C3 was founded in 1994 and has invested over $300 million in 63 small businesses since this time. C3‘s Principals have been active private equity investors and business owners and managers for decades. This experience includes CEO and/or senior management positions at chemical, energy, manufacturing, business services, and finance companies as well as extensive public and private company board representation. We have long experience working and investing together and are significant investors in all our funds. All of the partners have been investing together for over 10 years, and three have been investing together for 17 years.
We bring a unique mix of operating and financial skills and a substantial network of contacts to every business in which we invest. Our team has diverse educational and professional backgrounds, including degrees and work experience in engineering, accounting, commercial and investment banking, and finance. We believe this level of experience and diversity of backgrounds enables us to add value to the small businesses in which we invest in a variety of ways, from strategic to operational to financial.
While many mezzanine providers require a sponsor in each investment, C3 draws on its private equity and operations experience to invest in transactions with or without a sponsor. We focus on adding value to businesses through strategic and financial guidance and by sharing our network of relationships. We act as important resources to help management succeed, but generally we do not seek control.