Aug 13, 2019
Over 1,800 small businesses have received much-needed funding through this first-of-its-kind program
SILICON SLOPES, Utah – August 12, 2019 – Lendio Franchising, the nation’s first marketplace lending franchise program, announced today it has facilitated $50 million in loans to over 1,800 small businesses around the U.S. These loans provide a boost to small businesses in industries ranging from healthcare to trucking, with an estimated economic impact of $165,505,834 across local economies.
Lendio Franchising complements the company’s core value of making small business loans simpler and more accessible to small business owners across the country. Started in March 2017, the program has grown to include 33 franchisees in 62 territories across the nation. For two years running, Lendio Franchising has been named the #1 Business Financial Services brand in Entrepreneur’s Franchise 500®.
Lendio franchisees facilitate access to small business growth capital through a wide range of loan options backed by the nation’s largest business loan marketplace. Furthermore, through strategic partnerships with community banks and local SBA lenders, these franchisees provide a more localized approach to lending.
Often, geographic restrictions and misconceptions about traditional lending prevent small business owners from being able to access funds. Lendio franchisees understand and are invested in their local business markets, and can help business owners overcome these challenges. Franchisees like Luis Salazar, owner of Lendio North Florida, are uniquely able to address the capital needs of small business owners in their communities face-to-face, while utilizing Lendio’s simple online application process.
“Entrepreneurs to me are the epitome of the American dream—people that make something out of nothing but pure grit and determination,” says Salazar. “These are the small business owners I get to meet and help grow every day.”
Since Lendio Franchising began funding small businesses, the demographics of borrowers have evolved. Applicants on average are getting younger: the percentage of borrowers between the ages of 25 and 34 has increased faster than any other age group. Newer businesses also are being funded more regularly, with the average time in business dropping from 11 years to just under eight. Women-owned businesses still represent only 25% of all borrowers funded. However, the number of female loan applicants increased by 89% in the last two years, while the number of male applicants grew by 75%.
“Lendio’s franchise owners are dedicated to helping lift small business owners in their communities,” said Mark Cottle, Executive Vice President of Franchising at Lendio. “Their understanding of local business trends, needs and strengths combined with access to Lendio’s extensive lender network is what has led to this funding milestone in such a short amount of time.”
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.
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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