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Monday, May 15
 

8:00am

How to Get Certified for Contracting - SOLD OUT

How to Get Certified for Contracting
Time: 8:00am - 9:30am
Category: Business

Getting your business certified can improve your chances for gaining access to contracts, both federal and commercial. By law, federal agencies are required to establish contracting goals and many large corporations also elect to set aside a portion of their contracting dollars for small business. There are many advantages to being certified. Come discover how you can get certified and use it to grow your business. Representatives from the Small Business Administration, The California Public Utilities Commission, and The Western Regional Minority Supplier Development Council will speak about their certification programs and how they can benefit small businesses.

All programs are extended to the public on a nondiscriminatory basis. Reasonable arrangements for persons with disabilities will be made, if requested at least 2 weeks in advance. For more information, contact info@sfsmallbusinessweek.com.


Speakers
avatar for Chrissy Thibeaux

Chrissy Thibeaux

The Western Regional Minority Supplier Development Council
Chrissy Thibeaux is WRMSDC’s Certification Assistant, and is a champion for the ‘customer experience’. She specializes in communications, public relations, banking, project management and customer service.


Monday May 15, 2017 8:00am - 9:30am
SBA 455 Market St #600, San Francisco, CA 94105

8:30am

Starting a Small Business: Legal Considerations

Starting a Small Business: Legal Considerations
Time: 8:30-10:30am
Category: Individual Development

Current and prospective business owners will get an overview of important legal issues faced by small businesses including Entity Selection and Formation, Contracts and Commercial Leases, Employment Law basics, and some basic Intellectual Property considerations. Although taught by an experienced attorney, this class does not constitute legal advice.

All programs are extended to the public on a nondiscriminatory basis. Reasonable arrangements for persons with disabilities will be made, if requested at least 2 weeks in advance. For more information, contact info@sfsmallbusinessweek.com.


Speakers
avatar for Megan Bacigalupi

Megan Bacigalupi

Megan is an attorney who has spent most of her career in local government. Prior to joining Start Small Think Big, Megan served as Chief of Staff and Deputy Commissioner for Intergovernmental Affairs to the New York City Business Integrity Commission. In this role, she develo... Read More →



Monday May 15, 2017 8:30am - 10:30am
SBA 455 Market St #600, San Francisco, CA 94105

10:00am

Doing Business with Transportation Agencies: BART, SFMTA, SFO & Caltrans

Doing Business with Transportation Agencies: BART, SFMTA, SFO & Caltrans
Time: 10:00 - 11:30 AM
Category: Business

Presenters from BART, SFMTA, SFO, and Caltrans will discuss opportunities for contracting with these transportation agencies to sell your goods and services as well as the process that small businesses must follow in order to contract with these agencies.

All programs are extended to the public on a nondiscriminatory basis. Reasonable arrangements for persons with disabilities will be made, if requested at least 2 weeks in advance. For more information, contact info@sfsmallbusinessweek.com.


Sponsors
S

SFMTA

The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) is the city’s mobility manager and operates the entire surface transportation network encompassing pedestrians, bicycling, transit, traffic and parking. The agency also regulates the taxi industry. With a workforce of nearly 6,000, the SFMTA is in motion 24 hours a day, every day of the year, ensuring that the streets of San Francisco are safe and sustainable for current and future generations of residents and visitors. For more information, go to... Read More →



Monday May 15, 2017 10:00am - 11:30am
SBA 455 Market St #600, San Francisco, CA 94105

10:30am

Startup Financing for Your Small Business

Startup Financing for Your Small Business
Time: 10:30am - 12:00pm
Category: Finance

Small business owners just starting out face persistent gaps and barriers when seeking financing for their new businesses. Join the SBA, Kiva, Kabbage and Indiegogo to discuss microloans, crowdfunding, and other alternative sources for financing available to small business owners.

All programs are extended to the public on a nondiscriminatory basis. Reasonable arrangements for persons with disabilities will be made, if requested at least 2 weeks in advance. For more information, contact info@sfsmallbusinessweek.com.


Speakers
avatar for Ilan Cohen, Indiegogo

Ilan Cohen, Indiegogo

Ilan Cohen is Indiegogo's Sr. Manager of Hardware Outreach. He is a key player in building Indiegogo's hardware category and focuses on helping companies, entrepreneurs and startups launch great campaigns. He is passionate about dogs, sandwiches, and making entrepreneurship mo... Read More →
avatar for Elanna Mariniello, Kiva

Elanna Mariniello, Kiva

Elanna Mariniello is a Kiva Oakland Associate, and works to support small businesses and entrepreneurs in Oakland and the Bay Area. Her background is in community development, technology and education, with a focus on the Latino community. Previously a Programs Manager for Hi... Read More →
avatar for Flor Melara, Main Street Launch

Flor Melara, Main Street Launch

Flor manages Main Street Launch’s lending department. She specializes in client development, loan packaging, and establishing strategic alliances with community partners. She is also responsible for reviewing and underwriting all Oakland lending activity including SBA Community Advantage, SBA microloan, and other Oakland specific microloan loan products. Flor is a Goldman Sachs 10,000 Women Business Leadership Award recipient. She holds a BA in Business Economics, BA in French and Francophone Studies, and an MBA from Mills College. Flor came to Main Street... Read More →

Sponsors
MS

Main Street Launch

Since 1979, we have empowered small business owners in the Bay Area, beginning in Oakland and expanding to serve San Francisco and veteran-owned businesses in California. Through our core services of business advising and loans up to $250,000 to new and existing businesses, we help small businesses expand in size, increase their profits, and reach their goals. We are honored to work with successful, innovative, and community-oriented entrepreneurs. We believe in the power of entrepreneurship to transform lives and communities. In the last 10 years we closed 629 loans that totaled more than $46.5 million. Our clients have created thousands of new jobs in the Bay Area. For more information, go to... Read More →



Monday May 15, 2017 10:30am - 12:00pm
SBA 455 Market St #600, San Francisco, CA 94105

12:00pm

Doing Business with Pacific Gas and Electric Company

Doing Business with Pacific Gas and Electric Company
Time: 12:00 - 1:00 PM
Category: Business

A presenter from Pacific Gas and Electric Company will discuss opportunities for contracting to sell your goods and services to PG&E and how small businesses can begin to compete for contracts with PG&E.

All programs are extended to the public on a nondiscriminatory basis. Reasonable arrangements for persons with disabilities will be made, if requested at least 2 weeks in advance. For more information, contact info@sfsmallbusinessweek.com.


Sponsors
PG

Pacific Gas and Electric Company

In 1976, PG&E became one of the first utilities in the nation to offer energy efficiency programs to our customers. And we’ve been a leader ever since. Using energy more efficiently is more than simply the right thing to do – it saves our customers money on their energy bills. It is also the fastest, most cost-effective way to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and combat global climate change. In fact, over the past 30 years... Read More →



Monday May 15, 2017 12:00pm - 1:00pm
SBA 455 Market St #600, San Francisco, CA 94105

12:30pm

Who's Your Jenny? How to Identify Your Target Market

Who's Your Jenny? How to Identify Your Target Market
Time:  12:30 - 2:00 PM
Category: Marketing and Advertising

Identifying your ideal target market may be the most vital task for every small business owner, because it enables you to craft a precise marketing plan that gets results. However, business owners are often afraid to eliminate anyone as a potential target. Using interactive exercises and examples like Old Navy's fictional, typical customer, “Jenny,” Ken Stram and Maureen Futtner will teach small business owners how to paint a clear and specific picture of their ideal customer. 

Arriving at a clearly defined target audience will help you:

•        choose the most appropriate messages, tactics, and brand images;
•        make decisions about how to spend your limited marketing budget; and
•        grow the business of your dreams.

This lively workshop will include exercises and group activities, and helpful handouts and worksheets will be provided.

All programs are extended to the public on a nondiscriminatory basis. Reasonable arrangements for persons with disabilities will be made, if requested at least 2 weeks in advance. For more information, contact info@sfsmallbusinessweek.com.


Speakers
avatar for Maureen Futtner

Maureen Futtner

Maureen Futtner and Associates
With two decades of experience, Maureen specializes in helping values-driven organizations secure media coverage to reach their intended audiences. Maureen’s clients run the gamut, from mixed-use real estate developments to neighborhood pop-up shops.
avatar for Ken Stram

Ken Stram

2Bridge Communications
Ken Stram is the president and founder of 2Bridge Communications, a full-service communications agency. Ken has more than 20 years of experience helping organizations achieve their business objectives through a combination of message development, public relations, marketing... Read More →


Monday May 15, 2017 12:30pm - 2:00pm
SBA 455 Market St #600, San Francisco, CA 94105

1:30pm

Doing Business with the State and Federal Government - SOLD OUT

Doing Business with the State and Federal Government
Time: 1:30 - 2:30pm
Category: Business

State government spends billions of dollars each year on contracts with California business and the Federal Government is the world’s largest buyer of goods and services. In this session, you will learn all about doing business with the State and Federal Governments, including:

• Where to look for government opportunities

• What government agencies look for and how they work

• The process for getting certified to secure government contracts

• The difference between certain certifications, and how you can leverage them to grow your business

 

Presenters include representatives from the Federal General Services Administration, the California Department of General Services, and Hien Tran, CEO and President of Anvil Builders.

All programs are extended to the public on a nondiscriminatory basis. Reasonable arrangements for persons with disabilities will be made, if requested at least 2 weeks in advance. For more information, contact info@sfsmallbusinessweek.com.


Speakers
avatar for Hien Tran, CEO and president of Anvil Builders

Hien Tran, CEO and president of Anvil Builders

Hien Tran is CEO and president of Anvil Builders, a general engineering and building firm that specializes in above ground and underground construction for public and private infrastructure projects.
avatar for Stan Lee

Stan Lee

Director - Acquisition and Contracts, Triune Infomatics Inc
Mr. Lee has 25 years of Federal Contracting Experience.  He was Deputy Chief of Contracts and Director of Small Business at the US Army Corp of Engineers.  Prior to Department of Defense (DOD), Mr. Lee was Regional Chief of Contracts at US EPA and Regional Contract Manager at FDI... Read More →


Monday May 15, 2017 1:30pm - 2:30pm
SBA 455 Market St #600, San Francisco, CA 94105

3:00pm

Doing Business with the City of San Francisco - SOLD OUT

Doing Business with the City of San Francisco
Time: 3:00 - 4:00 PM
Category: Business

Join The City of San Francisco and Lamont Bransford-Young, owner of Fingersnaps Media Arts, in a discussion on doing business with the City of San Francisco. The City of San Francisco’s Contract Monitoring Division will present the requirements and benefits of Local Business Enterprise (LBE) Certification and Lamont Bransford-Young, a certified minority small business owner in San Francisco, will share his personal and professional perspective and experiences navigating public contracts.

All programs are extended to the public on a nondiscriminatory basis. Reasonable arrangements for persons with disabilities will be made, if requested at least 2 weeks in advance. For more information, contact info@sfsmallbusinessweek.com.


Speakers
avatar for Lamont Bransford-Young CEO of Fingersnaps Entertainment

Lamont Bransford-Young CEO of Fingersnaps Entertainment

Lamont Bransford-Young founded Fingersnaps Media Arts in June 2004 as a means to develop and promote educational and entertainment opportunities for individuals and organizations by providing high quality media services based on his talents and experiences while expressing his entrepreneurial and creative spirit. DJ Lamont has been playing records since he was 5 years of age after he was gifted his first Close... Read More →



Monday May 15, 2017 3:00pm - 4:00pm
SBA 455 Market St #600, San Francisco, CA 94105

3:00pm

Beyond the Basics: Social Media & SEO Hacks for Business Owners

Beyond the Basics: Social Media & SEO Hacks for Business Owners
Time: 3:00pm - 4:30pm
Category: Marketing and Advertising

Social Media and Search Engine Optimization (SEO) go hand-in-hand, which is why as a business owner you need to know more than just how to click “Publish” if you want profitable results. This practical workshop goes beyond the social media basics and will focus on useful social media hacks, recommended social media and web tools, and how to make sure that your content is not just written well, but also strategic for search engines. Bring a cup of coffee and your questions, because you won’t be sitting idly in this interactive workshop! Beginners welcome.

All programs are extended to the public on a nondiscriminatory basis. Reasonable arrangements for persons with disabilities will be made, if requested at least 2 weeks in advance. For more information, contact info@sfsmallbusinessweek.com.


Speakers
avatar for Rose Souders - Potluck Consulting

Rose Souders - Potluck Consulting

Founder, Potluck Consulting
Rose is the CEO & Founder of the Bay Area digital marketing firm Potluck Consulting. With strong technical abilities and advanced skills in social media marketing, email marketing, SEO, and content development strategies, she strives to develop out of the box marketing solutions... Read More →


Monday May 15, 2017 3:00pm - 4:30pm
SBA 455 Market St #600, San Francisco, CA 94105

5:30pm

Flavors of San Francisco 2017

Kick off San Francisco Small Business Week 2017 at the beautiful Hilton SF with a fun-filled celebration meeting and mingling with more than 1,000 small business owners and community leaders, connecting with dozens of business resources and enjoying delicious bites and spirits from local restaurants, catering companies and bars.

This is a great opportunity to connect with leaders from across the small business community while approximately 20 restaurants, food entreprenuers companies and bars serve food and drink to liven up the conversation. 


Important Things to Know:

  • $20 admission fee. This low entrance fee is needed to keep up with the growth of the event and to continue keeping it as the leading small business networking event of the year. 
  • This event sells out - buy your tickets now!
  • There will be NO onsite registration and tickets will be mandatory at the door.
  • Discount codes do not guarantee you a ticket to the event.  You must still register in advance.
  • San Francisco Small Business Week does not offer refunds for Flavors of San Francisco ticket purchases. Your ticket sale goes to support the free events we host during San Francisco Small Business Week.


Introducing our Food and Beverage Entrepreneurs:


Public Transportation

  • Only a few blocks from the Powell Street Station on the MUNI and BART transit lines
  • MUNI buses nearby include: 5, 7x, 19, 27, 31, 38, 47, 49


Sponsored By Comcast Business 

 

Here's what past attendees said:

 

"My business was absolutely improved from this experience. How you ask? Contacts! I met people that are incredible vendors, potential business partners, mentors and resources to tap into as I grow."

 

"This is a great networking and learning event for entrepreneurs from all industries. Thank you for all your hard work and sponsorship in making San Francisco a very attractive place for innovation."

 

"I have gotten over $2,000 in business directly attributed to networking at your event. It was an excellent venue."

 

"Flavors of SF is a wonderful event and I'll be sure to attend it again next year!"

 

"Until this event, I was not aware that there are so many organizations that would help people who want to start a business."

 

 

All programs are extended to the public on a nondiscriminatory basis.  Reasonable arrangements for persons with disabilities will be made, if requested at least 2 weeks in advance.  For more information, contact info@sfsmallbusinessweek.com.



Sponsors
CB

Comcast Business

Comcast Business offers Ethernet, Internet, Wi-Fi, Voice, TV and Managed Enterprise Solutions to help organizations of all sizes transform their business. Powered by a next-generation, fiber-based network, and backed by 24/7 technical support, Comcast Business is one of the largest contributors to the growth of Comcast Cable. Comcast Business is the... Read More →



Monday May 15, 2017 5:30pm - 8:30pm
Hilton San Francisco Union Square 333 O'Farrell Street San Francisco, CA 9410
 
Tuesday, May 16
 

8:30am

How to Make a Living Making Food

How to Make a Living Making Food
Time: 8:30am - 10:00am
Category: Business

Making food is one thing; making a living is entirely different. In this brief workshop, La Cocina, the Department of Public Health and the FDA San Francisco District Office will review the fundamental considerations that any food entrepreneur should consider before launching this next phase of their life. La Cocina will review business planning resources, available kitchen spaces, techniques for assessing the marketplace and referrals to support organizations. The FDA San Francisco District Office will focus on what is required when you start selling your food product on the internet and come under the jurisdiction of the federal government. It will address good manufacturing practices, food labeling regulations and the federal laws including the Food Safety Modernization Act (Preventive Controls), the Food Allergen & Consumer Protection Act, the Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act and others. If you have high aspirations for the sales of your product, this workshop will inform you as to future requirements.


All programs are extended to the public on a nondiscriminatory basis. Reasonable arrangements for persons with disabilities will be made, if requested at least 2 weeks in advance. For more information, contact info@sfsmallbusinessweek.com.


Speakers
avatar for Jonathan Rubingh

Jonathan Rubingh

Jonathan Rubingh is a Senior Inspector at the San Francisco Health Department. He is a certified food safety and HACCP trainer and oversees the HACCP program for the San Francisco Health Department.


Tuesday May 16, 2017 8:30am - 10:00am
SBA 455 Market St #600, San Francisco, CA 94105

9:00am

Tales of Successful Succession Planning
The daily work needed to make a business successful leaves little time to plan for the ownership and management changes that will inevitably occur.  Hear from business owners who have taken the time to plan for a successful succession(s) either from one generation to the next or through employee ownership. 

Moderator: Isabelle Lescent-Giles
Featured Speakers: Fiona O’Connor Devereux, Family Owned Business- Harrington Galleries; Keith Goldstein, Business Sold to Employees, Everest Waterproofing and Restoration

Moderators
avatar for Isabelle Lescent-Giles

Isabelle Lescent-Giles

USF Gellert Family Business Resource Center
Isabelle Lescent-Giles, PhD, is a visiting assistant professor at the Gellert Family Business Resource Center, University of San Francisco. She focuses on how family businesses survive, adapt and stay innovative across generations, and as a business historian, advises families on... Read More →

Speakers
FO

Fiona O’Connor Devereux

Harrington Galleries
Harrington Galleries is a lifestyle emporium located in the heart of San Francisco's Mission District and has been a Bay Area landmark for more than 40 years.  Ms. Devereux’s parents arrived from Ireland and like many others found an opportunity to develop a business in the turbulent years of the 1960-1970s in the Mission. With the city in the midst of a cultural revolution, Valencia St. at that time was a no... Read More →
KG

Keith Goldstein

Everest Waterproofing and Restoration
Keith Goldstein founded Everest in 1999 after being a partner in another contracting firm for 23 years prior. In 2011 he started planning for the transition of his business. It was important to Keith that the business ownership transferred to employees who would continue to provi... Read More →
RS

Robert Sanchez

Casa Sanchez



Tuesday May 16, 2017 9:00am - 9:45am
Nasdaq Entrepreneurial Center 505 Howard St, San Francisco

9:00am

Intro to Lean Startup - SOLD OUT

Intro to Lean Startup
Time: 9:00 - 10:30am
Category: Business

The Business Model Canvas is a strategic management tool and the basis of the Lean Startup approach to entrepreneurship. In this workshop, you will be introduced to this tool and have an opportunity to work in small groups to outline a business idea using the canvas. The canvas, typically used with sticky notes, allows you to describe, design, challenge, invent, and alter your business model as you gather information about your business through primary market research.

All programs are extended to the public on a nondiscriminatory basis. Reasonable arrangements for persons with disabilities will be made, if requested at least 2 weeks in advance. For more information, contact info@sfsmallbusinessweek.com.


Speakers
RE

Renaissance Entrepreneurship Center

Renaissance provides comprehensive small business training, access to capital and ongoing services to emerging and established businesses. Our programs include small business training classes on the introductory and business planning, launch and growth levels, an onsite small business incubator, skill building workshops, technology training, loan packaging, access to capital, one on one consulting, and industry specific training. Renaissance is the San... Read More →


Tuesday May 16, 2017 9:00am - 10:30am
SBA 455 Market St #600, San Francisco, CA 94105

9:45am

Inside Scoop on Becoming a Franchisor or Franchisee in San Francisco
Join our panelist, two local small businesses, to discuss successful franchising, yes, in San Francisco.  Hear about both being a franchise and franchising your business to grow. You too can be a franchise and still be a unique ‘San Francisco” small business.  

Moderator: Brian Kuepper, Sr. Franchise Consultant | FranNet of the Bay Area
www.frannet.com/bkuepper   

Franchisor: In-Symmetry Wellness Spa; Owners: Candace and Dave Combs 

Franchisee: Papabubble SF, Owner: Dean Hseih

Moderators
BK

Brian Kuepper

Sr. Franchise Consultant, FranNet of the Bay Area

Speakers
CC

Candace Combs

Owner, In-Symmetry Wellness Spa
In-Symmetry Spa is a family owned and operated business providing Deep-Tissue, Sports, and Pre-Natal massage with a structural focus, full-body waxing, and a results-driven skin care program. Founded in San Francisco by Candace Combs in 1999, this unique spa aims to provide acces... Read More →
DC

Dave Combs

Owner, In-Symmetry Wellness Spa
In-Symmetry Spa is a family owned and operated business providing Deep-Tissue, Sports, and Pre-Natal massage with a structural focus, full-body waxing, and a results-driven skin care program. Founded in San Francisco by Candace Combs in 1999, this unique spa aims to provide acces... Read More →
DH

Dean Hseih

Owner, Papabubble SF
Dean Hsieh worked for Papabubble in Taiwan for many years and in 2013 opened up his own franchise in San Francisco (PapabubbleSF).  The original Papabubble has born in 2004 in the city of Barcelona with the goal of recovering the ancient artisanal candy making process. Papabubble ... Read More →



Tuesday May 16, 2017 9:45am - 10:30am
Nasdaq Entrepreneurial Center 505 Howard St, San Francisco

10:30am

Essentials of Small Business Bookkeeping

Essentials of Small Business Bookkeeping
Time: 10:30am - 12:00pm
Category: Finance

Running a business without a clear financial picture is complicated. Come to this workshop to learn and understand the importance and purpose of bookkeeping, budgeting and financial reports, as well as accounting and bookkeeping terminology. Topics include budgeting, proper accounting data flow processes, cash vs. accrual accounting, different financial reports, statement of cash flows, and more.

All programs are extended to the public on a nondiscriminatory basis. Reasonable arrangements for persons with disabilities will be made, if requested at least 2 weeks in advance. For more information, contact info@sfsmallbusinessweek.com.


Speakers
avatar for Sandra Garsele

Sandra Garsele

Sandra Garsele is one of the Managing Consultants at Hilliard Management Group Inc. (HMG) with responsibility for operations, business development, marketing, human resources and administrative programs of the company. Sandra holds MBA in Finance from the Columbia Southern Univer... Read More →

Sponsors
CS

CDC Small Business Finance

CDC Small Business Finance is a non-profit lender that provides low-interest financing to small businesses so they can expand, grow and create jobs in San Diego and throughout California, Arizona and Nevada. The company specializes in SBA lending, including the SBA-504 loan for purchasing commercial/industrial buildings. CDC also offers smaller loans, including the Community Advantage loan for working capital, equipment, inventory, tenant improvements and business acquisition. SBA Microloans are also in... Read More →



Tuesday May 16, 2017 10:30am - 12:00pm
SBA 455 Market St #600, San Francisco, CA 94105

11:00am

Founders Stories: Evan Bloom, Wise Sons; Carin Luna-Ostaseski, Sia Scotch & Monetta White, 1300 Fillmore
Founders Stories: Evan Bloom, Wise Sons; Carin Luna-Ostaseski, Sia Scotch & Monetta White, 1300 Fillmore 
Time: 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Being a small business owner is more of a journey than a job. We’ve expanded this workshop to a whole day where you can hear from successful entrepreneurs about their journey, lessons learned, and what it has taken for them to reach their level of success today. 

Featured Speakers

  • Evan Bloom, Wise Sons Deli
  • Carin Luna-Ostaseski, Sia Scotch
  • Monetta White, 1300 Fillmore

Speakers
avatar for Evan Bloom

Evan Bloom

Co-Founder and Owner, Wise Sons Deli
Evan founded Wise Sons with Leo Beckerman and his brother Ari in 2010. Today Evan serves as the company President and oversees the company’s day-to-day operations with a specific focus on culinary and brand direction. An architect by training, he spent the first years of Wise Son... Read More →
avatar for Carin Luna-Ostaseski

Carin Luna-Ostaseski

Founder and Owner, Sia Scotch
If you think Scotch isn’t for you, Carin Luna-Ostaseski bets she can change your mind! In 2014, Miami, FL native Carin fulfilled a personal dream when she launched her own brand of Scotch – SIA Scotch Whisky. For Carin, creating something tangible was a real passion, considering most of her 17-year professional career as a Marketing Creative Director for major news outlets such as ABCNews.com and Reuters, and many California start-ups including Prosper Marketplace. A pioneer and expert in the area of Internet advertising sponsorships, she has created successful consumer products campaigns for clients including Motorola, Compaq, Honda, Lowes, Citibank, Sony and... Read More →
avatar for Monetta White

Monetta White

Owner, Black Bark BBQ; 1300 on Fillmore
Born and raised in San Francisco, Monetta White has strong ties to the city both personally and professionally. In 2007 when she and husband Chef David Lawrence opened 1300 on Fillmore, the duo were excited by the opportunity to help revive the neighborhood through good food and music. For the past ten years... Read More →

Sponsors
BO

Bank of America

Bank of America® is committed to making the financial lives of our 3 million small business clients better, as well as strengthening the local communities we serve. Our small business bankers, client managers and Practice Solutions specialists provide banking, credit and cash management solutions to meet the unique needs of small business owners. Our Small Business group primarily focuses on businesses with up to $5 million in annual sales For more information, go to... Read More →



Tuesday May 16, 2017 11:00am - 12:30pm
Nasdaq Entrepreneurial Center 505 Howard St, San Francisco

11:00am

Purchasing Commercial Real Estate for Your Small Business - SOLD OUT

Purchasing Commercial Real Estate for Your Small Business
Time: 11:00am - 12:30pm
Category: Finance

Join a panel of SBA commercial real estate financing experts, small business owners, and brokers to learn about how the SBA 504 loan program can help you grow your business. This free workshop is for small business owners, potential borrowers, real estate agents, commercial real estate brokers, financial planners, accountants, attorneys, architects, and anyone who wants to know more about commercial real estate ownership. Did you know that the majority of U.S. privately held businesses are eligible for up to 90% financing to buy, build, or renovate commercial real estate via the SBA 504 loan financing program? Learn how to:

• Stabilize your occupancy costs

• Preserve working capital

• Purchase, build, or renovate commercial property and heavy equipment.

All programs are extended to the public on a nondiscriminatory basis. Reasonable arrangements for persons with disabilities will be made, if requested at least 2 weeks in advance. For more information, contact info@sfsmallbusinessweek.com.


Speakers
TF

TMC Financing

Own the business? Own the building. With as low as 10% down, small business owners like you can control rising rent costs and secure a strong financial future for your brand and your family. Occupancy costs are a small business’ largest expense after labor. Owning your facilities controls those costs, builds equity and allows you to make improvements that make your business run better. The SBA 504 program offers below-market interest rates, long terms and much lower down payments than conventional financing. Most for-profit companies qualify and TMC Financing can help you make the most of this federal program. TMC is the #1 CDC in Northern California and has ranked in the top five CDCs nationwide for two decades, funding projects totaling over $9 billion across California and Nevada. Nearly 5,000 businesses have benefited from this financing, resulting in the creation or retention of an estimated 60,000 jobs. For more information on SBA 504 loans and the Bay Area businesses they support, visit... Read More →

Sponsors
TF

TMC Financing

Own the business? Own the building. With as low as 10% down, small business owners like you can control rising rent costs and secure a strong financial future for your brand and your family. Occupancy costs are a small business’ largest expense after labor. Owning your facilities controls those costs, builds equity and allows you to make improvements that make your business run better. The SBA 504 program offers below-market interest rates, long terms and much lower down payments than conventional financing. Most for-profit companies qualify and TMC Financing can help you make the most of this federal program. TMC is the #1 CDC in Northern California and has ranked in the top five CDCs nationwide for two decades, funding projects totaling over $9 billion across California and Nevada. Nearly 5,000 businesses have benefited from this financing, resulting in the creation or retention of an estimated 60,000 jobs. For more information on SBA 504 loans and the Bay Area businesses they support, visit... Read More →



Tuesday May 16, 2017 11:00am - 12:30pm
SBA 455 Market St #600, San Francisco, CA 94105

12:30pm

Influential Selling: How to Turn Connections Into Revenue

Influential Selling: How to Turn Connections Into Revenue
Time: 12:30 - 2:00pm
Category: Business

Like any business owner you’re always looking for ways to get your name in front of your target audience whether it’s through advertising, cold calling, public speaking or networking and selling. Join Tony Wilkins as he shares his best tips for generating revenue and building brand awareness through this unique approach to networking and selling.

All programs are extended to the public on a nondiscriminatory basis. Reasonable arrangements for persons with disabilities will be made, if requested at least 2 weeks in advance. For more information, contact info@sfsmallbusinessweek.com.


Speakers
avatar for Tony Wilkins

Tony Wilkins

Author, Lecturer, Radio Host
Tony Wilkins is one of the premiere authorities on connecting people of influence to one another. His popular Internet radio show, Small Business Forum Radio reaches over 250,000 business owners globally and is one of the top business shows on the network. He is a master network... Read More →

Sponsors
UB

U.S. Bank

Minneapolis-based U.S. Bancorp (NYSE: USB), with $446 billion in assets as of December 31, 2016, is the parent company of U.S. Bank National Association, the fifth largest commercial bank in the United States. The Company operates 3,106 banking offices in 25 states and 4,842 A... Read More →



Tuesday May 16, 2017 12:30pm - 2:00pm
SBA 455 Market St #600, San Francisco, CA 94105

1:00pm

Build Credit to Grow Your Business

Build Credit to Grow Your Business
Time: 1:00 - 2:30pm
Category: Finance

Strong credit scores can open up opportunities for your business, including lower cost funding and much more. Do you know your business has its own credit scores or how those are calculated? Nav's Tim Graczewski will explain how to build and keep strong business credit and avoid personal credit traps that many entrepreneurs encounter.

All programs are extended to the public on a nondiscriminatory basis. Reasonable arrangements for persons with disabilities will be made, if requested at least 2 weeks in advance. For more information, contact info@sfsmallbusinessweek.com.


Speakers
avatar for Tim Graczewski

Tim Graczewski

Tim Graczewski is vice president of strategy and data innovation for Nav. Prior to Nav, Tim was the global customer care and product management leader for QuickBooks at Intuit. He has also served as director of corporate development at Intuit and Oracle.

Sponsors
BO

Bank of America

Bank of America® is committed to making the financial lives of our 3 million small business clients better, as well as strengthening the local communities we serve. Our small business bankers, client managers and Practice Solutions specialists provide banking, credit and cash management solutions to meet the unique needs of small business owners. Our Small Business group primarily focuses on businesses with up to $5 million in annual sales For more information, go to... Read More →



Tuesday May 16, 2017 1:00pm - 2:30pm
SBA 455 Market St #600, San Francisco, CA 94105

1:00pm

Founders Stories: Kevin McCracken, Social Imprints; Keith Greggor, Anchor Brewing & Rohit Prakash and Nipul Patel, TownSquared
Being a small business owner is more of a journey than a job. We’ve expanded this workshop to a whole day where you can hear from successful entrepreneurs about their journey, lessons learned, and what it has taken for them to reach their level of success today. 

Speakers
avatar for Keith Greggor, Co-Founder of Anchor Brewers & Distillers

Keith Greggor, Co-Founder of Anchor Brewers & Distillers

After an early career as a civil engineer, Keith gained an MBA at City University Business School in London. Experimenting with his own businesses led to joining IDV’s first Group Marketing Structure in 1983.  Closely involved with the senior management of arguably the most dynamic drinks company of that decade... Read More →
avatar for Kevin McCracken, Social Imprints

Kevin McCracken, Social Imprints

Kevin McCracken is the Co-Founder of Social Imprints, a full service branded merchandise company in San Francisco. Over the past eight years, Social Imprints has created merchandise programs for some of the worlds top brands including, Airbnb, Pinterest, DocuSign, Dropbox, Zendesk, and more. In 2014 Kevin managed the opening of Social Imprints state-of-the-art screen printing facility on Folsom Street in SOMA. With this new headquarters and continued sales growth, Social Imprints has grown to 35 full-time employees and $10 Million in annual sales. | | Social Imprints commitment to social and environmental responsibility is part of their DNA. As a leader in social enterprise, they have created a successful business with a unique social mission: to give career opportunities and hope to individuals that need a second chance. As of 2017, 85% of Social Imprints full-time employee's come from at-risk populations. Team members who have been incarcerated, are recovering from substance abuse, or have other economic and educational challenges to employment are encouraged to utilize the support offered and become industry leaders. Kevin has a unique perspective on both local manufacturing and social enterprise. With over 18 years of continuous sobriety and 17 years working in screen printing shops, Kevin uses his story of recovery to inspire Social Imprints employees to strive for and achieve more in their lives. | | Kevin has over 25 years of experience in manufacturing, decorating and promotional products. He has received numerous awards for his work in both the decorated apparel industry and social enterprise. Kevin continues to collaborate with clients, vendor's, partners, and employees to create the most innovative branded products... Read More →
avatar for Nipul Patel, TownSquared

Nipul Patel, TownSquared

Nipul is a supporter and advocate of the culture and vitality of small businesses in local communities. He was born into a family sustained by not only its small-business ownership, but the communities that supported them. He spent nearly seven years at CEB optimizing risk ma... Read More →
avatar for Rohit Prakash, TownSquared

Rohit Prakash, TownSquared

As the son of small business owners, Rohit developed a true understanding of the problems they faced on a daily basis and was driven to protect small business and help them thrive. He knew one thing business owners were short on was time, and he saw an opportunity for them to connect and lend expertise to one another quickly and easily. He believes that to compete in today's economy, small businesses need to be able to operate at the level of scale that larger chains can... Read More →

Sponsors
UB

U.S. Bank

Minneapolis-based U.S. Bancorp (NYSE: USB), with $446 billion in assets as of December 31, 2016, is the parent company of U.S. Bank National Association, the fifth largest commercial bank in the United States. The Company operates 3,106 banking offices in 25 states and 4,842 A... Read More →



Tuesday May 16, 2017 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Nasdaq Entrepreneurial Center 505 Howard St, San Francisco

3:00pm

Networking 101: Mix With Confidence and Ease at Business Networking Events

Networking 101: Mix With Confidence and Ease at Business Networking Events
Time:  3:00 - 4:30 pm
Category: Networking

So many people stop themselves from going to a mixer. Others go and feel awkward so they never go again. This workshop is designed to empower you to go to a networking event, and to practice a few simple yet effective techniques to make it a positive and profitable experience. In this workshop, you will learn how to get more clients by overcoming the mix of resistance and fear, how to be prepared and at ease before and during a networking event, gain networking skills and strategies, learn how to convert a stranger into a warm lead, how to follow up after an event for real results, and simple yet powerful techniques plus tools to remember them on the spot.

All programs are extended to the public on a nondiscriminatory basis. Reasonable arrangements for persons with disabilities will be made, if requested at least 2 weeks in advance. For more information, contact info@sfsmallbusinessweek.com.


Speakers
Sponsors
SB

Sterling Bank and Trust

As a key part of Bay Area neighborhoods, the bank has 14 neighborhood branches in San Francisco and one in Burlingame, San Rafael and San Mateo, California, with an additional branch in the main office in Southfield. Our mission is to create exceptional value for customers, employees, investors and the community through innovative and creative products, services and activities; and to profitably grow as an independent, national company by providing superior financial solutions that exceed customer expectations. For more information, go to... Read More →



Tuesday May 16, 2017 3:00pm - 4:30pm
SBA 455 Market St #600, San Francisco, CA 94105

3:30pm

The Make It Happen Blueprint: Four Decisions That Determine Your Future Success and Happiness - SOLD OUT

The Make It Happen Blueprint - Four Decisions That Determine Your Future Success and Happiness
Time: 3:30 - 5:00pm
Category: Individual Development

As a small business owner or an aspiring small business owner we all have the same minutes in the day, yet varying levels of success. In this session Michelle is going to share simple, yet amazingly effective success principles that will help you accomplish more, provide more value and build the life and business of your dreams - without burning out.

All programs are extended to the public on a nondiscriminatory basis. Reasonable arrangements for persons with disabilities will be made, if requested at least 2 weeks in advance. For more information, contact info@sfsmallbusinessweek.com.


Speakers
avatar for Michelle McCullough

Michelle McCullough

Author and Consultant
Michelle McCullough started her first business when she was 19 and currently runs 3 companies including consulting businesses all over the world. She's the author of the best-selling book the "Make It Happen Blueprint". A seasoned speaker and former corporate sales trainer, Miche... Read More →

Sponsors
BA

Bay Area Development Company

Founded in 1981, Bay Area Development Company is licensed by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) as a “Certified Development Company” or “CDC” and 504 lender. This enables Bay Area Development Company to provide commercial real estate financing with below-market, fixed-rates, low-down payments, and long-terms to growing companies throughout Northern California. Over our history we have provided over 2,000 California companies with over $4 Billion of 504 project financing. For more information, go to... Read More →



Tuesday May 16, 2017 3:30pm - 5:00pm
SBA 455 Market St #600, San Francisco, CA 94105

5:30pm

Latino Small Business Mixer: Stories of Struggle and Triumph/Recepción de Empresarios Latinos: Historias de Lucha y Triunfos
Join fellow Latino small business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs in conversation with MEDA. Learn from the successes and obstacles overcome by some of the most inspiring Latino entrepreneurs in San Francisco. Mingle with other Latino small business owners and make new connections over cocktails and aperitivos!  

Sponsored By: Bank of America, Google and JPMorgan Chase

Hosted By: MEDA, La Cocina, Hispanic Chambers of Commerce of San Francisco, Invest in Neighborhoods, Calle 24 and Excelsior Action Group


Semana de Celebración de los Pequeños Negocios
martes 16 de mayo, 2017

de 5:30 pm a 8:30 pm
San Francisco, California 

Únase a otros empresarios latinos en una conversación con MEDA. Aprenda de los éxitos y los obstáculos superados por algunos de los empresarios latinos más inspiradores en San Francisco.

Comparta con otros propietarios de pequeñas empresas latinas y haga nuevas conexiones. ¡Se servirán cócteles y aperitivos!

Patrocinado por: Bank of America, Google y JPMorgan Chase

Co-anfitriones: MEDA, La Cocina, Cámaras de Comercio Hispanas de San Francisco, Invest in Neighborhoods, Comerciantes de la Calle 24, y Excelsior Action Group.


Moderators
M

MEDA

Rooted in the Mission and focused on San Francisco, MEDA’s mission is to strengthen low- and moderate-income Latino families by promoting economic equity and social justice through asset building and community development.
HC

Hispanic Chambers of Commerce of San Francisco

The Hispanic Chambers of Commerce of San Francisco (HCCSF) is an umbrella organization merging the efforts of four small ethnic chambers in the Bay Area. The Nicaraguan-American, Central-American, Guatemalan-American and Latin American & Caribbean chambers united in order to... Read More →

Sponsors
BO

Bank of America

Bank of America® is committed to making the financial lives of our 3 million small business clients better, as well as strengthening the local communities we serve. Our small business bankers, client managers and Practice Solutions specialists provide banking, credit and cash management solutions to meet the unique needs of small business owners. Our Small Business group primarily focuses on businesses with up to $5 million in annual sales For more information, go to... Read More →


Tuesday May 16, 2017 5:30pm - 8:30pm
Don Ramon's 225 11th Street, San Francisco, CA 94118

5:30pm

San Francisco African American Entrepreneurs - Their Vision, Path & Journey

Celebrate Small Business Week 2017 at a historic yacht club located in one of the most vibrant communities in San Francisco. Join local entrepreneurs and small business owners and listen to how these innovators successfully navigate real business challenges and turn ideas into local impact. Don’t miss an evening of excellent food, vibrant conversations, and a soulful discussion with African American Entrepreneurs - untapped.

Sponsored by: San Francisco African American Chamber of Commerce, Main Street Launch, Bayview Merchants Association and Renaissance Bayview


Moderators
avatar for Jackie Wright

Jackie Wright

Jackie Wright is the president of Wright Enterprises, a full service public relations firm serving the corporate, non-profit and government sectors nationally and internationally.  A seasoned media and public relations professional, Wright has 20 years of media experience, including more than a decade of award-winning journalism experience in radio, television a print and Internet communications. She is a graduate of the University of... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Deb Smith and Courtney “Mui” Barnes,  Tea Promenade

Deb Smith and Courtney “Mui” Barnes, Tea Promenade

Deb Smith is owner of Tea Promenade, a family-owned business that specializes in hand-crafted flavors of tea. This organic tea business is led by Deb and her daughter, Courtney “Mui” Barnes. Tea Promenade features Southern Sweet Tea and an assortment of sugarless organic brewed teas, a... Read More →
JM

James Mabrey, Your All Day Everyday Janitorial Services

James Mabrey is a successful business owner of Your All Day Everyday Janitorial Services which was established in 2009. Within 8 years, he has grown this family-owned business to what is projected to be over $1M in revenue this year. He started the business with only a Ford Explorer and minimal equipment to now having a full inventory of equipment valued over $40,000. James has numerous contracts with the City and County of San Francisco and notable large construction companies such as Nibbi Brothers, Skanska, Herrero Boldt, and Suffolk. His business provides janitorial service both day and night and will soon be certified as a green business to support recycling efforts. The business specializes in providing 24/7 janitorial service and supports construction and emergency cleanup. In 1999, after consecutive stints of unemployment, James was encouraged by a friend to visit the Bayview Renaissance office for support in starting his own business. Instead of being the... Read More →

Sponsors
RB

Renaissance Bayview

Renaissance’s Bayview Center provides entrepreneurship training and support services for emerging and established small businesses in Bayview Hunters Point, Visitacion Valley and the South East Sector. Services include classes, skill building workshops, technology training, a... Read More →
SF

San Francisco African American Chamber of Commerce

The San Francisco African American Chamber of Commerce (SFAACC) is one of California’s most influential minority business organizations, representing and promoting African American business owners in San Francisco. Through advocacy and economic development, SFAACC is creating... Read More →
MS

Main Street Launch

Since 1979, we have empowered small business owners in the Bay Area, beginning in Oakland and expanding to serve San Francisco and veteran-owned businesses in California. Through our core services of business advising and loans up to $250,000 to new and existing businesses, we help small businesses expand in size, increase their profits, and reach their goals. We are honored to work with successful, innovative, and community-oriented entrepreneurs. We believe in the power of entrepreneurship to transform lives and communities. In the last 10 years we closed 629 loans that totaled more than $46.5 million. Our clients have created thousands of new jobs in the Bay Area. For more information, go to... Read More →


Tuesday May 16, 2017 5:30pm - 8:30pm
Mariposa Hunters Point Yacht Club 405 Terry A Francois Blvd, San Francisco, CA 94158

6:00pm

12 BIG Mistakes Small Employers Make - SOLD OUT

12 BIG Mistakes Small Employers Make
Time: 6:00 - 8:00pm
Category: Business

This workshop covers the highlights of common mistakes small employers make which can get them in hot water with either the state or expose them to expensive litigation. Topics to be covered include employee misclassification, wage and hour law, employee handbooks, injury illness prevention plans, vacation policies, reasonable accommodation, leaves of absence, San Francisco’s new Family Friendly ordinance, workers’ compensation and much more. Registration Required.

All programs are extended to the public on a nondiscriminatory basis. Reasonable arrangements for persons with disabilities will be made, if requested at least 2 weeks in advance. For more information, contact info@sfsmallbusinessweek.com.


Speakers
avatar for Lukas Clary, Weintraub Tobin

Lukas Clary, Weintraub Tobin

Lukas Clary is an associate at Weintraub Tobin's Labor and Employment practice group. Lukas has experience representing clients in all aspects of employment litigation. He regularly handles claims involving allegations of workplace discrimination, harassment, retaliation, wrongfu... Read More →


Tuesday May 16, 2017 6:00pm - 8:00pm
SBA 455 Market St #600, San Francisco, CA 94105

6:00pm

Franchising Basics: What You Should know to Consider a Franchise

Franchising Basics: What You Should know to Consider a Franchise
Time: 6:00 - 8:00 pm
Category: Business

This class provides an overview on franchising, pros and cons, selecting the right one, proper due diligence, funding options, and keys to success in operating a new franchise. Hear from franchise owners and their process from corporate America into franchise ownership.

All programs are extended to the public on a nondiscriminatory basis. Reasonable arrangements for persons with disabilities will be made, if requested at least 2 weeks in advance. For more information, contact info@sfsmallbusinessweek.com.


Speakers
avatar for Katie Fagan

Katie Fagan

President, FranNet of the San Francisco Bay Area
Katie has over 15 years of experience in the world of small business. In her corporate career she worked as the Vice President of Small Business Funding, focusing primarily on funding start-up franchises and businesses. During her time there, she gained extensive knowledge on the... Read More →


Tuesday May 16, 2017 6:00pm - 8:00pm
SBA 455 Market St #600, San Francisco, CA 94105

6:00pm

GGBA Mega Make Contact - Largest LGBT Business Networking Event in the U.S.
Join us for the Largest LGBT Business Networking Event in the U.S. for National Small Business Week!

The MEGA Make Contact will bring together numerous LGBT professional organizations throughout San Francisco in order to celebrate the economic vitality of this diverse community during San Francisco Small Business Week. Organized by the Golden Gate Business Association and the Nation’s first LGBT Chamber of Commerce, the event will include members of StartOut, the National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce, the Castro Merchants, the Silicon Valley Rainbow Chamber of Commerce and several more. Join us for this truly "MEGA" business development event with hundreds of LGBT entrepreneurs, business owners and our friends.  

Celebrate our collective power in creating jobs, leading innovation and building community!

To R.S.V.P., please visit http://ggba.com/. 



Tuesday May 16, 2017 6:00pm - 8:00pm
LGBT Community Center 1800 Market Street, 2nd Floor

6:30pm

Renaissance Presents Women Mean Business
Limited Capacity seats available

Join us for a glass of wine, hors d'oeuvres and a panel discussion by women entrepreneurs sharing their journeys of starting and growing their own San Francisco-based businesses. The discussion will be followed by facilitated networking.

Hosted By: Renaissance Entrepreneurship Center

Speakers Include: Shannon Presson, NAWBO President-Elect, Consultant; Deanna Sison Foster, Co-owner Farmer Brown's & The Little Skillet; Beth Pride, BPE Global; Wendy Lieu, Socola Chocolatier; Kavitha Raghavan, Indian Paradox Restaurant


Speakers
Exhibitors
RE

Renaissance Entrepreneurship Center

Renaissance provides comprehensive small business training, access to capital and ongoing services to emerging and established businesses. Our programs include small business training classes on the introductory and business planning, launch and growth levels, an onsite small business incubator, skill building workshops, technology training, loan packaging, access to capital, one on one consulting, and industry specific training. Renaissance is the San... Read More →



Tuesday May 16, 2017 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Capital One Café 101 Post Street, San Francisco
 
Wednesday, May 17
 

7:00am

From the 30 Second Elevator Pitch to Ted Talks!

From the 30 Second Elevator Pitch to Ted Talks!
Time: 7:00 - 9:00 am
Category: Individual Development

The Golden Gate Business Association is pleased to offer its Business Toastmasters Workshop for SF Small Business Week. This will be a face-paced, lively and fun 90-minute workshop where anyone from beginners to seasoned public speakers will gain 'real-life' skills that you can put into action immediately following the workshop. Perfect for anyone who makes presentations, leads meetings, manages teams or makes sales pitches.

All programs are extended to the public on a nondiscriminatory basis. Reasonable arrangements for persons with disabilities will be made, if requested at least 2 weeks in advance. For more information, contact info@sfsmallbusinessweek.com.


Speakers
PP

Paul Pendergast

Owner, Pendergast Consulting Group
Paul Pendergast is a nationally recognized outreach and marketing communications expert with over 19 years of practical experience in the field of strategic communications, public and community relations, media production and market research. Pendergast has directed a myriad of... Read More →


Wednesday May 17, 2017 7:00am - 9:00am
SBA 455 Market St #600, San Francisco, CA 94105

8:30am

Immigration Law in the Employment Context

Immigration Law in the Employment Context
Time: 8:30 - 10:00 am
Category: Business

Two local immigration lawyers focusing on employment-based immigration will provide a general overview of employment-based immigration, with a special focus on small businesses. In this environment of heightened enforcement, compliance with our nation's immigration laws has never been more important. As small businesses, it is essential to follow all immigration regulations and monitor changes in the law as they impact required wages, permissible work activities, volunteering and penalties for unauthorized employment. Our presentation will offer a useful and practical overview to help local small business owners stay informed of their duties and obligations under US immigration laws.



All programs are extended to the public on a nondiscriminatory basis. Reasonable arrangements for persons with disabilities will be made, if requested at least 2 weeks in advance. For more information, contact info@sfsmallbusinessweek.com.


Speakers
avatar for Camiel Becker

Camiel Becker

Camiel is a founding partner at Becker & Lee LLP in San Francisco and is certified as a specialist in immigration and nationality law by the California Board of Legal Specialization. Mr. Becker represents a number of companies and individuals in the employment-based immigration context, including mid- and small-sized businesses, researchers and scientists and IT professionals. He also has litigated numerous cases before Immigration Courts and has successfully argued before the Ninth Circuit Court of... Read More →
avatar for Emily Wages

Emily Wages

Emily Wages is a San Francisco immigration attorney focusing on employment-based immigration for small companies, family-based consular processing and the nonimmigrant petitions filed by extraordinary ability artists and scientists. A graduate of Brown University and the Universi... Read More →



Wednesday May 17, 2017 8:30am - 10:00am
SBA 455 Market St #600, San Francisco, CA 94105

9:00am

Federal/State Basic Payroll Tax Seminar

Federal/State Basic Payroll Tax Seminar
Time:  9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Category: Business

This seminar guides participants through the basics of tax preparation. Subjects include determining independent contractor versus employee, withholding taxes, deposits and completing the proper forms. Presented by IRS Representative Robert Jung and the California EDD Tax Office.

All programs are extended to the public on a nondiscriminatory basis. Reasonable arrangements for persons with disabilities will be made, if requested at least 2 weeks in advance. For more information, contact info@sfsmallbusinessweek.com.


Speakers
RJ

Robert Jung

Internal Revenue Service


Wednesday May 17, 2017 9:00am - 3:00pm
SBA 455 Market St #600, San Francisco, CA 94105

10:30am

Small Business Financing

Small Business Financing
Time: 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Category: Finance

A panel of experts representing SBA, a Microlender, an SBA Community Advantage lender, and a bank or credit union will discuss:

• Financing options

• What lenders are looking for

• Credit requirements

• Importance of a relationship with a financial institution

• Eligibility guidelines and loan application procedures

All programs are extended to the public on a nondiscriminatory basis. Reasonable arrangements for persons with disabilities will be made, if requested at least 2 weeks in advance. For more information, contact info@sfsmallbusinessweek.com.


Speakers
avatar for Diana Chavez

Diana Chavez

Diana Chavez is the Business Development Officer for Working Solutions

Sponsors
UB

U.S. Bank

Minneapolis-based U.S. Bancorp (NYSE: USB), with $446 billion in assets as of December 31, 2016, is the parent company of U.S. Bank National Association, the fifth largest commercial bank in the United States. The Company operates 3,106 banking offices in 25 states and 4,842 A... Read More →



Wednesday May 17, 2017 10:30am - 12:00pm
SBA 455 Market St #600, San Francisco, CA 94105

12:30pm

The Future of Video Marketing

The Future of Video Marketing
Time:  12:30 - 2:00 pm
Category: Marketing

Did you know the average consumer watches over 5 1/2 hours of video content every day? Did you know that you can advertise on television in San Francisco for as little as fifty cents a commercial? It’s proven that the most effective and engaging medium to connect with your customer is through video. Attend this workshop to learn how to create a video strategy for your business in 5 easy steps, how to create video content for your business to use on your website and learn about the 15 secrets to making your business stand out in today's competitive landscape. You don't want to miss this workshop!

All programs are extended to the public on a nondiscriminatory basis. Reasonable arrangements for persons with disabilities will be made, if requested at least 2 weeks in advance. For more information, contact info@sfsmallbusinessweek.com.


Speakers
avatar for Brandon Mudd

Brandon Mudd

Comcast Business
Presenter, Brandon Mudd, has spent two decades working with small- to mid-sized businesses to create marketing plans and strategies that help businesses succeed within the current competitive and highly fragmented landscape. His media experience spans the spectrum from print and radio to his current role in TV and Online video advertising. His expertise includes designing geo-targeted video marketing campaigns, the development of creative video concepts to make a... Read More →



Wednesday May 17, 2017 12:30pm - 2:00pm
SBA 455 Market St #600, San Francisco, CA 94105

2:30pm

Building the Perfect Elevator Pitch

Building the Perfect Elevator Pitch
Time:  2:30 - 4:00 pm
Category: Networking/Stories

The ability to concisely and meaningfully articulate what your organization stands for and what the value is to a prospect is one of the most important elements of a brand's development. This hands-on, interactive workshop will provide you with the simple tools you need to message your business.

All programs are extended to the public on a nondiscriminatory basis. Reasonable arrangements for persons with disabilities will be made, if requested at least 2 weeks in advance. For more information, contact info@sfsmallbusinessweek.com.


Speakers
CA

Craig Alexander

SVP, Client Services, Gumas
Craig Alexander is strategy leader for Gumas. For over 30 years, Gumas has been helping Challenger Brands build clear, focused Elevator Pitches that serve as the base customer-facing language for companies in all industries and is responsible for the overall satisfaction of all G... Read More →



Wednesday May 17, 2017 2:30pm - 4:00pm
SBA 455 Market St #600, San Francisco, CA 94105

4:00pm

Immigration & Diversity: What Employers & Their Staff Need to Know

Immigration & Diversity: What Employers & Their Staff Need to Know
Time:  4:00 - 5:30 pm
Category: Business

This workshop will explore current issues surrounding immigration policy and what effects it has on small businesses in our community. Topics of discussion will include a review of business and employees' rights if ICE makes an inquiry as well as an examination of implicit bias and how small business owners can improve inclusivity in the workplace. This workshop is being presented by the Golden Gate Restaurant Association.

All programs are extended to the public on a nondiscriminatory basis. Reasonable arrangements for persons with disabilities will be made, if requested at least 2 weeks in advance. For more information, contact info@sfsmallbusinessweek.com.


Speakers
avatar for Gwyneth Borden, Golden Gate Restaurant Association

Gwyneth Borden, Golden Gate Restaurant Association

A lifelong lover of food being the granddaughter of farmers, Gwyneth joined the Golden Gate Restaurant Association (GGRA) as the Executive Director in February 2014. Prior to coming onboard, Gwyneth spent 10 years at IBM as the Manager of Corporate Citizenship & Corporate Affairs... Read More →

Sponsors
UB

U.S. Bank

Minneapolis-based U.S. Bancorp (NYSE: USB), with $446 billion in assets as of December 31, 2016, is the parent company of U.S. Bank National Association, the fifth largest commercial bank in the United States. The Company operates 3,106 banking offices in 25 states and 4,842 A... Read More →



Wednesday May 17, 2017 4:00pm - 5:30pm
SBA 455 Market St #600, San Francisco, CA 94105

6:00pm

Before You Sign That Lease

Before You Sign That Lease
Time:  6:00 - 8:00 pm
Category: Business

The pre-printed lease form looks daunting, and the broker is pressuring you to sign right now – but wait! There are many parts of an office, retail, or other commercial lease that you can and should negotiate with the landlord to increase the odds of success for your business. An experienced business and real estate attorney will help you learn how to make well-informed commercial tenant decisions and prepare for landlord negotiations. Although taught by an experienced attorney, this class does not constitute legal advice.

All programs are extended to the public on a nondiscriminatory basis. Reasonable arrangements for persons with disabilities will be made, if requested at least 2 weeks in advance. For more information, contact info@sfsmallbusinessweek.com.


Speakers
avatar for Felicia Vallera

Felicia Vallera

San Francisco Community Business Law Center
Felicia Vallera is a business attorney and corporate executive officer with over 30 years of progressive experience in rapidly-growing global financial, commercial, and technology service organizations. On a volunteer basis through her pro bono project, the San Francisco Communit... Read More →


Wednesday May 17, 2017 6:00pm - 8:00pm
SBA 455 Market St #600, San Francisco, CA 94105
 
Thursday, May 18
 

8:30am

Art of Negotiation (The Secrets of Getting What You Deserve)

Art of Negotiation: (The Secrets of Getting What You Deserve)
Time: 8:30 - 10:00 am 
Category: Business

Learn the most important skills behind successful negotiation and instantly develop a skill-set that will work for the small business owner who makes no small plans. This workshop provides you with actionable insights through authentic access to serial entrepreneurs and their stories on how they negotiated what they deserved, both in business and in life. You will learn how to:

• Create Power and Leverage in Negotiations

• Adjust your Negotiation Style for Different Situations

• Leverage Techniques for Conflict Resolution

• Use the Power of Story to Establish Rapport

• Avoid Being Cheated

• Get What You Deserve!

 

All programs are extended to the public on a nondiscriminatory basis. Reasonable arrangements for persons with disabilities will be made, if requested at least 2 weeks in advance. For more information, contact info@sfsmallbusinessweek.com.


Speakers
avatar for Bartlomiej Jan Skorupa

Bartlomiej Jan Skorupa

VP, Leadership Development, Figur8 Consulting
After an eye emergency in Madagascar that literally changed his vision on life, Bart Skorupa dedicated his life to improving the wellbeing of people by investing in leadership on a global scale. He is the co-founder of Groundwork Opportunities (GO), a nonprofit that began with a... Read More →

Sponsors
BO

Bank of America

Bank of America® is committed to making the financial lives of our 3 million small business clients better, as well as strengthening the local communities we serve. Our small business bankers, client managers and Practice Solutions specialists provide banking, credit and cash management solutions to meet the unique needs of small business owners. Our Small Business group primarily focuses on businesses with up to $5 million in annual sales For more information, go to... Read More →



Thursday May 18, 2017 8:30am - 10:00am
SBA 455 Market St #600, San Francisco, CA 94105

9:00am

Smart Tools to Save Money with Energy Resources

Smart Tools to Save Money with Energy Resources
Time:  9:00 - 10:30 am
Category: Business

This workshop will cover ways to utilize PG&E resources to help lower the cost of doing business with PG&E. The workshop will also feature a guest speaker from SFEW who will discuss other public programs and resources available to business customers.

All programs are extended to the public on a nondiscriminatory basis. Reasonable arrangements for persons with disabilities will be made, if requested at least 2 weeks in advance. For more information, contact info@sfsmallbusinessweek.com.


Speakers
avatar for Gabi Canez

Gabi Canez

San Francisco Department of the Environment
Gabi Canez is the marketing and outreach coordinator with the efficiency team at the San Francisco Department of the Environment. For almost ten years, Gabi has been helping the local small business community reduce energy costs and environmental impact through energy efficiency... Read More →
avatar for Bettina Cross

Bettina Cross

Bettina Cross has been working for Pacific Gas and Electric Company for three years and works for the Business Energy Solution Organization as Customer Relationship Manager, Associate for the START team. START Team was developed to assist in welcoming our Small and Medium Business (SMB) customers by pointing them to SMB tools, programs and... Read More →
avatar for Ceasar Gonzales

Ceasar Gonzales

Ceasar Gonzales has been with PG&E for 8 years assisting Residential and Business customers with account inquiries and service requests. As a member of the START Team, he helps to onboard new Small and Medium Business customers during their first year of service.
avatar for Shannell Smith

Shannell Smith

Shannell Smith has been with PG&E for five years, she helps Small Business customers to identify and achieve their energy efficiency goals and provide support and resources to ensure they have the tools to maximize their savings, reduce their energy costs, enhance their susta... Read More →

Sponsors
PG

Pacific Gas and Electric Company

In 1976, PG&E became one of the first utilities in the nation to offer energy efficiency programs to our customers. And we’ve been a leader ever since. Using energy more efficiently is more than simply the right thing to do – it saves our customers money on their energy bills. It is also the fastest, most cost-effective way to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and combat global climate change. In fact, over the past 30 years... Read More →



Thursday May 18, 2017 9:00am - 10:30am
SBA 455 Market St #600, San Francisco, CA 94105

10:30am

Funding Your Small Business

Funding Your Small Business
Time: 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Category: Finance

A panel of experts representing SBA, a Microlender, an SBA Community Advantage lender, and a bank or credit union will discuss:

• Financing options

• What lenders are looking for

• Credit requirements

• Importance of a relationship with a financial institution

• Eligibility guidelines and loan application procedures


All programs are extended to the public on a nondiscriminatory basis. Reasonable arrangements for persons with disabilities will be made, if requested at least 2 weeks in advance. For more information, contact info@sfsmallbusinessweek.com.


Moderators
avatar for Claudia Cohen

Claudia Cohen

SVP, Director of Marketing, Capital Access Group
Claudia Cohen, SVP, Director of Marketing, joined Capital Access Group in 2003. In that time, she has helped over 500 business owners access SBA 504 financing to purchase commercial real estate for their businesses.

Speakers
Sponsors
BO

Bank of America

Bank of America® is committed to making the financial lives of our 3 million small business clients better, as well as strengthening the local communities we serve. Our small business bankers, client managers and Practice Solutions specialists provide banking, credit and cash management solutions to meet the unique needs of small business owners. Our Small Business group primarily focuses on businesses with up to $5 million in annual sales For more information, go to... Read More →



Thursday May 18, 2017 10:30am - 12:00pm
SBA 455 Market St #600, San Francisco, CA 94105

11:00am

Get Federal Funding for High Tech Research (SBIR/STTR)

Get Federal Funding for High Tech Research (SBIR/STTR)
Time: 11:00 am-12:30 pm
Category: Business

The Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs are the federal government's largest R&D grant programs targeted to the small business community. With $3 billion available annually, the programs are a source of non-dilutive seed capital to help fund the development of promising new technologies. SBIR/STTR funding can also serve as a pathway to equity financing.

This presentation will cover the following:
• Overview of the SBIR and STTR programs
• Differences between SBIR and STTR
• Qualifications and eligibility requirements for SBIR/STTR funding
• How to determine if your innovation is a good fit for SBIR/STTR funding
• How to search for SBIR/STTR solicitations and topics
• Steps to preparing a SBIR/STTR proposal
• Tips for improving your chances of receiving SBIR/STTR funding

All programs are extended to the public on a nondiscriminatory basis. Reasonable arrangements for persons with disabilities will be made, if requested at least 2 weeks in advance. For more information, contact info@sfsmallbusinessweek.com.


Speakers
avatar for Charles Eason

Charles Eason

Tech Futures Group
Charles Eason is the SBIR/STTR Specialist with the Norcal Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Tech Futures Group and has been providing counseling and training on SBIR/STTR since 1995. In addition to providing training and counseling through the SBDC, Mr. Eason has direct ex... Read More →


Thursday May 18, 2017 11:00am - 12:30pm
SBA 455 Market St #600, San Francisco, CA 94105

12:30pm

Social Media: LinkedIn, Email Marketing & Your Website - SOLD OUT

Social Media: LinkedIn, Email Marketing & Your Website
Time: 12:30pm - 3:30pm
Category: Marketing

In this class, learn how LinkedIn can help create leads, success stories from other businesses who are winning it, and tools to save you time and money. We will close with how to use social media, email and your website together to boost your marketing efforts.



All programs are extended to the public on a nondiscriminatory basis. Reasonable arrangements for persons with disabilities will be made, if requested at least 2 weeks in advance. For more information, contact info@sfsmallbusinessweek.com.


Speakers
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Angelique C. Gossé

San Francisco Small Business Development Center


Thursday May 18, 2017 12:30pm - 3:30pm
SBA 455 Market St #600, San Francisco, CA 94105

1:00pm

Four Steps to the Perfect Logo

Four Steps to the Perfect Logo
Time: 1:00 - 2:30 pm
Category: Marketing

A great logo communicates your company's story through a simple image. It can show the world what industry you're in, what you value as a brand, and what type of person should use your product or service. But how do you know if your logo is a great one? This interactive workshop will teach you to translate your company's values into a visual image and will show you what to look for when evaluating designs. You'll walk away knowing exactly how you can get an amazing logo that will stand out from the competition.

All programs are extended to the public on a nondiscriminatory basis. Reasonable arrangements for persons with disabilities will be made, if requested at least 2 weeks in advance. For more information, contact info@sfsmallbusinessweek.com.


Speakers
avatar for Kelly Morr

Kelly Morr

Sr. Mgr, Content Strategy, 99Designs
Kelly Morr is the Senior Manager of Content Strategy at 99designs, the world's largest graphic design marketplace. Her job involves creating web pages, articles and emails about things like logo design, book cover design, and why there are 7 colors in the rainbow (short answer: t... Read More →

Sponsors
CB

Comcast Business

Comcast Business offers Ethernet, Internet, Wi-Fi, Voice, TV and Managed Enterprise Solutions to help organizations of all sizes transform their business. Powered by a next-generation, fiber-based network, and backed by 24/7 technical support, Comcast Business is one of the largest contributors to the growth of Comcast Cable. Comcast Business is the... Read More →



Thursday May 18, 2017 1:00pm - 2:30pm
SBA 455 Market St #600, San Francisco, CA 94105

3:00pm

Training, Mentoring, Counseling, Financing and More - Non-Profit Services For Entrepreneurs - SOLD OUT

Training, Mentoring, Counseling, Financing and More - Non-Profit Services For Entrepreneurs
Time:  3:00 - 4:30 PM
Category: Business

Are you an aspiring or current small business owner who needs training, counseling, mentoring, financing, networking opportunities, ongoing support and more? We are here for you. The San Francisco Economic Development Alliance (SFEDA) is a group of non-profit organizations that pledges to support the livelihood and the creation of wealth of all local small business entrepreneurs. We bring solutions and prosperity to every small business owner serving San Francisco. Join this workshop and learn how we can help you thrive. Whatever your need, you can be sure that SFEDA has programs for you.


All programs are extended to the public on a nondiscriminatory basis. Reasonable arrangements for persons with disabilities will be made, if requested at least 2 weeks in advance. For more information, contact info@sfsmallbusinessweek.com.


Speakers

Thursday May 18, 2017 3:00pm - 4:30pm
SBA 455 Market St #600, San Francisco, CA 94105

3:30pm

Leading The Charge: Stories from Success in Contracting

Leading The Charge: Stories from Success in Contracting
Time:  3:30 - 5:00 pm
Category: Business

Having a successful Black Woman’s Business in the city and county of San Francisco for over 20 years is no small feat. Learn how these women started their businesses, won city contracts, remained sustainable, and hired people from their own communities. This conversation will not only inspire you to dream of starting your own business, but will reveal tools of survival and success.

All programs are extended to the public on a nondiscriminatory basis. Reasonable arrangements for persons with disabilities will be made, if requested at least 2 weeks in advance. For more information, contact info@sfsmallbusinessweek.com.


Moderators
avatar for Brigette LeBlanc

Brigette LeBlanc

San Francisco African American Chamber of Commerce/LeBlanc and Associates, LLC
Brigette R. LeBlanc, a native of San Francisco is the principle of LeBlanc and Associates, LLC.  Formerly, LeBlanc Events in Washington, DC.  In 2002 Brigette returned to San Francisco and launched her business in 2006.  Brigette has taught in the Hospitality Department at San Francisco City College and facilitated youth development and leadership programs around college preparedness at Stanford University, San Francisco City College and Metro High School in San... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Anita Butler

Anita Butler

Butler Enterprise Group, LLC (BE-Group)
Anita Butler, Chief Executive Officer and co-founder of Butler Enterprise Group, LLC (BE-Group) in 1997, began with a vision to provide superior Small Business Program Management and Contract Compliance services. Today, BE-Group has managed various programs on construction projec... Read More →
avatar for Darolyn Davis

Darolyn Davis

Davis & Associates Communications, Inc.
Darolyn Davis is the founder, president, and CEO of Davis & Associates Communications, Inc. (D&A). She is an award-winning communications professional with more than 30 years of communications excellence to her credit. She oversees day-to-day management of the firm and serves as lead strategist for agency accounts. | | As the daughter of a news cameraman and a pioneering journalist, communications has long been a significant part of... Read More →
avatar for Yolanda Jones

Yolanda Jones

Yolanda’s Construction Administration and Traffic Control, Inc. (YCAT-C)
Yolanda Jones is a native of Bayview Hunters Point in San Francisco, where she grew up and then raised her family. She inherited a sense of community and entrepreneurship from her father Charlie Walker who is still at age 83 advocating for Bayview Hunter’s Point where he was raised in Alice Griffin Housing Projects, better known as Double Rock. He has always advocated for business owners and entrepreneurs in the community. Following in her... Read More →
avatar for Monetta White

Monetta White

Owner, Black Bark BBQ; 1300 on Fillmore
Born and raised in San Francisco, Monetta White has strong ties to the city both personally and professionally. In 2007 when she and husband Chef David Lawrence opened 1300 on Fillmore, the duo were excited by the opportunity to help revive the neighborhood through good food and music. For the past ten years... Read More →

Sponsors
PG

Pacific Gas and Electric Company

In 1976, PG&E became one of the first utilities in the nation to offer energy efficiency programs to our customers. And we’ve been a leader ever since. Using energy more efficiently is more than simply the right thing to do – it saves our customers money on their energy bills. It is also the fastest, most cost-effective way to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and combat global climate change. In fact, over the past 30 years... Read More →



Thursday May 18, 2017 3:30pm - 5:00pm
SBA 455 Market St #600, San Francisco, CA 94105

3:30pm

Small Business & Cannabis - Post Legalization

Small Business & Cannabis - Post Legalization
Time:  3:30 - 5:00 PM
Category: Business

As cannabis becomes part of a legal and regulated marketplace, a multi-billion dollar regulated cannabis industry will emerge with opportunities for both new and existing small businesses.  Come learn about one possible future of small business and cannabis market opportunities from voices  who are crafting the vision for its production, marketing, and regulatory compliance.  Is there a place for you?  




All programs are extended to the public on a nondiscriminatory basis. Reasonable arrangements for persons with disabilities will be made, if requested at least 2 weeks in advance. For more information, contact info@sfsmallbusinessweek.com.


Speakers
avatar for Terrance Alan

Terrance Alan

Terrance Alan, Moderator – Currently Chairs the San Francisco State Cannabis Legalization Taskforce, owner of the Flore on Market a 45 year Castro destination and was the Founding President of the San Francisco Entertainment Commission.
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Aaron Flynn

Aaron Flynn, Panelist – Currently a San Francisco cannabis cultivator and Chair of the San Francisco Cannabis Leadership Group a chapter of the state California Growers Association.
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Ben Grambergu

Ben Grambergu, Panelist – Founder of Ben Grambergu Marketing, has worked in Cannabis Marketing since 2004 and currently works at Hearst Media in the growing cannabis marketplace.
avatar for David Hua

David Hua

David Hua, Panelist – Co-Founder of Meadow is a software company based in San Francisco that makes tools for the cannabis industry and spokesperson for the regulated cannabis industry.


Thursday May 18, 2017 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Meadow Community Room 60 13th Street, San Francisco

6:00pm

Small Business Awards
We’re excited to once again confirm that the 2017 Small Business Awards will be happening during San Francisco Small Business Week. Sponsored by Bank of America, this event is attended by leaders of the small business community, department heads of the City of San Francisco and many small business owners who are dedicated to supporting and engaging with small businesses. Awards are given out by San Francisco Mayor Lee, the Small Business Administration, the Small Business Commission and the San Francisco Economic Development Alliance.

Sponsored by: Bank of America

Sponsors
BO

Bank of America

Bank of America® is committed to making the financial lives of our 3 million small business clients better, as well as strengthening the local communities we serve. Our small business bankers, client managers and Practice Solutions specialists provide banking, credit and cash management solutions to meet the unique needs of small business owners. Our Small Business group primarily focuses on businesses with up to $5 million in annual sales For more information, go to... Read More →



Thursday May 18, 2017 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Invitation Only
 
Friday, May 19
 

8:30am

Here Today But Planning for Tomorrow: The Next Gen and Your Business

Here Today But Planning for Tomorrow: The Next Gen and Your Business
Time:  8:30 - 10:00 am
Category: Business

This workshop focuses on how to plan ahead for a smooth transition of the family business and assets to the next generation. Panelists will discuss how business owners can engage in fruitful conversations with their children about their future, awaken their interest in joining the family business, and address the legal and financial implications of estate planning, as well as their options in terms of next-generation leadership (appoint a family member to take over, sell to a team or coop of current workers, or sell to an outsider). Participants will be invited to reflect on their personal and business goals, their options and challenges to transition the business to next-gen leaders, and to draw a timeline and preliminary checklist of issues to address.

All programs are extended to the public on a nondiscriminatory basis. Reasonable arrangements for persons with disabilities will be made, if requested at least 2 weeks in advance. For more information, contact info@sfsmallbusinessweek.com.


Speakers
avatar for Hilary Abell

Hilary Abell

Project Equity
Hilary Abell is co-founder of Project Equity and has a long history with employee ownership, as a former worker-owner at Equal Exchange and a fourteen-year co-op developer, specializing in companies that create dignified jobs in lower-wage sectors. Project Equity's mission is t... Read More →
avatar for Kristen Armstrong

Kristen Armstrong

Ascent Private Capital Management (U.S. Bank)
Kristen Armstrong, Ph.D., is managing director and senior wealth dynamics coach for Ascent Private Capital Management (U.S. Bank).  She works with clients on strategies that address complex personal, family and financial issues. Prior to joining Ascent, Kristen ran her own firm working with families and family businesses in the Bay Area on conflict resolution and family dynamics. She is an expert in helping family businesses manage the complex dynamics of family relationships. As part of her work, Kristen is involved with family education, family meetings, family retreats, family business/enterprise succession planning, philanthropic planning, and next-generation leadership development. She focuses on preparing next generations for inheriting the family business by creating cross-generational communication strategies based on... Read More →
avatar for Nathan Bennett

Nathan Bennett

Founding Partner, Summit Advisor
As a founding partner of Summit Financial Group, LLC, Nathan has a specialized practice working with business owners on Exit Planning. This specialized approach to helping owners design their exit is vital to accomplishing their financial goal. Nathan’s clients are typically foun... Read More →
avatar for Isabelle Lescent-Giles

Isabelle Lescent-Giles

USF Gellert Family Business Resource Center
Isabelle Lescent-Giles, PhD, is a visiting assistant professor at the Gellert Family Business Resource Center, University of San Francisco. She focuses on how family businesses survive, adapt and stay innovative across generations, and as a business historian, advises families on... Read More →

Sponsors
OO

Office of Small Business

The Small Business Commission and Office of Small Business function as the City’s central point of information and assistance to small businesses in San Francisco. The office provides direct services through customized one-on-one assistance, collaborations with other City agencies and referrals to various small business resources. By championing... Read More →



Friday May 19, 2017 8:30am - 10:00am
SBA 455 Market St #600, San Francisco, CA 94105

9:00am

The Power of the Inbox: Tips and Tricks for Successful Email Marketing

The Power of the Inbox: Tips and Tricks for Successful Email Marketing
Time: 9:00am-10:00am
Category: Marketing

What is the first impression you give when they see you in their email inbox? And when they see you there, what do they do? This powerful seminar takes you step-by-step through the keys to effective email marketing: What it really is (and isn’t); what it can do for your business; and the five easy steps you must take to harness the power of the inbox!
  1. Grow a healthy list
  2. Create great content
  3. Customize a beautiful, mobile-friendly template that matches your brand
  4. How to get your emails opened
  5. Track your results

From revealing why regular email doesn't work, to insider tips and techniques like automated list building tools and the design elements that work (and those that don't!), this seminar will give you the keys to the most effective marketing you can do: email marketing. Join us!

All programs are extended to the public on a nondiscriminatory basis. Reasonable arrangements for persons with disabilities will be made, if requested at least 2 weeks in advance. For more information, contact info@sfsmallbusinessweek.com.


Speakers
avatar for LynAnn King

LynAnn King

Constant Contact
LynAnn King partners with successful small businesses and empowers entrepreneurs to deliver compelling marketing communications, special events promotions and media campaigns.  Having honed business-based skills in the high-tech industry of Silicon Valley, she holds a Bachelo... Read More →


Friday May 19, 2017 9:00am - 10:00am
SBA 455 Market St #600, San Francisco, CA 94105

10:30am

Grow Your Business Online

Grow Your Business Online
Time:  10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Category: Marketing

This workshop will cover how to be found on Google, how to get insights from Google products, and how to be more productive with Google tools. Learn about search engine marketing, tips for promoting your website in a multi-screen world, why tracking matters, and how Google Analytics and Google Apps can help your business.

All programs are extended to the public on a nondiscriminatory basis. Reasonable arrangements for persons with disabilities will be made, if requested at least 2 weeks in advance. For more information, contact info@sfsmallbusinessweek.com.


Speakers
Sponsors
CA

Capital Access Group

Capital Access Group is a Certified Development Company that offers 90% financing at below-market, fixed interest rates through the SBA 504 loan program for growing businesses to purchase commercial real estate. We have funded in excess of $1 billion dollars of real estate transactions and helped thousands of business owners achieve their dreams of owning their own buildings. Our expertise in financing commercial real estate combined with our personalized service from start to finish gives our clients an advantage in a competitive real estate market. For more information, go to... Read More →



Friday May 19, 2017 10:30am - 12:00pm
SBA 455 Market St #600, San Francisco, CA 94105

11:00am

Winning the Trade Game with Export Finance

Winning the Trade Game with Export Finance
Time: 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Category: Finance

With 96% of the world’s consumers located outside the US, more and more US small businesses are getting involved in exporting. One aspect of export success is a financing strategy that allows you to sell competitively yet safely to foreign buyers while retaining access to the working capital needed to grow with international opportunities. This workshop will explore financing tools offered by SBA and Export-Import Bank of the US, including export credit insurance and export loan guarantees, to support US exporters.

All programs are extended to the public on a nondiscriminatory basis. Reasonable arrangements for persons with disabilities will be made, if requested at least 2 weeks in advance. For more information, contact info@sfsmallbusinessweek.com.


Moderators
Speakers
avatar for Jeff Deiss

Jeff Deiss

U.S. SBA Export Office
Jeff Deiss is a Regional Export Finance Manager with the US Small Business Administration (SBA), a position he has held since 2011. He works with exporters and commercial lenders in northern and central California to find export financing solutions for small businesses. Pri... Read More →


Friday May 19, 2017 11:00am - 1:00pm
SBA 455 Market St #600, San Francisco, CA 94105

12:30pm

Empowering Women Business Owners: Inspiration - How To Get It And Keep It

Empowering Women Business Owners: Inspiration - How To Get It And Keep It
Time:  12:30 - 2:00 pm
Category: Individual Development

With all the advancements for women in business over the last several decades we have much to celebrate but we also have a long road ahead. Inspiration is the key ingredient. The empowerment of women in business is critical to the success of the overall economic fabric of our communities. This workshop will provide you with critical information you can put to use in your business endeavors immediately following the session. Lead by two of San Francisco’s most admired business women, Gwen Kaplan and Emily Wirowek, they will share ‘real-world’ challenges and inspirations and ‘real-life’ solutions to propel your business forward. Now is the time to be inspired!

All programs are extended to the public on a nondiscriminatory basis. Reasonable arrangements for persons with disabilities will be made, if requested at least 2 weeks in advance. For more information, contact info@sfsmallbusinessweek.com.


Moderators
avatar for Gwen Kaplan

Gwen Kaplan

CEO and Founder, Ace Mailing Corporation, San Francisco Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors
Gwen Kaplan is one of the country’s foremost authorities on direct marketing. She is a successful entrepreneur, a university lecturer and an active community leader throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. Marketing theories that Kaplan has successfully used in promoting the client... Read More →
avatar for Emily Wirowek, Esq.,

Emily Wirowek, Esq.,

Simply put, my job is to make sure families do not self-destruct after the death or disability of a loved one. For that reason, I have chosen to dedicate my career to helping families and individuals plan for the future and protect the well-being of their loved ones. As an estate... Read More →

Sponsors
CB

Comcast Business

Comcast Business offers Ethernet, Internet, Wi-Fi, Voice, TV and Managed Enterprise Solutions to help organizations of all sizes transform their business. Powered by a next-generation, fiber-based network, and backed by 24/7 technical support, Comcast Business is one of the largest contributors to the growth of Comcast Cable. Comcast Business is the... Read More →



Friday May 19, 2017 12:30pm - 2:00pm
SBA 455 Market St #600, San Francisco, CA 94105

2:00pm

商業貸款 - Access to Capital (in Cantonese)

商業貸款 - Access to Capital (in Cantonese)
Time:  2:00 – 4:00 pm
Category: Finance

入门课程,為業主和準備創業者提供小企业融资的知識 。

課程大綱和目標: 貸款前必要的準備, 貸款類型, 貸款基本要求, 企業計畫書, 貸款所需文件。

An introductory course to provide small business entrepreneurs and those who are planning to start a business with information on where and how to obtain small business financing.

Class Outline & Objectives: Getting Ready for Financing, Types of Financing, Lending Criteria, Importance of Business Planning, Documents Required.

 
All programs are extended to the public on a nondiscriminatory basis. Reasonable arrangements for persons with disabilities will be made, if requested at least 2 weeks in advance. For more information, contact info@sfsmallbusinessweek.com.


Friday May 19, 2017 2:00pm - 4:00pm
SBA 455 Market St #600, San Francisco, CA 94105
 
Saturday, May 20
 

10:00am

Sidewalk Sales – Shop & Dine in the 49
Shoppers are encouraged to explore neighborhood merchant corridors and patronize San Francisco businesses during San Francisco Small Business Week Sidewalk Sales. Small businesses will offer a variety of sales, tastes and entertainment. The Sidewalk Sales are hosted in collaboration with the San Francisco Council of District Merchants Associations, San Francisco Chamber of Commerce, Office of Small Business and PopUpsters. For more information and participating locations, visit: shopdine49.com.


Merchant corridors participating include:
Haight-Ashbury
Valencia 
Balboa
Union St
West Portal
Fillmore St.
Excelsior
Outer Mission 
Chinatown 
Sacramento St.
Outer Sunset
Castro/Upper Market
Noe Valley


Saturday May 20, 2017 10:00am - 6:00pm
All around San Francisco