In 2018, Veteran Launch opened an office in San Diego, allowing us to better serve veterans located in Southern California.
Veteran Launch, a program of Main Street Launch, offers small business loans to both new and existing companies, up to $250,000.
For more information about our Veteran Launch Program services, please contact our office at (510) 844-5632 or contact us through our Loan Inquiry Form.
- Variable interest rate – WSJ Prime Rate plus 3% (Currently 8.25%)
- Loan terms up to 10 years with no prepayment penalties
- Loan funds can be used for:
- Furniture, fixtures, and equipment
- Inventory and supplies
- Working capital (hire employees, pay expenses, and more)
- Business debt refinancing
- Business acquisition for both new and existing companies
In June 2018, Darius relocated to San Diego to replicate his work and serve veteran, active duty and military spouse business owners, in Southern California, under Main Street Launch’s program – Veteran Launch. Darius is currently working with The Rosie Network, REBOOT, the Small Business Development Center, the Chamber of Commerce, the Small Business Administration and banking institutions to reach these businesses who don’t qualify for conventional financing sources.
Darius managed the San Francisco Emerging Business Loan Fund (EBLF) and Revolving Loan Fund (RLF) for Main Street Launch since 2012. There he worked side by side with the Mayor’s Office, Office of Economic Workforce Development, and a wide variety of Community Partners to provide financial and technical assistance to the underserved small businesses located in San Francisco. Under his supervision, Main Street Launch funded 136 businesses, deployed $17.9 million and created 688 full time jobs and retained an additional 426 full time jobs.
Darius brings over a decade of experience in vast industries including textile importing, apparel manufacturing, small business consulting, and marketing. Additionally, he has volunteered for non-profit organizations such as Centro Community Partners and Save the Children. Entrepreneurship runs in Darius’ family which further validates the work he does with Main Street Launch Small Business Finance. Darius holds an M.B.A in Management from San Francisco State University and a B.A in Professional Sales from Coles College of Business at Kennesaw State University, Georgia.
Josh Marquez, USMC
Josh rejoins the Veteran Launch team as Program Manager where he is responsible for conceiving, organizing, promoting, and implementing effective programmatic initiatives within Veteran Launch. You can find him interfacing with veterans at events, through calls and emails, as well as networking events to support our veteran borrowers with the tools they need to be successful.
As a Marine Corps veteran, helping others ranks high on Josh’s priority list. During his tours overseas he participated in several Humanitarian Disaster and Relief (HADR) operations, including the 2011 earthquake/tsunami that devastated not only the northern part of Japan but the whole region. Josh is thrilled to be a part of the veteran community and is dedicated to serving those who answered when their country called.
In his spare time, Josh enjoys finding new trails to take his rescue dog and has visited most of the National Parks in California. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from California State University, East Bay.