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1st Quarter 2015
CBB is Named Bank of the Year by the Western Independent Bankers Association!

And here are some of the reasons why...
  • Grew Loans 37%
  • Grew Deposits 32%
  • Received maximum Bank Enterprise Award from the US Treasury for our lending activity for the sixth year in a row
  • Awarded "Premier Performing Bank" by Findley Reports
  • Awarded "5-Stars" for Safety & Soundness by Bauer Financial
  • Provided a proprietary omline game app - Thrive 'n' Shine - that teaches financial literacy in a fun and egaging way.  In December alone students completed over 1,000 Literacy Challenges.  It's been a big hit !
  • Enhanced our "Bay Area Green Fund" to direct capital and lending to environmentally sustainable projects and companies
CBB Client Feedback Survey

Please take a few moments to complete this survey so we can learn how we can better serve your needs. Your feedback is very important to us. Please submit by May 1. Thank you.

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CBB Featured in Good Local Money Guide

Released in the East Bay Express in February, this color pull-out guide offers information and detailed listings of local places where businesses can find financial resources - from loans to investments to crowdfunding - that aligns with their values.  The guide includes amounts, requirements, and contact information for a host of providers including Community Bank of the Bay! You can also 
view and download a copy by clicking the link below.   
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CBB Rated 5-Stars by Bauer Financial!!
Rating based on safety and stability.

CBB earned a 5-Star Rating by Bauer Financial, Inc., the nations leading independent bank rating and research firm. This rating is based on the overall financial picture of the Bank and indicates that Community Bank of the Bay is one of the strongest banks of it's size in the nation.
CBB Rated "Outstanding" by Bank Local
Our Local Impact Ranked Highest Among Peers 

BankLocal's scoring algorithm provides a broad measure of Local Impact  - how well banks contribute to the health of

their local economies. The data they use comes directly from the Call Report which all banks submit to the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation every quarter. 



CBB Local Impact Report Card

CBB Invests in Local Art Program  
Local artists work is now permanently on display at the Danville and Oakland offices

CBB supports the local economy bin many ways, including purchasing original art by local artists for our offices and headquarters.  We have had the pleasure of working with SLATE Art Consulting to curate our local art program.  Local artists featured in Danville include photographer Stephen Joseph and Counterpoint Studios, Llc is on display in the Oakland office.


Bay Area Green Fund Advisory Committee
Meet Our Panel of "Green" Experts 

Advisors review projects to ensure that all of the loans made are consistent with our mission of sustainability. Advisors also provide insight into the operation and promotion of the BAGF, including marketing and strategic planning. The Advisory Committee meets quarterly. 

Meet the BAGF Advisors
Think globally and act locally! 
Community Bank of the Bay (CBB) recently became a member of the South Yuba River Citizen League (SYRCL) and sponsor of the Wild & Scenic Film Festival. 
by Winter Williams

SYRCL is a non-profit (powered by over 700 volunteers) that has effectively been leading initiatives to recover California's wild salmon population and restore the Yuba River for over 30 years. SYRCL started Wild & Scenic 13 years ago as a fundraiser but has since evolved the festival into a national platform for local environmental advocacy. The recent five day festival, which took place in Nevada City and Grass Valley, offered screenings of 130 environmental and outdoor adventure films, as well as workshops, lectures, tours, music and art, all of which were selected inspire people to take action towards the earth's protection.

Films from the Wild and Scenic Film Festival are screening at the Oakland Asian Cultural Center on April 24th. See you there!

Tips to Prepare Your Small Business for Tax Time from SBA
New Office Manager in Oakland

Meet Kim Ramirez, the new VP and Manager of the Oakland Office.  A veteran in the banking industry and a long time resident of Oakland, Kim spent the last six years of her career as a VP and Regional Manager at Bank of the West. She has also worked for Union Bank, First Interstate Bank and Wells Fargo.  
Kim can be reached at (510) 433-5420 or by email at kramirez@bankcbb.com
CBB Supports Makers at Made in Oakland Inaugural Festival

Oakland's New Mayor Libby Shaaf, an Oakland native, celebrated her inauguration with the first annual "Made in Oakland Festival" at American Steele Studios. CBB was proud to sponsor a key chain made by Youth in Oakland from SUDA Fab Labs at Castlemont Middle School. The Fab Labs program is a partner and the youth component of the Oakland Makers. The event drew thousands including Governor Jerry Brown. The students used a laser printer to make these DIY key chains. 

New Client Profile: Oakland Flag Co.

The Oakland Flag Company is dedicated to promoting Oakland pride through locally made flags.  Oakland Flag Co. makes beautiful flags the right way-with local labor, quality materials, and community values. Whether it's an indoor pennant or full-size exterior flags, show off your Oakland love and support your city at the same time.  It's not an Oakland flag if it's not made in Oakland. 

30 Social Justice Leaders and 20 staff and coaches attended Transform Finance Conference Mar 14-15
CBB Hosts Transform Finance Institute for Social Justice Leaders

On March 14-15, leaders from non-profit organizations all over the country gathered at our headquarters on Oakland to take part in a 2-day training conference organized by Transform Finance.  The event drew 30 participants and 20 coaches and staff who learned how to access Impact Investment Funds and other alternative financing options.  

Stephen Joseph, Landscape Photographer

Danville Grand Opening Open House
100 guests attended the event in spite of torrential rains and flash flood warnings!  
New Account officer in Danville
Laila Sulaiman is a familiar face in Danville. She came to CBB in November from Heritage Bank of Commerce where she worked since 2007. Before that she was part of the original Diablo Valley Bank team along with many others from our current CBB Team including Danville office manager Margie Perry and Directors Jack Hounslow and Jim Mayer.
Laila can be reached at (925) 272-4883.  Email Laila

SVP and Team Leader David Meyer was recognized by State Assistance Fund for Enterprise, Business and Industrial Development Corporation (SAFE-BIDCO) as Leading producer of state guaranteed loans in 2014!

Lending Partner Profile: SAFE-BIDCO

State Assistance Fund for Enterprise is a State of California State Loan Guarantee Program that helps small businesses access working capital in the form of a credit enhancement. SAFE-BIDCO is the only state guarantee available that includes working capital lines of credit. 

SVP and Team Leader David Meyer was recognized by State Assistance Fund for Enterprise, Business and Industrial Development Corporation (SAFE-BIDCO) as Leading producer of state guaranteed loans in 2014!

To learn more about the State Guarantee Program, contact your Relationship Manager or contact David Meyer at (925) 838-
Client Profile - Bodkin Wines
SAFE-BIDCO / CBB Partnership Case Study

Bodkin Wines, based in Healdsburg, was featured in SAFE-BIDCO's recent newsletter as a Client Success Story. The article also mentions CBB as the bank that they partnered with to help the business get the financing they needed to expand. With the help of the State Guarantee Program, SAFE-BIDCO and Community Bank of the Bay, Bodkin Wines was able to qualify for a much higher line of credit than they would of without the help of this program. 
RSVP to kvandenberg@bankcbb.com

Karen Vandenberg is now a Rotarian
On March 6 Karen Vandenberg, Relationship Manager in San Mateo was inducted into the San Mateo Rotary Club.  Another example of Karen's commitment to the community! 

CBB sponsors CalCPA ABC Mixer
Mark Roach, Karen Vandenberg, Bill Keller, Carol Vi-Thompson and Helen Wyman attended the event which was held at Hiller Aviation Museum in San Carlos on January 15.

Learn More

CBB San Mateo Office Ribbon Cutting hosted by San Mateo Chamber of Commerce April 7
Silicon Valley Chamber Business Xpo April 23
Professional Fiduciary Association Annual Conference
April 22-25
Oakland Makers Mixer with Mayor Libby Schaaf "Made in Oakland" Brand Label Launch April 23
Dream Big Oakland: Visit Oakland May 5
East Bay Economic Development Alliance
Spring Membership Meeting
May 14
CBB Annual Shareholders Meeting in Danville May 29

For questions about upcoming events, contact Helen Wyman, Marketing Specialist  at 
(510) 433-5436 or by email at hwyman@bankcbb.com.