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Curbelo and Grayson Introduce the Venezuelan Refugee Assistance Act

Posted: November 9th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Immigration Reform, National News, Sarasota Immigrants | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , | No Comments »
Rep. Carlos Curbelo

Two Florida members of Congress introduced a bill that would allow Venezuelans who arrived in the U.S. prior to Jan 1, 2013, to adjust status to permanent resident. No word on how likely this is to move forward.

Washington, D.C.—In response to the continued instability in Venezuela, Reps. Carlos Curbelo (FL-26) and Alan Grayson (FL-09), Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (FL-27), and Debbie Wasserman Schultz (FL-23) have introduced the Venezuelan Refugee Assistance Act, H.R. 3744, to provide immigration relief to Venezuelans that have long-resided in the U.S., unable to return to their homeland:

“For the past decade, thousands of Venezuelans were forced to flee the brutal Chavez dictatorship. The situation has not improved under his hand-picked successor, Nicolas Maduro. In the last few months alone we have seen countless examples of the regime’s thuggish tactics, unethical behavior, and lethal force. They’ve arrested top opposition leaders like Leopoldo Lopez and the Mayor or Caracas, and banned others from running for public office, like Maria Machado. They’ve also arrested over 3,000 opposition protestors in a riot that left dozens dead. This bill will help those Venezuelan nationals who have made a new home in the United States to remain here if they choose to since it is dangerous to return home.

Specifically, this legislation would address the issue by adjusting the status of Venezuelans that arrived in the U.S. prior to Jan 1, 2013 as long as they do not have a criminal record and were never involved in the persecution of others. They have until January 1, 2019 to register for adjustment.

I applaud the Venezuelan-American community in the United States for their continued efforts on behalf of the people of Venezuela and I stand in unity for their noble cause of justice and freedom and thank Rep. Grayson for his leadership throughout the years to help the Venezuelan people. I would also like to thank Reps. Ros-Lehtinen and Wasserman Schultz for being original co-sponsors,” said Rep. Curbelo.

“I’m proud to join my Florida colleague Rep. Carlos Curbelo in introducing this important piece of bipartisan legislation. The political turmoil in Venezuela demands that the United States do everything in its power to protect those who have been able to escape to freedom in America. We cannot in good conscience force Venezuelans to return to a country where they face arrest, torture, and execution only because they oppose the government. Granting them permanent residence status is the best, most logical way to ensure their safety. I thank Rep. Curbelo for all he has done for the Venezuelan American community, and look forward to working with him to see this legislation out of committee and onto the floor for a vote,” said Rep. Grayson.

Rep. Curbelo will be holding a press conference regarding H.R. 3744 on Tuesday, October 13, 2015 in his Miami district office.


NEW Florida Business Opportunity: Own your own Ice Cream and Sweet Shoppe!

Posted: November 20th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Business Opportunities, Investor Visas, Sarasota Immigrants | Tags: , , , , , | No Comments »

Business purchase opportunity–A client of the law firm has asked us to post the following information about the sale of an ice cream and sweet shoppe:

After recently receiving her green card, the owner is wishing to sell her business in Southwest Florida. The business is a well-known national ice cream franchise and confectionery business, located in a mall and anchored by major tenants.

This shoppe offers customers an impressive selection of fine confections and ice cream, all in an enjoyable, service-oriented atmosphere and is designed to give a warm welcome and a nostalgic nod to the good ol’ days of old-fashioned sweet shoppes. From fine chocolates, handmade fudge, and caramel apples, to their own original recipe ice cream, the shoppe offers a selection of quality confections.

Annual revenues are $400,000, allowing the owner to have a salary of $75,000 (including benefits). Low staffing requirements. Equipped with full remote camera monitoring system. Appliances and leasehold improvements are in excellent condition.  The business is well-suited for a couple working part-time. Owner is willing to train Buyer on operations. Priced between $450,000-$550,000.

For franchises, this shoppe offers a successful, modern business backed by years of experience.

For more information, please call (514) 947-1993 or e-mail

90-year-old Sarasota Immigrant Becomes Citizen

Posted: May 21st, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Jaensch Immigration Law Firm, Sarasota Immigrants | Tags: , , | No Comments »

Congratulations to Don Fisher for recently completing the naturalization process and becoming a U.S. citizen at the age of 90.  Don first moved to the U.S. in 1984 and had E-2 Treaty Investor visa status from 1987 to 2010.  After six consecutive E-2 visas Don married a U.S. citizen and became a permanent resident in 2010.  

At age 90, Don is believed to be the oldest client in the 30 year history of Jaensch Immigration Law Firm to become a U.S. citizen.  We took a picture of Don in the office with his Naturalization Certificate.

Don says the following about the process, “it was a challenge, but we did enjoy the chase.” 

Congratulations again to Don Fisher!

-P. Christopher Jaensch

Tampa Bay Business Broker Edward Valaitis Assists E-2 and EB-5 Investors

Posted: January 30th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Investor Visas | Tags: , | No Comments »

E-2 and EB-5 investors come to Florida’s West Coast for its mixture of relaxed atmosphere, ideal climate, cultural sophistication, and business opportunities.  At our firm we see entrepreneurs, investors, and business people from around the world and we assist them in obtaining their version of the American dream.  Quite often, however, we do not feel qualified to advise international investors on which business opportunity to pursue.  As a result we have sought out and allied ourselves with the Florida Gulf Coast’s most qualified M & A professionals.  Edward Valaitis, Certified Business Intermediary, is one of them.

E-2 and EB-5 Investors can Find a Valuable Resource in Mr. Valaitis

E-2 and EB-5 Investors can Find a Valuable Resource in Mr. Valaitis

Mr. Valaitis has an impressive set of experiences and expertise.  Where most business intermediaries will either have experience as entrepreneurs, professional services or in the corporate world, Mr. Valaitis has all three:

  • Partner of a New York City based regional CPA firm with practice responsibility over the Internal Audit, Sarbanes Oxley, SAS, 70 and Information Security Services.
  • CEO of accounts receivable management firm serving hospitals, cities and medical groups.
  • Co-Founder of BDO Seidman’s Risk Consulting Division which he helped build from zero to $30 million in three years with offices in NYC, Boston, San Francisco and Houston.
  • National Director for Jefferson Wells International a highly successful national risk consulting practice. During his tenure he had hands-on involvement in many facets of growing this start-up firm from zero to $120 million in revenue in four years.

Mr. Valaitis is also one of only 85 Certified Business Intermediaries in the state of Florida.  He has been an active member of the CEO Council of Tampa Bay, Association for Corporate Growth and University of Tampa  He is comfortable in the world of international business, traveling to Lithuania, London and Canada for ongoing engagements.

Mr. Valaitis and his firm are very active in main street and middle market business transactions, leading both “sell-side” and “buy-side” engagements. They serve and define businesses with annual sales up to $20 million.  Most serious buyers retain his services so they can find just the right business, right price and right location.

E-2 and EB-5 investors who are considering buying a business on Florida’s beautiful Gulf Coast should contact Mr. Valaitis for assistance in finding the right investment opportunity.  Remember that the right investment can help an immigrant investor qualify for a visa that would allow them to live and work in the United States.  E-2 and EB-5 visas are just two options.  Our firm also works with many L-1 immigrant business people.

Interested parties can contact Mr. Valaitis over the phone: 800-975-3198<tel:800-975-3198>, or via email:

For more information on how to qualify for an E-2 or EB-5 investor visa please feel free to follow the links below:

Businesses for Sale in Florida

Posted: January 2nd, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Investor Visas | Tags: , , , , , | 2 Comments »

Please enjoy the list below of businesses for sale in Florida, provided by Business Broker Michael Werman.  Some of them may be used to qualify for an E-2 investment.  If you are interested in a certain business please contact Mr. Werman for more details (941) 366-1500.

Business for Sale Asking Price Cash Flow Location
E-2 Investment Opportunity 150 Year Old Sandwich Shop for Sale… $110,000 $45,854 Sarasota, FL (Sarasota County)
Talk about history – this sandwich shop has been around since 1962! Loyal local following with great visibility on Route 41 in Sarasota. This is a CASH only business, no credit cards. Employees will stay if asked. Lease can be extended with a good landlord. Plenty of parking to eat in or take out your food. An icon in the sandwich business for longevity. Business for 2012 has been the same as…
E-2 Investment Opportunity 2
Spanish Publishing Biz, home based…
$30,000 $41,263 Sarasota, FL (Sarasota County)
Opportunity! 2010 Census shows Fla is 23% Latino. Spanish language monthly newspaper, dist to over 100 locations in Sarasota, Manatee & Charlotte Co’s which have growing numbers of Latino residents. Features free classifieds, reasonable full color display ads & directories of Attorneys, Restaurants, Salons & Automotive. 2 wks training. Includes computer with QuickBooks, client data base & listing…
E-2 Investment Opportunity 3Successful Floor Covering Store, S… $350,000 $167,602 Bradenton, FL (Manatee County)
Sarasota / Bradenton area – 2013 numbers are better than 2012! This Florida real estate has an ASSUMABLE LOAN or it can just be leased to new owner. Locally owned and operated, not a national chain. By buying direct from the manufacturers in bulk, large discounts get passed on directly to the customer. Breakdown is 70% carpet, 20% tile & 10% wood. Newer warehouse & showroom too! Owner does very…
E-2 Investment Opportunity 4Your own Vending Machine Business … $25,000 $13,000 Sarasota County, FL
Great Opportunity for part-time income!! 20 combo (snacks & drinks) & 3 snacks-only vending machines w/coin changers, located primarily in medical offices. These cost $3300 each new when purchased 8 years ago & are in exel’nt condition. 6 combo machines & 1 snacks-only machine not currently placed due to owner being busy with his primary business. All inventory in machines & at home. Extra parts…
E-2 Investment Opportunity 5Healthy Eating, Mall Food Court, S… $199,000 $52,173 Sarasota, FL (Sarasota County)
Fresh Thinking. Healthy Eating! Opportunity to own one of the world’s fastest growing Franchise Deli-Style Restaurants in a busy Food Court, in a high traffic, Upscale Shopping Mall in the #1 Beach Community in SW Florida. Well equipped separate in-mall Prep Kitchen. Very profitable operation at a fraction of normal start-up cost. Some seller financing possible for a highly qualified individual… 
E-2 Investment Opportunity 6Home-Based, Relocatable Hobby Rela… $297,000 $134,162 Hillsborough County, FL (Relocatable)
UNIQUE OPPORTUNITY! Designs/Manufactures/Imports specialty hobby related products, sells wholesale to distributors & retailers also retail via Internet and eBay and hobby trade shows. Due to outside employment, seller can no longer do both since this business has grown to become its own full time obligation. Cash flow shown is 2013 annualized based on six-months sales & expenses. Serves a…
E-2 Investment Opportunity 7Landscape Lighting Business in Man… $139,900 $127,500 Manatee County, FL
What an Opportunity! Live & work from home in fast-growing SW Florida community close to beaches. Turnkey Energy-Efficient Landscape Lighting business complete with 2010 GMC Sierra SLE Pickup & Topper w/70K miles; attractively wrapped 6′ x 10′ enclosed trailer with all tools, ladders & inventory to do the job. Great reputation for honesty, prompt excellent installations & service. 2013 Est is…
E-2 Investment Opportunity 8Full Service Lawn Care, Sarasota, … $360,000 $195,304 Sarasota, FL (Sarasota County)
Complete lawn care; mowing, mulch, maintain/trim/replace shrubs & plants, has their own nursery, also irrigation & landscape lighting. Chemical application portion of this business not for sale at this price, financials + FF&E have been adjusted. Over 130 accounts, mostly residential, many very large properties/estates. Facilities; Protected nursery area, covered storage space with sheds, office,…
E-2 Investment Opportunity 9Only full service 15,000 sq.ft. $485,000 $194,544 Sumter County, FL
Opportunity! Must see. Cash Cow! 15000 sq ft grocery store in a small town with no competition. Has been a grocery store for 3 decades. Grocery, Meat, Produce, Dairy, Frozen, Wine & Beer, Cigarettes, Lottery, etc. Meat & Grocery biggest sales. Average inventory $125K. Don’t wait, call Shalley Moman 407-925-3303 for more information. View additional listings at
E-2 Investment Opportunity 10Full Service Fitness Center in Bra… $150,000 $68,319 Bradenton, FL (Manatee County)
Complete fitness center; pool, spa, sauna, steam room, two group fitness studios (1 can be used as a cycle room), main gym w/reception area, cardio section, locker room, showers, etc., 40 pieces of cardio, selectorized equipment plus free weights. Baby sitting area too! This is a beautiful buildout, about 5-years old ready to taken over and to be owner operated as shown in the adjusted net. This…
E-2 Investment Opportunity 11Established Coin Laundry in Sunny … $75,000 $30,794 Palmetto, FL (Manatee County)
Well established coin laundry with some modern energy & water saving machines purchased late 2012. Does full service wash, dry, fold & iron, 50% of the income, balance from do it yourself customers. Add service to restaurants, hotels, etc., plus dry cleaning drop off station for more income. This is a cash business! Lighted parking in the rear of the building. Operated by the owner with 2…
E-2 Investment Opportunity 12High Quality Remodeling Opportunit… $185,000 $83,000 Sarasota County, FL
HIGH QUALITY WORK, UPSCALE CUSTOMERS, MORE THAN JUST FOR A HANDYMAN! This is a real business that has built a strong reputation for extensive remodeling of an apartment, condo or house to pressure cleaning a sidewalk or driveway. If you can do interior or exterior painting, tile, carpentry, wall texturing, minor electrical or plumbing, flooring or more, this is for you. EXPERIENCE IS NECESSARY!…
E-2 Investment Opportunity 13Upscale Bath & Body Shop in Saraso… $159,900 $42,700 Sarasota County, FL
Upscale retail opportunity in Beach Community.  Bath and Body shop in downtown shopping district.  Extensive inventory.  Potential for increased revenue.  Good repeat business.
E-2 Investment Opportunity 14Major Auto Body Shop in Sarasota F… $225,000 $87,568 Sarasota, FL (Sarasota County)
Live & work in the #1 Beach Community in the USA! 23 year Well-Established, Profitable, High-End Auto Body Shop. 3800 sq ft of buildings, plus 4352 sq ft canopied work areas. Economy extremely strong. 2 booths w/baking capabilities. highly trained staff with tenure will stay. Very attractive Lease. Hurry – Won’t last long! View additional listings at
E-2 Investment Opportunity 15Coin Laundry in Florida $85,900 N/A Manatee County, FL
This opportunity is open and running, but is being offered as an Asset Sale!! Great Opportunity! Large CASH business. Ideally located neighborhood laundromat on major Manatee County thoroughfare. Totally refurbished facility & equipment by present owner. Attractive rent. 22 washers; 13 dryers, Video Game, Quarter coin pusher game, TV, Internet access with 3 computers. Vending includes soap, soda,…
E-2 Investment Opportunity 16Areas Top Dry Cleaning Business – … $235,900 $104,090 Sarasota, FL (Sarasota County)
What a return on investment! Well-established Dry Cleaning business with loyal clientele; 29 yrs same location in major shopping ctr of #1 beach community in Florida, anchored by a Publix Supermarket. This is the best Dry Cleaner in town- recommended by Saks Fifth Ave. Price increase for 2013 will add thousands to bottom line. Top notch, well-maintained equipment. Long term experienced employees…
E-2 Investment Opportunity 17Day Spa For Sale – Manatee / Saras… $69,900 $26,000 Bradenton, FL (Manatee County)
Full service Day Spa in beautiful beach town. 3,000 sq ft of pampering for mind, body & soul. Hair Studio has 3 stations with room for more. 5 treatment rooms for Massage, Facials and Body Treatments; makeup room; nail studio with 2 manicure & pedicure stations. Cozy reception area with refreshments. Kitchen with laundry & office which can be a treatment room. Sinks in each room for techs & 2…
E-2 Investment Opportunity 18Water Manufacturing Systems For Sa…Water Fountain Display & Entertainment Manufacturing Business $2,500,000 $515,686 FL
2013 numbers looking great, better than 2012! Water systems company operates around the world. Projects done for cities, malls, airports, resorts, theme parks & universities. Over $3.2M in sale in the pipeline now and another $3M currently in production. Also $39M in current bids placed for new projects. All design, engineering, manufacturing & shipping completed in one location. Installation…

Possible E-2 Investment: Restaurant For Sale on Florida Barrier Island

Posted: January 2nd, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Investor Visas | Tags: , , , , , | No Comments »

There is a new potential E-2 investment available on one of Florida’s beautiful barrier islands.  This one is a seafood restaurant is for sale in Bradenton Beach, FL for $175,000.

Possible E-2 Investment Opportunity Florida

According to the seller, this is a profitable and elegant seafood and steak restaurant with a 4COP liquor license available in a superior beach location.  The diverse and unique menu and wine selection is tailored for discriminating customers and the restaurant has a popular and affordable happy hour.  The restaurant is 2,100 sq. ft. and there is an attractive 1,400 sq. ft. 3/1 living space on the property which could be converted for use with the restaurant and/or food/beverage service business and would also make a nice living quarters for owner/operator/manager.

Does not do Lunch, yet.  Historically has closed for one month vacation.  Reasonable lease terms available.  Reasonable offers considered.

Gulf Coast of Florida, Tampa Bay/Sarasota Area.  For more information contact Jim Adkins at 941 713 1260. For more on how to use commercial property to qualify for an E-2 investor visa, watch our video below:

Turnkey Restaurant Comes Available for Lease in Gulf Gate

Posted: December 16th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Investor Visas, Sarasota Immigrants | Tags: , , | No Comments »

From our friends at Michael Saunders:

Ready To Go this 1,500 SF restaurant features great visibility in the busy Gulf Gate shopping area.  Awesome restaurant space with hood, walk-in cooler and freezer, ADA compliant bathrooms, outdoor seating, high ceilings  and like-new equipment.  Even better….this is a corner unit with lots of windows, great signage and visibility.

Please see property details here.

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For immigrant investors who want to know whether this business could help them qualify for an investment visa, please contact the brokers, collect the relevant financial information and present it to P. Christopher Jaensch.  For more information on how to qualify for an investor visa, please see our video.

German-Sarasota Immigrant Starts New Business Venture

Posted: December 11th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Sarasota Immigrants | Tags: , , , | No Comments »

These are the people that make our work worthwhile.  German-Sarasota immigrant and serial entrepreneur Anna Monka has a new business called Trips2Learn.  Check out our new video to learn more.

New Sarasota Business Opportunity for Immigrants

Posted: October 22nd, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Investor Visas | Tags: , , , | No Comments » recently heard about a new business opportunity for immigrant investors.  The business is a liquor store located in the Sarasota Crossings shopping center at the intersection of Fruitville Rd. and Honore Ave.  The shopping center includes a Publix, an hhgregg, a CVS and a Starbucks.  The upper-middle class Meadows neighborhood is less than a mile away.

The liquor store is already established and profitable, sales have been increasing yearly, it would come with $549,000 worth of inventory and it is one of the few liquor stores in town that delivers.

Address: 5411 Fruitville Rd., Sarasota, FL 34232

Square Footage: 191,148

Number of neighboring tenants: 35

Year Built: 1990

Last Renovation: 2009

Parking Spaces: 956

Immigrants who are interested in obtaining an E-2 investor visa may be able to do so by buying this business.  Please contact the business broker, Nicole Christodoulou, of Commodore Realty (305-365-2600) for more information.  Contact Chris Jaensch of Jaensch Immigration Law Firm (941-366-9841) to see if the business could qualify for an E-2.

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For information on more ways to qualify for an investor visa, please see the video below of Chris Jaensch speaking about using commercial property to qualify for an E-2 or EB-4 investor visa.

Commercial Space Available on South Tamiami Trail

Posted: October 10th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Investor Visas, Sarasota Immigrants | Tags: , , , | No Comments »

We recently received word that there is commercial space available at 2001 Siesta Drive in Sarasota.  This space is currently built out as a Day Spa.  The spa is fully stocked and ready to begin operating immediately.   The space can also be renovated as professional office – ideal for a law firm, real estate, or title office.  The location is ideal, right on the corner of Siesta and US 41, above Roys and Flemings.

Space Available: 4,428 sf
Lease Rate: $15.00 sf/yr (NNN)

For more information on the space please contact:

  • Diane Lawson: 941-780-6136 or
  • Linda Emery: 941-914-5133 or

Immigrant investors could use the space to establish a business as part of a strategy to obtain an investor visa.  For more information on how to obtain an investor visa please see our videoE-2 or EB-5 Investor Visas: How to Use Commercial Property to Qualify, or contact Chris Jaensch: 941-366-9841 or

Please enjoy the photos below:

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For information on more ways to qualify for an investor visa, please see the video below of Chris Jaensch speaking about using commercial property to qualify for an E-2 or EB-4 investor visa.

Business for Sale in Southwest Florida

Posted: September 19th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Investor Visas, Sarasota Immigrants | Tags: , , | No Comments »

Investor Visas

Our immigration attorneys regularly work with foreigners who want to invest and start businesses in Florida.  There are 2 main strategies we recommend to immigrant investors and entrepreneurs: the E-2 and EB-5 visas.

E-2 investor visas are popular with immigrant investors as a way to qualify by investing a substantial amount of money in a new or existing enterprise that is real and active and will either produce more than a living wage for the investor and his/her family or will make a significant economic contribution through job creation.  The visa often allows an investor to stay in the US for 2 to 5 years and is renewable.

The E-2 visa can ultimately lead to an EB-5 green card if the investor invests $500,000 to $1 million and creates 10 new full time jobs.  For more information on E-2 and EB-5 investor visas and their requirements please watch our latest video on the subject.

At we often receive notifications of businesses for sale.  We like to share these opportunities with our readers who may be looking for a new investment opportunity or for a way to qualify for an E-2 and EB-5 business.  Sharing this information does not constitute a statement that this business would help an investor qualify for visa.  We need to see more detailed financial information in order to provide our opinion on the business’ viability.  Any investor who may be interested can request the financial details from the business broker and present them to us for an opinion.

Business for Sale

There is a new business opportunity in Southwest Florida.  The business broker believes that it will help a foreign investor qualify for an E-2 visa.  At this point we do not have enough financial information about the business to declare that it would do so.  We decided to list it here and anyone interested can inquire with the business broker.  More information is available with a confidentiality agreement.

The broker reports that the business is a high-end salon and day spa located in one of Southwest Florida’s most affluent areas.  The spa services clients all year round.  Over 4000 square feet offering high quality treatments from facials, massage therapy, and body treatments, to hair styling and more.  The owner is willing to train and proof of funds is necessary.

All rooms are equipped with service tables, sinks, hot cabinets, racks, mirrors, plants etc.  Day spa and salon software is included.  A complete website with full supported domain as well as email is included.  The manager and receptionist are fully trained and will stay on board.  This business has a positive cash flow.  Retail inventory is separate at approximately $23,400.

Over 4500 sq ft with lease is available.  The owner will renegotiate on good terms with qualified buyer.  All fixtures and equipment included.  Retail inventory is available separate.

The asking price is $395,000USD.

For more information please feel free to contact Della Booth: 239-699-4493.

Business Opportunties

Posted: September 4th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Investor Visas | Tags: , , | No Comments »

Investor Visas

Sarasota immigration attorneys often work with immigrant investors and entrepreneurs who want to live and work and grow a business in the United States.  Two of the strategies we recommend pursuing involve the E-2 and EB-5 investor visas.  E-2 investor visas are popular with immigrants as a way to quailfy for residence based on an immigrant’s entrepreneuerialism.  Immigrant investors qualify by investing a substantial amount in a new or existing enterprise that is real and active and will either produce more than a living wage for the investor and his/her family or will make a significant economic contribution through job creation.  The visa often allows an investor to stay in the US for 2 to 5 years and is renewable.  The E-2 visa can ultimately lead to an EB-5 green card if the investor invests $500,000 to $1 million and creates 10 new full time jobs.  For more information on E-2 and EB-5 investor visas and their requirements please watch our latest video on the subject.

Large Business for Sale

As stated above, immigrant investors qualify for an E-2 Visa by investing a substantial amount in a new or existing enterprise.  While we are not in the business of recommending enterprises to potential E-2 investors, we know many business brokers who are.  Recently we heard from Tony Dempsey of Sunstate Business Brokers about a business he recently listed for sale that may help an immigrant investor qualify for an E-2 visa.

Sunstate Business Brokers

Mr. Dempsey reports that the business is a physical therapy clinic in a desirable location.  Growth has been and continues to be outstanding, as has  profitability.  The owner has created a unique and dynamic business model with a diverse approach to securing multiple patient referral sources, large and diverse service offerings, bilingual staff, classes and clinics provided, revolutionary FDA approved technology, in addition to DME sales and a weight management program; all this coupled with first class billing and administrative systems.  Part of the attractiveness of this business as a potential acquisition is the fact that the owner is no longer involved in the day to day running of the business; that being left to management and the other therapists.  The owners currently spend much of their time out of state and will be moving westward to be close to their family and start another physical therapy clinic there.

The asking price is $999,000.  Gross revenues: $1,184,518.  Cash flow: $360,172.  The business comes with $10,000 in inventory and $110,000 in furniture, fixtures, and equipment included.  The clinic was established in 2005, and has 15 employees.  It is located in a 2950 sq foot modern facility on a major traffic artery.  Rent is $3200/month.

E-2 or EB-5?

Our assessment is that this investment opportunity could be an option for someone looking for an E-2, L-1 or EB-1 visa.  But, this would not work for an EB-5 because the regulations normally require the creation of 10 new full time jobs.  The only way it could work for an EB-5 would be:

  1. If the business  has a substantial loss for one out of the past 2 years (in which case, the EB-5 investor can qualify if it preserves 10 FT jobs) OR
  2. The EB-5 investor creates 10 additional FT jobs within 2 years.

Small Business for Sale

Ink and Toner Cartridge Business

Mr. Dempsey also shared a second, smaller business prospectus with us.  He reports that a well established Franchise would provide the new owner with a repetitive revenue stream from the constant reordering of a highly consumable product in a Business to Business environment.  This coupled with a productive retail/production facility captures additional revenues from the consumer marketplace.  The owner is highly motivated and will offer financing for a financially qualified buyer.

This is an established local franchise store, one of 1600 franchised retail locations in 50 countries, that originally focused on the refill and remanufacture of ink and toner cartridges for printers, but which has now expanded to include an array of related services supporting home and office printer users.  This includes offering HP and Canon printers for sale, which makes a perfect complement to the printer cartridges they offer.  In fact, for more than 20 years the franchises have been not only perfecting the art of remanufacturing printer cartridges, but also providing world-class customer support for hundreds of new printer products.  This local franchise services virtually any item that serves a printing function, including fax machines, postage meters, photocopiers and more.  Their focus is on Business-to-Business but also service the end user retail market with a 100% guarantee on their OEM remanufactured ink and toner cartridges and special promotions throughout the year.  They pick up and deliver in a 3 county area.

With $332,321 in gross income, 20,000 in inventory, and 2 employees, the asking price is $150,000.

Qualify for an E-2?

We urge investors to be aware that this business may not by itself help an investor qualify for an E-2 visa.  However, it could be part of a successful strategy that includes other businesses or an expansion plan to open new locations.  For any questions about these businesses please contact Tony Dempsey at Sunstate Business Brokers: 941-932-5512.  For more information on how to qualify for an E-2 or EB-5 investor visa, please feel free to contact us: 941-366-9841.

New Potential E-2 Investment Opportunity in Bradenton

Posted: August 20th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Investor Visas | Tags: , | No Comments »

E-2 Investor Visas

E-2 investor visas are popular with immigrants as a relatively fast way to get permission to live and work in the US for an extended period of time.  The visa often allows an investor to stay in the US for 2 to 5 years and is renewable.  The requirements for an E-2 investor visa include a substantial investment in a new or existing enterprise that is real and active and will either produce more than a living wage for the investor and his/her family or will make a significant economic contribution through job creation.  The E-2 visa can ultimately lead to an EB-5 green card if the investor invests $500,000 to $1 million and creates 10 new full time jobs.  For more information on E-2 and EB-5 investor visas and their requirements please watch our latest video on the subject.

Possible Investment Opportunity

We recently learned about an investment opportunity that could potentially qualify an investor for an E-2 investor visa.

The business is called E Z Pack & Ship LLC (dba Eagle Shipping Center) and the asking price is $85,000.  The business had revenues of $140,880 last year.

The seller reports the following: Eagle Shipping Center is one of several locations throughout Florida and an investor would be welcome into the Eagle Shipping family.  An investor would enjoy the support of a large organization with an established and successful business model which offers economies of scale in web services and internet marketing.  Each investor becomes part of a larger branding exercise.  The central office sends leads to the investors and provides training.  The seller says that this lowers overhead and also makes it feasible for a dedicated investor to learn the business in a short amount of time.

Important Note

Important note—we do not prequalify businesses for E-2 visas.   However, the business could possibly form the foundation of an E-2 strategy if combined with another business, one or more additional locations, or can show resources and a strategy available to significant expand the business within five years.


Interested parties can contact the seller by phone: 561-401-7645.

The current owner started the business 3 years ago as part of a successful strategy to qualify for an E-2 Visa.  He shared a E-Z Pack Ship – Sale Prospectus as well as several photos included below.

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Sarasota Immigrant Founds IT Start-up

Posted: February 12th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Investor Visas, Sarasota Immigrants | Tags: , , | No Comments »

Stefan Wild is a Sarasota immigrant who recently founded an IT start-up in the HuB.  His company, archivedi, provides a very valuable service: storage and sharing of media files on the cloud.

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archivedi’s website

Does your organization have to deal with a lot of media files like images (photos), videos, documents or audio?  Then you need a place to store those, and you will want to easily find and then securely share them with branch offices, colleagues, clients, journalists, advertising agencies, …

Here’s where archivedi comes into play. You can store all your media files in the cloud on their secure servers.  For cataloging, you can freely define your own criteria (like product line, article number, event, catalogue page), so you find the files you need in a matter of seconds.  archivedi then lets you share them selectively with anyone, cleverly working around the limitations of E-Mail attachments by just sending out an individual link to the archivedi web site, where the recipient can pick a format or resolution he or she needs and download directly from there. 

So whether you want to get the video and photos from the last fundraiser to the press and sponsors, your webmaster needs that photo of the CEO, or the office in Europe wants access to the product photos from the newest catalog – you’re all set with archivedi.

archivedi is based on the open source digital asset management (DAM) software ResourceSpace, that is being used by organizations around the world.

Mr. Wild is well qualified to serve as President of archivedi.  He earned a Diplom-Informatiker (FH) degree from the University of Applied Sciences in Dortmund, Germany, in 2010 and has over 14 years of experience working as a web developer and consultant in his own business for corporations in Germany, Switzerland and Italy.  He had existing contacts in Sarasota and when he heard that the HuB was opening he decided to make the jump to the United States.  He plans to expand archivedi’s business as well as build new ideas for more start-ups.

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archivedis office in the HuB

Visit archivedi’s website and check out their innovative system for yourself.

E-2 or EB-5 Investor Visas: How to Use Commercial Property to Qualify

Posted: February 11th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Investor Visas | Tags: , , | 7 Comments »