With Simple Adjustments, Harvest Continues Doing Business

With Simple Adjustments, Harvest Continues Doing Business

There is no denying that the Corona Virus Pandemic has dramatically changed the way we live and the way we do business. However, the Harvest Business team is encouraged that business transactions are continuing, although they are being handled slightly differently.

 

Case in point: Harvest Business Advisors Partner Richard Stopa recently held a buyer-seller meeting with seven people, with social distancing and other CDC recommended best practices incorporated.

 

A very interested buyer wished to meet with the owners of a Virginia accounting practice that Richard represents. The first inclination might have been to postpone the meeting or conduct the meeting virtually.

 

However, the buyer is eager to move the potential purchase of the business forward. Richard was happy to work out arrangements that helped the buyer learn more about the business and also gave everyone involved a degree of comfort in conducting a face to face meeting.

 

The meeting took place on a Saturday when the sellers’ employees were not in the office so as to maintain the confidentiality of the potential transaction and also reduce the number of people in one setting.

 

The buyer party and seller party, along with Richard, met in a very large open area of the sellers’ office where there was plenty of air circulating. All parties maintained proper social distancing (in this case actually 8 to 10 feet instead of the recommended 6-foot distance). We provided ample hand sanitizer, disinfecting wipes and other cleaning products. All parties, of course, wore face masks.

 

The only real difficulty was the limitations of the face masks. The parties couldn’t see each other’s entire faces (and expressions) and the masks muffled the conversation a bit, a minor inconvenience.

 

All told, the meeting was very positive. And the transaction will continue to move forward.

 

This meeting proved that business with our clients can be successfully conducted during a pandemic as long as all parties are cautious, flexible and open-minded.

 

Look for the transaction to be announced here in the near future.

 

And, if you would like to discuss any of the current business listings Harvest has posted or chat about listing your business for sale, we are ready to move forward with you.

 

This article was written by Richard Stopa, Harvest Business Advisors.


Clients choose Harvest Business Advisors for our accurate business valuations and our proven ability to deliver the highest price in the smoothest sale transaction possible. Harvest Business Advisors provides business brokerage, business valuation, and business succession planning services. We have extensive experience in the information technology and professional services, manufacturing, distribution, and contracting fields. We maintain offices in Maryland, New Jersey and Virginia. Connect with us at info@harvestbusiness.com or 877-838-4966 to discuss selling your business, ordering a business valuation or buying a business.

State by State “Reopening” Status

State by State “Reopening” Status

Harvest Business Advisors serves businesses in multiple states. Our brokers have been carefully tracking how the state governors have been dealing with the COVID-19 crisis – and watching how they are approaching “re-opening” their state’s businesses. It’s a delicate balance between public health and the health of the economy, between protecting worker’s safety and providing a safety net for business.

Here is a recap of recent statements by each state in our service area:

Maryland

Other than keeping Marylanders safe and saving lives by defeating COVID-19, there is absolutely nothing more important to me than getting people back to work and getting businesses reopened. I want to get people back on their feet and get our economy back on track. We will do that as quickly as we possibly can in a safe, gradual and effective way.” Said Governor Larry Hogan as he unveiled the state’s Maryland Strong Road to Recovery   plan on April 24, 2020. The Road to Recovery identifies key risk factors milestones which are broad in character and contains components within each stage.

Schools will remain closed for this school year.

Virginia

Gov. Ralph Northam issued a stay-at-home order effective until June 10. A separate executive order that restricted certain businesses and crowds of more than 10 people will expire May 14. Governor Northam recently suggested some restrictions may be lifted, a “soft” re-open but has not yet provided specific details.

On April 24, Governor Northam shared the progress made by Virginia and a blueprint for phases for reopening the state if certain health benchmarks are met and maintained.

Schools will be closed for the remainder of the school year.

Elective surgery and dental procedures in Virginia were allowed to resume on May 1.

Washington D.C.

On April 23,  Washington DC Mayor Muriel Bowser has created a “ReOpen DC” Advisory Group which will include experts from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

“ReOpen DC is about working together as a community to reopen Washington, DC in a way that is safe and sustainable. Together, we will create a plan that is based in science and tailored to the needs of our community.” said Mayor Bowser.

ReOpen DC has defined on three phases of reopening:

  • Emergency Response – Where we are now
  • Stabilization – what ReopenDC will focus on, which involves relaxing restrictions but closely monitoring and quickly responding to negative metrics
  • Long-term Recovery – How we find a new, more resilient normal. Likely started once a vaccine is widely available

 

New Jersey

“Extending this declaration ensures that we can continue using every resource at our disposal to mitigate the spread of COVID-19,”said Governor Murphy.“But I want to ensure that this extension is not interpreted to mean that we are reconsidering our path forward or changing course on the principles I laid out last week in the Road Back plan. We will continue to stand by these principles and protect public health as we responsibly take steps to get the economy moving again.”

Schools will remain closed through this school year.

Governor Murphy introduced New Jersey’s “Road Back Plan” that covered economic recovery and public health needs.

Pennsylvania

The commonwealth of Pennsylvania released their Return to Work Plan, determined by county statistics and milestones and specifies Work and Congregate Setting Restrictions and Social Restrictions in phases.

“We are planning for the days and weeks ahead when we will not only safely return Pennsylvanians to work but return to a different and more resilient Pennsylvania. While we cannot be certain of the future path of this disease, our decisions will be driven first by prioritizing the health and safety of all Pennsylvanians.

To that end, the Commonwealth is partnering with Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) to create a data-driven decision support tool that will enable a balance between maximizing the results of our economy while minimizing public health risks”.  said Governor Wolf.

Note: Pennsylvania and New Jersey are part of a coalition of northeastern states coordinating the reopening of the economy safely in that region.

Harvest Business Advisors encourages all our colleagues to continue to protect their health and the health of their employees. We can help you with your business health – and would welcome a conversation about how you can not only survive now, but prepare your business for the eventual rebound. Feel free to connect with us


Clients choose Harvest Business Advisors for our accurate business valuations and our consistent ability to deliver a high price as part of a smooth exit transaction.
Harvest Business Advisors provides business brokerage, business valuation, and business succession planning services. We have extensive experience in the information technology and professional services, manufacturing, distribution, and contracting fields. We maintain offices in Maryland, New Jersey and Virginia.
Connect with us at info@harvestbusiness.com or 877-838-4966 to discuss selling your business, ordering a business valuation or buying a business.

Articles and Data Relating to Your Business and Coronavirus

Articles and Data Relating to Your Business and Coronavirus

Harvest Business Advisors have created this collection of current articles that may be of interest to sellers, buyers, business owners and advisors relating to Coronavirus, industry and the economy.

We are always available to discuss how this might impact you, those close to you, and your business.

We hope you find these helpful.


Clients choose Harvest Business Advisors for our accurate business valuations and our consistent ability to deliver a high price as part of a smooth exit transaction.
Harvest Business Advisors provides business brokerage, business valuation, and business succession planning services. We have extensive experience in the information technology and professional services, manufacturing, distribution, and contracting fields. We maintain offices in Maryland, New Jersey and Virginia.
Connect with us at info@harvestbusiness.com or 877-838-4966 to discuss selling your business, ordering a business valuation or buying a business.

More on SBA PPP and Disaster Recovery Loans

More on SBA PPP and Disaster Recovery Loans

Update on Small Business Administration Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) and Other Disaster Recovery Loans

Last Friday, April 24, 2020, President Donald Trump signed the next coronavirus relief bill providing another $310 billion in funding.  The Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans feature forgivable 1% interest loans for companies with up to 500 employees.  The loans are forgivable if certain payroll payment conditions are met totaling at least 75% of the money lent.

If you have not applied, Google your bank and call your business contact.  Apply today as funds will run out quickly.

We’d like to share an exceptional webinar featuring Al Titone, SBA District Director sponsored by the New Jersey Business Industry Association  (NJBIA) on the topic for those who want to know more on this topic.

‘A Business Owner’s Guide to Loans’, Al Titone, SBA District Director of New Jersey, joins Robbin Caruso and Edward Rigby (of Prager Metis)  to demystify the SBA Loan process. Titone discusses key features of the loans available to the business community.


Clients choose Harvest Business Advisors for our accurate business valuations and our consistent ability to deliver a high price as part of a smooth exit transaction.
Harvest Business Advisors provides business brokerage, business valuation, and business succession planning services. We have extensive experience in the information technology and professional services, manufacturing, distribution, and contracting fields. We maintain offices in Maryland, New Jersey and Virginia.
Connect with us at info@harvestbusiness.com or 877-838-4966 to discuss selling your business, ordering a business valuation or buying a business.

Cyber Security Contractor Acquired by Baltimore Firm

Cyber Security Contractor Acquired by Baltimore Firm

Harvest Business Advisors is pleased to announce that cyber security firm NIT (Networking Institute of Technology, Inc.), a long-time cybersecurity services contractor to federal, state and local government entities has been acquired by XentIT, an information technology firm specializing in cybersecurity & compliance and secure cloud and DevSecOps.

Customers of both businesses will be well-served by the merger, with enhanced capabilities and a continuing  high-level of customer service.

Eddie Davis, partner at Harvest Business Advisors, was the business intermediary facilitating this acquisition.

Harvest Business Advisors congratulates the new owner of NIT and wishes them continued growth and success. We also congratulate Ed Childs, the founder of NIT,  on this successful transaction and wish him well in his new endeavors.


Clients choose Harvest Business Advisors for our sage advice on profitably growing their business, accurate business valuations, and when the time is right, a consistent ability to deliver a high price as part of a smooth exit transaction.

Harvest Business Advisors provides business brokerage, business valuation, and business succession planning services. We have extensive experience in the information technology and professional services, manufacturing, distribution, and contracting fields. We maintain offices in Maryland, New Jersey and Virginia. Connect with us at info@harvestbusiness.com or 877-838-4966 to discuss selling your business, ordering a business valuation or buying a business.

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