Published: Wednesday, 8 Aug 2012 | 10:45 AM ET
Small businesses are often used as a measuring stick for the U.S. economy. The more there are—and the jobs they create—the better the economic conditions.
But some analysts say there's another way small businesses provide a window on the economy—by the number that are bought and sold.
"A healthy market for business succession means a better overall economy," says Mike Handelsman, Group General Manager for BizBuySell.com and BizQuest.com, websites that are a business-for-sale marketplace.