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College of Business Hosts Venture Capital Symposium

Dr. Mark T. Schenkel and Dr. John Gonas hosted a symposium for Belmont students and alumni on behalf of the College of Business Adminstration focusing on current trends in venture capital and private equity markets of Middle Tennessee. Over 100 attendees from Belmont University and the surrounding Nashville community gathered to hear about the alternatives available to business owners and financers of small businesses.
Three prominent representatives from local investment firms spoke on the panel: Linda Costello, managing director of investment banking of Avondale Partners; Stuart McWhorter, managing partner of Clayton Associates; and Gary Peat, partner of Council Ventures. Special topics discussed at the symposium included entrepreneurial, mezzanine and growth capital demand in addition to deal flow differences between industries such as investment banking, technology and health care.