The retail industry is considered the second largest industry in the United States with total revenues exceeding $3 trillion and a large portion of employment rates.¬†Technology has started to play an important role in retail with the launch of companies focused on providing retail-focused technologies and solutions such as online catalogs and¬†e-commerce capabilities.
Given the importance of consumer goods and services, retail venture capital firms¬†are¬†equally interested in products, services, and solutions that improve the operation, efficiency, and cost of retail ventures as well as the actual retail concepts themselves.¬†For the same reason, retail financing companies may also back suppliers or consumer goods manufacturers that are focused in the retail industry.¬†Since the industry is so large, a lot of retail private equity is used for buyouts, acquisitions, growth, expansion, recapitalizations, and restructuring as opposed to seed stage or early stage financing.
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The Florida Mezzanine Fund is a principal investment firm looking to invest in debt and equity, focusing on small and mid-sized companies. The firm seeks to invest in Florida-based companies in industries such as manufacturing, distribution, healthcare. The fund tends to invest $500,000 up to $30 million per deal. Based in Orlando, the firm was formerly known as Gator Mezzanine Fund. The Florida Mezzanine Fund represents one of the Southeast‚Äôs premiere mezzanine funds.
Kurt¬†Salmon Associates is a management consulting firm¬†focusing on the consumer goods, retail, and healthcare¬†industries.¬† Although it provides consulting and advisory, it also backs clients in private equity for growth and acquisition investments as well as provides investment¬†banking services. Located in Atlanta, Kurt Salmon Associates represent a big player in southeast funding.
William Blair & Company has been in operation since 1935.¬† It provides investment and advisory services to institutional, individual, and issuing clients.¬† An employee-owned business, William Blair & Company has offices in the United States, Asia, and Europe.
Weston Presidio was established in 1993 and has since then provided late stage funding and¬†growth equity to businesses across the nation including MapQuest, JetBluet Airway, and AMC.¬† It has invested five funds totaling $3.3 billion to companies in diverse industries with funding amounts ranging from $10 million to $75 million.
Raymond James is a publicly-traded financial services holding firm with a network of dealer/broker subsidiary.¬† It manages nearly $254 billion in client assets for accounts in the United States, Canada, and internationally.
W Capital Partners specializes in¬†acquiring equity investments from businesses, private equity firms, and¬†financial¬†institutions in secondary markets.¬† The firm usually¬†focuses on companies with more than $25 million in revenue within the consumer, healthcare, media, technology,¬†business services,¬†and financial services areas.
Apax Partners provides financing to mature, high-growth companies in the retail, consumer, media, telecommunications, technology, healthcare, and financial and business service industries.¬† Across diverse funds operated by Apax Partners Worldwide Llp, the firm has more than¬†‚ā¨2 billion in equity invested in the worldwide retail industry.
Bessemer Venture Partners has been in the venture capital industry for 100 years.¬† To date, the firm has invested seed stage and start up funding into companies in diverse industries such as Staples and The Sports Authority.¬† They currently manage $2 billion in invested capital spread across businesses worldwide.¬† Bessemer has aided companies in their portfolio to reach IPOs and major buyouts.
Retail & Restaurant Growth Capital Lp provides growth equity to retail businesses and restaurants as well as¬†retail-focused solution providers and suppliers¬†across the nation.¬† It manages $60 million in capital and also provides backing for buyouts, acquisitions, and recapitalizations.¬† Since its launch,¬†it has¬†provided financing to businesses such as Quizno’s and Elizabeth Arden Red Door¬†Salon.