Thanks for dropping in for some hopefully great business info and on occasion some hopefully not too sarcastic comments on the state of Business Financing in Canada and what we are doing about it !

In 2004 I founded 7 PARK AVENUE FINANCIAL. At that time I had spent all my working life, at that time - Over 30 years in Commercial credit and lending and Canadian business financing. I believe the commercial lending landscape has drastically changed in Canada. I believe a void exists for business owners and finance managers for companies, large and small who want service, creativity, and alternatives.

Every day we strive to consistently deliver business financing that you feel meets the needs of your business. If you believe as we do that financing solutions and alternatives exist for your firm we want to talk to you. Our purpose is simple: we want to deliver the best business finance solutions for your company.

Friday, April 20, 2018

Traditional Versus Non-Traditional Financing - What Are the Differences?

Business owners at either start up or sometime in the business existence need financing. Many a joke has been offered regarding financing offers when you don't need it, however if you need financing to survive that becomes a different story. Business owners must be able to assess whether they are candidates for traditional or non- traditional financing. Traditional lenders want to grow your business; they are not looking to fix your problems. When business owners have to attract additional equity the problem usually is that they have to give up a healthy piece of the ownership of the firm. So who are these 'Traditional 'lenders? It is essentially a short list:

Banks and Trust Co's
Independent Finance companies
Venture Capitalists /Private Equity Firms

Let's discuss some of the basics of those traditional players. Banks are the most obvious of all traditional lenders - they focus on assets and collateral and personal guarantees of the principals. If a firm cannot meet their lending criteria it's three strikes and you are out scenario. Venture Capital firms look for healthy portions of a firm's equity. They want big gains over a longer period of time. Generally venture capital deals are very significant in dollar size. These funders are very professional and have deep pockets, backed often by large institutions.

We feel strongly that the biggest mistake firms make when contemplating venture capital is either the small size of their transaction, or that funds are being solicited for the wrong reasons. Independent Finance firms are largely collateral based. Rates are typically a bit higher than bank type rates, and specialties include leasing and asset based lending, as well as non bank working capital arrangements, commonly called ' ABL''s. Various government loans and grants are available to business borrowers. They have very good rates and good structures - the main complaint of borrowers is time to consummate a transaction. Non- Traditional Lenders: This group can be categorized in 4 categories.

Private third party lenders

Most business owners do not realize key employees are often an untapped source of capital. They have a vested interest in their employment and careers, and often want to be considered for ownership and in succession scenarios. Management buyouts are a very common and quite successful strategy. Friend and Family is of course a sensitive area - we all know comments made around mixing friends, family and money. Care is required in this area.

Most business owners never consider suppliers as a form of potential capital. This group has a vested interest in making your firm successful - your firm is a customer, and they quite often can see the advantage of some sort of strategic alliance. Even a simple restructuring of your payments to a key supplier can bring valuable capital to your firm. In summary, there are various sources of traditional and non-traditional funds available to business owner. They certainly are not unlimited in choice, and every business has a unique need and situation that requires a special focus and assessment.

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South Sheridan Executive Centre
2910 South Sheridan Way
Suite 301
Oakville, Ontario
L6J 7J8

Direct Line = 416 319 5769

= 905 829 2653
Email = sprokop@7parkavenuefinancial.com


Business financing for Canadian Firms , specializing in working capital, cash flow, asset based financing , Equipment Leasing , franchise finance and Cdn. Tax Credit Finance . Founded 2004 - Completed in excess of 100 Million $ of financing for Canadian corporations .

' Canadian Business Financing With The Intelligent Use Of Experience '

Stan has had a successful career with some of the world’s largest and most successful corporations.
Prior to founding 7 Park Avenue Financial in 2004 his employers over the last 25 years were, ASHLAND OIL, ( 1977-1980) DIGITAL EQUIPMENT CORPORATION, ( 1980-1990) ) CABLE & WIRELESS PLC,( 1991 -1993) ) AND HEWLETT PACKARD ( 1994-2004 ) He is an expert in Canadian Business Financing.

Stan has over 40 years of business and finance executive experience. He has been recognized as a credit/financial executive for three of the largest technology companies in the world; Hewlett-Packard, Digital Equipment and Cable & Wireless. Stan has had in depth, hands on experience in assessing and evaluating thousands of companies that are seeking financing and expansion. He has been instrumental in helping many companies progress through every phase of financing, mergers & acquisitions, sales and marketing and human resources. Stan has worked with startups and public corporations and has many times established the financial wherewithal of organizations before approving millions of dollars of financing facilities and instruments on behalf of his employers.

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