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Saturday, May 21
 

9:30am

Bilingual Small Business Resources Fair

MEDA is excited to host the first Spanish / English Bilingual Small Business Fair, this community event is part of San Francisco's Small Business Week, a week dedicated to celebrating, valuing, recognizing, and supporting small businesses and the entrepreneurs who operate them.  This fair is the only bilingual event during the week reflecting MEDA's commitment to serve the Mission / Bernal / Excelsior neighborhoods and their hundreds of Spanish speaking merchants and future business owners.  

The event includes 4 workshops on the following topics:

1. How to use techonology to promote and grow your business

2. How and where to access business loans

3. Legal aspects for your business
         . Is your commercial lease expiring?
         . Do you need assistance to negotiate a commercial lease?

4. Best practices for Family Child Care businesses

This small business fair is intended to provide networking opportunities, access to capital, technology and legal know hows for business people of all levels, in both English & Spanish. 



Saturday May 21, 2016 9:30am - 2:00pm
Community College of San Francisco Mission Branch 1125 Valencia Street, San Francisco, CA 94110

10:00am

Neighborhood Sidewalk Sales
Visit select neighborhoods who are hosting special shopping experiences for you!

Saturday May 21, 2016 10:00am - 6:00pm
TBA

10:00am

San Francisco Sidewalk Sale: Castro Merchants
Location(s): 
  • Castro Street from 17th-19th Street
  • 18th Street from Noe Street to Diamond Street
  • 18th Street from Eureka Street to Douglas Street
  • Market Street from Castro 17th Street to Church-Market, 14th Street
  • Noe Street from Market 16th to Beaver Street
  • 14th Street from Church to Dolores Street
  • Church Street from Market to 15th Street
A neighborhood of freedom, acceptance, creativity and diversity. The mission of the Castro Merchants is to unite merchants in the area to promote the Castro's interests, increase opportunities and facilitate communication between businesses and local government.


Saturday May 21, 2016 10:00am - 6:00pm
TBA

10:00am

San Francisco Sidewalk Sale: Glen Park Merchants Association

Location(s): 

  • Diamond Street from Joost to Surrey Street
  • Bosworth Street from Diamond Street to Arlington Street
  • Wilder Street from Diamond Street to Carrie Street
  • Chenery Street from Brompton Avenue to Castro Street

Glen Park’s coffee shops, markets, and boutiques give the neighborhood a village in a City feeling. Off the beaten past, but easily accessible by public transportation, Glen Park is a great neighborhood to experience and explore. Shopping corridors are Chennery and Bosworth



Saturday May 21, 2016 10:00am - 6:00pm
TBA

10:00am

San Francisco Sidewalk Sale: Greater Geary Boulevard Merchants Association
Location(s): Geary Blvd from Masonic to 32nd Avenue
Geary Boulevard has had a rich history of service to the people of San Francisco and particularly the Richmond District. There are hundreds of merchants spanning from Van Ness to the Ocean ready to serve you here. So whether you are looking for a place to dine or a place to buy a dining room table you can find it on Geary Blvd.


Saturday May 21, 2016 10:00am - 6:00pm
TBA

10:00am

San Francisco Sidewalk Sale: Haight Ashbury Merchants Association

Location(s): Haight Street from Central to Stanyan

The Haight Ashbury Merchants Association (HAMA) was established to build merchant cooperation, promote, improve, market, advertise, and beautify the Haight Ashbury shopping district and visitor experience. Our organization seeks to create a vibrant community and a welcoming place for residents and visitors alike. Annually, we have sponsored the holiday lights on the trees along Haight street. Our members have drafted and approved a plan to revitalize the street.


Saturday May 21, 2016 10:00am - 6:00pm
TBA

10:00am

San Francisco Sidewalk Sale: Mission Bernal Merchants Association

Location(s): Mission Street from Cesar Chavez to Randall Street

We are a San Francisco-based group dedicated to serving the Mission Street corridor from Cesar Chavez to Randall.


Saturday May 21, 2016 10:00am - 6:00pm
TBA

10:00am

San Francisco Sidewalk Sale: Outer Sunset Merchant and Professional Association

Location(s): Irving Street between 19th Avenue and 27th Avenue

The Outer Sunset Merchants Association promotes and advocates for small independent businesses in the Outer Sunset Neighborhood.


Saturday May 21, 2016 10:00am - 6:00pm
TBA

10:00am

San Francisco Sidewalk Sale: Polk District Merchants Association

Location(s): Polk Street from Filbert Street to California Street

The Polk District Merchants Association represents a mix of retail, locally-owned restaurants, bars and music, cafes, and specialty stores on Polk Street. Our mission is to promote and advocate for our member businesses while actively working to support the local community. From Practical to Personal, find yourself on Polk!


Saturday May 21, 2016 10:00am - 6:00pm
TBA

10:00am

San Francisco Sidewalk Sale: Sacramento Street Merchants

Location(s): Sacramento Street between Spruce and Broderick

The Sacramento Street shopping and business district is located between two beautiful neighborhoods – Pacific Heights and Presidio Heights. Formerly known for its exclusive antiques shops the street has changed over recent years. There is a new fresh selection of small, local businesses worth discovering! Check the shop directory on our website for stores and websites.


Saturday May 21, 2016 10:00am - 6:00pm
TBA

10:00am

San Francisco Sidewalk Sale: Union Street Merchants Association

Location(s): 

  • Union Street from Franklin Street to Steiner Street
  • Fillmore Street from Union Street to Lombard Street
Since the 1950's, Union Street has been one of San Francisco's Top visitor destinations - because of its wonderful mix of specialty shops, services and restaurants in an "only in S.F." historic Victorian setting, drawing not only locals but also visitors from around the world.

Today's Union Street and its surrounding Cow Hollow neighborhood, named among the top 5 best neighborhoods in the nation for young adults to live, also caters to the younger generation with gyms, cycle shops, yoga and spas and an abundance of beauty, health and fitness venues, boutiques, sports bars and coffee shops.
Experience local San Francisco - Victorian in setting with today's youthful vibe and vitality.


Saturday May 21, 2016 10:00am - 6:00pm
TBA

10:00am

San Francisco Sidewalk Sale: Valencia Corridor Merchants Association

Location(s): Valencia Street between Market Street and Mission Street

The VCMA is a member-operated neighborhood association including merchants in and around the Valencia Corridor. Our mission is to cultivate and beautify the corridor for the benefit of visitors, residents and merchants. Additionally, we endeavor to combine our voices and views toward the goal of maintaining the unique identity and independent spirit of the neighborhood. We’d love to have you join us.


Saturday May 21, 2016 10:00am - 6:00pm
TBA

10:00am

San Francisco Sidewalk Sale: Noe Valley Merchants Association
Location(s): 
  • 24th Street from Douglas Street to Chatanooga Street
  • Church Street from 24th Street to 30th Street

Noe Valley boasts some of the best weather in San Francisco. Located in the “Heart” of the City, up from the Mission, and over the hill from the Castro, this hidden gem attracts and urban crowd looking for music; fresh foods at its farmer’s market; coffee at one of its many parklets; a plethora of ethnic foods and funky bars; and exploring a variety of trendy shops.



Saturday May 21, 2016 10:00am - 7:00pm
TBA
 
Monday, May 23
 

5:30pm

Flavors of San Francisco - Sold Out

This Event is Sold Out - no tickets will be available at the door.

The Gala kick-off to San Francisco Small Business Week will once again bring together more than 1,200 Small Business Owners and Community members to celebrate Small Business in San Francisco. Mingle and connect with 70 Small Business resources.

Join the festivities at Flavors of San Francisco for a fun filled celebration at the Cityview at Metreon! Meet and mingle with a variety of small business owners and community leaders. Connect with dozens of business resources. Savor and sample food from San Francisco’s local restaurants, bars and food entreprenuers.

Sponsored by the Office of Small Business




Monday May 23, 2016 5:30pm - 8:30pm
Cityview at Metreon 135 4th St, San Francisco, CA 94103
 
Tuesday, May 24
 

3:30pm

San Francisco Board of Supervisors Awards Ceremony
The San Francisco Small Business Commission will once again team up with the San Francisco Board of Supervisors to honor and recognize an exceptional small business from each of San Francisco’s 11 districts and citywide.

Tuesday May 24, 2016 3:30pm - 4:30pm
City Hall City Hall, 1 Dr. Carlton B Goodlett Place

5:30pm

USF Gellert Family Business Center Awards
The Gellert Family Business Center recognizes two family businesses who have been established for more than 15 years and who have made a difference in the way our neighborhoods work. Join the Gellert Foundation, Gellert Advisory Board, USF President Fitzgerald and local legislators in recognizing our 2015 winners and introducing our 2016 awardees.

Sponsors

Tuesday May 24, 2016 5:30pm - 7:30pm
University of San Francisco Lone Mountain Handlery Room 100 2800 Turk Blvd

5:30pm

African America Entrepreneurs: “Innovators of the Local Economy”
Join the SF African American Chamber of Commerce in SF’s historic Fillmore Jazz district. Meet African American founders, entrepreneurs, and business owners who are innovating and transforming SF’s local economy. Fuel your business vision by engaging with exceptional individuals who will share their journey to business success. Network as you enjoy the ambiance and haute hors d’oeuvres of one of SF’s finest African American owned restaurants.

Sponsored by:    MAIN STREET LAUNCH

Co- Hosted:   The San Francisco African American Black Chamber of Commerce, Urban Solutions & Wells Fargo


Tuesday May 24, 2016 5:30pm - 8:30pm
1300 on Fillmore 1300 Fillmore Street

5:30pm

AAPI: How to Succeed as an Asian-American Business Owner

Hear from successful Asian business owners and entrepreneurs on how they started and grew their own successful businesses. Meet and mingle with other business owners, community leaders and lenders at the networking reception to follow.

Agenda

5:30 pm to 6:00 pm
Registration

6:00 pm to 6:10 pm
Tong Qin, SBA Asian American and Pacific Island Outreach Director Welcome Address and Introduction of Keynote Speakers

6:10 pm to 6:20 pm
Keynote Speaker Carmen Chu, Assessor – Recorder for the City and County of San Francisco

6:20 pm to 6:30 pm
Keynote Speaker Tim Chen, NerdWallet CEO

6:30 pm to 6:40 pm
Keynote Speaker Sarah Ching-Ting Wan, Executive Director for Community Youth Center of San Francisco & San Francisco Asian Pacific Islander Council Representative

6:40 pm to 7:40 pm
Panel Discussion – Moderator Yvonne Lee, Region IV Advocate of SBA
Panelists:
Tom Yeh, Successful Entrepreneur, SBDC Advisor
Darius Mahajer, Main Street Launch
Cindy Yang– NerdWallet, Social Media and Your Business
Koji Kanematsu, owner of ONIGILLY, LLC
Francis Chan, Project Manager, Jobs Squad, City of San Francisco

7:40 pm to 7:45 pm
Introduction of resource partners and closing remarks.

7:45 pm to 8:30 pm
Networking Sponsored by East West Bank


Speakers
avatar for Francis Chan

Francis Chan

Francis Christian Chan is currently the Project Manager of Mayor’s Office of Economic and Workforce Development (OEWD). He leads the Jobs Squad team to provide district outreach, technical assistance, service linkage and community networking for over 10,000 small businesses in San... Read More →
avatar for Tim Chen

Tim Chen

Tim Chen is the CEO and co-founder of NerdWallet, your go-to resource for making and managing financial decisions. Previously, he was a hedge fund analyst at Perry Capital, investing in payment processing firms, credit card networks and technology companies. He also worked as an equity... Read More →
avatar for Carmen Chu

Carmen Chu

Carmen Chu was re-elected on November 4, 2014, to serve as the Assessor-Recorder for the City and County of San Francisco. As the only Asian American Assessor in California, she is committed to build a better San Francisco through superior customer service, fair property taxation... Read More →
avatar for Yvonne Lee

Yvonne Lee

Yvonne Lee is the Office of Advocacy’s regional advocate for federal region IX. Region IX consists of the states of Arizona, California, Hawaii, and Nevada, and the territory of Guam. Lee is the chief counsel for advocacy’s direct link to small business owners, state and local... Read More →
avatar for Cindy Yang

Cindy Yang

Cindy Yang is the head of NerdWallet’s small business team, which empowers entrepreneurs to access a range of alternative financing options by providing expert, independent tools and advice. A former investment banking analyst at Goldman Sachs, Cindy has also worked for the Treasury... Read More →

Sponsors


Tuesday May 24, 2016 5:30pm - 8:30pm
NerdWallet 901 Market Street

6:00pm

GGBA Mega Make Contact - LGBT Business Networking Mixer
MEGA Make Contact is happening at “The Market,” last year’s SFSBW Mayor’s Honoree and recipient of Congressional and Senate Recognition. Join the GGBA, other regional LGBT Chambers, the Castro Merchants Association and local growers, purveyors and artisans from The Market for one of the largest networking events of the week!



Tuesday May 24, 2016 6:00pm - 8:00pm
The Market 1355 Market St.

6:00pm

Latino Entrepreneurs: Their Visions and Journeys

Join a group of Latino entrepreneurs in conversation with LAM. Listen to their success stories, their journeys and find out how they have dramatically reshaped the business landscape through their innovative ideas. This is a must attend event for anyone interested in hearing from the nation’s leading Latino business leaders. 

Agenda
6:00 – 7:00 PM – Networking
7:00 – 8:30 PM – Panel discussion with Q&A
8:30 – 9:00 PM – Networking

Hosting Organizations

LAM Network is a multi-platform network connecting Latino professionals online and in person.  Through a social media network and inspiring events, LAM creates strong and dynamic opportunities for like-minded individuals to foster valuable relationships.  LAM is an exclusive community of influencers, highly educated, newly affluent, and urban Latinos engaging and interacting in social, educational and political advocacy activities. For more information, visit http://www.lam-network.com

San Francisco Small Business Week is a partnership formed to honor and support the more than 85,000 thousand small businesses and entrepreneurs that call San Francisco home.  As part of National Small Business Week, we celebrate the contributions and achievements of small business owners by offering a series of educational and networking events designed to inspire, educate and connect the members of our business community. For more information, visit http://www.sfsmallbusinessweek.com

Impact Hub provides community, space & events for people taking collaborative action for a better world. You can learn more about Impact Hub at http://www.ImpactHUBBayArea.com

Partnering Organization

QueSee is a Social Learning Platform for Latinos. Its platform allows a community of users to aggregate, contextualize and learn from collective experiences. QueSee is currently creating “Pathways”, which are interactive visual representations of an individual’s educational and professional experiences. QueSee enables Latinos to discover, discuss and share solutions important to them and to the community. We believe that together we can harness the information and guidance to reach our full potential. Visit us at http://QueSee.co


Moderators
avatar for Roman Leal

Roman Leal

Co-Founder, QueSee
Roman Leal is the Co-Founder of QueSee, a social learning platform for Latinos and Co-Founder of Leap Innovation Labs, a go-to-market team for entrepreneurs. Roman has over 10 years of experience in Financial Technology and Financial Services, most recently at PayPal and Goldman Sachs... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Cecilia Alvarez

Cecilia Alvarez

Investment Professional, Propel
As an Investment Professional at Propel, Cecilia Alvarez, works directly with the Investment Team, identifying new opportunities, conducting due diligence and preparing LP advisory meeting presentations. Prior to Propel, she was at BBVA Ventures, where she helped the team spin out... Read More →
avatar for Mara Perez

Mara Perez

LATINO FUTURESsm
Mara Perez Ph.D. is a Latino futurist who writes and speaks about social change, philanthropy, and immigration and what the future may hold for Latinos in the United States. She is currently working on a new proposition with a project she has created called LATINO FUTURESsm. This... Read More →
avatar for Thais Rezende

Thais Rezende

CEO, BizWorld.org
Thais Rezende is the CEO of BizWorld.org, a nonprofit organization teaching elementary and middle school children across the U.S. and in 100 countries around the world how to run a business through entrepreneurship programs. Thais has 12 years of experience in the nonprofit world... Read More →
avatar for Alex Torrenegra

Alex Torrenegra

Founder and CEO, Bunny Inc.
Alex Torrenegra, is the founder and CEO of Bunny Inc. He won the Colombia TR35 “Innovator of the Year” award from MIT’s Technology Review. Alex founded his first business at the age of 14. After migrating to the US, he has co-founded several successful tech companies including... Read More →


Tuesday May 24, 2016 6:00pm - 9:00pm
Impact Hub 925 Mission St.
 
Wednesday, May 25
 

12:00pm

SF Biz Connect
A private opportunity for large tech companies to connect with small San Francisco businesses in the food and snack space. SF Biz Connect provides a way for purchasers to easily meet and work with small local businesses when fulfilling company orders. Invitation Only to SF Biz Connect members. 

Wednesday May 25, 2016 12:00pm - 1:30pm
TBA

6:00pm

Small Business Awards
A special awards ceremony honoring small businesses from the US Small Business Administration, the City and the San Francisco Economic Development Alliance for their leadership, innovation and contributions to San Francisco. Invitation Only

Sponsored by Bank of America

Sponsors

Wednesday May 25, 2016 6:00pm - 8:00pm
AT&T Park Virgin America Club Level
 
Thursday, May 26
 

9:00am

Access to Capital (in Mandarin) 商業貸款

Access to Capital (in Mandarin) 商業貸款
Session 1: 9:00am - 10:30am
Category: Finance

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.

入门课程,提供業主和準備創業者在哪里和如何获得小企业融资创业。 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。

Time: Thursday May 26, 2016

五月二十六日,星期四,二零一六年  9:00am to 10:30am

Address 地址: City College, North Beach/Chinatown Campus 808 Kearny St, San Francisco, CA 94108

如果有需要也可以电话报名,请联系Ginny De Shu (苏嘉丽) (415) 744-8484 or Tong Qin (秦彤) (415) 744-8475


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 Tong Qin

Tong Qin

Deputy District Director & National Director for Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Outreach, US Small Business Administration, San Francisco District Office
Qin is a seasoned financial management executive with 20 years of experience in the private, non-profit, and public sectors. Her career in the private sector includes assisting technology start-ups from initial launch and fund-raising stages to growth, mergers and acquisition, and... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for William Chou

William Chou

Wells Fargo
William is a Business Relationship Manager and provides commercial lending to and credit management services for businesses in the Bay area. William brings more than 17 years of banking experience in credit underwriting of commercial and industrial lending and commercial real estate... Read More →

Sponsors

Thursday May 26, 2016 9:00am - 10:30am
City College, North Beach/Chinatown Campus 808 Kearny St, San Francisco, CA 94108

9:00am

Crowdfunding Marketing Basics

Crowdfunding Marketing Basics
Session 1: 9:00am - 10:30am
Category: Marketing

Need funding to bring your project or product idea to life? Thinking of using one of the crowdfunding options now available online? This program will give you a high-level overview of the crowdfunding process and how to market your product or project in order to raise funds. You will learn the basics of crowdfunding, so you can determine whether this process is a fit for your product/project, how to determine if your product/project idea qualifies for crowdfunding in order to make the best use of your time and effort, what promotional components are used to tell both your story and the story of your product/project for crowdfunding, why you need to choose the most relevant social media tools to ensure you reach your prospective backers, and what next steps you can take to learn more about running a successful crowdfunding campaign.

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 Cheryl Downing

Cheryl Downing

Cheryl Downing & Associates
Cheryl Downing is a marketing and crowdfunding consultant. She advises and coaches startups, product developers and inventors on how to grow their businesses quickly, specializing in raising money through crowdfunding. The early part of her career was in corporate software product... Read More →


Thursday May 26, 2016 9:00am - 10:30am
City College, North Beach/Chinatown Campus 808 Kearny St, San Francisco, CA 94108

9:00am

Empowering Women! Lessons Learned from Female Business Owners

Empowering Women! Lessons Learned from Female Business Owners
Session 1: 9:00am - 10:30am
Category: Business

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. 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 'real-life' solutions to propel your business forward. It's time to Take Authority, Build Community and Enable 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.


Speakers
avatar for Gwen Kaplan

Gwen Kaplan

Founder, Ace Mailing
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 clients... Read More →
avatar for Emily Wirowek

Emily Wirowek

Law Offices of Emily Wirowek. National Association of Women Business Owners - San Francisco Bay Area President
Emily Wirowek is an Estate Planning Attorney. Emily works with many families and individuals to develop their unique estate plan, which range from comprehensive foundational planning to customized multi-level planning. For NAWBO, Emily has focused on connecting with women business... Read More →

Sponsors

Thursday May 26, 2016 9:00am - 10:30am
City College, North Beach/Chinatown Campus 808 Kearny St, San Francisco, CA 94108

9:00am

Grow Your Business Online

Grow Your Business Online
Session 1: 9:00am - 10:30am
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
avatar for Brette Humphrey

Brette Humphrey

Customer Experience Manager, Google
Brette Humphrey brings 5 years of expertise working with small and medium businesses at Google. She currently manages a CX team focused on improving customer experience with Google products. Brette is a California native and a child of small business owners in San Diego. She's... Read More →

Sponsors

Thursday May 26, 2016 9:00am - 10:30am
City College, North Beach/Chinatown Campus 808 Kearny St, San Francisco, CA 94108

9:00am

Growth Capital for your Business Expansion

Growth Capital for your Business Expansion
Session 1: 9:00am - 10:30am
Category: Finance

A panel of experts representing SBA, an SBA Community Advantage lender, a national bank, and a community bank, will discuss financing options, what lenders are looking for, credit requirements, and the importance of a relationship with a financial institution. Eligibility guidelines and loan application procedures will also be covered.

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 Mark Quinn

Mark Quinn

District Director, US Small Business Administration, San Francisco District Office
Mark Quinn has been with the U.S. Small Business Administration for over 26 years, starting in September 1986. Mark is an experienced District Director who is particularly skilled in translating the process, complexity, and terminology of small business lending and technical... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Emily Shanks

Emily Shanks

Small Business Banking, Region Executive, Bank of America
Emily Shanks is the Region Executive for the Small Business Banking National Sales team for the West Region. She leads a team of Small Business Banking Managers, Small Business Bankers and Client Mangers focused on meeting the needs of small business customers. In addition, Emily... Read More →
avatar for Al Thiel

Al Thiel

CDC Small Business Finance
Al has earned the trust and respect of his clients over his 20-year career in the banking industry. His wealth of knowledge allows him to provide the superb personal service and financial perspective upon which our customers have come to rely. He works closely with clients and has... Read More →

Sponsors

Thursday May 26, 2016 9:00am - 10:30am
City College, North Beach/Chinatown Campus 808 Kearny St, San Francisco, CA 94108

9:00am

How Your Business Can Save Money by Going Green

How Your Business Can Save Money by Going Green
Session 1: 9:00am - 10:30am
Category: Business

Did you know that the City has great resources to help your bottom line through environmental conservation? Come learn about incentives to save energy, water, and waste that will also help you save money. The SF Department of Environment has many great programs and resources you can take advantage of including the SF Green Business Program, and we can connect you with our partners at Recology, PG&E Energy Watch, and SF Public Utilities Commission to help you save money.

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 Sarah Koplowicz

Sarah Koplowicz

Green Business Associate, SF Green Business Program
Sarah Koplowicz runs the SF Green Business Program at the San Francisco Department of the Environment and has worked with hundreds of businesses and special event productions to accomplish their sustainability objectives. She previously worked in Zero Waste management for almost a... Read More →

Sponsors

Thursday May 26, 2016 9:00am - 10:30am
City College, North Beach/Chinatown Campus 808 Kearny St, San Francisco, CA 94108

9:00am

Navigating Shipping Costs: Finding the Right Mix for Your Business

Navigating Shipping Costs: Finding the Right Mix for Your Business
Session 1: 9:00am - 10:30am
Category: Business

Whether you’re an online seller or a brick-and-mortar retailer, if you’re shipping goods to consumers and don’t know how and when to choose the most affordable shipping carriers for your business, you could be losing money.

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 Jessica Foth

Jessica Foth

Senior Product Marketing Manager, Endicia
Jessica is one of the driving forces behind Endicia’s shipping market strategy. Thanks in part to the copious amounts of coffee she drinks every day, Jessica leads the charge in market analysis, program development and implementation, and demand generation.

Sponsors

Thursday May 26, 2016 9:00am - 10:30am
City College, North Beach/Chinatown Campus 808 Kearny St, San Francisco, CA 94108

9:00am

Restaurant Resources - Alternative Staffing Solutions for your Restaurant

Restaurant Resources - Alternative Staffing Solutions for your Restaurant
Session 1: 9:00am - 10:30am
Category: Staffing

Trouble finding and keeping staff for your restaurant? So is every other restaurant in the city, but there are alternatives to Craigslist. Come hear directly from a diverse group of organizations and programs helping restaurants keep up with their staffing needs.

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
DM

Donnalyn Murphy

Associate Director, Golden Gate Restaurant Association
Donnalyn's career at the GGRA began in 2001, giving her resident sage status among our ranks. She leads GGRA’s efforts to educate members, oversees the GGRA’s Food Safety Certification Program, and directs the GGRA Scholarship Foundation that provides annual scholarships to students... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Michelle Leonard Bell

Michelle Leonard Bell

Program Manager, Mission Hiring Hall
Michelle has just joined the team at Mission Hiring Hall in January, 2015 by way of the Construction Administrative & Professional Services Academy (CAPSA) through Mission Hiring Hall. She completed an internship with Mission Hiring Hall while being enrolled in the CAPSA program... Read More →
avatar for Kerry Glancy

Kerry Glancy

Director of Operations, Piccino
Kerry Glancy is a partner and the Director of Operations for Piccino, a restaurant and coffee bar in San Francisco’s Dogpatch district. She joined the team there in the fall of 2010 to help grow the business from a 24-seat café to a 100-seat restaurant. Before a nine-year tenure... Read More →
avatar for Troy Henry

Troy Henry

Center Director, Success Center
Troy Henry joined the Success Center in 2014 as the Center Director for the Western Addition Neighborhood Access Point. Prior to the Success Center, Troy oversaw various programs and services at Goodwill Industries. Under Troy’s direction, Goodwill was awarded a $1.4 million... Read More →
SR

Sabrina Reid

Account Executive, American Works of California
avatar for Phoebe Sanders

Phoebe Sanders

Chef and Culinary Training Instructor, Episcopal Community Services' CHEFS Program
Phoebe Sanders is a Chef and Culinary Training Instructor at Episcopal Community Services' CHEFS Program, where she works to end homelessness by helping people change their lives through culinary training. Before starting there three years ago, she was a cheese monger, culinary... Read More →

Sponsors

Thursday May 26, 2016 9:00am - 10:30am
City College, North Beach/Chinatown Campus 808 Kearny St, San Francisco, CA 94108

9:00am

Retail Innovation Trends To Drive Profit

Retail Innovation Trends To Drive Profit
Session 1: 9:00am - 10:30am
Category: Business

Retailers in San Francisco are dealing with a rapidly changing landscape as a result of low unemployment, new laws, and evolving demographics. This workshop will include innovators in the retail sector to discuss trends and solutions for small businesses to adapt with the times and increase profit. Comprehensively learn about products and tools to build your brand, drive people in the door, battle the staffing crisis, and track customer/inventory activity on a limited budget. Topics discussed will include retail staffing solutions, social media marketing, staff training, store experience, and POS systems.

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 Bjorn Ovick

Bjorn Ovick

Co-Founder, Staffly
Bjorn Ovick, Co-Founder of Staffly, is a seasoned business leader with a proven track record of building new and innovative products which offer solutions to markets. He blends the unique ability of launching and growing cutting-edge businesses and driving next generation small business... Read More →

Speakers
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Bobby Marhamat

CRO, Revel Systems
avatar for Stephen Myers

Stephen Myers

Store Manager, Ministry of Supply
I am from Augusta, Ga and graduated from Georgia State University. I have been in retail for ten years in selling, managing, and briefly in allocation/planning. I'm extremely passionate about people, products, and the underlying role that service plays in brand patronage and loyalty... Read More →
avatar for Cappy Pratt

Cappy Pratt

Co-Founder, 1226 Digital
Cappy thrives on developing best-in-class marketing programs for businesses of all sizes – SMBs to Fortune 500. Cappy is a founding partner of 1226 Digital LLC, an agency and consultancy specializing in using social media to acquire customers for for Retail and e-Commerce companies... Read More →
avatar for Simon Turner

Simon Turner

Co-Founder, Myagi
San Francisco transplant, originally from Melbourne. 14 years in retail - from the store room and the sales floor, to a distributor and retailer. If he's not working he's at his local fly fishing shop in San Francisco (great customer service!) or on a river somewhere casting a fly... Read More →

Sponsors

Thursday May 26, 2016 9:00am - 10:30am
City College, North Beach/Chinatown Campus 808 Kearny St, San Francisco, CA 94108

9:00am

The Visual Business Plan

The Visual Business Plan
Session 1: 9:00am - 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
avatar for April Gilbert

April Gilbert

Program Director, Renaissance Entrepreneurship Center
April Gilbert is a dynamic teacher, trainer, consultant, and coach. Ms Gilbert has multi-sector professional experience, having worked in for-profit and non-profit organizations as well as academia. From 2001-2010, she taught at the Lorry I. Lokey Graduate School of Business at Mills... Read More →


Thursday May 26, 2016 9:00am - 10:30am
City College, North Beach/Chinatown Campus 808 Kearny St, San Francisco, CA 94108

9:00am

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

Who's Your Jenny? How to Identify Your Target Market
Session 1: 9:00pm - 10:30pm
Category: Marketing

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 Kristy Lin Billuni will teach small business owners how to paint a clear and specific picture of their ideal customer. 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 Kristy Lin Billuni

Kristy Lin Billuni

The Sexy Grammarian, Kristy Lin Billuni
Kristy Lin Billuni, The Sexy Grammarian, has been teaching, editing, and collaborating with writers in academia, creative professions, and small businesses since 2003. She writes The Sexy Grammar Blog (www.sexyg.co), which offers free writing and grammar lessons, and is working on a novel. Kristy Lin Billuniwrite@sexygrammar.com@sexygrammar... Read More →
avatar for Ken Stram

Ken Stram

President, 2Bridge Communications
Ken Stram is a San Francisco-based, public relations and marketing professional with more than 20 years of hands-on experience helping hundreds of clients achieve their marketing objectives. He is the founder and president of 2Bridge Communications (www.2bridgepr.com), a public relations... Read More →

Sponsors

Thursday May 26, 2016 9:00am - 10:30am
City College, North Beach/Chinatown Campus 808 Kearny St, San Francisco, CA 94108

10:50am

Essentials of Small Business Bookkeeping

Essentials of Small Business Bookkeeping
Session 2: 10:50am - 12:20pm
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

MBA, Managing Consultant, Hilliard Management Group, Inc.
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. HMG is management consulting firm specializing in small business... Read More →

Sponsors

Thursday May 26, 2016 10:50am - 12:20pm
City College, North Beach/Chinatown Campus 808 Kearny St, San Francisco, CA 94108

10:50am

Expanding Company and Employee Benefits

Expanding Company and Employee Benefits
Session 2: 10:50am - 12:20pm
Category: Business

Learn how to provide employees of your company with choice, value and convenience to help them reach their financial goals. Provide your employees with a benefits package that helps with retention and provides you with reduced payroll costs and tools for recruitment.

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 Lauren Kozlenko

Lauren Kozlenko

Wells Fargo, Wells Fargo At Work Program Manager
Lauren-Paul Kozlenko is a Regional Program Manager for Wells Fargo. He has held a number of other positions at Wells Fargo including Store Manager, and Business Banking Specialist. Lauren has a passion for community involvement and is currently active as a board member for the Chinese... Read More →

Sponsors

Thursday May 26, 2016 10:50am - 12:20pm
City College, North Beach/Chinatown Campus 808 Kearny St, San Francisco, CA 94108

10:50am

Expanding Company and Employee Benefits

Expanding Company and Employee Benefits
Session 2: 10:50am - 12:20pm
Category: Business

Learn how to provide employees of your company with choice, value and convenience to help them reach their financial goals. Provide your employees with a benefits package that helps with retention and provides you with reduced payroll costs and tools for recruitment.

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 Lauren Kozlenko

Lauren Kozlenko

Wells Fargo, Wells Fargo At Work Program Manager
Lauren-Paul Kozlenko is a Regional Program Manager for Wells Fargo. He has held a number of other positions at Wells Fargo including Store Manager, and Business Banking Specialist. Lauren has a passion for community involvement and is currently active as a board member for the Chinese... Read More →

Sponsors

Thursday May 26, 2016 10:50am - 12:20pm
City College, North Beach/Chinatown Campus 808 Kearny St, San Francisco, CA 94108

10:50am

Four Steps to the Perfect Logo

Four Steps to the Perfect Logo
Session 2: 10:50am - 12:20pm
Category: Marketing

Customers learn a lot about your company in just a few precious seconds—all by seeing your logo. A great logo quickly reveals important information like your industry, personality, and what makes you different. If you’re preparing to get a logo, that might sound intimidating. But it doesn’t have to be. In this workshop you’ll get to know the four fundamental steps to follow for achieving a memorable logo. You can use those steps to assist you in the logo design process and get to a great outcome for 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
avatar for Jolene Chen

Jolene Chen

Director, Brand Marketing, 99designs
Jolene is the Director of Brand Marketing at 99designs where she responsible for driving brand awareness, marketing strategy and top-of-funnel conversion. Her latest project was spearheading the company’s major rebranding effort that launched in 2016. Jolene has developed marketing and branding strategy for consumer goods and high-te... Read More →

Sponsors

Thursday May 26, 2016 10:50am - 12:20pm
City College, North Beach/Chinatown Campus 808 Kearny St, San Francisco, CA 94108

10:50am

Franchising Basics: What You Should Know to Consider a Franchise

Franchising Basics: What You Should Know to Consider a Franchise
Session 2: 10:50am - 12:20pm
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

MBA/PhD - 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 →

Sponsors

Thursday May 26, 2016 10:50am - 12:20pm
City College, North Beach/Chinatown Campus 808 Kearny St, San Francisco, CA 94108

10:50am

Getting Certified for Contracting: Will it work for you?

Getting Certified for Contracting: Will it work for you?
Session 2: 10:50am - 12:20pm
Category: Procurement

The public sector, utilities, and corporations all have different ways of certifying small businesses to diversify their supplier base. How can you take advantage of these opportunities to grow your business? Certification is just the first step. Learn all the steps to getting deals with this panel representing the city of San Francisco, the state of California, California’s public utilities, and the Western Region Minority Supplier Development Council.

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 Tong Qin

Tong Qin

Deputy District Director & National Director for Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Outreach, US Small Business Administration, San Francisco District Office
Qin is a seasoned financial management executive with 20 years of experience in the private, non-profit, and public sectors. Her career in the private sector includes assisting technology start-ups from initial launch and fund-raising stages to growth, mergers and acquisition, and... Read More →

Speakers
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Coreena Conley

MBA, Chief Executive Officer, Veterans Business Outreach Center
avatar for Benjamin J. Poole

Benjamin J. Poole

Contractors Assistance Center, SF Water
Ben Poole manages the SFPUC’s Contractors Assistance Center which is a free resource focused on helping local, small businesses access the tools and aid necessary to access and compete for upcoming opportunities on City funded contracts. The Center offers a wide range of services... Read More →

Sponsors

Thursday May 26, 2016 10:50am - 12:20pm
City College, North Beach/Chinatown Campus 808 Kearny St, San Francisco, CA 94108

10:50am

How to Start a Business in San Francisco (In Cantonese)

How to Start a Business in San Francisco (In Cantonese)
Session 2: 10:50am - 12:20pm
Category: Business

In this informative class you will hear about rules, regulations, and important considerations for starting a business in San Francisco. You will also receive information on city programs and resources, including small business loans, tax credits and incentives, and technical assistance providers. 在課程中,你会听到有关在旧金山开办企业的法规,规章和應該考慮的因素。您也将學到城市规划和资源,包括小企业贷款,税收优惠和鼓励政策,以及為創業者提供的技术援助。 Learn how to 在課程中可學到怎樣 register your business 註冊公司 , file a fictitious business name 註冊公司名字, and obtain other permits and licenses. 獲得其他的許可證和執照

如果有需要也可以电话报名,请联系Ginny De Shu (苏嘉丽) (415) 744-8484 or Tong Qin (秦彤) (415) 744-8475

 
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 Lawrence Liu

Lawrence Liu

Business Consultant, San Francisco Small Business Development Center
Lawrence Liu has over 20 years financial services and small business experience. In addition to a wide range of management experience in the corporate world, Lawrence had co-founded a consulting firm which provided entry strategies and executive search services to multi-national insurance... Read More →


Thursday May 26, 2016 10:50am - 12:20pm
City College, North Beach/Chinatown Campus 808 Kearny St, San Francisco, CA 94108

10:50am

How to Start a Mobile Food Venture

How to Start a Mobile Food Venture
Session 2: 10:50am - 12:20pm
Category: Business

This workshop will provide the nuts and bolts of how to start a mobile food business in San Francisco. Whether you want to operate a pushcart or mobile truck, you will hear from an industry expert and City Representative on what you need to know about Mobile Food Permitting in San Francisco and the Mobile Food Industry in general, including information on city regulations, what to consider when purchasing a pushcart or truck, other important considerations of the industry, 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 Carol Cheng

Carol Cheng

Business Case Manager, Office of Small Business
I grew up in San Francisco and graduated from San Francisco State University majoring in Business Management. Currently, I’m a Business Case Manager at the Office of Small Business (OSB) with the City of San Francisco. There, I provide business counseling services in English and... Read More →
avatar for Matt Cohen

Matt Cohen

Owner, Off the Grid Services, LLC
Matt Cohen is the Founder of Off the Grid, The Whole Cart and Cubert; three companies committed to redefining the temporary events space in unique and dramatic ways. OtG currently works with upwards of 300 small business vendors to feed over 40,000 people per week throughout the bay... Read More →
avatar for Robert DeMarr

Robert DeMarr

Environmental Health Inspector, Department of Public Health
I started my Environmental Health career with the County of Shasta (Redding) in 2004.  I’ve been with the City and County of San Francisco Health Department since 2010, conducting inspections at food facilities and monitoring well/soil boring sites.  My other experience includes... Read More →


Thursday May 26, 2016 10:50am - 12:20pm
City College, North Beach/Chinatown Campus 808 Kearny St, San Francisco, CA 94108

10:50am

Social Media: Friend or Foe?

Social Media: Friend or Foe?
Session 2: 10:50am - 12:20pm
Category: Marketing

Using social media to promote your business can be a great tool, but it can also cause a lot of headaches. In this workshop you will learn which platform(s) to use and when, posting frequency for efficiency, how to react to negative comments, understanding customer conversions on different platforms, and strategies for keeping up with the latest apps / technology.

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 Jess Harris

Jess Harris

Social Media Manager, Kabbage
Jess Harris has been helping businesses expand their brand presence online for the last 8 years. She particularly loves helping small businesses start from scratch, developing strategies to help them build a solid digital media strategy that is catered to their unique needs.

Speakers
avatar for Jessie Black

Jessie Black

Jessie Black is a boutique owner interior designer based in San Francisco's Sacramento Street, in Presidio Heights. Both the her boutique and her interior design aesthetic focus on timeless luxury. She has an background in design as well as an MBA from the University of Monaco with... Read More →
avatar for Tom James

Tom James

Owner, Overall Social
Tom James is owner of Overall Social, a San Francisco-based digital marketing agency committed to promoting organic and artisan food providers. He currently lives Mill Valley with his wife Sarah and 14-month old daughter, Sadie. Prior to founding Overall Social he spent 20 years as... Read More →
avatar for Erika Olson

Erika Olson

Owner, CookieLove
Erika Olson is the founder of CookieLove, an artisanal cookie shop serving up handcrafted original cookies in San Francisco. Prior to indulging her passion for baking, she spent almost two decades working in corporate America, most recently for the Italian luxury goods company Bulgari... Read More →
avatar for Donna O’Leary

Donna O’Leary

Owner, Ambiance
I have owned Ambiance with my husband for 20 years. I worked at corporate and boutique retail before going into business for myself. I have never gotten tired of the business of fashion in 30 years in the field. I also love living and working in San Francisco with it's ever changing... Read More →

Sponsors

Thursday May 26, 2016 10:50am - 12:20pm
City College, North Beach/Chinatown Campus 808 Kearny St, San Francisco, CA 94108

10:50am

Start-up Financing: Alternative Ways to Finance New Businesses

Start-up Financing: Alternative Ways to Finance New Businesses
Session 2: 10:50am - 12:20pm
Category: Finance

Join the SBA for a start-up financing workshop to hear directly from different alternative non-profit lenders about their target small business client, products and more. Lenders will include a Community Advantage lender, a Microlender, and an online lender. You will also hear from small business owner Steve Rubenfaer of Mission de Flores on how he successfully used alternative financing to start and grow his 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.


Moderators
avatar for Marlow Schindler

Marlow Schindler

Assistant District Director for Lender Relations, US Small Business Administration, San Francisco District Office
Marlow Schindler serves as the Assistant District Director for Lender Relations at the US Small Business Administration, San Francisco District Office. She is a representative of the District Office in matters relating to Lenders and SBA loan programs. Before SBA, Marlow volunteered... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Spencer Larkin

Spencer Larkin

Kiva Zip
Spencer is currently managing the Bay Area program for Kiva Zip, a local non-profit crowdfunding platform that supports entrepreneurs starting or growing businesses. Originally from Indiana, Spencer recently moved to the Bay Area after working for LinkedIn in Chicago for the last... Read More →
avatar for Sandy Mackovich

Sandy Mackovich

Senior Business Development Officer, Working Solutions
Sandy works with small businesses to help them access the capital, resources and support they need to grow and succeed.  Working Solutions is a nonprofit organization that provides microloans and individualized business consulting & mentoring to entrepreneurs in the Bay Area that... Read More →
avatar for Darius Mahajer

Darius Mahajer

Main Street Launch
Darius manages the San Francisco Emerging Business Loan Fund. Working side by side with Office of Economic Workforce Development, Mayor’s Office, and Community Partners, Darius is the liaison between entrepreneurs and lenders. Darius brings over a decade of experience in vast industries... Read More →
avatar for Steve Rubenfaer

Steve Rubenfaer

Owner and CEO, Mission de Flores
Steve is the owner and CEO of Mission de Flores, which he founded in 2013. Mission de Flores is a florist business that has a retail shop in the Mission district of San Francisco, and also sells its flowers at more than 20 markets around the city. Steve is responsible for strategy... Read More →

Sponsors

Thursday May 26, 2016 10:50am - 12:20pm
City College, North Beach/Chinatown Campus 808 Kearny St, San Francisco, CA 94108

10:50am

Tap Into Opportunity: Resources to Leverage Tourism and Support

Tap Into Opportunity: Resources to Leverage Tourism and Support
Session 2: 10:50am - 12:20pm
Category: Business

Tap Into Opportunity will provide a variety of resources for local businesses to leverage tourism, access technical support, and engage in the shop local movement. Come learn great tips to access guests who are staying in your neighborhood and to make your neighborhood tourism ready. Discover a wealth of resources provided by the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce for 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.


Moderators
avatar for Molly Turner

Molly Turner

Global Head of Civic Partnerships, Airbnb
Molly Turner is the Global Head of Economic Development Partnerships at Airbnb where she built and directs the company's public-private partnerships program focused on tourism and neighborhood development in cities around the world - from San Francisco to Philadelphia, Amsterdam... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Taryn Taddeo Palumbo

Taryn Taddeo Palumbo

Director, Strategic Partnerships, San Francisco Chamber of Commerce
Taryn Taddeo Palumbo is the Director of Strategic Partnerships at the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce. She leads the Chamber’s Small Business Programming, including SFBizConnect in partnership with the Mayor's office, the Small Business University and Small Business Advisory Council... Read More →
avatar for Erin Rheinschild

Erin Rheinschild

Director, Visitor Experience, SF Travel
Erin oversees the Visitor Experience services for San Francisco Travel, including the city’s official Visitor Information Centers and desks at Moscone Center. MY SF is SF Travel’s newest offering to the tourism community, allowing local business to visitor ready by providing destination... Read More →
avatar for Marianne Mazzucco Thompson

Marianne Mazzucco Thompson

Project Manager, Office of Economic and Workforce Development
Marianne Thompson is a Project Manager for the Office of Economic and Workforce Development. Among her many projects she oversees the outreach for the San Francisco Gross Receipts Tax, and Shop and Dine in the 49. Both projects are focused on small businesses in San Francisco. Prior... Read More →

Sponsors

Thursday May 26, 2016 10:50am - 12:20pm
City College, North Beach/Chinatown Campus 808 Kearny St, San Francisco, CA 94108

10:50am

Transform Your Business Easily with Accessible Technology

Transform Your Business Easily with Accessible Technology
Session 2: 10:50am - 12:20pm
Category:  Technology

This workshop will cover all the technologies that you have heard about, but were afraid to ask about. As small business owners, you don't need a big budget to act big. We will review a variety of technologies that are available at no or low cost that can improve your small business’ profitability, and increase your income and efficiency. These tools help small business owners increase sales and customers, streamline their back office, improve management & general efficiency and lower operating costs. We will cover technologies that build and keep track of customers, assist your communications and marketing, help the business look and feel well established to customer prospects, increase your average sale, facilitate transactions and more. Learn: Tools to make elegant, quick, effective websites; how to increase sales by offering cost-effective credit card processing; and how to se social media effectively. This mini-workshop is a sample of our Small Business Tech Training program to begin in the summer of 2016.

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 Susie McKinnon

Susie McKinnon

Neighborhood Services, Urban Solutions
Susie McKinnon spent a number of years in the private sector as a sales, marketing and media production professional before she realized her calling to serve and support mission driven objectives. Since that intersection, Susie has worked in the nonprofit sector developing, implementing... Read More →
avatar for Ann Singer

Ann Singer

Development and Operations Director, Urban Solutions
Ann is currently the Development and Operations Director at Urban Solutions. She joined Urban Solutions nearly two years ago after many years as a small business owner herself, years spent working with primarily female entrepreneurs, as well as many years consulting with non-profits... Read More →

Sponsors

Thursday May 26, 2016 10:50am - 12:20pm
City College, North Beach/Chinatown Campus 808 Kearny St, San Francisco, CA 94108

1:30pm

Building the Perfect Elevator Pitch

Building the Perfect Elevator Pitch
Session 3: 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Category: Marketing

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. 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. 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
avatar for Craig Alexander

Craig Alexander

SVP, Client Services, Gumas
Craig is Gumas' strategy leader and responsible for the overall satisfaction of all agency clients. Based on Craig’s 30+-year history of running high-profile accounts such as Microsoft, Sony Pictures, Carl’s Jr., The Walt Disney Co., AOL and The Miller Brewing Co., this is a very... Read More →

Sponsors

Thursday May 26, 2016 1:30pm - 3:00pm
City College, North Beach/Chinatown Campus 808 Kearny St, San Francisco, CA 94108

1:30pm

Commercial Real Estate: Buying a Home for your Business

Commercial Real Estate: Buying a home for your Business
Session 3: 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Category: Finance

Join a panel of SBA commercial real estate financing experts, a commercial real estate broker and a small business owner who has successfully taken advantage of the SBA 504 loan program to grow his 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.

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
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Darrell Dante

Lender Relations Specialist, US Small Business Administration
Darrell Dante joined the U.S. Small Business Administration’s (SBA) San Francisco District Office as a Lender Relations Specialist in October of 2014. Darrell spent the previous two years with SBA’s Massachusetts District Office, where he trained participating SBA lenders on... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Jennifer Essner

Jennifer Essner

Vice President, Cushman & Wakefield
Jennifer Essner is a Vice President at Cushman & Wakefield with diverse experience in leasing and investment sales. Her focus is on Bay Area tenant representation and national portfolio accounts as well as acquisitions and dispositions of commercial property for investors and own... Read More →
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Dave Griffis

TMC Financing
DM

Dan McKenzie

First National Bank
SS

Scarlett Sheldon

TMC Financing
DT

Doug Tom

TEF Architecture & Interior Design

Sponsors

Thursday May 26, 2016 1:30pm - 3:00pm
City College, North Beach/Chinatown Campus 808 Kearny St, San Francisco, CA 94108

1:30pm

Doing Business at San Francisco International Airport

Doing Business at San Francisco International Airport
Session 3: 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Category: Procurement

The purpose of this workshop is to inform small businesses of the types of opportunities at airports - construction, concessions, professional services, goods and supplies - with a focus on SFO opportunities. Key differences in accessing and operating businesses at SFO vs. non-airport business environments will be detailed. Tips and strategies for networking and bidding on opportunities will also be shared.

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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Dana Lang

Dana Lang is the Small Business Affairs Officer for the San Francisco International Airport. She is committed to service and to a level playing field, and is excited to be at SFO in a position that informs and assists small businesses to access opportunities. Prior to joining SFO... Read More →

Sponsors

Thursday May 26, 2016 1:30pm - 3:00pm
City College, North Beach/Chinatown Campus 808 Kearny St, San Francisco, CA 94108

1:30pm

Fearless Digital Marketing: Driving Leads to Small Businesses

Fearless Digital Marketing: Driving Leads to Small Businesses
Session 3: 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Category: Marketing

Fear. It can be a crippling thing. And not taking advantage of digital marketing for your business because of fear? Catastrophic. In today’s technology-driven world, a business needs an online presence & foundation, simple as that. But you can’t stop there. What good is that website that’s never found, or those online reviews that are never read? Unfortunately, advertising isn’t like “Field of Dreams- Build it & they will come". It takes knowing which tools & resources are available to actually get you those clients.

How many times have you “tried” advertising & felt like you didn’t get a return on your investment? How much time did you spend on it? Did you do it yourself? What did you do? Did it work? How do you know for sure? At first glance, driving leads to your business seams easy, right? It’s actually a very complex task. First you have to have a solid digital presence to actually send “leads” to. But let’s stop there- what is a lead? Is it a bunch of clicks or impressions to a website? Or, the “intent” of a search online? No. A lead, is a desired, actionable effort, like a phone call or an email, directly from your target market. But in order for that phone call or email to “convert” into a paying customer, you have to be able to quickly capture & keep their attention, & give them a reason to partner with you.

In this workshop, you will learn about digital marketing & lead-driving advertising that will not only help you increase your business revenue month-over-month, but when done properly, give you a return on your business investment. More importantly, your business needs to be found by the kind of people you want to do business with, in the areas you want the business from, & through avenues where your target market is looking, to try & find you. The clock is ticking, get your phone ringing today!

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 Kristin Challandes

Kristin Challandes

Digital Sales Manager, YP Marketing Solutions
Kristin Challandes has been in the advertising sales industry for 10 years, 6 of which have been focused on Search Engine Marketing & customer growth. In addition, Kristin has not only taught & trained the importance & functionality of advertising & search engine marketing to over... Read More →

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Thursday May 26, 2016 1:30pm - 3:00pm
City College, North Beach/Chinatown Campus 808 Kearny St, San Francisco, CA 94108

1:30pm

How to Make a Living Making Food

How to Make a Living Making Food
Session 3: 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Category: Business

Making food is one thing, making a living is entirely different. In this brief workshop, La Cocina, 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 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, it will help you be aware of 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 Emiliana Puyana

Emiliana Puyana

Program Coordinator, La Cocina
Emiliana Puyana is the program coordinator at La Cocina a non profit kitchen incubator located in the Mission district. Emiliana has a background in food. She has worked as a chef in restaurants in the bay area since 2002, she has also been a small business owner and now supports... Read More →
avatar for Jonathan Rubingh

Jonathan Rubingh

Senior Inspector, Department of Public Health
Beginning his professional career as a Scientist in pharmaceutical and medical device laboratories Jonathan Rubingh shifted careers to Public Health in 2005.  Jonathan has conducted food safety inspections and consultations as a Registered Environmental Health Specialist for 11 years... Read More →
avatar for Mary Ellen Taylor

Mary Ellen Taylor

Public Affairs Specialist, Office of Communications & Quality Program Management, Office of Regulatory Affairs, FDA
Mary Ellen Taylor has been employed by the Food and Drug Administration as a Public Affairs Specialist for ~20 years. Prior to FDA, Mary Ellen served as a Health and Nutrition volunteer in the Peace Corps in Guatemala. She received a Masters of Science Degree in Public Health from... Read More →


Thursday May 26, 2016 1:30pm - 3:00pm
City College, North Beach/Chinatown Campus 808 Kearny St, San Francisco, CA 94108

1:30pm

How To Negotiate Change

How To Negotiate Change
Session 3: 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Category: Individual Development

This workshop will address the obstacles to change, which include; what to expect in the process, guidelines to change, the step by step process, the roles needed, how to lead the change, and how to solidify the change when made. At the end of the workshop attendee's will take their own template for change with them and apply the strategies to their own 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
avatar for Barney Kramer

Barney Kramer

President, Strategic Management
Barney Kramer is President of Strategic Management, a Business Consulting Consortium. Strategic Management's primary focus is on Leadership Development and Training, Executive Coaching, Sales & Marketing Training and Development & Organizational Planning & Development. His practice... Read More →


Thursday May 26, 2016 1:30pm - 3:00pm
City College, North Beach/Chinatown Campus 808 Kearny St, San Francisco, CA 94108

1:30pm

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

Networking 101: Mix With Confidence and Ease at Business Networking Events
Session 3: 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Category: Individual Development

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 & during a networking event, gain networking skills & 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
avatar for David M. de Leeuw

David M. de Leeuw

Publisher, The Chamber Link
David de Leeuw brings 36 years of sales and sales management experience to his workshop, “Maximize Your Mixing.” He built his success on networking, especially at mixers held by local Chambers of Commerce. By fine-tuning a system of mixing and follow up, David’s business thrived... Read More →

Sponsors

Thursday May 26, 2016 1:30pm - 3:00pm
City College, North Beach/Chinatown Campus 808 Kearny St, San Francisco, CA 94108

1:30pm

Private Business, Public Purpose: Doing Well By Doing Good for Your Small Business

Private Business, Public Purpose: Doing Well By Doing Good for Your Small Business
Session 3: 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Category: Business

Community Engagement feels good, but it’s also smart business. Learn how some thriving local businesses have made community involvement a key part of their marketing strategy and business development. In this workshop you will hear how local small businesses, like Cole Hardware and Sports Basement, have used community engagement to achieve their goals through being part of the community. Learn about how they activate these programs and partnerships, and the balancing act that comes with doing good in the community and doing well for 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.


Moderators
avatar for Taryn Taddeo Palumbo

Taryn Taddeo Palumbo

Director, Strategic Partnerships, San Francisco Chamber of Commerce
Taryn Taddeo Palumbo is the Director of Strategic Partnerships at the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce. She leads the Chamber’s Small Business Programming, including SFBizConnect in partnership with the Mayor's office, the Small Business University and Small Business Advisory Council... Read More →

Speakers
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Shelley Berniker

General Manager / Marketing Manager, Sports Basement
avatar for Mark Dwight

Mark Dwight

Founder and CEO, Rickshaw Bagworks
Mark Dwight is the founder and CEO of Rickshaw Bagworks, a San Francisco-based manufacturer of messenger bags, computer carrying cases, bicycle packs and urban lifestyle luggage. Rickshaw manufactures it’s own products in its own factory in the Dogpatch neighborhood of San Francisco... Read More →
avatar for Rick Karp

Rick Karp

Keeper of the Karma/President, Cole Hardware
Cole Hardware is a small business hardware retailer in San Francisco & one store now in Oakland. Rick is the second generation owner of Cole Hardware and a huge advocate of community involvement.information:service@colehardware.com@colehardware.com facebook.com/colehardware
avatar for Julia Strzesieski

Julia Strzesieski

Executive Marketing Coordinator, Cole Hardware
Cole Hardware is a small business hardware retailer in San Francisco & one store now in Oakland. Julia runs their marketing and advertising programs, in addition to our community partner program, which is a huge part of the Cole Hardware brand. Julia is also the sustainability officer... Read More →

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Thursday May 26, 2016 1:30pm - 3:00pm
City College, North Beach/Chinatown Campus 808 Kearny St, San Francisco, CA 94108

1:30pm

The Art of Storytelling: Better Marketing for Your Small Business

The Art of Storytelling: Better Marketing for Your Small Business
Session 3: 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Category: Marketing

Our brains are wired to remember stories. They are the best tool we have to inspire employees, create loyal customers, and engage evangelists. In this workshop, you will learn how to become stronger, more resourceful and more powerful than you ever thought possible using your past experiences to develop something no one can recreate: the story of you and 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
avatar for Bartlomiej Skorupa

Bartlomiej Skorupa

Vice President of Leadership Development, Figur8 Cloud Solutions
Bartlomiej (Bart) Skorupa is a social entrepreneur who dedicates his life to inspiring leadership.This mission began with the founding of Groundwork Opportunities (GO), a nonprofit that invests in leaders who are ending poverty in their communities. His work now continues as the VP... Read More →

Sponsors

Thursday May 26, 2016 1:30pm - 3:00pm
City College, North Beach/Chinatown Campus 808 Kearny St, San Francisco, CA 94108

1:30pm

Using Contracts to Protect Small Business and Personal Assets from Unforeseen Threats

Using Contracts to Protect Small Business and Personal Assets from Unforeseen Threats
Session 3: 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Category: Business

Small business owners expect and prepare to face daily challenges in the practice of their trades, but they cannot protect against unforeseeable threats to the structure and management of their businesses without being proactive in their threat assessment. The seemingly unlikely threats tend to be the most costly, but business owners can effectively guard against unanticipated liability by building their business on a foundation of solid contracts. In this workshop we will discuss the less obvious reasons for certain pesky contract provisions and will explore the common, yet often unforeseeable, consequences of cutting legal corners in third-party dealings. Categories for discussion include: website policies; use of non-disclosure agreements; terms of sale and use; borrowing and lending; conflict resolution and settlement; outsourcing goods and services; and dealing with creditors and fraud.

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 Amy Sommer Anderson

Amy Sommer Anderson

Principal at AROPLEX LAW and Panel Attorney, BASF Lawyer Referral & Information Service
Amy Sommer Anderson is a San Francisco-based Intellectual Property and Business Litigation attorney focused on early conflict avoidance and fraud resolution. As an advocate in areas of law and science, Ms. Anderson has spent considerable time working first-hand with burgeoning and... Read More →

Sponsors

Thursday May 26, 2016 1:30pm - 3:00pm
City College, North Beach/Chinatown Campus 808 Kearny St, San Francisco, CA 94108

1:30pm

How to Generate New Business Using Video

How to Generate New Business Using Video
Session 3: 1:30pm - 3:30pm
Category: Marketing

A marketing video is the new “killer” & most important marketing tool in your back pocket, but how do you use it to generate leads? In this workshop, you will learn the 3 key video production methodologies that take advantage of your strengths (even if you’ve never been in front of a camera before), the 12 types of video you can easily create to get prospects to know, like and trust you, and how to use SEO to get your video to show up on Google. After attending this talk, you’ll have the necessary knowledge on how to use a killer marketing video to generate more leads for 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
avatar for Thomas Petty

Thomas Petty

President & Trainer, Bay Area Search Engine Academy
Thomas Petty teaches business owners from around the world how they can get found online using free and paid tools when their customers are looking for their products and services. He's a popular speaker and blogger, and regularly hosts a free webinar in which he teaches participants... Read More →
avatar for Stephanie Shetarian

Stephanie Shetarian

Owner, fLO Content
Stephanie is an engaging speaker known for her signature presentation “Reel Talk: A Process for Creating Unique, Creative and Compelling Videos”. She’s a founder and owner of fLO Content, a creative agency specializing in video and multi-platform storytelling for small businesses... Read More →

Sponsors

Thursday May 26, 2016 1:30pm - 3:30pm
City College, North Beach/Chinatown Campus 808 Kearny St, San Francisco, CA 94108

3:20pm

B2B Lead Generation - Jumpstart Your Business

B2B Lead Generation - Jumpstart Your Business
Session 4: 3:20pm - 4:50pm
Category: Marketing 

The San Francisco Business Times is a great resource to grow your business. In this workshop we will cover three dynamic topics. Online business resources; find out how to navigate the internet & media websites to find email addresses, phone numbers and directly connect with local business leaders. List databases; learn how to search for and find business list databases and tools to drive better sales leads. Print media; learn basics and best practices for leveraging the print media for pre-call research and to build relationships to uncover business opportunities. You'll leave the session with tangible tools to grow your business, advance your career, and simplify your professional life.

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 Lacey Patterson

Lacey Patterson

San Francisco Business Times, Business Development Manager
Lacey Patterson is Business Development Manager at the San Francisco Business Times.  She is responsible for consumer revenue and audience development and has become an expert at identifying qualified prospects for San Francisco Business Times extended portfolio of media products... Read More →

Sponsors

Thursday May 26, 2016 3:20pm - 4:50pm
City College, North Beach/Chinatown Campus 808 Kearny St, San Francisco, CA 94108

3:20pm

Founders Stories: Equator Coffee & Tea, Three Twins Ice Cream, & Goorin Bros.

Founders Stories: Equator Coffee & Tea, Three Twins Ice Cream, & Goorin Bros.
Session 4: 3:20pm - 4:50pm
Category: Individual Development

Being a small business owner is more of a journey than a job. In this session you will hear from three successful entrepreneurs about their journey, lessons learned, and what it has taken for them to reach their level of success today. Each speaker will be in discussion with moderator Mark Dwight, Founder and CEO of Rickshaw Bagworks, for 15 minutes, followed up by 10 minutes of Q&A with the audience. We’re excited to present the stories of Neal Gottlieb, Founder of Three Twins Ice Cream; Ben Goorin, CEO & President of Goorin Bros.; and Helen Russell, Co-founder & CEO of Equator Coffees & Tea and the 2016 California Small Business of the Year!

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 Mark Dwight

Mark Dwight

Founder and CEO, Rickshaw Bagworks
Mark Dwight is the founder and CEO of Rickshaw Bagworks, a San Francisco-based manufacturer of messenger bags, computer carrying cases, bicycle packs and urban lifestyle luggage. Rickshaw manufactures it’s own products in its own factory in the Dogpatch neighborhood of San Francisco... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Ben Goorin

Ben Goorin

President and CEO, Goorin Bros.
Ben Goorin is President and CEO of Goorin Bros., the fourth-generation family-owned business started by his great-grandfather in 1895. Since taking over as CEO in 2006, Ben has helmed Goorin Bros.’ transformation from a traditional wholesale business to a retail powerhouse and industry... Read More →
avatar for Neal Gottlieb

Neal Gottlieb

Founding Twin, Three Twins Ice Cream
Neal Gottlieb launched Three Twins Ice Cream in 2005 and has since expanded his business from a single scoop shop to a national brand available in over 3,000 major grocers, natural food and specialty retailers, mass merchandisers, club stores, convenience stores and corner markets... Read More →
avatar for Helen Russell

Helen Russell

Co-Founder and CEO, Equator Coffees & Teas, Inc.
Helen Russell is the co-founder and CEO of Equator Coffees & Teas, Inc. in San Rafael, CA. Under her leadership for more than twenty years, Equator has grown from a small roaster and wholesale supplier into a national brand known for its values-driven approach, award-winning coffee... Read More →

Sponsors

Thursday May 26, 2016 3:20pm - 4:50pm
City College, North Beach/Chinatown Campus 808 Kearny St, San Francisco, CA 94108

3:20pm

Get Known Everywhere

Get Known Everywhere
Session 4: 3:20pm - 4:50pm
Category: Marketing

If you want to be the #1 Influencer in your industry, you’ve got to get bigger media visibility. Based on her international bestseller, Guerrilla Publicity, Jill shares simple strategies to help your small business go from unknown to newsworthy. Sharing her proven secrets to understanding what the media wants, Jill provides you with short-term, doable tactics that boost visibility for you and your brand. Jill Lublin’s expertise will drive prospects to your door and profits to your pockets!

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 Jill Lublin

Jill Lublin

CEO, JillLublin.com
Jill Lublin is an international speaker on the topics of the networking, referrals, and publicity. She is also the author of three bestsellers books: Get Noticed…Get Referrals, Networking Magic, and Guerrilla Publicity. Jill is a master strategist on how to capture the attention... Read More →

Sponsors

Thursday May 26, 2016 3:20pm - 4:50pm
City College, North Beach/Chinatown Campus 808 Kearny St, San Francisco, CA 94108

3:20pm

How to Make a Living Making Beer

How to Make a Living Making Beer
Session 4: 3:20pm - 4:50pm
Category: Business

Breweries are launching in neighborhoods throughout San Francisco as part of a growing craft movement, one offering experiences and products every bit as unique as the communities they serve. And as any craft brewer will tell you, designing, building and operating a successful brewery requires as much if not more business savvy and regulatory diligence as it does brewing experience. From choosing the right business model to the nuts and bolts of setting up shop, find out, first hand, from the people who know what it takes. Join local brewery owners and members of the San Francisco Brewers Guild as they highlight the issues and share personal experiences of how they turned their passion for brewing into 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.


Speakers
avatar for Regan Long

Regan Long

Brewmaster & CEO, Local Brewing Co.
Regan has been brewing for more than a dozen years, blending her science degrees (physics and oceanography) with her creative side to design approachable beers with an interesting twist. This experience, combined with her strategy and business background at an innovative radar company... Read More →
avatar for Susan Ma

Susan Ma

Developer of the City's Brewery Starter Kit: Brewery | SF Business Portal, Office of Economic and Workforce Development City of San Francisco
Susan Ma works for San Francisco’s Office of Economic and Workforce Development (OEWD) as the Business Development Manager for production, distribution, and repair (PDR) businesses. It’s OEWD’s goal to help businesses start, stay, and grow in the City. This sector is particularly... Read More →
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Joanne Marino

Executive Director, San Francisco Brewers Guild
Joanne Marino is a successful entrepreneur and was CEO of a media and consumer research firm, covering the technology and entertainment industries, prior to pursuing her passion for sustainable food and craft beer. In addition to being a lead organizer of festivals and conferences... Read More →
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Jon Verna

Co-Founder / Director of Operations, Harmonic Brewing Co.
Jon Verna's background is in digital marketing & advertising, having worked at boutique ad agencies and ad technology start-ups in SF from 2001-2013. His passion for marketing a meaningful, community-oriented business led him to develop & launch Harmonic in 2014-15 with his longtime... Read More →


Thursday May 26, 2016 3:20pm - 4:50pm
City College, North Beach/Chinatown Campus 808 Kearny St, San Francisco, CA 94108

3:20pm

Influential Selling: How to Turn Connections Into Revenue

Influential Selling: How to Turn Connections Into Revenue
Session 4: 3:20pm - 4:50pm
Category: Individual Development

Building a business is about building reciprocal relationships and creating a solid community of contacts designed to help you close deals faster, based on your influence in the marketplace. Are you networking with people who only want to sell you something?

Are you networking with people with no interest in doing business with you? When you meet with others what do you bring to the table that will make them do business with you? Do you come home from a networking event with a pocket full of business cards, but no real connections? Are you struggling to close sales and build a solid prospect list and connections? Do you leave sales meetings feeling dejected? Do you have a system in place for building the business you want with the contacts you have? Are you making things happen or waiting for opportunities to come your way?

If you answered "yes" to any of these questions then it’s time to create a networking community of success and prosperity that both builds your influence and increases your bottom line. Be sure to join radio personality and best-selling author, Tony Wilkins for this critically acclaimed interactive workshop and start closing sales faster with more ease and with very little networking.

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, TCS Inc/ Small Business Forum Radio and Magazine
Tony Wilkins is the host of the Internet sensation Small Business Forum Radio www.blogtalkradio.com/tonywilkins with nearly 200,000 listeners worldwide and broadcasting live every Friday at 3:30 PM Pacific from the historic Payne Mansion in San Francisco. His books include the best... Read More →

Sponsors

Thursday May 26, 2016 3:20pm - 4:50pm
City College, North Beach/Chinatown Campus 808 Kearny St, San Francisco, CA 94108

3:20pm

Innovation in Payment Processing (EMV and Mobile Payments) and What It means for your Business

Innovation in Payment Processing (EMV and Mobile Payments) and What It means for your Business
Session 4: 3:20pm - 4:50pm
Category: Finance

Customers are embracing a wave of new, technology-driven payment options. Business owners are adapting rapidly to the latest trends. With so much available, how can you know what’s right for your business – today and in the future? Learn how to make sense of the changing payment landscape with the EMV chip and mobile payments.

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.



Thursday May 26, 2016 3:20pm - 4:50pm
City College, North Beach/Chinatown Campus 808 Kearny St, San Francisco, CA 94108

3:20pm

Managing Your Most Important Asset: Online Reputation & Digital Presence

Managing Your Most Important Asset: Online Reputation & Digital Presence
Session 4: 3:20pm - 4:50pm
Category: Marketing

As a business owner, you have a million things to think about every single day. But, ask yourself these two questions: Does my business receive referrals? Do I rely on “word-of-mouth” for business growth?

If the answer is yes, then pay attention! At some point, you might have asked yourself the following: Is online reputation really that important? Does my digital presence really matter? Do I really need advertising? Simply, the answer is YES. Reputation management is the practice of attempting to shape public perception of your business by influencing online information. This is important because your potential new customers are going online to validate what they might already know about you and your business as a whole. If they refer their friend to your business, but that friend can’t find you, or, can’t find anything consistent about you, they’ll likely turn to someone else.

Knowing that most of your target audience is looking online, whether it be desktop or mobile, it’s imperative that you’re not only found, but in the best light possible. Part of having an “online reputation” consists of having a solid digital presence, which includes a website. Consider it this way: Would you do business with someone who didn’t have a website or a good online reputation in 2016? Probably not. Because technology has evolved over the last 5-7 years, consumers are turning to things such as social media, review sites, local directories and search engines to try & find your website & business information. Only, they don’t know your name yet. Do something today that your future business self will thank you for: Get online & Get Found! The time is now!

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 Kristin Challandes

Kristin Challandes

Digital Sales Manager, YP Marketing Solutions
Kristin Challandes has been in the advertising sales industry for 10 years, 6 of which have been focused on Search Engine Marketing & customer growth. In addition, Kristin has not only taught & trained the importance & functionality of advertising & search engine marketing to over... Read More →

Sponsors

Thursday May 26, 2016 3:20pm - 4:50pm
City College, North Beach/Chinatown Campus 808 Kearny St, San Francisco, CA 94108

3:20pm

The Future of Video Marketing

The Future of Video Marketing
Session 4: 3:20pm - 4:50pm
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 creating great creative to make 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

Local Sales Manager, Comcast Spotlight Video Advertising Solutions
Brandon Mudd has spent nearly two decades working with small to mid-sized businesses to create marketing plans and strategies that help businesses succeed within the current competitive landscape. His media experience spans the spectrum from print and radio to his current role in... Read More →

Sponsors

Thursday May 26, 2016 3:20pm - 4:50pm
City College, North Beach/Chinatown Campus 808 Kearny St, San Francisco, CA 94108

3:20pm

What do Lenders Look For

What do Lenders look For
Session 4: 3:20pm - 4:50pm
Category: Finance

Lenders obviously look at credit scores, but what else do they look for in a small business owner? Every lender defines the 5 C’s of credit a little differently. Come hear from three different lenders about what they’re looking for. Also on the panel is SBDC, a resource to entrepreneurs offering free one-on-one counseling on gaining access to capital.

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 Mark Quinn

Mark Quinn

District Director, US Small Business Administration, San Francisco District Office
Mark Quinn has been with the U.S. Small Business Administration for over 26 years, starting in September 1986. Mark is an experienced District Director who is particularly skilled in translating the process, complexity, and terminology of small business lending and technical... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Lynn Fernandez

Lynn Fernandez

Vice President of Lending, VEDC
Lynn Fernandez is the Vice President of Lending for VEDC. As the Vice President of Lending she is responsible for overseeing and managing the entire Lending Organization of VEDC.. Before joining VEDC she served as Vice President / Relationship Manager for California United Bank serving... Read More →
avatar for Carly Perera

Carly Perera

Associate Director of Lending, Pacific Community Ventures (PCV)
As Pacific Community Venture’s (PCV) Associate Director of Lending, Carly Perera manages the organization’s loan fund for California small businesses, assisting companies grow with access to capital and high caliber advice. She is particularly passionate about helping companies... Read More →
avatar for Mark Raffield

Mark Raffield

Sr. Business Development Officer Wells Fargo SBA Lending, Wells Fargo
Mark has earned the trust and respect of his clients during his 21-years in the financial services and banking industry. His wealth of knowledge allows him to provide the superb personal service and financial perspectives that our customers have come to rely upon. He works closely... Read More →

Sponsors

Thursday May 26, 2016 3:20pm - 4:50pm
City College, North Beach/Chinatown Campus 808 Kearny St, San Francisco, CA 94108

4:30pm

Small Business Conference Reception
After the Small Business Conference join us for a reception in the expo area.  Meet and mingle with small business owners, educators and small business resources.

Thursday May 26, 2016 4:30pm - 6:30pm
City College, North Beach/Chinatown Campus 808 Kearny St, San Francisco, CA 94108
 
Friday, May 27
 

9:00am

Operation Opportunity and Service to Success: Building Veteran-owned Businesses

As we prepare to remember heroes lost and the significance of Memorial Day, we want to provide those who have worn our nation's uniform with significant assistance in their business pursuits. We have assembled the leading experts in federal, state and local government agencies along with their peers from major corporations.

This will be a door opening, best pracice learning, extreme networking experience. Three hours on a Friday morning can be a game changer for you and yours in the competitive world of entrepreneurism.

 This event is targeted to veterans but all small businesses are welcome to attend.




Friday May 27, 2016 9:00am - 12:00pm
San Francisco War Memorial 301 Van Ness Ave.
 
Saturday, May 28
 

10:00am

Neighborhood Sidewalk Sales
Visit select neighborhoods who are hosting special shopping experiences for you! 

Saturday May 28, 2016 10:00am - 6:00pm
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10:00am

San Francisco Sidewalk Sale: Fillmore Street

Location(s): 

  • Webster Street from Geary Blvd to Jackson Street
  • Fillmore Street from Geary Blvd to Jackson Street
  • Steiner Street from Geary Blvd to Jackson Street
  • Pierce Street from Geary Blvd to Jackson Street
Fillmore Street is one of San Francisco’s great treasures. It’s the main shopping and dining district in one of the city’s finest neighborhoods.
Bounded on the east by the ethnic vitality of Japantown, on the south by the nightlife of the Fillmore Jazz District, and on the north by Pacific Heights, with its grand mansions and views of the bay, this is a neighborhood of great diversity. Thrift shops and the trendiest boutiques range from cheap to chic.
http://www.fillmorestreetsf.com/


Saturday May 28, 2016 10:00am - 6:00pm
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San Francisco Sidewalk Sale: Greater Geary Boulevard Merchants Association

Location(s): Geary Blvd from Masonic to 32nd Avenue

Geary Boulevard has had a rich history of service to the people of San Francisco and particularly the Richmond District. There are hundreds of merchants spanning from Van Ness to the Ocean ready to serve you here. So whether you are looking for a place to dine or a place to buy a dining room table you can find it on Geary Blvd.


Saturday May 28, 2016 10:00am - 6:00pm
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10:00am

San Francisco Sidewalk Sale: Haight Ashbury Merchants Association

Location(s): Haight Street from Central to Stanyan

The Haight Ashbury Merchants Association (HAMA) was established to build merchant cooperation, promote, improve, market, advertise, and beautify the Haight Ashbury shopping district and visitor experience. Our organization seeks to create a vibrant community and a welcoming place for residents and visitors alike. Annually, we have sponsored the holiday lights on the trees along Haight street. Our members have drafted and approved a plan to revitalize the street.


Saturday May 28, 2016 10:00am - 6:00pm
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San Francisco Sidewalk Sale: Mission Bernal Merchants Association

Location(s): Mission Street from Cesar Chavez to Randall Street

We are a San Francisco-based group dedicated to serving the Mission Street corridor from Cesar Chavez to Randall.


Saturday May 28, 2016 10:00am - 6:00pm
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10:00am

San Francisco Sidewalk Sale: Mission Merchants Association

Location(s): 

  • 16th Street from Dolores to Mission
  • Valencia Street from 16th Street to 24th Street
  • Mission Street from 16th Street to 24th Street
Mission Merchants Association (MMA) consists of over 100 businesses and property owners in the Mission District. We work with those businesses to promote and advocate for all locally owned neighborhood businesses. 


Saturday May 28, 2016 10:00am - 6:00pm
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10:00am

San Francisco Sidewalk Sale: Polk District Merchants Association

Location(s): Polk Street from Filbert Street to California Street

The Polk District Merchants Association represents a mix of retail, locally-owned restaurants, bars and music, cafes, and specialty stores on Polk Street. Our mission is to promote and advocate for our member businesses while actively working to support the local community. From Practical to Personal, find yourself on Polk!


Saturday May 28, 2016 10:00am - 6:00pm
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San Francisco Sidewalk Sale: Potrero Dogpatch Merchants Association

Location(s): 

  • 18th Street from Connecticut Street to Texas Street
  • 22nd Street from Illinois Street to Indiana Street
  • 3rd Street from 20th Street to 23rd Street
The Potrero-Dogpatch Merchant Association (PDMA) is made up of over 100 businesses from the Potrero and Dogpatch neighborhoods of San Francisco. We represent an eclectic mix of food and drink, salons, spas, healers, shopping, schools, business services, entertainment and much more. We have fantastic weather, breathtaking views and offer a true San Francisco experience. Walk, drive, bike or catch a bus or train to the City's hidden treasure!


Saturday May 28, 2016 10:00am - 6:00pm
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San Francisco Sidewalk Sale: Sacramento Street Merchants

Location(s): Sacramento Street between Spruce and Broderick

The Sacramento Street shopping and business district is located between two beautiful neighborhoods – Pacific Heights and Presidio Heights. Formerly known for its exclusive antiques shops the street has changed over recent years. There is a new fresh selection of small, local businesses worth discovering! Check the shop directory on our website for stores and websites.


Saturday May 28, 2016 10:00am - 6:00pm
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10:00am

San Francisco Sidewalk Sale: West Portal Merchants Association
Location(s): 
  • West Portal Ave from 15th Avenue to Ulloa Street
  • Ulloa Street from West Portal Avenue to Claremont Blvd
The West Portal Merchants Association (WPMA) collectively represents the business community on the West Portal Avenue commercial corridor. WPMA promotes and advocates for member businesses, while actively engaging and collaborating with the local community. The Association works to keep the neighborhood vibrant while retaining its charm and character.


Saturday May 28, 2016 10:00am - 6:00pm
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10:00am

San Francisco Sidewalk Sale: Noe Valley Merchants Association
Location(s): 
  • 24th Street from Douglas Street to Chatanooga Street
  • Church Street from 24th Street to 30th Street

Noe Valley boasts some of the best weather in San Francisco. Located in the “Heart” of the City, up from the Mission, and over the hill from the Castro, this hidden gem attracts and urban crowd looking for music; fresh foods at its farmer’s market; coffee at one of its many parklets; a plethora of ethnic foods and funky bars; and exploring a variety of trendy shops.



Saturday May 28, 2016 10:00am - 7:00pm
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