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Jun 12, 2019
Blake Was Selected by a Panel of Independent Judges as a Finalist for the 2019 Award in the Utah Region
SILICON SLOPES, Utah – June 12, 2019 – EY has chosen Brock Blake of Lendio as a finalist for its Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2019 Award in the Utah Region. Considered the most prestigious business awards program in the U.S., EY’s award recognizes leaders of high-growth companies who are excelling in their respective fields and who demonstrate a personal commitment to their businesses and communities. Winners will be announced at an awards gala on Saturday, June 15, 2019, at The Grand America Hotel in Salt Lake City.
Blake, along with long-time friend and business partner Trent Miskin, founded Lendio 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 close to $1.5B in funding through more than 70,000 loans to business owners in all 50 states. Blake has also committed to helping underserved entrepreneurs in the developing world and beyond. For every loan facilitated on its marketplace lending platform, Lendio donates a percentage of funds to low-income business owners through Kiva. Lendio has provided more than 7,500 Kiva micro loans in 79 countries to-date.
“Entrepreneurship is challenging. It requires determination, embracing risk and not shying away from failure,” said Blake. “Since founding Lendio eight years ago, one thing has kept me constantly motivated: a desire to help other business owners achieve their goals. It is a tremendous honor for Lendio to be recognized by EY alongside the most talented entrepreneurs in this region.”
Now in its 33rd year, EY’s Entrepreneur Of The Year® 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 Awards, which will be announced in Palm Springs, California, on November 16, 2019.
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. ey.com/eoy
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Lendio is the nation’s leading small business loan marketplace. With its diverse network of lenders, Lendio enables small business owners to apply for multiple loan products with a single application. To date, Lendio has facilitated over 200,000 small business loans for $10 billion in total funding, including $8 billion in PPP loan approvals as part of government COVID-19 relief. Lendio is a values-driven organization striving to provide equal access to capital to underserved communities and America’s smallest businesses. For every new marketplace loan Lendio facilitates, Lendio Gives—an employee-contribution and employer-matching fund—provides a microloan to a low-income entrepreneur around the world.
As a reporter and editor, Melanie has written about everything from retail and tourism trends to economic development for regional newspapers, trade publications, and national magazines. As Lendio’s Director of Public Relations, she specializes in reporting fintech industry news and its impact on American small businesses. Melanie has a B.A. in Journalism from Brigham Young University. She is also a backpacker, runner, and mom of four.
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