The California Gold Rush that lasted from 1848 to 1855 spawned an entrepreneurial boom that captured people’s imaginations. Not only could individuals strike it rich but so could the businesses that served them. Norman Rideout was one of these Gold Rush entrepreneurs. His bank, Rideout, Smith and Company, provided a safe haven for prospectors to sell their gold, receive drafts and make deposits. Today, Rideout’s bank is part of Bank of America. And we continue to support a new generation of entrepreneurs, like Sid Taylor, whose steel business plays a vital role in fabricating metals for the auto industry and a vital role in creating healthy communities where he does business.