Archive for August, 2010

Financial Regulation, Babies and Bathwater

Financial Regulation, Babies and Bathwater
The hotly debated Dodd-Frank financial regulatory reform bill ("Fin Reg") finally became law on July 21st representing a complete paradigm shift in the American financial regulatory environment.  The Wall Street Journal called it “the most sweeping overhaul of U.S. financial-market regulations since the Great Depression.” The bill itself was, a back breaking, mind bending, 2,300 pages in length directing regulators to create 533… read more →

Take a Page from Southwest Airlines: Listen to Customers

Take a Page from Southwest Airlines: Listen to Customers
As a Midwest-based micro-cap private equity firm,  we strive to add value to our portfolio companies by sharing best practices amongst our various management teams.  For example, Cole Information Services in Omaha, a nationally-recognized lead generation business, was the first to leverage cost efficient on-line customer surveys on a quarterly basis.   ESSCO, another MCM portfolio company, a niche distributor of vacuum cleaner parts and accessories, started conducting these… read more →