Last modified: September 13, 2013
By: Sean Murray
You may have seen the news story somewhere already: Twelve Members of the Alternative Small Business Lending Community Join Forces for Charity, but you haven’t heard the background of all the companies involved. We’d like to shed some light on the competitors that are battling it out in an epic competition of fantasy football:
Merchant Cash Group
Based in Gainesville, FL, they are a charity league co-founder and direct provider of capital. They recently launched their Fast Funding Equity Program, a unique financial solution to merchants that may not be able to get approved anywhere else.
Competing for: Kiva
Kiva is a non-profit organization with a mission to connect people through lending to alleviate poverty.
Rapid Capital Funding
Based in Miami, FL, they are a direct financing source. They are one of the industry’s fastest growing companies and recently acquired a major credit facility from Veritas Financial Partners.
Competing for: Epilepsy Foundation
Financial Advantage Group
Based in Land O’Lakes, FL, they have been a financial provider since 2004. They have helped fund some big name franchises including individual locations for Sonic, Dunkin’ Donuts, and Quiznos.
Competing for: Society of St. Vincent De Paul
The Society of St. Vincent de Paul offers tangible assistance to those in need on a person-to-person basis.
Based in Bethesda, MD, RapidAdvance is one of the oldest and largest MCA firms in the country. They are often called upon to offer expert insight on the industry.
Competing for: Cystic Fibrosis Foundation
This foundation is the world’s leader in the search for a cure for cystic fibrosis.
Sure Payment Solutions
Based in New York City, they made a name for themselves by offering low credit card processing rates to merchants nationwide and expanded on that success by providing businesses with financing. They are well known for their industry blog, Sure Resources.
Competing for: ALS Association
The ALS Association is the only national non-profit organization fighting Lou Gehrig’s Disease on every front.
Meridian provides direct marketing programs for financial services companies. They are one of the most used and acclaimed marketing firms in the MCA space.
Competing for: 100 Urban Entrepreneurs
100 Urban Entrepreneurs is dedicated to helping provide a meaningful, long-term economic boost to urban communities throughout the United States by supporting minority entrepreneurship at its earliest stages.
Merchant Cash and Capital
Headquartered in New York City, they have funded over half a billion dollars to small businesses since 2005. They’re heavily involved in the financing of retail and food service franchises. Check out their new website.
Competing for: Gift of Life Bone Marrow Foundation – on behalf of The Silver Project
Gift of Life is a world leader facilitating transplants for children and adults suffering from many life-threatening diseases, among them leukemia and lymphoma.
A Manassas, VA firm, NVMS offers a full range of inspection services for the Mortgage, Banking, Commercial and Residential Property, Construction and Insurance industries. They’ve established a stellar reputation and are the inspection company of choice for many MCA providers.
Competing for: The Missionaries of our Lady of Divine Mercy
They provide humanitarian assistance to those suffering from poverty
United Capital Source
Based in Long Island, NY, United Capital Source has garnered much attention from their recent spate of seven figure financing deals. They are constantly adding new staff to satisfy the incredible demand for funding from mid-sized businesses.
Competing for: Smile Train
Smile Train partners with local surgeons in developing countries to provide free cleft care for poor children and follow-up services 24/7, 365 days a year.
From the wonderful city of Wilmington, DE, Swift Capital has made a major splash in the alternative business loan space with low cost working capital. They have helped over 10,000 small businesses nationwide.
Competing for: American Heart Association
This association helps to build healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke.
TakeCharge Capital has offices in Connecticut, Mississippi, and Florida. They built their reputation on spectacular payment processing services and grew into becoming a national financing provider.
Competing for: Distressed Children & Infants International
DCI’s primary objective is to provide children in rural areas the opportunity to receive an education instead of entering into child labor.
Raharney Capital, LLC
Raharney Capital is a Merchant Cash Advance industry consulting firm based in New York City. They are a charity league co-founder and the operators of this very website, Merchant Processing Resource.
Competing for: Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship
This organization’s mission is to provide programs that inspire young people from low-income communities to stay in school, to recognize business opportunities and to plan for successful futures.
The above companies are participants in the Merchant Cash Advance/ Microloan fantasy football league. Other firms within the same industry are constantly making charitable efforts as well, such as Yellowstone Capital. They recently raised money to help Hatzalah Volunteer Ambulance Corp acquire two ambulances. Noticeable company donors included Strategic Funding Source and Benchmark Merchant Solutions.
All of the mentioned firms are strongly recommending others to donate to the charities they are representing. In addition, any company or person that would like to contribute to the competition’s prize donation can do so by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com. We are not accepting contributions to individual charities, only to the prize donation that will be given to the winner’s charity. $5,850 has already been pledged to the prize as of the publication of this story.
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Sean Murray is the founder of Merchant Processing Resource, the co-founder of the Merchant Cash Advance forum, DailyFunder.com, the developer of the first Merchant Cash Advance industry iPhone and Android apps, and a moderator of the Small Business community on Google+. Learn more about his Merchant Cash Advance background on LinkedIn or follow him on Google+.
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