There was a significant increase in sales of small businesses at the end of 2012 compared with the same period during the previous year, according to data from BizBuySell. The flurry of activity might have been due in part to impending changes in the tax code, but there is reason to believe that the market for acquisitions is growing. Some large businesses have built up their cash reserves, and some unemployed workers are looking for opportunities to become business owners.

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