(Fresno, CA) — Fresno Community Development Financial Institution (Fresno CDFI) officially launched its new name and brand as Access Plus Capital at its Fresno office in downtown Fresno.

Access Plus Capital started as a program of Fresno EOC as Fresno CDFI to help small refugee farmers in Fresno County. Over the last decade, the organization has grown from providing capital in one county to helping more than 500+ businesses in a 14-county region throughout Central California. The agency has now grown beyond its geographic specific name and leadership felt that the name Fresno CDFI didn’t sufficiently support the organization’s vision of an economically prosperous Central California powered by entrepreneurs.

The new name Access Plus Capital conveys the organization’s philosophy of supporting the needs of small, diverse and underserved businesses to ‘access’ capital, plus the services they provide to the small businesses including the training and resources to help them grow. The rebranding represents its successful and ongoing transition to an agency that is supportive of small and growing businesses throughout Central California.

This is an exciting new chapter for the mission-based lender. “We are happy to be expanding to meet the needs of entrepreneurs and companies from Bakersfield to Stockton,” says Salam Nalia, the founding and current CEO of Access Plus Capital. The organization is scheduled to open a new offices in Bakersfield early fall and in Modesto by the beginning of 2018. Salam continues, “this new name will help us better connect to businesses throughout the state.”

About Access Plus Capital
Access Plus Capital offers financing and training services for small businesses and entrepreneurs in Central California.  Since its inception in 2009, its multilingual staff has lent over $20 million to hundreds of entrepreneurs helping them realize their dreams by starting and growing their small business. Access Plus Capital (dba Fresno CDFI) is a subsidiary of Fresno Economic Opportunities Commission (Fresno EOC). More information can be found here: www.accesspluscapital.com.