Jul 5, 2018

Lendio Facilitates More Than 5,000 Loans for California Small Businesses as Demand for Financing Increases


In less than five years, Lendio has helped fund nearly $120 million in growth capital for California’s small businesses

SILICON SLOPES, Utah – July 5, 2018 – Lendio, the nation’s leading marketplace for small business loans, today announced that it has helped facilitate nearly $120 million in growth capital through 5,000 loans to small businesses in California. Lendio helps fuel the American dream through its marketplace of over 75 small business lenders in all 50 states and parts of Canada. To-date, Lendio has funded more loans in California than in any other state. The funding milestone comes after a 169 percent increase in loans originated through the Lendio platform in California in the last fiscal year.

According to lending data from the Lendio platform, demand for small business loans in California increased 80 percent year-over-year from 2017 to 2018. The average loan size among Lendio’s small business customers in California increased 91 percent year-over-year from to $23,391 in 2017 to $44,602 in 2018. The top five California industries funded on Lendio’s marketplace include construction, retail, restaurants, healthcare and wholesale.

“Most business owners are not going to raise angel or investor capital, and unfortunately many of them don’t meet banks’ criteria for loans either,” said Brock Blake, CEO and founder of Lendio. “Lendio is pleased to be part of filling a critical financing gap for small business owners in California so they can continue to strengthen the state’s economy and create jobs.”

According to a Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland report, nearly half of small businesses need additional funding each year; however, since 2008, it’s been a challenge for small business owners to access financial capital. Continued growth and innovation in online lending platforms is transforming the funding landscape. Lendio helps California small businesses get loans fast, with 70 percent of businesses getting loan offers within three days of submitting an application.

Sandy Lieberman, co-owner of Artemis Defense Institute in Lake Forest, California, says getting funds through Lendio not only helped her business grow, but also helped her protect her personal credit.

“We are a small business just into our third year and on the brink of moving to the next level; however, just like any other business, we struggle with cash flow issues and a few personal credit dings,” said Lieberman. “The Lendio program has been straightforward, and the guidance has lead to a successful first round of funding.”

For more information about Lendio, visit www.lendio.com.

About Lendio

Lendio is a free online service that helps business owners find the right small business loans within minutes. With a network of over 75 lenders offering multiple loan products, Lendio’s marketplace is the center of small business lending. Certified for three years running as a great workplace by the independent analysts at Great Place to Work®, Lendio ranks on Fortune’s Best Workplaces in Financial Services & Insurance and Inc.’s Best Workplaces. For every new loan facilitated on Lendio’s marketplace platform, Lendio Gives, an employee contribution and employer matching program, provides a microloan to a low-income entrepreneur around the world through Kiva.org. More information about Lendio is available at www.lendio.com. Information about Lendio franchising opportunities can be found at www.lendiofranchise.com.

About the Author


Melanie King

A storyteller since first grade, Melanie King has shaped a career around writing engaging narratives—though her illustrations haven’t improved much since age 6. 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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