Our History


Fair and Equitable Banking - 1976

First established in 1976, GBC International Bank was first founded by local actresses and businesswomen as the First Women’s Bank of California. With a mission to eliminate discrimination on the basis of sex, the bank was able to make a difference in our communities and society while supporting and advancing women.


“GBC” Emerges – 1984

In 1984, we adopted a new name - Guaranty Bank of California, to reflect our expanded services, programs and role within our communities. 

Export-Import – 1999

In 1999, GBC was awarded a Delegated Authority Lender status by the Export-Import Bank of the United States and has kept that designation ever since. We are currently rated as one of the top in the nation as a High-level Delegated Authority Lender.

Small Business Bank of the Year – 2004

In 2004, GBC was awarded Ex-Im Small Business Regional Bank of the Year for our impressive performance in helping small export-import businesses. At that time, and to this day,  we are one of the most active Export Working Capital Lenders in the US.

GBC Goes “International” – 2007

On August 1, 2007, the name GBC International Bank was adopted. The new name reflects the bank's long-standing expertise in handling international trade, commercial real estate financing, and business and personal banking services.

Exports and Beyond - 2008

In 2008, GBC International Bank continues its effort to help small businesses by gaining a "Preferred Lender" status with the U.S Small Business Administration (SBA). This designation gives GBCIB the ability to streamline the procedures necessary to provide financial assistance to the small business community while expediting its process. GBC International Bank has since maintained its SBA's Preferred Lender status and won SBA Export Lender of the Year Award in 2016.


Now, GBC International Bank is one of the few banks that specializes in, and is dedicated to providing, comprehensive financial solutions to help small companies. Our long-standing expertise in handling International export lending and SBA loans makes us your best choice for all your business lending and international service needs.