Advantage Capital’s Scott Zajac named Clayton Chamber Business Person of the Year

by admin | March 2, 2010 5:43 pm

ST. LOUIS, March 2, 2010 — Advantage Capital Partners, a leading venture capital and small business finance firm is proud to announce that its senior managing director Scott A. Zajac has been recognized as the Clayton Chamber of Commerce 2009 Business Person of the Year. Clayton is the hub of the St. Louis Metropolitan area and the seat of St. Louis County, Missouri.

Mr. Zajac accepted the award at a ceremony and dinner at the St. Louis Ritz-Carlton.  Acknowledging the current economic climate, Zajac pointed to Advantage Capital’s continued commitment to small business growth in his remarks. “We are making a difference in the region and around the country,” said Zajac. “Despite very challenging times, we are filling a desperately needed void by providing access to capital for small businesses that may not otherwise have had the ability to raise that capital.”
“Scott Zajac and Advantage Capital help make the Clayton business community what it is today; vibrant, diverse and a great place to do business,” said Ellen M. Gale, executive director of the Clayton Chamber, which consists of 400 members from small, medium and Fortune 500 businesses. “The Clayton Chamber is honored to recognize Scott with this prestigious award.”

“Being selected as the Clayton Chamber of Commerce Business Person of the Year is truly an honor,” continued Zajac.  He follows two distinguished award winners in this category:  in 2008, Pam Nicholson, president and CEO of Enterprise Rent-A-Car, won top honors, and in 2007, the award went to Elizabeth Robb of Robb Partners, one of the top-ranked real estate sales organizations in St. Louis.

Leading the Missouri office of Advantage Capital Partners, Scott Zajac has tirelessly focused on providing growth capital and other investments to small businesses through state and local public private partnerships and economic development policies. The firm’s typical forms of investment include early stage, expansion equity, mezzanine financing, senior and subordinated loans and government-guaranteed lending.

Zajac is a seasoned investment professional with more than 20 years of experience in real estate finance, venture capital, small business lending and investment banking. He has received numerous awards for his work with entrepreneurs, and he frequently serves as a panelist and speaker at several economic development and community based investment conferences. In 2007, Zajac was named Financial Services Champion of the Year by the U.S. Small Business Administration’s St.  Louis District.

Zajac is vice president of the Missouri Venture Capital Association and a member of the Missouri Venture Forum.  He serves as Chairman of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Eastern Missouri, sits on the board of Missouri Families for Effective Autism Treatment and is involved with other charitable and civic organizations. Nationally, he is a member of the Treasury Management Association, the National Venture Capital Association, the National Association of Small Business Investment Companies, the Community Development Venture Capital Alliance, Entrepreneurs’ Organization, the Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO-WPO) and several other professional and trade organizations.

About Advantage Capital Partners

Advantage Capital Partners is a leading small business finance firm focused on providing growth capital and other investments supporting state and local economic development efforts. The firm’s typical forms of investment include early stage, expansion equity, mezzanine financing, senior and subordinated loans and government-guaranteed lending. With offices and partners in St. Louis, New Orleans and other U.S. cities, Advantage has raised more than $1.3 billion in institutional capital since 1992 and invested in companies located in geographic areas underserved by traditional capital.

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