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ASPIRE 2018 rocks Pittsburgh

Daylong conference scheduled for May 3 in Cleveland

Pittsburgh ASPIRE 2018

March 9, 2018

By: Fred Koury

While Cleveland and Pittsburgh have a bitter rivalry on the football field, we enjoy a great relationship when it comes to dealmaking. That fact hit home last week when Smart Business hosted its first-ever ASPIRE dealmaker conference in Pittsburgh.

The event, which is modeled after the highly successful ASPIRE events held in Cleveland, was a huge hit. Hundreds of Pittsburgh-area dealmakers — business owners, PE investors and service providers — gathered at the Wyndham Grand Downtown Hotel to talk about buying and selling businesses, raising capital and liquidity events.

I was pleasantly surprised to learn that many of the attendees had been to our Cleveland event because they are active investors in local companies. There were also a number of Clevelanders at the event, including MC Sign CEO Tim Eippert, who will be featured in an upcoming Dealmakers newsletter.

The success of the Pittsburgh event has me all the more excited for our latest expansion of ASPIRE. We will be launching the event in Columbus this September. Stay tuned for details in the coming weeks. In the meantime, I look forward to seeing you at ASPIRE 2018 on May 3 at the Renaissance Hotel in Cleveland!