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“The SBDC’s support was TREMENDOUS. They helped us secure a $1 million loan to go toward the construction of our organic citrus packing facility, which is the first of its kind in the Imperial Valley. In addition, their knowledge and contacts enabled us to obtain employee training reimbursements and tax credits as well. Thank you SBDC!”

-Gina Dockstader, President</font


Client Impact:

Areas of Assistance:

  • Capital Infusion: $1M

  • Obtained Financing

  • Jobs Created: 30

  • Obtained Workforce Training Reimbursements

  • Tax Credits

The entrepreneurial Dockstader family is largely responsible for Calipatria, CA’s reputation as the “Hay Mecca”, and for good reason. The company farms thousands of acres of hay and supplies 60,000 tons annually to domestic and export hay markets.

Looking to vertically integrate its fruit processing, the company reached out to the SBDC for support in building a new facility, ultimately securing $1M in financing via the County of Imperial Agriculture Benefit Program along with significant employee training reimbursements and tax credits.

More good news: new facilities require new employees, and the company expects that the facility will create 30 new jobs as well.

Description of Business:

Doc’s Organics is part of a multi-generational, family-owned agriculture company that has been operating in the Imperial Valley for several generations (

Use of Capital Infusion Funds:

The company utilized its $1M in financing to partially fund the construction costs of a new citrus processing plant.


Calipatria, CA