Reasons for small businesses to celebrate this holiday season

The holiday season is traditionally set for year-end parties to celebrate the accomplishments a company made during the year. While this undoubtedly is a reality for many small businesses, it would not be surprising to see such celebrations because of what is expected to come in 2018.

In a prior post, we noted that there were not many blockbuster acquisitions in 2017. Perhaps the M&A climate was not ripe. With a new administration in the United States, and the United Kingdom deciding to leave the European Union, uncertainty about fiscal policy, particularly tax reform in the U.S. created a “wait and see” atmosphere. 

Fast forward to December 2017, and several indicators point in a positive direction. The stock market has reached an all-time high and corporate tax reform appears to be on the horizon. This means that the lower middle and small market (i.e. deals under $50 million) could see robust growth in the New Year. With that, small business owners may have reason to celebrate.

Even more important, economists are predicting a downturn as early as 2019, even though 2020 and 2021 seems more likely for a recession. Because of this, 2018 is poised to be the ideal time to maximize lower middle and small market transactions.

For small business owners, this means that next year will be a prime year to be acquired, especially for the right price. An experienced business law attorney can help answer questions to put your business in prime position for a strategic acquisition.

The preceding is not legal advice. 

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