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4. Finance your Growth

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As you move into a growth phase, make sure you have a good funding source that will sustain you through economic ups and downs. See below for local lending options.

Banks and Credit Unions

Alta Pacific Bank(707) 
American AgCredit(707) 
Bank of America(707) 
Bank of the West(866) 
Beneficial State Bank(888)
Community First Credit Union(707) 
Exchange Bank(707) 
First Community Bank(707) 
JPMorgan Chase Bank N.A.(888) 
Luther Burbank Savings(707) 
North Valley Bank(707) 
Presidio Bank(415)
Redwood Credit Union(800) 
Sonoma County Grange C.U.(707) 
Sonoma Federal Credit Union(707) 
Summit State Bank(707) 
Tri Counties Bank(530)
U.S. Bank N.A.(415) 
Umpqua Bank(415)
Wells Fargo Bank, N.A.(707) 

Small Business Administration (SBA) Loans

SBA loans are federally guaranteed and geared towards small businesses and entrepreneurs. Typically, lenders require a completed business plan with financial projections, 20-30% equity or collateral, and evidence of ability to repay the loan.

Bank of the West(866) 
Exchange Bank(707) 
First Community Bank(707) 
JPMorgan Chase Bank N.A.(888) 
Redwood Credit Union(800) 
U.S. Bank N.A.(415) 
Umpqua Bank(415)
Wells Fargo Bank, N.A.(707) 

Alternative Lending Resources for Businesses

These alternative lending resources can help businesses that encounter difficulty gaining financing through traditional means. These lenders can finance start-ups and existing businesses, and some offer pre and post-loan business counseling.

Bay Area Small Business Finance(510)
Offers SBA Community Advantage Loans ranging from $25,000 to $250,000 for up to 10 years.
Offers a range of lending services for non-traditional borrowers
Working Solutions(415)
Micro-lender that specializes in startups and existing businesses. Up to $25,000 is available for startups, up to $50,000 is available to existing businesses.

Be sure to check on NEW alternative lending opportunities launched by the EDB in 2016.

Angel Investors and Venture Capital

Angel venture capital investors provide funding to companies engaged in groundbreaking practices including, but not limited to the areas of; Agriculture, alternative energy, biotech, clean tech, communications, industry, high tech, and manufacturing.

Cascade Capital(415) 456-1001
Innovation Ventures(415) 383-8272
North Bay Angels(707) 431-4201
Technology Partners(415) 332-9999

Environmentally-focused Financing

California Capital Access Program (CALCAP)
California Pollution Control Financing Authority(916) 654-5610
CALCAP Lenders:
Bank of America(707) 542-4433
Wells Fargo(707) 584-3110
Energy Efficiency/Conservation Loan
SAFE-BIDCO(707) 577-8621
Recycling Market Development Zone (RMDZ)
California Integrated Waste Management Board(916) 341-5630
Energy Upgrade Financing and Rebates
Sonoma County Energy Independence Program (SCEIP)(707) 565-6470

Crowdfunding and Other Resources

Crowdfunding connects entrepreneurs with investors and/or donors who pool their resources to fully fund a project or venture. Each of the sites listed below differ in their offerings and requirements, so be sure to investigate each thoroughly.

If you would like your institution or program listed here, please call the Economic Development Board at (707) 565-7170, or email

Contact Information

Al Lerma

Director of Business Development and Innovation

Economic Development Board
Contact us by Phone
141 Stony Circle, Suite 110
Santa Rosa, CA 95401

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