NEW YORK, April 11, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — OnDeck® (NYSE: ONDK), the leader in online lending for small business, and Minor League Baseball, today announced the renewal of their successful partnership on behalf of the nation’s small business owners.
As part of the current agreement, OnDeck will serve as an “Official Partner of Minor League Baseball” and the “Proud Partner” of 15 MiLB clubs. As a “Proud Partner,” OnDeck will activate in-stadium elements focused on small business including signage, on-field promotional activities, video board messaging and public address announcements.
In select geographical markets—including Trenton, New Jersey; Durham, North Carolina; Brooklyn, New York; Lake Elsinore, California and San Jose, California—OnDeck will identify deserving candidates and present them with the prestigious Small Business of the Month Award, recognizing the achievements of one exceptional small business in each market. Each winner will be honored during a pregame on-field ceremony, where he or she will throw out the ceremonial first pitch, with up to 10 family members and friends sharing in the experience.
“We are proud to continue our commitment to local communities through our ongoing partnership with Minor League Baseball,” said Andrea Gellert, chief marketing officer at OnDeck. “Just as local baseball players are seen as hometown heroes in many of our nation’s towns and cities, so are homegrown small businesses. We want to make sure small business owners—and their many contributions—are recognized and celebrated as part of our great national pastime.”
“OnDeck is a trusted partner of Minor League Baseball and we’re excited to have them as part of our baseball family,” said David Wright, chief marketing & commercial officer at Minor League Baseball. “We share OnDeck’s mission of facilitating small business growth and vitality, and believe that their message deeply resonates with our loyal fan base, many of whom are small business owners.”
To learn more about the first contest, which is running in Trenton, New Jersey, visit www.facebook.com/OnDeckCapital.
OnDeck (NYSE: ONDK) is the leader in online small business lending. Since 2007, the company has powered Main Street’s growth through advanced lending technology and a constant dedication to customer service. OnDeck’s proprietary credit scoring system – the OnDeck Score® – leverages advanced analytics, enabling OnDeck to make real-time lending decisions and deliver capital to small businesses in as little as 24 hours. OnDeck offers business owners a complete financing solution, including the online lending industry’s widest range of term loans and lines of credit. To date, the company has deployed over $4 billion to more than 45,000 customers in 700 different industries across the United States, Canada and Australia. OnDeck has an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau and operates the educational small business financing website www.businessloans.com. For more information, please visit www.ondeck.com.
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 and 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 2015, Minor League Baseball attracted 42.5 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.