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Husband and wife owned company receives SBA international trade loan enabling them to formulate product recipes for specific export markets, increase warehouse space and hire employees

Santa Ana, CA – Billion Dollar Brows founder Natalie Plain believes everyone deserves beautiful brows, citing their transformative power to change a person’s whole look.  She recounts in her book, The Plain Truth About Brows, how a photo of her with former President Bill Clinton started her on the path of rehabilitating people’s eyebrows.  With the help of an SBA guaranteed International Trade Loan funded by Sunwest Bank, she is one step closer to accomplishing that goal.  The former White House intern turned reality television writer turned entrepreneur recently received a loan that is allowing her company to formulate recipes for its products and tailor them to specific export markets such as Japan, Norway, Finland, Norway, United Arab Emirates, Australia and the United Kingdom, among others... Read More

McCabe’s Nursery is a family run business serving the Temecula Valley and was formed in 2003 by key founder John McCabe after his retirement from the pharmaceutical sales industry in 2002. Having a talent and passion for designing landscapes as well as having extensive knowledge of plants and trees, John decided to combine his talents of designing outdoor living spaces, botany, and his sales and marketing background to create McCabe’s Nursery which has since grown to 40 employees. He is now an award-winning designer that oversees the crew which turns his concepts into reality.     McCabe’s Nursery offers sales from their ten acre plant and tree nursery, carrying over 55,000 plants and trees, as well as custom landscaping design, outdoor living spaces, patio covers, outdoor kitchens, fire and water features, sod, and irrigation systems. In addition to their sales operation, they offer design, construction, and maintenance services, typically without the use of subcontractors... Read More
Pain du Monde Expands Into New Location, Menus with SBA 7(a) Loan

Restaurateur Scott McVean originally established Pain du Monde Cafe in a small Balboa Island storefront in 1988, selling fresh-baked bread, muffins, and delicate pastries.  Over the years Pain du Monde Cafe, known also as PdM Cafe, expanded to four locations, all of which are located in Orange County, California.  In 2013, McVean decided it was time to grow the brand and establish Pain du Monde Kitchen, a full size, free standing, three meal restaurant.  Despite being in business more than 25 years, Scott had never applied for financing from a bank.  However, working with Commerce National Bank's Nancy Russell, was able to get the project funded, establish his new location, and hire approximately 55 employees in the process.

According to McVean, "This is a totally different business than my other four locations, and the capital requirements are much more intensive.  I couldn't have done it without SBA and Commerce National Bank."  Pain du Monde's newest location, in Irvine,... Read More


Fontana, Calif. based small business becomes client of TriTech SBDC, secures SBIR award, sees potential commercial applications for technology developed under grant funding by the Department of Defense

SANTA ANA, CA – Research and development of new technologies and products can be prohibitively expensive for a small business to consider, but a Phase I Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grant provided by the Department of the Navy to Fontana, Calif. based Hal Technology, Inc., will help the company do exactly that.

The company, which designs and manufactures environmental monitoring instruments, received the award in response to the Department of the Navy’s 2012 annual SBIR solicitation.  In the solicitation, one of the topics identified by Navy as being a priority for R&D was to develop a dust sensor for real-time engine health monitoring.  Given that prolonged sand and dust exposure leads to gas turbine component... Read More