Local Factoring Company, Interstate Capital, Gives Back To The El Paso Community

Interstate Capital Corporation often gives back to its local community and region through charitable donations and volunteer work, but this week brings an example of the company’s commitment to an important national cause: the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure benefitting breast cancer research, survivors, and treatment. This year, business development officer Lori Ruiz celebrates eight years of organizing the Interstate Capital Race for the Cure team, one of the largest groups taking part in El Paso’s annual event.

“It’s a very important cause and one that hits home with many employees and their relatives,” Ruiz says. “Plus people like to get together outside the office and they bring along their spouses or significant others and children to have fun. Activities like these bring the company closer.” Since Interstate Capital first began taking part in the annual fundraiser, the company has always paid the entry fees for employees and their families.

Ruiz notes that since she first began recruiting employees to take part in the walk/run event, the company has contributed more than $15,000 to the cause. “A majority of our employees are women and this event helps raise awareness about breast cancer as well as raises funds,” Ruiz says. “I also think that the company’s support of the Race for the Cure inspires people. Knowing that we work for a company that cares for something as important as this cause is gratifying.”

The Interstate Capital Group of Companies is a leading marketer of accounts receivable factoring, freight bill factoring, fuel cards, freight matching, freight broker credit reports, property broker bonds, fuel advances, truck and trailer financing, freight brokerage and freight payable auction management services. Founded in 1993, Interstate Capital has provided $ billions of funding for over 5,000 motor carriers and other small businesses in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico. Interstate Capital, which celebrates its 22nd anniversary in 2015, projects to purchase in excess of $1 billion of receivables this fiscal year.  Interstate is one of the largest privately-held, non-bank transportation factoring companies in North America.

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Local Factoring Company, Interstate Capital, Gives Back To The El Paso Community

Interstate Capital’s Load Board Posts 50% Annual Growth in July 2014

Interstate Capital, a leading factoring and freight bill funding company, announced this week that its freight matching unit, Check Freight Broker, LLC d/b/a FreeFreightSearch.com (“FFS”), posted 50% year-over-year growth in July 2014. Launched in 2009, FFS.com has grown to become the world’s largest free transportation load board.

Transportation load boards, also known as “freight matching” sites, connect motor carriers with shippers and freight brokers through an on-line portal.  Motor carriers universally rely on load boards to search for freight in geographic locations where their empty trucks are located. FFS has posted over 50 million truckloads of freight and has registered over 30,000 members. In the month of July 2014, FFS received over 100,000 page views by members and site visitors and in excess of 7,500 new site visitors, representing annual increases of 51% and 50%, respectively, over the same reporting period in 2013.

Tony Furman, CEO of FFS, commented, “The growth rate of FFS has outpaced all our other business units in 2014, due primarily to marketing efforts intended to differentiate FFS from the costly subscription-based load boards and the ‘mom-and-pop’ boards.” FFS is a free site, supported 100% by advertisers.  Every other major load board requires subscriptions that are too costly for many new and small motor carrier fleets to afford. “FFS fills a void in the load board marketplace by targeting smaller carriers. Because they have lower overhead than large carriers, smaller carriers are usually willing to haul freight for less, which means more profit for shippers and freight brokers,” explained Furman.

FFS has set its sites on an aggressive expansion plan for its current fiscal year that began July 1.  “My goal for the coming year is to roll out a direct marketing campaign to integrate the 1,000 largest freight brokers in the U.S. directly with FFS, and to at least double the number of posted loads by June 30, 2015.  Our mission now is to increase load postings, and we make a very compelling case that every freight broker needs to post their loads on our site to maximize their exposure to small motor carriers,” Furman explained.

The site attracts over 7,500 new visitors per month, most of which are small trucking companies and owner-operators searching for freight. “We plan to exploit the value of our increased reach by adding more advertising and site sponsorship opportunities and increasing our ad rates this year,” Furman explained.Unlike other free sites; however, FFS does not make its membership list available to outside parties. FFS markets advertising and site sponsorship opportunities to insurance brokers, factoring companies, truck dealerships, truck repair shops, truck stops, leasing companies, tax preparation and bookkeeping services, freight brokers, truck accessory distributors and installers, software companies, and new and used trailer dealers.

In addition to being the world’s largest free load board, FFS is also the only load board with an optional integrated factoring platform. Motor carriers may find freight, obtain fuel advances, and obtain 100% payment upon delivery without ever leaving the site.  In addition, FFS provides all its members with unrestricted free access to over 10,000 freight broker credit reports.

FFS is part of the Interstate Capital Group of Companies. The Interstate Capital Group of Companies is a leading marketer of accounts receivable financing,  freight bill factoring, invoice factoring, fuel cards, freight matching, freight broker credit reports, load boards, property broker bonds, fuel advances, truck and trailer financing, freight brokerage and trade payable auction management. Founded in 1993, Interstate Capital has provided $ billions of funding for over 5,000 small businesses and trucking companies throughout the  U.S., Canada, and Mexico. Interstate Capital projects to purchase in excess of $1 billion of receivables annually within the next fiscal year, earning it the distinction of being one of the largest non-bank, privately-held factoring companies in North America.

Interstate Capital’s Load Board Posts 50% Annual Growth in July 2014

Interstate Capital Announces Formation of Community Reinvestment Committee

The Interstate Capital Group of Companies formally announced the formation of a Community Reinvestment Committee (“CRC”) and two recent financial commitments to El Paso-based non-profits. Tony Furman, company spokesman, reports Interstate Capital made recent major financial commitments to El Pasoans Fighting Hunger and the El Paso Holocaust Museum and Study Center.

El Pasoans Fighting Hunger (formerly the El Paso Branch of the West Texas Food Bank) transforms thousands of lives on a daily basis through the distribution of over 6.5 million pounds of food per year and provides nutritional education to the public.  “We feel an investment in the food bank serves our community at the most basic level,” explains Furman.

The gift to the El Paso Holocaust Museum and Study center takes the form of a Co-Presenting Sponsorship of the Museum’s upcoming presentation of Giuseppe Verdi’s Requiem, to be performed by the El Paso Symphony Orchestra and the UTEP Concert Chorale at the Plaza Theater in November 2014.

The museum educates the public, particularly young people, to honor those who perished in the Holocaust and those who survived and to teach  the importance of acceptance, tolerance, the value and dignity of human life, and the consequences of abandoning these principles. The museum hopes to raise $200,000 from the performance of the Requiem, according to Furman.

Through formation of its CRC, comprised of members of Interstate’s executive management team, Interstate Capital hopes to continue its culture of giving to the community in the future and create a legacy to which other local businesses can aspire. Interstate has provided hundreds of thousands of dollars of financial support in aggregate, to establish scholarship funds at The University of Texas at Austin McCombs School of Business, the University of Texas at El Paso College of Business Administration, and the UTEP Franchise Center as well as providing financial assistance for other causes. Other beneficiaries of CRC funds have included YMCA, YWCA, CASA of El Paso, Junior League of El Paso, Make-A-Wish Foundation, UTEP Athletics, Susan G. Komen Race For the Cure, the Braden Aboud Memorial Foundation, Homerun for the Homeless, and countless other non-profit, civic, educational, religious, and athletic organizations.

The Interstate Capital Group of Companies is a leading marketer of accounts receivable financing,  freight bill factoring, invoice factoring, fuel cards, freight matching, freight broker credit reports, property broker bonds, fuel advances, truck and trailer financing, freight brokerage and trade payable auction management. Founded in 1993, Interstate Capital has provided $ billions of funding for over 5,000 small businesses throughout the  U.S., Canada, and Mexico. Interstate Capital projects to purchase in excess of $1 billion of receivables annually within the next two years, earning it the distinction of being one of the largest privately held factoring companies in North America.  Interstate is a subsidiary of American Finance & Investment Co., Inc. (“AFIC”), which recently completed the acquisition of a 60,000 square-foot office building in central El Paso, where it and Interstate Capital plan to create or move 35 to 50 new jobs for El Pasoans over the next 18-24 months.

 

 

Interstate Capital Announces Formation of Community Reinvestment Committee