Grow Through Acquisition Library

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Preliminary Due Diligence: Steps to Should Take Before Making an Offer on a Small Business

It can be exciting to find a small business that meets your criteria for acquisition. But before pressing forward with …

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What to Consider Before Buying an Established Business

As a business owner, you know the importance of growth. Efforts to grow organically through increased awareness, by building a …

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Mistakes to Avoid When Buying a Second Business

From overlooking key issues to making missteps in negotiations, there are mistakes to avoid when buying a second business. In …

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How to Use Your Retirement Savings to Fund Your Business Acquisition

You have many options for attaining the funding you need to finance a business acquisition. But if the idea of …

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How to Find a Second Business to Acquire

If you own a business and are interested in growth, you may want to find a second business to acquire. …

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How to Renegotiate with the Seller

Due diligence is one of the most important tasks you’ll take on when buying a business. Through the process, you’ll …

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Close the Deal: 11 Things You Need to Take Ownership of a Small Business

A great deal of work goes into finding a business to buy. Once you’ve found one, completed the due diligence …

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A business owner holding cash uses a calculator to determine how much more she'll need to cover the costs of a business acquisition.

Consider Asset-Backed Financing for a Business Acquisition

There are many ways to cover the costs of a business acquisition. One that few owners consider is asset-backed financing. …

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Should I Buy a Distressed Business?

You can find distressed businesses in every industry. Some can be great opportunities, especially if they can be bought for …

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Partnering to Raise the Capital You Need to Buy a Business

It can be expensive to buy a business. In many cases, the costs are far higher than a person can …

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The Reasons You Need a Letter of Intent (LOI) to Purchase a Business

When you find a business you’d like to purchase, your attorney will draft a letter of intent (LOI) to indicate …

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Find an Accountant for Your Acquisition

You’ll need to find a knowledgeable business accountant for any small business acquisition—and for all the work that follows. Here’s …

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Find an Attorney for Your Acquisition

If you’re thinking of buying another business, you’ll need to find an attorney who can draft agreements, review contracts, and …

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Assessing the Listing: What Buyers Should Look for in Every Business Posting

Almost every business listing on business brokerage sites follows a specific format. It can be great to have this consistency—and …

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How to Evaluate the Price of a Business

Looking for a business to buy? Once you find one and pour through its documents, financials, and records, you’ll need …

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Why Seller Financing Can Be a Great Source of Capital for an Acquisition

Seller financing is often a great option for covering the costs of a business that’s for sale. Sometimes called a …

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Starting the Acquisition Process: The Right Ways to Connect with an Owner

Ready to take on the small business acquisition process? Your research, conversations with key industry players, and searches on business …

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Term Loans for a Business Acquisition

When it comes to funding a small business acquisition, loans are one of the most common sources of capital. Many …

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What You Need to Know to Buy a Second Business

Want to buy another business? Many owners are making this smart move to grow and scale their current business, reach …

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Post-Transition: The Actions You Need to Take After Buying a Business

You’ve spent months searching for a business to buy, pouring through financials, negotiating offers, and navigating financing. After buying a …

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A person seated at a table is confident as she works on the "how to" steps to negotiate buying another business.

Negotiate the Terms of an Acquisition

You’ve found a business that meets your criteria and you’ve vetted it with your accountant and attorney. Now, your focus …

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Create a Business Plan That’ll Help You Attain Financing for Growth

When you apply for an SBA loan, a term loan, or seller financing for a business you plan to buy, …

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Using an SBA Loan for a Business Acquisition

Many business owners take on an SBA loan to cover the costs of a small business acquisition. Named after the …

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The Due Diligence Process for Business Acquisitions

In the due diligence process, you’ll review the ins and outs of the business you intend to buy. You’ll gather …

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A business buyer connects with two business owners to buy a business that's not for sale

Buying a Business That Isn’t for Sale

One of the best growth strategies for your current business—or to expand your investment portfolio—may be to buy another established, …

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Buy a Business: The Sales Agreement

After you’ve found a business to buy, evaluated its viability, and negotiated its terms, your attorney will draft a sales …

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Your Go-to Guide to Financing Growth Through Acquisition

It can be expensive to buy a business. Fortunately, there are lots of ways to take on financing your acquisition. …

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