Happy President’s Day: Tips for Taking Breaks

Our offices are closed on Monday in recognition of President’s Day.  Still known as “Washington’s Birthday”, this year it falls on George Washington’s actual day of birth (February 22).  On this day off, we want to share the virtues of taking time off for entrepreneurs.   Taking breaks is critically important to sustaining our mental…

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Meet Our Clients: Mister Jiu’s

After dedicating 15 years of his life to cooking, Brandon Jew felt conflicted about his love for Chinese food and his frustration with how Americans view Chinese food.  Mister Jiu’s was born to preserve the tradition of Chinese cuisine and to showcase a contemporary take with San Francisco food values: small farm, organic, and seasonal…

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PRO Oakland

In 2016 Main Street Launch and Northern California Community Loan Fund (NCCLF) announced our partnership called PRO Oakland.  Together, we are offering expert advising to small businesses (advising through Main Street Launch) and nonprofits (advising through NCCLF), entities poised to be impacted by the construction of the East Bay Bus Rapid Transit system (BRT).  This…

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Oakland’s Laurel District

We are proud to call Oakland our hometown and to support the work residents and business owners do to revitalize our neighborhoods and increase the quality of services available for everyone.  A number of our clients are starting and growing businesses in Oakland’s Laurel District.   One event that happens in the Laurel is The…

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Meet Our Clients: The Port Bar

Sean Sullivan has been an advocate for the LGBTQ community and the Oakland small business community for 15 years.  He and his partner Richard Fuentes saw an opportunity to create a gathering place open seven days per week, specifically focused on serving LGBTQ people and Uptown.  From that combination of passion and opportunity, The Port…

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