John Foster

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International Business Intermediary

John Foster

, 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.

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Blog Posts

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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
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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
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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


May 15, 2024

John Foster and Michael Schwantes discussed the importance of seller financing and strategies to bridge the gap between seller expectations and buyer offers.


March 20, 2024

In this insightful episode, "The Important Considerations in Buying a Business," John Foster is joined by Michael Schwantes, CEO of Creative Business Services, to share vital considerations for anyone looking to buy a business. Drawing from Michael's extensive experience and the depth of knowledge within Creative Business Services, they offer invaluable advice for navigating the complexities of business acquisition. This episode is a rich resource for aspiring and seasoned business owners alike, providing a roadmap for successful business buying strategies from the heart of our expertise.