- Letter from Our CEO
- Main Street Launch’s 2016-17 Organizational Report
- Credit Tip
- Main Street Launch Funding Announcements
- Advising Corner: Make 2018 Less Stressful
- Meet Our Clients: Black Bark BBQ
- Small Business Owners: Make Your Voices Heard!
- Get To Know Our Staff: Jen Leybovich
- Free Business Advising for Eligible Small Businesses
- Upcoming Events for Your Small Business
- Get Connected to Resources
- Welcome Our Newest Clients
- Welcome Our Newest Team Members
Main Street Launch is proud to work with innovative small business owners who are creating jobs for themselves and others, investing in our communities, and providing essential goods and services to our neighborhoods. As 2017 comes to a close, we want to share our gratitude to you, our community of clients and supporters, for your partnership and collaboration in support of small businesses. In this newsletter we share:
- A link to our 2016-17 organizational report, now available, highlighting our clients and work from the last year,
- Some tips to help you improve your credit score,
- Ways for small business owners to share their experience and access no-cost services,
- Events and resources to support your small business development, and
- Stories about our clients and staff.
We wish you a happy holiday season and look forward to continuing to serve our communities together in 2018.
Main Street Launch's 2016-17 Organizational Report is Now Available
Main Street Launch Funding Announcements
- $686,500 is designated for our 3.5% fixed interest rate, flexible loan product in Oakland and San Francisco neighborhood business districts.
- $230,405 is designated for loans to veteran-owned businesses in California’s three Peristent Poverty Counties: Imperial, Fresno, and Tulare.
Advising Corner: Make 2018 Less Stressful
Karla De Leon is Main Street Launch’s Assistant Vice President – Business & Economic Development. She offers this tip to help your business development.
Meet Our Clients: Black Bark BBQ
Monetta White and David Lawrence are the owners of Black Bark BBQ. Black Bark BBQ is a quick serve barbecue restaurant in San Francisco’s Fillmore District. They offer Texas-style BBQ that emphases good quality, excellent service, affordable prices, and comfort food. Black Bark BBQ is known for their brisket, and in fact their restaurant is named after the black bark that you find on the meat when you smoke it. Black Bark BBQ opened in January 2016, and now they have 16 employees. They were named The Best BBQ Joint in California by Thrillist in 2016.
Small Business Owners: Make your voice heard!
Main Street Launch is partnering with the Federal Reserve on a Small Business Credit Survey for both pre-startup and existing businesses, and we’d like you to participate. Your answers will help business service providers and lenders understand real-time business conditions. This short survey takes less than 9 minutes to complete. Individual responses are confidential and summary results will be shared with you.
Take the survey today!
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Get to Know Jen Leybovich
Prior to joining Main Street Launch, 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. Click here to learn more about Jen’s background.
“I love that we get to work with talented, driven, community-oriented entrepreneurs, and that their success also fuels the economic development of our communities. It’s inspiring to see how small businesses create a sense of community by bringing people together and contributing to the character and creativity of neighborhoods through their products and services.”
Free Business Advising for Eligible Small Business
Many women entrepreneurs and entrepreneurs of color say that they lack available mentors. Yet, mentoring can make a big difference. That’s why we’re excited to pass along a new opportunity for Santa Clara-based small businesses. Opportunity Fund has partnered with Pacific Community Ventures and Google to offer small businesses free access to BusinessAdvising.org. It’s a nonprofit small business accelerator, based here in the Bay Area, that empowers small business owners by matching you with pro bono expert advisors to help solve your challenges and seize new opportunities.
Upcoming Events & Opportunities
Click here to view more upcoming events to support your business this winter.
We welcome our partners and community to share upcoming events.
We post them on social media and on our website.
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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.
Townsquared 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 thrilled to welcome two of our summer interns to our full time staff team. Andrea Ramirez joins our team as our Business Outreach Manager, working to connect with Oakland small business owners for our upcoming business directory, among other projects. Brooke Solomon joins our team as our Data and Online Content Manager, supporting various data functions across the organization. We’ve also been fortunate to have Linda Ho as our Marketing & Impact Evaluation intern, working on various marketing projects including social media strategy, content creation, and data management projects. Click here to learn more about our team.
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