Michael Rogers, vice president communications for the Small Business Association of Michigan, talks with Martin Stein, founder and managing director of Blackford Capital, a small Grand Rapids firm recently named to the Inc. 5000 list of fast growing companies. Founded in 2000, Blackford has grown its work force from 4 to 16 employees. Blackford currently owns and oversees 9 portfolio companies, which have aggregate revenues of over $225 million, 800 employees, and operate in 11 states. In the past 5 years, Blackford has reviewed more than 14,000 transactions, completed detailed analysis on 1,200 companies, visited 150 possible acquisition opportunities, and completed 16 majority-control and 5 minority-control investments.
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