National Hispanic Heritage Month

This post was originally shared on September 14, 2016.   Each year from September 15 to October 15 the United States recognizes the contributions of Hispanic and Latino Americans and celebrates their heritage and culture.  We want to celebrate by reflecting on the substantial (and growing!) impact of Hispanic and Latino entrepreneurs to our national…

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Tips on Writing your Business Bio

Main Street Launch’s Intern – Development & Fundraising Brooke Solomon offers some tips for writing your business bio.  For help building your online presence, contact your local SBDC to get free professional advice from a business consultant.   A business biography is an important factor in creating a strong online presence and a strong relationship…

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Meet our clients: Las Marianas Food Truck

Rosa Martin, the owner of Las Marianas Food Truck, started out as a brick and mortar restaurant, but as rent prices increased, she turned to Main Street Launch for additional capital to open a food truck instead. This became one of Oakland’s first Guatemalan food trucks, and Rosa serves delicious Guatemalan and Mexican favorites throughout…

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Celebrating Small Business Employees

This post was originally shared on September 5, 2016.   On this Labor Day, we want to take a minute to celebrate the people that work in small businesses.  Since 1995, small businesses have generated over 65% of the new new jobs and currently over 50% of the working population (120 million people) works in…

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Why Your Online Presence Matters

Karla De Leon, Main Street Launch’s Assistant Vice President – Business & Economic Development, offers the following tip for small businesses. For a lot of businesses that have been around for a while, managing a website and social media seems unnecessary.  You’ve been in business just fine without it, so why start now?   Answer:…

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