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    Buying a Martini Bar?!?!

    Boss24 Wayfarer
      I am purchasing a Martini Bar and I need 200k to close the deal. My question is... I am searching for a loan,I have 50K to put on a down payment for the loan, what are the odds of me being approved for a 200k loan through a bank? Also does anyone know of any lender(s) that has a good record of dealing in these types of loans?

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          LUCKIEST Guide
          24, Welcome to this web site. Tell us more. Where are you??
          Do you have a Business and Marketing Plan?? It is the first item a lender or investor will want to see.
          Do you know about SCORE. SCORE is FREE and they can help you succeed.

          Then there is a posting " LEXI LOAN OFFER APPLY NOW "
          by Howard Waters looking to finance or give loans

          Good luck, LUCKIEST
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              Boss24 Wayfarer
              Thanks alot Luckiest.I'm new at this but I'm finishing my business plan as we speak. It's already a well established Martini Bar on the beach with steady clientel and top of the line furniture, but the present owner has serious health problem thus causing him to sale. Do you have any other advice for new business owners?
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                  LUCKIEST Guide
                  h3. 24, Try this

                  6 Steps to Small Business Success

                  1. Start Smart
                  2. Plan Ahead
                  3. Set up Systems
                  4. Seek out Sales
                  5. Aim for Growth
                  6. Leverage Opportunities



                  1. Start Smart.
                  Identify a niche. Don't compete to be the lowest cost provider. Look
                  for what makes your product or service unique and adds a special value
                  for the client and charge for that value. Every business has many
                  facets. Start with what you know and like; start a business that has
                  meaning to you. Keep in mind that we don't know what the future holds,
                  many of the jobs and businesses of tomorrow don't exist today. You can
                  create your own success.


                  Now is the time to dream. To start smart, you should like the idea of
                  the business. The way to earn a good income and build wealth is by
                  serving clients well, making their life better in some way-it's more
                  than filling a need in the marketplace. To succeed you want to test the
                  idea to make sure your potential clients like the idea too. Test your

                  2. Plan Ahead.
                  People often ask me why bother with a business plan? Look at the
                  lottery as an example. You may get lucky and get the winning ticket,
                  but the odds are against you when you rely on random chance. I'm a risk
                  taker...but not that much, minimize the risk of going into business and
                  maximize your potential for success. Take the time to write a plan of
                  how you get from point A to point B. A plan gives you a clear future
                  focus and increases your chances of success.


                  The first rule of a start-up is put some of your own money in the
                  business. As the owner you must be willing to capitalize the business.
                  The second rule is put as little of your own money as possible in the
                  business. Prepare your plan and look for funding for your business from
                  multiple sources, which can include a business loan or business line of


                  Don't go it alone. Plan ahead now to build your team. Your team may
                  include a CPA and an attorney that you work with as needed. Add a
                  mentor from your industry and get a SCORE mentor to help you plan for
                  success. No one has all the answers. You get more ideas and information
                  by building a success, support team that can help you plan ahead.

                  3. Set up Systems.
                  The most basic system every business should have is a good financial
                  system. Ask yourself how am I going to generate enough income to
                  support myself and my family. Begin here. Put together a personal
                  budget, so you know what it costs you to live. Now, you can move on to
                  the business budget and sales planning, so you can see how many sales
                  you need to break even and make a profit. The start-up expense plan,
                  operating budget and your accounting software are vital to your



                  4. Seek out Sales.
                  The daunting question is how do you go about seeking out your first
                  sale. Recognize that since you don't have a big ad budget to be seen by
                  everyone, you need to target a niche and get connected in your market
                  community, be it local, regional or national. You need other people
                  selling for you-not employees-goodwill referrals. Get out and talk to
                  as many people as you can. Join organizations that would have clients
                  for your product or service. Become a visible part of your market, and
                  then ask for the sale. You begin the sales process with people that you
                  know. Yes, it's okay to start with friends and family as your first
                  customers, and then broaden from there.



                  5. Aim for Growth.
                  The basic tenant of creating a company is that you own the company. You
                  are not just creating a job for yourself. It's less risk and less
                  investment to get a job. Building a business is creating a company that
                  is more than the job itself. Think about the future. How large do you
                  want the company to be in terms of sales, net profit and employees?
                  Your answer to each of these questions will influence how you grow.
                  There are varying costs and profits associated with growth. It's
                  important to make a deliberate choice early about how you want to grow
                  your company.


                  6. Leverage Opportunities.
                  Good luck. Good fortune. Good timing. All play a part in business. As a
                  business owner, be very clear about your core focus for the business
                  and how it serves clients. Your core business is what pays the bills.
                  Then, as an entrepreneur you are about opportunity. When you see a
                  potential opportunity or stroke of luck measure it against your core
                  business focus. Good fortune is great, when it matches your vision for
                  the business. Always consider if a good opportunity is the right fit
                  for your business. If something looks great, but it's not in sync with
                  your long-term plan and budget, think carefully before committing your
                  company's resources
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                      Boss24 Wayfarer
                      Thanks again Luckiest, very helpful.
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                          FCPainter Adventurer
                          You have probably considered seller financing, but that is often a popular option. Maybe you could give them a share of the profits. My other recommendation is to go to their current bank and their current accountant for a loan/suggestions. After all, people who already know the business and understand its cash flow are going to be best able to help you. Lastly, you might approach their suppliers about getting some financing. Sometimes that is a good optioin. Chances are you'll have to piece your financing together which is a good but very painful discipline
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