Sell a Seattle Business
Are you a Seattle entrepreneur interested in selling your business?
IBA, the Pacific Northwest’s premier business brokerage firm, has successfully represented business owners in the sale of their privately held companies and family owned businesses since 1975 with knowledge, experience, and professionalism.
IBA has sold businesses in the city of Seattle from Ballard to Laurelhurst, West Seattle to Capitol Hill, and Greenwood to SODO.
IBA, a full service business brokerage firm with the ability to sell associated real estate, has a superior reputation built over multiple decades for selling businesses in an environment of confidentiality at premium market values while employing “best practices” throughout the sale process. IBA intermediaries have successfully sold businesses in Seattle ranging from manufacturing & distribution companies to service providers supporting professionals, businesses, and individuals to Emerald City favorite retailers & restaurants. If you are interested in selling your business, we would welcome the opportunity to provide you with an overview of the services we provide our clients. All information provided to IBA is held in strict confidence.
100% of IBA’s fees are paid on performance at the completion of a transaction.
Selling a business after 30 years should not be an easy transaction. Last February we were referred to Gregory Kovsky at IBA by a friend and business associate who Gregory had represented in the sale of their business. During that first interview it was evident to us that Gregory was the type of professional we were seeking to market our company. We owed it to our company, its employees, customers, and suppliers to hire a qualified individual capable of listening to our concerns and desires for the successful continuation of our business.
As a seller we felt that IBA represented our company in a way that attracted several qualified buyers in a relatively short period of time. While there were some bumps in the road (and we knew there would be), Gregory’s thoughtful consideration of both the buyer and the seller kept the process moving in a positive and forward manner. His integrity and trustworthiness, along with his knowledge of the process did in fact make this a fairly easy transaction resulting in not only a happy seller, but also a satisfied buyer. We would not hesitate to recommend or hire the services of IBA and Gregory Kovsky in the future.
Bruce & Kim Odegaard
Former Shareholders of Dickinson Equipment Company
Just a short note to thank you and your company, IBA, for all you did for me and my partner in the sale of Kitchen & Company…. After several years and two other business brokerage firms that attempted to sell my business we crossed paths and within six months you got the job done…Thank you again for a job well done…. You are a man of your word and represent a company that is very thorough and honest…I wish you well and look forward to working with you again in the future…
President & CEO of Caraco Distributing Company, Inc. dba Kitchen & Company
When David and I decided to sell our business, we were uncertain about how we would be able to find potential buyers. Our business was in great financial shape but was in a somewhat complex and specialized market. After a lot of research, we chose Gregory Kovsky of IBA because of his professional appraisal, demeanor, experience, and calm and courteous personality. We really did not realize the full importance of our choice of broker until he got to work on the sale. Within a week or two he had found several potential buyers who made serious offers. He helped us decide which offer to pursue and over the next several months guided us through the enormous “Due Diligence” process, sale agreement negotiations, and escrow to a successful conclusion. The bottom line is that when we started the process, we had no idea how complex the sale would be or how crucial all your human and professional strengths would become to our success.
David Shinder & Rose Dembo
D.B.A. Euroimport Company
Seattle Businesses Sold by IBA
Seattle has a multi-dimensional economy with a diverse spectrum of privately held companies and family businesses. The Magnolia & Ballard areas are home to marine industry manufacturing, distribution, and service companies. South Lake Union has technology companies, retailers, and food service providers. The Greater Duwamish and Youngstown areas have industrial, manufacturing, export, and import businesses as their residents. IBA, as the premier business brokerage firm in the Pacific Northwest since 1975, has locally based professionals on its staff with the knowledge, experience, and professional skill set required to successfully represent business owners in sales in these areas & industries.
City People's Mercantile
A Seattle community shopping favorite for customers ranging from children to University of Washington students to the young at heart. This neighborhood centric, 13,000 square foot retail store offered a wide spectrum of merchandise for the home, garden, family, and life events when it was sold by the founders to entrepreneurs who had received their PHD’s in retail serving in executive management positions at Nordstrom and Costco.
A consulting / auditing firm providing environmental data quality assessment, environmental chemistry auditing, quality assurance plan development, and data management & design services to federal state, & municipal agencies; ports, Indian tribes, and industry. The business was merged into a larger environmental engineering and scientific consulting firm.
A marine & industrial electrical contractor / manufacturer specializing in generator and refrigeration controls, custom built motor control centers, and factory panel integration for a domestic and international customer base. The business was sold by the founders to Pyramid Brewing founder, George Hancock.
School for children interested in developing secondary language skills in Spanish, Mandarin, German, French, Japanese, and Hindi. The business was sold by the founder to a local educator and her spouse from the technology industry.
The exclusive master distributor for Dometic SeaLand manufacturing for Washington, Oregon, Alaska, Idaho, Montana, & Wyoming. The business was merged into a larger marine industry distribution company.
Parisian Star Desserts
European grade, wholesale bakery specializing in desserts, pastries, and cookies for distribution to higher end groceries, hotels, country clubs, and restaurants. The business was merged into the Essential Baking Company.
Mobile Equipment Systems
A company specializing in the sale & design of hydraulic equipment systems for vehicles, mobile industrial equipment, and trailers. The business was sold by the founder to a local entrepreneur ready for a new project.
Recreational product retailer offering a large spectrum of products for all facets of back country activity including mountain & rock climbing, backpacking, hiking, and skiing. The business also offered a full service bike shop. The business was sold by the founder to an entrepreneur equally enthusiastic about serving Pacific Northwest outdoor passions.
100+ year old (Started in 1916) electrical contractor serving over 1000 commercial & residential customers annually. The company was sold by IBA’s client to a party with relevant knowledge & experience.
30+ year old full service
commercial, residential, and industrial wall covering company with a resume of over
10,000 completed projects. The company and its associated real estate were sold by the founder to an entrepreneur with relevant knowledge & experience.
Ducky's Office Furniture
30+ year iconic, award winning office furniture solution retailer serving corporate, public sector, and individual customers with superior knowledge & customer service.
Award winning, high traffic sandwich institution beloved by local customers and a destination “best bite” by Emerald City tourists.
Three Location Chain of Large Format Retail Stores Selling an Eclectic Mix of New & Consignment Household Furniture, Decor, Housewares, Collectibles, and Art
Stetner Auto Body
Fifty Year Old Auto Body & Paint Facility
High End Direct to Consumer Manufacturer/E-Commerce Retailer of High End Backpacks, Duffle Bags, and Business Attaches
Iconic, Community Favorite Home & Garden Retailer
Domestic & International Marine Electrical Contracting Serving the Fishing & Ocean Freight Industries
Community & Family Favorite Chinese Restaurant
The examples provided of past transactions successfully facilitated by IBA in Seattle illustrate the broad spectrum of businesses our professional business brokers have the ability to sell for our clients. We welcome the opportunity to share our knowledge, experience, and negotiation & deal facilitation abilities with entrepreneurs. The goals for our representation services and compensation are 100% aligned with our clients. We only seek payment from satisfied clients upon completion of a transaction.