Kirchner Group Enhances Offering to Entrepreneurial Community through Partnership

– Announces collaboration with Arlene Dickinson Enterprises –

Birmingham, Alabama and Toronto, Ontario – 22 October 2012 – Kirchner Private Capital Group (KPCG), a leading North American traditional merchant bank, announces that it has become a partner in Arlene Dickenson Enterprises (ADE). ADE will promote the advancement of entrepreneurs by providing support, advice and funding to early stage businesses. ADE will also develop a suite of online and offline content tailored to entrepreneurs.

KPCG founder and chairman W.B. (Bud) Kirchner said, “Our track record over our 27 year history speaks for itself. We have served a multitude of clients and partners ranging from entrepreneurs to early- and mid-market companies, as well as managing assets in conjunction with PE/VC firms and on behalf of insurance companies, commercial banks and institutional investors. The partnership with Arlene Dickenson Enterprises broadens our already strong platform serving entrepreneurs and early-stage companies. Arlene and I have created a strong working relationship, and through this partnership, KPCG will act as the in-house merchant bank providing operational and transactional support for ADE and its subsidiary companies, as we do for other organizations.”

The partnership has been established as a strategic initiative capitalizing on the systemic changes occurring in the world of entrepreneurs.  Increasingly, entrepreneurs are looking for support and capital through non-traditional sources. KPCG will contribute its proprietary business models and practices for enhancing the value of early-stage companies, and will continue to offer its expertise throughout every stage of their lifecycle. KPCG and ADE have complimentary skill sets and together will provide a full suite of services to entrepreneurs ranging from operational support, to sales and marketing assistance, to crystallization of value and liquidity events.

“We are very excited to have a group like KPCG partner with us in this venture. The experience and knowledge they bring to the table will be an invaluable asset to allow us to truly support entrepreneurs in every way,” commented Dickinson. “I believe Bud and I to be kindred spirits. We both have devoted our lives to the pursuit of entrepreneurial success and I look forward to continuing to work closely with Bud and his team.”

ADE is inviting entrepreneurs to participate in the building of a social media network called, YouInc.com. Featuring regular posts from Dickinson and other successful entrepreneurs, the site invites any entrepreneur to sign up, create a profile, post their own content and connect with other entrepreneurs. Its intention is to create a place for all entrepreneurs to meet, discuss and share the pains and joy of building a business while offering information, resources and entertainment.

About Arlene Dickinson Enterprises

Arlene Dickinson is the Founder of Arlene Dickinson Enterprises (ADE) and is one of Canada’s most renowned independent marketing communications entrepreneurs. In 1988, she became a partner in Venture Communications, later becoming the sole owner and CEO in 1998, a role she will continue to maintain. Her creative and strategic approach has turned the company into a powerhouse with a blue chip client list. Her success and leadership has been recognized with multiple honours and awards. Arlene is the national spokesperson for The Breakfast Clubs of Canada, co-star on CBC series Dragons’ Den and The Big Decision, and the author of the #1 Best Selling book Persuasion.

ADE was formed to promote the advancement of entrepreneurs. ADE with the guidance of Dickinson will be developing a number of multi-media properties. Over the coming months ADE will be launching a magazine, television formats, a podcasts, an e-commerce website and more that will feature entertaining and engaging new content aimed at them. The company will also make investments in entrepreneurial companies and will offer global commercialization services to help them succeed.

The press release from ADE can be read here.

For more information contact ADE at info@arleneinc.com

About Kirchner Private Capital Group

Kirchner Private Capital Group is patterned after the original model for a merchant bank. We provide operational and transactional support for early and mid market companies as well as asset management services for institutional investors. Our team is comprised of successful senior business people who now apply their operational, transactional and investment experience to the unique needs of early- and mid-market companies and their investors. KPCG prides itself in both the quality and quantity of the long-term relationships we have built over the last 27 years.

Established in 1985, the KPCG team has more than three centuries of collective experience working both as entrepreneurs and with entrepreneurs. Our clients and partners range from some of the most promising young entrepreneurs, to multi-nationals and fortune 500 companies. In addition KPCG manages assets on behalf of some of the largest insurance companies, commercial banks and institutional investors in the world. KPCG’s proprietary platform is built on the premise that pairing deep domain expertise with process experts provides superior results. Everything we do and how we do it stems from an entrepreneurial culture built from real world experience. We have an extensive track record of providing operational support and enhancing the crystallization of value in companies at any stage of their lifecycle.  www.kirchnergroup.com

For more information:

Lew Turnquist – Senior Managing Partner Phone: +1 (205) 313-0784 lturnquist@kirchnergroup.com