SAN FRANCISCO, Jan. 8, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Lending Club (NYSE: LC), the world's largest online marketplace connecting borrowers and investors, today announced a new partnership with SCORE (www.score.org), America's premier source of free and confidential small business mentoring and advice.
"Too many small business owners are still having a tough time getting the credit they need to grow their businesses and create jobs," said Lending Club Founder and CEO Renaud Laplanche. "The Federal Reserve Bank of New York's Spring 2014 Small Business Credit Survey found that 58% of small businesses want credit, but only 16% received the amount they wanted. We're excited to partner with SCORE to help small business owners access affordable credit."
"For decades, accessing financing has been one of the biggest challenges our small business clients have faced," said David R. Bobbitt, president of The SCORE Foundation. "We're excited to now connect small businesses directly to capital they need. I'm very pleased that Lending Club will also be sharing its financing expertise with our clients to help them learn about the broad range of financing options available."
SCORE small business clients will be able to access business loans through the Lending Club marketplace. Businesses that apply through http://www.scorefoundation.org/marketplace and obtain a loan facilitated by Lending Club will receive a Visa gift card for up to $250 funded by the SCORE Foundation.
"SCORE small business mentors are all volunteers—experienced executives and entrepreneurs themselves who give back by helping small business owners. And SCORE mentoring is provided at no cost," explained Bobbitt. "Partners like Lending Club ensure that these services reach more than 350,000 small business owners across the U.S. each year."
Lending Club will also be providing SCORE small business mentors and clients with free training on the growing range of small business financing options available, how to calculate the cost of financing, and more via educational materials and live webinars presented by their small business financing experts.
To access the full range of small business resources offered by SCORE, visit: www.score.org/resources. To find out about upcoming live educational webinars for aspiring or existing small business owners, visit: www.score.org/onlineworkshops.
To learn more about business loans available through Lending Club, visit: https://www.lendingclub.com/business.
To read the Federal Reserve Bank of New York's semiannual Small Business Survey, visit: http://www.ny.frb.org/smallbusiness/Spring2014.
Since 1964, SCORE has helped more than 10 million aspiring entrepreneurs. Each year, SCORE provides small business mentoring, workshops and education to more than 375,000 new and growing small businesses. More than 11,000 business experts volunteer as mentors in over 320 chapters serving local communities with entrepreneur education. For more information about starting or operating a small business, call 1-800/634-0245 for the SCORE chapter nearest you. Visit SCORE at www.score.org. Connect with SCORE at www.facebook.com/SCOREFans and www.twitter.com/SCOREMentors.
About Lending Club
Lending Club utilizes technology and innovation to reduce costs and offer borrowers better rates and investors better returns. As of September 30, 2014, over $6 billion in loans have been facilitated through the Lending Club platform. The Company has been prominently recognized as a leader for its growth and innovation, including being named one of Forbes' America's Most Promising Companies three years in a row, a CNBC Disruptor two years in a row, a 2012 World Economic Forum Technology Pioneer, and one of The World's 10 Most Innovative Companies in Finance by Fast Company. Lending Club is based in San Francisco, California. More information is available at: https://www.lendingclub.com. Currently only residents of the following states may invest in Lending Club notes: CA, CO, CT, DE, FL, GA, HI, ID, IL, KY (accredited investors), LA, MA, ME, MN, MS, MT, NH, NV, NY, RI, SD, UT, VA, VT, WA, WI, WV, or WY.
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