CLEVELAND, Sept. 11, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- KeyBank (NYSE: KEY) has joined Entrepreneur Magazine's list of Top Franchise Suppliers, (https://bit.ly/2UrJA5z) ranking the regional bank among some of the best in the nation to empower franchisees to launch, grow, expand or evolve their businesses. Only twelve banking and financial institutions that provide services to the franchise industry were awarded the Top Franchise Suppliers accolade.
"Over the years, KeyBank has helped hundreds of different franchise concepts and their franchisees obtain the capital they need to run their businesses," said Jim Fliss, Senior Vice President and leader of KeyBank's SBA and Franchise businesses. "Our growth with our SBA 7(a) lending platform has been reflective of the dedication and expertise of our specialized teams at Key. Placing a greater emphasis on the franchising industry has accelerated that growth and helped our clients thrive," said Fliss.
KeyBank's specialized Franchise Finance Team offers a full range of banking solutions to franchised businesses providing a holistic approach in helping clients. Offerings include: solutions for startup, multi- and single-unit operators, merchant and treasury capabilities, commercial banking, investment banking, and Key4Women to support woman-owned businesses.
To develop the rankings, Entrepreneur magazine surveyed more than 500 franchisors on their satisfaction with quality, cost and value of each supplier. The ranking comes from a healthy amount of data to truly find those who are excelling in the field.
"This recognition reflects franchisor's sentiment that we understand the unique financial needs of franchised businesses and underscores the consistent high level of service our knowledgeable staff provides. We're focused on the qualities of financial wellness that helps each individual business. That means identifying individual client goals and delivering a broad range of tailored financial solutions to achieve them," said Fliss.
Last year, KeyBank surpassed $1.13 billion in SBA 7(a) lending over a five-year period, the most for any five-year period in the bank's history.
KeyCorp's roots trace back 190 years to Albany, New York. Headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio, Key is one of the nation's largest bank-based financial services companies, with assets of approximately $144.5 billion at June 30, 2019.Key provides deposit, lending, cash management, and investment services to individuals and businesses in 15 states under the name KeyBank National Association through a network of over 1,100 branches and more than 1,400 ATMs. Key also provides a broad range of sophisticated corporate and investment banking products, such as merger and acquisition advice, public and private debt and equity, syndications and derivatives to middle market companies in selected industries throughout the United States under the KeyBanc Capital Markets trade name. For more information, visit https://www.key.com/. KeyBank is Member FDIC. All credit products are subject to credit approval.