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Immigrating to U.S. Visa Programs

Immigrating to the United States (USA)

America is full of business entrepreneurs because it has the most prosperous economic market in the world. People from every country want to move to the U.S. for the abundance of opportunities for individuals and their families. In addition to the E-B5 visa, immigrants can choose to move to the U.S. with an E2 or L1 visa.

E2 VISA

An E2 visa is the most popular of the 2 visas. It is an investor visa which requires a minimum investment that varies by country with a minimum investment of $100,000 USD for British and Canadian nationals. The investment requirements can be as much as $500,000 US for other countries.

L1 VISA

The L1 visa is available to those who own a business in their country and wish to buy a business in the U.S. The person buying a business in the U.S. may obtain an L1 visa based on an inter-company transfer. The transfer gives an immigrant permanent residency status in the U.S. which can be converted to a green card in 2 or 3 years.

E2 and L1 Visas are easy to obtain when following the proper process and understanding all the issues involved. People trying to obtain an E2 or L1 visa should always use a business broker with extensive experience to assist them. Critical decisions, like choosing where to live and what kind of businesses are available in Florida. Finding and buying a Florida business that qualifies for a visa can be a challenge. A visa-qualifying business must have favorable tax returns, properly documented employees. These businesses are highly sought after by American citizens as well and thus a foreign national must coached on the correct negotiating procedure if they want to succeed.

Why Choose FLORIDA?

Florida is the fastest growing and 3rd most populated state in the USA. Florida offers a unique and high quality lifestyle, low home prices, a vibrant social community and profitable business environment. The lifestyle and sunny weather make Florida the #1 choice for business owners. Conditions are favorable no matter what type of business you want to buy.

WHAT FLORIDA BUSINESS BROKERS DO FOR YOU?

The key to moving to the US through an E2 or L visa depends greatly on finding the right business to buy. Although finding a good immigration lawyer is important, it is not as important as finding the right business to buy in a good location. Locating a good business for sale in Florida is very hard to do. That is where Florida Business Brokers can help. We can find you the right business that qualifies you for a visa so you can live your dream in Florida as a legal U.S. resident.

OUR PROCESS

Florida Business Brokers gives you the best chance at moving to the U.S. with minimum financial risk and stress. Our process is simple.

Step1: Call 1-561-234-5678 and discuss your options. Then let us help you find the right visa-qualifying business in Florida to buy.

Step 2: Select an immigration attorney specializes in immigration matters. We have provided a list below of attorneys we work with. We can help you locate and get in touch with a reputable immigration attorney who will provide you with the necessary forms, assist you in completing the forms properly and submitting them to the INS for processing.

Step 3:  Since you will be moving to Florida, the next step is to find a home. You can choose to rent or buy. Florida Business Brokers are also real estate brokers who can help you find a home close to where your new business is located and in a good neighborhood with good schools for your children.

Our Agents:

Florida Business Brokers’ agents are all successful entrepreneurs with proven success records. We are all dedicated to helping entrepreneurs from every country move to the U.S. and become successful Florida Business owners.

Energy Shot Vending Machine Routes for Sale in Florida

5-hour ENERGY® is expanding sales of its product into workplace break rooms across America. It is seeking full and part-time distributors to service the accounts.

Did you know that last year alone, in the United States, Energy Drinks and Shot products sold over $10 billion in gross product sales? This industry is one of the fastest growing out there, and 5-hour ENERGY® has launched its new vending machine concept to allow these drinks and shots to be sold outside of the retail market. 5-hour ENERGY® has chosen Speed King Manufacturing’s specially designed machine to use for this expansion across America.

energy drink vending machine business

This is truly a Ground Floor Opportunity to become a distributor of the World’s #1 Energy Shot Product. There are millions of work places across America where employees use 5-hour ENERGY® every day while at work and are looking for a more accessible way to stock up on the product without leaving the office. This new Vending Machine makes 5-hour ENERGY® very profitable to the distributors that own and operate the machines.

If you have a desire to “be your own boss” and you crave financial independence, Florida Business Brokers would love to show you how an Energy Shot vending route featuring America’s #1 Energy Shot could work for you. 5-hour ENERGY® is currently selling over nine million bottles every week in the U.S. Get your piece of the pie by managing your own Vending machine route for one of the most popular energy drinks around!

Energy shots have become so essential to the everyday consumer that they have earned a place at the convenience store checkout counter. And, as demand continues to soar, more vending operators are claiming their share of the profits by putting the concentrated energy drink alternative in the hands of consumers in locations where they desire a quick pick-me-up.

5-Hour Energy shots sales are up 30% over last year in the vending channel, as operators are beginning to recognize the magnitude of the market for the product. In just a few years, the “shots” have has grown from a niche purchase to a mainstream must-have.

Sales of energy shots are expected to almost double this year, to about $700 million from last year’s $370 million, according to Stamford, CT-based market analyst Consumer Edge Research. Convenience stores are on track to achieve such growth; according to Nielsen data, they have posted the largest dollar sales increase in the first half of 2009 for “liquid vitamins, supplements and energy shots” – up 120.5% over the same period last year.

The 2-fl.oz. 5-Hour Energy shot bottle provides a concentrated sugar-free dose of caffeine equivalent to a cup of coffee or a can of energy drink. They also contain B vitamins and amino acids associated with alertness and focus. Students cramming for exams, truckers driving for many hours and fitness enthusiasts seeking a boost are among the diverse consumers relying on the “energy shots” for an on-demand power boost.

The current economy is driving vending operators to reevaluate their machines and say: ‘What can we change to get people back and get more dollars per vend?’Awareness of the brand and demand for it has exploded. With over 4 million bottles selling each week, many vending operators are finding success.

While the competition is heating up, it’s also helping build the market for other energy shots. Red Bull recently introduced a “shot” version of its market-leading beverage, Dr Pepper Snapple began test-marketing a shot of its Venom energy drink (Venom Bite) and Coca-Cola has added a shot based on its NOS energy drink. Shotz, which made its vending industry debut at last fall’s National Automatic Merchandising Association National Expo, is another contender in the fast-growing category.

A specially designed column shim makes it simple for operators to merchandise the product through a chip coil in a snack vender. Energy shots are filling a big niche and vending operators have a huge opportunity to put something in front of people that they want, in the places they want it.

Florida Business Brokers can help you locate and buy a profitable energy shot vending route in Florida. Just call 1-561-234-5678 for more information.

Become a Multifamily Property Owner

Proven Tips for Multifamily Property Investors

The advantage of multifamily property, such as duplexes and apartment buildings is that it can pay off debt by using other people’s money.

When buying multifamily property this idea must be kept in mind because the success or failure of the rental property depends on the income it generates to meet debt and other obligations. Your multifamily property will grow or fail based upon this concept.

Why do real estate investors buy multifamily property?

Let’s take a look at why investors buy multifamily property and expect a profitable return on their investment.

The most obvious reason real estate investors buy any income-producing property is because they can become wealthy in the long run. Just by holding onto the property and letting “other peoples money” payoff the debt, even if there is no immediate cash flow, is what drives people into real estate investing.

The risk is limited because multifamily properties serve a basic need; they provide shelters to those who cannot afford buy or who choose not to buy a home.

The downside to buying multifamily property is in management and the day to day dealings with tenants. A resolution to this problem is to hire a professional property management company to run the property and deal directly with tenants issues.

How to Buy Multifamily Property

1) Secure Solid Financing – Establishing sound financing on the property is of utmost importance when buying multifamily property; you will want an investment that doesn’t place excessive burdens on the property or yourself.

Remember this: lenders evaluate rental investment property based on income stream, and typically structure a loan based on the property’s financial strength as well as the buyer’s. So, when you apply for a loan to buy multifamily property, present lenders with clear and concise cash flow reports. The more accurate the reports are the more likely you are to obtain financing with favorable terms.

2) Understand the Local Rental Market – Stay on top of local rental market trends so you know how much potential tenants are willing to pay for one of your rental units. Due diligence will make or break your return on your investment. You will also want to know what the vacancy rates are for the area.

Read the newspaper or drive around the area, making note of all vacant rental properties. If there are few for rent ads and signs, it is probably a good sign there is a shortage of rental units per demand and a great opportunity for you. A shortage of available rental can mean you can raise your rental price and get it from new tenants.  On the other hand, many for rent signs and ads signal higher vacancies and possible rent reductions.

3) Economic Conversion – If the multifamily property you want to buy has been left to run down and rent had to be decreased to keep the units filled, consider it an opportunity to upgrade the building and ultimately raise rent. When multifamily rental properties are in a good area of town or in an area that is returning to a former higher quality, remodeling a rundown apartment complex can be a profitable venture.

Before you buy a multifamily property, be sure to get a professional, licensed contractor to give you a quote on remodeling. What looks to be surface issues can later turn out to be more than cosmetic and you will find yourself losing money on your investment.

Hire a professional at Florida Business Brokers to help you find the right multifamily investment property and to help you make better decisions. Don’t risk your funds by trying to do it all yourself, you will lose in the long run. Search our commercial property listings at http://floridacommercialmls.com or call 1-561-234-5678 for more information

Benefits of a Special Purpose Entity

Benefits of Special Purpose Entities for Businesses

When buying a business in Florida, the use of a Special Purpose Entity (SPE) can help you leverage your buying power. A business buyer may need to only come up with 5-10% of the purchase price of the business. In addition to this, an SPE has several benefits for business owners.

Special Purpose Entity Provides Asset Protection

The core of any successful business is its ongoing operations including its manufacturing of goods or provision of services to its customers, its financial dealings with lenders and suppliers and its marketing to prospective customers. The biggest potential for legal liability suits that a business encounters is typically associated with its core business. Lawsuits are most likely to arise out of financial transactions or from business interaction with third parties such as customers, clients or suppliers.

Loss of Core Business Assets

A successful business owner can find new customers and can change suppliers and finance companies but, a business cannot easily replace its most valuable assets. A business that has its most important assets taken by a judgment creditor will not survive. For instance, a business will have difficulty overcoming a judgment which levies upon assets essential to its core business such as its real estate used for offices, storage, or production, its receivables or the equipment and intellectual property the business uses to produce services or products. Core business assets are essential to the survival of small businesses.

Core business assets are vulnerable if they are owned and operated by the same legal entity because a judgment against that business entity will threaten the core assets and thereby jeopardize business operations. Business asset protection starts by separating the ownership of core business assets from core business operations which are susceptible to lawsuits. A core operating business can use essential core assets even if the legal titles to the same assets are owned in the name of a different legal entity such as a different LLC or corporation.

Purpose of SPE

The entities which own business assets are often referred to as “special purpose entities.” Their special purpose is to own, hold and maintain assets that are essential to an operating business. A special purpose entity can have legal title to real estate, intellectual property, equipment or even accounts receivable. The SPE may lease or license its assets to the core business, and the core business pays the SPE for asset use in periodic payments of rent or license fees at market value. These lease or license payments are tax deductible by the core business entity and are income to the SPE. A judgment against the core operating business should not endanger the assets owned by these special purpose entities.

The Business Plan

To be effective, a business plan needs to separate business assets from core business early in its business history and prior to any threat of litigation. A business’s assignment of its assets to a separate entity can be attacked as a fraudulent transfer if it appears that the business planning was undertaken primarily to place the business assets outside the reach of creditors. Also, Transfers of assets from a core business to an SPE after a business has grown may accelerate taxation of income. The transfer of an asset to an SPE will be treated as a sale of the asset for tax purposes. If the business has depreciated the asset, or if the asset has appreciated in value (such as land) then the transfer to an SPE may accelerate taxation of the amount by which the asset’s value at time of transfer exceeds its adjusted tax basis.

Assets Special Purpose Entities Should Own

Real Estate:

Many small business owners also own commercial real estate which the business uses as offices or warehouses. A judgment against the business will immediately and automatically become a lien on business real estate. A business should set up an SPE such as an LLC or partnership to take legal title to business real estate at the time of purchase. The business then will lease the building from the SPE, and the SPE will flow through to the individual business owners depreciation and other tax losses associated with the real estate.

Intellectual Property:

Small business owners often underestimate the value of their intellectual property including trademarks, copyrights and patents. A business’s intellectual property may have little value to a third party or creditor, but the same intellectual property is essential to the debtor’s business. The debtor’s business could be forced to shut down if an unfriendly judgment creditor levied upon essential patents, trademarks or other intangible property.

A business asset protection plan should title all intellectual property in a SPE and have the SPE license the use of the property to the core business. There should be a written licensing agreement and monthly payments close to fair value. The license agreement must contain customized asset protection provisions. If a creditor obtains a judgment against the core business the owners probably can reorganize their business and enter into a new licensing agreement with the SPE.

Cash:

Business owners tend to warehouse large amounts of cash in business checking accounts. A judgment creditor will move quickly to garnish all business financial accounts. Bank garnishments are the easiest and fasted way for a creditor to execute a money judgment. A business concerned about a potential lawsuit should keep just enough cash on hand to pay immediate obligations such as employee salaries and vendor payments. Surplus cash can be distributed to the business owners in the normal course of business. It is important to demonstrate a history of distributed profits to owners because there will be fraudulent transfer issues if a business makes a one time distribution to owners of a large amount of accumulated business cash in the face of litigation.

Alternatively, if a business needs to retain cash surplus the business should not hold the cash at the same bank where it maintains its operating accounts. A judgment creditor will usually know the debtor business’s primary bank from which the business writes most checks, and the creditor will quickly garnish all accounts at that bank. Creditors will not immediately know about business accounts at different banks, or even in different states, that hold business cash not used for deposit or checking in the normal course of business. However, a judgment creditor will eventually discovery all cash accounts through post-judgment discovery.  Additionally, there are some banks that are very difficult to garnish under applicable law even if the creditor knows of accounts at such banks.

Resource: Alperlaw.com