Exodus Sober Living Home

Exodus Sober Living Home

 

 

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“The SBDC provided me with a number of resources including getting our financing, structuring the business, and guidance with our monthly business finances”

– James Brown, President

Client Impact:

Areas of Assistance:

  • Capital Infusion: $530,000

  • Obtained Financing

  • Owner Investment: $113,000

  • Financial Modeling

  • New Business Start

  • Business Plan

  • Jobs Created: 1

Description of Business:

Exodus Sober Living Home provides a safe alcohol and drug-free environment for men seeking recovery (https://www.facebook.com/ExodusSoberLivingHome/).

Their goal is to help develop the necessary life skills to become productive, self-sufficient members of society.

Use of Capital Infusion Funds:

The financing was utilized for remodeling costs of the property and working capital.

Location:

Lemon Grove, CA 91941

California Asphalt, Paving & Grading

California Asphalt, Paving & Grading

 

 

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Client Impact:

Areas of Assistance:

  • Capital Infusion: $107,000

  • Obtained Financing

  • Jobs Created: 5

  • Financial Projections

  • Business Plan

  • Strategic Planning

Summary:

Owner Christopher Vasquez prides himself on his company’s integrity, professionalism, and attention to detail that he believes is the key to their success.

Description of Business:

Spanning three generations, California Asphalt, Paving & Grading has worked on large projects for numerous municipalities throughout San Diego County.

Use of Capital Infusion Funds:

The financing was utilized to purchase new equipment that will allow the company to handle larger-scale projects.

Location:

Chula Vista, CA 91910

Cookies Con Amore

Cookies con Amore

 

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Client Impact:

Areas of Assistance:

  • Capital Infusion: $660,000

  • Obtained Financing

  • Owner Investment: $1.1M

  • Strategic Planning

  • Jobs Created: 10

  • Financial Modeling & Analysis

  • Credit Establishment

Summary:

Owners Fernanda and husband Angelo Capraro were childhood friends from the village of Sant Elia in the south of Italy. Aside from their hometown, they had something else in common: both had grandmothers who baked incredibly tasty cookies using recipes handed down for generations. Fernanda, the lead baker, and Angelo took their love for cookies to California and ultimately launched what has become one of the fastest growing independent cookie manufacturers in the United States. Though the company has grown exponentially over the years, all orders are still baked with meticulous care in small batches at the company’s 33,000 square foot bakery in San Marcos, CA.

Description of Business:

Since its inception in 2005, Cookies con Amore and its gourmet Italian treats have grown from a small startup into a significant $4M company that does business with Whole Foods, Sprouts and major grocery retailers throughout the U.S. (www.cookiesconamore.com).

Use of Capital Infusion Funds:

The company utilized an SBA-backed loan to finance its relocation to a 33,000 square foot production facility.

Location:

San Marcos, CA 92078

Correy Baker Heating and Air

Correy Baker Heating and Air

 

 

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“My SBDC advisor was extremely helpful in making the entire lending process smooth and seamless from start to finish. We finally have the capital we need to continue our growth.”

– Correy Baker, President

Client Impact:

Areas of Assistance:

  • Capital Infusion: $250,000

  • Obtained Financing

  • Financial Modeling

  • Business Plan

Description of Business:

Correy Baker Heating and Air is an HVAC contractor that has been providing residential and commercial service throughout the Inland Empire since 2010 (www.correybakerheatingandair.com).

Use of Capital Infusion Funds:

The financing was utilized for working capital and funding to expand the company’s operations.

Location:

Murietta, CA 92562

El Borrego

 

 

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Client Impact:

Areas of Assistance:

  • Capital Infusion: $161,000

  • Obtained Financing

  • Owner Investment: $105,000

  • Business Plan

  • Jobs Created: 1.5

  • Lease Negotiation

  • New Business Start

  • Financial Projections

  • Permits & Licenses

When owners Rodnia Navarro and her mother Rosario Sotelo opened El Borrego, it was with one purpose in mind: to bring the traditional cuisine of Southern Mexico to San Diego.

Success did not come instantly – on the first day of business they sold four tacos. But word got out quickly, and soon they were selling 600 pounds of their specialty, barbacoa, every weekend with lines out the door.

Description of Business:

Featuring distinctive dishes made from decades-old family recipes, El Borrego has become a fixture in the heart of El Cajon Boulevard since its opening (www.facebook.com/elborregosd/).

Use of Capital Infusion Funds:

The financing was utilized for construction costs, new employees and working capital.

Location:

San Diego, CA 92105

The Homebrewer

 

 

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Client Impact:

Areas of Assistance:

  • Capital Infusion: $288,000

  • Obtained Financing

  • Owner Investment: $110,000

  • Business Plan

  • Financial Projections

The Homebrewer team are excellent brewers themselves. Thornton launched a fully licensed brewery and tasting room to make and sell the company’s own beer under the name The Home Brewing Co., which operates inside the The Homebrewer.

In addition to homebrew supplies, they also offer a full slate of popular classes that help local homebrewers get hands-on experience with the myriad of brewing types, techniques and ingredients.

Description of Business:

Founded in 2012 by owner George Thornton, The Homebrewer is one of San Diego’s best-loved brewing supply stores for the beer lover who wants to make their own beer (www.facebook.com/thehomebrewersd/).

Use of Capital Infusion Funds:

The financing was utilized for construction costs, new employees and working capital.

Location:

San Diego, CA 92104

The French Oven Bakery

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“The SBDC was instrumental in getting the funding to make this possible, along with helping with our marketing and a business plan as well. We couldn’t have opened our business without them.”

– Yves Fournier, Owner

Client Impact:

Areas of Assistance:

  • Capital Infusion: $180,000

  • Obtained Financing

  • Owner Investment: $130,000

  • Business Plan

  • Jobs Created: 8

  • Marketing Strategy

  • New Business Start

  • Financial Projections

  • Permits & Licenses

For five generations and counting, baking has been a Fournier family tradition that began in a small town at the base of the French Alps in the 1800s.

When Chef Yves Fournier and his wife Susie decided to launch their authentic-as-it-gets French bakery in the U.S., they turned to the SBDC for help in bringing the family’s heritage to their adopted hometown of San Diego.

In short time, the missing ingredients came together – financing, a business plan, and marketing strategies – and the Fourniers’ dream of delivering French authenticity to Southern California was realized right down to the family’s old bakery sign from 1840 that hangs on the cafe’s wall.

Description of Business:

The French Oven Bakery and Café (www.TheFrenchOvenBakery.com) is an authentic French boulangerie and patisserie that brings a delicious taste of France to the San Diego area at its new location in Scripps Ranch.

Use of Capital Infusion Funds:

The financing was utilized for the build-out of their retail space along with kitchen equipment and working capital.

Location:

San Diego, CA 92131

Thai Burger

 

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“SBDC was the bridge to our success. To start, they helped get the loan we needed to open the business. Since then, the SBDC team has stayed with us along the way as we hired new employees and opened another location.”


-Paripon Thitathan, President

Client Impact:

Areas of Assistance:

  • Capital Infusion: $95,000

  • Obtained Financing

  • Owner Investment: $35,000

  • Business Plan

  • Sales Increase: $300,000

  • Financial Projections

  • Jobs Created: 5

  • Certifications/Permits/Licenses

  • New Business Start

Paripon Thitathan knew he wanted to start a business, but was unsure where to begin. Fortunately for Paripon, starting businesses is merely another day at the office for the SBDC .

After first creating a lender-friendly business plan including detailed financial analysis and projections, the SBDC team then helped Paripon successfully navigate through each step of the financing process.

When the dust had settled Thai Burger had gone from “Zero to Startup” in a matter of weeks, joining the ranks of several thousand area businesses that were started with significant assistance from the SBDC .

Description of Business:

The Thai Burger Company has developed a passionate fan base for its authentic, Thai-inspired rice burgers, which the company delivers to its fans at high-traffic locations throughout San Diego County via its food truck or at their brick-and-mortar location in Linda Vista (www.facebook.com/ThaiBurgerCompany).

Use of Capital Infusion Funds:

The company utilized its financing to purchase a food truck and kitchen equipment to begin operations.

Location:

San Diego, CA 92111

Jerky’s Gourmet

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“The SBDC is incredibly important to entrepreneurs like me. I didn’t have any previous business experience, and I felt completely on my own. Now I am part of an entire community of people who have already gone down the path.”

– Tim Gerstman, President

Client Impact:

Areas of Assistance:

  • Capital Infusion: $60,000

  • Obtained Financing

  • Owner Investment: $10,000

  • Financial Projections

  • Sales Increase: $240,000

  • Loan Application

  • Jobs Created: 1.5

  • Business Plan

  • New Business Start

  • Digital Marketing

  • Permits & Licenses

Tim Gerstman, the Founder of Jerky’s Gourmet, was beginning a career in the public school system when his wife and business partner, Dria Gerstman, encouraged him to make a change and pursue his dream of starting a business.

The next step was to make it happen. The Gerstmans quickly learned that increasing the company’s wholesale business was the key to quick growth, but the wholesale channel brought challenges they had not experienced with consumer sales.

“Wholesale accounts typically pay 30 days upon delivery, and without the working capital to bridge the cash flow gap, we wouldn’t be able to grow,” said Tim.

The SBDC helped the Gerstmans obtain the financing they needed, and the company is now well on its way.

Description of Business:

Since its founding in 2016, Jerky’s Gourmet has created a rabid following for its premium, grass-fed beef jerky. The company’s various products can be found at retail locations throughout Southern California and also at the company’s website (www.JerkysGourmet.com).

Use of Capital Infusion Funds:

The financing was utilized to resolve cash flow bottlenecks and increase production to expand its wholesale business.

Location:

Fallbrook, CA 92028

24-7 Postal Service

 

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“We could not have made this happen without the entire SBDC team working on our behalf. After being told we were not viable candidates to lease space at a major mall location, the SBDC’s involvement changed everything. Among other help, their lender relationships and financing success provided the ultimate assurance we needed to secure space at the most desired mall in the region.

Thank you for helping to change our lives!”

– Ozmin & Adriana Zarate

Client Impact:

Areas of Assistance:

  • Capital Infusion: $170,000

  • Obtained Financing

  • Owner Investment: $22,000

  • Loan Packaging

  • Jobs Created: 2

  • Business Plan

  • New Business Start

  • Lease Assistance

  • Financial Projections

  • Lease Assistance

Ozmin and Adriana Zarate’s dream to start a business had hit a major obstacle. The couple was being turned away by leasing agents at prime retail locations because they had two strikes against them: it was a new business, and they did not have financing lined up.

After being contacted for help, the SBDC team quickly flipped the script. Lenders were contacted, business plans were polished, loan packages were submitted, and before long, Ozmin and Adriana’s financing was secured along with friendly contractor referrals for the build-out. After months of frustration and years of planning, the dream of 24-7 Postal was finally realized.

Description of Business:

24-7 Postal Services (www.24-7postal.com) is a shipping, postal and business service center that provides crucial services to US/Mexico border residents. The company differentiates by going “above and beyond” its competitors by leveraging a unique membership platform and a technology-based customer notification system.

Use of Capital Infusion Funds:

The company utilized its financing for working capital, a construction build-out, and to hire employees.

Location:

San Ysidro, CA 92173