Dana Smith

Clear Path Business Brokers and Advisers, LLC

License Number: 249740

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Po Box 2378,
Highlands, North Carolina 28741 (View Map)

About the Company

Clear Path has extensive experience with both brokerage and direct ownership and management of several companies in Western North Carolina. Our principals, Dana Smith and Don Reynolds have the direct and inside knowledge of the resort/tourist market in the region. From serving on many non profit and civic boards, we take pride in all the communities we serve. We are active in community projects.

Broker Biography

Dana Smith (828) 342-2060


DANA SMITH has 35+ years experience as a business owner and broker in the southeast US. He has owned and operated a mechanical contracting company, a multi location ice cream shop as well as a commercial lines insurance agency. Dana currently owns a bowling/family entertainment/bar and grill in Brevard, NC, a multi location fudge and chocolate shop and is involved with a real estate development company in western NC.?

Dana has served on several boards and civic/business groups, including the Bryson City Rotary Club as president, the Swain County community foundation, Jackson County, NC chamber board member and ambassador, chairman of the Sylva NC Main St Association, Chairman of the Independent Insurance Agents of GA. Govt. affairs committee among many others. ?

Dana is a true entrepreneur who has assisted dozens of buyers and sellers acquire or divest businesses. The most recent transactions include a themed motorcycle lodge and restaurant, a historic lodge and several restaurants in Western NC.
He has extensive experience in marketing, business valuation and consulting for owners.

DON REYNOLDS has worked across a variety of hospitality enterprises, from a perspective of accounting and operations. Reynolds has experience both as principal, executive and consultant in the industry. This level of experience gives him the ability to analyze a business, and it's operations from a 360 degree view and help discover it's true market value.

Prior to co-founding Clear Path Business Brokers, Mr. Reynolds has served as Controller, Comptroller, COO, CEO, as well as "starting up" a broad range of hospitality companies, some exceeding 50m in top line sales.

Most recently Mr. Reynolds was engaged as a consultant and became Managing Partner, with Mountain Fresh Grocery, located in Highlands, NC. A successful turn around and exit for the partners concluded in April 2018. Mr. Reynolds holds a BA in Accounting

Services Provided

Clear Path offers business and real estate brokerage. We provide consultation for business owners that may include preparing for a sale, valuations, and review of internal procedures.

We specialize in high end resort markets such as Highlands and Cashiers. And can also provide representation for other ancillary markets.
Hospitality, Tourist and related businesses are our target.

Areas Served

  • Macon, NC
  • Jackson, NC
  • Buncombe, NC
  • Swain, NC
  • Haywood, NC
  • Clay, NC
  • Cherokee, NC
  • Henderson, NC
  • Transylvania, NC
  • Licensed In

    • North Carolina
    • 249740

    Business For Sale Listings

    Cash Flow: $475,000 
    North Carolina 
    Furniture, Home Decor & Interior Design High End Furniture Design/Sales WNC Resort area Financing available Includes Real Estate

    Established in 1996, the project is the premier source for complete home furnishings design and installation, with an extensive showroom, a kitchen store, porch & patio, along with several showrooms and a custom manufacturing facility. With average 4-year revenue at $3.3 million with Sellers Discretionary Income averaging 17%. This project provides a solid opportunity with steady cash flow and growth.SELLER FINANCING/lease/option available More info

    Cash Flow: $200,000 
    Jackson Co., NC 
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    Country Store for Sale

    This country store is located on a high traffic thoroughfare. It maintains the highest rated store in the area by customers. From fishing supplies to fuel, this store has it all. New building with above-ground tanks. Motivated owner. Lots of room for growth with this one. Lease/purchase/option available. More info

    Cash Flow: $90,000 
    Brevard, NC 
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    Bowling Alley, Bar & Restaurant

    Fully established bowling business with full bar, games, kitchen and eating area. High visibility fronting main thoroughfare Highway 64. Located in college town. Recently updated restaurant equipment & upgraded bowling equipment to 2017 AMF specs in scoring, software and hardware. More info

    Swain Co., NC 
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    Gourmet Restaurant & Wine Shop For Sale

    Offering guests a menu full of unique options cooked in Wood FiredBrick Oven. Offering a fantastic selection of local and regional wines,as well as craft beer selection and full bar. Relaxed and refined settingwith rustic barn wood and brick throughout the dining area offers a warm and inviting atmosphere. In remodeled Historic 1911 building thatembodies the original character and charm of the building, by using locallyreclaimed brick and barn wood. Restored original hardwood floors and walls inside and handcrafted tables and chairs. Seller financing/lease/option available More info

    Cash Flow: $140,000 
    Swain Co., NC 
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    Subway & TCBY Franchise

    Located on a high traffic thoroughfare. Franchise transfer fees are $35k for both Subway and TCBY.Owner will lease the property for 1450/mth. Possible option to purchase More info

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