Calder Capital Wins Gold in Business Development Department of the Year in the 13th Annual Best in Biz Awards

Calder Capital was honored with the Gold Award in the Business Development Department of the Year category in Best in Biz Awards, the only independent business awards program judged each year by prominent editors and reporters from top-tier publications in North America.

Calder Capital, a premier lower middle market investment bank, was founded in 2013 and provides mergers and acquisitions advisory services to business owners, entrepreneurs, family offices, and investors across the United States.

BiBA 2023 gold

“Thank you to the Best in Biz judges panel for this recognition. In a business where we are only as good as our last deal, it is critical that we continue to invest in business development efforts if we are going to continue to grow at a blistering pace,” noted Calder’s Founder Max Friar. “In 2023, we have doubled down on our research, analytics, CRM, mailing program, strategic partnerships, and geographic reach. As a result, we end the year having broken our previous revenue and closings record and with a record amount of business in our pipeline. Calder is firing on all cylinders heading into 2024!”

Calder’s Business Development team works behind the scenes on strategic projects to support its sales team and improve the seller and buyer experience. Recent enhancements include Calder’s Buyer Match, the ability to pre-register for new deals on the Coming Soon page, a growing email list of 160,000+ business owners and investors, Distressed and Turnaround Advisory, Buy-Side Services, and Calder’s Market Update.

Sam Scharich, Calder Buy-Side Director added, “Our clients want and rightfully deserve more… more acquisition targets, more buyers interested in acquiring their business, more overall leads. At Calder, we have honed our systems and processes to leverage modern technology and AI to equip each salesperson to 10x their efficiency and output. A combination of these tools and an incredibly humble and hardworking team has led to remarkable results. We are blessed to be recognized for serving our clients with every ounce of effort we have.”

The 13th annual program saw intense competition among more than 600 entries from public and private companies, representing all industries and regions in the U.S. and Canada and ranging from some of the most iconic global brands to the most innovative start-ups and beloved local companies. The 2023 judging panel of 18 professionals included, among others, writers and contributors to Ad Age, Computerworld, Fast Company, Forbes, Portland Tribune, and Washington Post.

“This award underscores our unwavering commitment to excellence and dedication to our clients. We take pride in serving clients from main street businesses to middle market companies across a wide spectrum of industries,” commented M&A Advisor, Matt Baas. “This recognition is a testament to the hard work and expertise of our team, who consistently go above and beyond to deliver exceptional results for our clients. We remain committed to providing innovative solutions and strategic insights that drive success in the dynamic world of mergers and acquisitions.”

Best in Biz Awards 2023 honors were conferred in 100 different categories. For a full list of gold, silver, and bronze winners in Best in Biz Awards 2023, please visit

About Best in Biz Awards

Since 2011, Best in Biz Awards has been the only independent business awards program judged by a who’s who of prominent reporters and editors from top-tier publications from North America and around the world. Over the years, judges in the prestigious awards program have ranged from Associated Press to the Wall Street Journal and winners have spanned the spectrum, from blue-chip companies that form the bedrock of the global economy to some of the world’s most innovative start-ups and nimble local companies. Each year, Best in Biz Awards honors are conferred in two separate programs: North America and International, and in 100 categories, including company, team, executive, product, and CSR, media, PR and other categories. For more information, visit:

About Calder Capital

Calder Capital, LLC is a lower middle market investment bank providing mergers and acquisitions advisory services to business owners, entrepreneurs, family offices, and investors across the United States. Our dedicated team of professionals combines extensive industry experience, technological innovation, negotiation savvy, and key relationships to exhibit exceptional execution. Calder’s services include mergers and acquisitions advisory, private funds and capital markets advisory, and business valuations.

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