Small-Business Grants: Where to Find Free Money

This article  is written by Jackie Zimmermann and originally appeared on NerdWallet and is shared with with permission. They say there’s no such thing as a free ride. In the world of small-business grants, you’ll pay your dues by searching websites, clicking out-of-date links, or struggling with government databases before finding a grant that suits your business goals.…

Resource for your business: Pacific Community Ventures

At Main Street Launch, our innovative partnerships enable us to provide small business owners with the capital, education, and relationships that allow them to thrive.  One partner that supports this goal is Pacific Community Ventures.   Pacific Community Ventures (PCV) is a nonprofit that engages small businesses, investors and policymakers to build an economy that…

Invest In Neighborhoods: San Francisco

San Francisco’s Mayor Lee created an interagency partnership to strengthen and revitalize neighborhood commercial districts around the City, called Invest In Neighborhoods.  Main Street Launch is partnering with the City of San Francisco to serve these 25 neighborhoods with cheaper small business loan capital and business development services.   To learn more about the 25…

Business Structure: How to Choose the Right One for You

This article  is written by Andrew L. Wang and originally appeared on NerdWallet and is shared with with permission. Designing a killer website, prototyping your product, talking your way to your first big order — these parts of starting your business likely stir your entrepreneurial passions. The business structure of your new enterprise? Not so exciting. But…

Meet Our Clients: Lexington Place

Nichole spent eight years working on building her clientele, establishing her reputation, and learning all she could about running a small business.  She stumbled upon Women’s Initiative for Self Employment’s business planning class, and that introduced her to other resources, including San Francisco Small Business Week’s conference and other classes through the San Francisco Office…