First Union Corp. executives said the company's $15 million investment in a Web site that matches small businesses with financiers is a preview of things to come for the newly formed e-finance group.

The $253 billion-asset Charlotte, N.C., banking company took a 15% stake in, a creation of Bethesda, Md.-based American Capital Strategies Ltd., late last year. The Web site, which is still 85% owned by American Capital, offers referrals, tools, and advice for small to midsize companies seeking financing.

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