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Emmet Apolinario

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Emmet Apolinario is President of the Ohio Business Brokers Association ( He is an award-winning entrepreneur and a frequent speaker to various business events in Central Ohio. In 2002, Apolinario was awarded “Small Business Leader of the Year” by both the Small Business Administration and the Columbus Chamber of Commerce. Prior to acquiring a branch location of Sunbelt Business Advisors Network, Apolinario led a successful turnaround of a Midwest regional technology service company. He acquired this company through a leverage buyout. After successfully restructuring debt and operations Emmet led the company to profitability and for three years in a row the company was recognized as one of Ohio’s fifty fastest growing companies. In addition to his involvement in the technology sector, Apolinario has a broad business background that includes service, distribution and outsourcing industries. Originally from the Philippines, Apolinario’s global business perspective is an advantage when it comes to viewing business development, franchising and investment banking from a national and international outlook. With the current emphasis on “globalization” in many industry groups, Emmet’s awareness of international trends helps provide additional insight in business brokerage transactions.

Apolinario is a Certified Exit Planning Advisor, certified through the Exit Planning Institute ( He is one the less than 200 business advisors internationally with such certificaiton. Certified Exit Planning Advisors complete a challenging 4 day program that involves approximately 100 hours of pre-course study, 36 hours of class room instruction, and successful completion of a 4-hour rigorous proctored examination. Additional info at:

Apolinario conducts and leads a monthly meeting 2nd Wednesday of each month for the Ohio Business Brokers Association where he leads discussions pertaining to the many complex and compicated facets of the business transfer process. The 3rd Thursday of each month, you will also find Apolinario conducting a workshop session called Executive Straight Talk, a monthly workshop series held at Columbus State Workforce Development Center on Cleveland Avenue where he brings in entrepreneurs and business thought leaders to discuss relevant business topics that revolve around business growth strategies along with best practice areas. He is a monthly contributor to several blogposts that pertain to the confidential sale and purchase of privately-held businesses. Details or invitation to these sessions could be requested through emailing [email protected]

Memberships: International Business Brokers Association; Ohio Business Brokers Association; Rotary International; Columbus Chamber of Commerce; Dublin Chamber of Commerce; Columbus Technology Council; Entrepreneur Exchange Group; International Franchise Association;

Advisory and Boards: ProTeam Resources, Inc – Advisory Board; TCS Software, Inc. – Advisory Board; PMG Video Communications – Advisory Board; South Central Ohio Minority Council – Board and Trustee; Top Contributors to the Advancement of Technology – Executive Committee.

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