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Don't you wish financing a business could be easy? Well, keep these important tips and tools handy to have a smooth buying experience.

Build a Business Plan When You Buy A Business

An essential part of any business is its plan for success. Your business plan lays the foundation and groundwork for your new venture.

Business Plans are a standard requirement by lending institutions, including SBA lenders, when pursuing financing for a business acquisition. However, business plans should be looked at as part of the bigger picture, as an architectural blueprint, the guide that will elevate your enterprise to the level you envision.

The discipline of constructing a business plan gives you the opportunity to examine and understand the challenges ahead and generate realistic expectations for your new business. This involves cohesively organizing your business ideas and financial needs and aligning them with detailed marketing and management plans that conform to your budgetary constrictions.

How far ahead should business plans look? A three year prospectus is standard since circumstances can change over long periods of time. Business plans should also include contingency plans since investors or lenders will want to know how the company will continue operations should something happen to the owner.

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Indo-American Chamber of Commerce Presents Small Business Success Series

The Indo-American Chamber of Commerce of Greater Houston (IACCGH), as part of their Small Business Success Series, will be hosting a moderated dinner event at Bombay Brasserie Restaurant in Houston, Texas, on June 24, 2008. Tara Energy, headquartered in Houston and one of the largest independent retail electricity providers in Texas, is sponsoring the event. Frank Stabler, CEO of Certified Business Brokers (CBB), has been invited to serve as a distinguished panelist for the event to answer questions on the following topics: How To Sell Your Business How To Buy An Existing Business How To Finance Your Business and other related questions from guests and attendees Since 1999 the IACCGH has been a powerful advocate and important resource for businesses looking to capitalize on the tremendous opportunities presented through international trade. This organization has made a significant impact on the rich, diverse and prosperous Houston economy. For more information about this e ...

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Buying an Existing Business Beats Starting a Franchise

Last Friday afternoon I was a guest on KSEV Radio AM 700 with host Aubrey Thoede and had the opportunity to discuss a subject that many call-in listeners wanted to learn more about....starting their own franchise. But buying a new franchise is not the best way to go about achieving the "American Dream." Everyone reads or hears about big corporate mergers and large company acquisitions. However, big corporations aren't the only companies being bought and sold. Profitable, privately-held small businesses are changing hands everyday. These transactions are done behind the scenes and are not reported along with the daily stock market news. These business exchanges fly under the radar of the public at large -- which may be part of the reason that it is not commonly understood that buying an existing small business is the most viable path to being a successful business owner. If you are considering your options for going into business for yourself, buying an already established profitable business should be t ...

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Buying A Small Business - Get Prequalified For Financing

Get Reviewed and Prequalified For Financing So You Can Leverage Your Business Purchase. Getting prequalified for financing by lenders is very important for two specific reasons. 1) 90% of all small businesses sold have some form of financing involved. 2) One of the biggest reasons that deals falls through is because the buyer could not obtain financing. While some sellers are willing to provide partial financing to a qualified buyer, they would much rather the buyer be able to get third party financing so they can receive their cash up front at closing. Wouldn't you? The seller takes a considerable risk on a buyer he doesn't know too well and can only hope that the buyer will be successful in running the operation. The usual cash injection (down payment) required by SBA and other lenders in the purchase of a small business is generally around 20% to 30% and the rest is financed. This, of course, is based on your personal financial standing and background. You will need to submit personal fina ...

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Sell Your Business Faster - Prequalify it for Bank Financing

Business Owners Should Prequalify Their Business For Potential Buyers Before Putting It On the Market. Whenever we advise our business-owner clients this, they look at us sideways wondering if we have lost our minds! They usually reply, "isn't it the buyers responsibility to get prequalified and get financing for the purchase of my business?" Nothing could be further from the truth. It makes good sense for business owners to have their business financial records, tax returns, deal structure, and price reviewed by lending institutions before marketing the business to prospective buyers for several reasons. 1. Based on the financials and tax returns from the previous three years you need to know if your business is eligible for potential buyers to get a loan to buy your business. If you know that your business is not eligible for financing, then you know that the deal structure for selling your business will be very different without bank financing involved. 2. You also won't waste time with buyer ...

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Small Business Loans Hit Record Breaking Levels in 2007

The U.S. Small Business Administration posted record-breaking loan numbers again in FY 2007, expanding access to capital to thousands of entrepreneurs across America and setting records for both the combined number and dollar volume of loans, according to their News Release today.SBA approved 110,275 loans totaling more than $20.6 billion under its two primary small business loan programs during the 12 months ending on Sept.30 2007, compared with 107,233 loans worth $20.25 billion in 2006. With the strong results in 2007, the combined outstanding loan balances in the 7(a) and 504 loan programs increased 6.5 percent to $66.7 billion. The total does not include an additional $2.65 billion in venture capital funding provided by SBA-licensed Small Business Investment Companies to more than 2,000 small businesses.The SBA plays an increasingly vital role in enabling small businesses across the country to get the capital they need to buy and grow their businesses, create jobs and build their communities. Although SB ...

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To Build, To Franchise, or to Buy an Existing Business......That is the Question

Should you be the architect of a new business and start from scratch, buy a new franchise, or buy an established existing business? Every year, thousands of people consider going into business for themselves and these are the three routes to get there. Each course has advantages and disadvantages that one should consider.

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The 1031 Exchange -- Sell Business Property Now, Pay Tax Later

A growing number of investors are selling properties and paying taxes later through a deal structure called a 1031 exchange. Section 1031 of the U.S. Tax Code permits a seller of commercial properties to defer the capital gains obligation if it identifies a replacement property within 45 days of closing the sale. The seller must then close on its new purchase within 180 days of the first closing. In a typical transaction, the property owner is taxed on any gain realized from the sale. However, through a Section 1031 Exchange, the tax on the gain is deferred until some future date. Section 1031 of the Internal Revenue Code provides that no gain or loss shall be recognized on the exchange of property held for productive use in a trade or business, or for investment. A tax-deferred exchange is a method by which a business owner who has outgrown a company-owned building, for example, can defer the tax liability as long as the proceeds are used to buy another building of equal or greater value within a spe ...

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Who Would Be the Buyer of Your Small Business? Part 1

The Individual Buyer Category represents the largest number of prospective buyers for small to midsize privately-held businesses. Understanding who the buyers are and their acquisition criteria will enable business owners to be better prepared when the time comes to sell. The individual buyer category encompasses a variety of buyer types that include wealthy individuals, corporate executives, engineers and salespeople working for large firms, and immigrants entrepreneurs who have recently moved to the US. There are two other buyer categories that will be discussed in a future post: Financial Buyers (sometimes called investment buyers) and Synergistic buyers. Each buyer category differs in their purpose for making an acquisition and the types of businesses they target. Wealthy Individuals often are people who have taken early retirement from corporate America and after a brief period of being nonproductive decide to get into their own business. They tend to acquire midsize companies grossing in excess of ...

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Small Business Owners: Prequalify Your Business for a SBA Loan Early in the Selling Process

SBA prequalified businesses get more attention in the businesses-for-sale marketplace because it saves potential buyers a lot of effort and time to secure financing. More importantly, however, they know the business is financially sound. The more interest generated in your business, the better the chances for a quicker sale.

If your business is eligible for SBA financing, it will usually get a higher price.....especially if you provide a small amount of additional financing to the buyer. It makes the buyer feel more secure about purchasing your business knowing that you have enough confidence in the performance of the business to provide a loan. Or, based on the buyer's financial capabilities, you may get all cash instead of having to provide any portion of the financing yourself.

When your business is prequalified for financing, you will also get advice on what types of buyers would be approved for financing for your type of business, potential terms, and deal structure. You will also get a Letter of Prequalification you can present to qualified potential buyers.

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