A new financial resource has been launched by Irving, Texas-based entrepreneur MonaLisa R. Como that promises to challenge a stifling lending environment by working with small businesses to secure the financing they need.

Commercial finance brokerage firm InterPares has opened at 222 West Las Colinas Boulevard, where Como is applying her nearly 20 years of experience in the financial sector, much of it on Wall Street. President and CEO Como was most recently Managing Director at TD Ameritrade, and before that spent 14 years at E*TRADE Financial during a transformative period in online investing..

“After many years working with disruptors in the online investing sector, I’m excited to be applying that same type of philosophy to the small business lending landscape,” Como said. “Uncertainty in Washington and the lending world is still making it difficult for small businesses to get loans, which makes this the perfect time for those businesses to forge a relationship with InterPares.”

The firm takes its name from the Latin for “Among Equals.” This philosophy more than anything sends a clear message about Como’s goals for her company: to effectively serve as the financial partner of small businesses.

“We see ourselves as an extension of their business,” Como said of her clients. “With banks, the relationship can be a one-way street. We want the connections we have with our clients to be more like partnerships. Small businesses don’t have a CFO or a financial department – we can serve as that resource to help them achieve their financial goals.”

With access to a large pool of quality lenders, InterPares is equipped to help businesses with financial goals of all types. InterPares considers a host of factors to identify the best mechanisms for funding, and then connects with lenders to secure products that will unlock the greatest potential.

Though headquartered in the southern U.S., InterPares is able to assist businesses nationwide and of any size, from $25,000 to $100 million in sales. It will work with businesses to find the best types of financing available at attractive rates, and offer lending to include commercial real estate loans, equipment leasing, sale leasebacks, heavy equipment leasing or financing, accounts receivable financing, factoring, bridge and hard money loans, SBA financing, business acquisition financing, hotel financing, stock loans, portfolio liquidations, private equity and joint ventures.

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