- 7:30 A.M. Registration, Coffee & Networking
- 8:00 A.M. Breakfast Is Served Bellows ABCD
- 8:15 A.M. Kickoff & Introductions Bellows ABCD
8:30 A.M. - 9:15 A.M. We’re Not Sorry, We’re Columbus: The No Apologies Approach to Growth in Central Ohio Bellows ABCD
Presented By: Ice Miller
Three of Central Ohio’s top CEOs and an equity fund partner share firsthand experiences on how to grow your business at every stage — including identifying opportunities, structuring deals and integrating operations. They’ll also offer insight and advice on how to generate major returns.
9:30 A.M. - 10:15 A.M. So, You Want to Buy a Business Bellows EF
Presented By: Huntington / RSM
If you are considering growing your business through an acquisition, completing it can be one of the most important challenges a business leader faces. This group of executives and experts offer real-life examples and lessons learned from careers spent on the transaction frontlines.
9:30 A.M. - 10:15 A.M. Tales from the Sell-Side Emerson Burkhart
Presented By: WEALTHSTONE ADVISORS / Thompson Hine
When it comes to selling your company, if you don’t prepare in advance you will be doomed to either run into trouble or leave money on the table. A roundtable of entrepreneurs offer frontline stories on how they prepared their businesses for sale and adapted to overcome the obstacles that cropped up while trying to get the deal done.
10:45 A.M. - 11:30 A.M. Raising strategic capital to fuel your organization’s growth Bellows EF
Presented By: U.S. Bank / Clark Schaefer Hackett
A roundtable of entrepreneurs and experts discuss best practices on raising strategic capital, including how to identify when your organization needs capital, how much to seek, where to find strategic partners, and how to effectively deploy it.
10:45 A.M. - 11:30 A.M. Growth Through Liquidity Emerson Burkhart
Presented By: GBQ Partners LLC
Entrepreneurs and financiers discuss real-life situations where capital raises provided not only liquidity for owners but also helped drive business growth.
- 11:30 A.M. - 12:00 P.M. Networking
12:00 P.M. Culture: The Great Deal Closer ... Or Killer Bellows ABCD
A luncheon roundtable of CEOs and entrepreneurs explore how culture drives growth and its impact on critical M&A decision-making — including how it factors into valuation, integration, and even when it can cause you to walk away from a deal.
1:30 P.M. Buying Faster Growth: Best Practices and Pitfalls Bellows EF
Presented By: Dickinson Wright / S&T Bank
Three of Central Ohio's top CEOs and an equity fund partner share firsthand experiences on how to grow your business at every stage - including identifying opportunities, structuring deals and integrating operations. They'll also offer insight and advice on how to generate major returns.
1:30 P.M. Before, During and After the Sale Process Emerson Burkhart
Presented By: Dickinson Wright / Aon
A panel of entrepreneurs and experts share front-line stories of how they have positioned their companies — and their clients’ — for sale. They will also provide you with a glimpse of what life for an owner looks like after the deal closes.
2:30 P.M. Building Strong Capital Stacks Bellows EF
Presented By: First Merchants Bank / Brady Ware
A group of entrepreneurs, experts, and financiers explore how to raise capital to effectively fuel expansion. They’ll offer the good, the bad, and the ugly of financing your business growth—and the telltale signs you’re on the right path…or in for trouble.
2:30 P.M. The Liquidity Event Planning Lifecycle Emerson Burkhart
Presented By: Wells Fargo Private Bank
Entrepreneurs, wealth managers, and M&A advisors take a deep dive into pre-planning for liquidity events, giving purpose to the proceeds after the sale, and the emotional side of leaving a business you’ve founded, nurtured, and grown.
3:30-4:30 P.M. Cocktail Reception & Awards Bellows AB
Join us at the cocktail reception to recognize the 2019 Dealmakers Award Winners!
- 4:30 P.M. Adjourn