From the monthly archives: January 2009

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Sooner Than Expected - A Buyer's Market for Buying Businesses

While the economy is expected to remain weak throughout 2009, there will continue to be plenty of opportunities for individuals and businesses in a position to buy, according to a recently released survey. The report, published by the International Business Brokers Association, found that 61 percent of the survey participants, professionals involved in selling businesses, believe that more businesses will go up for sale in 2009, while 66 percent say they will sell more businesses this year compared to 2008. This is no surprise. In April 2008, just nine months ago, Inc Magazine published "The Most Valuable Businesses in America" issue, which spelled out the Seller's market that has historically existed but would change as baby boomers started retiring. So, we have, indeed, been anticipating the change of the business-for-sale marketplace. But it was predicted to occur steadily over the next decade. Economic turbulence has accelerated the natural process. “While the economy has put a damper on ...

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Houston Leads the Nation in Employment....Still

Houston registered the nation's biggest gain is private-sector employment, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics released today. As a matter of fact, Houston has been the pace setter for employment for the last couple of years. The Houston area added 42,400 private-sector jobs between November 2007 and November 2008, almost three times the gain of any other U.S. market, except for Dallas, the #2 market, with a gain of 35,100 jobs. No other U.S. market gained more than 15,600 private-sector jobs during the 12-month period. Just one-fifth of the nation’s 100 largest metropolitan areas, in fact, managed to add any jobs at all. Seventy-eight suffered losses, 21 posted increases, and one was unchanged. Four other markets lost more than 50,000 private-sector jobs during the past year: Atlanta, Los Angeles, Miami-Fort Lauderdale and Phoenix. The following are the 100 biggest labor markets in America, ranked according to raw change in private-sector employment between November 2007 and No ...

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