LAFAYETTE, CA--(Marketwire - January 24, 2008) - California Bank of Commerce (OTCBB: CABC), a unique commercial bank in the San Francisco Bay Area targeting mid-market businesses, today announced the creation of Opportunity Capital, a new division to serve smaller businesses in the San Francisco Bay Area and Northern California.

Opportunity Capital will focus primarily on extending loans guaranteed by the U.S. Small Business Administration to owner operated businesses in the Bank's market area. "This new Division will provide an outreach to small and emerging companies in a way that will complement our current larger middle market focus," said John E. Rossell III, President and CEO of California Bank of Commerce.

Opportunity Capital will be headed by Mr. Bob McDoulett, Senior Vice President. "Bob, like the rest of our senior team, has long experience and an established record of success," said Rossell.

Mr. McDoulett's expertise is in secured lending and cash management. He is accustomed to lending to a broad array of firms, but his particular focus is on the wine industry, residential care homes, auto facilities, and wholesalers. Among his clients are recipients of awards such as Northern California Small Businessperson of the Year and Northern California Exporter of the Year.

"Awards aside, my clients are driven to succeed -- for their family, their employees, and their community. I share that goal with every client I serve," said McDoulett. "I joined California Bank of Commerce because I admire their commitment to partnership with entrepreneurs and owner operators. Together, we will make Opportunity Capital a leader in small business lending."

About California Bank of Commerce

California Bank of Commerce was designed and built to provide a unique banking experience for businesses, entrepreneurs, and their families. California Bank of Commerce provides a broad range of commercial banking and advisory services to mid-market businesses and professionals throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. For more information on California Bank of Commerce and our unique banking experience, call us at 925-283-2265, or visit us at www.californiabankofcommerce.com.

Contact Information: Contact: Mark DeVincenzi 925-444-2916