NEW YORK, Aug. 12, 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 Brooklyn, New York-based Local Office Landscape and Urban Design 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 the Brooklyn Cyclones game, Local Office Landscape and Urban Design owners Jennifer Bolstad and Walter Meyer will be presented with the award in an on-field pregame ceremony.
Local Office Landscape and Urban Design was founded in 2006 by Bolstad and Meyer to address the unique challenges of coastal areas like Coney Island, including sea level rise, hurricanes and storm surges. The full service landscape architecture and urban design firm specializes in coastal urban projects and provides services for projects ranging from Brooklyn backyards, terraces and green roofs, to projects as large as the city itself. In the last two years, the business has been recognized by President Barack Obama and the Economic Development Corporation for reconstruction efforts related to Hurricane Sandy.
"We created our Small Business of the Month Award program to recognize businesses that are making a positive impact in their local communities," said Andrea Gellert, chief marketing officer, OnDeck. "Local Office Landscape and Urban Design is literally rooted in the homes and commercial properties they service; their commitment to local design and environmental resilience set them apart during the review process. We are delighted to honor Jennifer and Walter at the Cyclones game this Friday."
The couple will receive 10 VIP tickets to the August 14 Brooklyn Cyclones game, an on-field photo opportunity and will throw out the ceremonial first pitch.
"We love Brooklyn's creative energy," said Meyer. "So many of our collaborations have grown from being entrenched in a community of like-minded artists and professionals, and it's gratifying to contribute to that spirit."
Local Office Landscape and Urban Design 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 $3 billion in critical growth capital deployed nationwide. OnDeck has provided more than $220 million in small business loans throughout New York State, with $171 million in the NYC metro area 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 $3 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.