Welcome to The Kingsley Group

Kingsley Group is your business Merger & Acquisition specialist.

We represent clients in their search to sell and acquire companies. We assist in valuation, defining marketing strategy, financing, closing each deal and always keeping the transaction details confidential.

We are members of the Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce, the International Business Brokers Association and the M&A Source.

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Our team has extensive experience working with and assisting small and lower middle market companies to enhance performance and shareholder value.  

We are well equipped to assist in providing a market value for your company, helping determine if your business is ready for sale, working with other key advisors in structuring the transaction and developing selling strategies that best fit your business situation.

Our primary objective is to assist you in achieving your financial and personal goals through the transfer of ownership of your business.

Our reputation is based on our integrity; and the lasting friendships we've developed are the foundation of our success.

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This magazine/website is a dynamic bi‐monthly, informational and entertaining publication with outstanding editorial content and photography. The content of the magazine is an eclectic mix of people, places, and events focused on a health and natural lifestyle. First published over 5 years ago, the company has grown every year in both revenue and earnings. It is distributed to approximately 500 retail outlets and 169 libraries in addition to a strong subscription base. It enjoys an established base of regular advertisers.  The owner has identified several clearly documented opportunities for growth in sales, editorial content, supplements, website revenue and events.

Located in the Ozarks, this firm has been a premiere Residential and Commercial HVAC contractor in its market for over 20 years. It enjoys an exclusive territory for one of the top HVAC manufacturers. In addition to installing heating and cooling systems for new construction, the company derives a significant amount of its revenue from service work on units installed over the last two decades. 

Five Pound Apparel has quickly become a landmark for Springfield, MO for multiple reasons.  Partly because of the unique and trendy T-shirts and accessories, partly because of the philanthropic mission of the company, and partly because of the story that has brought it where it is today.


First is the style of the store and the market for the products.  Five Pound Apparel designs its own T-shirts which revolve around a theme of the “awesome” state of Missouri.  As the business grew in 2011 and 2012 it identified a niche of T-shirt designs that promoted Missouri in catchy ways.                       

In 2013 the business developed and launched a Kickstarter campaign to help grow the Missouri themed products.  The initial goal was to receive $5,000 pledged for special Missouri themed products from drink koozies and key chains to T-shirts and hats.  The campaign ran for 30 days and ultimately raised $33,215.  It far surpassed its initial goal of $5,000 and became a well-known stop for trendy Missouri themed apparel and accessories.  Its target market is primarily men and women 18 – 45 years of age who are relatively affluent and socially conscious about the products they buy.  These are people you may find shopping at Mama Jeans, drinking coffee at a local coffee shop, or hiking through the Ozark Mountains.  This is not only a demographic with disposable income, but a mindset towards social and healthy living.  A demographic that appears to be on the rapid incline.

The name “Five Pound Apparel” is registered as a federal trademark.  The logos for both Five Pound Apparel and the Missouri Is Awesome were designed by a local creative director for a large local branding organization.  The creator is best known for his work with Starbucks and Keurig Green Mountain.  The Five Pound Apparel logo was awarded a National Addy Award which is the highest honor in the branding field.                             


The next valuable quality of Five Pound Apparel is the philanthropic mission of the business.  Out of the gate the business was designed to give back to those in need through the sale of its merchandise. The name comes from the idea that every shirt sold provides 5 pounds of food to someone in need. The nonprofit partner has changed over time, however in April of 2015 they partnered with a community outreach program called Ozarks Food Harvest. OFH’s efforts are focused locally by providing area food to children, families, and seniors who need assistance making ends meet.  Five Pound Apparel has been praised for its philanthropic efforts and its business model has been compared to that of TOMS shoes, which is a nationwide company who really showed the power of a socially conscious mission.  Every year the company’s philanthropic efforts are extended beyond the five pound donation. For example, in 2015 in addition to providing over 20,000 pounds of food to OFH, 5 Pound Apparel donated over 1,000 pairs of shoes, 2,000 books, and 10,000 meals to those in need. These donations are reflected in costs of goods sold. Through these efforts the business has been praised by nonprofit organizations around the country, looked up to by other social entrepreneurs, and loved by the community it is in.


Finally, the story which has brought it to where it is today.  In April of 2010 Bryan, his brother Matthew, and their friend Bethany Forrester started Five Pound Apparel as a small screen printing business running out of their college house.  In December of 2010 they received a cease and desist order from the city of Springfield for operating out of their home.  At this point the business had picked up enough steam to move into a retail store front which is still on South Street in Springfield.  In April of 2014 they opened the second location in Farmers Park in Springfield.  Today there are two locations as mentioned, an ecommerce website, and a wholesale business on the back end.  Over the years Five Pound Apparel has won numerous local awards in retail including Best Men’s Retailer for the last 3 years.  The brand “5 # Apparel” is as strong as ever and the “Missouri is Awesome” themed clothing is doing great for the store and the wholesale side of the business.  Today Bryan has reached a point where he has some other personal interests and he would like to transition the business to a new owner who will take it to the next level.  Bryan is committed to a smooth transition of ownership. 


Over the past six years the company has organically grown quite a following.  First are the thousands of people who frequent each retail location every year.  Next, it is clear through the over 18,000 Facebook followers, 6,500+ Instagram followers, and a 5,000+ email list of loyal customers.  The retail traffic has built a solid foundation for growth into the future and Bryan admits the social media outlets and email lists have not been fully utilized over the last 6 years and could be expanded especially in terms of helping grow online sales.  One example of the power of such a following would be the success of the Kickstarter campaign in 2013 (when the following was much smaller).  If these outlets to the customers are managed correctly this could be used to introduce new merchandise quickly, alert the public of any kind of sale, or simply continue to build goodwill with the community.

The Business is located in SW Missouri and comes complete with well‐maintained equipment for a full service auto repair and AAA towing business. The 8,000+ square foot shop has 7 service bays (multiple lifts), with room for storage, fenced and unfenced parking for 30+ cars, an attractive customer waiting area and office space. The business is profitable and has supported the owners comfortably for many years. Knowledgeable technicians with many years of combined experience will support an entrepreneurial new owner who wishes to further grow the business.


The Seller will provide training and support during the transition period. The Real Estate is owned by the Business owner and is listed separately.  It may be purchased or leased.  

* Real Estate Option:  $360,000 


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