Newtek Business Services Announces Symbol Change

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Newtek Business Services Announces Symbol Change

Oct 13, 2006

Newtek Business Services Announces Symbol Change

NEW YORK, Oct. 13 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Newtek Business Services, Inc. (Nasdaq: NKBS) (, a provider of business services and financial products to the small business market, today announced that, effective with the commencement of trading on October 16, 2006, its trading symbol on The NASDAQ Global Market will be "NEWT." The symbol change coincides with the launch of its new website at on the same day.

Barry Sloane, Chairman and CEO of Newtek Business Services stated: "We look forward to having the Newt, our new corporate logo, as our trading symbol. It is part of our ongoing efforts to nationally position and solidify the Newtek™ brand in the marketplace. With this change, we hope that investors will find it easy to remember our brand and identify our company with our great service offerings. Our new website is totally interactive and clearly demonstrates our commitment to providing a full suite of business and financial services to the small and medium sized business community."

About Newtek Business Services, Inc.

Newtek Business Services, Inc. is a direct distributor to the small to medium-sized business market under the Newtek™ brand. According to the SBA, there are over 25.8 million small businesses in the United States, which in total represent 99.7% of all employer firms, generate 60 - 80% of all new jobs annually and create more than 50% of non-farm private GDP. Since 1999, Newtek has helped these business owners realize their potential by providing them with the essential tools needed to manage and grow their businesses. Newtek focuses on providing its 70,000 customers with access to financial, management and technological resources that enable them to better grow and compete in today's marketplace. Newtek's products and services include:

    * Business Lending:  Business loans to start up, acquire, or expand a
    * Electronic Payment Processing:  Credit card, debit card, check
      conversion, and ACH solutions
    * Insurance Services:  Nationwide commercial and personal lines of
    * Outsourced Digital Bookkeeping:  Bookkeeping and recordkeeping at a
      fraction of the cost of in-house staff
    * Web Hosting:  Full service web host including domain registration and
      online shopping cart tools
    * Web Design and Development:  Customized web design and development
      services for a powerful web presence
    * Tax Preparation and Advisory Services:  Expert tax planning and
      consultation for your business
    * Data Backup, Storage and Retrieval:  Fast, secure, off-site data backup,
      storage and retrieval
    * Business Plan Preparation:  Professional business plan assistance
      providing a roadmap for success

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Statements in this press release including statements regarding Newtek's beliefs, expectations, intentions or strategies for the future, may be "forward-looking statements" under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. All forward-looking statements involve a number of risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from the plans, intentions and expectations reflected in or suggested by the forward- looking statements. Such risks and uncertainties include, among others, intensified competition, operating problems and their impact on revenues and profit margins, anticipated future business strategies and financial performance, anticipated future number of customers, business prospects, legislative developments and similar matters. Risk factors, cautionary statements and other conditions which could cause Newtek's actual results to differ from management's current expectations are contained in Newtek's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission and available through

    Newtek Business Services
    Barry Sloane
    Chairman of the Board & CEO
SOURCE  Newtek Business Services, Inc.
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    /CONTACT:  Barry Sloane, Chairman of the Board & CEO of Newtek Business
Services, +1-212-356-9500,
    /Web site: /

CO: Newtek Business Services, Inc. ST: New York IN: FIN SU: SBS

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