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May 16, 2024

It Takes A Team To Sell A Company

Gateway Dealer Network's John Hopper on what he found important after selling twice in four years. ...

By Adam Burroughs

April 25, 2024

Changing Times In M&A Require Buyer Adjustments

Permanent Equity's Taylor Hall on the challenges and opportunities in today's M&A market....

By Adam Burroughs

March 21, 2024

The Importance Of Driving Local Investment In St. Louis

BioSTL Founding President and CEO Donn Rubin, along with USAKO Group President and CEO Dr. Han Ko and Capacity Chief Strategy Officer Douglas Wilber shared their perspective on what it takes to build a company in the region. ...

By Adam Burroughs

March 7, 2024

Announcing St. Louis' Smart Business Network Dealmaker Award Winners and 2024 Dealmakers Hall of Fame Class!

We're celebrating the accomplishments of the 2024 class of winners March 14 at the St. Louis Smart Business Dealmakers Conference. Together, they provide a strong picture of the St. Louis business community....

By SBN Staff

February 9, 2024

Raising Capital And Competing With Unicorns

Hungry Planet CEO Todd Boyman talks about launching Hungry Planet and why it raised modest capital compared to its unicorn competitors....

By Michael Marzec

February 1, 2024

Competing On Culture

Seyer Industries' Chris Seyer on how he uses culture as a competitive differentiator. ...

By Adam Burroughs

January 5, 2024

Even With Experience, Selling A Family Business Can Be A Challenge

Recently, Jeff Gershman, Chairman of the Board, of Gershman Mortgage & Gershman Investment Corp., sold Gershman Commercial Real Estate, a brokerage and property management company. Through his law...

By Adam Burroughs

November 17, 2023

See Your Business Through Buyers' Eyes

The advice to business owners looking to exit is often to get the right advisers and plan well ahead of going to market. But for many, that's not always the reality. "We deal with the business owners...

By Adam Burroughs

September 29, 2023

Transparency Is Needed When Selling A Family Business

Multigenerational family businesses, says Richard J. Wolkowitz, CEO and Family Advisor at Xylogenesis | Family Office Advisory, are tough. The family working in the business may have a different...

By Adam Burroughs

September 1, 2023

When Buying, Understand The Seller’s Post-Close Intentions

John Dolan, President and CEO of PFI InStore, has been part of many exits and acquisitions. From that experience, he says he’s learned many lessons, a number of which focus on the human capital side...

By Adam Burroughs

August 4, 2023

Cultivation Capital: A Fund By Entrepreneurs, For Entrepreneurs

Barry Sandweiss started Cultivation Capital around 2011 along with former entrepreneurs. So, he says, the fund is naturally entrepreneurial. "We know what it's like to sit in the chair of a founder,"...

By Adam Burroughs

June 29, 2023

In This Economy, Buyers Must Look Deeper

Given the volatility in today's Market, Emily Martin, president of Aschinger Electric - A Guarantee Electrical Company, says both buyers and sellers are facing economic pressures that are impacting...

By Adam Burroughs

June 2, 2023

The Misperception Of Investors

Balto founder and CEO Marc Bernstein has built a SaaS platform designed to provide real-time guidance to contact center agents. He's scaling fast and having fun doing it, even after adding multiple...

By Adam Burroughs

May 5, 2023

Protecting The Value Of 2021 Deals In A Much Different Market

Aon's Jessica Harger on issues buyers are facing after a year of fast-paced deals. ...

By Adam Burroughs

April 6, 2023

Raising Capital Requires Warm Relationships

TCARE Co-Founder Ali Ahmadi on the company, its growth and the lessons he's learned about raising capital....

By Adam Burroughs

March 17, 2023

Sellers Sharpen Their Pencils Looking For The Right Transaction In 2023

Brightstar Capital Partners Principal Jacob Herschend, along with Wallis Companies CEO Anson Scoville and CIBC Cleary Gull Director Brian Howley, kicked off the 2023 St. Louis Smart Business Conference talking about the climate for sell-side M&A transactions in 2023 and how it might impact deals...

By Adam Burroughs

March 7, 2023

Safelite Group Acquires Mark’s Mobile Glass

Safelite® Group, a vehicle glass services and recalibration company and owner of Safelite AutoGlass®, has agreed to acquire the auto glass assets of Mark’s Mobile Glass operating throughout Central Missouri....

By Adam Burroughs

February 17, 2023

Digital Health Frenzy Propelled SteadyMD

Guy Friedman is a Co-Founder and serves as Chief Executive Officer and President at SteadyMD, a B2B telehealth infrastructure provider that enables telehealth patient experiences in all 50 states. He spoke on the Dealmakers Podcast about how he built SteadyMD as a direct-to-consumer offering, but quickly realized it’s value to other businesses. ...

By Dan Pender

January 27, 2023

Tough Decisions In Family-Led Businesses

Herschend Family Entertainment started in 1960 in Branson, Missouri by Jacob Herschend's grandparents. They leased a cave and made it available for tours. As it increased in popularity, they built...

By Adam Burroughs

December 16, 2022

What To Consider When Raising Debt

Cequel III Vice President Mike Pizzella, Jr., former CEO of StayLock Storage on current trends in financing business growth — including debt-based financing — and how to best leverage financial tools for different stages of your business lifecycle....

By Adam Burroughs

November 18, 2022

Understand Why Before You Buy

EPIC Systems CEO Michael Higgins on the elements of a deal to consider beyond price. ...

By Adam Burroughs

October 14, 2022

Immunophotonics Makes Strides in Cancer Research

Lu Alleruzzo, a bioengineer with a MBA, had an opportunity early in his career to understand innovation and immediately apply it to society for the benefit of all. That opportunity fueled him and his biotech company, Immunophotonics, to pioneer a field of cancer care called Interventional Immuno Oncology....

By Dan Pender

September 9, 2022

What to consider when considering minority investments

Broadview Group Holdings' Clay Hunter, LoanNEX's Eloise Schmitz, Lewis & Clark AgriFood's Tim Hassler, PNC's Tim Brady and BDO USA's Meg Kellogg on what minority control sales look like, and how planning in advance can lead to multiple bites at the apple....

By Adam Burroughs

August 11, 2022

When (and when not) to call an investment banker

Christopher Riley, CEO, United Cutwater, has more than 30 years’ experience owning and operating more than a dozen businesses in numerous industries. He discusses the current M&A landscape and what business owners should be doing if they’re considering selling....

By Dan Pender

July 6, 2022

Reasons to be excited, cautious, when launching a business with family

Geneoscopy's Andrew Barnell on launching Geneoscopy, structuring the business and working with family....

By Adam Burroughs

June 10, 2022

How labor challenges are affecting M&A

Calaway Habeck Talent Consulting's Jaynanne Calaway-Habeck, Denim Social's Douglas Wilber, CliftonLarsonAllen's Adrian Nohr, PFI Holding Co.'s John Dolan and BMO Harris' Robert Harrod on the factors impacting today's M&A transactions....

By Adam Burroughs

May 11, 2022

Compass Earns Multiple Returns in Less than a Year

Compass Group Equity Partners goes into every investment with a 100-day plan. They’re ready and prepared to move quickly, which they did when they purchased Sunpro Solar in 2020. Compass’ playbook includes augmenting the team and building a board deck with metrics and key performance indicators and having a written strategic plan. John Huhn, founder and managing partner of Compass Group Equity Partners, talks about how that plan enabled Compass Group sell Sunpro with multiple returns in less than a year. ...

By Dan Pender

April 1, 2022

Perimeter Manages Merger in Virtual World

Edward Goldberg, CEO of Perimeter Solutions, talks about securing $1.15 billion of development capital and, concurrently, merging with EverArc Holdings. ...

By Dan Pender

March 4, 2022

For entrepreneurs, there's no place like St. Louis

Clayton Capital Partners' Kevin Short, along with Capital Innovators' Judy Sindecuse, Capacity's David Karandish and EmpowerMe Wellness' Josh Stevens, break down what's driving activity in region and why they believe St. Louis is a great place to do business....

By Adam Burroughs

February 25, 2022

Paul Larson highlights real estate trends investors should watch in 2022

Larson Financial Holdings CEO Paul Larson talks about his company's 2021 in real estate, the trends that affected the market then, and how he sees real estate investment playing out in 2022. ...

By Adam Burroughs

January 27, 2022

What To Do With The Family Business

HBM Holdings' Mike DeCola, along with Clayton Capital Partners' Kevin Short and First Bank Center for Family-Owned Businesses' Joe Ambrose discuss options for family businesses, look at the macroeconomic factors that are influencing owners' decisions to sell or stay put, and explore case studies from those who have developed successful solutions....

By Adam Burroughs

November 24, 2021

DYOPATH CEO Rob Koch Offers His Sell-Side M&A Perspective

DYOPATH CEO Rob Koch, along with WILsquare Capital's Drew Caylor, CIBC's Greg Gorlinski and Polsinelli's Paul Klug talk about what sellers should consider when dealmaking during the pandemic. ...

By Adam Burroughs

October 29, 2021

Creating liquidity events through IPOs and SPACs

Odeon Capital's Eric Gomberg, along with BDO USA’s Meg Kellogg and Scott Hendon, as well as Armstrong Teasdale LLP’s John Sten, talk about creating liquidity events through IPOs and SPACs....

By Adam Burroughs

September 24, 2021

Weighing organic vs inorganic growth

CK Power's Clayton Costello and PFI Holding Company's John Dolan, along with Commerce Bank's Tom Harmon, RSM US LLP's William Spizman and Capital For Business' Tim Buening on how acquisitions fit into a growth strategy....

By Adam Burroughs

August 27, 2021

How Jim Sramek came to sell Midwest Equipment Company to his employees

Midwest Equipment Company's Jim Sramek shares his story of transferring his company to and ESOP....

By Adam Burroughs

July 21, 2021

Quick prep and deal killers

Bethany Michel, managing director at the Harbour Group; Vic Richey, CEO of ESCO; Bo Butters, principal at CLA; and John Chalus, director – corporate advisory, at BMO Harris Bank; talk about deal preparedness....

By Adam Burroughs

June 18, 2021

Jonathan Herrick pursues growth at Benchmark

Jonathan Herrick, a St. Louis entrepreneur who’s now CEO of Benchmark, talks about its most recent acquisition of Contacts+, as well as what’s in store for 2021....

By Adam Burroughs

May 7, 2021

Thomas Hillman and Jim Eberlin share lessons learned

Thomas Hillman, managing partner at Lewis & Clark Capital, and Jim Eberlin, founder and CEO of TopOPPS offer their perspective and approach to dealmaking, as well as some of the lessons they’ve learned over their decades-long careers....

By Adam Burroughs

April 8, 2021

Matthew Porter’s post-transaction advice for entrepreneurs

Matthew Porter, Vice Chairman at Contegix and Senior Strategic Advisor at Invisibly, offers advice on post-transaction life, as well an overview of the transaction that led him to these realizations....

By Adam Burroughs

March 12, 2021

Paul Klug on smoothing out the bumps in M&A negotiations

Paul Klug covers a range of issues, including the view of 2020’s uneven M&A landscape from his seat, and how his clients mitigated deal risk....

By Adam Burroughs

February 12, 2021

Truck Centers’ John Hopkins on moving the family business forward

While he expects to participate as an acquirer, Truck Centers’ John Hopkins is structuring the family business so that selling remains the furthest thing from the family's mind....

By Adam Burroughs

December 3, 2020

Jeff Hewitt on finding the right buyer for the situation

Jeff Hewitt explains how his former company strengthened itself internally by working with a financial buyer, a move that enabled it to be sold from a position of increased strength a few years later....

By Adam Burroughs

November 4, 2020

RSM’s Amy Rudolph offers acquisition strategies for success

RSM's Amy Rudolph soffers tips for serial acquirers on creating an acquisition playbook that leads to consistent success....

By Adam Burroughs

October 9, 2020

Mark Mantovani says sell your company's future to buyers

Mark Mantovani, principal of Mantovani Holdings LLC, on how to know when it's the right time to sell a business....

By Adam Burroughs

September 17, 2020

David Grigsby on dealmaking during a pandemic

David Grigsby shares his insights on how the pandemic has affected M&A — buyers, due diligence and the deal timeline — and how the competition for troubled companies is shaping up....

By Adam Burroughs

July 24, 2020

Hightower Advisors’ Omar Qureshi On Preserving Wealth In Wake Of COVID-19

Hightower Advisors Managing Director Omar Qureshi discusses the challenges and opportunities created by the pandemic, and what business owners and investors should do sooner than later to preserve wealth....

By Adam Burroughs

June 19, 2020

Clayton Capital’s Kevin Short on how buyers are jumping over deal hurdles with tech

Kevin Short, managing director of Clayton Capital Partners, talks about how buyer diligence has adapted to transacting during a pandemic....

By Adam Burroughs

May 21, 2020

Buyers are eager, sellers hesitate says Vincent J. Garozzo

Vincent J. Garozzo, of Greensfelder, Hemker & Gale P.C., talks deal flow, the seller mindset and the position of capital institutions....

By Adam Burroughs

May 15, 2020

UNFI’s Retail Accounting Services Division sold

FMS Solutions Inc. has agreed to acquire United Natural Foods Inc.’s Retail Accounting Services Division, where retail accounting teams in Pittsburgh, St. Louis, Anniston, Alabama, Champaign, Illinois, and Hopkins, Minnesota, will become FMS subsidiaries....

By Jayne Gest

April 24, 2020

Leery investors = More Scrutiny

Podcast: CLA partner Bo Butters sees increased scrutiny on deals in the wake of the coronavirus, but he also expects there will be operators who are unwilling to untangle their businesses from the mess caused by the pandemic, creating opportunities for buyers....

By Adam Burroughs