Perspectives on Buying and Selling Businesses

In the “IBBA Insights Perspectives on Buying and Selling Businesses,” business coach and entrepreneur David Barnett shares his expertise on the sale of businesses from a seller’s perspective. Barnett discusses the importance of empathy for buyers and sellers during the transaction process, preparing a business for sale, and hiring the right people, including business brokers, to ensure a successful sale. He emphasizes the unpredictability of personal plans and the need for a well-prepared business, as well as the importance of trust between buyers and sellers. Barnett also advises sellers to be cautious when dealing with high engagement fees from brokers and to choose industry-focused brokers for better results. Throughout the conversation, Barnett stresses the importance of preparation, understanding cash flow, and working with qualified professionals to navigate the complexities of buying and selling businesses.


Host: Cress V. Diglio



David Barnett

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Cress V. Diglio, CBI, M&AMI, Managing Partner of Calder Associates

Cress has more than 20 years business brokerage experience and has been an active member of the International Business Brokers Association (IBBA) for 15 years. He has earned both the Certified Business Intermediary (CBI) and Merger & Acquisition Master Intermediary (M&AMI) designations and has been involved with more than 500 successful business transactions. Cress is recognized as a Fellow of the IBBA for his achievements and contributions and served as IBBA Chairman in 2015. In 2017 he was recognized with the IBBA’s Chair Award for his ongoing work on behalf of the industry.

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