate their own businesses or

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Selling a Specialty Business

Selling a Specialty Business

Selling a Specialty Business Selling a Specialty Business may seem like an odd title for a post. Why? Because most businesses could be considered “specialty businesses”. After all, if your business is a supplier of dental tools, a custom guitar manufacturer, a maker of high-fat ice cream, a business brokerage,

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Buying a Business: Risk Allocation Between Buyer and Seller

Buying a Business: Risk Allocation Between Buyer and Seller

Buying a Business: Risk Allocation What is “risk allocation” and how does it pertain to and figure into the negotiations when buying a business? Risk allocation is an attempt by the buyers and sellers of a business to identify known risks – as well as acknowledge that there may be

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