Which Small Businesses Have Money to Spend?
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- March 30th, 2009
As the economy recovers, and pent up demand for goods and services starts taking off, you’re going to want to know which small businesses have money to spend.
Obvious targets are the small businesses with the highest profits. Those businesses typically have the highest free cash flows, too. In other words, they have money to spend.
According to Sageworks Inc., here are the 20 industries with the highest EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization) in the past 12 months, for the period starting 2/16/2008 and ending 2/16/2009. (EBITDA is a proxy for cash flow from operations.)
And which businesses have the least spending cushion after the long recession? Here are the 20 industries with the lowest EBITDA: