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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-Northwest Arkansas:

● 3 months and $1.3 million dollars...wasted. That’s what a local businessman told me his recent attempt to buy a business cost him.

Why, the seller backed out at the last minute.

We just don’t have that happen here at the CBI TEAM. Our professional representation makes sure the seller/business owner is committed to selling before we take the deal to market.

It’s too expensive for all parties to have uncommitted sellers, buyer (or business intermediaries).

● The same buyer had a question about a 1031 Exchange which is a way to defer taxation when selling certain real estate and other assets. We referred him to a knowledgeable attorney to draft his 1031 code for the IRS. CBI Team has professional contacts that we have developed relationships with over the years that our clients find is an added value to the service we offer. a tax deferred way of helping on the sale of real estate and, rarely, some business assets. I gave him the name and contact information for an attorney I’ve known for over 25 years who helped draft the 1031 code for the IRS. Helps to know folks who know folks.

● We obtained a pre-qualification letter on a big distribution business we’re representing for sale. We now know how much down payment it will take to buy the business. This helps us help buyers get more cash through our Loans4Biz program . Kelly Tivis, CBI TEAM L4B administrator knows how to get the best loan deals for buyers by working with the 90+ lenders in our program. CBI Team sells more businesses because we help buyers find the money to buy them.


Dateline-Northeast Oklahoma

● The CBI Team Tulsa office is growing with the addition of two new Intermediaries to the team. Roy Still the Managing Partner would like to introduce Jeff Pickle and Patrick Sullivan. Jeff is an experienced marketing professional, entrepreneur and small business consultant, Patrick has been a professional business intermediary for several years in California and Oklahoma as well as a small business owner himself.

● SBA announces National Small Business Week to be held from April 29 - May 5, 2018. The SBA will recognize outstanding small business owners from around the country and conduct virtual events, roundtable discussions and educational opportunities throughout the SBA’s 10 Regions and 68 Districts.

● The SBA has also made some significant positive changes in 2018. These changes make acquisition loans more attractive and attainable. Small business lending at big banks and institutional lenders hit new highs last month and has nearly doubled from the low. The current business-friendly political climate along with tax reform and deregulation has people thinking about becoming entrepreneurs. If you have been waiting for the right time to sell your business, the time is now.

Want to reach hundreds of business owners and buyers?

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How to attract them:
Strategic buyers are looking for larger businesses in multiple industries. Sometimes a business is right on the cusp of what a large industry buyer is looking for, perhaps revenue is just a bit too small. In these situations a future business seller can help to draw their interest by expansion through acquisition. The CBI TEAM can help business owners find similar businesses for purchase as a means of expansion. Not only will these acquisitions add to a business owner's bottom line but they can mean the difference between a standard sale and acquisition from a large industry buyer, and that means more cash at closing. The CBI TEAM can help expand your business and make it ready for sale to an industry buyer. For more information  877-582-5200 or email confidential@cbiteam.com 

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(Awards and Winners from the Annual CBI TEAM training and awards ceremony)

 TEAM Celebrates Another Successful Year!

Late last month the CBI TEAM gathered to celebrate the victories of 2017. Awards were presented for team members reaching One Million, Three Million, and Four Million in total sales. Additionally the CBI TEAM Central Arkansas office was the proud recipient of the Office of the Year award, and Mark Kincannon Owner of the Fort Smith/River Valley Office was named Intermediary of the Year. Beyond simply a celebration of the past year, the team talked strategy and planning for the upcoming year, and is devoted to making  2018 the best year yet!

(Outside of the new CBI TEAM office in Richmond, Virginia.)

CBI TEAM Opens New East Coast Office

Carl Grimes, Chairman of Confidential Business Intermediaries/The CBI TEAM is proud to announce the opening of an office in Richmond Virginia. Casey Grimes, son of the company founder, a Senior Intermediary and dental practice specialist of the Northwest Arkansas office has purchased the Richmond, Virginia area territory, including the Washington DC metro area. Casey has already begun a mailing campaign to area dental and orthodontic clinics and is anxious to begin serving the business owners of that region. This office will focus primarily on dental practices but will be a full service office serving business owners from all industries.  

This location is the fifth CBI TEAM office across three states. The CBI TEAM is proud to expand its reach nationally, and is honored to provide quality, confidential business intermediary services to all of its territories. The CBI Northwest Arkansas office will continue the specialty dental and orthodontic practice under the guidance of Carl E. Grimes, who helped train and equip Casey as a dental specialist.  

You Need to Know WHAT?

By Carl Grimes, Chairman-Confidential Business Intermediaries/The CBI TEAM Northwest Arkansas


Get your tickets here…get your tickets to look at businesses right here!


What do you mean, get your ticket to look at businesses?


Well, yes, there is a ticket you have to provide to look at businesses listed by the CBI TEAM.


Good news… they are FREE.


But, as usual with anything FREE, there is a catch. Free means no cost, but you will have to provide some information about yourself. The business owners (Sellers) have engaged the CBI TEAM to make sure their businesses are disclosed only to serious buyers. “Serious” means the buyer has M&Ms.






No M&M, no ticket. The business seller requires the CBI TEAM to discover the M&Ms of each buyer.


Motivation? Will the buyer do what we require to learn about the business? This starts with coming into one of our five offices for a “free” no obligation consultation on the steps to buying a business. After the consultation the buyer will be asked to fill out the following:


·         NDA-Non Disclosure Agreement promising to keep the information about the business confidential

·         Financial Statement- This is absolutely necessary to determine if the buyer has sufficient money to make a reasonable down payment on the business about which they have inquired.

·         Agency Acknowledgement-Informing the buyer that the CBI TEAM represents the business Seller and not the buyer.

·         Dream Sheet- Tells us more about the buyer’s interests in different types of businesses because 90% of the time the buyer doesn’t purchase the business about which they first inquired.


The document most buyers fail to provide is the financial statement. But, this document must be provided because otherwise the CBI TEAM doesn’t fulfill its obligation to the Seller to only disclose the business to pre-screened buyers who meet the M&Ms, Money and Motivation.


Not providing a financial statement will stop or slow down the process.


The financial information provided by the buyer is held confidentially and not disclosed to the seller until the buyer makes an offer on a business.


So, you want your free ticket to look at CBI TEAM listed businesses, then provide the information…all the information, requested by the CBI Intermediary. We want you to get a ticket but you must cooperate to get one. For more information call CBI at 877-582-5200 and we’ll get you in for a free, no-obligation consultation on the steps to buying a business.

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 Views11,102120,204
Avg. Views per Listing2312,245
Total Email Inquiries53651

cbiteam.comLast MonthLast 12 Months
Total Number of Visitors1,21312,649
Total Number of Views1,98730,073

Monthly NewslettersLast Month
Total Newsletters Sent12,423

Company Profile

The CBI TEAM is the largest business brokerage network in Arkansas and Oklahoma. Since 1994 we have helped people sell and buy businesses in one of the nation's fastest growing regions. Offices in Northwest Arkansas, Central Arkansas, Fort Smith, Arkansas, and Tulsa, Oklahoma, make 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, Office Owner
Serving the Northwest Arkansas area
Contact us at (479) 770-8989 or carl.grimes@cbiteam.com

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

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

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

Casey Grimes, Office Owner
Serving the Richmond, Virginia area
Contact us at (804) 299-0301 or casey.grimes@cbiteam.com