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…

Resource for your business: Centro Community Partners

Centro Community Partners fosters socioeconomic change by providing business advisory services and leadership programs to rising yet underserved entrepreneurs who want to launch or grow their businesses and create jobs in their communities.   Centro offers a Basic Entrepreneurship Program, an Advanced Entrepreneurship Program, and a Small Business Advisor Program.  In the basic program, entrepreneurs…

Small Business Owners: Make your voice heard!

The Federal Reserve Banks are conducting a national survey of existing and pre-start small business owners/managers. This survey is a platform through which small businesses can be heard. It is designed to track small business financing conditions and bring them to the attention of service providers, lenders, and policy makers. Individual responses are confidential. Summary…

What are CDFIs?

Main Street Launch’s Intern – Impact Evaluation & Marketing Linda Ho offers information about CDFIs.  This article was originally posted on January 10, 2018.   WHAT IS CDFI? Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs) provide access to financial services for local residents and businesses, sharing a common goal of expanding economic opportunity in low income communities.…

Oakland Holiday Campaign

Main Street Launch is proud to partner with the City of Oakland, Oakland Grown, the Oakland Chamber, and Visit Oakland to celebrate small businesses and shopping locally this holiday season.  The deadline for small businesses to sign up for free marketing by Oakland Grown is October 31, 2018.   Oakland Grown’s holiday campaign kicks off…