Main Street Launch celebrates another year of entrepreneurial excellence.
On Saturday, March 5, 2022 members of the community celebrated the graduating class of the 2021-22 Entrepreneurs in Residence program. Main Street Launch hosted the graduating cohort, mentors, friends, and grantors and colleagues at the scenic Viaggio Winery located in Lodi, CA.
Nine program participants from Oakland, San Francisco, and Stockton have been working on the development, sustainability, and advancement of their businesses. With the support of strategic partners such as Uptima Business Cooperative, Gillespie Consulting Services, Chase for Business, Harvest Transition Solutions, Levo Business Advisors, Knomadix, and the National Coalition of 100 Black Women, these entrepreneurs have successfully positioned their businesses for success. “From financial projections to diversity supplier training, EIRs have persisted while still maintaining their small businesses outside of training. We value all of the parties that made this possible and look forward to a brief program followed by wine tasting and networking,” says Senior Program Manager, Richard Morris.
“This program embraces Main Street Launch’s entrepreneurial model, which addresses the racial wealth gap through materially improving wealth, assets, and income of African American small business owners, while strengthening and invigorating the ecosystem that supports them,” says Robert Lattimore, Chief Program Officer. Over the last four years, Main Street has institutionalized resources by launching the African American Entrepreneurship Institute (the Institute), which tailors business programming to the needs of African American entrepreneurs.
For more information on our upcoming EIR programs and other small business resources offered by Main Street Launch and the African American Entrepreneurship Institute, please visit www.mainstreetlaunch.org or reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org.