Santa Cruz County Bank In The News
Four-year-old Santa Cruz County Bank is moving its headquarters to downtown Santa Cruz, where it aims to be part of the growing, pedestrian-friendly, green movement Santa Cruz has embraced.
"There's a movement downtown with a growing number of owner-occupied condos and residences being built with this whole idea to walk everywhere, and I think that will bode well for us as well," says Mary Anne Carson, senior vice president and director of marketing for the bank.
Stresses from the mortgage crisis are beginning to show in bank operations.
Some 166 banks -- about 2 percent of the 8,525 reviewed -- ended up on the "problem list" of Bauer Financial in the fourth quarter of 2007.
That compares to 108 on Bauer's problem list in the third quarter.
The number of banks rated "middle of the road," earning three or three and a half stars from Bauer, grew from 1,739 to 1,964, increasing from 20 percent to 23 percent. However, 71 percent of the banks rated remain on Bauer's recommended list.
Santa Cruz County Bank plans special hours this Saturday, appealing to former Coast Commercial Bank customers to stay with a locally owned bank. The Capitola office at 819 Bay Ave. and the Santa Cruz office at 325 Soquel Ave. will be open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.Read the full story
February 6, 2008 Double-digit growth at Santa Cruz County Bank JONDI GUMZ Sentinel staff writer A big fourth-quarter boosted loans to $119 million at Santa Cruz County Bank as of Dec. 31, up 44 percent compared to the prior year. Fourth-quarter loans increased $15 million, a 14 percent jump compared to the prior quarter.
Vice president of marketing Mary Anne Carson attributed the increase to $7 million in loans booked by the bank's Small Business Administration lending office in Capitola, which added staff in August. She said the loans included $4 million to a local hospitality business and $2 million to a local business in the medical industry.
Santa Cruz County Bank and Bank of America made the most Small Business Association loans in the county during fiscal 2007.Read the full story
When David Heald, president of Santa Cruz County Bank, was asked about putting on a Santa hat this year, he did -- and in a most unusual way.
At the Christmas party for the locally owned bank, he handed out $100 to each of the 42 employees and challenged them to make a difference for people in need in the community.
Return on investment: Priceless.
"One of the best holiday seasons I've had," said Heald, 59, who's been in banking since 1972.
Three-year-old Santa Cruz County Bank is working hard to stand out in a highly competitive industry. With its regular exhibits and receptions, the locally owned bank has a reputation for supporting the arts.
Now the bank, lauded this week by the city Arts Commission, plans to move its office from 325 Soquel Ave. to downtown and remodel the space with a "green" design. The bank has leased 720 Front St., formerly occupied by Coast Commercial Bank and currently vacant. The one-story building, in the Riverwalk Plaza, sits between Cafe Mare and Trader Joe's.
"It's a prime location," said Dennis Belisle of Greater Bay Bancorp, Coast's parent company, which gave up the space in May.Read the full story
Santa Cruz County Bank announced a loan program Monday to help nonprofits with a funding shortfall because of the state budget stalemate.
"When state funds cease to flow ... this has a crippling effect on local economies and more importantly, those that are directly served by these agencies," CEO David Heald said in announcing the availability of loans to day-care centers, human services organizations and other nonprofits.
Heald said the interest rate for nonprofits will be 7 percent, which is below prime. The fee to borrow $500,000 will be $250, with a smaller fee to borrow lesser amounts.
Her painting of the Boardwalk is at Santa Cruz County Bank, which is hosting an exhibit celebrating the amusement park's 100th anniversary through Aug. 30.
The gallery is on the First Weekend Art Tour, which takes place tonight, Saturday and Sunday. Details on that later. Bowlsby's 5-foot-wide watercolor is a horizontal view from the beach.Read the full story