Joan Young, Principal Broker, CBI®, CBB®

Joan Young has been assisting buyers and sellers in small to mid-size companies from $1M-$30M in revenue since 1980. Her diverse business experience ranges from manufacturing and distribution to retail, publishing, advertising, placement services, direct sales, and business and franchise consulting.

In 1980, Joan co-founded a national publishing franchise company and owned two franchises herself. She has been VP for three national franchise companies, and in 1990 started FRANNET of the Bay Area, Inc. (FRANNET is the largest franchise consulting group in North America). Joan sold FranNet to Katie Fagan in early 2014, who had been running FranNet for her for a few years.

In 2000, Joan acquired SUNBELT BUSINESS ADVISORS, Greater Bay Area, which is part of the largest business brokerage/intermediary firm in the world. Sunbelt has hundreds of offices worldwide. Joan’s office handles transactions from $1,000,000 in revenue to $30,000,000.  Joan has capable and experienced brokers working with her to help make a difference in the transaction.

Joan loves to enjoy life along with enjoying her work.  She and her husband John prefer the outdoors to the indoors.  They both enjoy hiking in the Sierra’s, biking along the Los Gatos Creek, wine tasting at Santana Row and local wineries, and traveling when time permits. Joan of course loves time with their family and grandchildren whenever they are available.  Her daughter Melinda lives in Santa Cruz with her husband Josh and their 2 kids Caleb and Nathan.  Amazing family!  Her son Pete lives with his awesome wife Dawn in Alameda, CA.  and are enjoying their first home together.

Joan is active in “Community Bible Study” and Venture Christian Church in Los Gatos.

What Clients Say About Me

From the beginning until the end of the sale, I felt comfortable working with Joan and John.

They are real professionals who not only had their own buyers they were working with but found other good buyers. They brought me 3 strong offers and a Letter of Intent. We sold it in 7 months from start to finish. They stood up for me in negotiations and got me more than the asking price. Joan and John had excellent follow up and I always knew right where I stood. My buyers are doing 5% more than my projections so that makes me feel good about my decision to sell to them.

Dwayne White, Precision Door

Joan Young

Principal Broker, CBI®, CBB®


  • Bachelor of Arts in Education, Transylvania University
  • Licensed Broker
  • Certified Business Intermediary (CBI)
  • Certified Business Broker (CBB)
  • Broker of Record – Sunbelt Business Brokers, Greater Bay Area
  • Industries –  Business services, Personal Services, Manufacturing, Wholesale/ Distribution, Retail, and Franchising
  • Owner of FranNet of the Bay Area
  • Vice President of 3 National Franchise Companies
  • Co/founder of TV Scene publishing franchise
  • Area VP for Memorex Corporation


999 W Taylor Street, Suite A
San Jose, CA 95126
Phone: 408-436-1900 x102


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