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  • IBA (International Business Associates), commonly recognized in the business community as a market leader for knowledge & experience, maintains a blog featuring content from our professional team and industry colleagues as a library resource for information related to selling and buying privately held companies and family owned businesses and entrepreneurship in the Pacific Northwest. The president of IBA, Gregory Kovsky, frequently posts information on the blog. Mr. Kovsky has approximately 30 years of experience in mergers & acquisitions, business brokerage, and commercial real estate. He has personally completed over 300 transactions involving manufacturing, distribution, industrial, marine, education, retail, service, and technology companies.

    IBA, the Pacific Northwest’s premier business brokerage firm since 1975, is available as an information resource to the media, business brokerage, mergers & acquisitions, and real estate communities on subjects relevant to the purchase & sale of privately held companies and family owned businesses. IBA is recognized as one of the best business brokerage firms in the nation in terms of successfully negotiating transactions that are “win-win” in an environment of full disclosure while employing “best practices” between the parties.

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    Blog article submissions are welcome from the accounting, legal, banking, financial planning, and other industries affiliated with the sale or purchase of businesses and real estate. Blog article submissions can be submitted with the link below or sent directly to info@ibainc.com with the subject line Blog Article.

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    Confidentiality – Good for the Seller & Buyer

    Best practice in the sale of a privately held company or family business is to facilitate the transaction in an environment of strict confidence.  The reasons why a seller does not want a potential sale of a business to be in the public domain are straight forward, knowledge a company is for sale can result…

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    A recent Institute for Supply Management Report conveyed that United States factory production and product sales are surging at the end of Q1.  The trade group’s index of factory activity, a measure that takes into account new orders for goods, production, inventory levels, and commodity prices, increased from 60.8 in February to 64.7 in March. …

    Comprehensive Company & Real Estate “Sell Side” Representation

    In March, I was honored to serve as a professional expert on the sale of privately held companies and family owned businesses for the Washington State CCIM Chapter, an organization composed of the most knowledgeable, experienced, highest performing commercial real estate brokers in the Evergreen state.  The robust discussion driven by member questions covered topics…

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    Why Buy a Business in 2021

    Prudent investment strategy involves intelligently assessing relevant information quickly and taking appropriate action before an opportunity becomes common knowledge drawing a large crowd of interested parties.  Approximately a year ago investors who identified the home improvement and pet industries as areas where people would spend travel, entertainment, and stimulus dollars available in their bank accounts…

    9 Questions To Evaluate Before Purchasing A Business

    IBA, as the premier business brokerage firm in the Pacific Northwest, is firmly established as a respected professional service firm in the legal, accounting, banking, mergers & acquisitions, real estate, and financial planning communities.  Periodically, we will post guest blogs from professionals with knowledge to share for the good of owners of privately held companies…

    Getting Your Deal Done

    IBA, as the premier business brokerage firm in the Pacific Northwest, is firmly established as a respected professional service firm in the legal, accounting, banking, mergers & acquisitions, real estate, and financial planning communities.  Periodically, we will post guest blogs from professionals with knowledge to share for the good of owners of privately held companies…

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    Business Owner Workshop Series (Part 2)

    IBA President & CEO, Gregory Kovsky, was recently a participant in the second of three panel discussions with Erin Scannell of Heritage Wealth Advisors and Addie Roberge of Heritage Bank related to selling or buying  a privately held company or family business.  The audio file of that discussion is available to listen to for those…

    FinTech Lending, Customer Service, and PPP Loan Forgiveness

    IBA, as the premier business brokerage firm in the Pacific Northwest, is firmly established as a respected professional service firm in the legal, accounting, banking, mergers & acquisitions, real estate, and financial planning communities.  Periodically, we will post guest blogs from professionals with knowledge to share for the good of owners of privately held companies…

    Entrepreneurship Opportunity Being an Innkeeper

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