Success Story: Meet Sierra and Darin, owners of Jump on the School Bus Transportation

Posted on Aug 21, 2018 by Alma Elizondo-Bailey

Jump On The School Bus is a Santa Barbara, California based transportation company specializing in weddings and wine tours. The JOTSB Bus was a light bulb moment that popped up in Sierra's head while at Butterfly Beach, Montecito in 2011. Sierra turned to Darin and casually said, "Hey baby, what if we buy a school bus and do wine learning tours. We'll keep it yellow." Darin replied, "that is absolutely the DUMBEST idea I have ever heard!" JOTSB has now been in business for seven years. In 2017, the team provided transportation for over 200 weddings. When they are not sold out for weddings, they offer the best wine and beer tours in the Santa Barbara region.

Sierra and Darin
Sierra and Darin on their wedding day.

Two years ago, Sierra and Darin needed financing and were referred to Opportunity Fund. At that time, they had really distressed credit and merchant cash advances, so they didn’t qualify for a loan. Since then, they periodically checked in with Shanna McClearn, Opportunity Fund's Business Development Manager, to keep her posted on their progress to be able to qualify for a loan. Sierra and Darin worked very hard to grow their business, pay off their debts, and clean up their credit. And, last month, they were finally ready for an Opportunity Fund loan!

Opportunity Fund provideded an $80,000 loan to get new air filters in their buses, which is required by the State of California. They now have 21 buses and their business is steadily growing.

Sierra and Darin are so grateful to all of us at Opportunity Fund, and we are happy to be able to provide what they need to continue to improve and grow their business. 

Thank you note

Visit their website to learn more about Jump On The School Bus. 

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