Investing in promising companies
in manufacturing & service industries

Illinois Avenue Partners typically invests in businesses with up to $3 million of EBITDA.

Illinois Avenue Partners is a private investment firm with Philadelphia roots. IAP focuses on investing in lower middle market businesses (generally up to $30mm revenue & up to $3mm EBITDA) in traditional manufacturing and service industries.

The firm operates under the belief that this market segment – too big for individuals buyers, too small for traditional PE – represents significant opportunity for investors willing to roll up their sleeves. IAP is currently managing a series of investments focused on custom commercial signage manufacturing and related services. The firm focuses on transforming private businesses into middle market companies and drives value through people, process and technology.

Transaction Types

IAP generally seeks opportunities to facilitate liquidity & ownership transitions of family businesses, but can approach unique transactions with flexible solutions

Complete Sale & Majority Recapitalization


Carve Outs & Diverstitues

Distressed Turnarounds



The Re-opening Hot Potato – Chapter Six

Our portfolio company, Oakhurst Signs, is a specialist when it comes to multifamily branding, signage and graphics. Over the last two weeks, multifamily property management clients began reaching out in earnest to build plans to adjust to the new normal of...

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Here to Win – Chapter 5

“I’ve had three losing seasons in the last 28. I’m here to win.” – Coach John Powers, Sales Specialist, Oakhurst Signs Our sales team achieved a major accomplishment last week – twice. We got through to senior officials within the Secretary of State’s office of two...

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Survivalist Entrepreneur – Chapter 4

April 14, 2020 “Unlike their traditional counterparts, survivalists [entrepreneurs] don’t innovate. Instead they enter industries with low education requirements and small start-up costs that consumers still need despite hard times.” Chloe Sorvino, Forbes, July 11,...

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