2 NW Florida hospitals are ranked in the top 100 hospitals in the United States. Ascension Sacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald Coast in Miramar Beach was named as one of the top acute care hospitals. Ascension SHHEC was also named to Newsweek’s list of Best Maternity Care Hospitals in the nation. Twin Cities Hospital in Niceville is recognized for being a top performing small community hospital.
Okaloosa County, Walton County, Santa Rosa County, Bay County, and Escambia County public school districts earned A and B rankings from the Florida Dept. of Education. The grades are based on learning and proficiency gains in core subjects as well as the district’s graduation rate for the 2021-2022 school year.
NW FL also has many great private schools in the area including pre-collegiate and Christian schools. The area also has numerous public and private colleges.
Arts, Culture & Local Activities
The Panhandle has an abundance of cultural activities including the NW Florida Ballet, the NW FL Symphony, museums, zoos, restaurants and endless year-round festivals that appeal to a wide audience. The area also boasts some of the world’s best beaches and fishing. Destin is often referred to as “The Luckiest Fishing Village in the World”.
NW Florida offers a large customer base, a skilled labor force, transportation accessibility and remarkable financial resources within a beautiful environment.
Florida’s Great Northwest https://www.floridasgreatnorthwest.com/ provides the following stats:
- 1+ Million Skilled Labor Force within a 1-hour drive time (including 3,000 separating military/yr.)
- 1 Million NW Florida residents for your Customer Base as well as the large number of tourists that enjoy visiting our great area
- $1.5 Billion in the Triumph Fund and $85M in the Florida Job Growth Grant Fund for financial resources
- 3 Commercial Airports, 3 Deepwater Seaports, FL Gulf & Atlantic Railroad and the I-10 connector
- Beautiful area offering a great quality of life
- Well known industry leaders including Boeing, Eastern Shipbuilding, General Dynamics, Lockheed Martin, International Paper, Trane, and Navy Federal to name a few.
- Fantastic local and regional support
Professional business intermediaries and business brokers have the experience and ability to help negotiate the sale of a business with both the seller and the buyer. In Deal Studio’s article, “Questions to Ask When Negotiating a Deal”, the author discusses 3 key questions that come up in the sale process.
Can You Bring In a Professional? A business intermediary or business broker can keep a neutral perspective and is able to see things from both sides of the negotiations. The intermediary understands all the parts of the deal that need to be resolved and completed for the deal to be finalized.
Can the Buyer and Seller Better Understand One Another? A business intermediary’s objective is for both the seller and the buyer to understand one another. Many times both sides may want certain conditions sought other than financial numbers on a paper. This could be concern about employees’ futures, or the business’ reputation & history vs. future plans to name a few.
Can Both Parties Split the Difference? Sometimes a buyer and a seller cannot come together on a deal number. One plan used in negotiation is to have them split the difference. This can work to show good will and that the parties are flexible and are willing to keep discussions open.
Most banks, investors and franchisors require a business plan when purchasing an existing business or to fund a start-up business. Here are 7 important steps to follow when you are going to create a business plan. The steps are from the following article: https://www.noobpreneur.com/2021/09/23/7-crucial-steps-you-need-to-know-when-creating-a-business-plan/
Step 1: Executive Summary
You will want to spend your time writing a solid summary after you have completed steps 2-7, and include:
*The business concept that you (and all owners) are purchasing or starting up
*The business products or services you will provide
*Your marketing plans
*Your management team
*Your financial projections
*The competitive value you can bring to promote your business
Step 2: Overview of the Business
Discuss the history of the business, your goals and future plans, and ownership percentages.
Step 3: Products and/or Services
Discuss products and how they are made, and the value you bring over other competitors.
Step 4: Industry Summary
Tell about the essential industry facts such as demand, growth, and product/service awareness.
Step 5: Marketing Plan
Tell how you plan to grab initial customers and grow sales.
Step 6: Operations Details
Talk about your team and the day-to-day operations in your location(s).
Step 7: Projected Financials***#1 Step
Include at least 3 years of projected income statements, balance sheets, monthly and yearly cash flow statements, and be able to back them up!
Spend the time to write a solid business plan, and definitely ask valued mentors to proof your plan. Be your own boss!
The Emerald Coast Business Intermediaries Team attended the 2021 International Business Brokers Association (IBBA) Conference recently in Woodlands, TX. Jeff, Daniel and Michelle spent time in classes sharing and learning current broker/intermediary practices and thoughts on valuation with the Covid pandemic that hit some businesses hard in 2020.
Daniel Herring received a 2020 IBBA Chairman’s Circle Award for outstanding performance in 2020. Managing Broker, Jeff Moody, Certified Business Intermediary (CBI), facilitated a Master Mind class discussing “How Do We Deal with Uncertainty in the Current Business Brokerage Market?” Michelle Royce joined the IBBA Women’s EmpowHER Network (IWEN) that works to advance women in business brokerage.
Contact our team to help you “Be Your Own Boss!
There is no doubt that the Emerald Coast of Florida is a beautiful place to visit and enjoy a vacation. The area continually wins major travel accolades for Best Beaches/Parks, Best Family Vacations, Best Inns/Hotels and Emerging Destinations. The area is also the home to several top military bases as well as defense and cybersecurity businesses. A lot of retiring and separating military members choose to live in the area for the beauty as well as a vast array of employment opportunities.
In the last few years, the Panhandle counties and cities have been developing several new commerce and business parks. The exciting growth includes a new business park development in Walton County. The NW Florida Commerce Park is one mile south of DeFuniak Springs. The Walton County Economic Development Agency has already contracted with three businesses to be located in the park. One business is a truss manufacturer, the second is a manufactured home business, and the third is a drone manufacturer.
Milton, FL in Santa Rosa County, has a new aviation park that is almost finished with phase one construction. The Whiting Aviation Park, which is adjacent to Naval Air Station Whiting Field, has announced that its first official tenant will be the international aerospace company, Leonardo. Leonardo will be building a 100,000 SF customer support center.
In Bay County, outside of Panama City, Latitude Margaritaville Watersound’s 55+ retirement community has just opened its sales center and 13 model homes. The community will have a town center with sports areas, pool, a community service center, amphitheater and a restaurant. Other future businesses will be developed outside the main entrance. The NW Florida Beaches International Airport is an easy ride from the community allowing easy access for travel for both locals and visitors.
Come visit the Emerald Coast and see what we have to offer for living, working and playing. Be your own boss!
Now is the time to:
*Clean your business facility
*Have Clean financials
*Clean up and organize your digital files
*Clean and sell excess equipment
Check out the article by Al Statz of ExitStrategies:
2020 has been a tough year to navigate, but the Emerald Coast of Florida has had numerous opportunities, developments and accolades of which to be proud of. The Florida Panhandle is not only known as a beautiful paradise that has become a huge tourist destination, it is also the home to top defense and cybersecurity businesses. The area has also worked to develop advanced educational and leadership institutes for school-aged children through working adults.
These are just a few of the developments and accolades that the Emerald Coast has achieved recently.
Educational Opportunities & Accolades
- 3 in the top 9 of “Best Florida School Districts” named by Niche.com
2. Continued Advancement in Innovative Education and STEM/STEAM Education with:
Hsu Educational Foundation in Okaloosa County
Magnet Innovation Center in Walton County
STEM Institute FSU Panama City
Studer Community Institute in Pensacola (just to name a few)
- Future Parks near Eglin Air Force Base will provide internships for future graduates in the defense industry.
- Walton Work Center of Excellence will be the home to 10 new workforce programs at the DeFuniak Springs NW Florida State College campus. Programs will include cybersecurity, drone technology, public safety and building trades.
Eglin Air Force Base is building a new multi-facility that will include an advanced munitions complex, research workspace and a cybersecurity test group facility.
Tourism Accolades and new Excursion
- 3 in the top 13 of “Top 25 US Beaches” named by Trip Advisor
- Panama City will be a new Port of Call for Viking Cruises in the future
SBA 7(a) New Acquisition Loans-
The SBA will:
*increase the loan guarantee to lenders from 75% to 90%.
*waive guarantee fees to all borrowers until Sept. 30, 2021.
*pay principal and interest payments on behalf of borrowers for 3 months, capping the payments at $9,000/month on loans approved between Feb. 1, 2021 and Sept. 30, 2021
Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Round 2
*Loan amounts are still 2.5x monthly payroll costs, but capped at $2 million.
*Eligibility for a second loan – the business must have experienced a 25% or more drop in revenue in Q1, Q2, or Q3 of 2020 over the same period in 2019.
*PPP loans are not taxable and not considered income.
Consumersadvocate.org has a great article that discusses the 3 types of small business lenders and then analyzes their top picks for online lenders.
SBA-Backed Loans are considered the safest type of small business loans since they are government-backed. The SBA provides a guarantee of up to 85% for loans under $150,000 and 75% for loans over $150,000. This reduces the risk for lenders and raises the borrower’s chances of getting approved for lower interest rates and longer repayment terms. These loans can be very hard to get approved.
Brick-and-Mortar Lenders generally have the lowest interest rates. They do have more strict qualifications regarding a business’ credit score, time in business, and annual revenue. The funding time is often longer.
Online Lenders offer a simpler application system. They fund the loan itself, usually with an underwriting financial institution that backs the loan. Their interest rates may be higher. Some online lenders do offer SBA-backed loans.
Read the following article: Best Small Business Loans Based on In-Depth Reviews to see consumersadvocate.org’s top 13 online lenders (after researching dozens of lenders) and the types of loans that these lenders serve:
*Line of Credit
*Accounts Receivable Financing
*Merchant Cash Advance
Once a business owner decides the type of loan that they will need, it is best to write out a business plan or loan proposal and review your credit score and history before you select lenders that you want to approach.
Consumersadvocate.org recommends that you always compare a minimum of 3 different lenders to get the best loan offer. Besides looking at the loan offer’s interest rate, look at the origination fee, factor rates, guarantee fee, underwriting fee and application fee.
This article is full of great information regarding types of lenders, types of loans and research on many online lenders that is invaluable for the small business owner!