Shaping the Business Brokerage Profession for 40 Years

The International Business Brokers Association® (IBBA) is the largest international non-profit association operating exclusively for people and firms engaged in Business Brokerage. The IBBA provides Business Brokers with money-saving benefits, education, conferences, professional designations, and networking opportunities to build their skills, connections, and opportunities. Formed in 1984, the IBBA has members across the world.

A membership in the IBBA provides the most complete package of membership benefits and services and the best networking opportunities with the most influential group of Business Brokers found anywhere.

With a primary focus on education, the IBBA awards the Certified Business Intermediary® (CBI) designation and the Master Certified Business Intermediary® (MCBI) designation to individuals who meet certain education and experience standards. These designations show a commitment to excellence in our profession, and clients are encouraged to look for a CBI® when choosing their Business Broker.

The IBBA is also vested in building the overall awareness of the Business Brokerage profession, as outlined in our Vision. Only a Business Broker has the requisite skills and knowledge to facilitate the most successful transference of business ownership amongst the parties involved, and this role is vital to the health of our economies and communities.

Additionally, we provide a wide range of knowledge and resources to those contemplating a career in Business Brokerage on our Steps to Success page. These insights will help you decide if Business Brokerage is the right next step for you, and if so, what your expectations should be for income, operations, training and more.

The IBBA and its sister organization, the M&A Source, are Specialty Sections of the International Association of Business Intermediaries, Inc. (IABI), a Texas non profit organization.

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A Rich History

In 1984, Tom West along with a group of business brokerage professionals took the first steps to form the IBBA. Download this excerpt from The Best of the Business Broker Newsletter to see the people and principles that shaped our organization.

Our Mission
The International Business Brokers Association promotes members’ professional development and interests to maximize public awareness of the business brokering profession.

The IBBA supports entrepreneurship, and the concept that the investment risks of owning a business deserve a straightforward, professional and honest presentation to both seller and buyer.


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