Location: Eureka, Calif.
Assets: $262 million
No. of employees: 51
President and CEO: John Dalby

It's a ritual traditionally reserved for presidents, astronauts and other bigwigs. But the list of people invited to toss out the first pitch at a baseball game now includes employees of Redwood Capital Bank.

The opportunity comes during the bank's annual picnic, which takes place at a local baseball game. An employee selected in a drawing throws the opening ball for the Humboldt Crabs, a summer collegiate team based in Arcata, Calif. Employees' children join in the fun as bat boys and bat girls.

Redwood Capital, founded in 2004, operates three branches serving communities in Humboldt County in northern California.

Although the bank is small, it strives to promote from within. To help employees gain the skills needed to step up, Redwood Capital offers several training opportunities.

Four employees have enrolled in the Pacific Coast Banking School. Others take advantage of the bank's offer to pay for extended education classes at Humboldt State University.

Future employees learn about the bank through an internship program operated by Humboldt State's business school.

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