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E-Commerce & Retail
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    Society Brands
    We are committed to helping to build a community of like minded eCommerce business owners to share best practices so they can assist each to bring their businesses to the next level while placing their business in the best position for exit. ​ Society Brands created what we call our E2 Strategy. We pay considerable cash at closing with the additional consideration awarded as rollover equity into Society Brands. This allows you to enjoy a large upside with the rest of our founders when we eventually IPO or sell the company. By getting in early, the second exit you realize via Society Brands should be significantly bigger than the first! As a result, we are confident you will receive a much larger total multiple at Society Brands than you’ll get anywhere else.
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    Laura of Pembroke
    Get started on the home or office of your dreams. ​ Laura of Pembroke is a wonderfully diverse, family-owned, retail boutique with a strong European influence. Local owners, Laura Sirpilla Bosworth, Veronica Sirpilla and John B. Sirpilla started their venture, their “dream,” in the Cleveland area in 1987. In 1993, they relocated the store to its present site in Canton, Ohio which has grown to over 30,000 square feet of showroom and warehouse. The addition of a second location at Pinecrest on the east side of Cleveland has expanded the NE Ohio offering.
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    Dapper Classics
    Fine men’s dress socks made in the USA. ​ Expertly knitted, the style and comfort of Dapper Classics dress socks are unparalleled by the best imports. Dapper Classics knows that “Dapper is in the Details” and believes that a gentleman’s socks can pull together his entire ensemble. Dapper Classics socks complement a wide range of menswear—from casual attire to business suits and formal wear.
Spirits
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    Spirits Investment Partnership
    Spirits Investment Partners creates unique and compelling brands in the beverage alcohol space. We partner with great entrepreneurs to provide capital, strategic resources and expertise to help grow their businesses and mitigate risk. We invest in companies at various stages of development, from seed financing to Series A and B investments. ​ Society Brands created what we call our E2 Strategy. We pay considerable cash at closing with the additional consideration awarded as rollover equity into Society Brands. This allows you to enjoy a large upside with the rest of our founders when we eventually IPO or sell the company. By getting in early, the second exit you realize via Society Brands should be significantly bigger than the first! As a result, we are confident you will receive a much larger total multiple at Society Brands than you’ll get anywhere else.
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    Heaven's Door
    Heaven’s Door is an award-winning collection of handcrafted American whiskeys developed in partnership with Bob Dylan. The perfect blend of art and craft. Each bottle of Heaven’s Door showcases Dylan’s distinctive welded iron gates that he created in his studio, Black Buffalo Ironworks.
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    Stolen
    We celebrate personal expression in all its forms and embrace a bit of irreverence when it comes to the status quo. We seek out unique products worth stealing and make them available for all to enjoy. So go ahead, drink it like it’s STOLEN.
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    Six Mile Creek Distillery
    The pioneer spirit runs deep in the Bluegrass – we feel it in the earth, sense it churning with the rushing rivers and streams. That spirit – wild, free, full of possibility – gives flavor to all the spirits we make at Six Mile Creek Distillery.
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    Play Hard vodka seltzer
    Stand out from the crowd with your new favorite vodka seltzer. Featuring the daring artistry of creatives like Andy Warhol and Playboy’s commitment to the pursuit of pleasure, Play Hard Seltzer invites you to express yourself and discover the extraordinary. We invite you to embark on this playful adventure with us.
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    The Last Refuge – Bob Dylan Experience in Louisville, KY
    A Whiskey Bar in Louisville, Kentucky | Opening Spring 2024
Software & Medical Technology
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    Patriot Software
    Patriot Software provides fast, simple, and affordable accounting and payroll software. After a rough start-up experience, they know first hand what small businesses need in order to breakthrough and achieve success. So they created a software service to help you keep the two things you don’t have enough of… time and money.
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    TecTraum
    TecTraum is a development stage company that is working hard to bring to market the first available therapy for the treatment of concussions. TecTraum is committed to developing medical devices that are supported by real evidence-based medicine.
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    Reulay
    REULAY’s virtual reality therapeutic platform for reducing workplace stress and anxiety leverages brain science and machine learning to deliver personalized evidence-based digital interventions.
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    Metabolic Code
    A comprehensive approach that blends the best of eastern and western medicine into one system made up of lifestyle, lab testing, supplements and dietary recommendations.
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    Cyrothermic Systems
    The Cryo Cooling System cools the neck and lowers body temperature 1 to 3 degrees C. It is applied in seconds, allowing first responders to attend to other needs of the patients.
Event Venues & Real Estate
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    Artifact Events Chicago
    Located in Chicago’s Historic Ravenswood neighborhood, Artifact Events is an exceptional choice for private functions, live events, conferences, product launches, commercial production and fundraising galas. With your vision, their team is ready to expertly host your event of a lifetime.
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    440 N. Morgan
    A new commercial development located in the heart of the West Loop of downtown Chicago.
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    Baby Grand
    An upscale office and retail development in the West Loop of downtown Chicago.