Program to Disburse $13M in 1% Interest Loans and Specialized Business Coaching

Maricopa County and Prestamos CDFI, a division of Chicanos Por La Causa (CPLC), come together to provide much needed access to capital combined with personalized business coaching with the launch of the Maricopa County Small Business Resilience Program. The goal is to elevate struggling small businesses in their road to recovery post-pandemic and walk along with business owners … [More]

J.P. Morgan Hires Barry Lutz to Lead Arizona, Inter-Mountain Region Investment Banking

JPMorgan Chase & Co.

Barry Lutz, a seasoned investment banker and Air Force veteran, has joined J.P. Morgan’s regional investment banking team to lead and drive business expansion of the firm’s the new Inter-Mountain region. Based in Phoenix, Lutz, will provide clients across Arizona, Colorado, Utah, Nevada, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming and New Mexico with strategic advice on mergers and … [More]

Enterprising Podcast for Business Leaders Launches

Enterprise Bank & Trust

Enterprise Bank & Trust, the banking subsidiary of Enterprise Financial Services Corp (NASDAQ: EFSC), has launched a new podcast for business leaders who want to build powerful connections, learn how to cultivate relationships and keep business relationships healthy and strong. The first three episodes of the podcast are now available, and new episodes will be released … [More]

SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans Available to Arizona Small Businesses Due to Recent Natural Disasters

U.S. Small Business Administration

Small nonfarm businesses in seven Arizona counties are now eligible to apply for low-interest federal disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration, announced Director Tanya N. Garfield of SBA’s Disaster Field Operations Center-West. These loans offset economic losses because of reduced revenues caused by rains, flash flooding and winds in Maricopa County that … [More]

Phoenix-Based eVisit Closes Funding Round Led by Goldman Sachs Asset Management


eVisit, the leading Virtual Care platform for large healthcare providers, today announced that it has closed a $45 million Series B financing round led by the Growth Equity business within Goldman Sachs Asset Management (Goldman Sachs), with participation from Texas Health Resources, Tom Burton and Steve Barlow (Co-founders of Health Catalyst), and existing insiders. eVisit … [More]

First-of Its-Kind Financial Products Platform and Marketplace to Serve Hispanic Community Launches


Crediverso, the Hispanic-owned personal finance products company, today has launched a first-of-its-kind bilingual platform and a financial products marketplace tool to serve the 62M+ Hispanic consumers in the U.S., who are 2-3x more likely to be underbanked than the rest of the population. The free and all-inclusive bilingual digital platform is 100% designed for and fully … [More]

Are You Behind in Saving for Retirement? Tips to Get Each Generation on Track

The data: A survey shows nearly six in 10 workers save less than 10% of their income, and most over age 40 aren’t putting enough money away to build sufficient retirement savings. The question: What are some dynamics about saving that different age groups should think about when putting aside money for retirement? Expert’s take: “People should start saving for retirement … [More]

HomeAdvantage Expands to Serve Credit Union Members Nationally


Scottsdale-based HomeAdvantage®, the largest real estate Credit Union Service Organization, is expanding nationally to help credit unions secure more of their members’ purchase mortgage business no matter where in the United States the real estate transaction takes place. Credit union members can now connect with certified real estate agents and earn HomeAdvantage Cash Rewards … [More]

AVANA Companies Stepping In to Stand Out in FinTech 

by Sundip Patel

AVANA Capital’s recently launched LendThrive™ is a next-generation lending platform designed to help small businesses thrive while stimulating local economies. It is aimed at underserved companies in industries such as hospitality and renewable energy that are often overlooked by financial markets. We see industries like hospitality poised for a post-pandemic comeback, and … [More]

SBA Opens Supplemental Grant Applications for Shuttered Venue Operators Grant Awardees

U.S. Small Business Administration

The U.S. Small Business Administration announced it will begin sending invitations for supplemental awards for the Shuttered Venue Operators Grant program. Per the Economic Aid to Hard-Hit Small Businesses, Non-profits and Venues Act, SVOG supplemental awards are to be provided to those who received an initial grant and have illustrated a 70% loss when comparing 2021’s … [More]

Can You Actually Live Off Rental Income?

by Phil Cord

It is safe to say that renting property is one of the easiest ways to become financially independent. For starters, a potential landlord needs to do proper research and check the state of the local housing market, as well as figure out what is a probate bond. Later on, one needs to find trustworthy tenants and take care of the basic maintenance work if need be. However, it … [More]

Retirement Planning Also Means Dream Planning – But Will Yours Materialize?

by Peter Blatt

Not everyone’s dream retirement is the same. Perhaps yours involves traveling in an RV to National Parks, places you spent a lifetime hearing about but never got the chance to see. Or maybe your dream retirement is to launch your own business, something you wanted to do long ago. But with bills to pay and college tuition costs for children, the idea of quitting your day … [More]

Open Banking Is Often Misunderstood, Offers Possibilities Many Consumers Already Embrace


A survey by global API Management leader Axway, based in Phoenix, Ariz., reveals half of Americans have never heard of the term “open banking,” but 84% agree with its central tenet that they should have control of their financial data. Open banking is the use of APIs to unlock financial data, enabling third-party software providers and banks to build new, … [More]

Alerus Earns Spot on National ‘Top 10 Bank’ Ranking


Alerus is pleased to announce Bank Director magazine has named it the #9 overall performing bank out of the 300 largest publicly traded U.S. banks.    Bank Director’s annual Bank Performance Scorecard ranks publicly traded banks based on their previous year’s performance using five metrics that reflect a bank’s profitability, asset quality, and capital adequacy. Metrics … [More]

Record-Breaking $145.7 Billion in Contracting Awarded to Small Businesses

U.S. Small Business Administration

The U.S. Small Business Administration announced that the federal government exceeded its small business federal contracting goal, awarding 26.01 percent or $145.7 billion in federal contract dollars to small businesses, a $13 billion increase from the previous fiscal year. “Despite the fact that it’s been an extremely challenging year for small businesses, the SBA is proud … [More]

Institutional Bias Blocks Underrepresented Businesses from Venture Capital, Private Equity Bonanza

DS9 Capital

Corporate America—especially legacy venture capital (VC) and private equity (PE) firms—is losing millions of dollars in potential investment by not looking at small- and medium-sized business. The main reason for this slight – these SMBs do not aspire to be billion-dollar companies. Paul Ford, founder and president of DS9 Capital, a founder-friendly portfolio management holding … [More]

AVANA Companies Launches New Loan Platform LendThrive™


AVANA Companies a lending and asset management platform, is pleased to announce the launch of LendThrive™, a lending platform designed to help small businesses thrive while stimulating local economies. This latest addition to the AVANA Companies eco-system comes on the heels of AVANA’S move to become a majority shareholder in Extensia Financial, a credit union service … [More]

Take These Steps if You’re Falling Behind on Payments

Take Charge America, Inc.

Even though many Americans are rebounding from the economic effects of the pandemic, millions remain impacted as they struggle to keep up with bills or are at risk of falling further behind. “For those still struggling, the prospect of falling behind on bills is emotionally stressful and can leave them feeling hopeless and helpless,” said Michael Sullivan, a … [More]

CrossFirst Bank Enters Fast-Growing Phoenix Market

CrossFit Bank

CrossFirst Bankshares, Inc., the bank holding company for CrossFirst Bank, announced today that it has plans to enter the Phoenix, Arizona market and has named Kevin Halloran as Phoenix Market President. “As we looked to expand outside our traditional CrossFirst footprint, we believe Phoenix is a great opportunity given the region’s favorable demographics, strong population, … [More]

PNC Completes Acquisition of BBVA

PNC Financial

The PNC Financial Services Group, Inc. announced the completion of its acquisition of BBVA USA Bancshares, Inc., including its U.S. banking subsidiary BBVA USA. Through this transaction, PNC is now the fifth largest U.S. commercial banking organization with over $560 billion in assets with a coast-to-coast national franchise that will provide a full range of products and … [More]

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