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California Sees Rise In Small Business Sales

Written by Ken Gaebler
Published: 5/7/2009

The sale of small businesses may be a good sign for the overall economy.

Analysts say that a number of figures point to the fact that the economy is poised for an upswing, but one figure that may be particularly important is the number of small businesses that sold - which rose in California last month.

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According to figures from BizBen, a website which tracks the sales of small businesses in California, 1,768 SMBs closed escrow last month. That's an increase from March's number of 1,356.

Peter Siegel, founder and CEO of BizBen, said this is a "hopeful sign that life is coming back into California's marketplace of businesses for sale."

Siegel also noted that the increase in sales could be in part due to the amount of employees who have been forced out of work and are now looking to become entrepreneurs.

This is potentially good news for entrepreneurs looking to get into the small business marketplace as it's in direct contrast to previous reports of small businesses sales.

Last month BizBuySell.com, a website which helps people list small businesses for sale reported that the average number of sales per month and the price of those transactions was down for the first quarter of 2009.

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