Little Engine Ventures (LEV) is a partnership of business owners that buy numerous small businesses every year. We believe ownership matters in the delivery of customer value. And because all great companies started small, we figured we would get started now.
Daryl Starr and Mikel Berger kicked off the partnership in the spring of 2016. After decades owning, buying and consulting with small business owners the pair decided it was time to bring in some other partners. Today, twenty-two partners join us.
Little Engine Ventures owns a diverse array of small businesses. A brief summary of our activity is listed below:
Spring 2016 – Legal begins
August 1, 2016 – First closing with 7 partners
August 1, 2016 – LEV acquires share of Bird Dog (board seat)
August 11, 2016 – LEV acquires control of Spectrum Seed (board seats)
August 26, 2016 – LEV acquires share of Socio (formal advisor)
September 19, 2016 – LEV acquires share of SmartFile
October 27, 2016 – LEV acquires share of PrintWithMe
December 1, 2016 – LEV acquires share of CropZilla (board seat)
January 1, 2017 – LEV begins 2017 with 17 partners
January 10, 2017 – LEV acquires control of Tama Financial (board seats)
May 30, 2017 – LEV acquires Magic Glass (board seats)
June 30, 2017 – LEV acquires share of Cheddar (board seat)
July 27, 2017 – First Annual Meeting of LEV in Lafayette, IN – Learn More about LEV AGM
September 8, 2017 – Launch of Executive-on-Deck Program
January 1, 2018 – LEV begins 2018 with 21 partners
Feb 1, 2018 – LEV partners with Fountain Square Brewing (board seats)
Feb 16, 2018 – LEV acquires Recycle Guy (board seats)
March 6, 2018 – LEV acquires control of Stable-N (Boden) (board seats)
July 26, 2018 – Second Annual Meeting of LEV in Lafayette, IN Learn More about LEV AGM
Our journey is still underway. Please consider joining us.