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Zen & the Art of Selling your Business

June 1, 2017

Zen emphasizes rigorous self-control,, and the personal expression of  Doing Good in daily life, and Buddhism explains a purpose to life, it explains apparent injustice and inequality around the world, and it provides a code of practice or way of life that leads to true happiness.

 

A South Florida Business Broker has created a Zen Concierge Model to Selling your Business that provides a No Stress approach to the owner, and No Fees until your Business is Sold. Selling your Business

 

Confidentiality is a key component to our approach and your employees, customers, and suppliers are not alerted to the fact that your business is for sale. A binding Non Disclosure Agreement is signed by every prospect prior to receiving any information about your business.

 

The Concierge approach entails providing a custom Business Plan to reflect the potential value for your business. The Business Plan becomes the “Secret Sauce” to maximizing the value of your business, and clearly differentiates South Florida for Me Business Brokers in this space.

 

Our extensive database of buyers include Private Equity firms, Corporations, and Qualified Individuals who are looking for niche businesses whose potential has been limited by lack of capital, sales, or marketing resources. We currently have a strong demand for businesses with revenue between $500,000-$3,000,000.

 

Our Social Media Network is expansive, and Edward Sklar is one of the most socially connected Business Brokers in South Florida, with literally hundreds of thousands of professional connections across the country.

 

Also, Edward is a REALTOR, and used his Real Estate connections as a Referral Database

The www.southfloridaforme.com team of United Realty Group is accepts referrals from agents for clients interested in purchasing a business in South Florida.

If the ZEN Concierge approach sounds interesting please contact me at:

edwardsklar@southfloridaforme.com

www.southfloridaforme.com

Baby Boomers Dilemma-Buying a Business at your Age?

May 11, 2017

Florida Business Brokers

Baby Boomers Dilemma-Buying a Business at your Age?

As a card carrying member of the Boomer generation and a South Florida Business Broker  I hear the stories of why business owners are selling their Florida businesses. Perhaps even more interesting is why so many Boomers are interested in Buying a Florida Business at this stage of their life.

Search Florida Businesses for Sale

This is because many Baby Boomers in Florida are too young to retire, and are facing age discrimination in the corporate world.  What is a better way to use your years of experience in the corporate world than to leverage your strengths  and buy a business in Florida?

An interesting tidbit is that those in the age group between 55-64 years of age form businesses at a higher rate than any other age group. Many people in this group have substantial retirement accounts but  realize that starting…

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Baby Boomers Dilemma-Buying a Business at your Age?

May 11, 2017

Baby Boomers Dilemma-Buying a Business at your Age?

As a card carrying member of the Boomer generation and a South Florida Business Broker  I hear the stories of why business owners are selling their Florida businesses. Perhaps even more interesting is why so many Boomers are interested in Buying a Florida Business at this stage of their life.

Search Florida Businesses for Sale

This is because many Baby Boomers in Florida are too young to retire, and are facing age discrimination in the corporate world.  What is a better way to use your years of experience in the corporate world than to leverage your strengths  and buy a business in Florida?

An interesting tidbit is that those in the age group between 55-64 years of age form businesses at a higher rate than any other age group. Many people in this group have substantial retirement accounts but  realize that starting to use these funds too early makes retirement a tradeoff of trying to live life on a fixed and limited income.

Many people are realizing the cost of living in many places in the country does not enable a lifestyle that is conducive to quality of life that you have work so hard to achieve and why Florida has become a leading choice for those seeking a lifestyle change.

As a Boca Raton Business Broker I am primarily involved with South Florida businesses for sale which includes business listings in Palm Beach, Broward, and Dade Counties. However, my membership in the Business Brokers of Florida (BBF) gives me an opportunity to find businesses for sale throughout Florida.

Many people I have spoken with are not certain which type of business makes the most  sense for them which has prompted me to create a questionnaire to help narrow down the choices. If you have an interest in receiving a copy of this document send me an email

edwardsklar@southfloridaforme.com  and I will be pleased to send it to you.

Many of the businesses we have available offer owner financing, but please visit this link if you want to know:

How much of a Loan can I Qualify for?

Please think about how secure you will feel in buying a business with established cash flow where your expertise can bring it to another level. All of our clients receive an opportunity to work with our team of professionals for assistance in areas such as legal, accounting, marketing, sales, and business planning.

Financing a Business Acquisition in Florida

April 8, 2017

The Florida Business Brokers  team are members of the Business Brokers of Florida, and provide a concierge approach to helping buyers evaluate the appropriate business to meet their requirements. 

One of the questions we hear most often is how can I finance the business I am interested in?

We have compiled a list of resources for you to begin exploring, and have several lenders available who have been successful in obtaining loans for viable businesses.

One of more popular loans is those guaranteed by the SBA. Please follow this link to view a quick video showing the highlights of this program.

https://www.sba.gov/videos/sba-loans-explained

The State of Florida offers many types of financing:

Florida Development Finance Corporation (FDFC)
State Small Business Credit Initiative (SSBCI)
Enterprise Florida, Inc.’s (EFI) Minority & Small Business, Entrepreneurship and Capital (MaSBEC) division partners with outside organizations to provide small, minority and entrepreneurial companies with training, development and financing options. EFI has an extensive network of state, federal and non-profit resources ready to assist small businesses in accessing capital, entering new markets, and creating revenue growth and job creation.
Capital Programs
EFI facilitates the following capital programs that match qualifying small businesses with lenders that can provide financial assistance and lines of credit:
Small Business Loan Support Program
EFI’s State Small Business Credit Initiative (SSBCI) and Microfinance Guarantee programs are designed to assist small businesses in obtaining loan approvals and leverage private capital for use in startup costs, working capital, business procurement, franchise fees, equipment, inventory, or the purchase of owner‐occupied commercial real estate. The program provides a lender with the necessary security, in the form of a partial guarantee, for the lender to approve a loan or line-of-credit.
Bond Financing
The EFI‐managed Florida Development Finance Corporation (FDFC) was created to be a conduit issuer (not direct issuer) of industrial revenue bonds (IRBs) for small manufacturers and 501(c)3 organizations. The advantage of IRBs is the potential to provide borrowers significant interest and state tax savings. IRB proceeds may be used for capital expenditures only, such as the purchase of land, new long‐term equipment, and building construction/renovations.
Venture Capital Program
The EFI‐sponsored Florida Opportunity Fund provides venture capital for start-up and early-stage businesses. State Venture Capital Programs often take one of two forms: a state-run venture capital fund (which may include other private investors) that invests directly in businesses; or a fund of funds, which is a fund that invests in other venture capital funds that in turn invest in individual businesses. Many factors, particularly resources and available talent, inform a state’s decision on which form to choose.
Phase 0 Program
EFI’s SBIR/STTR Phase 0 Program helps Florida’s small businesses improve their chances of submitting a successful Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) or Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Phase 1 proposal for federal research and development funds. Eligible expenses include market research, technology consulting services, grant writing assistance, related travel and legal/accounting fees.
Minority Business Development
EFI has endeavored to support existing minority development efforts by partnering with established outside organizations to provide small, minority and entrepreneurial companies with training, development and financing options. EFI has an extensive network of state, federal and non-profit resources ready to assist small businesses in accessing capital, entering new markets, and creating revenue growth and job creation. Specifically, a Group of 6 or “G6” partners have been vital to a successful outreach and communication in this area. Our G6 partners include:
The Florida Advisory Council on Small and Minority Business Development
The Florida Association of Minority Business Enterprise Officials
The Florida Consortium of Black Business
The Hispanic Business Initiative Fund

 

Please find much more info on funding and special situations such as businesses likely to secure a visa, businesses for veterans, etc..

If you are interested in finding a business for sale in Florida contact me:

edwardsklar@southfloridaforme.com

 

www.southfloridaforme.com

 

Home Automation for South Florida Real Estate

December 8, 2016

Home Automation

(BPT) – Just a decade or two ago, home automation was still something of a novelty. Some homeowners might have had programmable thermostats in their homes, but many probably hadn’t thought of automating things like window coverings. Moreover, they likely viewed any home automation they did have as a convenience. Today, home automation is becoming an essential efficiency-enhancing element in many homes. Please visit www.southfloridaforme.com to learn about homes in Boca Raton, Delray Beach, Boynton Beach, and Lake Worth.

Right now, just fewer than 6 percent of American households have automated homes, but within four years that percentage is expected to triple to nearly 19 percent, according to data compiled by Statista.com. What’s driving more people to automate their homes? A report by icontrol networks found security, cost savings and eco-friendly energy efficiency are what people find most exciting about home automation.

Heating and cooling, lighting and security systems are among the most common elements automated in homes, but they’re far from the only ones that can save you money and make your home more efficient. Here are three surprising things you can automate in your home to further improve efficiency, boost energy savings and lower energy costs:

Window coverings

Shades, drapes, blinds, and awnings can all help control the amount of heat and light that enter your home. Selecting window coverings to block out light and heat in summer, and admit light in winter, can help your home’s heating and cooling systems work more efficiently. However, the effectiveness of window coverings hinges on opening and closing them at the right time — something you may forget to do, or not be home to do.

Automating and powering window coverings can help automatically maximize their effectiveness. Depending on the climate where you live, automating window coverings could yield energy savings of 11-20 percent, according to a study commissioned by the Consumer Technology Association (CTA).

Somfy’s motorized solutions easily integrate with any home automation system, regardless of brand or technology, and offer many options for controlling window coverings. Select from a wide variety of hand-held remotes, sensors, wall switches, and the myLink app that allows you to control your motorized window coverings from mobile devices.

Door locks

If you’ve ever been locked out of your house or had a guest arrive at your home when you were out, you probably wished there was some way to unlock your front door without a key — and from miles away. Smart locks allow you to do both those things and more.

You can replace or supplement an existing lock by installing a smart lock, and you won’t need a professional locksmith to do it. If you can install a regular lock and operate a smartphone, you have the expertise you need to add and use a smart lock.

In addition to allowing you to lock and unlock your door without a key, smart locks also allow you to operate the lock remotely from an app on your phone. You can also receive alerts when the door has been unlocked — a great way to track the comings and goings of latchkey kids. Many allow you to generate a single-use digital key that you can email to guests or service providers who may need to enter your home when you’re not there. Smart locks can also be paired with most popular home automation systems.

Smart appliances

Many appliance makers are offering smart, connected appliances with the big draw being their “wow factor.” However, some of the features of these appliances do hold the potential to improve a home’s efficiency and energy savings.

For example, a refrigerator that tracks groceries and lets you know when you’re about to run out of an important item could help you better plan your shopping trips. Fewer car trips conserves gas and reduces greenhouse emissions. Cooking is another area where automation can relieve some of the energy waste caused by human error. Smart ovens and cooktops can sense when to turn themselves off in case you forget to do it — reducing energy waste and fire risks.

More homeowners are discovering the convenience, security and efficiency advantages of home automation. Technology is helping make American homes more livable and enjoyabl

The Sky is Falling-Can Real Estate Agent Superheroes Save us?

May 8, 2014

REBSEA

The Sky is Falling-Can Real Estate Agent Superheroes Save us?

 

 

 

A new government study has shown the impact of climate change in the U.S., with alarming results including water scarcity, heat waves, torrential rains, and wildfires.

The bottom line of this study is that the global warming of only 2 degrees in the last century was a definitive reason for these catastrophes. If we do not take action we could wind up with temperatures as much as ten degrees higher by the end of this century with catastrophic results. This study is worth reading and learning about the ways to alter the consequences we are facing if no meaningful action is taken.

 

See National Climate Assessment Report

 

http://www.globalchange.gov/what-we-do/assessment

 

REBSEA, the Nonprofit Trade Association comprised of real estate agents and lenders who are committed to giving back to their community has made a commitment…

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REBSEA Real Estate Members Support Animal Welfare

January 13, 2014

REBSEA

MANY of the +REBSEA Founders and Members have a passion for the cause of animal welfare and animal rights.   If we humans have a right to “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness”, then what rights do animals have in our society?  While this question may not yet be fully answered under the law, many are working to ensure the welfare of animals in a multitude of ways.  Here are a few examples of what some of the REBSEA Members are doing towards this end, and by creating the infrastructure of the REBSEA organization we hope to connect Realtors who are animal rights activists across the country so that they may work towards instituting some of these programs that have been successful in these local communities.  Only GOOD can come of this.
+Brenda Breit, one of the Founders of REBSEA and a…

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REBSEA is Expanding

October 10, 2013

REBSEA

We are finishing up our initial phase of assembling our network of REBSEA Founders. We could not be more pleased or more proud of the group of inspirational leaders who share our common vision of the potential for social enterprise to have a dramatic impact in our communities.
 If you have been invited to join us as one of our Founders please let us know if you will be joining us soon because our attention will now be shifting to the next phase of our planning. We will be offering general memberships to real estate agents and be focusing on those states, cities, and towns where we do not yet have REBSEA members. We are making steady progress in rolling out our development plan, phase by phase.
 REBSEA is beginning to show up in a variety of places as word gets around that…

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