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January 18, 2024

Hafeezah Muhammad On People and Analytics In Deals

By Adam Burroughs

Hafeezah Muhammad's company Backpack Healthcare recently acquired two companies. At the 2023 Chicago Smart Business Dealmakers Conference, she talked about how the business has supercharged its

October 13, 2023

Midwest Values Bouy Businesses When Fundamentals Are The Focus

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

September 29, 2023

Chicago M&A Honorees Named

The Smart Business Dealmakers Dealmaker of the Year awards recognize exceptional individuals who are shaping the landscape of business and innovation in Greater Chicago. The 2023 class of winners —

July 21, 2023

Luke Haverhals' Company Is Working To Solve The World's Biggest Problem

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 19, 2023

Biju Kulathakal On Launching Halo, Fundraising

Halo Investing is a platform for structured notes or, as the company's Co-Founder and CEO Biju Kulathakal puts it, defined outcome investing. "It's a financial product that's a $3 trillion market

April 21, 2023

How Redback's Famous IPO Almost Wasn't

Dennis Barsema on his experience with Redback, the issue that almost prevented him from taking the company public, and how his path eventually led him to teaching future entrepreneurs.

April 6, 2023

Suzanne Yoon On Launching Kinzie Capital Partners

Kinzie Capital Partners Founder and Managing Partner Suzanne Yoon on launching the firm.

March 24, 2023

FHN Facilitates Service for Underbanked Consumers

Jennifer Tescher on her company’s investments strategies and goals for assisting their partners during harsh economic times.

March 10, 2023

No "Risky Bets" When Investing In CEOs

The Edgewater Funds Senior Partner David Tolmie on what he looks for in an executive, investment red flags, preparing for exits and negotiating deal terms.

December 16, 2022

Entrepreneur Focus: Jennifer Tescher

Financial Health Network President and CEO Jennifer Tescher on her company, its mission and the challenges it faces.

November 18, 2022

Entrepreneur Focus: Kathryn Finney

Genius Guild Founder, CEO and Managing Partner Kathryn Finney shares her entrepreneurial journey and the impact she's been able to have through it.

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

Banner Solutions’ Brendan Deely: Kick The Tires A Little Harder To Find The Right Deal

Dominating strategy always wins out over dominant personalities as Brendan Deely is assessing potential acquisition targets.

December 23, 2019

Chicago 2019 Dealmaking Year In Review

With 2019 just about over, we’re taking a look back at some of what we learned this year.

December 4, 2019

Stuart Sorkin: Turnaround Deals Can Be Fulfilling, If You Know What You’re Facing

Assess a company from every angle before you go forward with acquiring the business.

November 19, 2019

Home Chef’s Pat Vihtelic: What’s The Recipe For Success In Your Business?

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

Clearcover’s Kyle Nakatsuji: Talk To As Many Investors As You Can

Pitching investors works best when you connect with as many as possible, says the auto insurer's CEO.

October 16, 2019

Sphera’s Paul Marushka: A Little Conversation Can Go A Long Way In Dealmaking

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

Svoboda Capital's Jeff Piper: Culture, Leadership Are Keys

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's rEvolution Accelerates Growth Through Deals

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

2019 Chicago Dealmaker Of The Year Awards

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's keys to successful dealmaking

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

Dan Silberberg: Pick an M&A strategy and plan your exit

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

Signal's Marc Kiven: An entrepreneur's approach to dealmaking

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.