San Francisco Small Business Week 2016 has ended
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Saturday, May 21


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
Tuesday, May 24


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.


5:30 pm to 6:00 pm

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
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

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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 →
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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 →
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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 →
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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 →
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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 →


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


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. 

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

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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 →

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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 →
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Mara Perez

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 →
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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 →
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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.