The Association for Corporate Growth’s Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus, Detroit, Indianapolis and Pittsburgh chapters will host the second annual Great Lakes Capital Connection Conference Wednesday, Sept. 8 and Thursday, Sept. 9 in Cleveland.

The conference will bring together private equity firms, investment bankers, financing sources and other middle-market dealmakers from around the country to network, discuss deals and hear about the latest trends.

The conference will feature a DealSource gathering with private equity professionals, educational sessions, panel discussions and a Capital Connection session featuring regional and national private equity firms. Grant Thornton CEO Stephen Chipman and PNC Financial Services Senior Vice Chair William Demchak will present keynote addresses on Thursday, Sept. 9.

The conference will be held at the Renaissance Cleveland Hotel with events at Cleveland Browns Stadium and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum. The cost to attend is $290 for ACG members and $400 for non-members. More information and registration are available at

“Those in attendance will be a ‘Who’s Who’ of mid-market M&A professionals from across the country,” said Al Melchiorre of MelCap Partners and the event chairman. “We intend to follow up on last year’s tremendously successful event, which was the inaugural Great Lakes Capital Connection, by drawing more than 600 attendees this year.”

The 2010 Great Lakes Capital Connection is sponsored by:

* Platinum Sponsors: Grant Thornton and PNC Financial Services
* Gold Sponsors: ADP, CBIZ, Hylant Group, Jones Day, Whitehall Group
* Silver Sponsors: Bank of America Merrill Lynch, BNY Mellon, FNB Capital Corporation, Lazard Middle Market, McDonald Hopkins LLC, McGladrey, MelCap Partners LLC, Oswald Companies, Roetzel & Andress, RR Donnelley, Stonewood Capital Management, Thomson Hine and Wells Fargo

Founded in 1954, the Association for Corporate Growth is the premier global association for professionals involved in corporate growth, corporate development, and mergers and acquisitions. Today ACG stands at over 13,000 members from corporations, private equity, finance, and professional service firms representing Fortune 500, Fortune 1000, FTSE 100, and mid-market companies in 55 chapters in North America and Europe.

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