Sunbelt's History

Sunbelt's Business Brokers specialize in working with business owners to manage the sale of their business. Our brokers also work with individuals and companies who are interested in buying a business. Annually, our local offices work with thousands of business sellers and buyers to help them reach their goals.

Sunbelt was founded by Ed Pendarvis in Charleston, South Carolina in 1978. Ed developed a highly successful business brokerage operation and began licensing business brokerage offices under the Sunbelt marks during the mid 1990's. Sunbelt has enjoyed tremendous success as a franchise system and has expanded to become the worlds largest business brokerage operation.

Sunbelt was acquired n 2006 by Merrymeeting, Inc. With the backing and resources of Merrymeeting, Sunbelt has been able to maintain its leadership in the business brokerage industry by inventing professional education programs, developing leading edge technology and systems, and leveraging our international office network to better serve our clients.

With approximately 250 offices, in 14 countries, around the World, Sunbelt is proud to be the world's largest business brokerage network. This mix of global reach and intensive local knowledge gives Sunbelt a distinct competitive advantage in the marketplace. It enables us to maximize the exposure of the business we list for sale while maintaining the personal relationship and contact the sale or purchase of a business demands.

Why More Business Owners Choose Sunbelt

  • Largest Main Street and Lower Middle Market business intermediary firm in the world!
  • More Certified Business Intermediaries (CBI) than any other firm!
  • More than 5,000 business-for-sale listings!
  • Thousand of registered business buyers looking for just the right business!
  • We wrote the book (Selling Your Business For Dummies) on how to sell your business!

The Sunbelt Advantage


For more than 30 years our highly experienced brokers have been helping people just like you to buy or sell businesses throughout the world. Business people turn to us because they know that we are highly skilled professionals who understand the challenges you face. We will assist you every step of the way.

If you are considering buying a business, Sunbelt Network, will help you locate the right opportunity to fit your needs. Our professional broker network and proprietary business database are second to none. However, we go way beyond "just" finding you the ideal business. At Sunbelt Network, we firmly believe that the most confident business buyer is an educated buyer.

In addition, Sunbelt Network has created its exclusive Business Buyer's University, an in-depth educational program with proven tools and one-on-one coaching. We are here to give you confidence and to enable your success.

Interested in selling your business? We know how hard you've worked to make it successful. We also understand that the value of the business isn't just measured in dollars and cents, but the good-will and reputation it has come to represent. However, trying to sell "on your own" is not the best strategy. You may lose a significant amount of money because you did not realize the true potential of what your business has come to represent. Our professionals will strive to get you top dollar and to make your selling experience the best selling experience it can be.