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D’Maize Restaurant Opens in Mission, with Small-Business Development Assistance and a Community Loan from MEDA

With MEDA invited to be part of “San Francisco Small-Business Week 2016” starting May 21, last night was time to celebrate a big win for community-serving enterprises in the Mission. That’s because D’Maize Restaurant – an immigrant-owned establishment – held a ribbon-cutting ceremony for its brick-and-mortar location at 2778 24th Street (between York and Hampshire streets)….

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MEDA Client Cooks Up an Idea, Works Hard and Opens New El Ají Peruvian Restaurant in the Mission

Back in his native Peru, Yeral Caldas’ industrious mother was always running her own businesses in Lima, which varied based on market demand. Sometimes she would sell vegetables; other times she would bring items down from the Highlands and sell them in bulk. Then there was Yeral’s father, who ran a restaurant where he served…

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Small-Business Displacements Tearing at the Fabric of Mission Life

The current situation “Living at Vida means you live in a richly diverse neighborhood with immediate access to . . . locally owned businesses. Living at Vida means you are part of a vibrant community.” These words jump off the pages of a brightly colored brochure touting sales for expensive residences at a 114-unit, gleaming…

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MEDA Conducts Survey of Small Businesses to Ascertain Mission Community Needs

Growing up in San Francisco’s Mission District, MEDA’s Director of Evaluation Carolina Guzman saw a Latino neighborhood built upon waves of immigration from Central America and Mexico. Despite a continuous influx of new residents, there was a constancy to the community’s flavor. This is now in question. “Things are changing too fast, with the Mission’s…

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The Perks of Being a MEDA Business Development Client: Opening a Coffee Shop

The journey It’s a long journey from growing up with limited opportunities in an impoverished, small town in Mexico to opening your own restaurant in the trendy, foodie-filled Bay Area. That’s the inspiring story of Victor Caicero, an immigrant who came to the United States with a dream that is now a reality for this…

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