Archive for October, 2012

Thousands of Flights Yet to Be Canceled over Hurricane Sandy

Wednesday, October 31st, 2012

More than 19,500 flights have been canceled along the US East Coast as of Wednesday afternoon due to Hurricane Sandy.

There are still mass cancelations ahead even though most major metropolitan airports have reopened, international media have reported.

Two of the major airports in the northeast that are back in business, New York City’s John F….


When It Comes to Retirement, Small Business Owners Need a Reality Check

Wednesday, October 31st, 2012

What are your retirement plans? Are you expecting to sell your business and retire on the proceeds? Do you dream of passing on your business to your kids?

A new global survey of small business owners’ succession plans by Sellability Score found that small business owners’ expectations for retirement have changed. Since 2008, almost half of business owners over age 50 have delayed their retirement due to economic conditions.

online business for sale

Says the study’s lead author and Sellability Score founder, John Warrillow, who also wrote the book Built to Sell:

“The recession has had a profound impact on small business owners across the U.S.  Older business owners are delaying their retirement, desperately hoping for better market conditions ahead.”

Despite the delays in retirement, all is not doom and gloom. Some three-quarters of business owners surveyed say they expect to exit their company in the next 10 years, and 40 percent expect to exit in the next five years. More than half of the business owners had already owned their companies for at least eight years.

What do small business owners expect to happen to their businesses when they leave?

Passing a business down from one generation to the next is becoming less popular; just 1 in 10 surveyed say they expect to pass their business on to their kids. By comparison, 61 percent expect to sell it to an outside buyer, while 10 percent expect to sell the business to a partner or key employee.

Meanwhile, 14.5 percent plan to essentially work until they drop, and 8 percent plan to just shut the business down entirely when they retire.

When they do leave their businesses, one-third of respondents expect the sale of their businesses to fund at least half of their retirement. However, those dreams might well turn out to be pipe dreams, given that a whopping 90 percent of business owners don’t have a formal exit plan in place.

The survey findings also suggest that small business owners may be underestimating the complexity of selling a business. Just one-third say they expect selling their business to be difficult. However, the majority of businesses in the study were in service industries—which often find it more difficult to sell since these businesses are more likely to be dependent on the owner’s personal efforts to land and keep new business.

If you ask me, it’s time for a reality check. First, whether or not you’re planning to retire in the next few years, a succession plan is important for every small business to have. Not only will it make selling your business easier when the time comes, it can also protect your business should anything happen to you unexpectedly.

Second, if you’re expecting the sale of your business to be easy, you’re likely in for a rude awakening. If you haven’t already done so, start now to work with your attorney and accountant and get advice on how to build value in your business.

That way, you’ll be better positioned for a successful—and profitable—sale that will see you into a happy retirement (or a whole new venture, if that’s what you choose to do).

Do you have a succession plan for your small business?

Business For Sale Photo via Shutterstock

The post When It Comes to Retirement, Small Business Owners Need a Reality Check appeared first on Small Business Trends.


Bulgaria’s Finance Ministry Boasts Improved Fiscal Reserve

Wednesday, October 31st, 2012

Bulgaria’s fiscal reserve has increased to BGN 7.2 B as of September 2012, according to latest data of the Finance Ministry announced Wednesday.

Bulgaria’s budget balance under the so called Consolidated Fiscal Program (CFP) as of end-September 2012 is positive, amounting to BGN 248….


Bulgarian Pharmaceutical Giant Swallows Pill Producer

Wednesday, October 31st, 2012

Major Bulgarian pharmaceutical producer Sopharma has swallowed “Bulgarian Rose Sevtopolis”, a local producer of pills.

The paperwork for the merger has been submitted to Bulgaria’s Financial Supervision Commission, reported Wednesday.


Explosives That Killed Lebanese Security Chief ‘Made in Bulgaria’ – Report

Wednesday, October 31st, 2012

The explosives that were used to blow up Brig. Gen. Wissam al-Hassan, the intelligence chief of Lebanon’s Internal Security Forces, in Beirut’s recent terrorist attack, were produced in Bulgaria, according to media reports.


EU Must Be Enlarged in Balkans, Bulgaria Tells EC

Wednesday, October 31st, 2012

Bulgarian Foreign Minsiter Nikolay Mladenov has reiterated Sofia’s support for EU enlargement in the Balkans, after earlier on Wednesday President Plevneliev and Prime Minister Borisov set conditions on Macedonia’s EU accession in talks to Enlargement Commissioner Stefan Fuele.

“When we were an EU candidate country, we gradually resolved key issues in relations with our neighbours that had been a burden for years. We are certain that the way that our neighbours in the Balkans, including Macedonia, must walk involves solving this kind of issues and identifying measures that improve trust between countries,” Bulgaria’s Foreign Minister stated Wednesday afternoon at a joint news conference with European Enlargement and Neighbourhood Policy Commissioner Stefan Fuele.


Essar gets clearance for India coal block

Wednesday, October 31st, 2012

Approval, while positive, is only the first step towards fully supplying the 1,200mw power plant, in the central state of Madhya Pradesh

Euro Zone Unemployment Hits New Record

Wednesday, October 31st, 2012

Unemployment in the 17-member euro zone hit a record high of 11.6% in September, official figures showed Wednesday.

The rate reported by Eurostat, the EU’s statistics office, was up from an upwardly-revised 11….


Hungary, Russia Shake Hands on South Stream Section

Wednesday, October 31st, 2012

Hungary and Russia’s Gazprom have signed a final shareholders’ agreement to build the Hungarian section of natural gas pipeline South Stream.

“The decision to build the Hungarian stretch of the gas pipeline is now final,” Gazprom deputy CEO Alexander Medvedev told a news conference, as cited by international media. He has argued that the project will contribute to the security of natural gas supply for the whole of Europe.


Bulgarian Energy Watchdog Makes U-turn in Price Forecast

Wednesday, October 31st, 2012

Electricity prices could be bound to go down, according to assumptions of Angel Semerdzhiev, Chair of Bulgaria’s State Commission for Energy and Water Regulation (DKEVR).

Semerdzhiev made the statement just one day after his forecast that electricity prices will increase by 3-4% from July 1, 2013, due to the renewable energy surcharge.

“If there are favorable factors, these prices can decrease,” the DKEVR Head stated Wednesday during an emergency joint press conference with Economy and Energy Minister, Delyan Dobrev.


Business news