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Our Roots are in Oakland

We’re proud to support Oakland small businesses since 1979.

In our hometown, Main Street Launch operates as Oakland Launch. In Oakland, we are accelerating our effort to support diverse entrepreneurs and the businesses and local jobs they create, using business investment as a primary strategy for creating opportunities for low-to-moderate income Oaklanders to prosper in a rapidly changing city. In Oakland, Main Street Launch is committed to providing access to capital in parity with the community, supporting neighborhood revitalization efforts without displacement, and creating jobs for Oakland’s residents.

Our Services

Education

One-on-one business advising to launch to the next level, whether as a new or an existing business.

Relationships

Connection to a network of people and resources, including financial and business support services.

Capital

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For more information about if our services are right for you, call Adrian Gomez Zavala, Assistant Vice President – Relationship Manager at 510.830.3275 or email him at adrian@mainstreetlaunch.org.

Client Spotlight

Alameda County Small Business Development Center (SBDC)

Main Street Launch is proud to be the host host of Alameda County’s Small Business Development Center (SBDC).  

 

The Alameda County SBDC provides free, one-on-one consulting and trainings to more than 2,000 small businesses in the county each year.  Areas covered include raising loan and investment capital, marketing, social media, technology, operations, accounting and industries such as food, restaurant and retail.

The Alameda County SBDC is a top performer in helping small businesses access capital.  In 2016, ACSBDC clients raised over $31.5 million in new loans and equity (a record!).

 


WEBSITE, Lee, 2016-05-02Click here to learn more about the services provided through the Alameda County SBDC.

 

For more information about if the Alameda County SBDC services are right for you, call Lee Lambert at 510.208.0410 or email him at lee@acsbdc.org.

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Resources For Your Start-Up or Existing Business

BusinessAdvising.org

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BusinessAdvising.org connects free expert advisers and mentors to entrepreneurs for tailored, hands-on assistance to grow businesses and create new quality jobs in their communities.  Click here to sign up at no cost to you.

Townsqd

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Townsqd is a closed social network that connects neighborhood small businesses to each other.  This platform fosters collaboration among businesses and offers a place to share resources and information.  Click here to join at no cost to you.

Localwise

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Localwise connects local people to jobs at local businesses.  As small businesses are ready to make their first hire or grow their team, Localwise offers a local job community focused on building talent in small businesses.  Click here to post a job.

Additional Resources

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