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March 2018

The Challenges and Rewards of Commercializing Medical Devices in NEO

March 16, 2018 @ 7:30 am - 8:50 am

Event Recap: An enthralled and engaged full house audience interacted with a powerhouse panel on a morning offering a glimpse of spring. Moderated by Ben Calkins, the power panel included Brad Pulver of IME, Dr. Najan Shah formerly of the Cleveland Clinic and now a private investor, Bill Fuller of BioEnterprise and Ken Mendelsohn of JumpStart. The rapt audience learned about the current deal and valuation environment for medical device companies and other medical related companies. The panel also touched…

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January 2018

Riverside Company’s Cheryl Strom Talks about Tapping into Private Equity in 2018

January 19, 2018 @ 7:30 am - 9:00 am

Event Recap: The Private Equity Industry ended 2017 with close to $556 billion in “dry powder” available for investment in privately held companies. Business owners can tap into this capital by getting to know what private equity funds look for in target investments, and executing on strategies to enable their companies adopt these characteristics. It’s worth the while: Private equity firms bring resources that can help companies double or triple in size, or more, over their investment period. Private equity firms increasingly…

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November 2017

Digital Marketing Firms: How to Create Shareholder Value

November 17, 2017 @ 7:30 am - 9:00 am

Event Recap: November’s program had the largest attendance yet in our string of sold-out events. Hats off to our sponsors JP Morgan Private Bank, a leading provider of wealth management solutions and advice and an important segment of JP Morgan Chase, the largest US bank and the 6th largest bank in the world.JP Morgan Logo Another hats off to David Brown of Red Hawk Associates for recruiting our panel. And of course thank you to our esteemed panel consisting of:…

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September 2017

The Kickoff of a New Season: Financing the Deal

September 15, 2017 @ 7:30 am - 8:55 am

Event Recap: On Friday, September 15 in Pepper Pike, our panel treated our attendees to a fascinating discussion of financing structures, pricing and a look forward 18 months into the future. Panelists Sarita Gavhane of Canal Holdings, Matt Gausman of JP Morgan Chase’s Middle Market Lending Group and Adam Endsley of JPM’s Asset Based Lending Group wowed the audience with their insights and practical tips for getting a deal financed. Sarita emphasized that her product works well hand in glove…

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March 2017

Serial Entrepreneurs and the Regional Economy

March 17, 2017 @ 7:30 am - 8:50 am

Event Recap: The Center for Free Enterprise held their eleventh consecutive sold out event, and we appreciate the invaluable sponsorship of Key Private Bank, particularly Greg Keegan. A remarkable panel, moderated by Ben Calkins, consisted of Ron Copfer, Sam Gerace and Gene Groys. The panel has started respectively 15, 7, and 2 businesses and shed light on their success to the audience. Ron Copfer is the Founder and Chairman at Heureka Software, Sam Gerace is the CEO of LaunchVector, and…

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January 2017

Inside the Investor’s Mind 2: Dick Hollington of CapitalWorks

January 20, 2017 @ 7:30 am - 8:50 am

Event Recap: On January 20, 2017 The Center for Free Enterprise held another sold out event to get inside the investors mind. The event’s guest speaker, Dick Hollington from Capital Works, recently won the award for Deal Maker of the Year. The event started off with Mr. Hollington talking about how he decided to get into private equity and then how he achieved so much success in his work. Mr. Hollington touched upon how he feels confident in our economy…

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September 2015

Closing the Deal: Cutting Edge Due Diligence

September 18, 2015 @ 7:30 am - 8:50 am

Original Event Post: Are you analyzing or considering an investment in a private company?  Or is an investor considering investing in or buying your business?  If so, you should attend this panel discussion to learn the whats and hows of cutting edge investment and due diligence analysis. This event is the first of six events in the next 9 months organized by the new Center for Free Enterprise and sponsored by Key Private Bank, The Calkins Law Firm, and Red Hawk…

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June 2015

Why Buy a Business Now?

June 26, 2015 @ 7:30 am - 8:50 am

Original Event Post: Wondering what business buyers think about when they analyze an acquisition?  How buyers negotiate and what is most important to them?  Or you are wondering why should you buy a private business now instead of investing in the public markets? Join these experts to go behind the scenes to get answers to these questions and more as well as tips on how to buy or sell a business along with Q & A on Friday, June 26…

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April 2015

Why It Is Difficult to Sell a Business Now…

April 24, 2015 @ 7:30 am - 9:00 am

Original Event Post: Having trouble deciding to sell your business or selling it?  Or valuing it?  Or acquiring another business?  Go behind the scenes to learn how business buyers and their advisors identify, evaluate and purchase businesses.  Join these experts for an informal panel discussion and case study along with Q & A on Friday, April 24 from 7:30am to 9:00am!  Gain insight and learn how to improve your or your Client's business value in the eyes of its potential…

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