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Canal Holdings supports profitable small businesses with investment capital and strategic guidance.

Canal Holdings, a private investment firm headquartered near Cleveland, Ohio, was formed in 2005 when two like-minded investors pooled their resources and expertise to provide growth capital and strategic oversight to a small healthcare staffing company. The firm is named as a tribute to the early waterways that entrepreneurs funded, built, and managed to get their perishable products to profitable markets. Canal seeks to provide similar support to small businesses as a conduit to capital and strategic operating support to realize their fullest potential.

Canal structures debt and equity investments of up to $7 million for small businesses to fund acquisitions, other ownership transitions, recapitalizations, organic growth opportunities, and strategic add-on acquisitions.  An investment by Canal will always lead with debt and each transaction is customized to provide the company with a strong balance sheet. Canal is operationally-focused and its team has the abilities and relationships to identify market trends, implement strategic growth plans, build business connections, and create shareholder value. 


Canal’s many relationships with successful business leaders, including executives of successful prior Canal investments, has become an integral part of the firm’s management of portfolio opportunities and investments. Member of Canal’s team have owned, operated, bought, built, and sold many small businesses like those targeted by the Fund. Companies in Canal’s target market are small businesses with limited resources that will benefit from the broad experience and resources of the team.


Investors joining Canal III will have unique access to an underserved and very promising market segment with the potential for superior, non-correlated  returns. Canal reviews several hundred opportunities annually and anticipates completing two to four investments per year through its many relationships with independent sponsors, investment bankers, senior lenders, accountants, and attorneys.

Canal Completes an Investment in Micorp Custom Auto & Truck, LLC


Canal Holdings, LLC has invested in Auburn, MA-based Micorp Custom Auto & Truck, LLC.


Micorp is an installer of premium automotive aftermarket accessories.  The company provides market-leading services to dealerships and commercial fleet operators located in Massachusetts, Rhode Island and New Hampshire through four strategically located facilities and a large workforce of highly-skilled mobile technicians who perform on-site installations.

“Monhegan Partners is very pleased to partner with Canal and its experienced principals.  As we work with management to develop new strategies for the next phase of Micorp’s growth, Canal is an integral and valued resource in the process.  Together, we seek to build a stronger business committed to providing the finest aftermarket installation services to automobile & truck dealerships and fleet accounts in the New England region.”

Peter Pfister and Rob Calhoun, Monhegan Partners


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