8. ICV Capital Partners L.L.C.

Founded by Willie Woods in 1998, ICV Capital Partners is one of the country’s leading minority-owned private investment firms. ICV  managed $440 million in capital in 2008—down less than 0.6% from the previous year.

The New York City-based firm specializes in seeking attractive investments in smaller, middle market U.S. companies with sales of between $25 million and $200 million.  The firm’s portfolio companies include Chicago-based Entertainment Cruises Inc., Las Vegas-based Marshall Retail Group L.L.C.,  and San-Antonio-based Sterling Foods Ltd.

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