NEW YORK, Aug. 7, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- OnDeck®, a leading platform for small business lending, along with Minor League Baseball™, America's leader for affordable family entertainment, announced today that Tampa, Florida based Sentinel Screening Inc. has received the Small Business of the Month Award. OnDeck launched the award program in partnership with Minor League Baseball to recognize small businesses that are making a positive impact on their local communities. In addition to throwing out the ceremonial first pitch at tomorrow's Tampa Yankees game, Sentinel Screening Inc. owner Rachid Zahidi will be presented with the award on-field prior to the start of the game.
Founded in 2007, Sentinel Screening offers pre-employment screening products and services including criminal histories, drug screening, reference and credential checks and motor vehicle record searches, among others. They employ 12 full-time employees locally and hundreds of independent contractors in other states.
"We created our Small Business of the Month Award program to recognize small businesses that are serving their local communities and creating jobs – and Sentinel Screening is a natural fit," said Andrea Gellert, chief marketing officer, OnDeck. "The growth of Rachid's business in the last eight years coupled with his commitment to creating a better work environment for the Tampa business community set him apart during the review process. We are very pleased to honor Rachid's efforts at the Tampa Yankees game this Saturday."
Zahidi will receive 10 VIP tickets to the August 8 Tampa Yankees game, an on-field photo opportunity and will throw out the ceremonial first pitch.
"I love being part of a vibrant and growing city and community that is a great place to live, work, and play," said Rachid Zahidi, owner, Sentinel Screening Inc. "In starting Sentinel Screening, I aimed to create a culture and work environment that has a positive impact on myself, family, employees, clients, vendors and the community."
Sentinel Screening Inc. joins select small businesses from throughout the U.S. who will be recognized by OnDeck and Minor League Baseball across more than 20 activation clubs this season. OnDeck is hosting Small Business of the Month Award contests on Facebook throughout the season. To apply, visit OnDeck's Facebook page at www.facebook.com/OnDeckCapital.
OnDeck is 100 percent focused on small business with $2 billion in critical growth capital deployed nationwide. OnDeck has provided over $33 million in small business loans to 829 Tampa small businesses and over $250 million to nearly 6,400 businesses throughout Florida through June 30, 2015.
OnDeck, a leading platform for small business loans, is committed to increasing Main Street's access to capital. OnDeck uses advanced lending technology and analytics to assess creditworthiness based on actual operating performance and not solely on personal credit. The OnDeck Score®, the company's proprietary small business credit scoring system, evaluates thousands of data points to deliver a credit decision rapidly and accurately. Small businesses can apply for a line of credit or term loan online in minutes, get a decision immediately and receive funds in as fast as the same day. OnDeck also partners with small business service providers, enabling them to connect their customers to OnDeck financing. OnDeck's diversified loan funding strategy enables the company to fund small business loans from various credit facilities, securitization and the OnDeck Marketplace®, a platform that enables institutional investors to purchase small business loans originated by OnDeck.
Since 2007, OnDeck has deployed more than $2 billion to more than 700 different industries in all 50 U.S. states, and also makes small business loans in Canada. The company has an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau and operates the website BusinessLoans.com which provides credit education and information about small business financing. On December 17, 2014, OnDeck started trading on the New York Stock Exchange.
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About Minor League Baseball
Minor League Baseball, headquartered in St. Petersburg, Florida, is the governing body for all professional baseball teams in the United States, Canada, Venezuela and the Dominican Republic that are affiliated with Major League Baseball clubs through their farm systems. Fans are coming out in unprecedented numbers to this one-of-a-kind experience that can only be found at Minor League Baseball ballparks. In 2014, Minor League Baseball attracted 42.4 million fans to its ballparks to see the future stars of the sport hone their skills. From the electricity in the stands to the excitement on the field, Minor League Baseball has provided affordable family-friendly entertainment to people of all ages since its founding in 1901. For more information about Minor League Baseball, visit www.MiLB.com.