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THE MIDDLE-MARKET M&A CONFERENCE

The Smart Business Dealmakers Conference (formerly ASPIRE) connects entrepreneurs, investors and dealmakers for a day of dynamic content and networking in top U.S. business markets.

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EXPERIENCE DEALMAKERS

Every year, Smart Business Dealmakers connects thousands of local dealmakers, including middle-market CEOs, top PE and VC firms, major lenders and leading service providers.

With sessions ranging from raising capital to buying and selling companies to alternative asset investing, our conferences cover the breadth of the M&A landscape.

To experience Dealmakers (formerly known as ASPIRE), take a look inside one of our past events.

SUCCESSFUL CEOS, INVESTORS AND ADVISERS SHARE THEIR INSIGHTS INTO KEY M&A TOPICS

BUYING A BUSINESS

SELLING A BUSINESS

FINANCING A DEAL

LIQUIDITY EVENTS

TRANSACTION PREPAREDNESS

FAMILY BUSINESS DYNAMICS

WHAT’S ON THE AGENDA?

Every Smart Business Dealmakers conference is tailored to the needs of the local market, but each event features dynamic speakers, engaging panel discussions and numerous networking opportunities. Here is an example of what a typical agenda looks like.

Morning

7:30 Doors Open/Networking
8:00 Breakfast/Welcome
8:30 Opening All-Attendee Session
9:30 Breakout Panel Discussions
Buying/Selling/Deal Preparedness
10:15 Networking Break
10:45 Breakout Panel Discussions
Capital/Liquidity/Family Business Dynamics
11:30 Networking Break

Afternoon

12:00 Lunch with All-Attendee Session
1:30 Breakout Panel Discussions
Buying/Selling/Deal Preparedness
2:30 Breakout Panel Discussions
Capital/Liquidity/Family Business Dynamics
3:30 Cocktail Reception
Dealmaker of the Year Awards
4:30 Conclusion

Some of Our Sponsors

Aon
Baker Hostetler
Merrill Lynch
BDO
BNY
Dickenson Wright
Huntington
Key Bank
Oswald
RSM
UBS
US Bank
Vistage

Cities

Event
Milwaukee

Thursday, February 4, 2021
The Pfister Hotel*


Event
Pittsburgh

Thursday, March 4, 2021
VIRTUAL EVENT


Event
St. Louis

March 2021
VIRTUAL EVENT


Event
Nashville

Thursday, April 22, 2021
VIRTUAL EVENT


Event
Baltimore
Coming Soon

2021


Event
Kansas City
Coming Soon

2021


Event
Detroit

August 27, 2020
VIRTUAL CONFERENCE


Event
Cleveland

September 2, 2020
VIRTUAL CONFERENCE


Event
Columbus

September 15, 2020
VIRTUAL CONFERENCE


Event
Charlotte

October 14, 2020
VIRTUAL CONFERENCE


Event
Philadelphia

October 22, 2020
VIRTUAL CONFERENCE


Event
Chicago

Thursday, November 12, 2020
VIRTUAL CONFERENCE