A real estate broker only earns a commission when they sell a property. Not when it's listed for sale. In the State of Ohio the law requires a third party representing representing another to have a real estate license or be an attorney.
Ohio law requires that only a licnsed real estate broker or licensed real estate salesperson (agent) can collect a commission.
Real estate brokers/agents are only permitted to pay fees or commissions to licensed agents. There are stiff penalities for voilations.
It is not unusual that "friends" consult with their "friends" reguarding their important life changing business decisions. It's great that you're interested in your friend's well being and personal needs.
You might suggest that your friend ask one of their business professionals (Attorney, CPA, Insurance agent) for a several referals to find a real estate agent they like.They can interview 2 or 3 agents before listing. Suggest that they should visit a few open houses in the neighborhood to meet several agents, Learn about the market and start to think about the sales processl