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Lendio Co-founders Named EY Entrepreneur Of The Year® Finalists

Jul 14, 2020 • 3 min read
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      Co-founders Brock Blake and Trent Miskin Were Selected by a Panel of Independent Judges as a Finalist for the 2020 Award 

      LEHI, Utah July 14, 2020 – EY today announced that Brock Blake and Trent Miskin, co-founders of Lendio, are finalists for the Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2020 Award in the Utah Region. Widely considered one of the most prestigious business awards programs in the U.S., the program recognizes entrepreneurs and leaders of high-growth companies who are excelling in areas such as innovation, financial performance and personal commitment to their businesses and communities. Blake and Miskin were selected as a finalist by a panel of independent judges. Award winners will be announced at a virtual celebration on October 2nd.

      Brock Blake and Trent Miskin founded Lendio in 2011 to fulfill a passion for making access to capital simpler and quicker for entrepreneurs. Now the nation’s largest business loan marketplace, Lendio has facilitated over $10 billion in funding through more than 200,000 loans to business owners in all 50 states. In the last three months alone, Lendio facilitated $8 billion in Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans—relief loans aimed at helping America’s small businesses recover from the COVID-19 pandemic.

      Blake and Miskin have also made helping underserved entrepreneurs in the developing world a top priority. For every loan facilitated on its marketplace lending platform, Lendio Gives, an employee contribution and employer matching program, provides a microloan to a low-income entrepreneur around the world through Kiva. Lendio has provided more than 15,000 Kiva microloans in 79 countries to date.

      “It’s an honor for us to be recognized by EY alongside some of the most talented, influential and knowledgeable entrepreneurs in Utah,” said Blake. “When Trent and I founded Lendio nine years ago, we did so with a passion for small business and a dream of helping as many business owners as possible. And now more than ever, that mission carries extra weight and meaning.”

      Now in its 34th year, the program has expanded to recognize business leaders in more than 145 cities and more than 60 countries throughout the world. Regional award winners are eligible for consideration for the Entrepreneur Of The Year National competition. Award winners in several national categories, as well as the Entrepreneur Of The Year National Overall Award winner, will be announced at the Entrepreneur Of The Year National Awards in November.

      About Entrepreneur Of The Year®

      Entrepreneur Of The Year®, founded by EY, is the world’s most prestigious business awards program for entrepreneurs. The program makes a difference through the way it encourages entrepreneurial activity among those with potential and recognizes the contribution of people who inspire others with their vision, leadership and achievement. As the first and only truly global awards program of its kind, Entrepreneur Of The Year celebrates those who are building and leading successful, growing and dynamic businesses, recognizing them through regional, national and global awards programs in more than 145 cities and more than 60 countries.

      About EY

      EY is a global leader in assurance, tax, transaction and advisory services. The insights and quality services we deliver help build trust and confidence in the capital markets and in economies the world over. We develop outstanding leaders who team to deliver on our promises to all of our stakeholders. In so doing, we play a critical role in building a better working world for our people, for our clients and for our communities.

      EY refers to the global organization, and may refer to one or more, of the member firms of Ernst & Young Global Limited, each of which is a separate legal entity. Ernst & Young Global Limited, a UK company limited by guarantee, does not provide services to clients. For more information about our organization, please visit

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      Spencer Anopol

      Spencer has spent the last ten years in the throes of all things marketing and communications. In the past, he has written for companies and clients spanning restaurants to SAAS companies, and entertainment guilds to yoga studios. Spencer has a B.S. in Communications from the University of Utah. When not writing or working, he can be found in the mountains on a hike, in a movie theater with a tub of popcorn, or on stage at a local theater.

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