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Santa Cruz County Bank Ranks as the 4th Largest Lender in San Francisco District for U.S. Small Business Administration Lending

Bank lends over $15 million in S.F. District through third quarter of SBA's 2014 fiscal year; Promoting economic development and job growth

SANTA CRUZ, Calif., Aug. 22, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Santa Cruz County Bank (OTCQB: SCZC), a locally owned and operated full-service community bank headquartered in Santa Cruz County,  announced today its ranking as the fourth largest provider of SBA  7(a)loans in the San Francisco District out of a total of 83 lenders. The data was released by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) San Francisco District for the third quarter of its 2014 fiscal year, which includes the nine months from October 1, 2013 to June 30, 2014. 

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Santa Cruz County Bank's SBA Department Manager, Susan Chandler, commented, "For a relatively small community bank, our lending volume confirms our commitment to supporting small businesses. Our SBA team has built a positive reputation in the marketplace, which has resulted in repeat business from satisfied customers and continuous referrals from brokers, developers and our partners in government guaranteed programs."

Santa Cruz County Bank ranks 33rd out of 194 SBA 7(a) and 504 lenders in the state of California for the nine month period from October 1, 2013 to June 30, 2014.

ABOUT SANTA CRUZ COUNTY BANK
Santa Cruz County Bank, founded in 2004, is a locally owned and operated community bank with offices located in Aptos, Capitola, Santa Cruz, Scotts Valley and Watsonville. The Bank offers a variety of competitive deposit and lending solutions for businesses and individuals; including business loans, lines of credit, commercial real estate financing, agricultural loans, SBA and USDA government guaranteed loans, credit cards, merchant services, remote deposit capture, and online banking bill payment and cash management. For the past seven years, the Bank's SBA Department has been recognized as a top SBA lender in Santa Cruz County for 7a and 504 loans.

RATINGS & AWARDS
The Findley Reports, Inc.
2012: One of eleven "Exceptional" Banks in California
2013, 2012, 2011, 2010: "Super Premier" Performing Bank

Bauer Financial Reports, Inc.
Santa Cruz County Bank has received the distinction of 4-Star "Excellent" and 5-Star "Superior" by Bauer Financial Reports, Inc., for its financial performance every quarter since 2007.

American Banker Magazine
2013, 2014: Santa Cruz County Bank ranked in the "Top Performing 200 Community Banks and Thrifts in the United States" based upon three-year average return on equity.

Community Awards
Santa Cruz County Bank received the 2013 Volunteer Center of Santa Cruz County "Be the Difference" Business Award for its leadership and volunteer efforts.

2013, 2014: Santa Cruz County Bank was voted "Best Bank" in Santa Cruz County in the Good Times Readers poll. 

This release may contain forward-looking statements that are subject to risks and uncertainties. Such risks and uncertainties may include but are not necessarily limited to fluctuations in interest rates, inflation, government regulations and general economic conditions, and competition within the business areas in which the Bank is conducting its operations, including the real estate market in California and other factors beyond the Bank's control. Such risks and uncertainties could cause results for subsequent interim periods or for the entire year to differ materially from those indicated. Readers should not place undue reliance on the forward-looking statements, which reflect management's view only as of the date hereof. The Bank undertakes no obligation to publicly revise these forward-looking statements to reflect subsequent events or circumstances.

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