101 Top Illinois Financial Services Companies and Startups of 2021

June 7, 2021
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This article showcases our top picks for the best Illinois based Financial Services companies. These startups and companies are taking a variety of approaches to innovating the Financial Services industry, but are all exceptional companies well worth a follow.

We tried to pick companies across the size spectrum from cutting edge startups to established brands.

We selected these startups and companies for exceptional performance in one of these categories:

  • Innovation
    • Innovative ideas
    • Innovative route to market
    • Innovative product
  • Growth
    • Exceptional growth
    • Exceptional growth strategy
  • Management
  • Societal impact

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Top Illinois Financial Services Startups

Data sourced from Crunchbase and SemRush.

Kin Insurance

Kin Insurance

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Kin Insurance is an insurtech company that offers personalized home insurance solutions.

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Avant is an online lending platform that offers alternatives to its clients with safe financial products.

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TransUnion

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TransUnion provides total credit protection all in one place from credit alerts, credit reports and credit scores.

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Amount

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Amount is a digital technology company that accelerates digital transformation for financial institutions.

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Clearcover

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Clearcover is a digital car insurance provider offering coverage for less money.

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Tagomi

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Tagomi is a cryptocurrency trading platform to provide clients with trade better execution so they can keep more of their returns.

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Tiv

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Tiv is a payments and rewards platform built with the gaming community at the core.

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Envestnet

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Envestnet is a provider of technology-enabled investment and practice management solutions to financial advisors.

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Morningstar

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Morningstar provides independent investment research to investors worldwide.

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Enfusion

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Enfusion is a provider of a cloud-based portfolio management and risk system, as well as middle and back office services.

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Ascent

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Ascent provides a cloud-based platform that helps financial services firms to keep their businesses compliant.

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Monroe Capital

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Monroe Capital is a provider of senior and junior debt and equity co-investments to middle market companies in the U.S. and Canada

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Zero Hash

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Zero Hash offers a post-trade settlement utility to bridge a fragmented market of diverse execution platforms.

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OppFi

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OppFi a financial technology platform that powers banks to help the everyday consumer gain access to credit.

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ErisX

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ErisX specializes in digital asset space that offers both spot and futures contracts on one platform.

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Tegus

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Tegus is a smart-searchable platform for buy-side investors providing thousands of instantly available, peer-led expert call transcripts

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Capital Markets Gateway

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CMG is a fintech firm offering an integrated digital workflow and analytics platform for capital markets professionals.

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YCharts

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YCharts is a financial software company providing investment research tools including stock charts, stock ratings, and economic indicators.

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Braviant Holdings

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A leading provider of tech-enabled credit products and services for underbanked consumers

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HighTower Advisors

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HighTower is a financial services company providing solutions for high-net-worth and institutional clients.

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tastytrade

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Tastytrade is a financial media company that offers trade and finance-related edutainment content for traders and investors.

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S2G Ventures

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S2G Ventures is a multi-stage venture fund focusing on investments in food and agriculture industries.

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Boro

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Boro is the banking app for Gen-Z college students.

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Groundbreaker

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Groundbreaker offers an all-in-one real estate investment software to automate fundraising, investment management, and investor relations.

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AeroPay

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The payments company for the next generation.

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GTreasury

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Fully integrated cash and risk management solution to streamline processes and take your treasury functions from operational to strategic

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GCM Grosvenor

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GCM Grosvenor is an investment management firm that specializes in hedge funds, private equity, real estate and infrastructure investments.

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Citadel

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Citadel is a financial services company offering a comprehensive range of wealth management services to individuals.

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The Small Exchange

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The Small Exchange conducts more participants to financial markets with simpler and smaller futures products.

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Dough

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Dough is a web-based investing platform that helps individual traders manage their own finances.

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M1 Finance

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M1 Finance provides a free platform to enable people to manage and grow their money with control and automation.

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EarlyBird

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EarlyBird is empowering parents, family, and friends to collectively invest in a child’s financial future, starting at the earliest age.

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BloXroute Labs

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BloXroute is a blockchain distribution network to help your blockchains scale to thousands of transactions/second on-chain.

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OpenFinance

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OpenFinance is a secondary market trading platform for digital alternative assets.

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G Squared

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G Squared is a growth stage venture capital firm that invests privately in today’s most dynamic companies.

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Bolstr

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Bolstr is a marketplace where emerging consumer, retail, and manufacturing businesses can raise funding for expansion from real investors.

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Ares Management

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Ares Management is a global alternative asset manager focusing on credit, private equity, and real estate.

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Performance Trust Capital Partners

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PT Capital Partners buys and sells securities, other investment products, and manages investment portfolios and financial planning services.

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Madison Industries

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Madison Industries is a financial services company that specializes in helping companies, businesses, and individuals to grow.

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Lendr

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Lendr is a finance company that provides merchant cash advances to small to medium size businesses.

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Old Second National Bank

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Old Second National Bank is a national banking organization that provides commercial, treasury management and retail banking services.

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ArgonCredit

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Argon Credit is a online personal loan startup. Currently growing in the U.S. with plans to expand into the U.K., Europe and Australia.

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MortgageHippo

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MortgageHippo is a B2B fintech company delivering white-labeled web and mobile-ready digital platforms to banks and mortgage lenders.

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Bitnomial

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Bitnomial offers improved derivatives exchange technology coupled with new digital asset settlement systems.

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Metronome

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Metronome is a new cryptocurrency focused on making greater decentralization possible and delivering institutional-class endurance.

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LQD Business Finance

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LQD Business Finance is a Chicago-based, technology-enabled company that provides small and medium sized businesses with structured loans.

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CardX

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CardX® provides zero-cost credit card acceptance solutions to businesses, government, and education.

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First Mid-Illinois Bank & Trust

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First Mid-Illinois Bank & Trust is a financial services company.

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Clockwork

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Intelligent, all in one FP&A software for growing companies and their advisors

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Renovo Financial

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Renovo is the premier provider of financial and strategic support for real estate investors

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Textura

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Textura is an online collaboration platform for the construction industry.

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CNA Insurance Company

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CNA is an Insurance Company, selling insurance products and services.

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Investor Cash Management

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Investor Cash Management provides custom CMA solutions to non-profits, asset and wealth managers.

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PEAK6 Investments LLC

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Peak6 Investments operates as an investment management firm.

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Heartland Bank and Trust

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Heartland Bank and Trust is a banking firm offering housing lending services.

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The Federal Savings Bank

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The Federal Savings Bank

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MB Financial

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MB Financial was founded in 1911

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Cedar Capital

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Cedar Capital delivers innovative investment solutions.

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Mezu

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Mezu is the only mobile money app that puts privacy first, letting consumers give and get money without sharing any personal information.

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ChangEd

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ChangEd is a mobile app that helps pay down student loans by using spare change from everyday purchases to make additional payments.

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Hennessy Capital

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Hennessy Capital is an alternative investment platform focused on industrial sector.

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Midland States Bank

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Midland States Bank is a community-based financial holding company offering a full range of banking services and products.

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IFF

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IFF strengthens nonprofits and the communities they serve by providing leadership, capital, and real estate solutions.

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Golub Capital BDC

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Golub Capital BDC operates as a closed-end, non-diversified management investment company.

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CMT Digital Ventures

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CMT Digital is a venture capital firm engaging in the crypto asset and Blockchain technology industry.

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Inland Private Capital

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Inland Private Capital offers replacement properties exchange transactions and multiple-owner real estate investment solutions.

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DrawBridge Lending

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DrawBridge offers a lending loans with no margin calls backed by Bitcoin holdings.

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GoldenPeaks Capital

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GoldenPeaks Capital is an investment group.

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Social Market Analytics

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Social Market Analytics quantifies social media data and provides actionable market intelligence primarily to financial market investors.

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Athena Bitcoin

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Athena Bitcoin is a company that is proud to add more ways to purchase cryptocurrency on top of its 16 ATMs located nationwide.

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Cumulus Funding

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Cumulus Funding provides funds to help you make purchases or pay down loans, credit cards or other bills.

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CFX Markets

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CFX Markets is the trading platform for alternative assets

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WealthBlock

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WealthBlock is a technology firm established in 2018 and proudly based in Chicago, Illinois.

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OneSpan

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OneSpan, a provider in the financial services industry.

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InfoReach

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InfoReach is non-biased software created for the financial asset trading market.

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Paro

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Paro is an exclusive network of the very best on-demand financial professionals.

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First Midwest Bank

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First Midwest Bank provides more than just solutions.

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Fortress Bank

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Fortress Bank opened its doors as a commercial bank. It provides financial services.

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CME Group

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CME Group operates large futures exchanges in Chicago and New York City.

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Simplex Investments

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Simplex Investments develops proprietary software to capitalize on financial market opportunity.

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Nubundle

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Nubundle makes it affordable for companies, and their employees to access high quality family planning and fertility services.

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Glidera

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Glidera makes digital currency wallets better by providing applications the ability to offer bitcoin buy and sell services.

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SaveUp

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SaveUp is an online rewards program encouraging users to save money and pay their debt while earning credits to play for prizes.

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Spring

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Spring provides employees with financial education, goal-setting, budgeting, and 1-on-1 financial coaching.

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Airfordable

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Payment plans for flights before your departure

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Parkway Bank & Trust Company

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Parkway Bank & Trust company-owned and operated financial institution that offers customer service, financial products, and services.

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Loan Ecosystem Online

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Loan Ecosystem Online is a fintech platform that utilizes advanced encryption technology to provide military-grade security for information.

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Prairie Capital Advisors

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Prairie Capital Advisors is an investment banking company that offers investment banking, esop advisory services.

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GiveForward

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GiveForward is an online platform that helps families in times of challenges.

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Park Ridge Community Bank

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Park Ridge Community Bank is a provider of business and personal banking services for its communities and customers.

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HBT Financial

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HBT Financial a community-based financial holding and is the parent company of Heartland Bank and Trust Company and State Bank of Lincoln.

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Belmont Financial Group

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Belmont Financial Group is part of the banks & credit unions industry.

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Citadel Securities

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Citadel Securities is a leading global market maker across a broad array of fixed income and equity securities.

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Northern Trust

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Northern Trust is a global leader in delivering innovative investment management, asset and fund administration, fiduciary and banking.

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Halo Investing

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Halo Investing is a financial technology platform that provides structured note investments to the average investor.

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State Farm Insurance

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State Farm is a group of insurance and financial services.

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Health Care Service Corporation

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Health Care Service Corporation is the largest customer-owned health insurance company in the United States.

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The First National Bank of Ottawa

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The First National Bank of Ottawa is a bank that provides cash management, and reinvestment services.

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MVTRAC

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MVTRAC is the leading provider of on-demand data solutions for auto finance.

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HSBC Bank

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HSBC Bank provides various banking and financial services worldwide.

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IPXI

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IPXI is a financial exchange firm that facilitates the non-exclusive licensing and trading of intellectual property rights.

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