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Upward Projects CEO Lauren Bailey addresses inclusion and supports workers through pandemic

Meet the innovative, inclusive and industry changing leaders of the 2021 NRN Power List. As CEO and co-founder of Upward Projects and its five concepts, Lauren Bailey has kept her finger on the pulse of the communities where her company operates. The Phoenix, Ariz.-based company is expanding its five brands — Postino WineCafe, Joyride Taco…

Brentwood Associates Recapitalizes MedBridge

Significant investment will support continued growth of digital patient and provider engagement solutions and expansion into new healthcare markets MedBridge, the industry-leading provider of patient engagement and clinical education solutions for healthcare professionals, today announced that Brentwood Associates has recapitalized the company. Brentwood plans to make significant investments to support continued organic growth, future acquisition…

Frog Street Approved by the Texas Education Agency for Proclamation 2021 Pre-Kindergarten Adoption

The Texas Education Agency (TEA) has approved Frog Street’s next generation of comprehensive curriculum, Frog Street Pre-K 2020, for the Proclamation 2021 Pre-K adoption. In addition to Frog Street Pre-K 2020 meeting 100% of the Texas Pre-Kindergarten guidelines, it received perfect scores in each of the 11 categories examined during the Texas Resource Review process, a…

Brentwood Associates buys a stake in breakfast-focused chain Snooze

Private-equity firm Brentwood Associates has purchased a minority stake in Snooze, a casual-dining breakfast chain based in Denver with 44 restaurants in Arizona, California, Colorado, North Carolina, Missouri and Texas. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed, but the chain has added Brentwood partner Rahul Aggarwal to its board of directors. Private equity firms Stripes…

Snooze Announces Investment from Brentwood Associates

Snooze, a rapidly growing breakfast and brunch restaurant concept known for its innovative menu and vibrant atmosphere, announced it has received a strategic minority investment from Brentwood Associates (“Brentwood”), a leading consumer-focused private equity firm. Brentwood is partnering with Snooze’s existing majority shareholder Stripes, as well as existing investor Alliance Consumer Growth (“ACG”), to accelerate the Company’s continued growth nationwide and…