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, The Huffington Post, The Wall Street Journal, Entrepreneur, and Forbes, he writes regular blog posts, and he’s appeared as a guest on Fox Business News. Ami is the 2013 recipient of the Small Business Influencer Award as well as the 2012 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. 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, a free tool that helps small business owners discover which banks are lending to small businesses. 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 also founded ideablob which became one of the nation’s leading online, small business communities. Kassar has hosted nationwide Bloblive events where entrepreneurs share and debate their business ideas. Additionally, he 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.