“Breaking News” on Federal Stimulus Funding for Business Owners

We just wanted to follow up with you to share “breaking news” on the CARES Act (Coronavirus Aid, Relief & Economic Security) – H.R 748. $2 trillion relief bill has been just passed by the House of Representative by the voice vote to help the individuals, families, and business owners. Within this Act, there are several Federal government programs designed to help small businesses struggling in the wake of the COVID-19 financial collapse. These programs will ensure that these businesses get cash-in-hand to continue operating and – most importantly – to keep their employees working. Congress has not finished the fine print in the legislation, but we know this version of CARES provides for the following: Starting with the April 2020 payments, the SBA would pay 6 months of principal and interest on all existing SBA Loans under the 7A and 504 Loan Programs. The Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), a new program designed to rapidly get capital into the hands of small … [Read more...]

Letter from V-AID to All Business Owners Dealing with the Impact of COVID-19

Dear Our Valued Clients, Hope you and your family are safe and well. We just wanted to reach out to you during this challenging time as everyone is feeling the effects that COVID-19 is bringing to small businesses and the economy. As we understand that this could be a daunting time for anyone who runs a business, we wanted to write this to you in an effort to guide and help you in any way to endure and get through this crisis. In the course of last 20 years in this business sale industry, we had endured many types of economic crisis and downturns as well as witnessing the remarkable rebound of the market after each crisis. We strongly believe that this time we will also maneuver through this crisis as we are well equipped and more than ready to tackle this crisis with the years of our expertise and experience. Unlike 2007-2008 during the financial crisis where banks simply quit lending money to businesses, this situation is entirely different as a number of banks still remain … [Read more...]

Erase the Stress of Selling Your Business by Finding the Right Buyer

The fact that no one can deny is that life is a whole lot simpler when one can locate the good future buyer for his or her business. Purchasing or selling a business can be a distressing issue, however a lot of that pressure can be wiped out by getting the correct help. The Concept of the “Right Buyer”  In the latest Inc. article entitled, "How to Find the Right Buyer for Your Business and Avoid Negative Consequences," Bob House fabricates his article around an easy and clear compared to other article, yet ground-breaking, idea. House's point is, “the right buyer is worth more than a big check. House accurately calls attention to that numerous sellers become focused on escaping their business and looking forward to get paid. Due to too much of focusing on what they will get at the very last, these sellers disregard a scope of other significant facts. Some of sellers frequently miss the single most prominent variable in the whole procedure: finding the most qualified purchaser. … [Read more...]

IBBA and M&A Source Market Pulse Survey Report Predicts Major Changes

The IBBA and M&A Source Market Pulse Survey Report for the fourth quarter of 2018 has a range of interesting insights.  The survey’s purpose is to provide an “accurate understanding of market conditions for businesses being sold in Main Street (values $0-$2MM) and the Lower Middle Market (values $2MM-$50MM).  This national survey was designed as a tool for business owners and their advisors and has the support of both the Pepperdine Private Capital Markets Projects and the Pepperdine Graziadio Business School. One of the most striking facts to leap out of the report is the fact that a full one-third of advisors fully expect the strong market to end this year.  Overall, advisors are not optimistic that the current climate will continue through 2020.  In fact, advisors are encouraging sellers to consider placing their businesses on the market now, while the market is still strong.  This is according to Craig Everett, PhD and Assistant Professor of Finance and Director of the Pepperdine … [Read more...]

5 M&A Myths and How to Deal with Them

Where your money is concerned, myths can do damage.  A recent Divestopedia article from Tammie Miller entitled, Crazy M&A Myths You Need to Stop Believing Now, Miller explores 5 big M&A myths that can get you in trouble.  Miller points out that many of these myths are believed by CEOs, but that they have zero basis in reality. Myth 1 The first major myth Miller explores is the idea that the “negotiating is over once you sign the LOI.”  The letter of intention is, of course, important. However, this is by no means the end of the negotiations and it is potentially dangerous to think otherwise.  The negotiations are not concluded until there is a purchasing agreement in place. As Miller points out, there is a great deal that can go wrong during the due diligence process.  For this reason, it is important to not see the LOI as the “end of the road.” Myth 2 Another myth that Miller wants you to be aware of is that you don’t have to take a company’s debt as part of the purchase price.  Many … [Read more...]

10 Questions Everyone Should Ask Before Signing on the Dotted Line

Before buying any business, a seller must ask questions, lots of questions.  If there is ever a time where one should not be shy, it is when buying a business.  In a recent article from Entrepreneur magazine entitled, “10 Questions You Must Ask Before Buying a Business”, author Jan Porter explores 10 of the single most important questions prospective buyers should be asking before signing on the dotted line.   She points out to remember that “there are no stupid questions.” The first question highlighted in this article is “What are your biggest challenges right now?”  The fact is this is one of the single most prudent questions one could ask.  If you want to reduce potential surprises, then ask this question. “What would you have done differently?” is another question that can lead to great insights.  Every business owner should be an expert regarding his or her own business.  It only makes sense to tap into that expertise when one has the opportunity.  The answers to this question … [Read more...]

A Step by Step Overview of the First Time Buyer Process

A Step by Step Overview of the First Time Buyer Process An article which updated recently, First Time Buyer Processes by business broker Pat Jones investigates the way toward purchasing a business in each step accurately. Jones mentioned that there are numerous reasons that individuals purchase business including the craving to be business owner. But, he warned that prospective buyer better not to purchase a business that they don't like. In many cases, numerous future business owners may choose a business they don’t like because it can make more money, however it could eventually prompt disappointment. Step One – Information Gathering Jones introduced that business purchasing process is consist of seven steps. At the highest priority on the lists is to assemble data on businesses so an owner has a thought of what sort of businesses are engaging. Step Two – Your Broker Working with a business broker is the key for moving on to next step. This will be of course extremely … [Read more...]

Key Elements for Every Partnership Agreement

You should always remember that contract with partners is, actually, one of the most significant business document you will ever sign. Numerous individuals start a new business with friends and family, relatives or deep rooted companions, and they realized that they ought to have had a contract between them. A partnership agreement secures everybody within the contract and can help to prevent issues that may emerge. Preparing what will occur during various possible circumstances and occasions in a legitimate system can enable your business to continue running easily and safely. What Should Be in a Partnership Agreement? Each business is, obviously, not same; in any case, that being said, any business should plan, with as much clear as could be, the rights and obligations of all members in the contract. A professionally stated and deliberately considered partnership agreement will protect from little issues to complicated and serious problem could happen between business partners. … [Read more...]

Embracing Retirement and Selling: 4 Tips for a Smooth Transition

Nobody works until the end of time. Despite the amount you adore your business, at some point or another you have to sell your business. Owning a business can be extremely demanding. This reality can be very valid for owner-operators of businesses. The basic reality is that you'll need to grasp retirement eventually with the help of a professional business broker to sell your business. Most entrepreneurs have never sold a business and may not realize what's in store. Fortunately prospective purchasers typically like buying a business specifically from an entrepreneur. It is critical, be that as it may, to do everything conceivable to make selling your business, and in addition the progress time frame, as simple for a purchaser as could be expected under the circumstances by working with a professional business broker. Preparing your business to be purchased has various parts that should be mulled over. Prospective purchasers need to feel just as they will have a consistent … [Read more...]

Are You Asking a Reasonable Price for Your Privately Held Company?

Setting a cost on a privately-held organization is generally more intricate than putting a value, or a cost, on an openly held organization sold by a professional business broker. There are numerous purposes behind this reality, yet one of the best reasons is that privately-held organizations don't have reviewed money related proclamations. Why are Audited Financial Statements Lacking in Privately-Held Companies? Setting up an audited financial statement is costly and, subsequently, numerous organizations that have not opened up to the world basically forego the cost. Then again, freely held organizations uncover substantially more data viewing their fundsand in addition a scope of different sorts of data. Contrasted with a privately-held organization, a freely held organization can regularly appear like an "open book." Buyers are left with the suggestion of digging out significantly more data from a privately-held organization so as to survey regardless of whether a valuation … [Read more...]