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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 Assistance Calendar

Small Business Branding Series

Dates: Thursdays, April 11, May 16, June 6, July 11

Time: 5pm – 7pm

Location: 1600 Nevin Plaza, Richmond, CA 94801*

*Make sure you can find us: learn more about our location

About: Branding is much more than your company’s logo or the products/services it provides–a strong brand sets your business apart from others and is essential to success. In this workshop series, explore branding basics, understand the importance of creating a strong, unique brand for your business, and learn tips and tools that can help you develop, establish, and grow your brand through social media.

  • April 11: Branding 101
  • May 16: Instagram & Facebook
  • June 6: LinkedIn
  • July 11: Twitter & YouTube

Business Advisors & Social Media Experts: Vaneese Johnson and Christina A. Kenney

Cost: Free!

Hosted by: Richmond Main Street Initiative in partnership with Contra Costa Small Business Development Center. Generous support from Mechanics Bank and City of Richmond.

More Info

Questions about the workshop curriculum? Call (925) 602-6806 or visit www.contracostasbdc.org
Questions about Richmond Main Street Initiative or the location? Call (510) 236-4049 or email admin@richmondmainstreet.org

Finance Your Business! Meet & Greet with Community Lenders

Date: Wednesday, April 24

Time: 6pm – 8pm

Location: 1600 Nevin Plaza, Richmond, CA 94801*

*Make sure you can find us: learn more about our location

About:From local banks to community lenders, there are many options available to fund your new or existing business. Join us for an informative workshop to learn more about the type of business loans available, hear lenders share what they look for in potential borrowers, and get tips to improve your chances of getting your application approved. Plus: Meet and network with lenders directly.

Lenders: Fondo Adelante, Kiva, Working Solutions, Pacific Community Ventures, City of Richmond Revolving Loan Fund Program

Cost: Free!

Hosted by: Richmond Main Street Initiative and MEDA

More Info

Questions about the workshop curriculum or need help with registration? Gladys Castro gcastro@medasf.org or Alicia Gallo outreach@richmondmainstreet.org
Questions about Richmond Main Street Initiative or the location? Call (510) 236-4049 or email admin@richmondmainstreet.org

Business Master Mind for Women Entrepreneurs

Dates: 1st Fridays of the month (except April & July: 2nd Friday)

Time: 10am – 11:30am

Location: 1600 Nevin Plaza, Richmond, CA 94801*

*Make sure you can find us: learn more about our location

About: Calling all women entrepreneurs! Whether you are just starting your business or have an existing one, you are invited to join the Business Master Mind Class for Women Entrepreneurs. These monthly meet-ups will feature expert advising, various business topics, networking, and peer support. Explore:

  • Marketing
  • Branding
  • Financials
  • Taxes
  • Growth Strategies

May Topic: Impostor Syndrome – How to Own Your Success

Small Business Advisor: Vaneese Johnson

Cost: Free!

Hosted by: Richmond Main Street Initiative in partnership with Contra Costa Small Business Development Center

More Info

Questions about the workshop curriculum? Call (925) 602-6806 or visit www.contracostasbdc.org
Questions about Richmond Main Street Initiative or the location? Call (510) 236-4049 or email admin@richmondmainstreet.org

One-On-One Business Advising 

Dates: 1st Fridays of the month (except April & July: 2nd Friday)

Sessions: 1:30pm, 2:30pm & 3:30pm

Location: 1600 Nevin Plaza, Richmond, CA 94801*

*Make sure you can find us: learn more about our location

About: Take your business to the next level with free expert advising! Individualized and confidential, these one-on-one advising are designed specifically to support existing businesses and start-ups. With guidance and support from your business adviser, these sessions will help you establish and work towards reaching your business goals: planning, development, financing, marketing, branding, and more!

Small Business Advisor: Vaneese Johnson

Cost: Free!

Hosted by: Richmond Main Street Initiative in partnership with Contra Costa Small Business Development Center

More Info

Questions about one on one advising? Call (925) 602-6806 or visit www.contracostasbdc.org
Questions about Richmond Main Street Initiative or the location? Call (510) 236-4049 or email admin@richmondmainstreet.org

About 

Richmond Business Bites is a free workshop series offered throughout the year featuring panelists of small business owners, advisors, City of Richmond representatives, and others offering their expertise on a range of entrepreneurship topics. Our Get Certified! For Contracts with Anchor Institutions series is a hands-on course designed to get local, small, and minority-owned businesses certified and ready for doing business with anchor institutions.

2019 Workshop Schedule

In 2018 we hosted two Get Certified! For Contracts with Anchor Institutions workshop. We hope to offer these session again in 2019. Check out the “Small Business Certifications & Procurement Resources” section on our Business Resources page for copies of the handouts, materials, and slide decks from this workshop, plus links to websites and portals to certify your business. Join our Small Business Mailer to get updates on this workshop and other resources offered by our partners.

Want to start a business? Own a business but need some help?

Currently, Richmond Main Street is not able to offer ongoing, direct business services. However, we have very strong relationships and partnerships with a variety of service providers in the area. Whether you need help developing or revising your business plan, acquiring financing, finding a storefront space, or accessing other business resources, we are here to help! Tell us a little bit about your business needs and we will happily connect you with the resources you need.
Call (510) 236-4049 or email admin@richmondmainstreet.org.*
Please allow 2-3 business days for a response.
In the meantime, check out our Business Resources page for helpful links and sign-up to receive our Small Business Mailer:

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