Square expanding Capital financing program for SMBs

Summary:Since launching in May, Square Capital has already doled out nearly $50 million in financing to more than 10,000 independent businesses.

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Square is expanding one of its budding products aimed at startups and small businesses, but this time it isn't a new payments app.

Square Capital, a financing program for SMBs, received an investment of its own from Chicago-based Victory Park Capital, a firm with an eye on small to mid-size businesses.

Financial terms of the investment have not been disclosed.

Despite recent speculation about the stability of Square's own bottom line pending an expected IPO (pressing Square to even issue a top 10 list aiming to debunk rumors), Victory Park Capital leaders defended "Square Capital’s data-driven approach to merchant finance."

Square Capital debuted earlier this year as an alternative to traditional bank lending, promising far fewer hassles such as lengthy applications, turnaround wait times, and expensive fees.

The cash-enabled entry way to the business world also serves another purpose being that it can bring in more businesses onto the Square platform from the beginning of their lifecycles.

Since launching in May, Square Capital has already doled out nearly $50 million in financing to more than 10,000 independent businesses.

From there, the San Francisco-based company touted, Square Capital merchants have already processed more than $1 billion through Square's payments infrastructure while also using funds to upgrade equipment, grow their workforces, and build new stores.

Topics: E-Commerce, CXO, SMBs, Start-Ups, Tech Industry

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Rachel King is a staff writer for CBS Interactive based in San Francisco, covering business and enterprise technology for ZDNet, CNET and SmartPlanet. She has previously worked for The Business Insider, FastCompany.com, CNN's San Francisco bureau and the U.S. Department of State. Rachel has also written for MainStreet.com, Irish Americ... Full Bio

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