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The State of the Business-For-Sale Market 2020

Is 2020 a Good Year to Sell a Business?  Before deciding whether or not to buy or sell a business in 2020, you should be aware that political unease is driving down business valuations. While there is no recession yet, the prospect of one is still on the horizon, and 53 percent of business brokers surveyed by the Market Pulse Report of Pepperdine Business School says it’s already driving down valuations. This national survey was completed by business brokers and M&A advisors with the intent of providing a valuable resource to business owners and their advisors.

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It's A Competitive Market For Buying A Business

If you are looking for a profitable, well-run business to acquire, you are not alone.  Right now, there are not enough businesses for sale to meet buyer demand, as reported by a Market Pulse Survey in early 2017 sponsored by the IBBA (International Business Brokers Association) and M&A Source. The survey was conducted with support from the Graziado School of Business at Pepperdine University.


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Navigating Today's Business-For-Sale Environment

A record number of small businesses were bought and sold in America in 2016, topping 2015's totals by 8.6 percent and 2014's previous high by 4.6 percent. Will this momentum be sustained? According to Deloitte's year-end report "activity is poised to accelerate, perhaps significantly." Primary factors for the bullish outlook are stock prices at historic levels, interest rates... despite the forecast for an increase...remain near or at historic lows, an improving business environment, more qualified buyers on the market, and much improved financing options.


The following data shows a snapshot of 2016 market statistics for the Greater Houston Metro Area. A total of 66 U.S. metro areas were represented in a report by BizBuySell from data provided by Business Brokers. Most businesses are valued based on a multiple of adjusted earnings.

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Is Now a Good Time to Buy a Business?

If you buy a business in Texas, now is a good time to buy a business. With a roller-coaster stock market, a not-quite bottomed-out real estate market, and interest rates so low, there is nowhere else that will yield a higher return on your investment than in your own business. In what other investment can you receive a return of 25% and higher, and over which you have control? While many areas of the country might not be faring well, business owners in Texas reported higher sales growth than the rest of the country. Texas has consistently been one of the best economic engines in the nation and ranked the Best State For Business in 2010 and 2011. Texas is popping up on a lot of radar screens as a place to relocate or expand for businesses because of its future outlook for growth. If you are looking for stability, better predictability and control in today's economy, buying a business in Texas can offer all of these as long as you invest wisely and purchase a quality business ...

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Houston's Top Standing in U.S.

We've been touting the Houston Economy and marketplace for years. But don't just take our word for it. You'll enjoy watching this YouTube production that struck a chord with people across the country and has become an online hit. See why everyone is talking about Houston!

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Houston: Model City -- Forbes Article by Joel Kotkin

Do cities have a future? Pessimists point to industrial-era holdovers like Detroit and Cleveland. Urban boosters point to dense, expensive cities like New York, Boston and San Francisco. Yet if you want to see successful 21st-century urbanism, hop on down to Houston and the Lone Star State. You won't be alone: Last year Houston added 141,000 residents, more than any region in the U.S. save the city's similarly sprawling rival, Dallas-Fort Worth. Over the past decade Houston's population has grown by 24%--five times the rate of San Francisco, Boston and New York. In that time it has attracted 244,000 new residents from other parts of the U.S., while older cities experienced high rates of out-migration. It is even catching up on foreign immigration, enjoying a rate comparable with New York's and roughly 50% higher than that of Boston or Chicago. So what does Houston have that these other cities lack? Opportunity. Between 2000 and 2009 Houston's employment grew by 260,000. Greater New York City--with nearl ...

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Texas No. 1 on 'Best-for-Business' State List for CEOs

Texas ranked as the No. 1 state for business in a recent survey (May 24, 2010) of CEOs published in “Chief Executive” magazine. Closely following in the poll of 651 CEOs were North Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and Nevada. Rounding out the top 10 were Florida, Georgia, Colorado, Utah, and South Carolina. As for the bottom of the barrel, California led the way, followed by New York, Michigan, New Jersey, and Massachusetts. "Texas is pro-business with reasonable regulations, while California is anti-business with anti-business regulations," one CEO told the magazine. The CEOs ranked states in three main categories: taxes and regulation, skill of the workforce, and quality of living. Perhaps not coincidentally, nine of the top 10 — Colorado is the exception — are among the 22 right-to-work states in the country, meaning that state law forbids forcing employees to join a union to be able to work. Meanwhile, all five of the states the CEOs ranked on the bottom do not have su ...

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Texas #2 State in America for Small Business Development for 2010

The Small Business and Entrepreneurship Council (SBEC) has ranked Texas the second-best state in America for small-business development for 2010. The council released its Business Tax Index: Best to Worst State Tax Systems for Entrepreneurship and Small Business report. The report analyzes and combines 16 different tax measures into one tax score for all 50 states and the District of Columbia, including income, capital gains, property, death/inheritance and unemployment taxes. The report also takes into account various consumption-based taxes such as state gas and diesel levies. "Taxes at the state and local levels matter by diverting resources from and reducing incentives for productive, private-sector risk taking that generates innovation, growth and jobs," says Raymond J. Keating, chief economist for SBEC and author of the report. "Quite simply, economic recovery will be restrained by high or increasing taxes, or boosted by low or falling taxes. Governors and legislators have a choice." The Small ...

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Texas Comptroller's Economic Outlook

Updated April 10, 2010 The Texas economy, the world’s 12th-largest, continues to fare better than those of many other states. But Texas felt the effects of the worldwide recession during 2009. According to the National Bureau of Economic Research, the U.S. economy peaked in December 2007 and entered recession. The Texas economy continued to grow through most of 2008, with employment peaking in August that year, then Texas joined the nation in losing jobs. During 2009, Texas’ gross state product (GSP) declined more slowly than the U.S. economy (-1.7 percent versus -2.5 percent.) Despite the state’s economy contracting in 2009, Texas’ relative economic advantage should continue as the state and U.S. economies turn around and expand again in 2010. Although job growth will continue to lag the renewed expansion of economic production, the Comptroller’s office estimates that the Texas’ GSP will grow by 2.6 percent during calendar 2010. The U.S. economy should grow at a s ...

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Small Businesses Will Lead Economic Rebound

As markets continue to stabilize, 45% of CEOs interviewed for Pricewaterhouse-Coopers’ Private Company Trendsetter Barometer survey are optimistic about the US economy over the next 12 months (up two points from the previous quarter), and 47% who market abroad are optimistic about the world economy. Additionally, an increasing number plan to raise operational spending over the next 12 months (62%), despite concerns of legislative and regulatory pressures. The gap in projected revenue growth and hiring for small (less than $100 million in annual revenue) versus large (more than $100 million in annual revenue) private businesses has continued to widen this quarter with smaller firms projecting revenue growth at 11.7% versus 3.9% for large firms; hiring was cited at 56 % versus 34%. However, large private firms are planning for major capital investments at a larger percentage – 33% versus 26% among small firms. "The higher projected revenue growth rates and hiring for smaller companies versus l ...

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