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Celebrating Latino Entrepreneurs during Hispanic Heritage Month

September 15, 2017 | Community
Mario Rodriquez and Claudia Carranza of Super Mario Ice Cream

As we enter national Hispanic Heritage Month (Sept. 15 to Oct. 15), it’s appropriate to celebrate the profound and positive influence of Latinos, including those who own small businesses. In California alone, there are over 800,000 Latino-owned small businesses, the majority of which are located in the greater Los Angeles…

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New Study Concludes: Latino Entrepreneurs Face Hurdles in Accessing Capital to Grow their Businesses

September 12, 2017 | Community
Robert Villarreal, president, Small Business Finance Fund, reveals Latino study results

If you’re one of the more than 815,000 Latino-owned small businesses in California, there’s a 40 percent chance you’ve been denied capital by a bank or other commercial lender because of lower credit scores and other perceived risks, according to a new study released Sept. 7 by the Small Business…

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Lo-Lo’s Chicken and Waffles: Home of the Famous Southern Fried Chicken, Fluffy Waffles, Soul Food Favorites and Small Business Success!

August 9, 2017 | Success Story
Lolo of Lo-Lo's Chicken and Waffles

We’re celebrating Soul food and the American dream. Meet Larry White, Jr., aka Lo-Lo, the owner of Lo-Lo’s Chicken and Waffles.  As soon as Lo-Lo could walk and talk, he was put to work bussing tables in his grandmother’s soul food restaurant, Mrs. White’s Golden Rule Café.  The food, the…

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What you need to know about rising interest rates

August 3, 2017 | Commercial Real Estate Loans

The Federal Reserve has raised the prime rate twice this year and experts predict another increase is coming before the end of 2017 and project three more hikes in 2018. The prime rate is among the most widely used benchmarks in setting bank loan rates for small businesses. When the…

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Declined by the bank for a small business loan? Here are 5 Ways to Get Loan Ready

July 25, 2017 | Small Business Loans
African American couple meeting with loan officer

Although a bank is often the first option considered when looking for financing, there is good news: There are alternatives to banks for business financing. Nonprofit lenders offer more flexibility and personal service to help you secure a low cost loan to support your growth and success. Obtaining a small…

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Small Business Stories Behind the Accolades

June 8, 2017 | Jobs

Awards in business always attract attention, but often more interesting are the compelling stories behind the trophies, tales of growth and job creation propelled by infusions of capital. Four entrepreneurial clients of CDC Small Business Finance recently received awards from the Small Business Administration’s San Diego district, all in recognition…

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Woman-Owned Small Business Wins SBA Award

May 16, 2017 | Company News

SBA 504 financing sparks ongoing growth and success Michelle McLeod, owner of Southwest Boulder & Stone in north San Diego County, was recognized May 4 by the Small Business Administration as the Woman-Owned Small Business of the Year. Michelle McLeod, owner of Southwest Boulder & Stone,…

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Access to Capital Challenges for Minority-Owned Small Businesses Explored

May 12, 2017 | Community

Small businesses owners, particularly women and minorities, face acute and unique challenges when it comes to getting a loan to help them grow and create new jobs. Robert Villarreal (far left), Executive Vice President for CDC Small Business Finance, offers testimony at CFPB hearing. The Consumer…

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Aligning with Bank to Develop New Loan Option for Entrepreneurs

May 8, 2017 | Community

Bankers Small Business CDC, an affiliate of CDC Small Business Finance, recently collaborated with Cathay Bank in developing yet another way for small businesses to gain access to money that will advance their business. Called the Smart Micro Loan program, Cathay Bank now offers a line of credit from $5,000 to $10,000 to qualifying…

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