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The atmosphere at Cheryl Ristow’s Bohocherie boutique in Redlands, California is laid back, comfortable, and fun. There’s a big purple velvet sofa where you can sit to try on a pair of boots, or just take everything in while you enjoy a cup of coffee.  Racks of versatile, boho-chic clothing in sizes from small to 5X beg to be tried on and taken home.  Fair trade pieces share space with fringe, and signage was created by local artists, whose work is also for sale in the shop.

“I knew what kind of store I wanted,” Cheryl said. “Although for most of my career I was with the San Bernardino District Attorney’s office as an investigating technician, I worked briefly in boutique clothing stores.  I had some idea of the kind of work it takes to make it in retail. I thought, ‘If I can work this hard for someone else, I can work for myself and build the kind of business I want.’”

Once she decided to start a business, Cheryl began looking for information, help, and resources to... Read More

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

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