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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Good Money Guide

Oakland Grown’s 2018 Good Money Guide is available!  This year, the guide is digital as well as print, enabling you to evaluate funding options wherever you are.   The Good Money Guide reviews types of funding available for your small business, the benefits and drawbacks of each type, and sources to contact to get access…

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