About CFE

The Center for Free Enterprise

About CFE

The Center for Free Enterprise

What started as a casual speaker series is now expanding to a larger calendar of business-casual events with the goal of bringing together some of northeast Ohio’s most active and ambitious business leaders.

The Center for Free Enterprise seeks to bring together Ohio business leaders interested in middle market mergers & acquisitions, new venture formation and growth, and other business issues that present challenges and opportunities to us as individuals and to our region as a whole.

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CFE Founders

Ben Calkins

Ben Calkins is a seasoned business attorney who has assisted a wide array of both publicly held and privately held business clients in connection with countless business transactions, including but not limited to acquisitions, divestitures, joint ventures, debt and equity financings and other matters including general business counseling and planning and real estate matters, for over 30 years.

David Brown

As past President of the Turnaround Management Association Ohio Chapter, board member of the Ohio Venture Association, President of the largest private country club in Ohio and a winner of Crain’s Cleveland Forty under 40 award, David is recognized as an expert in business transactions and business performance improvement.