The man… in the Arena

“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.”

When former President Theodore Roosevelt spoke these timeless words in 1910 at the Sorbonne in Paris, he might have have been referring to business owners.  The inspiration for our name, Arena Capital Advisors, comes from Roosevelt’s words, as we recognize that business owners are “actually in the arena” every day, that entrepreneurship starts with risk and that success rarely comes as easily as it might appear to the casual observer.

Arena Capital Advisors sells businesses, and develops business exit strategies.  Our typical client:

  • Owner of a private company
  • Central and eastern North Carolina, or surrounding areas
  • $10 million or more in annual revenue
  • Profitable