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May 2, 2024

Transparency, Relationships Are Key For Buyers In This Market

By Adam Burroughs

Long Road Partners' Jeremy Kane on the importance of relationships in today's M&A deals.

April 4, 2024

Be Honest When Courting Capital

FreightWise's Chris Cochran on how best to leverage different capital providers to achieve business results.

February 29, 2024

The Role of a Family Office for Founders

615 Ventures' Rob Bellenfant, along with UBS's Mark Tepsich and James Jack, on the challenges of starting a family office after an exit, as well as strategies to better handle the new responsibilities.

February 15, 2024

Announcing Nashville's Smart Business Network Dealmaker Award Winners and 2024 Dealmakers Hall of Fame Class!

The Smart Business Dealmakers Dealmaker of the Year Awards and Hall of Fame recognize exceptional individuals who are shaping the landscape of business and innovation in Nashville.

January 12, 2024

Why Health Care Startups Fail

Jumpstart Capital founder and managing partner Vic Gatto has been investing in early-stage health care businesses for nearly a decade. His organization — Jumpstart Foundry, Jumpstart Health Investors

December 7, 2023

Building a Bridge of Opportunity from Corner to Corner

Compelled by Jesus’ invitation to ‘love our neighbors as we love ourselves,’ Corner to Corner was founded by Will and Tiffany Acuff in 2011. The young couple wanted to create a relationship-centered

November 17, 2023

Reimagine Care Shifts Oncology Care to Patient’s Home

While service providers such as hotels and restaurants were severely debilitated by the pandemic shutdown, others thrived. One such example is Reimagine Care, a Nashville-based in-home cancer care

October 20, 2023

Buying What's Not In The Numbers

Randy Overton says in health care M&A in recent years, he's seen all kinds of books. "All of the sudden, everybody is the most valuable company in the world," says Overton, CFO of FastPace Health.

September 8, 2023

COVID Turbulence Drew Project Admission's Focus Inward

Stephen Glicken is working to disrupt ticket sales as we know it with his company, Project Admission. It's a unique model that managed to survive the collapse of live events during COVID and continue

August 10, 2023

How The Peach Truck Found The Right Partner

How Jessica and Stephen Rose found the right partner to capitalize on The Peach Truck's significant growth.

July 7, 2023

John Cerasuolo On Making The Leap To A New Industry Focus

John Cerasuolo leads incredibly acquisitive companies. At ADS Security, he led the business through 45 acquisitions in a direct-to-owner model that relied on relationships and an internal team to

June 9, 2023

Selling To Make The Business Better

Having sold his business, the once-high-growth startup focused on high-acuity homecare programs, Contessa Health, Co-Founder Travis Messina says when they ran their process, they used an investment

May 12, 2023

Porter Road's Path To Changing The World

"Originally, when (co-founder) Chris (Carter) and I went out, we had $50 suits that we got at Goodwill and we had a crazy idea, which was opening a high-end butcher shop in East Nashville. At the time, and traditionally, East Nashville wasn't a very wealthy neighborhood. It was a very working class, rougher area. Most banks and financing people didn't see the opportunity that was going to happen." - Porter Road Co-Founder James Peisker on why banks hesitated to fund the company and how capital and ideas from VC and PE led to its remarkable growth.

April 14, 2023

How to get a FAIR deal

MATH Venture Partners' Mert Iseri and Mark Achler, along with UBS's James Jack and Ryan Wood, on the valuable personal lessons they've learned over several successful exits.

March 16, 2023

Luck, Likeability and Respect Go A Long Way

Alto’s Eric Satz discusses how his company is democratizing access to alternative assets and attracting investors along the way.

February 24, 2023

VendEngine Revs Up Revenue Prior to Sale

Silas Deane on his company, VendEngine, Inc.,which created a way to improve the process of gifting money to inmates and later sold the company for $83 million.

January 20, 2023

Debbie Gordon On Maximizing Her Time During Fundraising

Cloud Range is a cyber security company helping large organizations proactively prepare for cyberattacks. In an environment in which cybersecurity attacks are increasing significantly, CEO Debbie

October 28, 2022

Dry Powder vs Rising Interest Rates

Petra Capital Partners' David Fitzgerald on how raising capital and investment decisions are being affected by conditions in the market.

September 30, 2022

Lessons learned from the supply chain turmoil

LFM Capital's Stephen Cook his view of the situation in middle-market manufacturing and how the firm is dealing with the economic pressures in that sector.

September 2, 2022

Multiple means of raising capital

Oncocyte's Ron Andrews on the company's use of its at-the-market program, how it works, when it's best deployed, and what the raise from it has enabled to the company to do.

August 5, 2022

Evaluating your sell-side options in an exit

RiverGlade Capital's Kevin McGrath, Council Capital's Nick Cooper, Pinnacle Financial Partners' Tyler Morgan, Capital Alignment Partners' John Pontius, Whistler Capital's Darshan Prabhu and Bass, Berry & Sims' Tatjana Paterno discuss what goes into a successful exit beyond a liquidity event, including when a private equity firm sells one of its portfolio companies.

July 6, 2022

Family must earn their way into Archangel's CEO seat

Archangel Protective Services' Ken Thomas on how the company got its start, the importance of getting help along the way, succession planning and the ways he's helping others get their entrepreneurial start.

June 10, 2022

How Reps & Warranties Is Increasing Deal Efficiency

Waller Lansden Dortch & Davis' Tyson Bickley, LFM Capital's Chris Lin, Resource Label Group's Hunter Rost and LBMC's Brian Marynowitz on how to evolve your buy-side strategies in 2022 and beyond, and key mistakes you can avoid.

May 11, 2022

For Stu Clark, Acquisitions Are All About The Team

Premise Health's Stu Clark on his acquisition philosophy, what he looks for in teams and cultures, and his post-deal integration process.

April 22, 2022

An acquisition based on shared interests, approach

Gibson Brand President Cesar Gueikian talks about the Mesa/Boogie acquisition, as well as the direction of the Gibson brand and the many ways it's working to connect with its community.

March 25, 2022

Assessing the economic factors influencing M&A

Kicking off this past week's Nashville Smart Business Dealmakers Conference, Laurel Graefe of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta - Nashville Branch, along with the Nashville Chamber of Commerce's Wanda Lyle, and UBS's Shane Lieberman and James Jack, discuss what's driving business and M&A activity nationwide and across the Nashville region, and what to expect for the remainder of 2022.

February 4, 2022

Swift, seamless integration a priority in high-volume deal environment

Amedisys' Kris Novak, along with Probo Medical's Jay Burkhardt, Waller Lansden Dortch & Davis LLP's Tyson Bickley and LBMC's Lisa Nix, take a deep dive into how a public company and a PE-backed business have adapted their acquisition strategies in this new normal.

January 7, 2022

Plan ahead to find deal success

Tri Star Energy's Wayne Acklen, Baker Donelson's Tonya Mitchem Grindon, Quorum Health's Alfred Lumsdaine and PNC Bank's Michael Johnson offer tips on financing your business to supercharge growth and how planning ahead can prepare buyers and sellers for just about any contingency.

November 12, 2021

Preparing Your Health Care Company for Post-COVID Deals

RSM's Matt Wolf along with IVX Health’s Douglas Ghertner, HUB International’s Blake Wiedman and Ursa Health’s Dr. Robin Clarke talk about preparing your health care company for any deal in a post-COVID environment.

October 8, 2021

How family alignment helped Monticeto Medical Real Estate reach its BHAG

Monticeto Medical Real Estate CEO Chip Conk, along with Bass, Berry & Sims’ Frank Pellegrino and EY's Bobby Stover explore dealmaking, growth and communication within a family business.