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Location: Ukiah

Doing business since 2012

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“…I don’t think Saucy would exist now if it weren’t for all the effort and support of Nancy and West Company.”

Cynthia Ariosta first came to West Company in the fall of 2010 seeking assistance for a restaurant start-up. Ariosta had a good deal of experience in the restaurant industry, but for her own venture she wanted help with feasibility, forecasting, loans, and other issues essential to a opening a new, successful restaurant. Working with Nancy Banker, Ariosta ended up deciding that her first idea wasn’t feasible, and so she reviewed, refined, and reworked her concept and her business plan until she had an idea that she knew would work. Ariosta also took West Company’s Profit Mastery series of seminars so that she would be prepared to manage the financials of her restaurant once it had successfully opened.

She worked with Nancy Banker to find the right loan deal and Ariosta was able to access capital for her venture through private and state loans. She began getting permits and making deposits on her location in downtown Ukiah in April of 2012, and by August 2012 she was starting to hire employees. By the end of September, 2012 she had 15 employees and Saucy opened to an eager public in October, 2012.

Saucy is getting fantastic reviews in local press and online, and already has a following devoted to the wood-fired pizzas, creative salads and sandwiches, pasta specials, and artisan beers and wine on tap. About working with West Company, Ariosta says, “No words can express how grateful I am to West Company and to Nancy Banker specifically for sticking with me over the course of two years and three business plans before we found THE RIGHT DEAL! Nancy assisted with, reviewed and edited my business plans, including multiple versions of forecasts and narratives. She was instrumental in helping me to find potential sources of funding, and oversaw all of my submissions to potential lenders. She was an advisor and confidant during my lease negotiations, and also knew when to suggest I seek legal advice. Nancy Banker was the rock that stood behind me when I wavered, and she reined me in when I got off track. When things got tough, she knew how to comfort me while still encouraging me to move forward. I don’t think Saucy would exist now if it weren’t for all the effort and support of Nancy and West Company.” Like everyone in Mendocino County who loves great Italian food, West Company is very happy that Saucy does now exist.

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