Lendistry Expands to Texas With Dallas Office, $5M Funding From Texas Capital Bank

Lendistry is a minority-led, tech-enabled small business and commercial real estate lender based in California. From its new Dallas office, it aims to support underserved small businesses across Texas thanks to $5 million in funding provided by Texas Capital Bank. Lendistry discussed the news today in a session at Dallas Startup Week.

"Contractors, startups, and nonprofits in particular have unique needs that call for a non-traditional approach," says Lendistry CEO Everett K. Sands. "Lendistry is glad to bring them a progressive option.”

Lendistry—a minority-owned, tech-enabled lender that aims to lift underserved communities—is expanding to Texas by opening a Dallas office, the company announced at a launch event today at Dallas Startup Week.

With $5 million in funding provided by Dallas-based Texas Capital Bank, Lendistry will be focused on “closing the equity gap in funding” for small, minority, and underserved business owners and startups across Dallas and Texas.

Dallas office is in The Epic

The new Lendistry office is located in The Epic building at 2550 Pacific in Dallas’ Deep Ellum neighborhood east of downtown. The fintech has begun building a local team under its new SVP of Sales, Todd R. Adams, who brings over 20 years of experience in banking and small business finance to the company.

The Lendistry partnership for small businesses, contractors, startups and nonprofits in underserved communities officially launched during a Dallas Startup Week event on August 9. Leaders from Lendistry, Texas Capital Bank, and other institutions turned out for the event: From left, David Quintero, IT Support at Lendistry; Tyler Pope, SVP of business banking at Texas Capital Bank; Michelle George, community relations manager at Texas Capital Bank; Darryl Reed, VP at BDO; Janet Perez Shensky, SVP strategic partnerships at Lendistry; Will Singletary, business development; Lynn Fernandez, chief sales representation officer at Lendistry; Effie Dennison, EVP at Texas Capital Bank; Kerrington Eubanks, SVP strategic partnerships Lendistry; Todd Adams, SVP & director of sales at Lendistry; Jeannie Baldwin, VP of SBA lending at Texas Capital Bank; and Keith W. Dean, VP of business banking and relationship manager at Texas Capital Bank.

‘Making it easier to access capital’

Based in Brea, California, Lendistry has offices in Los Angeles, Orange County, and Baltimore. The Dallas expansion is Lendistry’s first in the central U.S..

“As new businesses continue to open in record numbers, small business owners in Texas need responsible partners to make it easier to access capital,” CEO Everett K. Sands said in a statement. “Contractors, startups, and nonprofits in particular have unique needs that call for a non-traditional approach. Lendistry is glad to bring them a progressive option.” 

Texas Capital Bank: ‘Best way to serve is to listen’

Effie Dennison, EVP and head of community development and corporate social responsibility at Texas Capital Bank, welcomed the opportunity to partner with Lendistry.

“Texas Capital Bank believes that the best way to serve is to listen, and we’ve heard small business owners loud and clear, that they need access to innovative financing options,” Dennison said in the statement. “We’re proud to partner with Lendistry to bring these financing options to Texas in order to support our vibrant small business community.”

With its new partnership with Texas Capital, Lendistry will be launching three new lending products: contractor financing, nonprofit term loans, and startup financing.

Denison spoke at Dallas Startup Week about furthering the partnership with Lendistry, as well as with The DEC’s Tasha Hearns and Bill Chinn, to get businesses access to capital. The bank aims to be “tangible partners and meaningful partners” to help businesses to grow.

“We’ve always had a deep commitment to serve the needs of small businesses, but we are regulated, right, and there’s a certain criteria that we have to fit in a credit box that we have to do for safety and soundness,” Denison said. “I think that makes Lendistry unique is that we’re able to be creative and innovative—and create products that are really needed.”

“Innovative products to support small businesses”

Janet Perez Shensky, SVP strategic partnerships at Lendistry, says the program has deployed over $8 billion in small business capital through its small business lending programs and small business grant program. 

“We create innovative products to be able to support small businesses,” Shensky said. When a small business may not be yet bankable, Lendistry is able to offer small business financing through different term products, SBA lending, according to the SVP.

“It’s really important that we listen to that small business to understand their goals and be able to help them with that access to capital,” she said. 

“We’re here—and created—to help small businesses and underserved communities and underbanked.” And, she says, “once you graduate to be bankable, this is where Texas Capital Bank can really help.

Contractor financing

Texas is receiving billions of dollars from the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, which has led to many opportunities for contractors in the state. 

Lendistry says it will provide contractors who have been in business for two years or more with access to up to $1 million in non-revolving lines of credit, with a preapproval process in place “so eligible contractors can bid with confidence.”

Term loans for nonprofits

Nonprofits are often considered high-risk when it comes to traditional financing, Lendistry says. To increase opportunities both for Texas nonprofits and the underserved communities they help, Lendistry will offer loans up to $5 million to nonprofits, the company says.

Women- and minority-owned startup financing

Lendistry notes that record numbers of new small businesses are entering the marketplace, many owned by women and minorities. For underbanked communities in particular, there’s a growing need for what Lendistry calls “responsible startup capital.” Texas startups—which Lendistry defines as businesses that have been in operation for less than two years—can apply for up to $500,000 under the newly launched product.

Lendistry already provided PPP loans and COVID relief funding in Texas

During the pandemic, Lendistry provided Paycheck Protection Program loans to small businesses in all 50 states, becoming the No. 8 PPP lender in the U.S. in 2021, according to the company. So the company says it will be building on its previous efforts in Texas from the new Dallas office.

Quincy Preston and Kevin Cummings contributed to this report.

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