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A Fueling Station for Business

Opened in 2014 as a partnership between the City of San Antonio’s Economic Development Department and LiftFund, the nation’s largest microfinance non-profit, Launch SA (rebranded from Café Commerce in 2016) is an entrepreneurship, small business center located at the downtown central library in San Antonio, Texas. Open Monday – Friday, 9am – 5pm, Launch SA is focused on building a community for entrepreneurs to build a sustainable support network for people pursuing their passions and creating opportunities for themselves and their families.

Where to Start

Through a personalized assessment, Launch SA provides direction, education, mentorship, and community to entrepreneurs and small business owners to support growth and development.

Through the curation of over 100+ resources and partners, and over 200+ mentors representing all industries in San Antonio, Launch SA is able to connect you with real people, real answers, and real information that provide valuable perspective for your business journey. At Launch SA, we heavily rely on building relationships with our community and enlisting business owners as mentors so you as the entrepreneur can connect with someone who has seen your journey first hand and is able to provide a personal perspective that might influence your ability to succeed.

Start the process online by completing our Personalized Assistance Form, once the staff at Launch SA has reviewed your needs, you may be contacted for further clarification or directly connected to the resources that best fit your needs.

Support When You Need It

In addition to finding personalized support through Launch SA, we also host hundreds of events annually to support the education and growth of current and aspiring business owners across San Antonio. You can find a full list of our events located on our website, as well as through Facebook and Meetup.com.

On-site Launch SA hosts the LiftFund Women’s Business Center, SCORE San Antonio, and the City of San Antonio’s Small Business Liaison, in order to support your needs in growth and learning.

Qualified and Curated Perspective

Launch SA constantly curates and connects with resources and partners across San Antonio and beyond in order to assure that the connections we make for the community are the best available. Working with over 100+ organizations and resource partners, as well as over 200+ mentors from all industries, we are able to connect you with real people, real answers, and real information in order to help you avoid mistakes and make better choices.

Our Team

Advisory Board

Past Board Members

Mike Miller Dee & Angello Gordon Jess Torres & Amy Gonzales Kate Jalcedo
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The LiftFund Women’s Business Center

The Women’s Business Center (WBC), located inside Launch SA, advises small business owners on topics such as starting a new business, creating a business plan, accessing capital, budgeting, and marketing strategies. In addition to one-on-one advising, the WBC offers workshops, seminars and accelerator programs. Funded in part by the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Office of Women’s Business Ownership, the program focuses on four core areas including business financials, marketing and sales, strategic planning, and understanding business lending. For more information, visit www.liftfund.com/wbc.

If you are an aspiring or existing entrepreneur in need of assistance, please contact the WBC to schedule an appointment wbc@liftfund.com or call 888-215-2373. The LiftFund Women’s Business Center is open from 9 a.m.  to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday or by appointment.

 

Small Business Liaison

The City of San Antonio Economic Development Department’s Small Business Liaison, Hugo Villarreal, supports individual vendors by discussing permitting, licensing, and regulatory issues within the City of San Antonio. The Small Business Liaison also counsels on the following issues: sources of capital, forms of business organization, government contracting, and other vital topics. To receive a customized Small Business Resource Guide call 210-207-3903 or visit the website HERE.

The City’s Small Business Liaison, Hugo Villarreal, has permanently moved full-time to Launch SA. Hugo’s hours of operation are: Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. He can also be reached by phone at 210-207-3903.

San Antonio SCORE

San Antonio SCORE, located inside LaunchSA, assists people in starting, growing and managing small businesses and non-profit organizations through one-on-one consultations and tailored workshops.

SCORE is America’s premier small business mentoring organization. The non-profit association is the leading source of free and confidential business advice. SCORE helps entrepreneurs and small businesses achieve their dreams by building strong, life-long relationships through mentoring, workshops and expert resources.

Call 210-403-5931 for a face to face get together with one of our mentors or if you’re interested in becoming a volunteer.

Learn more at www.score.org.

 

 

Resident Partners

Meet Our Resource Partners