From the monthly archives: August 2009

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When do entrepreneurs look to buy a small business?

Who says there’s an age limit on the question "What do I want to be?" According to a recent study, a large number of small business owners weren’t bit by the entrepreneurship bug until they graduated from college or started down a completely different career path. Nearly one-third of respondents to Ace Hardware’s Entrepreneurship Study made the decision to become self-employed during their post-college career lives -- a time when many of their peers were immersing themselves in their chosen professions. "I don’t think it comes as much of a surprise that small business owners decide to become their own boss later in life when you consider the benefits of financial accumulation coupled with the managerial and business insight they develop," says John Venhuizen, vice president of business development for Ace Hardware Corporation. "In general, these older entrepreneurs have a greater knowledge of the inner-workings of the business world -- in addition to strong leadership and manager ...

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The Five C's of Credit Analysis for Getting a Loan for Buying a Business

If you are buying a business and plan to obtain financing from a lending institution, these five tips provided by Adeline Rem, Regional Vice President of Celtic Bank, will be helpful in getting your loan approved. 1. Capacity The capacity of the borrower to repay is the most critical of the five factors. The prospective lender will want to know exactly how you intend to repay the loan. The lender will consider the cash flow from the business, the timing of the repayment, and the probability of successful repayment of the loan. Payment history on existing credit relationships -- personal or commercial -- is considered an indicator of future payment performance. Prospective lenders also will want to know about your contingent sources of repayment. 2. Capital Capital is the money you personally have invested in the business and is an indication of how much you have at risk should the business fail. Prospective lenders and investors will expect you to have contributed from your own assets and to ...

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