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May 2019

Hear From Serial Entrepreneur Ray Dalton About His Secrets for Making Successful Businesses

May 17 @ 7:30 am - 8:50 am
Cleveland Racquet Club, 29825 Chagrin Boulevard, Pepper Pike, Ohio 44124
Pepper Pike, Ohio 44124 US
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Ray Dalton Speaking to the Center for Free Enterprise in Cleveland about Entrepreneurship

Event Recap: The Center For Free Enterprise, Ltd. hosted its 20th straight sold out program, and largest crowd yet to hear serial entrepreneur Ray Dalton’s story and secrets for success. Ray Dalton exemplifies American Dream, going from the Watts neighborhood in Los Angeles to senior leadership positions at GE and TRW, and becoming a very successful entrepreneur. Ray has launched 11 businesses, most recently sold the successful PartsSource and has started fast growing ReLink Medical. We have heard from many…

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March 2019

A Discussion with Bill Mulligan of Primus Capital: From Venture Capital to Private Equity Investing

March 15 @ 7:30 am - 8:50 am
Cleveland Racquet Club, 29825 Chagrin Boulevard, Pepper Pike, Ohio 44124
Pepper Pike, Ohio 44124 US
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Event Recap: The Center For Free Enterprise hosted its latest sold out program on Friday, March 15, 2019 at The Racquet Club in Pepper Pike. With 145 registrants, this was our most popular program yet. The momentum continues to build, as over 40 of the attendees indicated that they were attending their first CFE program! Ben Calkins, of The Calkins Law Firm, Ltd., was the master of ceremonies and, after thanking the program’s sponsors, notably JP Morgan Wealth Management and Mixed Media & Design,…

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January 2019

Venture Capital Deals Today: Opportunities and Pitfalls

January 18 @ 7:30 am - 8:50 am
Cleveland Racquet Club, 29825 Chagrin Boulevard, Pepper Pike, Ohio 44124
Pepper Pike, Ohio 44124 US
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Event Recap: On January 18th The Center for Free Enterprise hosted our largest event yet - with 116 registrants - making this our 20th consecutive sold out programs so far. Jennifer Neundorfer of Jane VC, Todd Federman of North Coast Angel Fund and Alex Salashour of 911Cellular discussed VC deal opportunities today, alternatives to Venture Capital and the different approaches to raising capital and growing an early stage business. Each panelist has very different experiences and backgrounds so we had an exciting exchange of views. Jennifer Keiser…

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November 2018

Private Equity Investing with Bassem Mansour of Resilience Capital

November 16, 2018 @ 7:30 am - 9:00 am
Cleveland Racquet Club, 29825 Chagrin Boulevard, Pepper Pike, Ohio 44124
Pepper Pike, Ohio 44124 US
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Event Recap: The Center For Free Enterprise hosted its 19th consecutive sold-out program on Friday, November 16, 2018 at The Racquet Club in Pepper Pike, Ohio. In front of the CFE’s largest audience ever, Bassem Mansour waxed poetically about the inception of Resilience Capital Partners in 2001, some of his best investments, raising institutional capital, and his strategic vision going forward. To the last item, Mr. Mansour told a rapt audience that RCP hopes to move down market, at least…

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September 2018

Blue Point Capital’s John LeMay Talks about Private Equity Investing and its Future

September 21, 2018 @ 7:30 am - 9:00 am

Event Recap: The Center For Free Enterprise hosted its 18th consecutive sold-out program on Friday, September 21, 2018 at The Racquet Club in Pepper Pike, Ohio. Ben Calkins, of sponsor The Calkins Law Firm, Ltd., welcomed the attendees and asked Ken Greaney and Greg Keegan, of sponsor JP Morgan Wealth Management, to stand up and be recognized for their substantial contributions to CFE and its programs. Mr. Calkins mentioned that CFE is currently looking for an additional sponsor for the…

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May 2018

Cybersecurity: Risks and Opportunities for Investors and Managers

May 18, 2018 @ 7:30 am - 8:50 am

Event Recap: This note summarizes our well-attended and sixteenth meeting of the Center for Free Enterprise sponsored by JP Morgan Private Bank, the Calkins Law Firm and Red Hawk Associates. About our distinguished panelists: Paul Beckwith is Chief Security Officer for Progressive Insurance (#120 in S&P in 2017). He joined Progressive in 2010 from PNC Financial Services Group. He was at NCB for many years and held many roles in IT and security including for 4 years as the anti…

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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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