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Hundreds of Brokers Registered for deBanked CONNECT MIAMI

January 9, 2024
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deBanked CONNECT MIAMI 2024MIAMI BEACH – Hundreds of small business finance brokers are registered for this year’s deBanked CONNECT MIAMI. Taking place on Thursday, January 11 at the Miami Beach Convention Center, the event’s modified format includes the first-ever Broker Battle™ with a $5,000 grand prize to the winning broker, on top of an all-kosher food experience. That’s in addition to a featured presentation from David Goldin, the first-of-its-kind Broker Brilliance education session, tech demos, networking, and cocktails. Bitty Advance is the Title Sponsor.

“This is our sixth event in Miami,” said conference founder and deBanked President Sean Murray. “I think kicking off a new year is as good a time as ever to reinvent yourself and change things up. I’m really excited for this show and I think 2024 is going to be a truly unique year.”

Registration opens at 1pm on Thursday and the event culminates with the Broker Battle at 5:10pm. That will lead right into the cocktail networking reception.

About deBanked CONNECT Miami

deBanked CONNECT events are operated by Foinse, LLC. Foinse, LLC is an events company based in Brooklyn, NY. To learn more visit: http://www.debankedmiami.com. For inquiries, email events@debanked.com.

Brokers: What’s Your Address and Phone Number?

December 14, 2023
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FloridaBrokers, this is no joke. In eighteen days, the State of Florida will by law require that brokers disclose their actual address and phone number in advertisements that promote their services as a broker. This is because Florida’s commercial financing disclosure law added its own twist by incorporating one of DailyFunder’s original rules to its statute.

Furthermore a broker may NOT:

(1) Assess, collect, or solicit an advance fee from a business to provide services as a broker. However, this subsection does not preclude a broker from soliciting a business to pay for, or preclude a business from paying for, actual services necessary to apply for a commercial financing transaction, including, but not limited to, a credit check or an appraisal of security, if such payment is made by check or money order payable to a party independent of the broker.

(2) Make or use any false or misleading representation or omit any material fact in the offer or sale of the services of a broker or engage, directly or indirectly, in any act that operates or would operate as fraud or deception upon any person in connection with the offer or sale of the services of a broker, notwithstanding the absence of reliance by the business.

(3) Make or use any false or deceptive representation in its business dealings.

What’s the risk of non-compliance?

The Florida Attorney General has the right to commence administrative or judicial proceedings to enforce compliance with this part.

1. A violation of this part is punishable by a fine of $500 per incident, not to exceed $20,000 for all aggregated violations, arising from the use of the transaction documentation or materials found to be in violation of this part.

2. A violation of this part after receipt of a written notice of a prior violation from the Attorney General is punishable by a fine of $1,000 per incident, not to exceed $50,000 for all aggregated violations, arising from the use of the transaction documentation or materials found to be in violation of this part.

These rules were signed into law in June of this year and they apply to all deals funded starting January 1, 2024.

Full law here

10 Commandments of ACH Processing For Brokers

May 18, 2023
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deBanked recently spoke with Zalman Notik, the Operations Manager of MCA Track & GoACH. Notik offered up so much advice about ACH processing that it’s been codified into a helpful list! Below are his 10 Commandments of ACH Processing.

ach processing1. Always disclose your fee. Merchants are generally okay with paying something they agreed to pay if it is disclosed.

2. Make sure that everything agreed to is in writing and plainly stated. e.g. “We’re going to debit your account for $1,000 when we get you approved for a loan.” There’s a difference between the short, long way and the long, short way. To avoid lengthy disputes, negative Google reviews, and claims of undisclosed fees, opt for the straightforward method rather than the convoluted one.

3. Remind the merchant (in writing and by phone) that you will be debiting their account on X date. As a courtesy reminder it’s probably a good idea to give that merchant a phone call saying, “Hi, John, congratulations, I got you the $100,000, we’re so excited that it worked out well and I’d like to remind you that for our agreement we’re going to debit your account tomorrow.” This can avoid a broker’s payment getting returned if in fact that merchant planned to transfer all their funds elsewhere.

4. Any change to the amount that was agreed to should come with new signed paperwork. If a broker has a piece of paper stating that they’re allowed to debit somebody’s account $10,000 and then debit them $4,000, $5,000, or $8,000, that merchant could dispute it, and they will win because they never agreed in writing to $8,000, they agreed to 10.

5. Collect a copy of the merchant’s ID and a voided check with the business name on it. Be sure that everything matches.

6. Confirm with the merchant that they own the account – Not a spouse, cousin, or friend etc. When checking state records and the business is owned by a spouse, that spouse should be signing the agreement. For example, if a couple owns Joey’s pizzeria and one of them signs the paperwork there could be a possibility that broker will receive a dispute two months later. Turns out that the other spouse is the legal signer on the bank account and now that broker is out of money. A good way to verify is through IDs or a voided check with the business name on it.

7. Communicate with your ACH provider – e.g., “The merchant said the payment will not clear etc.” No one likes surprises. Communication with the ACH provider makes them feel comfortable about working with that broker again in the future.

8. Store paperwork in a secure location so that if there is a dispute you can provide everything to the ACH processor in a timely fashion. NACHA Operating Rules & Guidelines are enforced by the government for every ACH payment. If a broker debits an account, and that merchant disputes the transaction over a period, that broker will need to provide paperwork to prove those disputes. Keep those files in a Dropbox or Google Drive account or somewhere safe and accessible.

9. Keep funds in your bank account to cover fees and returns. Having $0 in your account is a bad fit so be disciplined in keeping money in one’s account.

10. Don’t be an A*$%#%$ – if you treat your merchants well and communicate with them, you won’t find yourself fending off disputes etc. Despite what someone may sign, if the merchant feels they have been mistreated throughout the process it’s not going to stick, potentially leaving that broker with problems.

How Many Funders and Brokers Are There?

May 17, 2023
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Virginia is for FundersAccording to the State of Virginia, there are only 115 total sales-based financing providers lawfully registered to transact with merchants in the state. That includes all funders and brokers combined. The figure seems… low, although there are potential exceptions to the rule.

All MCA funders AND BROKERS were required to register with the state in accordance with the law before November 1, 2022. The initial registration fee is $1,000 and the annual fee is $500, but more importantly applicants must disclose any judgment, Memorandums of Understanding, cease & desist orders, or convictions resulting from a crime or an act of fraud, breach of trust, or money laundering “with respect to that person or any officer, director, manager, operator, or individual who otherwise controls the operations of such provider or broker.”

An automatically updated live list of registered providers can be viewed here.

Working With Multiple Brokers for a Business Loan? Here’s What to Talk About With Them

March 15, 2023
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Sales professional on phoneIf you decide to engage with multiple brokers at once to try and secure the best possible business loan terms, here are some tips to ensure that happens:

1. Request a clear breakdown of loan terms and fees: You should ask each broker to provide a comprehensive breakdown of the loan terms, including interest rates, repayment schedules, and any associated fees (such as origination fees, late payment fees, or prepayment penalties).

2. Emphasize the importance of transparency: You should stress that you value transparency in the lending process and expect full disclosure of all fees, terms, and conditions. This will help you make a well-informed decision and avoid any hidden costs or unfavorable terms.

3. Ask about their lender network: You should inquire about the range of lenders they work with and their expertise in securing loans for small businesses in you specific industry. This will give you a better understanding of their ability to find the most suitable lender for you needs.

4. Mention that you are considering multiple brokers: By telling each broker that you are speaking with other brokers, you are creating a competitive environment. This may encourage them to offer more favorable loan terms in order to secure you business.

5. Discuss you business strengths: You should highlight you business’s strong points, such as a solid credit history, steady cash flow, or a well-developed business plan. This will help demonstrate to the brokers that you are a low-risk borrower, which could potentially lead to better loan terms.

6. Ask for references or testimonials: You should request references or testimonials from other small business owners who have worked with the broker in the past. This will give you an idea of their level of customer satisfaction and the quality of loan terms they have been able to secure for other clients.

Brokers, Funders Find Their Footing and It’s Back to Business

April 12, 2022
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busy phonesFor Mike Brooks, CEO of Best Connect Capital, the deal making never stops. A former boxing trainer turned funder said that there are no days off. “I’m always funding, I am always, always funding,” he said.

Recently, Brooks has taken an interest in text message marketing. “I’ve had trouble finding somebody in text marketing,” he said. I was going on the internet and using word of mouth, and I wasn’t really able to connect with anybody. I hooked up with this company [in Miami], and it worked out really well. I already funded a couple of deals.”

Around the industry, brokers and funders have found their footing after Covid. A recent mass gathering in Miami definitely helped push things along. “The second I got off the plane in Miami this year, I saw an old friend, a business associate,” said Brooks. “That was a great connect right there.”

Nicholas Saccone, Senior Funding Advisor at Proto Financial had a similar experience. “Having the opportunity to meet up with some of our partners face-to-face [is] a really cool experience,” said Saccone. “Sometimes it is hard to find time to build relationships with all of our schedules. [Through networking] I’m able to get different perspectives on where the industry is headed and where we are now.”

“Small business lending is on the up and up,” said Frankie DiAntonio, CEO of Lexington Capital, who also ventured down to Miami with his team from Long Island. “With inflation going up, we’re finding that small businesses are outsourcing their need of funding outside the government, and there are companies like us that can come in and take care of them.”

DiAntonio spoke about how important it is to sell legitimacy to both his lenders and staff. “We’re the new kids on the block, we’re a newer company,” he said. Despite the head start his competitors may have, DiAntonio said that old school sales mentalities combined with modern marketing strategies have recently helped his company consistently fund deals and build a book of business.

“We bring in a lot of Google click ads which brings us a lot of leads, but obviously our guys just make phone calls throughout the day, as much as humanly possible,” DiAntonio said. “My guys know what they’re doing, they know the industry, they’re really good on the phones, and they know how to take care of customers.”

Meet The Aspiring Brokers Who Competed on Camera

March 10, 2022
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Equipping The Dream cast deBanked Connect Miami

The full cast of Equipping The Dream, the first b2b sales reality show, will reunite at deBanked CONNECT Miami on March 24th.

RJ Rochelle, Juan Carlos Marcano, Thomas Long, and Angela Thompson (above in order), all participated in a week long sales training last November that was captured on camera. They competed for a grand prize that was won in the season finale that aired just recently on March 3rd. Equipping The Dream is the defining b2b sales reality show. Now you can meet the brokers and the trainers that helped them in person!

Only a limited number of tickets to deBanked CONNECT Miami are left and sponsorships have already sold out. This will be deBanked’s 4th event in Miami since 2018.

All six episodes of Equipping the Dream are available on deBanked TV FREE.

Brokers who Utilize Fintech are Here to Stay

December 23, 2021
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“I don’t think the industry would really be the same if we didn’t have brokers anymore.”

Dave Stewart, who was recently promoted to Sales and Partnerships Manager at Idea Financial, spoke to deBanked about the role brokers will play in the future of business financing. With so many different kinds of innovation being offered in the financial world through technology, Stewart shared his thoughts on how brokers, funders, and merchants can get the most out of a technology-infused lending environment.


“I DON’T GO TO A RESTAURANT TO COOK MY OWN MEAL.”


“We think about the whole fintech thing, everything getting technology based, and that there’s a missed opportunity for the human touch,” said Stewart, when asked how technology will influence the way merchants apply for capital. “There’s a lot of clients out there that can go online and fill out an application, but they don’t understand the in’s and out’s.”

“When [the merchant] doesn’t understand how everything actually works, they usually fall back and seek a broker at some point in time.”

Stewart highlighted how from the lender’s perspective, the value of brokers is in being the face to the experience of purchasing a financial product. He described it as someone who can guide the merchant to the right type of financing and then through that specific funding approval process.

“I think there is value in the experience,” said Stewart. “I don’t go to a restaurant to cook my own meal. I go to a restaurant because the service is going to be great, the food is going to be great, and hopefully I have a great experience, and I think that’s a great example of what the broker does.”

Despite believing that the broker’s role in financing is invincible to fintech’s innovation in lending, Stewart didn’t dismiss the value of understanding and leveraging different types of technology in order to be competitive.

“There’s an art to being a good broker,” said Stewart. “There are a lot of people who are not tech savvy and are just monster brokers or monster sales people, but they definitely need or rely on somebody else to explain the technical aspects.”

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