Robert Federighi Design sets the stage for expansion with acquisition of 13,160-square-foot warehouse in San Rafael, CA with SBA 504 loan from Capital Access Group

Capital Access Group (, a commercial real estate lender specializing in U.S. Small Business Administration 504 loans for growing businesses, recently helped Robert Federighi, Owner of Federighi Design, to secure $3.2 million in total project financing through the SBA 504 commercial real estate loan program. The funds were used to purchase a 13,160-square-foot commercial warehouse at 635 Lindaro Street, San Rafael, CA. The new warehouse will replace seven leased warehouse and storage spaces, enabling the company to reduce costs significantly by consolidating multiple facilities, with additional space left over for future growth. The purchase will also stabilize the company’s real estate expenditures in the face of constantly rising rental rates in the region.

With over thirty years in the business, Robert Federighi Design has become an expert at designing and furnishing spaces for some of the most prestigious homes and commercial buildings in the Bay Area. The exponential growth of their construction department, which was spread across multiple warehouses, required the company to redefine its own space.

“Our current storage situation is about to overflow with staging materials,” said Robert Federighi, Owner, Robert Federighi Design. “This purchase allows us to centralize all of our products, so the staging crew has one location. We can eliminate all of those other warehouses we were leasing and run a more efficient business.”

This was Federighi’s second SBA 504 loan from Capital Access Group. In 2014, the company secured financing to purchase a 9,000 square-foot warehouse and showroom in Novato.

“To be honest, it was the low down payment and 20-year fixed-rate loan that cinched it,” said Stephanie Larkins, Controller and Accounting Manager, Robert Federighi Design. “We would not have been able to purchase the building without it.”

As for working with Capital Access Group, Larkins said, “It was so easy, Capital Access gave me a list of items we needed. I got them to them, and that was that.”

“It was such a pleasure to help Bob and his team secure the financing they needed to consolidate their warehouse space and stabilize their real estate costs,” said Jacklyn Jordan, President and CEO, Capital Access Group. “Our primary goal is to provide fast, efficient service for small businesses like Robert Federighi Design so they can continue to grow and look toward the future.”

“Owning this new building fixes our expenses and operationalizes the business,” said Larkins. “The mortgage payment on the new building is less than we currently pay in rent for the warehouses and storage units combined!”

The press release can be read online here.

Capital Access helps businesses affected by North Bay wildfires get back on their feet

Just a little over a year ago, Sonoma, Napa, Lake, and Mendocino counties suffered a devastating series of tragedies when wildfires swept through the community, levelling homes, businesses, and entire neighborhoods. Capital Access has been supporting small businesses in the area for more than 35 years, so we knew we had to do something to help. Our Board of Directors subsequently approved $30K in grants to assist in fire recovery efforts for small businesses in the region, to be distributed through Rotary District 5130 and the Redwood Credit Union Community Fund.

This week, the Rotary club shared a report about how funds from the Business Grant Recovery Program were distributed. All in all, the club provided grants to 274 businesses, for a total of nearly $830,000. Here are just a few of their stories:

  • George Fiori received a grant to support a new marketing strategy for his restaurant, Fiori’s Buns and Burgers.
  • Cary Sauls, owner of Sauls Acousticals, replaced tools and rebuilt his acoustical contracting business.
  • Michelle Sheridan received a check to replace equipment for her family’s home-based BBQ catering business.
  • John and Gesine Franchetti, owners of Franchetti’s Wood Fire Kitchen, used their funds implement a new marketing plan for their restaurant and catering business.

“We were so proud to partner with Rotary District 5130 and the Redwood Credit Union Community Fund to do our small part in helping to provide small business owners with the hope and support they needed to get back on their feet,” said Jacklyn Jordan, President and CEO, Capital Access Group.