Case | HBS Case Collection | March 2011 (Revised June 2013)

Next Street, LLC

by Richard S. Ruback and Royce Yudkoff


Next Street Financial, LLC was a modern merchant bank that provided high quality advisory services and capital to small- and mid-sized inner city businesses. Next Street was a for-profit business that aimed to increase the growth, profitability and success of its client companies, thereby enhancing economic development, wealth and job creation in the inner city. The advisory component of its mission seemed well underway but raising a fund to directly finance client companies had proved challenging. As Next Street considered expanding its capacity to help clients achieve their growth potential, the firm was deciding between raising a fund or focusing its resources on expanding its abilities to more effectively help its clients obtain financing from other institutions.

Keywords: Development Economics; Entrepreneurship; Capital; Commercial Banking; Investment Funds; Urban Development; Financial Services Industry;


Ruback, Richard S., and Royce Yudkoff. "Next Street, LLC." Harvard Business School Case 211-094, March 2011. (Revised June 2013.)