Approach & Criteria


  • We value our reputation and companies commitments to employees, customers, suppliers, and the community.
  • Business exits and transitions from a founder/family fit well with our approach because we hold our own family owned business to the same high standards.
  • We are active investors who have operated businesses and who bring experience and relationships to help guide the strategic and financial decisions of a business.
  • Our goal is to be a trusted adviser and counselor on key financial and strategic decisions, typically through active participation on the Board of Directors.
  • We believe the people are the most important asset of any successful company, and we focus on employee culture and customer service.
  • We have the ability to provide business opportunities to our portfolio companies through a vast network of longstanding industry relationships.


  • Our structure allows us to be flexible in the criteria we use to evaluate opportunities.
  • We can pursue opportunities in various industries and assess each investment according to its own merits.
  • Colton invests amounts from $500,000 to $10 million of capital into each transaction.
  • Our funds generally do not have strict time frames when capital must be returned.
  • Uses of investment capital include the following: business exits, growth equity, startup, management buyouts, recapitalization, and acquisition.