Richmond Main Street Initiative is dedicated to strengthening Downtown Richmond’s economic base through business retention, targeted recruitment, social entrepreneurship and financing, trend monitoring and education, and new equitable development.
We actively partner with the local business community, anchor institutions, and service providers to provide a wide range of technical assistance services to small businesses and emerging entrepreneurs. Whether you’re the owner of an established enterprise who wants to revamp your business practices or you’re an entrepreneur ready to take the next step, Richmond Main Street is here to help.
Our Current Small Business Workshop Calendar
Free E-Commerce Site Support & Card Readers with Square
More than ever before, e-commerce, easy online shopping, and catering to the needs of shoppers in the COVID19 climate is vitally important for our small, independent businesses.
A recent Google survey of holiday season shoppers revealed that:
- 75% of shoppers will shop online more than they did in previous seasons
- 66% of shoppers plan to shop more at local small businesses
- 47% of shoppers plan to buy online + use store pickup options
- 70% of shoppers intend to plan their shopping earlier to avoid crowds
If you aren’t online, you are missing out. Take action now to get ready for the holiday shopping season AND invest in your business’ future! Scroll down for links to on-demand webinar tutorials, sign-up for one-on-one support, and request a free Square card reader. Keep scrolling for more e-commerce and marketing resources.
Step 1: Watch recorded webinar ANYTIME (but before your virtual office hours appointment)
Step 2: Sign up for virtual office hours with Square Online Help, to get all your questions answered
- Office Hours: October 30, 9am or 4pm Register
Step 3: Request a FREE Square Reader
Step 4: Complete your e-commerce website in no time!
Need Help? Have Questions? Contact Alicia, firstname.lastname@example.org
Note: Steps 2 is optional, but highly recommended if you are new to e-commerce. Step 3 is optional, but highly recommended if you do not have a Square reader or need a new one.
Proudly sponsored by Richmond Main Street & Renaissance Entrepreneurship Center in partnership with Square.
Square is also providing free credit card processing equipment to participants!
Paso 1: Vea el seminario grabado cuando quiera (pero andes de participar en la tutoría)
Paso 2: Regístrese para una hora de tutoría virtual con Square para responder todas sus preguntas
- Horas de Tutoría: 29 de Octubre 9am o 4pm Haga su Cita
Paso 4: ¡Complete su pàgina web de E-commerce enseguida!
¿Nececite Ayuda? ¿Tenga Preguntas? Contacte a Lucero, email@example.com
Punto Importante: Pasos 2 y 4 no son requisitos, ¡pero se recomiendas altamente para un impacto máximo!
Orgullosamente patrocinado por Richmond Main Street y Renaissance Entrepreneurship Center en colaboración con Square.
¡Además Square está proveyendo procesadores para tarjetas de crédito gratuito!
Shout out to these two small businesses that have launched their e-commerce sites through this program. Click their logos to see their Square Online Sites!
Felicitaciones a estos dos negocios pequeños que han creado sus páginas e-commerce por este programa. ¡Haga clic en los logos a ver sus páginas!
More E-Commerce Resources
- Read this amazing blog post: Holiday Shopping During COVID19
- Small Business Digital Pop-Up Festival: California Office of the Small Business Advocate (CalOSBA) is partnering with Facebook and Instagram to offer trainings that show business owners how to use digital platforms to build their businesses and engage with customers. Oakland Festival is on December 9 Instagram Live via @keepitoakland18
- Digital Bootcamp: Weekly workshop series covering E-Commerce Websites, Marketing, Marketplaces, and Scalability. Multiple sessions, November 10 – December 1. Pre-registration and attendance at all sessions required. A program of State of California’s Get Digital CA! initiative Learn more & Register.
- Grow with Google: FREE webinar series – watch recent workshops at your leisure
- Main Street America + eBay Seller School: A 6-week guided course starting Oct. 21 (enrollment is ongoing)
- Small Business Majority’s Holiday Gift Guide: Extra promotion for your business this holiday season
- Mailchimp New Website Builder: Integrate email marketing, website & e-commerce (“buy” buttons powered by Stripe)
- Free & low-cost marketing & ecommerce webinars from our partners: Renaissance Entrepreneurship Center & local SBDCs
Access to Capital & Debt Restructuring Workshop
*Recording, Slides & Resources Available On-Demand!*
Workshop Packet: Whether you registered and tuned in (or not) or you didn’t get a chance to register, you’re in luck: we recorded the workshop and have made it available for on-demand viewing. Also available are the presentation slides and links to resources mentioned during the workshop.
About: On August 27, Richmond Main Street and a panel of experts offered a 2-for-1 small business financial health workshop: First, hear from local banks and community lenders about flexible, affordable working capital loans available and how to get your application approved. Then, learn about debt restructuring, bankruptcy options, and pro bono legal resources.
Sponsored by Richmond Main Street Initiative and Mechanics Bank. Featured Partners include Kiva, Working Solutions, Pacific Community Ventures, San Pablo Economic Development Corporation, Darya Sara Druch, experienced bankruptcy attorney, Lawyers Committee on Civil Rights of the San Francisco Bay Area (LCCRSF), and UC Berkeley New Business Community Law Clinic.
Note: If you completed the RSVP form for this workshop, the link to the workshop packet has been emailed to you and you do not need to complete the access form. Please check your inbox for a message from us. If you are unable to locate this email, contact Alicia at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our Work & Commitment Right Now
- Monitoring the situation closely and adjusting our work to meet the needs of our community
- Actively exploring web-based solutions to hosting meetings and workshops
- Supporting our local businesses by engaging with our Downtown merchants and community partners to better understand the needs of our business community, promoting those that remain open, and connecting businesses with resources through our Community Resource Directory, weekly Main Street News & Small Business Mailer, and social media accounts Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn
- Standing up for businesses on Macdonald Avenue and beyond through our membership in the California Main Street Alliance, collaboration with community partners and City departments, and contacting our elected representatives