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Ami Kassar - CEO and Founder, MultiFunding

Ami Kassar, CEO and Founder of MultiFunding, is a nationally renowned small business advocate and leader. He’s committed to ensuring that small business owners have the best possible access to the capital they need to help grow and manage their businesses.  Kassar has been featured in renowned publications including the New York Times and The Huffington Post, he’s guest-authored a column for the Wall Street Journal, and he’s appeared as a guest on Fox Business News. Ami is the 2012 recipient of the Small Business Advocate Award. Kassar blogs regularly on small business issues and has developed a national reputation for confronting and challenging the largest banks in America for their lending records to small businesses, New York Times Posts. He’s assembled research reports that have become a critical component of the national debate about small business lending and from that he developed Banking Grades. BankingGrades is a free tool that helps small business owners discover which banks are lending to small businesses. Banks that receive an A are given the "The Small Business Bank Award."

In addition, Kassar is a regular speaker at universities and small business events across the country on topics including entrepreneurship and access to capital. Prior to founding MultiFunding, Kassar spent a decade in various senior roles at Advanta Corporation, one of the nation’s largest issuers of credit cards to small business owners. Kassar served as the company’s Chief Innovation Officer, and was charged with developing innovative approaches for the small business market. In that role, Kassar founded ideablob which became one of the nation’s leading online, small business communities. Kassar also hosted nationwide Bloblive events where entrepreneurs would share and debate their business ideas. Additionally, Kassar developed www.bizequity.com , an initiative that helped small business owners develop valuations for their businesses.

Kassar earned his MBA from the University of Southern California and graduated with a B.A. in American Studies from Brandeis University. He currently lives in the suburbs of Philadelphia with his wife, two children and his corgi-spaniel.