The Strategy of a Dealmaker’s Mindset to Business Growth

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The Strategy of a Dealmaker’s Mindset to Business Growth

In my journey as the host of the DealQuest Podcast, I've delved into a myriad of deals, engaging with diverse personalities. Every episode is put together with the intent to share strategies for business growth, aiming to enrich and empower entrepreneurs, business owners, and leaders like you. My mission is to explore untapped avenues and innovative approaches to business growth, ensuring every listener is equipped with insights and tools to expand their horizons and elevate their enterprises to new heights.

Often, the discourse is saturated with talks of mergers, acquisitions, and raising capital. While these are fundamental, my objective with the DealQuest Podcast and community extends to opening alternative pathways to business growth, transforming the quintessential entrepreneurial mindset to embody the dealmaker spirit.


As I sift through my countless interactions over the years, a recurring theme emerges – the struggle to reconcile the entrepreneurial essence with the dealmaker’s pragmatism. It is a meticulous balance of identity preservation and strategic evolution.

Geographic expansion, market penetration, or demographic diversification – the goals are as varied as the entrepreneurs navigating these waters. Beneath the diversity, however, lies a universal truth – the need for strategic collaborations and partnerships not out of necessity, but strategic foresight.

Navigating this landscape, the question is not ‘how’, but ‘what’. What is the business conundrum you’re grappling with? For example, the opportunity knocking at your doorstep? Or, the untapped market echoing with the sounds of potential? In the heart of these questions lies the core of strategic alliances and joint ventures waiting to be brought to fruition.



Licensing is not just an avenue for brand exposure; it’s a strategic tool that unlocks passive income streams and fosters exponential growth. It’s more than affixing a renowned brand name to a product — it’s about creating and leveraging brand equity, ensuring that each collaboration enhances and protects the brand’s value.

As a business owner, your perspective on licensing can shape your growth trajectory. A technology that takes months, if not years, to develop can be seamlessly integrated into your product or service offering through a strategic licensing agreement, significantly reducing time-to-market and operational costs.



Every entrepreneur and business leader must ask themselves: Is your growth strategy diverse enough? If deals are on your radar, are they varied or limited to one or two types? There’s a spectrum of possibilities waiting to be explored, each tailored to unique business objectives and landscapes.

For instance, if a full acquisition seems out of reach or misaligned with your current goals, consider joint ventures or early investments. There's an art to utilizing these “steppingstones” to build relationships and potentially pave the way for future mergers or acquisitions.

Whether you're looking to harness an untapped opportunity or address a persistent pain point, consider the plethora of deal structures that can propel your business towards its objectives. In the world of deals, variety isn’t just the spice of life; it’s the catalyst for innovation, expansion, and unprecedented growth.

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Corey Kupfer is an expert strategist, negotiator, and dealmaker. He has more than 35 years of professional deal-making and negotiating experience. Corey is a successful entrepreneur, attorney, consultant, author, and professional speaker. He is deeply passionate about deal-driven growth. He is also the creator and host of the DealQuest Podcast.
If you want to start getting yourself deal-ready, check out the DealQuest Podcast with Corey Kupfer each week. Featuring industry leaders and newcomers as guests alike, the DealQuest podcast has something for everyone.

Corey Kupfer is an expert strategist, deal-maker, and business consultant with more than 35 years of professional negotiating experience as a successful entrepreneur and attorney.


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