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MEDA Clients Give Thumbs Up to “Facebook for Business” Event

Turning onto interestingly named Hacker Way in Menlo Park, after a half-hour bus trip down the Peninsula from San Francisco’s Mission District, about 20 MEDA small-business clients were excited to go behind the curtain and be directly provided social media counseling from the innovators at Facebook. All knew they were being afforded an opportunity not…

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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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MEDA Welcomes Nathanial Owen to Lead New Mission Community Loan Fund

When Nathanial Owen pulled his U-Haul into San Francisco in mid-July, he knew he had left behind 2,000+ miles, humid weather . . . and a history of success. As the Market Manager at Accion Texas’ Memphis office—part of the largest microlending organization in the country—Owen had funded 56 small businesses in the first 18…

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Shop Locally and Support Lourdes Boutique at MEDA’s Mission District Small Business Incubator, El Mercadito

El Mercadito, located on the first level on the right-hand side of Plaza Adelante, serves as an incubator for microbusinesses started by MEDA clients. There are currently six small businesses in the Mission District El Mercadito, plus a cozy Peruvian eatery in Plaza Adelante’s paseo. There is even a new Tenderloin El Mercadito, which currently…

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MEDA Client, Cholo Soy, to Showcase Peruvian Specialties this Sunday at Cha Cha Cha

El Mercadito, located on the first level on the right-hand side of Plaza Adelante, serves as an incubator for microbusinesses started by MEDA clients. There are currently six small businesses in the Mission District El Mercadito, plus Cholo Soy, a cozy Peruvian food shop in Plaza Adelante’s paseo. There is even a new Tenderloin El…

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Shop Locally and Support Gallardo’s Printing at MEDA’s Mission District Small Business Incubator, El Mercadito

El Mercadito, located on the first level on the right-hand side of Plaza Adelante, serves as an incubator for microbusinesses started by MEDA clients. There are currently six small businesses in the Mission District El Mercadito, plus a cozy Peruvian food shop in Plaza Adelante’s paseo. There is even a new Tenderloin El Mercadito, which…

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MEDA Graduates 34 from Free Business Development Program

“You can never quit. Winners never quit, and quitters never win.” –Ted Turner, Entrepreneur Last Thursday, Plaza Adelante’s main conference room was filled to the brim with 27 budding entrepreneurs—out of a group of 34 graduates of MEDA’s Business Development workshop—who each came to celebrate the achievement of taking a microbusiness dream on the path…

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Shop Locally and Support Express Beauty & Warehouse at MEDA’s Microbusiness Incubator, El Mercadito

El Mercadito, located on the first level on the right-hand side of Plaza Adelante, serves as an incubator for microbusinesses started by MEDA clients. There are currently six small businesses in the Mission District El Mercadito, plus a cozy Peruvian food shop in Plaza Adelante’s paseo. There is even a new Tenderloin El Mercadito, which currently features…

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