Meet Our Clients: Milagros de Mexico

In 2015, The City of Oakland and Main Street Launch (formerly OBDC) partnered to launch the Oakland Business Sustainability Program.  The Oakland Business Sustainability Program offers a comprehensive, integrated mix of services to support businesses along the East Bay Bus Rapid Transit Route.  The technical assistance part of the Oakland Business Sustainability Program is provided…

Meet Our Clients: Artesanias Mexicanas El Sol

Main Street Launch’s Oakland Business Sustainability Program offers Central and East Oakland businesses impacted by the upcoming Bus Rapid Transit construction business advising and small business capital to help their businesses develop growth strategies during the construction period and thrive by taking advantage of the new opportunities this project will bring.  Artesanias Mexicanas El Sol is…

Top Three Things Businesses Can Do When Construction is Near Their Location

Karla de Leon is Main Street Launch’s Lead Business Advisor.  This is part of Main Street’s business advising team’s ongoing series of best practices and tips for small business owners.  Never miss a tip by signing up for our newsletter.   Oakland is booming. This means construction is everywhere. While it might not be pleasant to have…

Get to Know Robert Lattimore

Katie Taylor, Main Street’s Assistant Vice President – Communications, interviews Robert Lattimore, Senior Vice President. Robert has over 35 years of experience in the public, private, and economic development sectors. His experience includes working with company founders, financial institutions, community based organizations, and local municipalities. Robert has helped over 200 entrepreneurs in diverse business sectors. Click…

We changed our name!

After going through a comprehensive and thoughtful rebranding process, OBDC Small Business Finance changed our name to Main Street Launch.  Main Street Launch will continue innovating at the intersection of small business and community economic development, pursuing strategies that leverage our small business expertise and capital as a catalyst for an inclusive and diverse local…