Online Trading Academy Becomes a Certified B Corporation

B Corp™ certification highlights organization’s commitment to making a positive difference in the world through innovative financial education

Irvine, CA, August 3, 2017 - Online Trading Academy, a leader in investing and trading education, announced today it has become a Certified B Corporation® at its first-ever OTA Thrive Student Conference in Las Vegas.

Awarded to companies who meet the highest standards of verified performance, transparency, and accountability, the certification aligns with OTA’s commitment to making a positive difference in the world through exceptional financial education. Certified B Corps aspire to use the power of business to solve social and environmental problems, meeting performance standards that measure a company’s impact on all of its stakeholders (e.g., workers, suppliers, community, customers and the environment).

“The financial education we provide has the power to dynamically transform lives,” said Gene Longobardi, Online Trading Academy’s Chief Operating Officer. “Most people pursue our education in order to positively impact others, whether it’s a family member, another individual, a community or a worthy cause. Our entire organization is proud to be part of this global movement of using business as a force for good.”

OTA’s on-location courses are geared toward individual investors and traders – novice or experienced – who want to learn how to trade and invest with the skill and confidence of the large banks and financial institutions. The organization’s education counselors work with students to develop an approachable and tailored education plan that puts them on the right path to achieve financial freedom.

"We are thrilled to welcome Online Trading Academy into the Certified B Corporation community,” said Ben Anderson, Chief B Keeper at B Lab, the nonprofit that certifies B Corps. “By meeting the rigorous standards of B Corp Certification, Online Trading Academy has shown the value they place in measuring and managing their impact and creating positive impact for all stakeholders."

About B Corporations

Certified B Corporations are leaders of a global movement of people using business as a force for good™. They meet the highest standards of overall social and environmental performance, transparency and accountability and aspire to use the power of business to solve social and environmental problems. There are currently 2,221 Certified B Corporations in over 123 industries and 50 countries with 1 unifying goal – to redefine success in business.

About B Lab

B Lab is a nonprofit organization that serves a global movement of people using business as a force for good™. Its vision is that one day all companies compete not only to be the best in the world, but the Best for the World® and as a result society will enjoy a more shared and durable prosperity. B Lab drives this systemic change by: 1. Building a global community of Certified B Corporations who meet the highest standards of verified, overall social and environmental performance, public transparency, and legal accountability; 2. Promoting Mission Alignment using innovative corporate structures like the benefit corporation to align the interests of business with those of society and to help high impact businesses be built to last; 3. Helping tens of thousands of businesses, investors, and institutions Measure What Matters, by using the B Impact Assessment and B Analytics to manage their impact -- and the impact of the businesses with whom they work -- with as much rigor as their profits; 4. Inspiring millions to join the movement through compelling story-telling by B the Change Media.

About Online Trading Academy

Online Trading Academy (OTA) helps students take control of their financial future. The patented Core Strategy empowers traders and investors to make smarter decisions. Students learn under the guidance of experienced traders in a hands-on classroom setting with extensive online education resources.

OTA has its roots in the largest trading floor in the Western US, founded in 1997. Independent traders needed training to be successful in their investments, and soon a teaching model was born. By 2001 trading had transitioned to the web and the organization became 100% devoted to education. From a single location in Irvine, CA, Online Trading Academy has expanded to 40 worldwide campuses, and over 250,000 people have experienced OTA workshops.

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