John Foster

International Business Intermediary

John Foster

John H. Foster is a respected business owner, entrepreneur, and business intermediary. Prior to joining Creative Business Services, John owned and operated Foster Needle Company in Manitowoc, Wisconsin, one of the largest employers in Manitowoc County. During his tenure with Foster Needle, John helped grow the company to become the world market leader in the manufacture and sales of felting needles.

Through strategic acquisitions and organic growth, Foster Needle became the world’s largest felting needle manufacturer with manufacturing plants in Manitowoc, Wisconsin and Redditch, England.

John has developed and owned car wash investments as well as commercial real estate projects on Anna Maria Island, Florida. He is also an investor/member of a regional Angel Investment Corporation, which has holdings in a number of early stage businesses throughout Wisconsin.

During his tenure with Creative Business Services, John has worked with numerous banks, helping them with the disposition of bank owned/distressed properties and businesses. Having owned and managed a multimillion-dollar manufacturing company with plants and offices around the world, John provides a profound understanding of U.S. and international business, manufacturing, brand management, team building and, of course, M&A.

As a business intermediary, he has brokered nearly every imaginable type of business, including manufacturing companies, hotels, restaurants, car washes, convenience stores, and large commercial real estate projects. He has personally bought and sold many businesses in the M&A market. John provides real world resources for business owners and banking institutions that are looking to improve and/or sell their businesses and assets.

Sector Focus

Commercial & Investment Real Estate

Commercial real estate is any non-residential property used solely for business purposes. This includes retail properties, office buildings, shopping centers, hotels, warehouses, manufacturing facilities, apartment complexes, and vacant land that has the potential for development.

Commercial Real Estate primarily refers to buildings or land intended to generate profit, industrial real estate and retail real estate are merely subcategories of commercial real estate.


Our team and our partners have the expertise to perform any international transaction that you or your company may be interested in pursuing. From, buying equipment then transporting it overseas, to buying a U.S. company and continuing to operate it in the U.S. or even participating in the EB-5 program.

The CBS-Global team employs nine business intermediaries with expert level experience in their respect categories of business. In addition, CBS-Global employs international multi-lingual translators and International Business Specialists. It is because of these experts that CBS-Global is your ideal partner in international business transactions.


Manufacturing companies transform goods, materials or substances into new products. Many manufacturers own plants, mills or factories that produce such goods for public consumption.

Manufacturing is the engine that drives Wisconsin. Each dollar of manufactured goods in the United States creates additional dollar activity in other sectors.


Services are occupations that require special training in the arts or sciences. Some require professional licenses such as architects, accountants, engineers, doctors, lawyers, and business brokers.

Regardless, the evaluation or value of a professional service business tends to be more subjective than scientific.


Successful Transactions

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CBS-Global expert: John Foster
Industry: Commercial & Investment Real Estate

Blog Posts

Seller Due Diligence – A deep introspection and review of your Company before taking it to market
Buyer due diligence is something business owners are probably familiar with. However seller…sell side due diligence may not be something many business owners have ever heard of.  Seller side due dilig
Buying a Business During a Pandemic?
John Foster and Michael Schwantes discuss the implications of buying a business during COVID 19.  Listen to: Just the Facts
What’s the impact of COVID-19 on selling your business?
What can businesses do to survive this crisis?  CBS- Global CEO Mike Schwantes and I discuss on my weekly radio program.  Listen to WOMT’s Just the Facts.

Radio Show


August 25, 2021

On today’s show, John Foster invited Mike Garsow, our VP of Business Development, to discuss the 12 important factors to a successful closing and some of the strategies efforts that CBS-Global has in place in terms of marketing.


July 14, 2021

The six steps to prepare your business for sale; John Foster and Michael Schwantes discuss this topic on his weekly radio show.