Financial Confidence is Key to Small Business Success [Transcript]

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[Brian Parks, President & CEO]
[Suntrust Bank]

 

Brian Parks:

 

SunTrust has had a long relationship with the Florida SBDC at UNF. And when I was first approached about the opportunity to help fund Exit Stage Left, it became apparent that lots of small businesses need financial planning and business succession planning. All businesses are going to transition at some point. None of us are going to live forever. And sometimes you see businesses that transition to children, sometimes they transition to a business partner, sometimes they close, sometimes they sell.

 

We have a real vested interest in helping our business owners succeed beyond the life cycle of their business. And so we felt like Exit Stage Left was a way to partner with the SBDC to help businesses owners achieve financial confidence. And that really matches up beautifully to SunTrust’s mission of lighting the way to financial wellbeing, because we believe all people should have the confidence to achieve financial success.

 

And that allowed us to approach the SunTrust Foundation whose mission is aligned with SunTrust and helping businesses achieve financial confidence. And as we thought about the impacts that the SBDC is going to have on business owners, it’s amazing to me how many businesses the SBDC actually touches every year, and that allowed us to get the appropriate funding to help launch Exit Stage Left. And we’re very proud to be a part of that.

 

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