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MEDA and Business Community Co-Host “Latino Small-Business Mixer”

A fun yet impactful time was on the menu for the 80 attendees of a May 16 “Latino Small-Business Mixer” held at Don Ramon’s Mexican Restaurante in SoMa. This mixer was part of San Francisco Small Business Week, held each May, with the mixer’s co-hosts MEDA, Excelsior Action Group, La Cocina, Hispanic Chambers of Commerce…

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OEWD Issues Emergency Grants to Seven Businesses Impacted by Fire in Chinatown, MEDA to Disburse Funds

Christopher Gil Senior Content Marketing Manager Mission Economic Development Agency (415) 282-3334 ext. 152 cgil@medasf.org FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 16, 2017 OEWD Issues Emergency Grants to Seven Businesses Impacted by Fire in Chinatown, MEDA to Disburse Funds MEDA oversees fund created after Mission and 22nd streets fire of January 2015 San Francisco, Calif. — The Office of Economic…

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Yelp Workshop Rated Five Stars by MEDA Business Development Clients

We’ve all heard of Yelp, the tech giant that offers a popular platform to discover local businesses, with everything at your fingertips from finding the best nearby burrito joint to locating a well-respected plumber in your neighborhood. With 115 million reviews to date, Yelp is a platform on which every small business needs to make…

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MEDA Celebrates “National Write a Business Plan Month”

While December means planning for the holidays — which can be quite the effort — it’s also time for planning of a different sort. That’s because December is “National Write a Business Plan Month.” MEDA helps small businesses start or grow MEDA’s free Business Development program has helped 40+ clients start or grow ventures this year alone. All clients start…

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Facebook Shares Tips with MEDA Business Development Clients

The challenge for the 50 million small-business pages on Facebook? How to draw potential clients’ eyes to a business Facebook ad when it’s sandwiched between cute kid pictures or a family reunion group shot on targeted users’ personal pages. As we fast forward to 2017, social media as a business-marketing tool is all the more…

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Shop Locally in the Mission at Plaza Adelante’s El Mercadito on Small Business Saturday, Nov. 26

When this Saturday rolls around, you’ll probably still be stuffed from that Thanksgiving meal. If you were brave enough to head out on Black Friday to start your holiday shopping, then you’ll also be over those long lines and be ready for a personal touch when it comes to your purchases. That’s where “Small Business…

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El Gran Taco Loco to Reopen with Help of $70K Adelante Fund Small-Business Loan

“I felt like I had lost everything. When something like this happens, it’s hard to stay positive.” That’s how Mexican immigrant Saul Chavez (photo, center), co-owner of El Gran Taco Loco with his spouse Angelica Quezada, describes his emotions following the destruction of his commercial space in the Mission and 29th streets fire last June…

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MEDA and La Cocina Receive $800K CED Grant to Spur Growth of Low-Income Restaurant/Catering Businesses

Community Economic Development (CED) is a federal grant program with a mission to address the economic needs of low-income individuals and families through the creation of sustainable business development and employment opportunities. That’s why CED just awarded an $800,000 grant to MEDA and La Cocina. This pairing has already showcased results over the years: Many MEDA restaurant/catering…

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Adelante Fund Low-Interest Loan Once Again Drives Forward a Mission Small Business

Back in Antigua, Guatemala, Sofia Lopez had a small business selling items like pocketbooks, belts and wallets on the vibrant main square. She had always wanted to run such a venture and was achieving success … until violence compelled her to leave her homeland a decade ago. Now residing in San Francisco’s Bayview, Lopez initially…

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New Ivory Pear Store a Plus to the Mission Small-Business Scene

San Francisco native Priscilla Cedillos, the daughter of immigrants from El Salvador, was a pharmacy technician on the fast track to success. Cedillos had quickly worked her way up to a supervisory position and her career was burgeoning. Yet something felt off. Cedillos needed to be true to her passion, which was design and fashion….

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