October 13, 2023
By Adam Burroughs
The Chicago Smart Business Dealmakers Conference kicked off with insights and strategies for navigating the post-exit landscape, as well as the speakers' perspective on what's been a tricky M&A
July 21, 2023
Luke Haverhals, founder and CEO of Natural Fiber Welding, says he's an accidental entrepreneur. As the former chemistry professor at the United States Naval Academy tells it, he was fortunate to be in
May 15, 2020
Prairie Capital Advisors' Ken Serwinski: Dealmakers Continue To Operate With An Abundance Of Caution
Buyer’s market, or seller’s market? In this time of global pandemic, how about neither, says Prairie Capital Advisors Co-founder and Chairman Ken Serwinski.
March 19, 2020
Dominating strategy always wins out over dominant personalities as Brendan Deely is assessing potential acquisition targets.
December 4, 2019
Assess a company from every angle before you go forward with acquiring the business.
November 19, 2019
Pat Vihtelic created Home Chef to transform the way we all cook and eat. A lucrative deal with Kroger has allowed him the space to do just that.
November 6, 2019
Pitching investors works best when you connect with as many as possible, says the auto insurer's CEO.
October 16, 2019
One M&A transaction can lead to another, if you take the right approach. Paul Marushka explains how dealmaking is driving his vision at Sphera.
September 6, 2019
Managing Director Jeff Piper about Svoboda Capital Partners' formula for identifying good investment opportunities and what entrepreneurs can do to capture the eye of investors.
August 23, 2019
John Rowady, founder and president at marketing agency rEvolution discusses his passion for M&A and the strategy he follows to identify the right acquisition targets.
June 20, 2019
The ASPIRE Dealmakers Conference brought together hundreds of dealmakers, investors and entrepreneurs at the Palmer House Hilton Hotel in Chicago on June 19. During the conference, Smart Business Dealmakers recognized a few top deals and dealmakers in the Chicago region.
June 13, 2019
Hickory Farms CEO Diane Pearse talks about gaining dealmaking expertise and the best strategies to follow when your company is being targeted by potential buyers and/or investors.
May 31, 2019
The founder at DIGINTEL taps his 45 years of experience of M&A experience to discuss M&A strategy and building a business architecture that's sellable.
May 17, 2019
The founder of the groundbreaking digital marketing company talks about what he looks for in an investment opportunity and how he sets the stage for the company’s future.