Press Release

Shore Capital Partners Named to Inc.’s 2022 List of Founder-Friendly Investors

November 01, 2022

CHICAGO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Shore Capital Partners, (“Shore” or “Shore Capital”), a strategic private equity firm focused on microcap investing in the healthcare, food and beverage, and business services industries, with offices in Chicago and Nashville, has been named one of Inc.’s Founder-Friendly Investors for the third year in a row. Inc.’s annual list recognizes private equity and venture capital firms that entrepreneurs collaborate with and trust as they receive the financial support needed to help drive growth. All firms named to the list have successful track records of remaining actively involved with the businesses they invest in.

“We take great pride in being named to Inc.’s Founder-Friendly Investors list for the third year in a row,” said Justin Ishbia, founder and Managing Partner of Shore. “Our vision is to be the first choice of entrepreneurs seeking a growth partner and this recognition is a testament to the years of hard work and strategy to help founders grow into regional and national powerhouses. We believe the next ten years of private equity is all about operations and our team is designed to help great small and medium companies grow bigger, stronger, and faster with less risk.”

A unique offering within the microcap market, Shore’s dedicated team of over thirty operating professionals as of the release date, provide resources to portfolio companies to de-risk decision making and accelerate growth. The scale of this team is traditionally accessible only to mid- and large-cap companies. In addition to direct support of individual companies, the resource team promotes collaboration between leaders across the portfolio, organizes networking and development events, and meets regularly to share experiences and collaborate on common challenges operators face today.

“Fully investing in an entrepreneur, and their innovative vision, involves far more than the financial investment. By developing relationships with and supporting entrepreneurs for the long-term, these private equity firms are more than investors, they’re partners,” added Scott Omelianuk, editor-in-chief of Inc.

To compile the list, Inc. went straight to the source: entrepreneurs who have sold to private equity and venture capital firms. Founders filled out a questionnaire about their experiences partnering with private equity and venture capital firms and shared data on how their portfolio companies have grown during these partnerships.

To see the complete list, go to: The October 2022 issue of Inc. magazine is available online at and on newsstands now.

About Shore Capital Partners

Shore Capital Partners, a Chicago-based private equity firm with offices in Nashville, is focused on microcap investments within the Healthcare, Food and Beverage, Business Services, and Real Estate industries. Shore supports management partners with capital, business development expertise, and industry knowledge to accelerate growth, fund acquisitions, and generate value for shareholders. Shore targets investments in proven, successful private companies with superior management teams, stable cash flow, and significant growth potential, including organic growth and growth through industry consolidation. Shore has approximately $3 billion of cumulative capital commitments through various investment vehicles. For more information, please visit:

About Inc.

The world’s most trusted business-media brand, Inc. offers entrepreneurs the knowledge, tools, connections, and community they need to build great companies. Its award-winning multiplatform content reaches more than 50 million people each month across a variety of channels including websites, newsletters, social media, podcasts, and print. Its prestigious Inc. 5000 list, produced every year since 1982, analyzes company data to recognize the fastest-growing privately held businesses in the United States. The global recognition that comes with inclusion in the 5000 gives the founders of the best businesses an opportunity to engage with an exclusive community of their peers, and the credibility that helps them drive sales and recruit talent. The associated Inc. 5000 Conference is part of a highly acclaimed portfolio of bespoke events produced by Inc. For more information, visit


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