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August 5, 2022

Life Remodeled CEO Chris Lambert On The Heart Of Fundraising

Life Remodeled CEO Chris Lambert on the organization's mission and accomplishments, as well as his approach to fundraising....

By Adam Burroughs

July 6, 2022

The economy's impact on deal readiness

Honigman's John Kanan, Wälzlager Industriewerke Bulle A.G.'s Kal Beidas, MSX International's Fred Minturn, Aon's Vipul Patel and BDO Consulting Group's Robert Berdanier discuss economic uncertainty and its impact on deal readiness. ...

By Adam Burroughs

June 2, 2022

It’s All About Partnerships and Pitch Decks for Rambus

Mykolas Rambus is a serial entrepreneur who founded and sold two previous companies, including Wealth-X, where he served as CEO until its 2016 sale for more than $20 million. Most recently, Mykolas raised early-stage rounds of capital in 2021 to build out Hush, a company that offers cybersecurity services. Though the capital raise process went well, Mykolas talks about how better pitch materials would have made for a smoother raise. ...

By Dan Pender

May 6, 2022

A Look at The Detroit Region's Home-Grown M&A Market

During the Roundtable at this past week's Detroit Smart Business Dealmakers Conference, Mykolas, along with Huntington Bank's Ronald Majka, Huron Capital's Brian Demkowicz, and Ideal Group's Linzie Venegas shared their personal stories as they explored what’s driving activity in region, and why they believe Detroit is a great place to do business. ...

By Adam Burroughs

April 8, 2022

M&A Human Capital Strategies

Aquila Equity Partners' Gary Lewis, along with Purple Squirrel Advisors' Carrie Schochet, Lockton Companies' Quinn Damon, Mission Veterinary Partners' Matthew Davis, Industrial Opportunity Partners' Philip Fioravante talk about lessons learned and best practices from growing portfolio companies in a labor-challenged environment....

By Adam Burroughs

March 11, 2022

Even for the best entrepreneurs, raising capital is always harder than it looks

Bloomscape Founder and CEO Justin Mast spoke with Dickinson Wright's Zan Nicolli about his venture and the process of raising capital from investors....

By Adam Burroughs

February 18, 2022

The material impact of ESG on M&A

Ancora's David Sowerby, MASCO's John Sznewajs and Cendrowski Corporate Advisors' Harry Cendrowski, talk about ESG, the M&A landscape, where corporations and private investors have made the biggest changes, and what to expect next. ...

By Adam Burroughs

January 14, 2022

Preparedness leads to best outcome when selling a family business

JAWOOD Founder Lynn Mustazza, along with PNC Bank's Jacob Taylor, PNC Wealth Management's Daniel Hoops and UHY Corporate Finance's Dan Sporka talk about plotting the future of a family business....

By Adam Burroughs

November 17, 2021

Doing double diligence during COVID

TGI Direct's Monica Weaver, Dickinson Wright’s Bill Rosin, Emagine Entertainment’s Paul Glantz and Huntington National Bank’s Eric Dietz talk about transacting during the pandemic, as well as adjustments buyers should make when acquiring a company during disruptions....

By Adam Burroughs

October 20, 2021

A look at the cyberthreat environment

Che Bhatia, along with Aon’s William Shortt and Kathy Weaver, and KeyBank’s Gregg Bach and Christopher Naso, explore cybersecurity and its impact on M&A....

By Adam Burroughs

September 17, 2021

Anatomy of distressed investments

James Loughlin, Mike Teplitsky, Robert Berdanier, Robert Diehl Jr., and Vlad Slapak dive into investing in distressed companies, as well as how to analyze your company’s people, operations, and finances to understand if you need to restructure....

By Adam Burroughs

August 13, 2021

How to secure a premium value for your company

Tom Zucker, Mark Jones and Art Anton discuss the factors that most often lead to securing a premium valuation....

By Adam Burroughs

July 16, 2021

David Sowerby on business owners’ post-exit popularity

David Sowerby, managing director and portfolio manager at Ancora, has some words of wisdom for eager, soon-to-be investors....

By Adam Burroughs

June 25, 2021

Brian Rassel: People make the deal

Brian Rassel, a partner at Huron, on his approach to analyzing the people aspect of a deal....

By Adam Burroughs

May 28, 2021

Paths to public: Mina Sooch on reverse merger vs IPO

Mina Sooch explains how the reverse merger process she took taking Ocuphire Pharma Inc. public compares to her prior IPO experiences....

By Adam Burroughs

March 5, 2021

David Brophy says organize the venture world!

David Brophy, Professor of Finance, Ross School of Business, University of Michigan, talks about the venture capital ecosystem and what its continued growth means for Michigan, the Detroit region, and the scale-up community that’s looking for growth capital....

By Adam Burroughs

January 22, 2021

Carolyn Cassin on the good news/bad news of venture funding for women

Carolyn Cassin, BELLE Michigan Impact Fund founder and general partner talks about the challenges women entrepreneurs face and how her fund is designed to help....

By Adam Burroughs

December 22, 2020

The Softer Side of the Selling: Communications and Internal Prep

Jerrad Beauchamp, Andy Billman, Chris Meso and Tom Zucker explore the softer side of sell-side communications and internal deal prep....

By Adam Burroughs

November 24, 2020

Kathleen McCann sees a tale of two economies

Is it the best of times? Or is it the worst of times? The answer, according to Kathleen McCann, executive chairman of United Road Services and executive partner at Nonantum Capital Partners, is both....

By Dustin Klein

October 16, 2020

Why Deals Fail

Deals can fail in the early stages. But if you can recognize the red flags and get out early from a bad deal, you won’t waste your time and money....

By Adam Burroughs

June 12, 2020

Early-Stage Entrepreneurs Need To Focus On Creativity, Mitigating Risk To Close Deals

The landscape for showcasing early-stage companies to potential buyers and investors has changed dramatically in the face of COVID-19, says David Weaver, chief investment officer at City Side Ventures....

By Dustin S. Klein & Mark Scott

May 29, 2020

Summa Health, Beaumont Health End Partnership Plans

The two organizations had been working over the last year to create a partnership, signed a definitive agreement in December 2019 and later received all necessary state and federal regulatory approvals....

By SBN Staff

May 15, 2020

PMCF’s Joe Wagner: Dealmaking Community Continues To React, Respond To COVID-19

Dealmaking has been slowed by the COVID-19 pandemic, but activity hasn’t stopped, says Joe Wagner, managing director and partner at Plante Moran Corporate Finance....

By Dustin S. Klein & Mark Scott

April 23, 2020

Ancora’s David Sowerby Sees Opportunity For Buyers Coming Out Of COVID-19

Ancora's David Sowerby expects acquisitive companies to find targets at more attractive valuations as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic....

By Dustin S. Klein & Mark Scott

April 1, 2020

Resilience Capital Partners invests in Leader Auto Resources

Leader Auto Resources and Resilience Capital Partners are partnering to expand LAR’s auto dealership sourcing and service business in the U.S....

By Adam Burroughs

March 20, 2020

Greenwich Capital Group’s Andrew Dickow Shares How Coronavirus Is Impacting His Approach To Dealmaking

Dealmaking won't be the path to economic recovery from the coronavirus pandemic, but it can certainly play a role in it, says Andrew Dickow....

By Mark Scott

March 19, 2020

Chip McClure: Dealmaking Can Open The Door To New, Innovative Business Opportunities

Discipline is a crucial component to being an effective dealmaker, says Michigan Capital Advisors’ Chip McClure....

By Mark Scott

March 11, 2020

Riverside Invests In Kalamazoo-Based National Flavors

National Flavors creates and produces flavors for use in beverages, frozen desserts, baked goods, confections and processed fruits....

By Mark Scott

March 5, 2020

Robert Levin Makes Deal To Save Levin Furniture From Closing

Levin has reached an agreement to acquire the Pennsylvania and Ohio assets of Levin Furniture and Wolf Furniture through a court restructuring of the parent company Art Van Furniture LLC....

By Mark Scott

March 4, 2020

Chemical Bank’s Jim Robinson: Family Offices On The Rise As Entrepreneurs Look To Deal

The dealmaking environment in Detroit is alive and well, says Chemical Bank’s Jim Robinson. Family offices are one trend driving increased M&A activity....

By Mark Scott

March 4, 2020

Intellinetics Completes Equity And Debt Financing, Buys Graphic Sciences

Intellinetics Inc., a cloud-based document solutions provider, has closed an equity and debt private placement financing and raised a total of $5.5 million....

By Mark Scott

March 2, 2020

B’laster Corp. Buys MI-Based Armor Protective Packaging

As a result of this acquisition, B’laster is now the manufacturer and retail distributor of Metal Rescue products. The company began manufacturing the product line in its Valley View plant in late February....

By Mark Scott

February 26, 2020

Everstream To Buy Detroit-Based Rocket Fiber

The acquisition completes Everstream’s coverage in all major Michigan markets and gives Everstream the largest fiber footprint in greater downtown Detroit, according to a news release. Terms of the deal were not disclosed....

By Mark Scott

February 20, 2020

An Inside Look At Terrence Oprea’s Sale Of MCCI To His Executive Team

The moment you start to think that maybe it’s time to retire in terms of private ownership, it’s usually too late, says Terrence Oprea....

By Mark Scott

February 6, 2020

CitySide Ventures’ David Weaver: When Your Plan Doesn’t Work, Be Ready To Pivot To Something New

Longtime dealmaker put more than three decades of diversified management experience to use to help early-stage companies connect with the resources they need to grow their businesses....

By Mark Scott

January 23, 2020

Jeremy Falendysz: Be Ready To Answer The Tough Questions When You Sell Your Business

The decision to sell your business is an important, but very small step in the actual transaction timeline, says UHY's Jeremy Falendysz....

By Mark Scott

January 22, 2020

Tenth And Blake Buys Detroit-Based Atwater Brewery

Tenth and Blake Beer Co. is the Chicago-based U.S. craft division of Molson Coors Beverage Co. Atwater Brewery is highly regarded in the Michigan craft beer community for its traditional German-style lagers and unique ales....

By Mark Scott

January 16, 2020

Andrew J. Goldberg: Why A ‘Pre-Mortem’ Is A Useful Tool In Dealmaking

When you think about everything that can go wrong in a deal, it gives you a better chance at doing it right, says Andrew J. Goldberg....

By Mark Scott

January 15, 2020

Beet Analytics Technology Raises $5.64M In Venture Funding

As of Jan. 15, the Plymouth-based company has raised a total of $7.48 million....

By Mark Scott

January 15, 2020

Turnspire Capital Buys MPI Holdings

Founded in 1969, MPI is a Tier 1 supplier of high-precision, fineblanked metal components, and is a leader in safety and mission-critical automotive and industrial parts....

By Mark Scott

January 14, 2020

Lambert & Co. Buys NY-Based Casteel Schoenborn

The deal marks Lambert's seventh transaction and second in the last two months....

By Mark Scott

January 10, 2020

Resilience Capital Partners-Backed Trialon Completes Acquisition

With the acquisition, Trialon adds a wide variety of additional testing capabilities including vehicle emissions, engine and chassis dynamometers, vehicle test lab, acoustics, materials and design and fabrication....

By Mark Scott

January 9, 2020

Autobooks’ Steve Robert: Give Investors A Reason To Believe In Your Business

You can’t afford to be short-sighted, getting quick dollars and board members without thinking a few steps ahead, says Autobooks’ Steve Robert....

By Mark Scott

January 7, 2020

Escalent Buys Javelin Strategy & Research

Javelin Strategy & Research is based in the San Francisco Bay Area and provides in-depth analysis of financial services market and technology trends....

By Mark Scott

January 7, 2020

Lear Corp. Invests In SV-Based Autotech Ventures

The investment is being made through Lear Innovation Ventures, which was launched one year ago, to identify advanced development teams and early-stage technologies and provide direct capital to innovation initiatives....

By Mark Scott

January 7, 2020

MCCI Sells To Executive Team

MCCI was founded in 1993 by legendary broadcaster Mort Crim, joined by Post-Newsweek (WDIV-TV) Executive Producer and journalist Terry Oprea. Crim retired in 2008, selling the firm fully at that time to Oprea....

By Mark Scott

January 6, 2020

Beaumont Health, Summa Health Sign Definitive Agreement

The two organizations signed a letter of intent in July and then began an extensive review of both organizations' clinical, regulatory and financial systems. Signing the definitive agreement is the next step in the process....

By Mark Scott

January 6, 2020

Hub International Buys Cranbrook Bloomfield Insurance Agency

Headquartered in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, CBIA is an independent insurance brokerage providing personal and commercial insurance, and employee benefits solutions to individuals and businesses....

By Mark Scott

January 5, 2020

Penske Corp. Completes Deal To Buy Indianapolis Motor Speedway

Penske Corp. becomes just the fourth owner in the history of the famed Indianapolis Motor Speedway, which has hosted the world's largest single-day sporting event — the Indianapolis 500 Mile Race — for more than 100 years....

By Mark Scott

January 3, 2020

Pinnacle Dermatology Buys Brighton Dermatology

The acquisition of Brighton Dermatology and its five providers is intended to further Pinnacle Dermatology’s commitment to serving the residents of the state of Michigan where it already operates 13 other dermatology clinic locations....

By Mark Scott