Platinum (Major Sponsor)

Live Oak Bank

Our mission is to create an unprecedented banking experience for small business owners nationwide, through service and technology. Live Oak Bank is not your traditional bank. With a laser focus on innovation in finance and technology, we bring efficiency and excellence to the lending process. We believe deeply in personal service and focus on taking care of our customers throughout the life of the relationship.

Mark A Pompeo
VP-Small Business Lending

Live Oak Bank
1741 Tiburon Drive
Wilmington, NC 28409 (offices in Charlotte)

Phone (cell/office): 704-708-4570
E-Mail: mark.pompeo@liveoak.bank
Website: www.liveoakbank.com/sba-loan-experts/


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

Email: Larry@Benetrends.com
Phone: 770-652-5393
Website: www.benetrends.com


GCF Valuation

Since 1997, GCF Valuation continues to be the preeminent leader delivering the highest quality business valuations to Business Brokers and SBA lenders.  Every business valuation is reviewed and signed by an accredited GCF appraiser.  With GCF’s expertise, Business Brokers can be confident knowing that the business value is accurate and ensure your business listings move quickly.

Darren Mize
Partner, GCF Valuation
17826 N. US Highway 41
Lutz, FL  33549-4502

Email:  dmize@gvalue.com
Phone: 813-658-3502
Website: www.gvalue.com




Peercomps is an online database with over 11,000 small business transactions from one-source: SBA lenders.  Peercomps is simply the most reliable, consistent, and accurate comparables available to Business Brokers and small business owners.  In addition, Peercomps valuation tool, allows members to input business data and determine an opinion of value on any small business.  For membership options that meet your business needs, please visit us at www.peercomps.com.

Darren Mize
Partner, Peercomps
17826 N. US Highway 41
Lutz, FL  33549-4502

Email: dmize@peercomps.com
Website: www.peercomps.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/

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.

Michael Lynch
Business Development Officer -SBA Lending

Wells Fargo Commercial Lending
150 Weston Parkway #150
Cary, NC 27513

Cell: 919-407-9194
Fax: 877-584-2317
E-mail: michael.lynch@wellsfargo.com
Website: wellsfargo.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

Pinnacle Financial Partners

Pinnacle Financial Partners provides a full range of banking, investment, trust, mortgage and insurance products and services designed for businesses and their owners and individuals interested in a comprehensive relationship with their financial institution. The firm is anually recognized as a top SBA lender in the Southeast and has a team of 24 veteran financial services professionals serving clients' small business needs with SBA.

Pinnacle earned a place on FORTUNE'S 2017 and 2018 lists of the 100 Best Companies to Work For in the U.S., and American Banker recognized Pinnacle as the sixth-best bank to work for in 2017. The firm began operations in a single location in downtown Nashville, TN in October 2000 and has since grown to approximately $24.0 billion in assets as of June 30, 2018.

As the second-largest bank holding company headquartered in Tennessee, Pinnacle operates in 11 primarily urban markets in Tennessee, the Carolinas, and Virginia.  Additional information concerning Pinnacle, which is included in the NASDAQ Financial-100 Index, can be accessed at www.pnfp.com.

Stan Lamb
SBA Financial Advisor

Pinnacle Financial Partners
15025 Ballancroft Parkway
Charlotte, NC 28227

Email: stan.lamb@pnfp.com
Website: www.pnfp.com
Office: 980-359-1153
Cell: 803-984-4121



Synovus Financial Corp. is a financial services company based in Columbus, Georgia, with more than $31 billion in assets. Synovus provides commercial and retail banking, investment, and mortgage services through 250 branches in Georgia, Alabama, South Carolina, Florida, and Tennessee. Synovus Bank, a wholly owned subsidiary of Synovus, was recognized as the “Most Reputable Bank” by American Banker and the Reputation Institute in 2017. Synovus is on the web at synovus.com, and on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and Instagram.

Jacob Newcomb
SBA Product Specialist

200 East McBee Avenue
Greenville, SC 29601

Office: 864-241-1793
Mobile: 904-510-0803
E-mail: jacobnewcomb@synovus.com
Website: www.synovus.com


Virginia Community Capital, Inc.

Virginia Community Capital is a Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) with a mission to create jobs, energize places, and promote an enhanced quality of life for Virginians. With offices in Christiansburg, Norfolk, and Richmond, we offer innovative and flexible financing tools throughout the state. In addition, we provide professional advisory services to individuals and organizations in low-to-moderate income and underserved communities.

Cindy Green Snider

AVP - Small Business Loan Officer

Virginia Community Capital, Inc.
110 Peppers Ferry Road NW
Christiansburg, VA 24073

Direct: 540-260-3507
Mobile:  540-250-0055
E-Mail: csnider@vccva.org
Website: www.vacommunitycapital.org


Aquesta Bank

Aquesta Bank is a local community bank serving the North Carolina communities around Lake Norman, Charlotte, Wilmington and Raleigh. Aquesta has recently moved into South Carolina, with loan production offices in Greenville and Charleston.   Established in 2006, the bank is headquartered in Cornelius, NC and is the 19th largest bank in the state of North Carolina.  As of March 2018, there were 78 employees.  Aquesta offers a full array of banking products and services.

Aquesta’s primary focus is building strong, lasting relationships with our customers and providing a superior level of customer service. Aquesta Bank is dedicated to providing unexpected convenience and unsurpassed service by catering to the banking expectations of our community.

We strive to provide cost effective financial solutions, execute sound banking practices, and contribute to the financial well-being of the community. We are committed to staying current with the latest banking technologies and services to meet your banking needs.

Robert Wardell
SBA Lending Group

Aquesta Bank
4519 Sharon Road
Charlotte, NC 28211

Mobile:  704-458-3255
Fax:  704-973-0009
E-Mail:  rwardell@aquestabank.com
Website:  www.aquesta.com

T Bank

T Bank is not a traditional big bank lender, but a true nationwide financial partner with an entrepreneurial credit philosophy designed with your business and practice needs in mind. T Bank offers the best of both worlds: specialized services and innovative solutions to enhance your banking experience, grow your business and build a solid financial future, all with the unique flexibility and personal attention you deserve, every step of the way.

Brett Atkins
VP, National SBA and Commercial Lending

T Bank (Corporate Office)
16200 Dallas Parkway, Ste. 190
Dallas, Texas 75248

Mobile:  704-579-8847
Fax:  972-720-9025
E-Mail:  batkins@tbank.com
Website:  www.tbank.com