Meet our clients: Calavera

Chris Pastena, owner, always knew he would own restaurants: “This is my destiny. I can’t remember not thinking about owning my own restaurant. I wanted the freedom of expression to do what I wanted to do where I didn’t have to play by other people’s rules.”   Calavera has been open since 2015, and they…

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Good Money Guide

Oakland Grown’s 2018 Good Money Guide is available!  This year, the guide is digital as well as print, enabling you to evaluate funding options wherever you are.   The Good Money Guide reviews types of funding available for your small business, the benefits and drawbacks of each type, and sources to contact to get access…

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Meet our client: Montesacro

At Montesacro they make Pinsa, an ancestor of pizza.  Their modern take on pinsa transforms the tradition of using leftover grains into their specially-blended flour that makes a dish that is low in calories and easy to eat.  The first Pinseria in the United States, Montesacro also offers a selection of international wine and beer…

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Exiting Your Family Business

Main Street Launch’s Senior Vice President Robert Lattimore offers tips for entrepreneurs who are considering how to plan for their exit from their small business.   Family businesses make up about 89% of business tax returns from 24 million family businesses in the United States.  These family businesses employ 62% of the workforce (or 82…

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Meet our client: Reem’s

Reem’s is an Arab street corner bakery.  They bring the warmth of Arab hospitality through fresh baked bread.  Their specialty is man’oushe, a topped flatbread that you can share with friends or fold up and eat on the go, akin to a slice of pizza or burrito.   Reem’s isn’t just a business.  At the…

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