CBB and Anchor Are Building a Better World Together
“After being introduced to Community Bank of the Bay, we were able to set up a meeting and go in and have a great conversation, and I totally felt like our values were absolutely aligned,” says Bisa Grant, President and CEO of Anchor.
Creating an environmentally sustainable economy one jar at a time
“We appreciate CBB’s values around not only investing locally and investing in small businesses, but also putting that investment towards businesses that are green that might be within the Certified Green Business network or that are doing things in such a way that they are contributing to the community—both environmentally and socially.” — Laura Byrd Porter, owner of Byrd’s Filling Station.
CBB Community Partner—Oakland Black Business Fund.
Riekes Center Finds Its Way Home
Community Bank of the Bay Steps Up for Riekes Center at a Critical Moment
“We wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for the Community Bank of the Bay. At a time when it was very difficult, we had to buy our building,” said Gary Riekes, Founder and Executive Director of the Riekes Center. After more than 20 years in its Menlo Park location, the center’s home—an old industrial building—went up for sale in 2017 and Gary had one month to purchase it or move.
Thanks to a thriving partnership between CBB and the Thrift Station, Discovery Center never needs to tell anyone “no” when they ask for mental health support.
EPA CAN DO
CBB Supports EPA CAN DO in Building Up a Community
“We trust Community Bank of the Bay as our banking partner. They truly support the community, and that is seen in how they act as an organization,” said Duane Bay. The central goal of the Housing Program of EPA CAN DO is to create and maintain long-term affordable housing that improves the quality of life for the residents of East Palo Alto, CA.
Tim Little and Jill Ratner discuss The Rose Foundation and CBB’s shared commitment to improving the fabric of life in Oakland.
President, UrbanCore Development, LLC
“The Coliseum project… is a 110-unit mixed income property. We have our operating accounts for the property with Community Bank of the Bay, mainly because of the customer service they provide, which is important to us. Also, we wanted to work with a community-based bank.”
School Foodies owner Dennis King talks about finding the right banking partner in CBB after being rejected by the major banks.
Entrepreneur Tegsti Woldemichael says her future is bright.
Pandemic lockdowns may have slowed their growth in 2020, but their outlook is changing. Women-owned retailers and operators are poised for growth as businesses reopen their doors.
Entrepreneur Tegsti Woldemichael says her future is bright. This month she is opening an Italian-inspired bakery and deli called La Dolce Vita near the MacArthur BART station in Oakland. New countertops, floors, and baking equipment were purchased with an SBA small business loan. “I’m very excited for people to come into my place,” she said. Her current optimism is born from the months she struggled to navigate last year after Covid-19 food service rules shuttered her other retail business, spice company Shamden Spice. Headquartered in Oakland, Shamden Spice represented four years of hard work to grow it into a national retailer of Ethiopian and Eritrean spices. Pandemic food service closures shut down Ms. Woldemichael’s warehousing and operations.