Category: Business sale by owner

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August 11, 2019

Business Seller’s Checklist

By Jeremy Albelda

Successfully selling a small business is a unique and challenging project, to say the least.  The small business owner must have many things in place in order to have a high probability of an efficient transfer and exit from their own company. According to Achim Neumann, President of A Neumann & Associates, LLC, a Merger…

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March 8, 2016

Save The Commissions – Forget the Advisor!

By Joseph Eneldas

Not surprisingly, the value of an M&A Advisor or business broker is often questioned. The intuitive reaction of a business owner is to question the commissions involved in selling a business and to try to avoid such “cost items.” “Rarely, though, does a business owner take into account the opportunity costs of not selling at all, or…

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September 7, 2015

Asking Price Premiums with a Business Broker

By Joseph Eneldas

Two months ago, I talked about how our biggest competitor in business transitions turns out to be the owner’s kids.  Last month, I let everybody know that our second-biggest competitor is “nobody.”  Many small business owners are determined to sell a businesses on their own in order to avoid paying a commission.  We looked at…

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April 8, 2014

A Failed Direct Deal?

By Joseph Eneldas

Quite often our firm is hired to establish a value for a company through an independent accredited fair market valuation, but then we find the company’s owner attempting to sell the company on his own. “The concept of ’doing a deal‘ directly might be enticing and perceived as a good way to save a broker’s…

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October 8, 2013

The Top 5 Mistakes In Selling A Business

By Joseph Eneldas

Quite often, business owners attempt to sell their company “on their own” once they are ready to retire. However, the process of selling a business is fraught with unknowns that make it so difficult – often with far reaching negative impact. “There is no question that it appears tempting to save on professional fees by…

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March 2, 2013

“I don’t need a valuation. I KNOW what my company is worth.” = Big Trouble

By Joseph Eneldas

Accountants and licensed CPA firms will be the first people to corroborate the assessment– that valuing a business is a specialized discipline that requires specific expertise. While accountants and professionals do play a key role in the gathering of necessary current financial information, they rarely offer accredited business valuation services because industry specialization is required…

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February 5, 2013

Business Sellers Should Demand an Independent Valuation……Ahead Of Time

By Joseph Eneldas

If a small business owner wants to sell a company now or sometime within the next five years, an independent business valuation in New York City or wherever your bussiness is based is an essential first step.  If the time is now, then the appraisal serves as the basis for a potential deal structure.  Should a…

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January 6, 2013

Fiscal Cliff Resolved…Now What?

By Joseph Eneldas

We’ve learned over the years that holidays are a time for many companies to take a step back and reflect. Many use this time to formulate new plans, budgets and human resource allocations for the upcoming year. “The same principles apply to us as an M&A and business brokerage firm,” says Achim Neumann, President of…

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December 2, 2012

Maximizing the Proceeds of a Business Sale: A Case Study

By Joseph Eneldas

Last month, we discussed how the top line of a transaction (the sale price), isn’t the only thing a business seller should be focusing on.  Ultimately, minimizing the tax impact will maximize the proceeds of any business sale.  Many readers of our e-newsletter were intrigued by this idea— especially intrigued that proper tax planning could…

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November 10, 2012

Making the Most of Uncertain Times

By Joseph Eneldas

The election is over, but most business owners agree that the economic uncertainty they had hoped would vanish is still with us and will remain so for the foreseeable future.  So what are the implications for an owner who is interested in selling his or her business and retiring during the next 12 to 24…