ForwardLine Financial, a leading direct lender of small business loans, is excited to announce it has received recognition as one of the Best Companies for Professional Development in Comparably’s 2019 Q2 Awards. In addition, ForwardLine Financial’s CEO, Steve Carlson, received two Comparably awards — Best CEO for Women and Best CEO for Diverse Employees. Comparably, a platform that aims to make work better by providing transparency around compensation and culture for employees and companies, uses anonymous employee sentiment ratings from thousands of companies in its scoring process.

Since 2003, ForwardLine has been committed to improving the financial health of America’s small businesses by providing access to affordable working capital. As a fast-growing FinTech company that has grown over 150% in the first half of 2019, ForwardLine recognizes that its success is driven by its incredible team of passionate, committed team members and is continually investing in its culture to attract and retain the very best talent.

“Cultivating an inclusive culture where employees can grow and achieve their goals is important to us as an organization,” said Steve Carlson, ForwardLine’s CEO. “As we’ve grown over the last two years, we’ve also been focused on implementing initiatives to make this a place where all employees love to come to work.”

In response to ForwardLine’s recognition as one of the Best Companies for Professional Development, Comparably’s CEO Jason Nazar stated, “ForwardLine Financial has earned its place among this top list of best companies. Employees consistently commend the organization’s leaders for providing a motivating and inclusive workplace with career growth opportunities for all employees.”

The company’s Comparably employee sentiment score is 87 percent overall. In response to the question, “What is most positive about the culture and environment at your company?” employees commented:

“Everything, really.”

“Open communication and open to feedback. Intelligent. Technical. Diligent.”

“It is agile and customer-centric, innovative and positive.”

“Everyone has a common goal which makes it easy to work with other teams. What can we do together to attain this goal?”