Meet Our Clients: Degrees Plato

Two years ago, the husband-and-wife team, Richard and Mercedes, first thought about opening a family-friendly bar & restaurant. They fell in love with Oakland’s Laurel District, where Degrees Plato now operates, and they feel fortunate for their great neighbors and a supportive community. Now, Degrees Plato has 18 employees, and Richard and Mercedes see their…

What does going green mean for small businesses?

Are you considering a green certification for your business, but not sure where to start? There are many ways small businesses in different industries can incorporate green practices into their operations. We caught up with three small business owners in Oakland to get their perspective on getting green certified in California. The Punchdown “The green…

Advising Corner: Loan Readiness

Are you a small business owner seeking a loan from Main Street Launch, but have some questions about the process? Featured here is loan readiness advice from three experts: Karla De Leon, Senior Vice President – San Francisco Market Manager Adrian Gomez Zavala, Vice President – Relationship Manager Joshua Marquez, Program Manager – Veteran Launch…

2019 Circular Summit

The Alliance for Community Development has been using Alice as a platform for collaboration in support of the Bay Area’s small business ecosystem. We’d like to pass along an exclusive invitation from Alice to their fourth annual Circular Summit for high growth women entrepreneurs. Alice is bringing its annual Circular Summit to Sonoma County, CA,…

Meet Our Clients: Sequoia CrossFit

Sequoia CrossFit is a comprehensive strength and conditioning facility founded by Matt Andus. His studio offers small group trainings and individualized attention designed to assist people attain their fitness goals. For Matt, the most fulfilling aspect of his work is when he can show someone that they can do something with their body that they…

Get to know Joshua Marquez

Katie Taylor, Vice President – Marketing & Executive Projects, interviews Joshua Marquez, Veteran Launch’s Program Manager.  Click here to read Joshua’s bio. How did you come across Main Street Launch? I was looking to transition out of the startup world to get more involved in the military and veteran community. It was not long after…