Business Financing

One of the absolute fundamentals of business is ensuring it is property capitalized. In the event outside funds are needed to purchase equipment, or for such things as operating capital, inventory, real estate, etc., there are many options available. Small businesses traditionally rely upon commercial banks to meet their needs, but there are other available sources that may prove beneficial. Many financing options can be found below.

California Investment Guide                              How To Get A Business Loan

Community Development Business Loan Progams

Also known as Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) economic development loans, these programs are available to local businesses to: purchase land and improvements, purchase existing building(s) and improvements; purchase machinery/equipment, purchase inventory, or for construction of building(s), or working capital.

Sierra Economic Development Corporation
560 Wall Street, Suite F
Auburn, CA 95603
Phone: 530-823-4703
Town of Truckee
10183 Truckee Airport Road
Truckee, CA 96161
Phone: 530-272-5395

City of Grass Valley
125 East Main Street
Grass Valley, CA 95945
Phone: 530-274-4302
Nevada County Housing and Economic Development Division
950 Maidu Avenue
Nevada City, CA 95959
Phone: 530-265-7256
City of Nevada City
317 Broad Street
Nevada City, CA 95959
Phone: 530-265-2496
City of Grass Valley
125 East Main Street
Grass Valley, CA 95945
Phone: 530-274-4302

Small Business Administration Loan Program

504 Loan: Available for the purchase of land and improvements; purchase of existing building(s) and improvements; construction of building(s), purchase of machinery/equipment with life of 15 or more years; renovation and restoration. Maximum amount: 40% of project; not to exceed $10 million.7A Loan: Available for the purchase of land and improvements; purchase of existing building(s) and improvements; construction of building(s), purchase of machinery/equipment; working capital; purchase of inventory; and business buy-outs. Maximum guarantee amount is $2 million.Click here for a more detailed description of these loans.

America’s Small
Business Dev. Center

One Capital Mall, Suite 300
Sacramento, CA 95814
Phone: 916-319-4268
Fax: 916-443-2672
Email: sbdc@metrochamber.org

United States Department of Agriculture Rural Development

United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development is committed to increasing economic opportunity and improving the quality of life for all Rural Americans. With over 40 programs in business, housing and community development, USDA Rural Development provides loans, grants and loan guarantees to help ensure rural citizens have a wide range of economic opportunities. One of the more utilized business programs offered is the Business & Industry Guaranteed Loan program (B&I). A more detailed description of these programs can be found at:

United States Dept. of
Agriculture Rural Development

251 Auburn Ravine Road, Suite 107
Auburn, CA 95603-3719
Phone: 530-885-7081

California Loan Guarantee Program

The Loan Guarantee Program permits Regional Development Corporations to use state funds to guarantee loans made by banks or financial institutions up to 90 percent of the outstanding principal balance with a maximum guarantee amount of $500,000 including grantees for short-term capital. Additional services provided by the Regional Development Corporation include: business plan analysis, entrepreneurial and small business education services; referrals to lenders; and post loan technical assistance.

California Capital Small
Business Development Corp.

2000 “O” Street, Suite 250
Sacramento, CA 95814
Phone: 916-442-1729

Housing Resources

The Nevada County Department of Housing and Economic Development Division secures funds for first time homebuyers and housing rehabilitation and weatherproofing for qualified families. The town of Truckee offers a Down-payment Assistance Program.

Town of Truckee
10183 Truckee Airport Road
Truckee, CA 96161
Phone: 530-272-5395

Angel/Venture Capital

Following is a listing of Web sites of companies that provide angel / venture capital. Please note that Golden Capital Network is very proactive in Nevada County, and may be a good place to start. Some of the sites below will lead you to other sites…

Gaebler Ventures
California Angel Investor Groups
156 North Jefferson Street, Suite 301
Chicago, IL 60661