FI Spotlight: Central Valley Community Bank


From time to time, we like to recognize the financial institutions who connect us with America’s finest merchants. One of our favorite referring community banks is Central Valley Community Bank, serving California’s heartland.

Central Valley Community Bank, founded in 1979, began with 12 bankers in rural Clovis, with $2 million in assets. Today, the bank stands stronger than ever, with offices in 16 communities from the San Joaquin Valley to the greater Sacramento region. CVCB now has more than $1.5 billion in assets, priding itself on its financial strength, security, and stability. The UMS team has personally witnessed Central Valley Community Bank’s commitment to maintaining its community roots through their core values of teamwork, respect, accountability, integrity and leadership.

“It’s really easy for us to align with a team like the great people of Central Valley Community Bank,” said Kristia Poppe, UMS Banking’s Vice President of Bank Relationships. “Their focus areas for growing their business are virtually the same as ours, when it comes to personalized service, client referrals, and employee satisfaction.”

In addition to 20 full-service offices, CVCB operates a host of departments aimed at supporting the business community of California’s interior counties, including commercial real estate, as well as SBA and agribusiness lending departments. Serving businesses is a primary focus for the bank, and Central Valley Community Bank has won multiple awards and recognitions, including being named a Preferred SBA lender, CenCal Business Group’s Lender of the Year, and the top SBA 504 lender in the Central Valley in 2018.

Leading industries in the Central Valley, notably served by the bank, include healthcare, manufacturing, and of course, agribusiness. Agriculture is big business in this area, as more than 230 crops are grown in California’s Central Valley. In fact, the region produces half of the vegetables, fruits, and nuts grown in the United States. Home to about 6.5 million people, the Central Valley is California’s fastest-growing region.

“Unlike many rural areas across the country, the Central Valley is thriving, and the bank plays a big role in that economic development,” explained UMS Account Executive Jacqueline Porthouse. Whether it’s a government entity, a family farm, or an area startup, the CVCB team is there with tailored solutions to help professionals and entrepreneurs grow sustainably. Our team sees this proven over and over again as we visit the area and see Central Valley Community Bank customers with healthy, strong businesses spread across the region.”

Like UMS, Central Valley Community Bank is committed to its customers, community, and its employees. For five years running, the bank has earned the recognition for Best Business Bank from the Business Journal’s Best of Central Valley Business Awards, as well as first runner-up in the publication’s Best Company to Work For category.

“Some of our best referrals come from this bank, because it’s a community treasure for residents of the Central Valley,” said Poppe. “When you’ve been around as long as they have, you’ve seen some economic ups and downs, and the people of the region know that CVCB is there, in good times and bad, ready to help. We know that when they refer a merchant from their portfolio, the relationship is strong and that we have to do everything we can to honor that customer as much as they do.”

For more information on Central Valley Community Bank, serving cities like Fresno, Modesto, Roseville, Stockton, and many more, visit