Meet our clients: Chef Ron’s Pastries

In 2004 Chef Ron’s Pastries started like many business: doing small orders here and there for family and friends.  In 2015 brother and sister Ron and Rhonda Persons officially launched Chef Ron’s Pastries when an opportunity to work with the Golden State Warriors came to them.  Since then, the business has been steadily growing, all…

Resource for your business: Oakland Grown

Oakland Grown is a nonprofit membership organization that services Oakland’s independent businesses, artists, and makers.  They promote buying, investing, and giving locally to build a sustain a more just and vibrant Oakland economy.   Oakland Grown’s members receive significant benefits (click here for their membership kit): Promote Oakland Grown members Provide workshops and events to…

CDFIs: Persistent Poverty Counties

Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs) support local economies by investing in under-invested areas.  Main Street Launch is proud to be a CDFI serving low-to-moderate income communities in Oakland and San Francisco.   The CDFI Fund identifies counties across the country that experience “persistent poverty” (defined as any county that has had 20% or more of…