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Our Vision

We are driven by our relationships with small businesses and helping companies succeed.

A letter from our President

We founded Advantage Capital in 1992 with a dual mission: to bring businesses, technologies and jobs to communities that have historically lacked access to investment capital, while also generating competitive returns for our investors.

From the start, Advantage Capital has been an innovator in raising private institutional capital to invest in businesses located in states and communities that are underserved by traditional sources of risk capital.

We are committed to helping our portfolio companies, and their communities, thrive long after our relationship has ended. Looking forward, we see tremendous opportunity to create a significant impact in the years to come. We intend to continue — and build upon — our mission of generating substantial value for our small businesses, investors and communities.

— Steven Stull
Advantage Capital

We have helped to foster business growth and create quality jobs in communities across the country.

We have a deep understanding and passion for providing the investment capital that small businesses require to survive and thrive.

Invest in People

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A small business isn’t a product, or a building, or even an idea. People are what make a business. We invest in entrepreneurs and teams with passion and vision. If you’re a leader with an inhibitable drive, we want to help you thrive. From day one, we’re your partner. Let’s work toward your long-term vision together.

Make Impactful Investments

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We invest in businesses that are ready for growth. But more than that, they are innovators that can change how business is done. With our investments spanning a diverse range of industries, we focus on companies that develop or apply innovative technologies or approaches to products, systems and services. Giving businesses access to the capital they need helps us achieve our double-bottom-line objective: improving local communities through the impact of sustainable local business and employment growth and producing strong returns for our investing partners.

Support and Empower

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We want to partner with companies so that long after our investment, these driven entrepreneurs have the tools to continue to create change. We form relationships with great people running solid businesses. Our team uses our skills, experiences and networks to help small businesses capitalize on their growth for years to come. We want to give underserved small businesses and communities the push they need to achieve everything we know they’re capable of achieving.

Grow Underserved Communities

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The companies we work with are committed to their communities, which benefit as we help businesses increase their footprint and deepen their impact. Our history is full of companies that provide deep, positive impacts to their communities beyond just the jobs they create and the economic development they spur. We invested in our hometown after Hurricane Katrina because we believed in New Orleans and its small businesses. For instance, with our support, TurboSquid has been a leader in the economic recovery of New Orleans. In 2015, the company was named by the Silicon Bayou News as a notable contributor to making digital media one of the fastest growing industries in New Orleans, and founder Matt Wisdom was named to the NOLA 100, a list of 100 drivers of the local ecosystem. We work with many of our partner companies to help promote the long-term growth of the underserved communities they call home.

Invest in People

Advantage Capital - Investment Capital for Small Businesses - United States, Finance, Capital, Investment, wealth, local community

A small business isn’t a product, or a building, or even an idea. People are what make a business. We invest in entrepreneurs and teams with passion and vision. If you’re a leader with an inhibitable drive, we want to help you thrive. From day one, we’re your partner. Let’s work toward your long-term vision together.

Make Impactful Investments

Advantage Capital - Investment Capital for Small Businesses - United States, Finance, Capital, Investment, wealth, local community

Support and Empower

Advantage Capital - Investment Capital for Small Businesses - United States, Finance, Capital, Investment, wealth, local community

Grow Underserved Communities

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Inspiring Growth through Public-Private Partnerships

To promote growth, help create jobs and strengthen communities, we make investments through public-private partnerships that strive to stimulate the flow of private capital in the form of long-term investments into underserved communities nationwide, including federal and state New Markets Tax Credit programs, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Business Investment Program and Low-Income Housing Tax Credit programs, among others.

“Advantage Capital has built a 28-year track record of public-private partnerships with state and federal economic development organizations, facilitating the flow of billions of dollars of investment capital into underserved communities. Our approach allows us to work with small- and medium-sized businesses that might not otherwise have access to flexible capital.”
— Ryan Brennan, Managing Director

Advantage Capital is one of the top allocatees under the federal NMTC program, having been allocated nearly $800 million in 12 of 16 highly competitive allocation rounds. In 2014, Advantage Capital Agribusiness Partners was licensed as a Rural Business Investment Company, raising a $154.5-million fund exclusively focused on the food and agribusiness sector, the largest fund raised to date under the RBIC program.

Our Offices

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