Highest Number of Small Businesses Were Bought & Sold in America in 2016 since 2007.

According to BizBuySell.com, one of the Internet’s largest business-for-sale marketplace, annual small business transactions reached record levels in 2016, topping 2015’s totals by 8.6 percent and 2014’s previous high by 4.6 percent. The full results are included in BizBuySell’s annual and Q4 2016 Insight Report, which aggregates statistics from business-for-sale transactions reported by participating business brokers nationwide.

A total of 7,842 closed transactions were reported in 2016, the highest yearly total of small business sales since BizBuySell first started tracking data in 2007. From this dataset it is unclear whether the business-for-sale marketplace has returned to pre-recession levels, although other data sources show that it has not.

Primary factors for the reported growth include an improving small business environment, more owners looking to sell, more qualified buyers on the market and better financing options.