Business Confidential is compiled from information picked up by Carl Grimes and other CBI Team members on the streets, in the offices and around Northwest and Central Arkansas, and Northeast Oklahoma. The names aren't being revealed to protect the innocent (and sometimes the guilty!).


Dateline Fort Smith/River Valley Area Arkansas 

Arkansas based family owned business is looking to acquire an IT services company in Northwest Arkansas or Fort Smith in the next 90 days. Contact mark.kincannon@cbiteam.com today if you own or have information about a business in this field. 


Dateline Northwest Arkansas 

So this guy says he wants to sell his dry cleaners in the fall. Tells our intermediary this and our guy provides him with a checklist of information needed to prepare the business for presentation to buyers. Our guy goes by to see if the BO (business Owner) has any questions about the checklist items. 

BO tells our guy he's chosen someone else to sell his business. 

Mind you our guy hasn't been given the opportunity to present our value proposition to the BO. 

What happened? 

We don't know but hope to find out by asking a few questions. 

Such as: 
  1.  Does the person/firm you selected to sell the business do full time business sales?
  2. How many dry cleaners have they sold?
  3. Did they ask for the financial information we did?
  4. Have you provided that information to them?
  5. How did they determine the purchase price?
  6. How do they intend to confidentially market your business? 
  7. How many buyers do they have in their database who have expressed interest in buying dry cleaners?
There are many other questions to be asked. 

Lesson: we here at CBI don't mind competing for your business but we'd at least like the chance to get in the ring before we're knocked out. Check around and compare before making a decision. 

Otherwise you could be making a big mistake with your biggest asset, your business. 

Let us demonstrate our value proposition call 877-582-5200 or email confidential@cbiteam.com

Want to reach hundreds of business owners and buyers?

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About These Buyers:
Our network of buyers consistently target acquisitions in a broad range of industries and sizes. This month we're highlighting a holding company focused on acquiring middle market businesses with an eye towards long-term ownership. 

This buyer is focused primarily on manufacturing, value added distribution, and niche business services. This is a company focused on long term goals, rather than short term gains, and prides itself on their unique approach, which they have described as like a multi-generational family business. In addition to private companies, this buyer is also interested in business divisions that no longer fit with a companies strategic vision. Do you own a manufacturing business with one million or more in EBITDA, then this could be the buyer you're looking for.  Give us a call today at 877-582-5200 or email confidential@cbiteam.com


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(From Left to right: Stacy Swilling-Seller and Casey Grimes-Listing Intermediary)

Swilling Family Dental SOLD

The CBI+Team of Northwest Arkansas is proud to announce the sale of Swilling Family Dental  to Chad Matone of The Dental Clinic At Sheridan. 

Swilling Family Dental has been in operation since 2001 and will continue to provide dental services to patients in  the Sheridan area under the ownership of Dr. Matone and his team of dentists. 

Senior Intermediary Casey Grimes listed Dr. Swilling's practice for sale in January, and after looking through CBI+Team's comprehensive buyer database was able to identify  Dr. Matone as the perfect buyer for the practice. A six month turn around time is exceptional for the sale of any business and was only possible thanks to the CBI+Team buyer network. 

Dr. Swilling's practice is the third Dental Clinic in the town of Sheridan that Casey Grimes and the CBI+Team have helped to sell. Casey specializes in dental clinics, and is ready and willing to assist any dentist in the sale of their business, whether from a small town or the big city. To learn more contact the CBI Team today. 

(From Left to Right: Johnny and Gloria Wagner, Sellers, and Mike Brooks, Buyer.)

SOLD- Sentencing Option Specialists

After being one of the most highly inquired upon businesses that Mark Kincannon Owner/Managing Partner of the Fort Smith/River Valley office has ever listed, Sentencing option Specialists was sold to Mike Brooks. 

Johnny and Gloria Wagner engaged Mark Kincannon to sell their business because they were ready to retire. A customized confidential marketing program was developed and executed. Through this process Mike Brooks was introduced to the business and an agreement was made. 

Mike was introduced to the Business Owners Retirement Savings Account (BORSA)
 program by Mark. Mike decided to use BORSA to pay for the purchase of the business. 

The Wagner's were thrilled with the service they received from the CBI
 Team. Mr. Wagner said he wouldn't change a thing about the process, and noted Mark did a great job in finding the right buyer in a reasonable time frame. Mr. Wagner then asked if he could be a reference for any future potential clients. 

The Value of Practice
By Connor Grimes-Owner/Managing Partner CBI+Team Central Arkansas

I recently had lunch with a banker here in Little Rock. This gentleman had heard of the CBI+Team before. He had read on social media that our CBI Central Arkansas Team had sold Altitude Trampoline recently and asked if we could get together for lunch. I'll take a free lunch from a banker any day. It was over lunch that he made a statement that stuck with me. He said, "Connor, your company has a reputation for bringing good deals".

That is quite a compliment coming from a banker and it gives us a reason to brag.

Then it did something else, it made me think. It made me think why?
The explanation was easy. We have a system and a process at CBI. 

When working with a CBI+Team member, you are meeting with someone who as been extensively trained and mentored by Carl and Connor Grimes, or Mark Kincannon or Roy Still. These folks know how to help you sell your business and are eager to work with good sellers and buyers. CBI Intermediaries have learned our system, processes, and our unique value proposition.

The CBI system was developed over time and with experience. "The older the violin, the sweeter the music.", a wise man once said, and with time, our systems, processes, and procedures have changed. Like most good things, we've gotten better with time. That is my simple response to the banker's compliment. Now what does that mean for you Mr. Seller? 

Not every business is beautiful. Not every business is in a "hot" market. Not every business has their financials readily available and in good order. If any of those things, or perhaps a laundry list of others has kept you from calling one of our offices to inquire about selling your business, think again. 

We sell a lot of businesses, more than anyone in Arkansas but there are a lot that aren't ready to sell.

Mind you, the SELLER is ready to sell, but the business is not. The seller is not going to maximize the value of that business/company because he/she waited too long to make that call or drop that email. The very best businesses we sell are those that meet with us long before it is actually time to engage our firm. Those individuals, who like all business owners are busy, had the foresight to make plans for when it IS time to sell. It is almost like practice. You prepare for a game before you actually play that game. So what does "practice" consist of? Well in part: We review your financials with you and your accountant, we ask industry specific questions, we counsel, we coach, we manage your expectations. You want, $X for your company? Then let's do what we have to do to make it worth that amount. We talk about today's market and the business climate. We prepare you for the big day. We work toward a goal together. That goal is to sell your company for maximum value in the shortest amount of time possible while working hand-in-hand with your accountant to help reduce your tax consequences as much as possible. 

We will always sell businesses that don't fit our ideal. Altitude Trampoline never even hit the market. It was under contract in a matter of hours after two conversations with the seller who was ready to sell. But if you'll work with us two years or even longer, before putting the business on the market, we can help maximize our value to you as our client. When we do enough deals like that, banks say nice things about our company. They get good deals to make loans on, our sellers get more cash upfront for their businesses, and everyone is happy

Online Marketing Activity

One of the many ways the CBI Team markets businesses is through buyer specific websites, places business buyers go to find businesses to buy. ​Below are figures that represent ​some online ​buyer activity on some (not all) of the websites used by Confidential Business Intermediaries/CBI Team to market businesses. This information displays the amount of views or "hits" that ​CBI business listing​s​ and websites ​got as well as the total number of ​emails​ to ​which ​our monthly newsletter​s are sent​.​ It costs hundreds of dollars per month to place the confidential "blind" ads on these websites. In addition to the websites, CBI prepares and implements a customized marketing plan for each business ​we list for sale.

​CBI also prepares a monthly report for each business owner we represent. The monthly report provides detailed information about each business listing.

Business ListingsLast MonthLast 12 Months
Total Number of Views10,901120,137
Avg. Views per Listing2282,230
Total Email Inquiries43642

Company WebsitesLast MonthLast 12 Months
Total Number of Visitors10,21512,680
Total Number of Views1,98530,053

Monthly NewslettersLast Month
Total Newsletters Sent12,165

The CBI Team is a proud member of the PAABB

Company Profile

The CBI Team is the largest business brokerage network in Arkansas. Since 1994 we have helped people sell and buy businesses in one of the fastest growing regions. With offices in Northwest Arkansas, Central Arkansas, Fort Smith, Arkansas, and Oklahoma, the CBI Team is the only business brokerage firm with offices in each of the major Ozarks cities. 

The CBI Team manages the entire business sales process, from helping the seller arrive at a reasonable, market-driven price for the business, to helping the buyer to arrange financing so that the seller gets the most compensation at closing. 

The CBI Team is the one-stop intermediary for all business sellers and buyers.

Carl Grimes, Owner
Serving the Northwest Arkansas area
Contact us at (479) 770-8989 or carl.grimes@cbiteam.com

Connor Grimes, Managing Partner
Serving the Central Arkansas area
Contact us at (501) 404-4980 or connor.grimes@cbiteam.com

Mark Kincannon, Managing Partner
Serving the Fort Smith/River Valley Arkansas area
Contact us at (479) 784-9522 or mark.kincannon@cbiteam.com

Roy Still, Managing Partner
Serving the Tulsa, Oklahoma area
Contact us at (918) 940-6437 or roy.still@cbiteam.com

"Confidentially Helping People Sell Businesses to Secure Their Financial Future"

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