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|Thursday, May 09, 2013|
BY BRANDON SAWYER | OB RESEARCH EDITOR
Much like residential real estate that finally seems to be regaining ground lost during the recession, sales of businesses are also seeing modest improvement according to data from BizBuySell.com, the largest online marketplace of businesses for sale.
Nationally, small business sales increased 56% in the first quarter of 2013 compared to the same quarter last year, achieving the most sales since the second quarter of 2008. The Portland Metro area is lagging that trend with just an 8% increase in business listings in the first quarter, from 147 in 2012 to 159 in 2013. Other Portland statistics are more promising: Among those listed businesses, the median asking price rose 15% from $195K to $225K; median annual revenue increased 10% from $378K to $415K; and median cash flow grew 7% from $85K to $91K.
This follows years of stagnation for small business owners looking for an exit. Potential buyers were also unable to get a loan or with capital diminished by stock market woes. In 2012, the number of completed business sales in Portland via BizBuySell.com increased to 67, 18% higher than five years prior. However, the median sale price fell to $150K from $185K in 2008, a 19% drop, and median revenue for the businesses sold fell to $337K from $355K. Yet, while prices dropped, the gap between asking price and sale price narrowed.
Among the 67 Portland-area businesses sold in 2012, 25 were in the service industry, 20 were retailers, 15 were restaurants, 4 were manufacturers and 3 were in other industries. Manufacturers fetched the highest median price, $490K while retailers got the lowest, $100K.
If business financials continue to improve along with investor confidence and market stability, activity between buyers and sellers of businesses could pick up further in 2013. Business brokers are cautiously optimistic according to BizBuySell.com. More than half of them expected "slight to significant improvement" in a survey it conducted last year.
Research editor Brandon Sawyer digs heaps of data about privately-held and public companies, economics and industries.
Wednesday, August 19, 2015
BY CHRIS NOBLE
Oregon is home to an abundance of gritty warehouses reborn as trendy office spaces, as well as crafty hipsters turned entrepreneurs. Does the combination yield an equally bounteous office products sector? Not so much. Occupying the limited desk jockey space are Field Notes, a spinoff of Portland’s Draplin Design Company, and Schuttenworks, known for whittling Apple device stands. For a full complement of keyboard trays, docking stations and mouse pads, check out the GroveMade line, guaranteed to boost the cachet of even the lowliest cubicle drone.
Monday, July 06, 2015
Picking a business partner is not much different than choosing a spouse or life partner, and the business break-up can be as heart-wrenching and costly as divorce.
Friday, July 10, 2015
BY LINDA BAKER
Market of Choice is on a tear. In 2012 the 35-year-old Eugene-based grocery chain opened a central kitchen/distribution center in its hometown. The market opened a third Portland store in the Cedar Mill neighborhood this year; a Bend outpost broke ground in March. A fourth Portland location is slated for the inner southeast “LOCA” development, a mixed-use project featuring condos and retail. Revenues in 2014 were $175 million, a double-digit increase over 2013. CEO Rick Wright discusses growth, market trends and how he keeps new “foodie” grocery clerks happy.
Thursday, August 27, 2015
BY LINDA BAKER
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Monday, August 03, 2015
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Oregon Sick Leave is here, and changes to the federal white-collar worker regulations are on the way. This workshop will prepare you for both. We invite you to participate in an interactive discussion on how to start planning now for the future impact on your operations and finances.
Presented by OEN + CENTRL + YESpdx.
This Roundtable will cover numerous issues under the employer "shared responsibility" rules of the Affordable Care Act, including how to track the "full-time" status of variable-hour employees, temporary or seasonal employees, and employees who experience a change in status or a break in service. Additionally, we will provide a brief overview of Code sections 6055 and 6056, which require most mid-sized and large employers to submit their first information reports to the IRS in early 2016 regarding the health insurance coverage being offered to employees. We invite you to participate in an interactive discussion on how to prepare for the future impact of the shared responsibility rules on your operations and finances.