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Empire Edge

Michael W. Benson is president and owner of Empire Business Associates. He began his career as a computer programmer and ultimately founded a data processing consulting company in the Cleveland area, which grew to more than $5 million in annual sales and 80 employees. He sold the company in 1994.
Selling his company provided Mr. Benson with unique insights into both the emotional and practical factors faced by nearly every business owner contemplating a sale of the company. After selling his business, Mr. Benson acquired a license agreement from New York-based Empire Business Brokers and embarked on his second career in the merger and acquisition field.
In the 25 years since, Mr. Benson has structured the sale of more than 160 companies in a wide range of industries. His unique and personal perspective on what is involved in the sale of a business helps him to personally guide buyers or sellers through the process from start to finish.
While Empire does not specialize in the sale of any type of business or in any particular industry, we have significant expertise in the sale of companies in manufacturing, wholesale, industrial operations, distribution, and numerous service companies.
Empire Business Associates is proud to be a member of the following organizations and associations, and to hold the following professional accreditations: