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Entrepreneur inspired to launch e-commerce shop to ‘Waste Less’

November 15, 2019 | Success Story
The Waste Less Shop

How do you combine the dream of being your own boss with the goal to leave less waste behind? If you’re Stephanie Cochrane, you show some patience. As a child growing up in northern Nevada, she sold Pokemon cards on the playground. After this early entrepreneurship streak, she knew she would someday want to start…

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Army Veteran on New Mission to Secure Small Business Success

November 7, 2019 | Success Story
CDC Small Business Finance Army

Are you a veteran business owner, active military or a military spouse who is thinking about starting or buying a small business or acquiring commercial real estate? Check out CDC’s Mission: Small Business Finance program, designed to mobilize military entrepreneurs. In the middle of a busy house – dogs barking, boy petting dogs, mom corralling them…

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Her Keys to Success – Meet Angelica Rojo of Red Angel Salon

October 10, 2019 | Success Story
Success

Angelica Rojo knows mentoring is essential to success. Not only did she seek it out from small business advocates in her community, she also had a strong mentor right in front of her. That would be her former boss, Sammi Freitag. Sammi encouraged Angelica as she pursued her dream of owning a small business, and…

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Café Owner Finds Low-Interest Business Financing at 11th Hour, Expands into New Neighborhood

July 23, 2019 | Small Business Loans
Young Hickory owner

When you first stroll into Young Hickory café in downtown San Diego’s East Village, your eyes are immediately drawn to a giant mint-green and black mural that spans the entire side wall. It looks like something a famous abstract painter might have done. But on closer inspection (and after some coaching from café owner Clay…

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Woman Entrepreneur Leverages San Diego Loan Program to Grow Small Business

July 11, 2019 | Small Business Loans
Hello Birdie owner in San Diego salon

To be perfectly clear, San Diego entrepreneur Cindy Cate was very pleased in 2015 with what she’d created from scratch – the Hello Birdie Nail & Lash Lab in North Park, a thriving San Diego neighborhood. Customers were loving her nail-art creativity and the friendly, welcoming atmosphere. But there was just so much more she…

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Tired of paying rent? With just 10% down, you can buy your own building with SBA 504 loan

January 3, 2019 | SBA 504 Loans
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After paying rent for six years to house his thriving graphic design and printing business, California-based entrepreneur Brandon Stapper had a lightbulb moment: Why not be my own office landlord? Stapper, now 33, looked into buying his own building so he could invest in his future. And he made that happen with the help of…

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[Case study] Turned down by a traditional bank for a small business loan and stuck with online-only debt? Here’s your safe way out

December 20, 2018 | Small Business Loans
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Have you been turned down for a business loan by a traditional bank? Did you then have to take on high-interest financing from online-only lenders? Sergio Dorado and Jorge Alonzo, of Los Angeles County, have also been there. After entering a vicious cycle of paying exorbitant interest rates on those e-loans, they finally broke free…

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Woman Entrepreneur Blends Cupcake Celebrity with Affordable Financing to Serve Up Small Business Success

December 14, 2018 | Small Business Loans

Audrey Hermes doesn’t look anything like a warrior. She’s petite with a smile that would make most dentists jealous. And yet in the course of two years she was engaged in two wars, winning one of them single-handedly – cupcake wars that is. Audrey is the talented owner of Frost Me Cafe & Bakery, a…

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2018 Holiday Gift Guide: Shop ‘Small’ This Season with CDC Small Business Finance borrowers

December 4, 2018 | Small Business Loans
2018 holiday gift guide, small business, small business loans

This holiday season, don’t settle for the usual big-box stores and run-of-the-mill gift ideas. Instead, surprise your loved ones with novel, locally made goods and services from independent shops. To get you into the ‘shop small’ spirit, here are a dozen products and services made, provided or sourced by our very own talented borrower clients…

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