The representation and sale of service companies is an area where IBA has excelled for approximately fifty years. The service sector is one of the fastest growing sectors of the United States economy. This growth has been mirrored at IBA in the increased number of service companies we have represented and sold as a percentage of our total transactions in the last ten years. It is also our belief that this sector of the economy will continue to grow in the future as consumers & businesses outsource more services and knowledge becomes more specialized.

It also should be noted that the successful sale of a service company for its highest market value requires an experienced broker with the knowledge & skill to sell intangible assets (e.g. goodwill or blue sky), as traditionally a majority of a service company’s value is found in its brand & market identity and not in its physical assets.

Our past transactions in this niche have included service trade companies (electrical, plumbing, and heating & air conditioning), consulting & business support companies, human resources & staffing businesses, fundraising & non profit support firms, personal care firms (hair & nail salons, chiropractic & massage practices, and weight loss clinics), vocational schools & educational programs, gyms & athletic training facilities, appraisers, travel agencies, freight forwarders, equipment rental & repair businesses, landscape & contractor businesses, environmental consulting firms, and translation services.

IBA is also recognized in the mergers & acquisitions industry for its ability to sell sophisticated service businesses requiring advanced education and/or executive level experience that serve customers in the corporate or public sectors. Our completed transactions in this subset niche of service companies has involved parties as far east as New Jersey & North Carolina and in Washington, Oregon, California, Alaska, and Arizona on the West Coast.

This legacy of completed transactions was established by IBA because our associates have the transactional experience and market knowledge required to properly evaluate, market, and negotiate the sale of this growing segment of the American economy.

The following are some specific examples of service companies sold by IBA:

Electronic Transactions Advantage, Inc.

ATM Service & Repair Company Serving Financial Institutions in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, and California

Elmore Electric

Electric Repair & Service Serving the Cargo/Shipping & Fishing Industries

Eltech Electric

Industrial & Marine Electric Repair & Service


Temporary & Permanent Medical Staffing

Northwest Biomedical Associates

Medical Equipment Repair & Service

J.R. Bruno & Associates

Consulting Firm Specializing in Commercial Lending & SBA Loan Support to the Banking Industry


Seattle Area Territory of International Company Specializing in Hydraulic Hose Fabrication & Repair


Foreign Language School Teaching Mandarin, Japanese, Hindi, French, German, and Spanish

Bartending Academy

Three Location Pacific Northwest Chain of Vocational Schools

Zoom Language Center

Spanish Immersion School

Dirk’s Carpet Center

Commercial & Residential Floor Covering Sales & Installation Company

Prestige Landscape Maintenance

Residential Lawn Maintenance Company

Insurance Appraisal Services (IAS)

Independent Automobile Damage Appraisal Firm for Insurance Providers

Access Global

Freight Forwarding Company

Steve Pool Service

Repair & Routine Maintenance Company for the Commercial Fishing Industry

Fleet Glass Repair

Commercial Windshield Repair Company Serving Puget Sound Automobile Dealerships

Viking Travel

Travel Agency

Camcal Company

Petroleum & Lubrication Equipment Calibration, Repair, & Service

Meadow Creek Professional Center

18,000+ Square Foot Full Service Executive Office Suites

Koss Property Management

Residential & Commercial Property Management


Mold Remediation Training Program & Equipment Sales


Ventilation Systems Service & Repair

Access Medical Equipment

Medical Equipment Rentals & Sales

Business Computer Systems Rentals

Computer Hardware Rentals to Fortune 100 Companies

German Language Services

Corporate Translation Service

Global Translation Systems

Corporate Translation Service

Staged by Design

Residential Property Furniture Staging

Landreth Studios

Commercial Photography Studio Specializing in Advertising, Corporate, & Catalog Photography for Local & National Ad Agencies, Corporate Marketing Departments, and Design Firms

A-1 Best Computer

Computer & Laptop Repair & Service (Multiple Location Chain)


Environmental Chemistry Validation & Audit

Pocket Picks

Small Format Tourism Advertising

Lakeside Heating, Air Conditioning, and Hearth Products

Premier Level Lennox Dealer and HVAC Installation & Service Provider

Pacific Parking Lot Maintenance

Commercial Parking Lot Sweeping & Repainting Company

American West Chrome

Hydraulic Motor, Pump, Cylinder, & Value Service

SeaTac Shuttle

15 Vehicle Airport Shuttle Company

Seattle Painting

Full Service Commercial, Residential, and Industrial Wall Covering Company

Caring Hearts Agency

Home Health Care Provider Specializing in Supporting Programs of the Federal Department of Labor, Specifically the Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program Act (EEOICP)

Gorge Analytical

Cannabis & Bio-Fuel Testing Laboratory

Val Corp

Multiple Location Seattle Metropolitan Area Coin Laundromat

Island Escrow Service

Vashon Island Based Residential & Commercial Escrow Service

Frost Engineering

Highly Regarded Energy Sector Engineering, Manufacturing Representative, and Consulting Firm

D.R. Strong Consulting Engineers

Regionally Preferred Surveying, Land Development, and Consulting Firm

Advanced Skin Therapy

Full Service Medical Spa with a Loyal, Highly Satisfied Customer Base

Aussie Pet Mobile

Large Fleet Provider of Mobile Pet Grooming Serving Over 70 Zip Codes

3 Keys Property Management

Residential Property Management Company

Soreano's Plumbing

75+ Year Old Residential & Commercial Plumber

Jax Dog Drop

Three location (Bellevue, Issaquah, & Redmond) Pet Daycare, Boarding, Training, and Self Service Dog Wash Business


Had my business listed with 2 different brokers over the course of 3 years and only had a handful of unqualified buyers. Listed with Bill Southwell of IBA and had a qualified buyer and full price offer within a few months in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic. Extremely difficult lender with a ton of ticky tacky requests but he helped my all the way through.


Gary Ward

Former Owner of Wards Power Equipment

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