View Our PDF Review Flexibility 2022 has been all about flexibility—for the world, for the private equity industry, and for us at Blackford Capital. We had to stay flexible to stay successful, and our responsiveness to the market and quick pivots made for our most...
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2021 Year in Review
As we begin 2022, this is a perfect time to look back and reflect on all we achieved in what was, by any measure, a challenging year. Despite these challenges… and, yes, some disappointments, 2021 threw at us, Blackford Capital had one of our best years in terms of...
Buy, Hold or Sell? 3 Factors to Help You Make the Right Decision
Three doors and hardwood floor In business, there’s an adage that it takes money to make money. That sounds simple enough, but real business is far more nuanced than that. Businesses have three options regarding how to treat their money: buy, hold, or sell. Check out...
Why Automation is the Only Path Forward for Manufacturing
As anyone working in the industry knows, manufacturing is going through a period of significant upheaval. Outsourcing and automation threaten current manufacturing processes, and as plants continue to close in places like Michigan and Ohio, many people on the frontlines are worried about their futures.
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Commit Your Company To Hypergrowth, And It Will Happen
Backed by investor confidence relative to public markets, private equity assets have been gaining on hedge funds over the past decade and are projected to overtake them with a $2 trillion growth surge during the next five years. Firms hoping to hop aboard the...
Tariffs And Tweets
Keeping a promise that he made during the 2016 presidential campaign, President Donald Trump continues to pick trade fights around the globe by imposing billions of dollars in tariffs on particular imports from Europe, Canada, Mexico and China. Trump says the tariffs intend to encourage investment and drive purchasing back to domestic suppliers…
Can I Invest in Private Equity? 3 Questions to Ask Yourself
A lot of the most exciting things in life aren’t accessible to everyone. But sometimes, like private equity, it’s the best option if you can swing it. PE also has its downsides, so you should be fully aware of the pros and the cons as you decide whether to jump into the fray.
Where Smaller Metros Are Driving Manufacturing’s Revival
Not long ago, most business experts considered manufacturing growth in America a lost cause. While it’s true that the U.S. doesn’t globally dominate as it did in the decades after World War II, there’s no denying the revival taking place in manufacturing jobs. Hear from Martin Stein to find out how Grand Rapids and Blackford Capital fit into the equation.
Understanding the Goals and Processes of Private Equity
Find out what Blackford Capital Founder Martin Stein believes it takes to be an informed investor—and see how private equity firms create value for companies they invest in.
3 Steps to Becoming a Dream Intern (And Earning a Job Offer)
To most young adults navigating their college years, the word “internship” can be a source of both cautious excitement and unrestrained dread. Find out Blackford Capital Founder Martin Stein’s advice on becoming a dream intern.
The Common Trait Shared by the Best Private Equity Firms
Find out how tried and true investment strategies—coupled with some of the most cutting-edge management processes across any industry, help private equity firms outperform the public market.