Wells Fargo & Co. (NYSE:WFC) has announced it helped meet the financing needs of licensed clinical social worker Bernadette Talia, who recently opened Angels of Home Consulting, an El Cajon-based mental health practice. The company said Sinan Battah, a Wells Fargo commercial loan officer, worked with Talia to secure a commercial real estate loan to purchase office space in El Cajon that allowed her to start her new practice.
Talia’s practice includes classes and therapy groups customized to help the Chaldean and Arabic community suffering from traumatic life experiences. “I am so grateful to Wells Fargo for appreciating my passion, for believing in me as a woman business owner and for having the confidence that I could build a successful business and practice,” said Talia, who is trilingual and specializes in trauma counseling.
Wells Faro said that the financing it provided will help Talia expand her business by offering a couple’s workshop, counseling for military families and group sessions for men and women in English, Aramaic and Arabic.
Wells Fargo also announced it will lend a cumulative total of $55 million to women-owned businesses in the U.S. by the year 2020. Since introducing its women’s lending commitment in 1995, Wells Fargo said it has provided more than $38 billion in capital to women business owners, a group that grew in size by more than 20 percent from 2002 to 2007, according to the latest Census data.
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