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Why Work With Us?

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We Are You

Our team is made up of former business owners and leading experts within their fields. We have walked in your shoes and the knowledge we gained while owning businesses has helped us in every transaction we have facilitated. We are entrepreneurs guiding entrepreneurs.

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Our Experience

We understand the process and have a proven track record of successfully selling companies just like yours. Our award winning team has been featured in numerous articles and on many radio shows. Our team regularly teaches classes at universities as well as for business professionals.

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Our Commitment to Confidentiality

We understand the critical importance of retaining your employees, customers and vendors while marketing your company for sale. Unlike many other firms, we require buyers to sign confidentiality agreements specific to your business, and we only send information to prescreened, qualified buyers.

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We Are NOT Like Everyone Else

Our core value has been built on serving YOU with the utmost integrity. While others will tell you what they think you want to hear, we only believe in acknowledging the realities of your unique situation, even if that leads to us not taking on an engagement.

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We begin by compiling and analyzing all available background on your company so it can be positioned to your best advantage. We seek to identify the unique value drivers of the company that will enhance its purchase price.

We prepare the following materials to aid in selling your company:

  • A blind teaser that provides basic information to potential buyers without identifying your firm or its location.
  • A detailed Confidential Business Memorandum for qualified buyers to evaluate the opportunity, after they have signed a confidentiality agreement specifically for your firm.
  • Adjusted Financial Statements are prepared to reflect an accurate portrayal of the owner’s discretionary earnings.

 

Once we have the proper marketing materials that have been prepared, we begin reaching out to the right buyers within our database.

  • Our Proprietary Database has over a hundred thousand active qualified buyers, including individual buyers, business owners, private equity companies, institutional investors, consolidators, public companies, family offices and international buyers.
  • We employ our proprietary SmartSearch™ Technique to conduct a rapid, wide-reaching search for the most qualified and motivated buyers, in order to present them the opportunity while maintaining confidentiality.

We blindly post your business to many lead generation websites, such as Bizbuysell and Axial, while simultaneously taking a targeted, pro-active approach to marketing. Once we identify potential acquirers, we regularly partake in the following marketing initiatives:

  • Customized direct mail campaigns
  • Personal phone calls to targeted potential buyers
  • Email blasts and multi-touch drip campaigns
  • Attend industry trade shows and other sector networking events
  • Advertise in niche publications
  • We utilize our numerous professional relationships – including our affiliation with the Business Brokers Network, International Business Brokers Association, and M&A Source – to market your company to qualified potential buyers locally, nationally and internationally.

We professionally manage every phase of the transaction. From the initial introduction of potential buyers, to the final successful closing of your transaction, our team is helping guide the transaction in the right direction:

  • Negotiations of the contract
  • Due diligence preparation
  • Attorney, accountant and lender introductions

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client testimonials

Testimonials

It is not often that I've taken the time to write a letter of recommendation. However, the experience I had with Albert Hakim and The Kensington Company was exceptional. We operated a family owned retail gift store for 38 years called PROTASS. I met Albert in April 2015. I had the confidence after our first get together that if there was a possibility of selling our business, Albert was going to help make it happen. First of all, Albert "talked...
Fred P. | Protass Fifts
Joe, Thank you for all your hard efforts to find the specific buyer it took for my location. It took lots of patience and dedication to achieve this goal and you were the guy to do it.  You were a Super Pro like always. Joe is not only very professional, but also a guy you can have complete confidence in, like family. Yours truly. Emilio Branchinelli Emilios Pizza, Passione, Pasta-Eria, Fanatico, Gino’s Italian Ices
Emilio B. | Emilios Pizza
Joe, Again I would like to thank you for all your detailed support. Without you this deal would never happened and I truly mean that:))). Things are certainly moving into right direction. Finally!!! (The buyer) has started her training yesterday and she is giving resignation notices to her current employers and soon will be in the restaurant full time learning from guys. I will wait to hear from (The attorney). As far as I remember he was requesting executed contract...
Eddie P. | La Cappanina Pizza
Ken, Joe is a great man. He offers his great knowledge, professionalism and charm to his clients. He works with honesty and his heart and it offers a quality where the clients can absolutely trust his advice and guidance. Joe's passion, experience and understanding of the pizza/restaurant is a priceless asset in what he does. Joe is absolutely the best!
Anthony F. | Frantantoni Pizza
Before it all fades from memory, we want to express our sincere thanks for managing the sale of our network of Long Island Gymboree Play and Music centers. Despite enormous challenges, you showed dogged determination to get the deal done and at a fair price. You, Adam, Stuart, Albert and everyone else involve showed the utmost in professionalism and competence in all dealings throughout the process. For that we will always be grateful.
Debra W. | Gymboree
I would like to take this opportunity to once again thank you (Stu) and Ken for your professionalism, expertise, knowledge and guidance in support of the sale of BounceU Farmingdale. After speaking with several potential brokers at the onset, I was confident after our very first meeting, as it was evident to me immediately, that the Kensington Company was the right option for this transaction. You were extremely knowledgeable and immediately understood the value of the business, while setting the...
Michael M. | Bounce-U
Please allow me the opportunity to express my thanks for your successful efforts in selling my company. Throughout the long process you demonstrated incredible perseverance, professionalism and discretion. I was initially not convinced that you, and anyone, would be able to keep the knowledge of the sale confidential for such a lengthy period of time but you managed to do just that. Even after vetting a long list of potential buyers, and finding the right buyer, the sale of my...
John M. | Chocolate Mold Company, INC.
I would like to take this opportunity to write about my extremely positive experience with the Kensington Company in their handling of the recent sale of my Company, Newton's Naturals. We are a Manufacturer and Distributor of Gourmet Dried Fruits, Premium Nuts, Specialty Snack Mixes & Candy based in Freeport, NY. I had real concerns about the process of selling my company, whether it could even be sold without interrupting operations as well as concerns related to finding the right...
Moheb S. | Newton's Naturals
In March of 2008, The Kensington Company handled the sale of my two pharmacies, Jolin Pharmacy, Inc & Lumit Pharmacy, Inc. Ken Stein of The Kensington Company handled all of the contract negotiations, inventory negotiations and all the landlord negotiations (dealing extremely well with the two different difficult landlords). He was very knowledgeable about the pharmacy industry and made an anxious time in my life go very smoothly. I highly recommend the Kensington Company to represent any buyer or seller...
Michell M. | Jolin Pharmacy, INC
I just wanted to take a few minutes to let you that Nicole and I appreciate all that you were able to do for us. Making the decision to sell wasn't easy; however, you really made the entire process a smooth transition for us. All of your hard work paid off in the end, which we could not have done it without your help. Tony Altomare is the perfect man to take WitorWitout to the next level. Again, thanks, and...
Dan. N | WitorWitout, LLC
I want you to be the first person that I thank for helping us sell our business, Banks Sails USA, to the industry leader North Sails. As you know we had the Closing today and everything worked out great and according to our expectations. You will recall that we became engaged in negotiations with North Sails before you became involved. As soon as North Sails made a serious offer we contacted you to help us through the complex issues associated...
Steve B. | Banks Sails
I want to thank you for making the sale of my business possible. Evaluating and marketing my kind of business required first class professionalism, but the sale would not have taken place without your ability to negotiate the deep waters of the small business administration's banking establishment.
Allen G. | Plastic Bag Factory Outlet, INC.
We would like to take this opportunity to express our thanks to you for proficient handling of the sales process of our stores. Especially the skills in presentation of the issues are very much appreciated. And of course, application of the knowledge and experience coupled with the hard work, will take you a long way. On both professional and personal level, we really appreciate the efforts and time you put in. We wish you good luck in life and many...
Arjan D. | Dunkin Donuts
I am pleased to tell you about Kenneth Stein, who acted as broker in the recent sale of my manufacturing business. Ken demonstrated keen perception in analyzing my company's strengths and weaknesses on his first visit. This skill enabled him to evaluate my needs as seller, and also helped him determine an appropriate buyer. The entire negotiating process was handled with professionalism and courtesy. Either Ken or a member of his capable staff was always available to answer questions, provide...
Jack A. | Foam visions INC.
We have been working with Ken Stein and Kensington Company to sell our business for a number of months. Even though he has not yet had success locating a buyer for us, I am confident that if anyone can do it, it will be Ken Stein. He has delivered everything he promised us, and more to try to market and sell our challenging and unique business. He has taken the time to get to know how our business operates, who...
Cathy G. | Gross Enterprises
Throughout the long process you demonstrated incredible perseverance, professionalism and discretion. I was initially nor convinced that you, or anyone, would be able to keep the knowledge of the sale confidential for such a lengthy period of time but you managed to do just that. Even after vetting a long list of potential buyers, and finding the right buyer, the sale of my firm was kept from becoming public throughout the entire process right up to the closing date. That...
John M. | Sylvan
It is my pleasure to recommend The Kensington Company to anyone who is looking to sell their business especially in the Healthcare sector. My first attempts (pleural) at selling my State Licensed Homecare Agency was time consuming and ended up being non-productive. At when I felt it was a near "close" my attorney asked me what I planned on doing with the money? I told him I had built my last 3 companies from the ground up, but was a...
Bethany S. | Shene Nurising Service
As an absentee partner selling a significant business in Westchester County NY we needed a business broker who would pay attention to the daily activities in selling our store. Ken Kendes gave me updates daily if necessary and met a number of potential buyers whether during the business week or weekend. He was a very good communicator to both my partner and me. Ken took us through the lengthy process professionally and with a consistent effort that I appreciate greatly.
Mel V. | Armonk Wine & Spirits

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