Fintech Ideas Festival Rapid Fire Emerging Tech Panel

Fundation’s CEO, Sam Graziano, spoke at the Financial Services Roundtable’s FinTech Ideas Festival on Tuesday, January 10, 2017 as a participant on the Rapid Fire Emerging Tech Panel. Other panel participants included Anil Arora (CEO of Yodlee) and Bo Lu (CEO of BlackRock-owned FutureAdvisor). The panel was moderated by Deirdre Bosa of CNBC.

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Fundation CEO Sam Graziano to Present at Financial Services Roundtable’s Inaugural FinTech Ideas Festival on January 10, 2017

January 9, 2017 09:00 AM Eastern Daylight Time

What: Fundation Group CEO Sam Graziano will be speaking on the “Rapid Fire Emerging Tech” Panel at the Financial Services Roundtable’s inaugural FinTech Ideas Festival. The panel discussion will focus on how FinTech companies are partnering with banks to change the financial landscape and help banks meet the evolving, complex needs of their customers. The panelists will also discuss their views on the future of the FinTech Industry.

Who:
• Sam Graziano, CEO, Fundation
• Anil Arora, CEO, Yodlee
• Bo Lu, CEO, Future Advisor
• Moderator: Diedre Bosa, CNBC

Why: Fundation Group LLC is one of the nation’s leading digitally-enabled small business lenders and credit solutions providers that offers conventional term loans and lines of credit for small businesses through its banking and other strategic partnerships. Mr. Graziano will share his unique perspective on the industry and describe Fundation’s innovative approach, which has enabled it to become the leader in bank partnerships, with long-term agreements now in place with top banks and financial institutions, including Regions Bank, BancAlliance and, most recently, Citizens Bank.

When: The panel will be held in San Francisco, CA and live streamed on CNBC.com from 11:45am-12:15pm ET (8:45am-9:15am PT) on Tuesday, January 10, 2017.

About Fundation
Fundation Group LLC is a digitally-enabled lender and credit solutions provider. The Company develops integrated small business lending solutions with banks, enabling them to deliver credit online, drive cost efficiency into their lending programs and maximize customer retention by providing a positive customer experience and meeting the needs of the small businesses they serve. The Company also partners with a wide array of organizations that serve the small business market in various capacities to deliver credit products to the business community nationwide. For more information, please visit www.fundation.com.

Media Contact:
Barry Feierstein
barry.feierstein@fundation.com
571-418-6387


Citizens Bank Next To Take The Leap With Alt-Lender

Traditional banks are beginning to embrace their alternative lending competitors as a way to reach more borrowers and get a jumpstart on the technology and digitization behind the lending industry.

The latest bank to take part is Citizens Bank, which announced Tuesday (Dec. 20) a partnership with Fundation Group.

Fundation has emerged with a reputation to collaborate with banks, not work against them, by offering up its credit solutions and lending technologies to traditional FIs. For Citizens, this means small businesses can apply for loans and lines of credit through an online application at Citizens’ website, with Fundation powering the technology that enables the online application and a faster process. According to the companies, applicants can see approval within a few minutes and get their cash within three business days.

Fundation will also offer up its own lending services to SMEs that don’t meet Citizens’ requirements.

“We know that time is valuable for our business banking customers,” said Citizens Bank Head of Business Banking Chris Ward in a statement. “This simple digital application process will be quicker and more efficient for customers making smaller requests for credit, enabling them to get back to running their businesses sooner.”

“We believe that our new, automated lending platform will complement the tailored, advice-based services available through relationship managers and bankers to our customers who need larger loans or have more complex needs, such as cash management,” Ward added.

The partnership with Fundation mirrors an initiative in the U.K. that sees traditional lenders guide SMEs that have been rejected for a bank loan to an alternative lender to fill cash flow gaps.

The deal with Citizens follows recent partnerships inked between Fundation, Regions Bank and the Department of Commerce’s Minority Business Development Agency. The company also recently secured a $100 million credit facility from Goldman Sachs, it added.


Citizens Bank to Add Digital Lending Capability for Small Business Customers

Collaboration with Fundation will expedite and expand small business loan approvals

PROVIDENCE, RI – Citizens Bank today announced that it will offer digital lending capabilities to small business customers through a collaboration with Fundation Group LLC, a leading digitally-enabled lender and credit solutions provider to regional and community banks. This continues Citizens’ strategy of leveraging innovative digital technologies that create better end-to-end customer experiences. The service is expected to be available in mid-2017.

The added capability will enable small businesses to apply for loans and lines of credit through a simple online application at citizensbank.com. In most cases approval is provided within minutes, and loans are funded in as little as three business days. Additionally, Fundation will offer credit to some customers that do not meet Citizens’ credit guidelines, helping the bank to serve more of its small business customers’ credit needs.

“We know that time is valuable for our business banking customers. This simple digital application process will be quicker and more efficient for customers making smaller requests for credit, enabling them to get back to running their businesses sooner,” said Chris Ward, head of business banking for Citizens Bank. “We believe that our new, automated lending platform will complement the tailored, advice-based services available through relationship managers and bankers to our customers who need larger loans or have more complex needs such as cash management.”

Sam Graziano, CEO of Fundation, added, “At Fundation, our mission is to enable our strategic partners to serve their small business customers more efficiently and more broadly. This collaboration does exactly that. The combination of Citizens Bank’s powerful customer-facing brand and our digital lending platform will allow us to collectively serve more customers with best-in-class products and a best-in-class customer experience.”

Citizens Bank recently announced a partnership with digital wealth management service SigFig, to offer customers integrated banking and digital investment services starting in early 2017.

Fundation recently announced strategic partnerships with Regions Bank, the BancAlliance community bank network, and the Department of Commerce’s Minority Business Development Agency. Fundation also recently secured a $100 million credit facility from Goldman Sachs, which bolsters its capacity to extend credit to small businesses across the United States through its banking and other strategic partnerships.

The digital lending service is subject to the negotiation of a definitive agreement between Citizens Bank and Fundation.

About Citizens Financial Group, Inc.
Citizens Financial Group, Inc. is one of the nation’s oldest and largest financial institutions, with $147.0 billion in assets as of September 30, 2016. Headquartered in Providence, Rhode Island, Citizens offers a broad range of retail and commercial banking products and services to individuals, small businesses, middle-market companies, large corporations and institutions. In Consumer Banking, Citizens helps its retail customers “bank better” with mobile and online banking, a 24/7 customer contact center and the convenience of approximately 3,200 ATMs and approximately 1,200 Citizens Bank branches in 11 states in the New England, Mid-Atlantic and Midwest regions. Citizens also provides wealth management, mortgage lending, auto lending, student lending and commercial banking services in select markets nationwide. In Commercial Banking, Citizens offers corporate, institutional and not-for-profit clients a full range of wholesale banking products and services including lending and deposits, capital markets, treasury services, foreign exchange and interest hedging, leasing and asset finance, specialty finance and trade finance. Citizens operates through its subsidiaries Citizens Bank, N.A. and Citizens Bank of Pennsylvania as Citizens Bank, Citizens Commercial Banking and Citizens One. Additional information about Citizens and its full line of products and services can be found at citizensbank.com.

About Fundation
Fundation Group LLC is a digitally-enabled lender and credit solutions provider. The Company develops integrated small business lending solutions with banks, enabling them to deliver credit online, drive cost efficiency into their lending programs and maximize customer retention by providing a positive customer experience and meeting the needs of the small businesses they serve. The Company also partners with a wide array of organizations that serve the small business market in various capacities to deliver credit products to the business community nationwide. For more information, please visit www.fundation.com.


Regions Eyes Small Business Loans in Latest Tech Deal

Regions' latest partnership will increase loan opportunities for underserved businesses.

A unique partnership between Regions and two other companies could be the start of even bigger things for the company.

A partnership that has been ongoing for more than a decade between Regions Bank and TruFund recently became the latest avenue for Regions to tap into financial technology.

Regions (NYSE: RF), TruFund and online lender Fundation Group struck a deal to work together on a new initiative to provide small-dollar loans for underserved small businesses.

It’s a deal executives say could lead to even more tech-based offerings from Birmingham’s largest bank.

The new agreement will allow small businesses that may not be eligible for traditional bank loans to have access to small loans for working capital or expansion activities. Using Fundation’s platform, small businesses could access funds in as little as 48 hours from their applications.

“This is taking something we were already doing and bringing it into the digital age,” said Joe DiNicolantonio, head of Regions Business Banking. “We have worked with TruFund for over 10 years now, and this was a great way to bring a service to our customers that was much-needed.”

Regions has been working with TruFund since 2002, and inked its deal with Fundation in October of last year.

While Regions doesn’t have a public dollar target for the program, the company told the Birmingham Business Journal that the intent will be to provide microloans between $15,000 and $50,000 through the agreement. Fundation will make the loans, with Regions purchasing them on the back end. TruFund does not currently offer those smaller dollar loans.

DiNicolantonio said the new agreement gives Regions the ability to strengthen small businesses in the communities in which the bank serves.

“What this relationship does is give more access to capital in the communities we serve, and meets the needs of these small businesses,” he said.
DiNicolantonio said when the bank finalized a deal with Fundation last fall that 20 percent of small business owners in the U.S. are already turning to online lenders to meet their credit needs.

In addition to expanding loan product offerings and methods of delivery for businesses, DiNicolantonio said the partnership will also cultivate long-term revenue and loan growth opportunities for Regions.

Boosting revenue and loans is something analysts have regularly said is important for Regions, which has been able to boost its profits in recent years largely on the strength of reduced expenses.

The agreement is one of many ways Regions and other Birmingham banks have embraced financial technology and online lenders. BBVA, the parent company of Birmingham’s BBVA Compass purchased Simple - a major player in the online banking industry - in 2014, and recently took a 29.5 percent strategic partner stake in Atom, the UK’s first mobile-only bank.

Financial technology has been one of the methods banks such as Regions and BBVA Compass have been able to grow outside of Alabama, and reach a broader customer base.

DiNicolantonio said all of the deals similar to this one are made with customer demand in mind.

“We did a lot of due diligence with this,” he said. “Just like everything else, this came about after we identified a need. We spent months looking at data and what the need was and where we could go with it.” DiNicolantonio added that he believes the success of this new partnership might clear the way for more such technology-driven financial products with the bank.

“We do think this is a progression and something that can be leveraged into something bigger,” he said.

Stephen Yoder, assistant professor at the University of Alabama at Birmingham and of counsel at Balch & Bingham, said he thinks you’ll see more similar agreements pop up in the banking world.

“When gathering deposits was more important to banks in the early 2000s, banks had arrangements for brokered deposits. Now that loans are more important and there are a growing number of online, nonbank lenders, it makes sense that banks would join forces with them to find borrowers,” he said. “The fintech companies need the banks because they usually lack capital.”


Regions Bank, Fundation and TruFund Work Together to Provide Loans to Underserved Small Businesses

September 14, 2016 09:00 AM Eastern Daylight Time

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Regions Bank, together with Fundation Group LLC, a digitally-enabled small business lender, and TruFund, a Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI), today jointly announced a first-of-its-kind agreement to provide small dollar loans to underserved small businesses.

Through this unique and collaborative agreement among a regional bank, a digitally-enabled lender and a CDFI, underserved small businesses that may not be eligible for traditional bank loans will have the opportunity to apply for small dollar loans for working capital and expansion activities.

This agreement allows more small businesses to benefit from TruFund’s hands-on approach to helping small businesses. Using the online lending expertise of Fundation, small business clients will have increased availability and access to funding, in as fast as 48 hours from application. Regions has also pledged to provide capital, assisting both TruFund and small business customers.

“Regions has worked with both TruFund and Fundation in the past, and bringing these two organizations together is a natural fit. It expands both of their abilities to meet client needs and provides more access to credit for small businesses,” said Joe DiNicolantonio, Executive Vice President, Commercial Banking at Regions Bank.

Sam Graziano, CEO of Fundation Group LLC, said, “This program is exactly what Fundation is built for, combining our technology and small business lending expertise with the capabilities of our partners to expand access to capital for small businesses.”

In 2015, Regions and Fundation announced an agreement that expanded both companies’ abilities to provide credit to small business borrowers.

“This unique partnership will provide small business owners with an affordable source of microloan capital,” said James H. Bason, President of TruFund Financial services. “The way small businesses borrow money is being transformed, with faster and easier ways to access credit, and TruFund is proud to have worked with Regions Bank and Fundation to find an innovative solution that supports economic growth and increases access to credit in the small business community.”

About Regions Financial Corporation

Regions Financial Corporation (NYSE:RF), with $126 billion in assets, is a member of the S&P 500 Index and is one of the nation’s largest full-service providers of consumer and commercial banking, wealth management, mortgage, and insurance products and services. Regions serves customers across the South, Midwest and Texas, and through its subsidiary, Regions Bank, operates approximately 1,600 banking offices and 2,000 ATMs. Additional information about Regions and its full line of products and services can be found at www.regions.com.

About Fundation

Fundation Group LLC is a digitally-enabled lender and credit solutions provider. The Company develops integrated small business lending solutions with banks and partners with a wide array of other organizations that serve the small business market in various capacities to deliver credit products to the business community nationwide. For more information, please visit www.fundation.com.

About TruFund Financial Services

TruFund Financial Services, Inc. is a wholly independent national non-profit Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI). TruFund seeks to stimulate economic development in communities that are underserved by traditional banking institutions by providing fair and accessible capital, hands-on technical assistance and innovative solutions to small businesses and nonprofit organizations.

Contacts

Regions Bank
Mel Campbell, 205-264-4551
mel.campbell@regions.com

or

Fundation
Barry Feierstein
barry.feierstein@fundation.com
571-418-6387

or

Trufund Financial Services, Inc.
Kim Carter Evans, 646-385-6946
kevans@trufund.org


Is The Future Of Alt-Lending Playing Well With Others?

No one knows who exactly first said, “if you can’t beat ’em, join ’em.”

So far as the finest minds on the subject can gather, the original phrasing was “if you can’t lick ’em, join ’em,” and it was first used in the 1940’s by anti-New Dealers who were beginning to understand that beating FDR was not in their immediate future. By the 1960’s, the phrase had taken the modern form we all know it to be —apparently permanently burned into the American consciousness by a series of advertisements for cigarettes.

However it came into popular use — it’s not a bad slogan for how 2016 has gone so far.

Sure, there have been some big outliers — the Brexit is not exactly a ringing endorsement of the concept of unity — but actually, on the whole, it’s been a good 12 months for joining up.

The biggest and most surprising change of direction on the “beating” vs “joining” question doubtlessly comes from the rapidly evolving world of online lending.

Until very recently, online banking was widely believed to be an unstoppable bank slayer. As recently as a year ago, alt lending CEOs were commonly touting as inevitable the ascension of online lenders over big and inefficient banks in regards to consumers and SMB lending.

These days the claims have gotten a bit less lofty, and victory focused — with a lot more founding CEOs sounding a bit like Fundation’s founder Sam Graziano, and touting their ability to cooperate rather than crush.

“Marketplace lending was going to change the state of banking, but that’s not really the case,” Graziano noted.

The banks, for a variety of reasons, aren’t going anywhere, which means a lot of lenders like Fundation are looking more into joining — and to connecting their lending platform to those banks customers.

But Fundation is unique in that unlike other lenders that still work to attract consumers to their own individualized offerings, Fundation is content to stay entirely in the background and work purely through their partners.

And while that approach is unusual in its segment, the SMB lending start-up obtained a $100 million asset-backed credit facility from Goldman Sachs that it plans to use to expand its capacity to extend credit to small businesses via strategic partnerships with banks. And, according to Graziano, it is a path that will likely become more common as the lending marketplace continues to evolve.

The Mounting Pressures To Be Good Cooperators Instead Of Competitors

Offering better credit scoring, faster decisions and more flexible platforms for borrowers, online lending managed to show up in one of the all-time most right places at the most right time. Consumers and small businesses needed access to credit, banks burned badly by the financial crisis weren’t offering it and various investors had no way to make any money because efforts to stimulate the economy left the interest rate at a less than inspiring zero.

Online lending, particularly its marketplace variant, solved a lot of problems at once and quickly attracted interest from all corners. By 2015 it seemed certain to many sober judges that lending was a business that technologists were going to slowly devour out from under the banks.

But a year can make a big difference, and the summer of 2016 is a very different place than the summer of 2015.

Today, investors have more options — less risky ones (more on that in a second) — and that has resulted in fewer marketplace loans getting bought.

Borrowers also have more options as credit has thawed for even sub-prime buyers.

Compounding matters, online lenders have suffered some severe reputational damage in 2016. Despite widely touted credit evaluation tools, various platforms have seen increases in default rates, in some cases at high enough rates to take a serious bite out investors’ bottom lines. That was already background noise when the Lending Club debacle unfolded — and left even a lot of online lending boosters wondering if perhaps the Wild West environment of tech-based lending had gotten a bit out of control.

And then, As Graziano notes, there is the other structural problem with the marketplace — it is way too popular a place to be.

“It’s saturated. Hundreds of platforms are going after the same pool of customers.”

So the choice was simple for Fundation: It could fight for a slice of the market that is static at best — shrinking at worst — with a massive number of competitors.

Or it could do something else.

Working Behind The Banks

Unsurprisingly, Fundation went with the option behind door number two.

“We decided to be an integrated partner of the banking system,” Graziano noted.

Similar to competitors in the space, Fundation offers loans to small businesses of $500K or less, with annual rates around 30 percent. Some of the loan is kept as a fee — but the profit center is loans held on its balance sheet from its own capital.

But Graziano describes Fundation as a “credit solutions provider” more than a lender — noting that the power of its offering is in the tools it offers around online applications and data-intensive credit algorithms to partners.

“It’s not a disintermediation story, but we can still help make more loans,” he said.

How Fundation — which eschews marketplace models for bank-partner lending — has grown is hard to measure since the firm declines to disclose lending volumes or revenues. But given billions loaned out by marketplace lenders last year, it can be safely assumed that Fundation has a lot of growing to do before it’s in the same category.

But Fundation is growing – now with credit facility from Goldman.

“We are excited to have garnered Goldman Sachs’ support. This transaction further strengthens our balance sheet and reinforces our unique position in the small business lending marketplace,” Graiziano noted.

His position is that Fundation is content to grow more slowly and steadily than the more explosive players in online lending.

Joining the banks might not be as exciting as beating them — but if it turns out to be less volatile and more broadly profitable, calm cooperation might just trump the competitive fireworks.


Goldman Inks $100 Million Credit Facility For Online Lender Fundation

The new credit line will help the firm expand its recent partnerships

 

By TELIS DEMOS
Aug. 23, 2016 9:29 a.m. ET

Another lending upstart has declared that joining banks—rather than beating them—is the way to go.

Fundation Group LLC, which makes online business loans, this week completed a $100 million credit facility with Goldman Sachs Group Inc., according to the lender’s chief executive.

The new credit line will help the firm expand its recent partnerships, including those with traditional banks, such as Regions Financial Corp. and a network of community banks, to extend loans to the banks’ business customers.

Fundation, launched in 2013, is the latest hopeful lending startup to argue that joining with banks to fund loans and find customers is a better model than seeking out customers by advertising on the web and then selling the loans directly to investors, the so-called marketplace model.

“Marketplace lending was going to change the state of banking, but that’s not really the case,” said Fundation CEO and co-founder Sam Graziano, a former investment banker at Centerview Partners and Keefe, Bruyette & Woods.

“It’s saturated. Hundreds of platforms are going after the same pool of customers,” he said. “We decided to be an integrated partner of the banking system.”

Other startup lenders, including On Deck Capital Inc., Kabbage Inc., and LendingClub Corp., have likewise joined with banks, but also seek to get borrowers to apply directly through their websites and mobile apps.

Marketplaces have had a difficult 2016, finding fewer buyers for their loans. On Deck, for example, has moved to fund more of its loans with its own capital, rather than selling them, citing tough market conditions.

Mr. Graziano describes Fundation as a “credit solutions provider” rather than a lender, providing digital tools like online applications and data-intensive credit algorithms to partners. “It’s not a disintermediation story, but we can still help make more loans,” he said.

Through its partners, Fundation offers term loans of up to $500,000 with annual rates under 30%. It keeps a small percentage of the loan as a fee, and makes money from the loans it holds with its own capital.

It isn’t yet clear whether bank-partner lenders can grow as big as marketplaces, which originated billions of loans last year. Mr. Graziano declined to provide total lending volume or revenue figures.

In addition to banks, and a small amount via its own website, Fundation partners with business-service providers such as Wolters Kluwer N.V. to make loans. It also recently began working with the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Minority Business Development Agency to facilitate lending.

Fundation is majority owned by Garrison Investment Group, a credit investment firm. Garrison was an early institutional investor in LendingClub loans. The company initially holds loans before selling them to bank partners, who in some cases agree to buy them in advance, and in other cases have an option to do so. Fundation will now place a portion of the loans it holds with Goldman in the new credit facility. The Wall Street firm will also be paid a fee in the arrangement. The loans could later be sold to investors via securitization, but there is no current plan to do so, Mr. Graziano said.


Fundation Secures $100 Million Credit Facility from Goldman Sachs

Credit Facility Provides Funding for Acceleration of Company’s Growth

 

August 23, 2016 09:45 AM Eastern Daylight Time

NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Fundation Group LLC, a leading digitally-enabled lender and credit solutions provider, today announced that it has obtained a $100 million asset-backed credit facility from Goldman Sachs. Fundation will use this credit facility to accelerate its growth by increasing its capacity to extend credit to small businesses across the United States through its various strategic partnerships.

Fundation focuses on developing strategic partnerships with banks, other financial institutions, and various service providers to the small business market. Fundation enables its bank partners to leverage Fundation’s platform to offer an online lending capability to their customers, drive cost efficiencies and serve more customers. Fundation also develops strategic partnerships, delivering capital to small businesses through integrations with partners that serve the small business market in various forms. In the past year, Fundation has announced strategic partnerships with Regions Bank, Alliance Partners, the manager of a 200-member community bank network, and the Minority Business Development Agency, a division of the United States Department of Commerce.

Fundation, majority owned by Garrison Investment Group, retains the vast majority of loans that it originates on its balance sheet. Fundation expects that this commitment, and other similar arrangements, will fund the majority of loan originations going forward.

About Fundation

Fundation Group LLC is a digitally-enabled lender and credit solutions provider. The Company develops integrated small business lending solutions with banks, enabling them to deliver credit online, drive cost efficiency into their lending programs and maximize customer retention by providing a positive customer experience and meeting the needs of the small businesses they serve. The Company also partners with a wide array of organizations that serve the small business market in various capacities to deliver credit products to the business community nationwide. For more information, please visit www.fundation.com.

Contacts

Media:
Fundation
Barry Feierstein
barry.feierstein@fundation.com
571-418-6387
or
Goldman Sachs
Michael DuVally, 212-902-2605


MBDA and Fundation Partner to Broaden Minority Businesses’ Access to Capital

Partnership Positions MBDA Business Centers to Offer Streamlined Lending Process

Provides Minority Business Enterprises with Enhanced Financing Options

July 21, 2016 11:00 AM Eastern Daylight Time
WASHINGTON & NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The U.S. Department of Commerce Minority Business Development Agency (“MBDA”) and Fundation Group LLC announced today a memorandum of understanding (MOU) designed to provide U.S. minority business enterprises (MBEs) with cutting edge, digitally-enabled financing solutions and expanded access to capital.

MBDA, a bureau of the U.S. Department of Commerce, currently operates a national network of 38 business centers equipped with specialists who help the nation’s minority-owned businesses grow. Center specialists assist clients with access to capital, contracts, and new markets opportunities to create new jobs.

Fundation Group LLC, one of the nation’s leading digitally-enabled small business lenders and financing solutions providers, offers simple, fixed-rate conventional term loans, lines of credit and credit products for small businesses through its banking and other partnerships.

Major provisions of the MOU include:

Collaborating and utilizing both MBDA and Fundation’s capabilities and technical resources to provide expanded access to capital across the country;
Educating businesses on best practices through joint business webinars and/or workshops for clients, program participants and stakeholders; and
Connecting MBDA Business Centers and clients to Fundation’s Partner Portal and lending platform for a streamlined and simplified lending process.
Alejandra Y. Castillo, MBDA National Director, said, “This is truly an exciting opportunity for both MBDA and Fundation. Fundation’s programs and resources will offer quick and accessible financing options for MBEs looking to grow and manage their cash flow at the most competitive pricing outside of the banking system. This partnership will also allow us to work together to support and spotlight the successes of MBEs across the nation.”

Sam Graziano, CEO of Fundation Group LLC, said, “We are thrilled to partner with MBDA to serve the MBE community. Young and growing small businesses need a lot of things to be successful. The combination of MBDA’s capabilities with ours will offer MBE’s with both high quality business advice and best-in-class credit products, two of the cornerstones in any growing enterprise.”

The official signing of the MOU took place on July 21, 2016 at the office of Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough, LLP in Washington, DC.

About the Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA)

MBDA, www.mbda.gov, is the only Federal agency dedicated to the growth and global competitiveness of U.S. minority-owned businesses. Our programs and services better equip minority-owned firms to create jobs, build scale and capacity, increase revenues and expand regionally, nationally and internationally. Services are provided through a network of MBDA Business Centers. After 47 years of service, MBDA continues to be a dedicated strategic partner to all U.S. minority-owned businesses, committed to providing programs and services that build size, scale and capacity through access to capital, contracts and markets. Follow us on Twitter @usmbda.

About Fundation Group LLC

Fundation Group LLC is a digitally-enabled lender and innovative financing solutions provider. The Company partners with banks, other financial institutions and a variety of strategic organizations that serve the small business market to offer loans and deliver value-added credit solutions. Fundation offers dependable, customized products and digital delivery methods to meet the needs of each unique partner and the related credit needs of the small businesses they serve. For more information, please visit www.fundation.com.

Contacts
Media:
Minority Business Development Agency
Dijon Rolle, 202-482-1375
drolle@mbda.gov
or
Fundation
Barry Feierstein
barry.feierstein@fundation.com
571-418-6387