The Company: Sunbelt Business Advisors, Greater Bay Area

Helen Liu, President of Sunbelt Business Advisors, Greater Bay Area, acquired the reputable Silicon Valley office from it’s founder, Joan Young, in May of 2020. She made the transition from her career in Commercial Banking and Lending when the opportunity arose to use her experience and understanding of business finance, and her education in law, to help business owners plan and execute their exit strategies. Helen brings with her 20 years of working with a wide range business owners, with revenues ranging from $500,000 to $100,000,000, and holds a Juris Doctorate degree from Seattle University.

The Sunbelt business brokerage office located in Santa Clara County has been successfully matching buyers and sellers since 2000. The office of Sunbelt Business Advisors, Greater Bay Area and it’s team serves Santa Clara County, Santa Cruz County, San Mateo County, San Francisco County, Monterey County, San Louis Obispo County, So. Alameda County and beyond.

Since opening the first office in 2000, Sunbelt Business Advisors, Greater Bay Area has grown with highly competent business brokers. Helen Liu has her office at 640 W. California Street in Sunnyvale near the El Camino Real. Sunbelt services all of the Greater San Francisco Bay Area for qualified sellers in manufacturing, wholesale distribution, food, the health care industry and business and personal services.

Company History

In the Beginning

Sunbelt began operations in 1978 in Charleston, SC. Sunbelt prospered as a single office operation until 1991 when Ed Pendarvis, Sunbelt’s founder, formed a partnership with an individual to open an office in Greenville, SC. The partnership method was used to open additional offices in Charlotte, NC; Columbia, SC; and Spartanburg, SC. In each case, Sunbelt was the largest business brokerage firm in each market within a few months of opening.

The Birth of a Franchise

In May, 1993, the License Offering Circular was approved, and the existing offices, with the exception of Charleston, were converted to franchises. In November, 1993, the Sunbelt Business Brokers trademark was granted by the United States Patent and Trademark office, and franchising began in earnest.

Industry Recognition

Since becoming a franchised operation, Sunbelt has been consistently honored as the highest ranking business brokerage franchise in the United States in Entrepreneur Magazine’s “Franchise 500” issues.

Where We Are Today

Sunbelt has grown at a dramatic pace, with hundreds of franchise offices around the world. During the past several years, our network of offices has spread through Canada and expanded into the UK, China, Scandinavia, the Middle East, Southeast Asia and Australia with many more openings to come. On February 1, 2006, Sunbelt was acquired (via the sale of its assets) by MMI Business Brokers, LLC (MMIBB). MMIBB is a wholly owned subsidiary of Merrymeeting Inc., a company that specializes in acquiring and developing franchise systems. MMIBB exclusively does business under the name of Sunbelt Business Advisors Network and is herein referred to as Sunbelt. Sunbelt focuses its operating activities on selling Sunbelt franchises and providing services to Sunbelt’s franchisees. All brokerage and other services provided to business buyers and sellers are provided by independently owned and operated franchisees of Sunbelt.

Sunbelt is the world’s largest network of business broker offices. The Sunbelt network has hundreds of offices worldwide.

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