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Carousel Capital

Carousel Capital is a private investment firm that invests in companies located in the Southeastern United States. Carousel’s investor base includes institutional investors and an elite group of more than 100 current and former CEOs with significant operating experience. Since its inception, Carousel has invested in 28 companies primarily in three targeted growth sectors: business services; consumer products and services;and healthcare services.

William Hobbs, II
Managing Partner

Carousel Capital
201 N. Tyron Street
Charlotte, NC 28202

Office: 704-372-2040
E-Mail: whobbs@carouselcapital.com
Website: www.carouselcapital.com


Wells Fargo

As the nation’s #1 provider of US Small Business Administration (SBA) loans (by dollar volume), Wells Fargo SBA Lending has helped thousands of small businesses gain greater financial freedom by providing financing for their small business. There’s a good chance we can do the same for you.

Wells Fargo has the experience and expertise to help you get the financing you need to grow your business. We have the SBA’s Preferred Lender designation, which gives us the authority to make credit decisions on behalf of the U.S. Government and the ability to process loans quickly.

Mark Pompeo
Business Development Officer

Wells Fargo Lending
10630 Providence Road
Charlotte, Nc 28277

Office: 704-708-4570
Fax: 866-672-1594
E-mail: mark.pompeo@wellsfargo.com
Website: wellsfargo.com

First National Bank

First National Bank Small Business Finance is an industry leader when it comes to funding small businesses in the greater mid-Atlantic region. Our dedicated team of Business Development Officers have many years of experience in SBA lending. They know the process inside and out, so they are able to customize every loan structure to fit the exact needs of their clients. Each BDO takes the time to learn about the business and becomes a champion for their client from the application process to closing and beyond. FNB Small Business Finance specializes in Business Acquisitions, Professional Lending Solutions, Owner-Occupied Commercial Real Estate Purchases, Franchise Start-Ups, Debt Refinance, and more!

Dave Phillips
VP and Sales Team Leader
Small Business Finance

First National Bank
14241 Midlothian Turnpike #233
Midlothian, VA 23113

Office: 804-378-7501
Cell: 804-513-7700
Fax: 804-378-7505

E-Mail: Phillipsd@fnb-Corp.com
Website: www.fnbsmallbusiness.com
Linkedin: www.linkedin.com/in/davidephillips/



Bank of North Carolina

SBA Lending

As an SBA Preferred Lender, Bank of North Carolina is ready to help your business grow with Small Business Administration (SBA) loans. Whether you are starting your own business, purchasing equipment, building, renovating or purchasing commercial real estate, we are ready to assist you with the financing your business needs to succeed.

Stan Lamb
VP / SBA Business Development Officer

Bank of North Carolina
7422 Carmel Executive Park Suite 300
Charlotte, NC 28226

Email: slamb@bncbanking.com
Website: www.bncbanking.com
Office: 980-359-1153
Cell: 803-984-4121

Benetrends Funding

Benetrends has become one of the nation’s preferred ONE-STOP funding resource for business brokers and the franchise community. We feature a wide range of funding options for nearly every type of business situation, including:

  • 401(k) Funding - Nation’s #1 Referral Source and customized options that often avoid taxation and legal concerns
  • SBA LOANS - Ask about our Funding Guarantee - We currently fund almost 97% of applications we accept
  • Equipment Leasing,
  • Merchant Cash Advances,
  • Securities Backed Line of Credit and more.

This allows us to structure the most attractive financing option for your client’s particular needs. You can be confident that we’ll get you the funding you need - quickly, safely and economically.
Larry Carnell CFE, CBI
VP Benetrends, Inc

Phone: 770-652-5393
Website: www.benetrends.com

CBC National Bank

CBC National Bank is the small business community’s reliable, trusted financial partner. We’re just as excited about growing your business as you are. And as a preferred SBA lender, we can make the loan process convenient, easy and, yes, even pleasant.

From SBA 7(a) and SBA 504 to USDA loans, CBC has the lending options and expert advice your business needs. Whether you’re planning new construction, expanding or modernizing existing facilities, purchasing real estate or new equipment, making a new acquisition or financing inventory and accounts receivables, your SBA preferred lender can quickly expedite the SBA loan process.

Your business is as unique as you are. You need trusted banking professionals who understand your individual needs. A cookie cutter approach won’t cut it. CBC National Bank offers a wide range of options suited just for you. We’re expert problem solvers. And we’re just as excited about growing your business as you are.

Robert Sands
VP & SBA Lender

CBC National Bank
5205 Rambling Road
Greensboro, NC 27409

CBC National Bank
Greensboro, NC

Office: 336-601-0618
Email: bsands@cbcnationalbank.com
Website: www.yoursbalender.com

Diamond Financial Services

Headquartered in Raleigh, NC, Diamond Financial has become the nation’s leading source for business and commercial loans from $350,000 to $10 million. There are never any upfront fees and no charge for pre-qualification letters. With over 84% of business loans initially declined due to presentation, it’s important to have the experts on your side. Contact the Diamond representative in your area today!

“Our mission is to remain the recognized leader in customized financial business solutions, assembling only the top level experts and lending sources throughout the country achieved by delivering competitive, honest and ethical client results.”

Steven Mariani

Diamond Financial Services
Direct Dial: 919.376.2922
Office: 919-782-3101
Fax: 919-782-9882
E-mail: stevem@easysba.com
Website: www.EasySBA.com

Right Here Interactive

Right Here Interactive specializes in high end website design, video production and animation services. Our sister company Right Here CRM is a salesforce partner company.  We work with companies large and small to maximize the value of their salesforce investment, increase profitability and create workflows anyone can use.

Marc Pitre
Founding Partner

Right Here Interactive
Direct Dial: 704.759.6272
E-mail: marc@righthereinteractive.com
Website: www.RightHereInteractive.com







Boost Promotional Branding

We are Boost Promotional Branding and we are raising the bar for our clients and their brands.

          TO:  companies wanting to create a lasting connection between their brand and their customers...

          BOOST IS:  a promotional branding company...

          THAT:  creates tangible experiences people have with brands.  We brand items that marry the person, the product and that brand...

          BECAUSE:  those companies benefit from increasing their brand's awareness, perception and loyalty...

          LEADING TO:  the bonds companies dream about forming with their customers.

Gaye Walker

Senior Brand Consultant

Boost Promotional Branding
Direct : 804-560-7000 x308
Mobile:  (919) 270-7489
Toll Free : (800) 582-9850 X308
Website: www.boostbranding.com


English Design Studio

We are a highly conceptual, creative agency specializing in advertising and marketing, graphic design, art production, responsive web design, photography, packaging, and brand communication.  Big agency thinking and experience from a small but powerful team of ad, design and media professionals.  Our work is smart, strategic, memorable and combines powerful ideas, great copy, sophisticated design and well crafted typography.

At English Design Studio, we champion a spirit of innovation and a relentless focus on the customer.  From the small start-up business to large Fortune 500 companies, we keep our clients close to our process through each stage of a project from launch to completion.

Our philosophy:  Do great work that breaks through, stands out and gets noticed.  After all, you only get one first impression.  We make it memorable!

Rory McDermott
Creative Director
English Design Studio

Direct:  919.803.1230
Mobile:  917.593.2947
email:  rory@englishdesignus.com
web:  www.englishdesignus.com