BUY A BUSINESS

Buy a Business


If you are looking to buy a business, we can help. Register to be added to our buyer database. We will contact you when we have businesses for sale that meet your criteria.

WHAT ARE THE STEPS TO BUYING A BUSINESS?

  1. Pre-qualify – Meet with a banker and obtain a pre-approval letter
  2. Research – Explore broker and acquisition websites (such as Bizbuysell.com) to better understand the mergers and acquisitions (M&A) market and to determine the type of business you want to acquire
  3. Get Connected – Once you’ve determined the industry and type of business you’d like to acquire, sign up with M&A websites to be notified should your industry have a business hit the market
  4. Sign NDA– Once you’ve contacted a listed business, sign a non-disclosure agreement (NDA) provided by the representing broker
  5. Share your background – Submit necessary documents to the vetting broker for the seller to feel comfortable moving forward with you (resume, personal financial statement or website and business financials, etc.)
  6. Review Business Details – Receive the Confidential Information Memorandum (CIM) from the selling broker to determine if the business is the right fit
  7. Schedule Meetings – Request a meeting with the broker and business owner
  8. Submit Offer – Submit a Letter of Intent (LOI) which is your offer
  9. Due Diligence – Once the LOI is signed, begin requesting documents needed for the sale of the business
  10. Purchase Agreement – Have attorneys prepare the Purchase Agreement (PA).
  11. Closing – Once due diligence has been completed, both sides agree to the PA and the lender is satisfied, the business should close
  12. Transition & Beyond – Work with the seller on the transition of the business. Congrats! You are the proud owner of a business.

CHECKLIST FOR BUYERS

If you are looking to purchase a business, the following checklist will help you be prepared:


Have you contacted a lender and do you have a pre-approval letter from the bank?

Do you have an updated resume and can you provide a link to your LinkedIn profile? If you are a strategic or financial buyer, please provide a link to your website.

Do you have a Personal Financial Statement (PFS) that you are willing to share? If you are a strategic buyer, can you share your last three years of P&L’s and Balance Sheets?

If an individual, do you have business ownership experience or have you grown up around owning a small business (such as parents owning a business)?

Have you thoroughly thought through the type of business and industry you’d like to acquire?

What type of business owner are you? Full-time, hands on operator or silent partner.

BUYER FAQS


This depends on your lender (if you use a loan). In today’s environment SBA loans currently require 10% of the selling price as a down payment by the buyer.

Depending on the structure of the transaction you may need to plan for working capital and inventory costs.  Oftentimes this is built into the loan.  You also will have the lenders closing costs.  Plus, you will have attorney fees.  Finally, if you feel the business needs to be updated or refreshed, plan on capital improvement costs.

This will need to be negotiated in a separate employee or independent contractor agreement. Oftentimes the seller will agree to stay on during transition.  The duration of the sellers commitment usually is determined by how involved the seller is with the business.  The more dependent the business is on the seller the longer you will want he/she to transition.

Once you sign a Letter of Intent (LOI) plan on anywhere from 45 days to 3-4 months.  This allows for due diligence, lenders preparation time, transition meetings and Purchase Agreement (PA) negotiations.  The more efficient the lender and attorneys are the faster the transaction will close.

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