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How an SBA 504 loan Helped This Plush Toy Company Expand Their Operations
Mascot Factory is one of the largest plush toy manufacturers for universities across the nation, but it wasn’t always such a large scale operation. Ben Lee and Sandra Oh met in college through their professional fraternity, and swore to never work together. A few short years later they joined forces to grow Mascot Factory into what it is today.
Celebrating Women Entrepreneurs
While October is national women’s small business month, we celebrate women small business owners all year long. We’ve highlighted several women-owned businesses that we’ve helped with financing; these women have overcome challenges and created tremendous success, from restaurants to upscale clothing boutiques.
SBA 504 Snapshot
A glimpse into the impact of our 504 loans on Swami’s Cafe, Agate Cove Inn, & Mikko Sushi.
What It Means to Invest in Communities: North Park
The revitalization of North Park is a story of small business owners injecting new life into their community.
How a 504 Loan Helped Kevin Darroch Take Ownership Over Machinetek
Veteran Kevin Darroch shares his insights on the power of an SBA 504 loan, and how it has helped him take ownership over Machinetek.
Former Cupcake Wars Winner Opens the Bakery of Her Dreams
Cupcake Wars winner Audrey Hermes discovered her passion early in life, and wanted to share her gift of baking with the community of San Diego. She had dreams of opening up a full scale bakery in the heart of Little Italy. After CDC believed in her and her vision and provided the financing she needed, Audrey was able to secure the perfect space, customize it and share her cupcakes and more with San Diego.
Under One Roof – How 858 Signs Streamlined Their Business
With the help of a 504 loan, 858 Graphics was able to purchase a building that allowed them to integrate all of their services under one roof, which Cole Kennedy points out as being a huge factor on their quality control. This not only gives them an edge over their competition but also allows them to be more efficient and streamline production.
From Server To Owner: How an SBA Loan Helped Mia Live Out Her American Dream
If you were to approach Mia Davis in college when she was a server at Mikko Sushi and tell her that she would one day own the restaurant, she would have been in disbelief. Now she owns three North County sushi restaurants, including the newest in Vista, thanks to the SBA 504 loan program. Mia loves to entertain and within seconds of meeting her it is clear why she has such a large, faithful following.
How a Drone-Pilot Veteran Went From Flying Over Bombs to Flying Over Real Estate
DroneQuote owner Sinuhe Montoya’s fascination with drones began during his service in the military when he would fly drones looking for active bombs in the field. His relationship with drones evolved when he returned home and started working for a solar panel company, where Sinuhe would have to climb on top of roofs and put himself in danger of falling off.
Take a Borrower Tour With Congressman Scott Peters
Follow along with Congressman Scott Peters as he visits four of our borrowers…
Kickstagram: Doubled in Size & Revenue In Just One Year
When Ronan Galvin and Casey Matthews were operating Kickstagram together out of their basement back in 2012, they would have been blown away to learn that in just a few years they would grow enough to support eight employees…
Borrower Stories
From a brewer to a plush toy manufacturer, hear from 4 borrowers on how their loans are helping them succeed…
El Borrego: From Driveway to 2500 Sq. Ft. Restaurant
Rodnia Attiq and her mother started serving lamb tacos from their driveway in 2005. As word spread, the demand for their food forced them to look for a new location…
JXR Constructors: Veteran Goes From Leasing to Buying
JXR Constructors was able to service its clients even better once they got the funding necessary to purchase a building. As a veteran owned business, CDC’s military discount was an enticing bonus…
Designs on a Vine: A Wine Country Inspired Boutique
For Rosalind, the loan from the CDC was a godsend, and has allowed her to attain a long term goal – to own her own boutique has become so much more than just a clothing store…
Stone Brewing, a CDC Small Business Finance & SBA 504 Success Story
The $12.6 million in financing from CDC helped Stone Brewing accomplish their original expansion goals in North County San Diego. Since then they have expanded to operate in 10 locations…

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