Introducing Shop Oakland Now

Main Street Launch is proud to introduce Shop Oakland Now, an online directory of Oakland small businesses.  The site is still in development, and we invite you to use it, share it, and send us your feedback. Our goal is to ensure that all operating Oakland small businesses have an online presence to help new customers…

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Meet our clients: Parle Innovation

For Parle Innovation, innovation drives them and is at the core of their company .  In 2013, Mary Parle Shulenberger and her husband Art sought out a loan from Main Street Launch to support and grow their business.   “Technology is a way to advance people’s lives, and while sometimes it has the potential to…

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Oakland Small Business Week

The City of Oakland will mark National Small Business Week (April 29-May 5) with an an exciting week of community events and over 80 educational workshops for Oakland small businesses. The 2018 Small Business Week theme is “Helping Oakland’s Diverse Business Community Thrive.” Entrepreneurs and business owners may choose from sessions at Oakland City Hall…

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Main Street News: Shop Oakland Now, Small Business Week, and more!

In this newsletter: Letter from Our CEO Introducing Shop Oakland Now Credit Tip Small Business Week(s) are coming! Thank You to our Funders Advising Corner: Succession Planning for my Family Business Meet our Clients: Freedom Makers Resource for your Business: Oakland Grown Get to Know Debra Peace Upcoming Events for Your Small Business Get Connected…

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Meet our clients: Calavera

Chris Pastena, owner, always knew he would own restaurants: “This is my destiny. I can’t remember not thinking about owning my own restaurant. I wanted the freedom of expression to do what I wanted to do where I didn’t have to play by other people’s rules.”   Calavera has been open since 2015, and they…

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