PALM BEACH, Fla.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The Small Business Investor Alliance (SBIA), the leading association for lower middle market private equity funds and investors, today announced that Green Compass, a portfolio company of SBIA member C3 Capital and leading provider of waste water treatment solutions, won its prestigious Portfolio Company of the Year Award. SBIA honored Green Compass and C3 Capital with the award today at its National Summit for Middle Market Funds, the premier private equity conference for the lower middle market, in Palm Beach, Florida.
The SBIA Portfolio Company of the Year Award demonstrates the effectiveness of private equity financing and the benefits of the partnership between private investors and small businesses. The competitive award is given annually by the SBIA to the small business that demonstrates consistent strong growth characteristics and robust financial performance while also providing increased employment opportunities in the local markets in which it operates.
“SBIA is pleased to present Green Compass and C3 Capital with the Portfolio Company of the Year Award” said Brett Palmer, President of SBIA. “Many outstanding companies were nominated for the award, but Green Compass and C3 Capital have created a truly exceptional success story. Through their partnership, Green Compass and C3 expanded waste water treatment services in to new markets and created jobs in those areas. This is just another example of the benefits that come from putting capital to work in the promising companies of America’s lower middle market.”
C3 Capital (www.c3cap.com) is a registered Small Business Investment Company (SBIC) and a member of SBIA. The company operates as a multi-fund manager with offices in Kansas City, Missouri and Phoenix, Arizona. The company provides growth capital to entrepreneurs and small businesses in a variety of industries across the United States. C3 is currently investing through its third fund and has completed over 60 investments since 2002.
“We at C3 are extremely proud to be working with such a great management team at Green Compass, as they accept this important recognition from SBIA,” commented Rob Smith, Partner at C3 Capital. “Our investment in the vision and team at Green Compass fits with our proven strategy of working with entrepreneurs to grow small businesses, adding jobs and creating value.”
Green Compass (www.greencompassenv.com), is one of the country’s leading waste water treatment companies and the market leader in California. The company is headquartered in Oxnard, with treatment facilities in Kern County, Orange County and Ventura County, which also includes a 12.6 mile pipeline connection to the municipal water treatment facility in Santa Paula. The company was founded in 1959 with six employees and has grown to over 120 employees through its four California locations. In 2014 the company will process over 100 million gallons of waste water.
“This journey started as a family business and my family, and indeed the entire team at Green Compass, are thrilled and could not be more proud to receive this prestigious award from the SBIA”, said Doug Edwards, Chairman of the Board of Green Compass. We are also pleased to have been fortunate to have selected C3 Capital as our partners, whom have been strong and consistent supporters of our mission and our growth. We count them amongst our closest advisors and friends and credit this win to our collaboration,” Edwards concluded.
The SBIA Portfolio Company of the Year Award has been presented to 35 outstanding SBIA-member portfolio companies since 1987. Previous award winners have included such well-known companies as Intel, Callaway Golf and Build-A-Bear Workshop.
About the Small Business Investor Alliance (SBIA)
The Small Business Investor Alliance (SBIA) is the premier organization of lower middle market private equity funds and investors. SBIA works on behalf of its members as a tireless advocate for policies that promote competitive markets and robust domestic investment for growing small businesses. SBIA has been playing a pivotal role in promoting the growth and vitality of the private equity industry for more than 50 years. For more information, visit www.SBIA.org or call 202-628-5055.