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1611 Telegraph Avenue, Suite 504
Oakland, CA 94612

Barbara Morrison

Fundador y presidente

Barbara Morrison, a Bay Area small business advocate and civic leader, is the founder and president of Financiamiento TMC, a certified Development Company that provides SBA commercial real estate financing.

In 1981, Barbara founded TMC Financing to provide access to affordable capital with the SBA 504 loan program for small business owners to purchase the real estate utilized by their business. From just 6 employees lending in the 9 Bay Area counties, TMC has grown into the largest CDC in the nation, providing financing for small businesses in California, Arizona, Nevada, Oregon, and Hawaii.  Under her visionary leadership, TMC has facilitated over $14 billion in SBA commercial real estate loans for over 7,000 small businesses, leading to the creation of an estimated 60,000 jobs.

Recognizing the needs of smaller entrepreneurs, not able to take advantage of the 504 program, Barbara expanded her impact by founding Soluciones de trabajo a Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI), in 1999. This initiative addressed the financing gaps faced by start-ups, women, minorities, and low-income businesses unable to access conventional funding sources. Working Solutions was “incubated” in the TMC office until it grew into self-sufficiency.  Today, it is one of the most successful CDFIs in the country.

In 2018, repeating the method of incubating another nonprofit, Barbara founded Capital comunitario de TMC (TMC CC), an online, technology-based microlender. Since its inception, TMC Community Capital has disbursed over $7 million to approximately 350 businesses, providing crucial support to under-served entrepreneurs. Notably, 82% of the loans facilitated by TMC CC supported entrepreneurs of color, while 56% benefited women-owned businesses and 75% aided business owners with low-to-moderate income levels.

Morrison desarrolló su pasión por el desarrollo económico de las pequeñas empresas al principio de su carrera mientras se desempeñaba como subdirectora de la Oficina de Desarrollo Económico de la Alcaldía en San Francisco.

Morrison, ex alcaldesa y concejala de la ciudad de Belvedere, ha sido ampliamente reconocida por su defensa de las mujeres y los propietarios de pequeñas empresas, así como por el liderazgo que brindó a muchas organizaciones comunitarias.

Currently, Barbara participates in several influential organizations, including the Oakland Chamber of Commerce and the International Women’s Forum (IWF). Her engagement in these organizations reflects her ongoing commitment to fostering economic growth, supporting entrepreneurship and helping local communities grow and thrive.

Awards & Accomplishments

1999 – Arthur Goodman Achievement and Diversity Award

2000 – US Small Business Administration, Small Business Advocate Award

2011 – San Francisco Business Times (SFBT) and law firm Allen Matkins, Northern California Real Estate Women of Influence Hall of Fame

2012 – Financial Women’s Association of San Francisco, Financial Woman of the Year

2014 – SF Business Times Forever Influential

2016 – YWCA Marin Women’s Hall of Fame

2017 – CREW Network, Industry Impact Award

2017 – SF Business Times, Most Admired CEO

2017 – Oakland Chamber of Commerce, Top East Bay Women Business Owners

2017 – Coleman Report, TMC named Main Street Lender of the Year

2021 – Top Lender Influencer, Globe St. Real Estate

2023 – TMC recognized as #1 SBA 504 lender in the nation for 3rd consecutive year

2024 – TMC named Bay Area Best Places to Work for 8th time (3rd consecutive year), SFBT

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Professional Networks

TMC Community Capital, Board Member

Member of Sonoma Impact 100, co-chair of Finance Committee

Jack London Park, miembro de la junta

Cámara de Comercio de Oakland, Comité de Desarrollo Económico

Foro Internacional de Mujeres (IWF), Miembro, Capítulo del Norte de CA

Marin Theatre Company, Former Board Member

Presidio Bank (Now Heritage Bank), Former Advisory Board Member

Renaissance Entrepreneur Center, ex miembro fundador de la junta

Harvard Kennedy School, Women and Public Policy Women’s Leadership Board, Former Board


The Buck Institute for Research on Aging, ex miembro de la junta

Ceresa, Former Mentor