Capstone Vice President Matt Craft presented at the Virginia Leaders in Export Trade (VALET) program orientation in Richmond on January 19. For 14 years, Capstone has helped Virginia companies grow through our participation in the Virginia Economic Development Partnership’s VALET program. Matt talked about how leaders can identify the best markets for growth their companies […]

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Expanding your business into a new market, especially an international one, is an exciting, yet tricky undertaking. There are many benefits to growing your business globally including reaching a new set of customers and a new geographic market. At the same time, success does not come easily. You must grapple with regulatory challenges, cultural differences, and country-specific […]

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For more than 10 years, Capstone has served as a Virginia Leaders in Export Trade (VALET) Program Partner. The program, run by the Virginia Economic Development Partnership, helps businesses expand internationally. We are excited to continue offering our expertise in strategic planning and external growth to assist companies in realizing their international growth goals. Helping […]

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Selecting the right market is critical to successful growth. The market should have healthy, stable demand for your products or services and be aligned with your overall growth strategy. We strongly recommend selecting a market prior to identifying acquisition targets or potential partners. Without understanding market dynamics, you may be tempted to pursue what looks like a […]

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“How often do you get involved in a situation where a company is pursuing a ‘usual suspect’? And how do you handle it?” This question was asked after Capstone’s presentation on “How to Pick Top-Notch Markets” by Project Manager Matt Craft and Managing Director John Dearing at the Virginia Economic Development Partnership’s VALET spring meeting. […]

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How do you find the best market for your product or service? Capstone Project Manager Matt Craft answered this important question on the Market Selection Panel at the Virginia Conference on World Trade in Richmond, Virginia on October 30. Hosted by the Virginia Economic Development Partnership (VEDP), this is the state’s largest international trade conference and is focused […]

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Capstone again participated in the VALET Program Partner Roundtable, a program that helps companies throughout Virginia expand their international business. We have been selected as a partner for this award-winning program for more than 10 years. VALET offers a powerful combination of capital resources provided by the state along with professional services from expert, private-sector […]

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It’s no secret, especially in Washington, that sequestration has hurt many businesses in the defense industry. A high-level defense official reported that military-related M&A deals have stalled due to the uncertainty. Brett Lambert, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Manufacturing and Industrial Policy, said banks are unwilling to lend to smaller defense firms over doubts […]

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Capstone recently was invited to the Virginia Economic Development Partnership (VEDP)’s Chinese Investment Promotion Agency (CIPA) Delegation Seminar to present on M&A opportunities for Chinese companies in Virginia.  There are many opportunities for investment; see some of the latest trends in the chart below. China’s inbound and outbound M&A activity has been rising, with 47% […]

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