BizBuySell Insight Reports

Small Business Transactions Reach Record High As Buyers Shrug Off Amazon Effect

BizBuySell.com’s Third Quarter 2017 Insight Report shows this year is on pace to record the highest number of businesses changing hands since the report’s inception in 2007

San Francisco, CA – BizBuySell.com, the Internet’s largest business-for-sale marketplace, reported today a record number of businesses changing hands in the third quarter of 2017. The full results are included in BizBuySell’s Q3 2017 Insight Report, which aggregates statistics from business-for-sale transactions reported by participating business brokers nationwide. 

A total of 2,589 closed transactions were reported in the third quarter of 2017, a 24 percent increase from this time last year. This puts the number of year to-date transactions at 7,491, positioning 2017 to be a record-breaking year of small business transactions. It also continues a two-year trend of robust quarter-over-quarter business-for-sale market growth, with Q4 of 2016 being the only outlier. While many factors may be contributing to the active business-for-sale environment, a solid economy, optimism for tax reform and relaxed regulations under President Trump may be encouraging more entrepreneurs to enter small business ownership.

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