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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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Mama Lamees’ Catering Business Blossoms with Help of MEDA and Community Partners

Most Americans have sampled hummus, that creamy blend of garbanzo beans, tahini, garlic, lemon and olive oil that is the perfect complement for vegetables and crackers. Well, the Bay Area is now excitedly trying new items like musakhan: baked pita bread topped with seasoned caramelized onions, roasted almonds and sumac. That’s due to Mama Lamees’…

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MEDA Client Esperanza Estrada Honored with “Excellence in Teaching Award” from First 5 San Francisco

“My dream is that a high-quality education should be accessible for everyone, from when children are very young through adulthood,” explains Esperanza Estrada of her mission as teacher-owner of Estrada’s Family Preschool in San Francisco. Esperanza has been a MEDA Business Development client, coached by Teresa García. There were many business aspects to be learned –…

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MEDA Holds its First “Bilingual Small-Business Resource Fair”

Plenty was happening back in 1973. President Nixon’s Watergate scandal dominated the headlines. Troops came home from Vietnam. Bell-bottom jeans and long sideburns were in vogue. And in San Francisco, a nonprofit named the Mission Economic Development Agency (MEDA) was formed. The goal: asset-building for the low- and moderate-income Latino community of San Francisco. To…

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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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Qosqo Maky’s Mission to Thrive Aided by Adelante Fund Loan

Juana and Raul Ttito immigrated to the U.S. eight years ago, the doting parents looking to follow their grown daughter … and with the dream of a better life for themselves and their two other children. The industrious couple, who were always artisans, had a successful business for 15 years in the Andean city of…

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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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New Owner Has Goal to Displace Elite Sport Soccer from Long-Term Space in Mission

Stitching jerseys and jackets in a basement seven days a week is no task for the weary. When you know that is the only way to get a business off the ground, you make it happen. Such is the story of Astrid Acero López, who emigrated from Colombia in November 1988. She and her husband,…

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