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Gordon blogs only when he sees a need either among our members or within a business transaction in which he is personally engaged. Content rich and highly insightful, Gordon's blogs are like an advanced course in business success.

BUY or SELL AMAZON STOREFRONT COMPANY

Below are 27 factors that comprise an algorithm which National Diversified Funding Corporation uses to calculate the purchase price (valuation) of Amazon storefront type companies for sale. Why are these 27 factors important? It's not enough to say Amazon storefront companies are valued at four or five times EBITDA (Earnings Before Interest Taxes Depreciation and…

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Business Profit and Risk in the 21st Century

There is a chasm between the ways wealth was created in the 20th versus the 21st Century. In the 20th, it was essentially invention of devices followed by well managed traditional assets, (real estate, plants, machinery, equipment etc.) leveraging large labor forces. In the 21st, it is development and management of intellectual property leveraged through…

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Start a Business While in College and Get the Girl

I received and email from a college student who wants to be an entrepreneur. He was concerned that after graduation it would then take years to get the operational experience he believed would be necessary to start or buy his own business. Here is the pertinent portion of my response to him. I started a…

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START, BUY, EXPAND A BUSINESS – REAL MARKETING DATA – FREE

Who is your customer? What is their income level? Age? Gender? Family status? Race? National origin? Industry & Occupation? How many and where do they live? Trends over time? These are just some of the elements that form the basis of evaluating the marketplace you intend to master. When starting, buying or expanding any business,…

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EXPAND A BUSINESS- SWEET SUCCESS WITH MARKETING MAKEOVER!

One of my apprentices purchased a small regional candy manufacturer. The company had some non-descript products that for the most part were similar to products of other larger candy manufacturers who enjoyed substantially more robust channels of distribution. One of their products was the texture of a gummy bear, the shape of a jelly bean…

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BUSINESS SUCCESS - THE ROAD TO GREATNESS

Above is an eight minute video blog that I believe can elevate forever the way you see yourself. Equally important, it provides you with a pathway to an unimaginable level of business success. Below is the text of a key portion of the video blog. It's the set of instructions that can propel you from…

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BUY A BUSINESS WITH LITTLE OR NO ATTORNEY FEES

A question often asked by entrepreneurs is: How much does it cost in legal expenses to complete the acquisition of a company?” A better question would be: "How do I get the services of a top attorney without emptying my pocketbook?" I'll answer both questions here. In the many transactions that I’ve participated in during…

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START A BUSINESS - BREAKING THE BANK LOAN 2 YEAR BARRIER

A good bank lending officer can be an entrepreneur's most important ally. Yet most fledgling entrepreneurs have unrealistic expectations of their banker. Expect your banker to play it by “the book.” “The book” divides your business entity's history into two segments: 1) before two years of successful operation; and 2) after. To the uninitiated, dealing…

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EXPAND A BUSINESS – GETTING THE EDGE ON YOUR COMPETITION

Cultivate relationships with early stage financing sources, even if you don’t need their money. Angels - Capital Finders - Venture Capitalist - Even if you never raise a dime from any of these sources, as an emerging entrepreneur they are worth, to you, their weight in GOLD. In fact, they have something more valuable to…

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START A BUSINESS, BUY A BUSINESS WITH YOUR PENSION OR 401(k)

Some entrepreneurs are financing a business start-up or business purchase by taking an early distribution from their pension plan or 401(k). However savvy entrepreneurs are doing a rollover of their pension plan into a self-directed 401(k) and end up with almost twice the amount of after tax cash to invest in their business. Here's how…

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