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…

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.…

Hiring Employees

This post was written by Katie Taylor, Vice President – Marketing & Executive Projects at Main Street Launch.   As your business grows, it becomes impossible to do it all yourself.  Hiring can be daunting, but having a simple plan and process can make it easier.  In this post we share a few of our…

Advocacy for and with CDFIs

Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs) are mission-driven financial institutions that serve communities and individuals who have not yet had access to traditional financial services, like bank loans.  Our organizations typically are focused on serving our clients, so we rely on the work of other organizations to do larger advocacy work that will benefit our clients…

Your Business’ Online Presence Matters

Even for local, neighborhood businesses, an online presence is critical for new customers to find you.  More than 97% of customers use the internet to find local businesses. This number has been growing steadily since smartphones have become more available and mainstream.  Positive reviews make 73% of customers trust a local business more than no…

Meet our clients: iCAFE San Francisco

With her parents’ values instilled in her as a very young child, Diana Wong has grown to model a similar successful business style when creating iCAFE San Francisco, located in the heart of San Francisco’s Chinatown. She wanted to create a “warm, caring, sense of coming home,” continuing to cater to loyal patrons, in addition…

Community Progress Makers Award

Click here to download the press release. MAIN STREET LAUNCH Selected by Citi Foundation’s Community Progress Makers Fund to Accelerate Economic Opportunity in THE BAY aREA   $500,000 Investment in core operating support will enable Main Street Launch to address the racial wealth gap through launching an African American Entrepreneurship Institute.   April 26, 2018,…

Exiting Your Family Business

Main Street Launch’s Senior Vice President Robert Lattimore offers tips for entrepreneurs who are considering how to plan for their exit from their small business.   Family businesses make up about 89% of business tax returns from 24 million family businesses in the United States.  These family businesses employ 62% of the workforce (or 82…

Get to know our staff: Jen Leybovich

Brooke Solomon, Main Street’s Data & Online Content Manager, interviews Jen Leybovich, Main Street’s Senior Vice President – Strategy & Development.  Prior to joining the organization, Jen completed her M.B.A. at Yale School of Management, where she focused on economic development & social enterprise and was a fellow at Nonprofit Finance Fund in the Lending Division. …