Selling businesses is our business
Community leaders, successful entrepreneurs, business owners, finance, and real estate professionals… Our team's unique set of skills and experiences along with our proven process provide our clients the highest level of assistance when selling or buying a business. We believe that trust is fundamental, and we believe in providing the highest level of honesty, integrity, and confidentiality.
Confidential Business Intermediaries was formed by Carl Grimes (click HERE for bio) in 1994 in Northwest Arkansas with the goal of helping business owners right here in the mid-south. Over the years the company has grown to have 3 affiliate offices; Northwest Arkansas, Central Arkansas, and us, the Fort Smith and River Valley office serving Eastern Oklahoma, Western Arkansas, and the Russellville River Valley region.
Our process has been tried and proven over the last 20+ years. We have sold business in many different industries with sell prices from the small mom and pop business for under $100,000 to the lower middle market sized business for over 20 million. Our team would enjoy meeting you to discuss your future plans and goals for your business.
As managing partner, Mark coordinates the CBI Team of the Fort Smith/River Valley to assist business owners with the difficult process of selling or buying a business. Skilled in organizational leadership, Mark utilizes his years of experience as coach, athletic director, and executive pastor to lead business owners through some of the most complex and stressful situations they have ever experienced. Mark lives in Fort Smith and is married to Michelle. They have 2 sons and 1 daughter.
Greg is a successful entrepreneur with 30 years of sales and management experience and 18 years of logistics experience. Greg truly is the “business owners business broker.” Having successfully sold two of his own businesses, he knows the emotional and stressfulness of sitting in the seat of a business owner who is selling the company they worked hard to build. Greg lives in Fort Smith and is married to Aaron. They have 3 sons and 3 daughters.
Joe Edwards brings over 50 years of banking, finance, and entrepreneurship with him as he helps business owners think through the process of buying and selling their businesses. Joe also understands the stressful and complicated process of selling a business first hand. Joe built a successful community bank call Benefit Bank. The bank was sold to Armstrong Bank in 2014. Joe’s accounting and banking background help the CBI Team properly evaluate and navigate business transitions. Joe lives in Fort Smith and is married to Judy. They have 4 children and 9 grandchildren.
Larry has over 50 years as an entrepreneur, university administrator, national consultant, and small business owner. He is also a certified facilitator for The Icehouse entrepreneur training program, a program established by the Kauffman Foundation of Kansas City, the largest entrepreneurial foundation in the world. Larry is married to Jan his wife of over 35 years. They live in Fort Smith and have 5 children and 6 grandchildren.