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Lixit SBA visit

Lixit Corp. of Napa received recognition from both Rep. Mike Thompson and the U.S. Small Business Administration this past Thursday. Pictured here: Thompson, SBA Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet, Lixit Corp. CEO Linda Parks and Napa Chamber of Commerce CEO Travis Stanley.

As part of a Thursday, Feb. 18, trip to promote job creation and product exporting, U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet and Rep. Mike Thompson visited Lixit Corp. in Napa.

Lixit Corp., which has completed four SBA projects with Bay Area Development Co. over the past decade, was selected for the visit because of its focus on job creation and its proven track record of success, said a news release.

Both Contreras-Sweet and Thompson “had some great ideas and resources to help Lixit expand sales and subsequently increase our employment needs in Napa,” wrote Lixit CEO Linda Parks.

During the visit Lixit Corp. received recognition from both Thompson and the U.S. Small Business Administration.

Founded in 1968, Lixit is the world’s largest manufacturer of pet water bottle products, said a news release. Parks purchased the company in 1994 and has grown its offerings to include other pet-related items such as bowls, feeders, first aid kits, cage accessories and more.

In addition to selling products under the Lixit name, the company sells products for private labels and offers full service design, engineering, fabrication and screen printing.

Voted Business of the Year in 2007 and Family Friendly Business of the Year in 2009, both by the Napa Chamber of Commerce, Lixit is Napa Valley’s largest employer of disabled adults and prides itself on making all its products in the United States, said the release.

Founded in 1981, Bay Area Development Co. is an SBA licensed lender that works with banks and the SBA’s 504 program to provide small and midsize companies with long-term commercial real estate financing.

The loans have fixed, below-market interest rates and low down payments, which allows businesses to purchase land and buildings, renovate existing facilities and acquire equipment.

Since its founding on July 30, 1953, the U.S. Small Business Administration has delivered millions of loans, loan guarantees, contracts, counseling sessions and other forms of assistance to small businesses, said the release.

The SBA administrator’s visit also included a roundtable discussion at Napa Valley College about how the SBA helped local business owners after the August 2014 earthquake.

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