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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.

Adam Elmore

Carousel Capital
201 N. Tyron Street, Suite 2450
Charlotte, NC 28202

Office: 704-372-2040
E-Mail: aelmore@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 Landmark Bank

First Landmark Bank is a community bank offering an array of banking and lending services in the greater Atlanta, Georgia market. First Landmark Bank is an SBA Preferred Lender with experienced, professional SBA Lenders in our Atlanta, Charlotte NC and Birmingham AL offices, serving the southeast. Member FDIC.

Ellie McIntire
Senior Vice President, SBA Lending

First Landmark Bank
15720 Brixham Hill Ave., Ste. 300
Charlotte, NC 28277

Office: 704-804-3040
Mobile: 704-650-2620
Fax: 404-693-9413
E-mail: emcintire@firstlandmark.com
Website: firstlandmark.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/


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

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

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



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.

Zachary Petry

Manager of Small Business Lending

Virginia Community Capital, Inc.
7814 Carousel Lane, Suite 100
Richmond, VA 23294

Direct: 804-939-6172
Mobile:  804-366-8946
E-Mail: zpetry@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