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March 21, 2024

The Hard Work Of Not Becoming Another Family Business Statistic

Pump and Meter Service's Kurt Radermacher on his experience taking over the family business...

By Adam Burroughs

February 21, 2024

Sellers, Keep It Simple When Talking With Buyers

Circuit Check's Chris Scorse on the importance of clear communication between sellers and potential buyers....

By Adam Burroughs

January 25, 2024

Are You Really Ready To Sell?

Big Dot of Happiness Founder and Former CEO Sherri Yukel on how she prepared herself and her business for a sale....

By Adam Burroughs

December 15, 2023

For Perforce Software, Deal Speed Is Critical

Perforce Software's Mark Ties on his company's approach to M&A and why speed is crucial to deal success....

By Adam Burroughs

November 10, 2023

Mayor, Business Leaders On The Evolution Of Downtown Minneapolis

Minneapolis city and business leaders discuss downtown revitalization and the role that the business community leaders play in making a dynamic and vibrant downtown a reality....

By Adam Burroughs

October 27, 2023

Announcing Minneapolis' Smart Business Network Dealmaker Award Winners and 2023 Dealmakers Hall of Fame Class!

The Smart Business Dealmakers Dealmaker of the Year Awards recognize exceptional individuals who are shaping the landscape of business and innovation in Minneapolis. In addition, The Minneapolis...

By Dan Pender

September 15, 2023

4 Tips For Preparing To Sell Your Business

Northern Lakes Capital partner Joel Grebenick share what sellers should consider when thinking about an exit....

By Adam Burroughs

August 10, 2023

Fit Matters More Under Increasing Deal Scrutiny

BMO Capital Markets' Dan McIntosh on how changing market conditions mean finding the right fit is the key to success....

By Adam Burroughs

July 14, 2023

View Deal Risk Within The Larger Context

John “Ozzie” Nelson Jr., Chairman and CEO of NELSON Worldwide, has led the award-winning design, architecture, branding, and consulting services organization's hypergrowth from one-office to more than...

By Adam Burroughs

June 9, 2023

To Enhance Value, Start Early

When it comes to building the right team around a family business to help create value, not every company has the right people in their family tree to do that. That, says Messerli Kramer Attorney and...

By Adam Burroughs

May 12, 2023

Best Practices in Preparing for a Sale

As business owners begin preparing their company for sale, something to consider is how much time it would take to fix a problem if one is found. "The way we thought about it is, what are the things...

By Adam Burroughs

March 31, 2023

Facing Headwinds, Buyers and Sellers Need To Be Patient

Norwest Equity Partners' Adam Garcia Eveloff, Aon's Vipul Patel, Wealth Enhancement Group's Jim Cahn and NJK Holding Corporation Florida's Rhonda Donahoe on navigating evolving deal terms and pitfalls in buy-side deals....

By Adam Burroughs

March 3, 2023

How Ascent Solution Managed A Change In Business Model And Ownership

Ascent Solutions' Chairman and CEO JD Harris on the firm's ownership transition as well as the switch that was made in its business model....

By Adam Burroughs

February 3, 2023

Tom Goodmanson On Calabrio's Two Transactions

Tom Goodmanson, former CEO of Calabrio, spoke on the Smart Business Dealmakers Podcast about the KKR transaction and the Thoma Bravo transaction that would follow, what each was like, how he prepared and what the future holds for the business. ...

By Adam Burroughs

January 6, 2023

In M&A, it's no longer Hungry Hungry Hippos. It's Risk.

The Chartis Group Director - PE Advisory Practice Leader Eric Mayeda on how the economic conditions are changing buyer behavior and what that means for sellers. ...

By Adam Burroughs

December 16, 2022

Boon Logic Offers Silicon Valley Opportunity in Minnesota

Boon Logic, developer of machine-learning based anomaly detection algorithm, is completing its second funding round over the last four years with a nearly $40 million pre-money valuation to support the commercialization of two disruptive services. CEO Grant Goris sat down with the Smart Business Podcast team to discuss how is company was born, how it has grown, and what he’s learned about raising capital along the way. ...

By Dan Pender

November 23, 2022

Former Medtronic CEO Bill George On How Ego Can Crush A Deal

Harvard Business School Senior Fellow and former chairman and CEO of Medtronic Bill George on the M&A lessons he's learned over his career. ...

By Adam Burroughs