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  • Financing Experts Posted Advice Online for Buying and Selling a Business or Franchise

    I attended a webinar a few weeks ago called "Best Practices in Buying and Selling a Business with a Focus on Financing." It explored the availability of transactional financing to buy or sell a small business. BoeFly.com, an online matchmaking site that pairs borrowers with lenders presented the webinar. Mike Rozman, BoeFly's co-president moderated the panel with expertise in buying and selling small businesses, financing, appraising and brokering existing franchises. To start the event, Rozman introduced Beth Solomon, vice president of the International Franchise Association. "The IFA and BoeFly have a strategic alliance in which we're working together to offer tools and solutions, good advice, counsel, information that our members can use to advance in franchising, especially on the financing side," she said.
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    Tasti D-Lite CEO Jim Amos: It’s Time for Small Businesses to Stand Up and Demand Attention from Government

    Regulation and new laws are choking businesses, which must speak out. Businesses have had a tough time since the economic meltdown of 2008. We have been hit from so many different directions simultaneously and rapidly that we have focused on simple survival. Washington needs to take steps to help small businesses grow the economy. In the meantime, in response to the economic crisis, the federal government has imposed a raft of new regulations and laws on business owners that, however well-meaning, have served to further strangle small business investment and add red tape to the process of running a business.
  • Top 5 Reasons to Buy a Business Right Now

    Steve Calderia, President of the International Franchise Association, says: "Now is the time to beat the crowd back into the market by buying a business, especially in the franchise industry, which has weathered the recession better than most industries and shows greater promise moving forward than many other categories."
  • Budget-Friendly Franchise Options

    Entrepreneur Rob Israel believes he has found a winning recipe. The founder of Doc Popcorn, which sells fresh-popped snacks in flavors such as "sinfully cinnamon" and "hoppin' jalapeno," has supervised the opening of 54 franchise outlets in five years and says he is working with another 200 in development. Mr. Israel would like to credit his product's popularity for the steady growth. But he also attributes his success to a flexible franchise system that allows local entrepreneurs to buy into the brand at a level that fits their budget.
  • 5 Reasons to Buy a Franchise in 2012

    NEW YORK (MainStreet) -- Even with predictions the economy in 2012 is expected to be as fickle as 2011's, many companies are still setting their sights on growth, so why shouldn't you?
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IFA financial summit in Orlando
Sign up for IFA’s Annual Convention, where Small Business Lending will be featured at special Financial Summit session February 11, 9:00 am to 12:00 pm. Industry experts will discuss strategies for a tight credit market, thinking inside the box: how to get bank-ready, and blending traditional and alternative strategies to finance growth.  Learn more about the convention and sign up for our newsletter for updates and information.

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The SBA 504 Loan – Franchise financing for commercial real estate & capital asset acquisition
When franchisees Brad and Risa May first began to explore the financing options available to them for their Goddard School franchise, they assumed they would be leasing their building.  Instead, they were delighted to find out they could finance and build  their own facilities using long-term, fixed rate financing through the U.S. Small Business Administration’s 504 Loan Program. Read more 

Adapting the approaches of successful internet sites to help franchisees connect with lenders
While media reports suggested that the nation’s economic skies were brightening this summer before the debt ceiling debate and the nation’s credit rating downgrade, access to capital remains a challenge for many current and prospective franchisees, and therefore franchise system operators. Read more

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