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Pivoting During COVID-19 Pandemic, MEDA Offers Businesses Revamped Technical Assistance Coupled with a Reimagining of Spaces

MEDA has been strengthening small businesses in San Francisco’s Mission District since 1973, initially providing loan bundling that has now scaled to include free eight-week workshops, one-on-one coaching, technical assistance and access to capital via Fondo Adelante, a Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) with about 100 low-interest loans in its portfolio. This work has generally…

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MEDA Signs On to Letter to Congress: Ensure Underserved Small Businesses and Nonprofits Benefit from the CARES Act

Christopher Gil Associate Director of Marketing and Communications Mission Economic Development Agency (MEDA) (415) 282-3334 ext. 152 cgil@medasf.org FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 7, 2020 Community Development, Civil Rights and Small-Business Organizations Call on Congress to Ensure Underserved Small Businesses and Nonprofits Benefit from the CARES Act A set aside deployed through CDFIs is the only…

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MEDA Helping Mission Small Businesses Thrive: Sasa Eyebrows Threading

MEDA is committed to ensuring the Mission District remains a place where small businesses thrive. Following is a profile of a neighborhood venture representing the type of family-serving business MEDA strengthens. Owner: Aenis Rijal Business: Sasa Eyebrows Threading Address: Plaza Adelante, 2301 Mission St. #104 Type: Beauty salon Product: Eyebrows threading What gave you your…

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MEDA’s Legacy of Support and Advocacy to Foster the Growth of Small Businesses

When nonprofit MEDA opened its doors in a small space in San Francisco’s Mission District way back in 1973, there was a sole purpose: strengthening small businesses. The origin of that work was fostering the creation of an asset for the new waves of immigrants coming from Mexico, Central America and South America. MEDA’s support…

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MEDA Helping Mission Small Businesses Thrive: Lady Alamo

MEDA is committed to ensuring the Mission District remains a place where small businesses thrive. Following is a profile of a neighborhood venture representing the type of family-serving business MEDA strengthens. Owners: Yiva and Bryce Beal Business: Lady Alamo Address: 2121 Mission St. Type: Retail and studio Product: Bags and accessories What gave you your…

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It’s Time to Shop Small in San Francisco’s Mission District this Saturday, Nov. 30

Take a stroll down vibrant Mission Street and you’ll see the lifeblood of San Francisco’s Mission District, with shops running the gamut from taquerias and discount clothing stores to haircutters and produce markets. These ventures are owned by hardworking community members — many Latinx immigrants building a generational asset for their families in their adopted…

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MEDA Helping Mission Small Businesses Thrive: Jaime’s Jewelry

(Español sigue Ingles) MEDA is committed to ensuring the Mission District retains its historic and current identity as a strong Latino community, and a welcoming place for immigrants and the generations of Latino families who have long called the neighborhood home. It is imperative that small businesses thrive, as one strategy of community ownership. Following…

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MEDA Helping Small Businesses Thrive: El Rinconcito Catracho #2

MEDA is committed to ensuring the Mission District retains its historic and current identity as a strong Latino community, and a welcoming place for immigrants and the generations of Latino families who have long called the neighborhood home. It is imperative that small businesses thrive, as one strategy of community ownership. Following is a story…

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The Daddy of Them All: GoDaddy Grant to MEDA Will Create Online Presence for 50 Low-Income Entrepreneurs

Whether you run a mom-and-pop coffee shop or adorn bodies with tattoos, an online presence is a standard marketing tool in 2019. Yet far too many small businesses in San Francisco’s Mission District, especially those run by low-income entrepreneurs, lack a digital presence, thereby limiting their chances at economic success. The main challenges to an…

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A Story of Pride: MEDA Client Patricia Narciso is One Smart Cookie, Now Scaling Alfajores Narciso

“I take inspiration to come up with new recipes wherever I go. One of my popular creations, as a proud LGBT member, is my ‘Rainbow Alfajor,’ which was inspired by San Francisco itself,” says Patricia Narciso, who emigrated from Peru 18 years ago in search of opportunity. Patricia’s love of alfajores began as a child….

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