Back to School: The Current Opportunity to Invest in Private Preschools

The basic definition of a “do well by doing good” industry is one where you can achieve financial success as a result of owning or operating a business that benefits society.
March 2, 2020/by Mark Gartner

Why Private Equity Likes Founder and Family Owned Businesses

If you speak with a lower middle market private equity fund about what they look for in an investment, their comments will often include something like, “We like to invest in founder- or family-owned businesses.”
December 18, 2019/by Mark Gartner
This is Why Culture Eats Strategy for Breakfast

This is Why Culture Eats Strategy for Breakfast

Culture is a hot topic these days. By now, you're probably familiar with Netflix’s famous 100+ slide deck outlining their corporate values and have enjoyed Simon Sinek’s highly viewed Ted Talk musings on how good leaders make people feel safe.
November 5, 2019/by Mark Gartner

Franchisors vs. Franchisees: Why Private Equity Likes Both

It’s official, private equity investors like franchises. This wasn’t always the case, but in recent years, there’s been a wave of private equity funds investing behind multi-unit concepts of all varieties.
October 25, 2019/by Mark Gartner

How to Value a Private Company

As a business owner, you probably have a general sense for the range of value for your company based in formal or informal analysis.
September 9, 2019/by Mark Gartner
How to Find an Investor for Your Business

How to Find an Investor for Your Business

Raising capital is often cited as one of the more difficult exercises in business which is a fascinating paradox given how much of it is available to business owners.
August 15, 2019/by Mark Gartner

Private Equity vs. Venture Capital: Similar but Mostly Different

At 60+ years since the birth of the Private Equity (PE) and Venture Capital (VC) industries, it’s easy to marvel at what they’ve become from their humble beginnings in the 1950’s.
July 31, 2019/by Mark Gartner

Don’t Stay Past Midnight – Reflections on Knowing When to Sell Your Business (Part 6)

If you’ve been with us for the preceding weeks, you know that we’ve been walking through a list of six ways to objectively determine if it might be a good time to consider the sale of your private business.
June 21, 2019/by Mark Gartner