I am looking to acquire a small landscaping maintenance company in California. In order to legally operate as a landscaper in California, you must hold a C-27 Landscaping License. In short, the current owner is the only holder of the C-27 License and it would take me roughly 3.5 Years to acquire the license. The state allows the license to be held by a Responsible Managing Employee (RME), which means the owner could possibly maintain the license until I am able to apply for mine.

Traditionally the SBA does not allow the owner to be involved post transaction. I would really appreciate understanding any creative financing structures that would allow me to still complete the transaction.

Thank you in advance.