Since: October 2015
Registered sales-based financing provider in VA
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|04/08/2019||Forward Financing gets $90M credit facility|
Forward Financing announced a $250 million credit facility from one of their current capital providers.
“This is a big win for our business and a testament to our strong financial performance throughout this difficult past year,” said Eugene Wong, Vice President of Strategy and Finance. “The increased facility gives us the flexible capital we need to grow and expand so that we can support the small business economy as it recovers on the other side of the COVID pandemic.”
Forward said it reported growing 60% in the past six months and expected to double the employee headcount in the coming year. The numbers back this up: the firm originated a total of $165,826,203 across 6,142 advances in 2020, a representative said. Forward reached a total of $1B in funding as of March 2021 since the firm was founded in 2012.
Forward Financing won a Silver Stevie Award for the Best Customer Service Department of the Annual American Business Awards, for their work helping clients during the pandemic year. The firm originated a total of $165,826,203 across 6,142 advances in 2020, a representative said.
“We are truly honored to receive recognition for the fantastic job our Account Servicing team does every day to help our small business customers,” Justin Bakes, co-founder and CEO, said. “Particularly in 2020, that help was needed more than ever before to help small business owners get through the most difficult months of the pandemic.”
The firm said that in 2020, thousands of customers reached out to the Account Servicing Department (ASD) to request payment relief from the pandemic shutdown. The company trained 18 team members from different departments to join ASD, nearly tripling the size of the team, the firm said.
Forward competed with more than 3,800 nominations submitted this year for organizations across the US. Since 2012, Forward Financing has provided more than $1 billion in funding to more than 26,000 small businesses.
Boston-based Fintech Company Expands Main Street’s Access to Capital During Pandemic, Achieves Major Growth Milestone
Boston, Mass., March 1, 2021 – Forward Financing, a financial technology company that provides flexible revenue-based financing to small businesses, today announced that they have provided $1 billion in funding since their inception in 2012. The majority of this funding has gone to underserved small businesses nationwide; those that are unable to obtain financing through traditional sources like banks or the Small Business Administration.
“Nine years ago, we started this company upon the realization that so many small businesses lacked access to working capital,” said Forward Financing co-founder and CEO Justin Bakes. “As we look ahead to our next $1 billion milestone, we will continue to focus on providing best-in-class customer service and on helping our small business customers reach their full potential, no matter what challenges may arise.”
The COVID-19 pandemic has severely impacted the U.S. economy and many small businesses have needed additional financial resources to get by. Despite over $600 billion in loans provided through the Payroll Protection Program, this alone has been insufficient in fulfilling the need for capital. As a result, many small business owners have turned to funders like Forward Financing for support.
Forward Financing is uniquely suited to help small businesses during this economic downturn because it offers financing that is based on revenue, and is not a loan. Therefore, small business customers who may be experiencing a revenue slowdown can reduce their payments proportionately.
“Forward Financing has helped me grow my business and take advantage of opportunities,” a retail business owner recently said. “Their service has been excellent and when COVID hit, they easily and efficiently helped me adjust my payment schedule so I remained current and my business was not interrupted. I will use them again and again in the future!”
Over the past six months, Forward Financing has grown daily funding volume at an average rate of 17% per month as they continue to help small businesses navigate the pandemic economy. In order to help meet rapidly growing demand, they are currently expanding headcount in Boston by 20%.
About Forward Financing
Forward Financing is a Boston-based financial technology company that provides fast, flexible working capital to small businesses nationwide. Their dedicated account representatives and advanced proprietary technology help customers spend less time finding capital and more time growing their business. With a simple, secure online application, business owners can trust that Forward Financing works to get them approvals within minutes, funding within hours, and personalized support when they need it most.
Since 2012, Forward Financing has expanded Main Street’s access to capital by providing over $1 billion in funding to nearly 30,000 small businesses. The company is rated A+ by the Better Business Bureau and ‘Excellent / 4.9 stars’ on Trustpilot.com. Forward Financing was named a Best Place To Work by both
the Boston Business Journal and Built In Boston, and has been named by both Inc. Magazine and the Boston Business Journal as one of Massachusetts’ fastest-growing companies each year since 2017. Forward Financing is committed to helping more small business owners succeed and achieve their full potential. To learn more, visit www.forwardfinancing.com.
Maryland’s commercial financing bill, propelled by bi-partisan support, failed to overcome the final hurdle before the State’s 2022 legislative session adjourned sine die yesterday. SB 825 passed the Senate in March and became the subject of much debate in the House of Delegates on the 30th. Testimony from 17 people was considered, much of it oral.
The bill’s lofty idyllic intent is perhaps what contributed to its demise. Despite legislative enthusiasm for applying consumer style protections to commercial finance transactions, regulators tasked with its actual implementation were amongst its harshest critics.
The Consumer Protection Division of the State’s Attorney General’s Office said “the bill makes a violation an unfair, abusive or deceptive practice in violation of the Consumer Protection Act. With limited exceptions, violations of the Consumer Protection Act are limited to consumer transactions, i.e., transactions that are primarily for personal, family or household use, and expanding the CPA to cover business-to business transactions would open a door that could lead to a significant increase in the number of complaints received by the Division, requiring the Division to add corresponding resources.” The Division gave an official thumbs down on the bill.
Maryland’s Department of Labor stated that the requirements of the bill would make it “difficult to operationalize from a monitoring, investigatory and enforcement perspective” and that there would be too much uncertainty given that New York, a state that passed a similar law, has been unable to effectively implement their own version. “Maryland small businesses, lenders and borrowers alike, may be negatively impacted if the rollout of the system in New York is significantly delayed or New York enacts systems or procedures not appropriate to or anticipated by Maryland businesses,” it concluded.
Other states, like California, have encountered similar problems with commercial financing disclosure legislation. The bill it passed in 2018 still has not been implemented over lingering disputes over how to do the math it mandates.
Proponents and critics alike picked away at each other’s arguments in Maryland, but when the session ended late late Monday evening to a hail of confetti and balloons, SB 825 had not been called. This was the third year in a row that a commercial financing bill has failed. Another version will likely be introduced when the legislature eventually returns.
Federal Legislators Jump on Commercial Financing Disclosure Bandwagon, Renew Push to Give CFPB Authority Over IndustryJune 16, 2023
Feel like there’s a lot of state-level disclosure going around lately? Well now some members of Congress believe another layer is needed at the federal level. In a bill titled the “Small Business Financing Disclosure Act of 2023,” the language looks awfully familiar. There’s a Double Dipping clause in it, for example, which was a term first seen in a New York State law.
The federal bill, which was introduced by US Senator Robert Menendez and Congresswoman Nydia M. Velázquez, seeks to place the small business finance industry under the authority of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB). As part of that, the Director (currently Rohit Chopra) would be responsible for devising all the rules and formulas, according to the bill. Furthermore, with regards to sales-based financing, the bill specifically states:
1. The provider must disclose an APR.
2. The estimated term of repayment and periodic payments based on projected sales volume must be disclosed.
“Small businesses are the lifeblood of the American economy,” said Congresswoman Velázquez. “But for too long, predatory lenders have taken advantage of businesses in need of capital by offering loans and similar products with unclear terms and exorbitant interest rates.”
Supporters of the bill, including Senator Sherrod Brown and Senator Ron Wyden, also stated that the bill is aimed at “predatory lenders.”
In Senator Menendez’s press statement for the bill, it cites Funding Circle, a small business lending company, as a supporter.
“We believe a free and fair market operates most efficiently when there is transparency in pricing, terms and conditions,” said Ryan Metcalf, Head of U.S. Public Affairs at Funding Circle U.S. When a small business has all of the necessary information up front including the annual percentage rate (APR), they can comparison shop and make informed decisions that are best for their business. Funding Circle supports one national uniform small business financing disclosure law because it is in the best interests of small businesses and interstate commerce.”
The push for a small business financing bill is not new. A similar bill introduced by Velázquez last year did not move forward, nor did the one from 2021, nor the one from 2019. The difference is that previous versions focused on Confessions of Judgment and fairness in small business lending. The latest version takes on the air of disclosure while attempting to subjugate the whole industry to CFPB regulatory authority.
Update: the governor signed the bill into law on June 23.
It’s a new state disclosure law but with a twist. Florida’s bill, which passed both chambers of the legislature on May 4th and now awaits the governor’s signature, has a specific code of conduct aimed directly at brokers.
Among these rules is that the broker cannot:
- Offer its services in any advertisement without disclosing the actual address and telephone number of the business of the broker and the address and telephone number of any forwarding service the broker may use, if any.
- 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.
- Make or use any false or deceptive representation in its business dealings.
- 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.
The bill, as written, says it is poised to go into effect on July 1, 2023 (assuming the governor signs it). deBanked first reported on this bill on March 16th.
Is the revenue-based financing provider you do business with registered to operate in Virginia? On July 1, 2022, Virginia’s commercial financing disclosure law went into effect and with that the necessity to register one’s business. As of March 29, 2023, 101 companies had registered. This is the official list of registered sales-based financing providers as of that date (yellow means it has been added since our last update):
- Advance Servicing Inc.
- Accredited Business Solutions LLC dba The Accredited Group
- Advance Funds Network LLC dba Advance Funds Network
- AdvancePoint Capital LLC dba advancepoint
- Ally Merchant Services LLC
- Alpine Funding Partners, LLC
- Business Capital LLC
- Byzfunder NY LLC dba Tandem dba Nano-FI
- Bridge Capital Services, LLC
- CFG Merchant Solutions, LLC
- Clarify Capital II LLC dba Clarify Capital
- Cloudfund VA LLC dba Cloudfund LLC
- Capflow Funding Group Managers LLC
- Clear Finance Technology (U.S.) Corp. dba Clearco
- Coast Premier LLC dba Coast Funding
- Commercial Servicing Company, LLC
- Corporate Lodging Consultants, Inc.
- Crown Funding Source LLC dba Crown Funding Source
- Diesel Funding LLC
- Direct Capital Source Inc.
- Dealstruck Capital LLC
- EBF Holdings, LLC
- Essential Funding Group Inc
- Errant Ventures LLC
- FC Capital Holdings, LLC FundCanna
- Fidelity Funding Group LLC
- Front Capital LLC
- Finova Capital, LLC
- Fintegra, LLC
- First Data Merchant Services LLC
- First Path Capital Ventures LLC dba First Path Capital
- FleetCor Technologies Operating Company, LLC
- Flexibility Capital Inc.
- Fora Financial East LLC
- Forward Financing LLC
- Fox Capital Group Inc.
- Fundamental Capital LLC
- Funding Metrics, LLC dba Quick Fix Capital
- Good Funding, LLC
- Granite Merchant Funding, LLC
- Invision Funding LLC
- Itria Ventures LLC
- Jaydee Ventures, LLC dba 1 West Capital dba 1 West Commercial
- Kapitus LLC
- Knight Capital Funding III, LLC
- Lexington Capital Holdings Ltd
- LG Funding LLC
- Legend Advance Funding II, LLC dba Legend Funding
- Liberis US Inc.
- Libertas Funding, LLC
- Liquidibee 1 LLC dba Liquidibee LLC dba Altfunding.com
- Loanability, Inc.
- Millstone Funding Inc.
- National Funding, Inc.
- Nav Technologies, Inc.
- Orange Advance LLC
- Pearl Alpha Funding, LLC
- Pearl Beta Funding, LLC
- Pearl Delta Funding, LLC
- Proto Financial Corp.
- PWCC Marketplace, LLC
- Parafin, Inc.
- PayPal, Inc.
- Payability Commercial Factors, LLC
- Pinnacle Business Funding LLC dba Custom Capital USA dba EnN OD Capital
- Platform Funding LLC
- Prosperum Capital Partners LLC dba Arsenal Funding
- QFS Capital LLC
- RFG USA Inc.
- Rival Funding, LLC
- Riverpoint Financial Group Inc.
- Rocket Capital NY LLC
- ROKFI LLC
- Ruby Capital Group LLC
- Rapid Financial Services, LLC
- Reliant Services Group, LLC
- Retail Capital LLC dba Credibly
- Revenued LLC
- Rewards Network Establishment Services Inc.
- Secure Capital Solutions Inc.
- Sky Bridge Business Funding, LLC
- SMB Compass LLC dba SMB Compass
- Sunrise Funding LLC
- Santa Barbara Tax Products Group, LLC
- SellersFunding Corp.
- Sharpe Capital, LLC
- Shine Capital Group LLC
- Shopify Capital Inc.
- Shore Funding Solutions Inc.
- Streamline Funding, LLC
- Stripe Brokering, Inc.
- The LCF Group, Inc.
- Unique Funding Solutions LLC
- United Capital Source Inc.
- Upfront Rent Holdings LLC
- Upper Line Capital LLC
- Vader Servicing, LLC
- Velocity Capital Group LLC
- Vivian Capital Group LLC
- Vox Funding, LLC
- ZING Funding I, LLC
Florida has joined the chorus of states introducing commercial financing disclosure bills. While Florida’s bill looks more like Utah’s than it does California’s or New York’s, it seems to make a point about brokers using potentially deceptive business practices. Brokers take note, especially the last paragraph.
A broker may not:
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 product, 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;
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;
Make or use any false or deceptive representation in its business dealings; or
Offer the services of a broker by making, publishing, disseminating, circulating, or placing before the public within the state an advertisement in a newspaper or other publication or an advertisement in the form of a book, notice, handbill, poster, sign, billboard, bill, circular, pamphlet, letter, photograph, or motion picture or an advertisement circulated by radio, loudspeaker, telephone, television, telegraph, or in any other way, in which the offer or advertisement does not disclose the name, business address, and telephone number of the broker. For purposes of this subsection, the broker shall disclose the actual address and telephone number of the business of the broker in addition to the address and telephone number of any forwarding service that the broker may use.
Both the State Senate and House versions of the bill were introduced by republicans.
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