we are benetrends
Focused On Your Funding Needs — Nothing Else
Benetrends Financial offers you the experience, knowledge, and guidance you need to put your trust in us—so you can stop asking, “is it the right time to buy a business” and start believing “how soon can I start?”
From our own humble beginnings in 1983 by Leonard Fischer, one of the nation’s leading ERISA (Employee Retirement Income Security Act) attorneys, Benetrends Financial has grown to help thousands of others see the same success. Since blazing the trail for 401(k)/IRA retirement funding with our innovative Rainmaker Plan®, we’ve helped entrepreneurs maximize the benefits of their retirement plans with the most compliant and efficient setup for building optimal wealth as a small business owner.
While funding partners are around every corner, we believe in being there for every part of your business ownership journey—from gaining funds and opening doors to overcoming challenges and experiencing the true benefits that all happen after funding is in place. And that’s where our 35+ years of acquired expertise is invaluable to entrepreneurs and future owners.
A dedicated team of over 100 experts, offering a wide array of funding vehicles and solutions for entrepreneurs. “What hasn’t changed after all these years is Benetrends’ passionate obligation to ensure the continued viability of retirement funding in America and our complete dedication to our clients.”
core values & culture
Working With Benetrends
Founded With a Purpose
Our company provides long-term small business lending solutions that fund the dreams of entrepreneurs. We’re happy to help you start up, and we stick around!
Suite of Innovative Funding Options
35 Years Of Industry Expertise
A Long-Term Partnership
Endless Support & Resources
Our Pledge to You
Building Sustainable Funding Solutions
Our Small Business Lending Group Is Passionate About Helping You Realize Your Dreams
Our mission is to make every Benetrends client our champion. For over 35 years, our Rainmaker Plan® has been tested and proven to work, providing a means for more than 17,000 entrepreneurs to achieve their dreams of business ownership, creating both jobs and prosperity. We are so confident in the Rainmaker Plan design that we stand fully behind our work, backing every client with our Rainmaker Guarantee.
Our Executive Team
Len Fischer has more than 50 years of experience in the field. He is a member of the bar in New York and California, specializing in the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA). Fischer is an author and speaker who has lectured extensively on small business funding, rollover business funding, ERISA and employee benefits. He holds an undergraduate degree in economics from the Bernard M. Baruch School of Business and Public Administration of The City College. He graduated from Brooklyn Law School, cum laude.
Founder & Chairman Of The Board
Cheryl Fischer brings over 50 years of experience to the Benetrends team. With extensive expertise in the development of organizational structure and team management, she instills the philosophy of outstanding service throughout Benetrends.
Vice Chairman Of The Board
Rocco Fiorentino, CFE
Vice Chairman & CEO
With over 35 years in the franchise industry, Rocco serves on the Board for Titus Center for Franchising (Atlantic University) & Locate.AI (San Francisco). He is a frequent speaker, moderator, author and past Board member/Committee Chair for the IFA and Multi-Unit Franchise Conferences. He holds a master’s degree in management from the Richard D. Irwin Graduate School of the American College, and the distinction of Certified Franchise Executive (CFE) by the Board of Governors of the IFA. Rocco is a member of the Board of Realtors and is a licensed Realtor.
Vice Chairman & Chief Executive Officer
Rocco Fiorentino, CFE
Eric Schechterman, CFE
Eric has been a featured speaker at numerous business and franchise conferences, educating entrepreneurs on successful small business funding strategies. He has written several articles on small business topics for Franchising World Magazine, and he is sought out for his knowledge on a variety of business subjects. Eric holds a bachelor’s degree in marketing from Rutgers University, as well as a distinction of Certified Franchise Executive (CFE) by the Board of Governors of the IFA.
Chief Development Officer
Eric Schechterman, CFE
Neal Ehrlich has over 37 years of experience in Pension and Defined Contribution Plans, and is an Enrolled Actuary and a member of both the Society of Pension Actuaries and the Philadelphia Actuaries Club. Ehrlich has spoken to numerous groups on topics related to qualified retirement plans, including The PENJERDEL Employee Benefits & Compensation Association (PEBA), and a number of chambers of commerce. He received a bachelor’s degree in secondary mathematics education from Temple University.
Chief Compliance Officer
Joe Bourdow, CFE
Joe Bourdow brings over 40 years of experience in franchising, advertising sales and broadcasting. He led Cox Enterprises subsidiary Valpak Direct Marketing Systems, Inc. as President through 14 years of record growth. In 2018 he was recogneized as one of SEO Samba’s Top 100 Global Franchise Influencers. He is an active board member and advisor for several well known brands, both franchise and suppliers. Joe is a graduate of the University of Virginia, where he earned a B.A. in American History.
Member, Board Of Advisors
Joe Bourdow, CFE
Expert Team, Dedicated to Helping Entrepreneurs
We love to help entrepreneurs live their dreams and succeed in business ownership. This is where our 35+ years of expertise is invaluable. We’ve grown to include a dedicated team of over 80 experts, offering a wide array of funding vehicles and solutions for entrepreneurs. What hasn’t changed after all these years is our passionate obligation to ensure the continued viability of retirement funding in America – and our complete dedication to our clients. We’re here with you for as long as you need us, even well after funding has been secured.
Transforming The World of Small Business Loans
Benetrends’ Rainmaker Plan® was designed to help potential entrepreneurs maximize the benefits of their retirement plans by allowing them to fund a business without taking out a loan – and it has worked for over 17,000 small business owners since its inception. Today, more than 10% of all franchises, as well as numerous start-ups and existing businesses, are now financed utilizing the 401(k) business funding solution pioneered by Benetrends.
Working With an Industry Pioneer
Other IRA/401(k) rollover business funding plan companies have sprung up in the past 35 years since we pioneered the concept. However, none of them have the same depth and breadth of expertise as Benetrends. The entire Benetrends team is dedicated solely to retirement planning and plan services, offering the best guidance during the initial process, providing ongoing services and ensuring continued compliance with tax laws as your business moves forward.
IN-HOUSE TEAM OF CERTIFIED PROFESSIONALS
No subcontractors or outsourcing of retirement plan services
CUSTOM PLAN DESIGNED FOR YOUR NEEDS
including 401(k) and profit-sharing options
MORE EXPERIENCE THAN ANY OTHER PROVIDER
a knowledgeable team of experts with the most industry certifications
AUDIT SHIELD PROTECTION & IN-HOUSE-ERISA ATTORNEYS
and assurance in knowing that we’ve NEVER had a plan disqualified!
We’re A Team That Cares About Giving Back
We are a compassionate team and strongly believe in growing together as members of the local community, the nation and the world. We are committed to community service and volunteering — with the same passion and drive we have for helping entrepreneurs.
And Having Fun
While Serving Others
Philanthropy is anything but boring. Wherever the Benetrends team shows up, there are bound to be smiles and laughter while focusing our attention on the ultimate goal – serving our neighbors.
what we do
Our Community Involvement
You have your choice of companies to aid in your business funding solutions — but few funding groups care about community involvement as much as you do.
Benetrends Financial is a socially responsible enterprise that strongly believes in growing together.
Initiatives We Truly Care About
There’s more than one way to enjoy helping the community. Benetrends’ past charitable opportunities have ranged from collecting food donations to lending a hand at summer camp.
Volunteer Days For Staff Members
Introduced by Benetrends President and CEO, Rocco Fiorentino, this initiative was created because he believes in giving back to our communities.
Our year-round philanthropic endeavors include serving meals at soup kitchens, gathering school supplies for at-risk youth and stocking food pantries.
Benetrends and its staff members partner with several charities and outreach programs for the long term in an effort to make a real difference in the community.
Current And Ongoing Community Initiatives
Benetrends is dedicated to giving back to society and encouraging philanthropic endeavors. Check out some of the worthy causes we support.
Cradles To Crayons
Every year, thousands of volunteers pass through the doors of the Cradles to Crayons Giving Factory warehouse to roll up their sleeves and help disadvantaged children around the Greater Philadelphia region. Together, we sort and package all new and like-new donations into customized KidPacks. KidPacks — each containing a week’s worth of everyday essentials — are distributed by more than 250 social service agencies to low-income and homeless children.
Manna on Main Street
Relying on a core of volunteers, Manna seeks to end hunger in the North Penn region by providing food, fulfilling social service needs and conducting community education through a food pantry and soup kitchen, emergency financial aid, counseling and referrals and community outreach. Volunteers serve 2,000 meals restaurant-style each month to local community members.
Camp Out For Hunger
Benetrends has volunteered at Camp Out For Hunger to help collect food for the local community. Camp Out For Hunger collects non-perishable food items on behalf of Philabundance. Since 1998, WMMR’s Preston & Steve morning show has held an annual Camp Out For Hunger, in which both Preston and Steve “camp out” for one week in November to raise food for Philabundance.
The Little Rock Foundation
To strengthen its commitment to community service and volunteering, Benetrends’ executive team has supported the volunteer efforts at Camp Little Rock, a tri-state area facility day camp for the blind or visually impaired. Together, Benetrends and The Little Rock Foundation are aligned around the commitment to create awareness and support the efforts in expanding education and service to the blind and visually impaired.
Join the Benetrends Team!
Benetrends is looking for motivated people to add to its staff and give to our vision of turning WANTrepreneurs into ENTREPRENEURS.
A Benetrends Financial career offers numerous career and lifestyle advantages, and our benefits program has been specially designed to deliver flexibility, financial security, a meaningful work experience, and a work-life balance.
View our available job postings below and apply to start helping entrepreneurs get the funding they need for their startup and franchise businesses.
IFA’s Chosen Partner for Retirement Funding
As a long-time supporter of franchising, we're proud to be named the preferred vendor and partner for IRA/401(k) rollover financing by the International Franchise Association (IFA). We’re happy to help name brands big and small, as well as hundreds of emerging franchises, build success and growth through our innovative Rainmaker Plans and ROBs funding solutions.