Strongest Monthly Sales of California Small Businesses For Sale Posted in May

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Some 2,465 small businesses sold in California in May 2008, the strongest selling activity of any month this year, according to BizBen - Businesses for Sale in California (http://www.BizBen.com), the state's leading online marketplace for business buyers and sellers of small and mid-market companies.

Balancing out declines in the largest markets--Los Angeles and the Bay Area reported fewer sales compared to the same month last year--there was an increase over May 2007 figures in some mid-sized markets, such as Monterey and Sacramento Counties, as well as in the southernmost parts of the state

Some 2,465 small businesses sold in California in May 2008, the strongest selling activity of any month this year, according to BizBen - Businesses for Sale in California (http://www.BizBen.com), the state's leading online marketplace for business buyers and sellers of small and mid-market companies.

"Balancing out declines in the largest markets--Los Angeles and the Bay Area reported fewer sales compared to the same month last year--there was an increase over May 2007 figures in some mid-sized markets, such as Monterey and Sacramento Counties, as well as in the southernmost parts of the state," said Peter Siegel, MBA - BizBen founder and CEO.

He noted that Orange County, for example, saw 288 closed business escrows last month, compared to 245 in the same period last year. He also said that the 301 small business sales chalked up in San Diego for May 2008, nearly doubled the 157 business sales recorded in the same month in 2007. The information on California small business sales by month, year and county is available at: http://www.bizben.com/stats/stats-total.php

BizBen has been California's exclusive source of small business sales statistics for more than 10 years, and since 1994, has provided one-stop Internet shopping for thousands of small and mid-market California businesses for sale. The site also provides business buyers looking to buy a business, sellers seeking to sell a business, and business brokers with one of the Internet's most robust resources for information, ideas, and services needed by entrepreneurs involved in business transactions.

BizBen currently offers over 9000 California small businesses for sale, with more than 200 new listings added to the site daily by small business owners, business brokers, and agents. BizBen also includes resources, articles, news and tips, and a small business blog focusing on all issues related to buying and selling small businesses. Mr. Siegel is a national consultant and author of three books on the topic of selling and buying small businesses.

The number of small business sales completed in May, 2008, shown by California county, are as follows:

Alameda: 103, Amador: 2, Calaveras: 1, Contra Costa: 49, El Dorado: 15, Fresno: 81, Glenn: 3, Imperial: 3, Kern: 39, Los Angeles: 659, Madera: 6, Marin: 22, Mendocino: 2, Merced: 7, Monterey: 33, Napa: 13, Orange: 288, Placer: 25, Plumas: 1, Riverside: 93, Sacramento: 84, San Bernardino: 155, San Diego: 301, San Francisco: 69, San Joaquin: 31, San Luis Obispo: 35, San Mateo: 29, Santa Barbara: 30, Santa Clara: 103, Santa Cruz: 13, Solano: 14, Sonoma: 17, Stanislaus: 23, Sutter: 10, Tulare: 23, Tuolumne: 1, Ventura: 71, Yolo: 8, Yuba: 3

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