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Every year ASPIRE connects thousands of local dealmakers, including middle-market CEOs, top PE and VC firms, major lenders and leading service providers. With sessions ranging from raising capital to buying and selling companies to alternative asset investing, our conferences cover the breadth of the M&A landscape. To learn more, visit

Smart Business - Organizer of Chicago 2019

ASPIRE is produced by Smart Business Network. Founded in 1989, SBN built the largest chain of local business magazines in the country. Our staff has interviewed thousands of CEOs – from billionaire investors like Mark Cuban to iconic leaders like Jack Welch. You can find these stories at

SBN also produces dozens of local B2B events and provides content marketing services to regional, national and global brands, including Avery Dennison, Huntington, Medline and RPM International.

Conference Location

17 East Monroe Street
Chicago , Illinois 60603
Tel: 312.726.7500