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Volume 14: Issue 4        

July 2013

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Improve Your Turnaround's Forecast 

Today's business climate poses many challenges - from increased global competition to a tight capital environment - that can hinder or even destroy a business. Companies struggling with poor cash flow, inadequate capital and weak leadership are especially vulnerable. Such companies can provide significant upside potential to the right buyers. But to turn an unprofitable company around, new owners must have an implementation plan and be ready to execute it.


Read The Full Article "Improve Your Turnaround's Forescast"... 


EB-5 Immigration Program - Part 3
Job Creation, Capital Infusion, and Immigration through Investment   
What is a Regional Center?
A regional center is no more than a defined geographical area in the U.S within which a sponsor seeks to promote economic growth through increased export sales, improved regional productivity, the creation of new jobs, and increased domestic capital investment. The regional center can be as large as an entire state or as small as one square city block.

In developing and operating a designated regional center, the regional center seeks to exploit a specific use for its benefit and those of foreign investors. In doing so, the regional center ascertains the target market and demographic to which the regional center will deliver its services. The following is a sample of the uses that a regional center may chose in modeling its projects:
  • Film & TV Production
  • Health Services
  • International Traffic & Cargo
  • Manufacturing & Research
  • Commercial Office Space
  • Hotel, Leisure Resort
  • Higher Education
  • Trade Schools/ Culinary Schools
  • Airport & Seaport Operations
  • Technology and technology transfers
  • Tourism
  • Transportation
  • Mixed Hotel, Office, Retail & Residential space
  • Conference Centers & Exhibition space
  • Light & Heavy manufacturing
  • Cruise Line support
  • Renovation of obsolete buildings
  • Performing Arts
  • Historical sites & similar Institutions
  • Mixed use Real Estate
  • Construction and renovation
  • Harbor facilities
  • Gaming & Casino sector
  • Marine Sector
  • Apartments & Condominiums
  • Air Cargo
  • Banking/ Lending
  • Warehouse Distribution
  • Mining and exploration
Regional centers are presumed to require a $1 million investment per investor family, unless the project is situated in a Targeted Employment Area ("TEA"). This "TEA" can be located either in a rural area where the population is determined to be 20,000 or less, or, where the unemployment of the defined area is no less than 150% of the national average. For example, there are many resort projects which are located in mountain areas, where the local population did not exceed 20,000 in the last census count. Other projects may be situated in areas which are in need of rejuvenation and where the unemployment levels are high. Under either scenario, the Congressional intent is to provide and encourage the much needed economic activity and development to these often remote or blighted areas.

Sponsors of regional centers undertake a great deal of responsibilities to develop, manage, and complete the project. Their duties and obligations are incorporated in the parameters of documents known as the Private Placement Memorandum, Subscription Agreements, and Operating Agreements. These documents govern the conduct of the sponsor and the investor and must be strictly respected and abided by all policies. No document can be signed within the U.S. as the program is strictly designed for foreign nationals.

Who Operates the Regional Center?
A regional center is normally created and operated by experienced developers or business people who seek to begin or expand existing businesses. It is therefore essential for you to receive and assess their credentials and their ability to ensure that the project will be so created and that the job creation requirement will also be fulfilled as a result of the program.

Although the USCIS oversees the overall EB-5 program, investors must be aware of the limitations pertaining to each and every regional center in order to make a qualified judgment. As the number of USCIS approved regional centers continues to increase at a rapid pace, it becomes ever more difficult for an investor to make a well-informed decision. Our recommendation is for each investor to visit and interface with no less than six regional centers before finalizing an investment decision. A credible certified public accountant or EB-5 attorney may be able to refer you to qualified professionals within the EB-5 field and/or offer assistance while you are weighing the options available to you. Be sure to review and analyze all reports exhibiting the actual and projected cash flow for the regional center. If possible, speak with other investors, request the regional center's scorecard as to their success rate, and try to assess the mix of nationalities in the program.

Additionally, it would be beneficial to review the developer's overall history both in a general business context and EB-5 specific projects. A positive determination is if the developer has standby credit for the erection of any new project, backup plans, and exit strategies to be applied as needed. Clearly, the sponsor must not have a criminal record or any evidence of prior bankruptcies. In addition to discussions with the principal sponsor, the investor should engage the services of partners, development and management personnel, and other service providers who are hired to support the project in its entirety. All parties and entities are subject to your review before finalizing your investment. Do not rely solely on the terms and conditions of an escrow agreement to have the funds returned in the event that the project does not materialize.
Check back next issue for more on EB5 Immigration and investment discussion. Questions? Reach out to Larry J. Behar

What to Expect From Goggle's Penguin 2.0 Update, and How it Affects SEO      

If Google's Penguin algorithm change had your online business scrambling, get ready for another significant search update. Matt Cutts, head of Google's web spam team, has confirmed on Twitter that Google's latest iteration of the Penguin update will be rolling out within the next few weeks.


Called "Penguin 2.0" by Cutts, the update is widely expected to continue the devaluing of link spam initiated by the first Penguin update release last April. The purpose of the original Penguin update was to weed out sites that attempt to game the Google's search algorithms by using an excess of on- and off-page SEO strategies.


In a video, Cutts indicated that this anticipated change, "will go deeper and have more of an impact than the first version of [the initial] Penguin update." Given that the first Penguin rollout affected a sizeable amount of search queries and led to a major outcry from webmasters, an even wider-reaching Penguin update should not be ignored.


Here are three ways business owners and their webmasters can prepare their sites for Penguin 2.0:


1. Understand your site's link profile.
Since the initial Penguin rollout, Google has gathered a tremendous amount of data through link removal requests submitted through the company's disavowal tool. It's expected that the newest Penguin iteration will be substantially more sophisticated in its understanding of what constitutes link spam -- links between pages that are there simply to get those pages to rank higher in search results.


You can use tools like Ahrefs, Majestic SEO or the Open Site Explorer to understand the types of sites that are linking to your own. If you see low value backlinks or links from spam sites, do your best to have them removed as soon as possible.


2. Focus on natural link parameters.
Since there are a number of different parameters that can be used to identify link spam, avoid building links that:

  • Come from sites built exclusively for the purpose of SEO.
  • Use overly-optimized anchor text.
  • Come from adult or other "bad neighborhood" websites.
  • Come from sites that are irrelevant to your own.

If you've built these types of links in the past, now is the time to have them removed or disavowed withthe launch of Penguin 2.0.


3. Build relationships with reputable sites.
Going forward, the best way to avoid suffering a loss in traffic from future algorithm changes is to focus your link building efforts on acquiring backlinks from reputable websites. One high quality, relevant backlink from an industry authority website is worth more than hundreds of low value spam links.


You can get relevant backlinks from other sites by creating great content, linking out to these sites from your own site or simply by emailing potential linking websites and ask that your link be placed on a relevant page of content. Some tactics such as guest blogging can still generate backlinks but the search factors involving those links could change in the next update.


Written by:  
Eric Siu, Entreprenuer Magazine  

VR Continues to Match Qualified Buyers with Businesses for Sale

In today's business climate, our clients demand quality and professionalism.  

We applaud our VR business intermediaries for a job well done!!  Here are a small sample of transactions closed across the VR network in the last month:


Network Support company, $430,000Charlotte, NC   

Profitable Neighborhood Bar/Grill, $120,000 - Charleston, SC  

Nestle Toll House Cookie Shop, $120,000Artesia, CA 

Established Doctor's Office, $100,000 - San Antonio, TX 

Residential Cleaning Service, $65,000Artesia, CA    

Thinking of selling your business, or looking for an already running business purchase? Contact a VR office today!  






Sheet Metal Manufacturer

VR Business Sales | Mergers & Acquisitions of New Haven, Connecticut - a leader in  the sale of privately-held middle market companies, recently facilitated the strategic sale of a industrial sheet metal manufacturing business for $3,200,000.

The transaction - which closed last month - was handled by Jeff Swiggett, a business intermediary specialist.

About the Business
This 18 year old sheet metal contractor is one of New England's premier manufacturers and suppliers of sheet metal work to mechanical contractors in Connecticut and Western Massachusetts supporting commercial, institutional, state and municipal projects.  The company has a deep management/technical staff with advanced in-house fabrication capabilities housed in a 24,000 sq. ft. facility and provides full installation services with over 35 field techs and supervisors.  They have the capacity and equipment to handle any size job.  The business is experiencing strong growth out of the recession. Current backlog stands at $2,000,000 and the firm expects gross revenues in excess of $5,000,000 in 2012.   The business is well managed and has earned an excellent reputation for delivering quality work, on time.

Industrial Equipment Rental business
VR Business Sales, located in Edmonton, Alberta; the leading business intermediary firm in the area, has recently facilitated the strategic sale of an industrial equipment rental company for $565,000.

Jey Arul, a VR business intermediary, represented the seller throughout the transaction.

About the Company
This is an established and growing equipment rental business in Southern Alberta with $1.1M in sales. Servicing the needs of construction firms and home builders, independent contractors and even the weekend DIYer, this is a solid business offering a comprehensive variety of tools and semi-heavy equipment for rent including scissor lifts, boom lifts, skidsteers, excavators, work site heater placements, trailers, etc. It retains highly competent and well-trained staff in all departments. Sales made up of 70% repeat business demonstrates they accomplish their goal daily. This business also offers a small number of ancillary services such as small engine repair and delivery of rented equipment to job sites. Their location boasts a well-planned yard layout and is conveniently located just off of a major highway transit route, providing convenient and hassle-free access to work sites all over the surrounding region.


K-12 I-20 School
Listed at $5,500,000  
VR Mergers & Acquisitions, located in Los Angeles, CA, announced it has been engaged to sell a private kindergarten through 12th grade school.
  • I-20 K-12 school located in LA

  • 14 Acre campus including 22,000 sf class rooms and dormitory

  • Class rooms, swimming pool and dormitory accommodates 270 students

  • Purchase price including I-20 school and real estate.

Please head to the VR Web Site and contact the office in Los Angeles for further details.
Food Supplier/Distributor
Listed at $3,250,000
VR Mergers & Acquisitions, located in Coral Gables, FL the leading business intermediary firm in the area, has recently been engaged to assist in facilitating the strategic sale of a very successful Food Service Distribution business.

About this Engagement
Fast growing food wholesaler and distributor located in Hialeah. Serves a huge group of cantina-trucks, vending-machine routes, cruise companies and retailers. Has a butcher's supermarket plus two fully-stocked warehouses.Owns two trucks,  one of them refrigerated plus two industrial ice-makers. It's a prosperous recession-proof business.

Click here for more details on this truly one-of-a-kind business.



Profitable Marina, $3,200,000 - Southern Wisconsin          

Supermarket w/ Beer & Wine, $1,850,000Los Angeles, CA      

Antique & Art Gallery, $1,100,000 - Savannah, GA 

Auto Repair Center w/ Real Estate, $460,000 - Naples, FL    

Confidential Heating Manufacturer, $250,000 - Midwest, U.S.  

Boutique Floral Shop, $85,000 - Austin, TX    



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