Insights

8 May, 2017

Revitalization Tax To Support Portsmouth, NH Downtown Businesses

Are you considering expanding your business in Portsmouth, NH?  There are some great tax benefits available through the state’s Economic Revitalization Zone Tax Credit Program.  Here’s an article about the program in the Portsmouth Herald: Downtown Businesses Eligible For Revitalization Tax Credits Also, if you are looking to start a business in Portsmouth, below is a […]

15 Nov, 2016

Clicks to Bricks… Online Retailers are Seeing the Value of a Real Live Store!

It’s great to see that not everyone is saying that all retail sales are heading online.  This article in The New York Times references that “web-influenced sales in physical stores (when a consumer researches a product on a smartphone, for instance, and then buys in a store) are expected to account for an additional $1.3 […]

13 Oct, 2016

BizBuySell Reports Small Business Transactions in 3rd Quarter of 2016 are up 15%!!

“BizBuySell, the Internet’s largest business-for-sale marketplace, reported today that third-quarter small business transactions reached the highest levels since the second quarter of 2008, right before the recession hit. The full results are included in BizBuySell.com’s Q3 2016 Insight Report, which aggregates statistics from business-for-sale transactions reported by participating business brokers nationwide. A total of 2,090 […]

4 Aug, 2016

Small Business Transaction Metrics by BizBuySell

If you are a business owner or looking to acquire one, you should always stay current on what the market is like.  Is it a good time to sell? What are like business’s selling for in my industry? Check out this link to the latest in 2016 Second Quarter Results and 2015 Results from our friends at […]

4 Aug, 2016

Estate Planners Urging Business Owners to Complete Business Transfers ASAP!

If you are considering transferring your business to a family member or members, you better get a move on it!  The U.S. government is going to make it more difficult for wealthy business owners to transfer assets to heirs without paying estate and gift taxes.    Read the Wall Street Journal article below: “U.S. Targets […]

15 Oct, 2015

The Rush to Sell Businesses owned by Baby Boomers Has Been Delayed

Ruth Simon’s writes very interesting article in today’s Wall Street Journal about baby boomers having a difficult time of letting go of their business.  All the signs were that a flood of small businesses would be hitting the market now and it hasn’t happened yet.  I think it has just been delayed a bit due […]

15 Oct, 2015

Small Business 2015 3rd Quarter Transactions Down Slightly As Market Stabilizes From Robust 2014 Activity

BizBuySell shared their latest “Insight Reports” today in which one of the key findings was the sale of small businesses were down nearly 9% in the third quarter versus same period last year.  “Brokers reported a total of 1,814 businesses changing hands during the quarter, down from the 1,987 in 2014, as well as the 1,913 […]

17 Aug, 2015

EB-5 Immigrant Investors Program

For those of you looking to apply for a green card (become a permanent residence of the United States) and have the financial wherewithal and business background, the EB-5 program is a fabulous opportunity. The United States Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS) administers the EB-5 Program and here’s some information about it: “Under this program, […]

7 Jul, 2015

2015 Small Business Trends

In our work at First Street, the most frequently asked questions we get are the following: how strong is the local economy?, How optimistic are local business owners? Is it a good time to sell or buy a business? What percentage should we spend on marketing? The list goes on, but you get the idea. […]