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WASHINGTON, DC – The Small Business Investor Alliance (SBIA) today announced that two of its member private equity investment funds were honored with the “2012 Small Business Investment Company of the Year” award from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) during National Small Business Week (May 20-26). The funds honored were Cephas Capital of Pittsford, NY and Petra Capital Partners LLC of Nashville, TN.

“Cephas Capital and Petra Capital Partners are two of our top investment funds that have worked hand in hand with SBA to ensure small businesses have access to the capital they need to expand,” said Brett Palmer, President of SBIA. “They are exceptional examples of how private equity works with American entrepreneurs who want to grow their small business and create new jobs. Small business has always been the true engine of growth in the U.S. economy, and SBIA members are proud to help fuel that growth with capital investment in businesses that couldn’t otherwise obtain financing.”

Cephas Capital (www.cephascapital.com) was founded in 1997 and received its SBIC license from SBA in 1998. Since 1997, the fund has invested more than $70 million in 47 small businesses located primarily in upstate New York. The businesses funded by Cephas Capital employ more than 5,000 people and contribute more than $700 million annually to the economic output of the region.

“We are honored to be recognized for our investments in the small business community,” said Cephas founders Clint Campbell and Jeffery Holmes. “Small business owners need and deserve access to capital, and our support of their entrepreneurial spirit plays an important role in how our local and national economy progresses.”

Petra Capital Partners (www.petracapital.com) was founded in 1998 and has raised two SBIC funds. Collectively, both funds have invested $157 million in 30 high-growth private companies located across the country. Throughout the duration of Petra’s investment period, the businesses funded have added more than 7,500 employees.

“The team at Petra is proud to receive this honor from the Small Business Administration,” said Michael Blackburn, founding partner of Petra Capital Partners. “Petra was established upon the principal that providing capital to small businesses with potential to grow and prosper is a sound investment for us, the entrepreneur, and the economy. A successful small business that is expanding and hiring benefits everyone and we are pleased to be a part of that equation.”

The SBA presents only four awards in the Lender category during its National Small Business Week, and recognition as Small Business Investment Company of the Year award is based upon a fund’s overall performance; demonstrated commitment to supporting the growth and expansion of small businesses; commitment to not just financial return on investment but to public focus and well-being; and a positive working relationship with SBA and clean compliance record. More information about the award can be found at https://www.nationalsmallbusinessweek.com/awards/lender-awards/

About the Small Business Investor Alliance:

The Small Business Investor Alliance (SBIA) is the premier organization of lower middle market private equity funds and investors. Our members provide vital capital to small and medium sized businesses nationwide, resulting in economic growth and job creation. The SBIA’s mission is to provide member funds and LPs real advocacy power with regulators and on Capital Hill, access to exceptional networking opportunities and continuing education with an emphasis on best practices for the industry.

SBIA has been playing a pivotal role in promoting the growth and vitality of the industry for more than 50 years. SBIA works on behalf of its membership as a tireless advocate for appropriate regulation and smart tax policy that promotes domestic investment and growth of small businesses who fuel the American economy. For more information, visit: www.sbia.org or call 202-628-5055.

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Cephas Capital Partners II, LP announces the addition of three new limited partners to the fund as Evans Bank headquartered in Hamburg, NY, Genesee Regional Bank based in Rochester, NY, and Tioga State Bank, with its’ main office located in Owego, NY, have joined the existing group of limited partner investors. Also, John Mooney, an existing Limited Partner, has increased his capital commitment to the fund. Given this closing, the General Partners have now successfully completed their fundraising efforts, with the private capital committed for Cephas II now nearly 20% greater than the amount committed for Cephas I. Importantly, the new limited partners in Cephas II further broaden the geographic coverage in Upstate NY where these partner banks have corporate lending teams calling on customers and prospects in their respective communities, who now have a greater awareness of the capabilities that Cephas can bring to their markets.

Cephas Capital Partners and Cephas Capital Partners II are both licensed Small Business Investment Companies (SBIC’s), a private-sector led partnership with the U.S. Government. Cephas II is actively seeking opportunities to help finance transactions involving management-led changes in ownership, businesses contemplating an acquisition or major growth opportunity, or companies facing special financing circumstances. Since inception, the two funds have invested in excess of $70 million in 47 businesses matching these sorts of needs, with nearly all of these companies located in Upstate NY. Cephas Capital is headquartered at 11 Schoen Place, Pittsford, NY. For additional information please call Clint Campbell or Jeffery Holmes at 585-383-1610.

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Cephas Capital Partners announces the formation of Cephas Capital Partners II, LP, and the recent approval by the Small Business Administration, of a license for Cephas II to operate as a Small Business Investment Company. Cephas II is also pleased to have become the first licensee approved under SBA’s new “fast track” process.

The original Cephas Capital was formed in 1997 by Clint Campbell and Jeffery Holmes, two former commercial banking executives, in conjunction with six community bank limited partners and John Mooney. Through the end of 2009 the partnership had invested more than $64 million in 43 deserving small businesses located primarily in Upstate New York. Cephas seeks to put patient mezzanine capital in the hands of quality management teams to help them grow or recapitalize their businesses, and also has been instrumental over the last 13 years in providing long-term financing for management led buy-outs. Businesses funded by Cephas employ more than 5,000 people and contribute more than $700 million annually to the economic output of the region.

Cephas II is expected to build on this successful foundation, and will continue to focus on making investments ranging between $500,000 and $3 million in the Upstate New York region. The investor group is comprised of returning limited partners Canandaigua National Bank, Tompkins Trust Company, and Five Star Bank, along with new limited partners NBT Bancorp based in Norwich, NY and Arrow Financial headquartered in Glens Falls, NY. John Mooney continues to participate as a limited partner.

The SBIC program is a private-sector led partnership with the U.S. Government which has existed since 1958. Cephas II joins more than 300 licensees operating throughout the country. Cephas Capital is headquartered at 11 Schoen Place, Pittsford, NY. For additional information please call Clint Campbell or Jeffery Holmes at 585-383-1610.

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    Office Depot announced Wednesday plans to close 300 more stores nationwide over three years. CEO Roland Smith said the company is making good progress despite the disruption from the year-and-a-half long merger attempt with Staples.

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    • More suggestions using words that co-occur much more often than normally expected (also known as collocations) and words that often form a continuous sequence in a text or speech (also known as n-grams)
    • With 6 million word relations database
    • Real World Intelligence which takes into account nearby places, languages, similar products etc. Check these examples – (california. mclaren. mac )

    Sometimes you might want to limit these alternative suggestions to one of the keywords or have keywords follow some characteristics based on length or starting and ending sequences. In these cases, you can use some special characters with your keywords :-

    • To make sure the your keyword is never replaced or removed in the generated company name, you can use the ‘*’ character with keyword.

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    • Very short additions to entered name like adding i, my, the, a, e as prefixes and adding me, it as suffixes. Hundreds of these popular prefixes and suffixes including dictionary words are used to generate company names including your main keywords.
    • Words that can be derived from the root of your keyword, mostly including present, future, past and nouns which are dictionary words are generated.
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