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About Smart Business Dealmakers

Smart Business Dealmakers was created by the Smart Business Dealmakers Institute to serve as a resource for news, insights and networking for CEOs of middle-market companies and their advisers in local markets across the country. As a result, we are building the largest network of middle-market CEOs engaged in M&A activity.


News & Insights

Our website covers all aspects of middle-market M&A – from the investors putting up the capital to the CEOs closing the biggest deals to the advisers who get the deals done.

  • Breaking deal news
  • Interviews with top local dealmakers
  • Insights into a wide range of M&A issues, including raising capital, buying and selling businesses, liquidity events and business integration.
  • Updates on developments with early-stage companies and accelerators.

Subscribe to our weekly Smart Business Dealmakers email newsletters to keep up to date in one, quick-reading report.

Submit dealmaking news to [email protected].



Every year, the Smart Business Dealmakers Conference (formerly ASPIRE) connects thousands of local dealmakers — including middle-market CEOs, top PE and VC firms, major lenders and leading service providers — for a day of dynamic content and networking in top U.S. business markets.

With sessions ranging from raising capital to buying and selling companies to planning for a liquidity event, our conferences cover the breadth of the M&A landscape.


Smart Business Dealmakers Network

The Smart Business Dealmakers Network is a membership organization that networks high net worth individuals, investors and deal advisers. Through its online platform, it alerts members to deal opportunities on a local and national basis.



Smart Business Dealmakers Institute

The Smart Business Dealmakers Institute is the nation’s leading M&A education organization for middle-market business owners and executives.

Through online content and in-person events we share best practices for selling or buying a company, raising capital and planning for liquidity events with thousands of middle-market CEOs, M&A advisers and finance professionals.