- Letter from Our CEO
- Credit Tip
- Advising Corner: Why Your Online Presence Matters
- Resource for your Business: Townsquared
- Meet Our Clients: Acumen Building Enterprise
- Get To Know Our Staff: Lee Lambert
- Opportunity for your Business: Forest Restaurant Supply
- Resource for your Business: SFEDA
- Upcoming Events for Your Small Business
- Get Connected to Resources
- Welcome Our Newest Clients
- Welcome Our Newest Team Members
- Some tips to help improve your credit score,
- An advising column about the value of your business’ online presence,
- Profiles of several partner organizations that can support your business,
- Events and resources to support your small business development, and
- Stories about our clients and staff.
Advising Corner: Why Your Online Presence Matters
Karla De Leon is Main Street Launch’s Assistant Vice President – Business & Economic Development. She offers this tip to help your business development.
Resource for your Business: Townsquared
Connect with Fellow Business Owners on Townsquared! Main Street Launch is partnering with Townsquared, the only online community where verified small business owners share advice and resources on topics ranging from accounting and insurance to city permits and technology. You can claim your free membership now by clicking here to create your profile, or visit townsquared.com and sign up using the invite code mainstreetlaunch.
Meet Our Clients: Acumen Building Enterprise
Walter E. Allen, a Navy veteran, started Acumen Building Enterprise in 1994 to help pay for graduate school. That small one-person consulting firm became a corporation in 2002. Acumen now has 40 employees and works with major transit agencies across the country to provide transit and transportation infrastructure development coupled with strategic technology solutions designed to expand urban mobility and accessibility.
In 2016, Acumen received a loan from Main Street Launch to support its cash flow and business growth. “Our biggest expense is payroll, and the loan allowed us to manage our cash flow while we wait for invoices to process,” explains Walter. “The timing of the loan was critical, and the infusion of capital kept us going.”
Main Street Launch referred Walter to the Alameda County SBDC for accounting support. “It was a great help. I would recommend the SBDC to other business owners. I plan to go back to them for help on future business challenges as they arise.”
Get to Know Lee Lambert
Click here to read Lee’s full interview.
Opportunity for your Business: Forest Restaurant Supply
Resource for your Business: SFEDA
Main Street Launch is proud to be a member of the San Francisco Economic Development Alliance (SFEDA). The SFEDA is a collaboration of nonprofit organizations that provide business training, funding, and ongoing support to Bay Area small and micro businesses serving San Francisco.
The SFEDA member organizations come together to support SF small businesses, to find new ways to collaborate, and to work together to best support business owners.
Click here to learn more about what the SFEDA can do to support your business.
Get Connected to Resources for your Business
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. Click here to sign up at no cost to you.
BusinessAdvising.org connects free expert advisors 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 is a 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 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.
Welcome Our Newest Team Members
We’re pleased to welcome Prabh Nijjar as our Data Analyst. She supports a variety of reporting and data projects for the organization. We were also pleased to have three summer interns with us this year: Andrea Ramirez, Fernando Ramos, and Brooke Solomon. Andrea and Fernando supported various mapping and data analysis projects, and Brooke supported our fundraising and development activities.
Add email@example.com to your address book to be sure you never miss any important news!
Visit our website to learn about Oakland Launch, San Francisco Launch, and Veteran Launch.
Powering Dreams. Transforming Communities.
Main Street Launch
2101 Webster Street, Suite 1200, Oakland CA 94612