I originally wrote this blog shortly after the Deal Alliance Launch event, just as the COVID crisis struck in March. The Deal Alliance intended to host several follow-up meetings, but since public events have become impractical, the group decided to schedule virtual events. The first one, scheduled for June 25, immediately “Sold Out,” indicating demand remains strong for information on the Charleston deal community. For information on future events or to become a member visit https://www.charlestondealalliance.com/ or contact me at [email protected].
Watch the Resources for Resiliency video interview featuring Andy Brusman, CEO of Charles Towne Holdings and Chairman of Charleston Deal Alliance, providing his perspective on the ongoing and strong deal demand in our market.
On February 20, more than 100 people braved the rainiest day in recent memory to attend the launch of the Charleston Deal Alliance. The Deal Alliance was formed to bring the Charleston deal community together and raise the profile of this market as a place to close deals.
What kinds of deals? Attendees included angel investors, venture capitalists, private equity funds, investment bankers, corporate attorneys, M&A pros, commercial bankers, real estate developers, entrepreneurs, economic developers, and probably a few more … The amount and diversity of deal professionals in Charleston may not be widely known yet, but it’s about to be.
Many, if not most, of the attendees are new to Charleston, bringing their expertise and their Boston, New York, DC, Chicago, and West Coast connections with them. This opens up possibilities for Charleston firms to finance or represent companies in hot markets around the U.S., and for companies in those markets to consider Charleston for financing and a business location.
To paraphrase Charleston Regional Development Alliance (CRDA)’s mission, “We attract the world’s best companies, talent and entrepreneurs.” Since we now have a more expansive and vibrant collection of financing entities, our capacity to find financing for a bigger variety of projects is enhanced. And our capacity to win more projects is enhanced – a classic ‘Win Win’ for our community.
To find out more about how CDA members can provide financing for your venture or corporate growth or to find out how CRDA can assist in helping your company open a facility in Charleston, please contact me at [email protected].
Michael J. Graney
Vice President, Global Business Development
843.697.5917 | Michael Graney