Business Broker Blog

Canoga Park, California (March 7, 2023) — “The Valley Business Broker” Steve Barnett has earned a Certified Business Intermediary (CBI) designation, demonstrating his commitment to continuing education and up-to-date industry knowledge.

CBI is a distinguished certification awarded by the International Business Brokers Association (IBBA) to members who have completed intensive educational and experience requirements, including:

  • A minimum 68 hours of courses focused on pricing businesses, buyer management, legal aspects of business brokerage, financial analysis, tax issues and more,
  • Attending an IBBA Annual Conference,
  • Passing at least 10 exams, including the comprehensive CBI exam, and
  • Being an active IBBA member in good standing.

The IBBA is the world’s largest nonprofit association of business intermediary specialists.

Barnett’s new CBI certification validates his commitment to continuous professional development, connects him with the global network of IBBA members, and provides him access to the most current industry and local market information.

“The CBI certification solidifies my ability to keep doing what I do best: bringing buyers and sellers together,” Barnett said. “There is so much that goes on behind the scenes when selling a business, and taking that leap can be intimidating. I am here to help owners navigate the complexities of business brokerage and lock in the best possible price.”

Barnett works with small to mid-sized businesses in the Los Angeles area, San Fernando Valley, Ventura and Santa Barbara counties, and beyond. In addition to CBI certification, he holds a bachelor’s degree with a concentration in accounting, a Master of Business Administration, certified public accountant (CPA) certification and California real estate license.

He assists business owners in valuation of their businesses to determine a fair listing price, markets and advertises to potential buyers, screens interested parties, aids in negotiation and more.

The Valley Business Broker offers free business consultations at (818) 625-2713 or thevalleybusinessbroker.com.

About The Valley Business Broker

Steve Barnett has broad-based experience in small to middle market advisory activities. Prior to becoming a business broker, he served as CFO, controller and VP finance of both manufacturing and professional service companies with expertise in the aerospace, consumer products, Banking and staffing industries. Known as “The Valley Business Broker,” Barnett serves Los Angeles and Ventura counties. Learn more at www.thevalleybusinessbroker.com.