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Monday, May 13
 

5:30pm

Flavors of San Francisco

Eat, drink and connect at Flavors of San Francisco - San Francisco Small Business Week’s kick-off event!

Start off San Francisco Small Business Week 2014 with a bang on Monday night, May 12, 2014 from 5:30 to 7:30pm. Join the festivities at Flavors of San Francisco for a fun filled celebration in the Regency Center. Meet and mingle with more than 1,o00 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.

This is a great opportunity to connect with leaders from across the small business community while more than 30 restaurants, catering companies and bars will serve food and drink to liven up the conversation.

This event sells out - buy your tickets now! 

There will be NO onsite registration and tickets will be mandatory at the door.

Discount codes do not guarantee you a ticket to the event.  You must still register in advance.

San Francisco Small Business Week does not offer refunds for Flavors of San Francisco ticket purchases. Your ticket sale goes to support the free events we host during San Francisco Small Business Week.

 


Monday May 13, 2013 5:30pm - 7:30pm
Cityview Room, Metreon 135 4th Street San Francisco, CA 94103
 
Tuesday, May 14
 

3:30pm

San Francisco Board of Supervisors Small Business Award Ceremony

In 2013 the San Francisco Small Business Commission will once again team up with the Mayor and the San Francisco Board of Supervisors to honor and recognize an exceptional small business from each of San Francisco’s 11 districts and citywide.

Small Business Week 2013 Recognition Ceremony
Tuesday, May 14, 2013 3:30pm Special Order
Board of Supervisors Chamber, Room 250


Tuesday May 14, 2013 3:30pm - 4:15pm
San Francisco City Hall, Board of Supervisors Chamber, Room 250 1 Doctor Carlton B Goodlett Place San Francisco, CA 94102

5:30pm

MEGA Make Contact LGBT Mixer
Limited Capacity seats available

Join us for an evening celebrating the impact of the LGBT business movement! Mingle and meet members of the premier networking groups in the San Francisco Bay Area while enjoying some of the City’s fine food and wine.


Tuesday May 14, 2013 5:30pm - 7:30pm
San Francisco LGBT Community Center 1800 Market Street, San Francisco, CA 94102
 
Wednesday, May 15
 

9:00am

B Corps: Measure What Matters
Limited Capacity seats available

Ever wonder how we can tell the difference between a good company and what is just good marketing? Most of us want to support good brands that are doing good for people and planet. But we're also very skeptic of what companies are claiming. How can we know for sure? We need standards. We need standards to help us differentiate good companies, whether we are a consumer, an investor, the government or a business looking to make partnerships.

In this session, we will explore the emergence of the B Corp, both the Certified B Corp as well as the Benefit Corporation as a legally recognized corporate structure. We will then get into why it is important to measure your company's social and environmental performance, at any stage, and a free tool to help you do so.

Join Andy Fyfe from B Lab, the non-profit behind the B Corp as he will engage a conversation on how business can be part of the solution and not the problem. Bring an open mind, your business teams, and your friends who own businesses that do good. You will walk away knowing more about B Corps, Bay Area B Corp activity, and a new tool to track and improve your business practices.


Speakers
AF

Andy Fyfe

By supporting entrepreneurs who are using business as a force for good, B Corporations are redefining success in business. Andy Fyfe has a background in microfinance, non-profit management, co-working space design and operations, and is an alum of University of Colorado at Boulder with a BA in International Affairs and a certificate in Peace and Conflict Studies. At B Lab, Andy works to build the community of Certified B Corporations and... Read More →


Wednesday May 15, 2013 9:00am - 10:30am
San Francisco State University Downtown Campus 835 Market Street San Francisco, CA 94103

9:00am

Be The Boss: Franchise Ownership Options and Resources
Limited Capacity seats available

Who doesn’t love the idea of being their own boss, controlling their own destiny or acquiring another semi-absentee business? But how can we meet our goals and maximize our chances of success? It’s all about discovery. During this session, you will become educated and enlightened on the numerous options available in the franchise world. Your presenter, Gordon Dupries, President of FranNet San Francisco and entrepreneur since 1990, will cover:

  • Why now is a great time to consider franchise ownership.
  • What is a full format franchise?
  • Franchise industry overview.
  • The pros and cons.
  • The economic outlook for 2013.
  • Which industries are likely to be more successful and exciting new catagories.
  • How much they cost and financing options.
  • The four financial must have's for your next business.
  • Preparations and resources.
  • Proven research techniquies developed over 20 years of consulting.
  • Access to a free online workbook and personal franchise assessment.

Speakers
GD

Gordon Dupries

Gordon has been president of Frannet San Francisco since 1990 and is a founding member of Frannet USA, the nation’s most respected franchise consultants, with over 70 offices in north America. Gordon is a past MBA lecturer at San Francisco State University and has been a successful entrepreneur since 1985. | Gordon teaches SCORE seminars on all aspects of owning, running, and selling franchises. He provides a free consulting and referral... Read More →


Wednesday May 15, 2013 9:00am - 10:30am
San Francisco State University Downtown Campus 835 Market Street San Francisco, CA 94103

9:00am

Benefits of Running Your Business in the Cloud
Limited Capacity seats available

Running your business in the cloud is becoming more and more main stream because companies are recognizing the benefits of using cloud-based solutions like Google Apps and Salesforce. 
Come learn about the benefits of running your business in the cloud - from quick set-up, to the lack of ongoing maintenance costs, to a fast path to ROI. We’ll also talk about what tools are available to help you run all aspects of your business in the cloud.

Sponsored by: Salesforce


Speakers
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Sarah Patterson

Sarah currently runs SMB Product Marketing for salesforce.com. Sarah has been at salesforce.com since 2008 working in a variety of product marketing roles helping to build out the company's small business marketing focus and also launch Chatter, the enterprise social network. | Prior to joining salesforce.com, Sarah held consulting positions at McKinsey & Company and the Initiative for a Competitive Inner City (ICIC), a non-profit founded... Read More →


Wednesday May 15, 2013 9:00am - 10:30am
San Francisco State University Downtown Campus 835 Market Street San Francisco, CA 94103

9:00am

Best Practices for Improving Web Traffic and Website Conversions
Limited Capacity seats available

Learn tactics for building a web ecosystem that will improve your website traffic and customer loyalty. Basics of creating landing pages to attract and convert website visitors, importance of coordinating the messages, creating a sense of urgency and providing action items to guide visitors through your web presence and convert them into customers.


Speakers
avatar for David Mitroff, Ph.D.

David Mitroff, Ph.D.

David Mitroff, Ph.D. is a business consultant, keynote speaker, super connector, change agent, Social Media expert, author, sales leader and relationship manager with more than 15 years of diverse experience in the technology, business, legal, financial, retail, government, academic, and healthcare environments. | | David works with small and medium sized clients including restaurants, franchises, retail specialty stores, professional... Read More →


Wednesday May 15, 2013 9:00am - 10:30am
San Francisco State University Downtown Campus 835 Market Street San Francisco, CA 94103

9:00am

Doing Business in China
Limited Capacity seats available

Everyday, you can find a news article about China's economic growth and the business opportunities that abound. Many US companies have done well with the expansion of their business in China, helping to not only reinforce, but grow their bottom line. However, beginning to think about how your business might be able to leverage this economic growth can be daunting and overwhelming. This session will explore some of the questions and issues with doing business in China. It will also outline some of the existing City services that can assist San Francisco-based companies.

Sponsored by: San Francisco Business Times


Speakers
DC

Darlene Chiu Bryant

Darlene Chiu Bryant is Executive Director of ChinaSF, appointed by San Francisco Mayor Edwin Lee and tasked with stimulating economic growth and job creation through bilateral trade and investment between China and San Francisco. Darlene has had a diverse career in both the public and private sectors, having spent a decade in international trade in the fine chemicals sector in Hong Kong before returning to her native San Francisco to work in... Read More →


Wednesday May 15, 2013 9:00am - 10:30am
San Francisco State University Downtown Campus 835 Market Street San Francisco, CA 94103

9:00am

Financing Options for Startup Businesses (0-3 Years)
Limited Capacity seats available

This session is ideal for startup businesses seeking commercial capital. Businesses in the "startup" stage ranges from pre-revenue to, a company with two-to-three years of full-sales history. The panelists will compose of direct lenders that are actively lending to startup businesses. Learn about the various credit criterion required to obtain capital from each of the respective institutions presenting and which is the best fit for your business situation. The lending pyramid will be covered ranging from the most conservative to some of the most flexible commercial lenders in the area.

Sponsored by: Aquaria Funds


Moderators
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Steven Roth

CEO, Roth Consulting

Speakers
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Mark Cyrus

Business Development Officer, SBA Lending, Wells Fargo
AW

Alton W. Do

Managing Director, Aquaria Funds
AK

Andrew Krone

Sr. Vice-President, Marble Bridge Funding Group
SM

Sandy Mackovich

Sandy Mackovich is the Director of Outreach & Business Development at Working Solutions. She joined the organization in 2008 with an extensive background in commercial finance and lending. At Working Solutions, Sandy assists local microenterprises and small businesses access the capital, resources and support they need to grow and succeed. Sandy previously owned her own micro business in San Francisco and stays active in her local community by... Read More →


Wednesday May 15, 2013 9:00am - 10:30am
San Francisco State University Downtown Campus 835 Market Street San Francisco, CA 94103

9:00am

Get Started with Email Marketing in the Social Age
Limited Capacity seats available

As a small business you're busy, but you also know you need to do some marketing to keep your business growing. That's where email and social marketing and come in! If you're still trying to figure out how to get started with social media AND somehow make it work with your email marketing, or just trying to get an email out the door,  this is the session for you! Join Education & Training Manager Jill Bastian as she covers some basics on how to get your social media and email marketing working together.

  • Email marketing best practices       
  • A basic overview of social media       
  • How integrate email marking with social media       
  • Ideas to get started

Sponsored by: Vertical Response


Speakers
JB

Jill Bastian

Jill Bastian is the Training and Education manger at VerticalResponse. She has been with the company for 8 years, starting in the Customer Support department and eventually moving to the Marketing team. Her experience in the organization, her understanding of the product and email and social marketing make her a great resource for both customers and employees alike.


Wednesday May 15, 2013 9:00am - 10:30am
San Francisco State University Downtown Campus 835 Market Street San Francisco, CA 94103

9:00am

How to Create the Perfect Elevator Pitch: A Hands-on Workshop for Challenger Brands
Limited Capacity seats available

The ability to concisely and effectively articulate the essence and value of your company will quickly become one of your greatest marketing assets. Join us for an interactive workshop designed to help you build the perfect elevator pitch. Here you will leave with the tools necessary to construct a 30-second answer to the question, "What do you guys do?" This skill will not only help fine-tune your organizations' core messaging, but it will also help you align all members of your team such that your responses are the same whether you're on an elevator in the Transamerica Building or Sears Tower.

Sponsored by: T-Mobile


Speakers
CA

Craig Alexander

Craig is the Gumas' strategy leader and responsible for the overall satisfaction of all agency clients. Based on Craig’s 25+-year history of running high-profile accounts such as Microsoft, Sony Pictures, Carl’s Jr., Esurance, NASDAQ, The Walt Disney Co., AOL and The Miller Brewing Co., this is a very comfortable role for him. Craig passionately serves as the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Giants Community Fund, his most... Read More →


Wednesday May 15, 2013 9:00am - 10:30am
San Francisco State University Downtown Campus 835 Market Street San Francisco, CA 94103

9:00am

How to Grow Your Business with SBA Real Estate Financing
Limited Capacity seats available

Are you interested in learning how to access up to 90% financing to purchase, construct or renovate commercial real estate? Join a panel of SBA commercial real estate financing experts including representatives from Capital Access Group, Wells Fargo and the SBA to learn about the SBA 504 loan program. 


The SBA 504 loan allows you to:
*Stabilize your occupancy costs – Start writing checks to your business instead of a landlord. SBA 504 loans are available at below-market, FIXED interest rates for 20-year terms.
*Preserve working capital to continue growing your business – With as little as 10% down, SBA 504 loans allow you to retain working capital to cover your business expenses.Join us for this workshop to find out what SBA financing options are available for your business and how the SBA 504 loan program can help you grow your business.

Sponsored by: Capital Access


Speakers
CC

Claudia Cohen

Claudia Cohen, VP & Director of Marketing, has been with Capital Access Group for nearly 10 years. In that time, she has helped hundreds of business owners access SBA 504 financing to purchase real estate. Claudia’s financing background and SBA expertise allows her to work directly with borrowers, banks, and real estate brokers to guide projects from start to finish, and support businesses to finance their continued growth. Claudia... Read More →
CH

Cassie Hughes

Cassie Hughes, Co-Founder & Strategy Director at Grow Marketing - Thoughtful and forward thinking, Cassie drives the strategy side of Grow with a holistic approach that integrates client vision and consumer experience. Her ability to balance big picture objectives with detailed nuance ensures that every program meets the end goals. Before founding Grow, Cassie ran Presence & Publicity for the Levi’s brand and was the PR Director for... Read More →
AJ

Alan Jung

SVP / Chief Credit Officer, Capital Access Group
MQ

Mark Quinn

District Director, U.S. Small Business Administration, San Francisco
MW

Mike Whitlock

Mike Whitlock, Vice President & Business Development Officer has worked at Wells Fargo Bank   originating SBA loans. During the past 8 years, Mike has closed hundreds of SBA loans totaling over $200 million with the largest SBA lender in the US.  Mike previously worked at GE Capital and Icon Capital Corporation structuring loans and leases to a variety of middle market and Fortune 500 companies. Mike is a graduate of the... Read More →


Wednesday May 15, 2013 9:00am - 10:30am
San Francisco State University Downtown Campus 835 Market Street San Francisco, CA 94103

9:00am

Local Manufacturing 101
Limited Capacity seats available

If you are a designer considering local production, a small artisan looking to scale up your production, or an existing manufacturer exploring moving your production into San Francisco, this session is for you. 
We will cover key considerations including:

  • Assessing your product and production needs and what manufacturing model(s) makes the most sense for your particular business
  • Overview of the current local manufacturing landscape, including an understanding of existing local contract manufacturing capacity, by industry
  • Acquiring facilities and where to look, including zoning and permitting Issues
  • Hiring and where to find the right local workforce
  • And an overview of SFMade, our services and programs, and next steps

Sponsored by: Wells Fargo


Speakers
KS

Kate Sofis

Kate is founding Executive Director of SFMade. A public-private partnership launched in 2010 and already viewed as a new national model, SFMade it is the only organization of its kind focused on building San Francisco’s economic base by developing the local manufacturing sector. Through innovative educational programs, advisory services, and a powerful local brand platform, SFMade builds and supports a vibrant manufacturing sector in San... Read More →


Wednesday May 15, 2013 9:00am - 10:30am
San Francisco State University Downtown Campus 835 Market Street San Francisco, CA 94103

9:00am

Smart Hiring: Getting the Right People, in the Right Seats, Doing the Right Things
Limited Capacity seats available

Hiring the right people is key to every business. But how you define the job, and make sure you measure success, are the keys to keeping great employees. Join us for a fun, interactive session that will give you specific tools to help you hire employees that are a great fit for your organization.  


Speakers
JP

Jill Pappenheimer

Jill, with her entrepreneurial-minded consultative approach, and more than 20 years’ of results oriented experience in the field of human resources, has been an integral part of our clients senior management teams. She has extensive experience in strategic leadership, policy/program development, employee development, recruiting, and creating corporate cultures; she has led and facilitated HR teams toward becoming service-oriented, strategic... Read More →


Wednesday May 15, 2013 9:00am - 10:30am
San Francisco State University Downtown Campus 835 Market Street San Francisco, CA 94103

9:00am

SOLD OUT - Facebook Case Study: Zero to 100,000 Fans

A brand is not a product or a promise or a feeling. It's the sum of all the experiences a user has with your product and company. The secret to building a large, engaged following is by creating an online brand personality that is BFFs with your target community.

This workshop shows how both the big kahunas and the little guys are building their Facebook fanbase through effective messaging and likable branding. Join us as we scope out the tips and tricks for running successful social media campaigns and discover how YOU can build a bigger, better brand following.

Sponsored by: T-Mobile


Speakers
BA

Beth Amann

Beth Amann is the Marketing Coordinator at Dolphin Browser, a mobile browser that's challenging the big guys like Chrome and Firefox with a stellar product and an engaging brand. Architectural designer turned social media guru, Beth recently grew the Dolphin online fan base by over 100k. In both design and in technology, she’s found that the most successful products are the ones that users can engage with in a meaningful, memorable... Read More →


Wednesday May 15, 2013 9:00am - 10:30am
San Francisco State University Downtown Campus 835 Market Street San Francisco, CA 94103

9:00am

SOLD OUT - How to Become a Certified Local and State Government Vendor

This workshop provides you with basic requirements and steps to help your business get started by contracting with the City and County of San Francisco and with the State of California.   Upon completion of this workshop you will understand the certification qualifications and application process and it will help you decide if the government marketplace is the right customer for your company.  You will learn how to understand the government customer, evaluate the government market and assess your capabilities, and how to make contacts with government.


Speakers
PP

Paul Pendergast

Paul Pendergast is a nationally recognized outreach, marketing, and communications expert with over 20 years of practical experience in the field of strategic communications, education, training, economic development and market research. He has lead diverse teams of highly successful professionals in developing and implementing business development programs for large, small and disadvantaged business enterprises. Specific projects Pendergast has... Read More →
BP

Beverly Popek

Beverly Popek has been in the contract compliance/certification industry for over 10 years and currently manages the Contract Monitoring Division’s Local Business Enterprise (LBE) Certification Unit for the City and County of San Francisco. Previously, she was the Project Director for the California Public Utilities Commission’s (CPUC) Supplier Clearinghouse as administrated by ASIAN, Inc. Beverly has a background of offering technical... Read More →


Wednesday May 15, 2013 9:00am - 10:30am
San Francisco State University Downtown Campus 835 Market Street San Francisco, CA 94103

10:50am

Smart Out Loud* Business Building
Limited Capacity seats available

In a world of short attention spans, tight budgets and brief encounters, standing out from the pack requires the ability to be Smart Out Loud in real time. The Smart Out Loud know the right thing to say, when to say it, how to say it, and how to turn every interaction into a business-building opportunity. This workshop will show you how to create the future by owning the moment.   Award-winning communication coach and leadership expert, Fran Zone, joins us to share her proven tips and tools for transforming ‘showing up’ into seizing the day. Fran’s tools for owning the moment have been utilized by White House staff, Fortune 500 CEOs, and NBC Olympics…Now it’s your turn!

Sponsored by: Wells Fargo


Speakers
avatar for Fran Zone

Fran Zone

Fran Zone is an award-winning success coach and the creator of The Zone Method™, a real-time tool for maximizing personal leadership style, creating life-changing alliances, and mastering the art of ‘deliberate communication’. Fran transforms careers and businesses via custom workshops, executive coaching programs, media appearances, and message strategy sessions. The Zoned™ include best-selling authors, Fortune 100... Read More →


Wednesday May 15, 2013 10:50am - 12:20am
San Francisco State University Downtown Campus 835 Market Street San Francisco, CA 94103

10:50am

Insurance Solutions for Your Small Business
Limited Capacity seats available

Insurance can be very confusing to small business. Questions like, what insurance coverage do I need to protect my small business and how much is enough?

Other questions which frequently arise are:

  • Does my industry have unique insurance needs?
  • Do I have the type of coverage that addresses these needs?
  • Learn about the coverages available to you and how you can determine the right protection for your small business.

 


Speakers
SH

Scott Hauge

Scott is the owner of CAL Insurance & Associates/Clayscott Insurance. He has been in the insurance business for 40 years and has owned his company since 1977. CAL Insurance/Clayscott Insurance specializes in writing all line of insurance for small business. | Scott also is the President of Small Business California and founded the organization in 2005. Small Business California advocates for small business in Sacramento and Washington. Small... Read More →


Wednesday May 15, 2013 10:50am - 12:20pm
San Francisco State University Downtown Campus 835 Market Street San Francisco, CA 94103

10:50am

Business Planning 101+
Limited Capacity seats available

Starting or growing a small business?  Do you wonder if a business plan is worth the time and the work involved?  Can you do it all alone?  This is an interactive, question-oriented workshop to help you write and use a business planning approach to improve the success of your emerging or established small business. Every business needs a clear business model and can benefit from identifying critical business strategies. The written business plan should be a practical guide for your success. You can create your own road map and enroll others to help you!

 

Sponsored by: TMC Financing


Speakers
PT

Paul Terry

Paul Terry is a small business owner and educator. He has started and developed four different small businesses. Paul is the founder of Paul Terry & Associates (PTA) offering entrepreneurial consulting, business planning and direct guidance in transition management. He has helped design and execute successful business solutions for hundreds of clients. A dynamic teacher, Paul has developed curricula and taught practical small business... Read More →


Wednesday May 15, 2013 10:50am - 12:20pm
San Francisco State University Downtown Campus 835 Market Street San Francisco, CA 94103

10:50am

Finding and Keeping Customers in the Mobile Smartphone Age
Limited Capacity seats available

Finding and Keeping Customers in the Mobile Smartphone Age

What's covered:

Differences between Desktop and Mobile in customer buying behavior
The Pain Point: Why are people searching for your company online?
Your customers are mobile: the statistics
The mobile buying process
Mobile websites
Engaging via text and email on mobile devices
Building the text marketing list
Strategies in text marketing
QR codes

What you will learn:

How shifts in customer buyer behavior are affecting your business and how to use those changes to get in front of your competitors
How to use mobile devices to reach customers directly
How to make solid decisions when setting up mobile technology

 

Sponsored by: T-Mobile


Speakers
avatar for Stormy Knight

Stormy Knight

Stormy Knight is a professional speaker with expertise in today’s business-critical internet technologies and how to use them to increase sales, customers and profits. | | Stormy Knight began Net101.com in 1995 as a training company for small businesses and individuals interested in getting "up to speed" on using the internet, Net101.com soon branched out into web design and hosting. In 1997 she started bargaintravel.com and in 2000... Read More →


Wednesday May 15, 2013 10:50am - 12:20pm
San Francisco State University Downtown Campus 835 Market Street San Francisco, CA 94103

10:50am

How to Build a Fearless Brand
Limited Capacity seats available

A Fearless Brand tells the world who you really are. When developed effectively, a brand is more than a marketing tool. It's the central organizing principle for everything you say and do in your business.  

How to Build a Fearless Brand introduces you to a suite of tools that enables you to do a rigorous "deep dive" into defining your business's unique value, differentiating from the competition and communicating with the clients and customers that want what your business offers and are willing to pay what it's worth.

This workshop will be particularly relevant to owners of service businesses and consultants - but all are welcome to attend.

Sponsored by: Talk 910


Speakers
RF

Robert Friedman

Robert Friedman is the owner of Fearless Branding, a consultancy dedicated to  the eradication of generic brands.  Fearless Branding works with service firms and consultants to help them define their unique value, talk about it with clarity and get paid what they're worth.  His clients include a management and organizational development consultants, professional service firms and companies in the design trade. Prior to founding... Read More →


Wednesday May 15, 2013 10:50am - 12:20pm
San Francisco State University Downtown Campus 835 Market Street San Francisco, CA 94103

10:50am

International Markets: Tools and Resources to Grow Your Business Overseas
Limited Capacity seats available

Developing and Emerging Markets are experiencing growth at rates exceeding our local economy, and the tools exist to help mitigate the risks inherent with tapping into that growth. A panel of industry experts will discuss current programs and solutions available to help small business owners grow safely and sustainably in the global marketplace.

Sponsored by: HSBC


Speakers
JA

Jerry Avila

Jerry Avila has over 30 years of intl banking experience in both the public and private sectors, including appointments as Director of the California Export Finance Office and Office of Small Business. He is currently the Regional Manager and Sr International Trade Specialist for Northern California. Northern Nevada, Hawaii & Guam, and is responsible for promoting SBA's International Programs through SBA's Resource Partners, businesses, and... Read More →
avatar for Jon Gianini

Jon Gianini

Founded in 1907, Byrnes is a global logistics partner, providing shipping/freight-forwarding guidance and solutions to small/medium businesses. Jon Gianini joined the team in 2011, and is responsible for streamlining goods-delivery for SF Bay Area based exporter and importers.    
avatar for Franklin Haggas

Franklin Haggas

With 10 years of commercial banking experience, Frank joined the HSBC Business Banking team in 2011, and works with Bay Area businesses to accelerate their growth by providing the tools, resources, and expertise to tap into global markets.    
JL

Jim Lucchesi

Jim Lucchesi opened the SF Office of the EXIM Bank in 1999 after having spent the previous 30 years in various commerical lending and trade finance postings around the globe. An expert in international trade finance solutions, Jim is passionate about promoting growth through export. EXIM is the official export credit agency of the United States with the specific mission to assist in financing the export of US goods and services to international... Read More →
avatar for JC Rodriguez

JC Rodriguez

JC joined HSBC in 2012 after 10 years in trade services and treasury management sales/advising at Bank of America and JP Morgan Chase. He is responsible for client-advising in the SME markets of San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Seattle/Portland.  |  


Wednesday May 15, 2013 10:50am - 12:20pm
San Francisco State University Downtown Campus 835 Market Street San Francisco, CA 94103

10:50am

Manage Your Email Effectively
Limited Capacity seats available

Email overload is taking a toll on our time, productivity, and sanity. In this course, you will learn a strategy for processing your messages and converting them into appropriate actions as quickly as possible.

  • Discover best practices for alerts, rules and filters
  • Learn how to manage email intelligently
  • Apply email compartmentalization to streamline response process

Sponsored by: Recology

 


Speakers
JH

Jason Hecker

Prior to joining Learn iT! in April of 2011, Jason served as an executive director for a non-profit organization in Cincinnati and an adjunct instructor at Northern Kentucky University. His combination of academic knowledge and business experience have served him (and his students) well at Learn iT!, where he facilitates custom and public Critical Thinking, Strategic Planning and Project Management courses. | Jason earned a Master’s Degree... Read More →


Wednesday May 15, 2013 10:50am - 12:20pm
San Francisco State University Downtown Campus 835 Market Street San Francisco, CA 94103

10:50am

Mobile Success Stories: Making Technology Work for You
Limited Capacity seats available

The cloud has transformed the way businesses operate, big and small, and mobile technology is now creating new growth opportunities for small businesses around the world. Just as personal computers revolutionized accounting and financial accounting processes over the past two decades, mobile has the potential to create big opportunities for all types of businesses. Intuit’s role in helping small businesses spans more than three decades, and today millions of small business owners rely on software like QuickBooks and Intuit Online Payroll to manage their finances and employees. During this workshop best practices on how to maximize opportunities with these new technologies will be shared, which will include real life examples of small business success stories. Through this workshop, we’ll tackle the tough questions including what are the specific benefits mobile technology presents to small businesses, what are some best practices small business owners should keep in mind, and how to sharpen your mobile intelligence.

Sponsored by: Intuit


Speakers
WL

Will Lynes

Intuit QuickBooks Online Senior Manager


Wednesday May 15, 2013 10:50am - 12:20pm
San Francisco State University Downtown Campus 835 Market Street San Francisco, CA 94103

10:50am

SOLD OUT - How to Make a Living Making Food

Making food is one thing, making a living is entirely different. In this brief workshop, La Cocina, the San Francisco 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 San Francisco Department of Public Health will address the California Homemade Food Act (AB1616), also known as the Cottage Food Act, allowing small food businesses that produce "low-risk foods" (such as bake goods, candies, jam/jellies, desserts, and nuts) to operate out of a private home with limited regulatory oversight, as long as certain criteria are met.  The SFDPH will address the law, permitting process, who's qualified, and provide examples of a good Cottage Food Operations.

The FDA San Francisco District Office will focus on getting your product ready for the market. If you sell across state lines or on the Internet, you must comply with federal regulations. Learn about registration; the small business exemption; where to find the food labeling regulations and a nutrient database; and how to properly label your product (ingredients, allergens and the nutrition facts statement).

 


Speakers
JM

Jen McLaughlin

Jen has been working at the San Francisco Health Department over five years and as a Environmental Health Inspector for over two years. Jen’s health district is in the Southeastern neighborhoods of San Francisco, including Bayview Hunter’s Point, Potrero Hill, Visitacion Valley, and portions the Outer Mission. She conducts daily routine inspections to educate and enforce for the California Retail Food Code and SF Health Code at food and drink... Read More →
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Mary Ellen Taylor

Mary Ellen Taylor has been employed by the Food and Drug Administration as a Public Affairs Specialist for sixteen 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 Tulane University and an undergraduate degree in Psychology from the University of Arizona. She is a past member of the Association of Food and Drug Officials... Read More →
CZ

Caleb Zigas

Caleb was accidentally hired as an assistant pastry chef at Ruppert’s Restaurant, in his hometown of Washington DC, when he was 16 years old, and hasn’t left the kitchen since. He has worked dish lines at national chains, service counters for independent butcher shops and front of the house for some of the best restaurants in the country (and some of the worst too). After graduating from the University of Michigan with degrees in English... Read More →


Wednesday May 15, 2013 10:50am - 12:20pm
San Francisco State University Downtown Campus 835 Market Street San Francisco, CA 94103

10:50am

SOLD OUT - Master Your Finances & Grow Your Business - Anytime, Anywhere

Most SMB’s need and want help from their trusted financial advisors to grow their business.  Accountants and CPAs have a wealth of knowledge to offer their clientele, but most often, business owners don’t know enough about their own finances to take advantage of this advice.  This workshop will focus on how SMBs can use cloud accounting to form better working relationships with their financial advisor, effectively collaborate, gain in depth insight into their financial health and ultimately make more informed business decisions. 

Sponsored by: XERO


Speakers
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Barrett Favro

Barrett Favro is one of Xero's first US employees, with an extensive background in the SMB community. He and the Xero team know that businesses perform better when they have instant access to real-time financials and the right tools to get to the business of their business. With a wide variety of SMB app integrations, they work daily with small business owners to find solutions that offer increased profitability along with improved quality of... Read More →


Wednesday May 15, 2013 10:50am - 12:20pm
San Francisco State University Downtown Campus 835 Market Street San Francisco, CA 94103

10:50am

Steps to Being an Effective Federal Government Supplier
Limited Capacity seats available

The “Steps to Being an Effective Federal Government Supplier” workshop is designed to streamline your efforts in steering through the government process. You can be an effective government supplier but you must thoroughly understand the government. In government contracting there are various nuances and layers of government contracting from certification and registration to marketing to the government that can be daunting to most business owners. In this workshop you will receive an overview of NAICS, SIC, CCR, ORCA, GSA, SBA, RFI, RFQ, RFP and government forecasting. You will be taken through the necessary steps from improving your business model, understanding the government and government terms to determining which path(s) are right for you.


Speakers
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Bob Lane

As an SBDC advisor, Bob helps clients with Government Contracting & Certifications. After 33 years of federal service, Bob Lane retired from the the Defense Logistics Agency where he served as Deputy for Small Business. He recently did some work with the Commission on Economic Development for the State of Nevada. Bob has also taught at West Valley College, DeAnza College, and Skyline College, and for the past few years he has been a... Read More →


Wednesday May 15, 2013 10:50am - 12:20pm
San Francisco State University Downtown Campus 835 Market Street San Francisco, CA 94103

10:50am

Take Control and Maintain Your Small Business Computing Systems
Limited Capacity seats available

You work hard at your business. You’re an expert at what you do. But, that expertise probably does not include computer or systems management. In this workshop you will learn some simple and practical things you can do to help keep your computers working properly and safely. The topics to be covered are:

  • Simple safe computing. How to setup up your network and computers so your environment is safe.
  • Keeping you data safe and secure.
  • Basic maintenance tips that will make sure your computers are available when you need them.
  • Some basic techniques for managing your data and systems you might implement.

Speakers
KM

Ken Maki

Ken is the CEO of Syntegratek, Inc. He has been working with small businesses helping them with their computing issues since the late 80s. In 2002 he earned a Master’s degree from the University of San Francisco. He is the author of five books about computing and has written for various computing based publications. In the early 2000’s Ken worked for a major pharmaceutical company and has integrated what he learned into his practice. Ken... Read More →


Wednesday May 15, 2013 10:50am - 12:20pm
San Francisco State University Downtown Campus 835 Market Street San Francisco, CA 94103

1:30pm

A Simple Guide to Running Your Business by the Numbers
Limited Capacity seats available

You probably started your business because you have a passion for what you sell. But do you have a passion for the numbers – creating and reading your financial statements? An owner who understands key financial data and reports will be more likely to generate higher profits, avoid “boom and bust” times, and make better financial and business decisions. Learn how to better understand and utilize basic accounting concepts. Discover how you can make more money by understanding the nature of your costs.

Sponsored by: Bay Area Development Company


Speakers
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Leslie Shiner

Leslie Shiner—author, speaker, and trainer—has more than twenty-five years’ experience as a financial and management consultant. As a business coach, she has helped both small and large businesses better understand their business practices and maximize their profits. She is also the author of “A Simple Guide to Turning A Profit as a Contractor.” Ms Shiner is an engaging speaker with a long history of rave reviews. She continues to... Read More →


Wednesday May 15, 2013 1:30pm - 3:00pm
San Francisco State University Downtown Campus 835 Market Street San Francisco, CA 94103

1:30pm

ADA Compliance for Small Businesses: The Ins and Outs of all ADA Requirements and How to Prevent a "Drive-By" Lawsuit
Limited Capacity seats available

This workshop provides a practical overview on the Local, State, and Federal regulations for disability access for customers, required for public accommodation businesses and property owners. Learn what a public accommodation business is, why no business is “grandfathered” from compliance, how to prevent a lawsuit, what is the importance and value to obtaining an inspection and report from a Certified Access Specialist and what City programs are available for your business to help you comply.

Sponsored by: Chevron


Speakers
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Bassam Altwal, Assoc. AIA. CASp. CASI. AAAEA

Certified Access Specialist, CalAccessibility
Bassam is an Architectural Designer, Project Manager and International Licensed Architect since 1987. He has over 22 years of domestic and international experience. He has been certified by the State of California as “CASp” (Certified Access Specialist), as a requirement by the recent California legislation SB1608. Bassam is a founding member of CASI (The Certified Access Specialist institute). He regularly conducts ADA seminars on... Read More →
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Monica Castillo, Esq.

Sarrail, Castillo & Hall, LLP
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Carole Conn

Director of Public Service Programs, Lawyer Referral and Information Service, The Bar Association of San Francisco
RD

Regina Dick-Endrizzi

Director, Office of Small Business


Wednesday May 15, 2013 1:30pm - 3:00pm
San Francisco State University Downtown Campus 835 Market Street San Francisco, CA 94103

1:30pm

Competing With The Big Boys: Finding Skilled Talent Without Breaking The Bank
Limited Capacity seats available

Got a competitive advantage? Great, but how do small and medium-sized businesses compete with large companies? And what can you do with a limited budget? Industry hiring trends now show a significant shift to online employment, making freelancers a viable alternative to hiring full-time. See what skills are in demand around the world, and how you can successfully leverage online web platforms to source for additional work, hire on-demand talent and continually scale your business without breaking the bank. 

Sponsored by: Elance


Speakers
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Ved Sinha

Ved is responsible for launching and growing the categories of service available on the Elance platform. Prior to this role, Ved built and led the Product Management team and the Online Marketing team. Ved joined Elance at the company's inception. Prior to Elance, Ved was a consultant with Booz Allen Hamilton. Ved began his career at Oracle, where he led technical pre-sales for an Oracle business unit and developed software applications for... Read More →


Wednesday May 15, 2013 1:30pm - 3:00pm
San Francisco State University Downtown Campus 835 Market Street San Francisco, CA 94103

1:30pm

Connecting Tourism to the Neighborhoods
Limited Capacity seats available

While neighborhoods most directly impacted by visitors understand the job creation and economic benefits derived from visitor spending, a number of communities are unfamiliar of the full economic impact visitor dollars have on the day-to-day life of all San Franciscans. Learn about the value tourism provides communities throughout the city and how San Francisco Travel is reaching out to neighborhood associations, community benefit districts, business improvement districts, trade groups and merchant associations to help direct tourism to the neighborhoods.


Speakers
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Jon Ballesteros

Jon Ballesteros is Vice President of Public Policy for the San Francisco Travel Association. In this capacity, Jon is the "voice" of the 16 million visitors the city receives each year. His mission is to help create, direct and implement public policy decisions and priorities impacting the future of San Francisco as a travel destination.


Wednesday May 15, 2013 1:30pm - 3:00pm
San Francisco State University Downtown Campus 835 Market Street San Francisco, CA 94103

1:30pm

Growing Pains: Tales of Three San Francisco Small Businesses
Limited Capacity seats available

Join the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce and executives from three leading Bay Area companies that have taken the leap from small to not-so-small business. Hear insight and advice on how to take the next step and lead your company on a trajectory of growth.

Sponsored by: Wells Fargo


Moderators
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Leslie Milloy

Senior Vice President, Chief Marketing Officer, San Francisco Chamber of Commerce

Speakers
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Kara Lind

 President/Founder & Executive Pastry Chef, Kara’s Cupcakes
TM

Tony Meneghetti

CFO, Timbuk2
LR

Leo Rocco

Founder & CEO, GoPago 


Wednesday May 15, 2013 1:30pm - 3:00pm
San Francisco State University Downtown Campus 835 Market Street San Francisco, CA 94103

1:30pm

Identifying and Managing Business Risks
Limited Capacity seats available

Risk is an inherent part of doing business. Every entrepreneur knows that going into business or being in business implies the risk of losing their investment or source of profit.  

Clearly identifying the risks and planning for them should be our upmost priority.  However while some risks are easily identify since they have legal or fiscal consequences others are part of the daily operations and become part of the long list of tasks to be completed, and tend to be overlooked as risks.

Trying to eliminate risk is unrealistic but it is necessary to have a clear picture of the most important risks according to the size of the business and resources; and define a plan to manage every aspect of it.

Sponsored by: Aquaria Funds


Speakers
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Sabrina Haman

With over 15 years experience, She has work at different institutions and organizations where her mostimportant work has evolved on the areas of organizational development, designing and structuring thetraining and development efforts to support organizational change and effectiveness. Graduated from the Universidad del Centro de Mexico in Business Administration, she also holds a Post-graduate Degree in Finances from the Tecnológico de... Read More →


Wednesday May 15, 2013 1:30pm - 3:00pm
San Francisco State University Downtown Campus 835 Market Street San Francisco, CA 94103

1:30pm

Marketing Your Business to Government Contracts
Limited Capacity seats available

Join this workshop to learn the top ten actions you can take to increase your competitive edge in the world of public works contracting.   This workshop will take you ‘beyond SBE/DBE/LBE certification’ in order to grow your business.  Perfect for professional service providers, construction contractors and commodities/manufacturers who are looking to take their businesses to the next level. The workshop will address realistic steps you can take throughout the entire ‘life-cycle’ of the public procurement process to increase your odds of winning new business.  From opportunity detection, assessment, responding to requests for proposals/qualifications, the interview process and pre/post-contract award you’ll learn ‘real-life’ examples of what works.  Bring your questions AND your inspiration to this session!

Sponsored by PG&E


Speakers
PP

Paul Pendergast

Paul Pendergast is a nationally recognized outreach, marketing, and communications expert with over 20 years of practical experience in the field of strategic communications, education, training, economic development and market research. He has lead diverse teams of highly successful professionals in developing and implementing business development programs for large, small and disadvantaged business enterprises. Specific projects Pendergast has... Read More →
BP

Beverly Popek

Beverly Popek has been in the contract compliance/certification industry for over 10 years and currently manages the Contract Monitoring Division’s Local Business Enterprise (LBE) Certification Unit for the City and County of San Francisco. Previously, she was the Project Director for the California Public Utilities Commission’s (CPUC) Supplier Clearinghouse as administrated by ASIAN, Inc. Beverly has a background of offering technical... Read More →


Wednesday May 15, 2013 1:30pm - 3:00pm
San Francisco State University Downtown Campus 835 Market Street San Francisco, CA 94103

1:30pm

Networking 101/Networking Success for Busy Professionals
Limited Capacity seats available

If you're like most sales professionals and business owners, attending a networking event can be frustrating with no return on investment. Join radio personality, author and small business expert Tony Wilkins as he shares tips for making your next event a guaranteed success.  Discussion to include:

  • Networking 101
  • How to get the most out of a networking event
  • What to do once you’ve made contact
  • Closing the deal
  • Asking for referrals-Business Etiquette-Are you returning calls/Answering e-mails?
  • Turning contacts into clients
  • Hosting your own event - top ten tips for a successful event

Sponsored by: Sterling Bank


Speakers
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Tony Wilkins

Tony Wilkins is the author of Telemarketing Success for small and mid-sized Firms, The Single Person’s Cookbook (www.amazon.com) and Surviving the economy-Tips from small business owners from across the globe. Tony was a widely read columnist for Allbusiness.com before writing his current column for Examiner.com. He has been featured in the media on Channel 7's (ABC) The View from the Bay, Progressive Pulse Magazine, B.A.R (Bay Area... Read More →


Wednesday May 15, 2013 1:30pm - 3:00pm
San Francisco State University Downtown Campus 835 Market Street San Francisco, CA 94103

1:30pm

SOLD OUT - Financial Strategies for Your Small Business and Access to Capital

What are the options available for financing your small business?  Ranging from friends and family, to microloans, to SBA-guaranteed loans, we will discuss them all, including their features, qualification requirements, and application processes.

Sponsored by: Wells Fargo


Speakers
SB

Steve Bangs

Steve Bangs is the Assistant District Director for Entrepreneurial Development with the San Francisco District Office of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). In his present position he is responsible for collaborating with SBA’s resource partners to provide small businesses with access to training and counseling, financing, and government contracts. In his previous position as Lead Lender Relations Specialist, he oversaw SBA’s... Read More →
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Sandy Mackovich

Sandy Mackovich is the Director of Outreach & Business Development at Working Solutions. She joined the organization in 2008 with an extensive background in commercial finance and lending. At Working Solutions, Sandy assists local microenterprises and small businesses access the capital, resources and support they need to grow and succeed. Sandy previously owned her own micro business in San Francisco and stays active in her local community by... Read More →


Wednesday May 15, 2013 1:30pm - 3:00pm
San Francisco State University Downtown Campus 835 Market Street San Francisco, CA 94103

1:30pm

SOLD OUT - Marketing & PR: Strategies, Plans, Tactics

This two-part workshop will provide a good introduction; it will also serve as a refresher for experienced entrepreneurs who want to take their marketing plans to the next level.  Instructors Ken Stram and David Perry will lead lively discussion with plenty of tips and tricks to supercharge your marketing and PR plan. 

Topics include: 1) What is marketing? 2) Choosing the right tactics for your target market 3) Integrating, evaluating, and monitoring your marketing efforts 4) Understanding the media 5) Building & fostering relationships with reporters 6) How social media has transformed the media 7) Four principles for success.

Sponsored by: Wells Fargo


Speakers
DP

David Perry

David Perry is the President and Founder of David Perry & Associates (DP&A). His specialities include community and government affairs, social media, public/media relations and crisis communications. DP&A understands that in a 24/7 increasingly wired world the concept of media has shifted dramatically. But while the world of traditional media has changed forever, the concept of story-telling –has not.
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Ken Stram

Ken Stram is a small business expert and founder of 2Bridge Communications, a San Francisco-based communications agency that helps small and growing businesses to reach the next level through strategic positioning, business development, public relations, social media, marketing, and word-of-mouth communications. 2Bridge has successfully helped a diverse group of nonprofits and small businesses define and effectively communicate their messages to... Read More →


Wednesday May 15, 2013 1:30pm - 3:00pm
San Francisco State University Downtown Campus 835 Market Street San Francisco, CA 94103

1:30pm

SOLD OUT - Online Advertising for Small Businesses: Learn What Works
Limited Capacity seats available

As a result of recent innovations, Online Advertising has become a potent tool for LOCAL businesses. Discover best practices for deploying this rapidly growing and powerful tool for your business. We will examine the evolution of the medium and how best to harness the potential of Online Advertising for the SMB.

Sponsored by: YP


Speakers
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Marcy Voight

Marcy Voight has been in the advertising industry for over 20 years, and on the digital side of the business since 1999. She is currently working as a Regional Internet Sales Manager of Northern California with YP formally AT&T Ad Solutions. Marcy and her team of internet experts work with small and medium size businesses to develop successful Internet Advertising campaigns.


Wednesday May 15, 2013 1:30pm - 3:00pm
San Francisco State University Downtown Campus 835 Market Street San Francisco, CA 94103

1:30pm

SOLD OUT - Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest & LinkedIn for Small Business Owners

Brand management is so 1999.

Building your community and your tribe on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest & LinkedIn is a whole new and different way of looking at the world and *might* be a great way to build your business and engage with your customers. 

Come to this session and learn:

 

  • How to engage with your customer communities on Facebook / Linkedin / Twitter / Pinterest
  • How to create your very own community for your business or industry on these social networks
  • Dos and Don'ts for businesses on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, & LinkedIn.

 

Sponsored by: VISA 


Speakers
EY

Edith Yeung

Edith is the Head of Marketing for Dolphin Browser and also a founding partner atRightVentures. Her focus is mobile and consumer Internet companies. Prior to hercurrent work, Edith founded BizTechDay, the insightful voice of news, events & researchfor the SMB Internet market and SFentrepreneur, San Francisco's 3700+ member-entrepreneurs. Edith has previously worked with AT&T Wireless, Oracle, Siebel,Autodesk, Cisco, Telstra and Hungary... Read More →


Wednesday May 15, 2013 1:30pm - 3:00pm
San Francisco State University Downtown Campus 835 Market Street San Francisco, CA 94103

3:20pm

Direct Marketing Integration for Small Businesses
Limited Capacity seats available

The presentation will focus on the need for integrated demand generation strategy. Small and medium sized businesses today are faced with an array of competing marketing priorities and struggle to integrate advertising, search, print, email marketing, direct mail, loyalty and outbound revenue generation. Take a few minutes to hear how these techniques can link together and how they work best for capturing new customers and for retaining valuable ones. 

Sponsored by: YP


Speakers
SK

Steve Kerford

Steve has over 20 years of integrated marketing experience. He has developed numerous effective marketing campaigns across three continents that utilize the combined effects of online and search marketing, print advertising, social media, direct and email, television and print. Steve has worked both on the client and the agency side and now offers integrated marketing support to YP’s huge customer base. He is a graduate of the Royal Military... Read More →


Wednesday May 15, 2013 3:20pm - 5:00pm
San Francisco State University Downtown Campus 835 Market Street San Francisco, CA 94103

3:20pm

Boost Your Bottom Line Through Efficiency and Green Practices
Limited Capacity seats available

This year, join PG&E and San Francisco Department of the Environment to find out how you can “Boost Your Bottom Line through Efficiency and Green Practices!” Participants that sign up for class by Monday, May 13 will get a free rate analysis (must sign data release waiver at workshop.) Learn how to utilize the newest tools available on PG&E’s website, get a professional analysis of your energy use and become a San Francisco Certified Green Business. Joining us will be a fellow business owner that has successfully been through the process.  

Sponsored by: PG&E


Speakers
GC

Gabriella Canez

Marketing and Outreach Coordinator, Energy Program, SF Environment 
AF

Anna Frankel

Green Business Coordinator, SF Environment 
SP

Susan Pommer

Energy Management Systems, PG&E 
KW

Kendra Weinisch

Account Manager, PG&E 


Wednesday May 15, 2013 3:20pm - 5:00pm
San Francisco State University Downtown Campus 835 Market Street San Francisco, CA 94103

3:20pm

Business Continuity: Lessons Learned from Superstorm Sandy
Limited Capacity seats available

Superstorm Sandy hit the U.S. with force and devastated countless businesses and residences throughout the Eastern seaboard. We knew it was coming and the path of the storm was projected with nearly 100 percent accuracy. But here on the West Coast, what are the lessons learned for businesses in San Francisco and the Bay Area? Join us for this session on small and medium sized business resilience and recovery to disasters of all types and what tools to use to plan for resiliency and recovery.

Sponsored by: Office of Small Business


Speakers
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Elaine Sihoatani Howard

Community Preparedness Manager, American Red Cross Bay Area Chapter
AD

Alicia D. Johnson MPA

Resilience & Recovery Manager, San Francisco Department of Emergency Management


Wednesday May 15, 2013 3:20pm - 5:00pm
San Francisco State University Downtown Campus 835 Market Street San Francisco, CA 94103

3:20pm

Health Care Reform: What the Exchanges Mean for Your Business
Limited Capacity seats available

The federal law, Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, provides a number of ways for individuals and employers to help make coverage more affordable. This workshop provides an overview of California’s exchange program, Covered California as the Market Place that will connect Californians and small business to accessible, high-quality health coverage and provide the tools for you to shop for health insurance, compare a variety of qualified, competing health plans from private insurance companies, including group plans that meets you and your business’ needs and financial realities.

Sponsored by: Kaiser Permanente


Speakers
DC

Deborah Coley

Area Director, Account Management - San Francisco, KaiserFoundation Health Plan, Inc. 
ML

Michael Lujan

RHU Director, SHOP - Small Business Health Options Program
BP

Bonnie Preston, MSPH

Outreach & Policy Specialist, Office of the Regional Director, Region IX, US Department of Health & Human Services
ER

Emily Riggs

Healthy San Francisco/SFPATH Unit, San Francisco Department of Public Health


Wednesday May 15, 2013 3:20pm - 5:00pm
San Francisco State University Downtown Campus 835 Market Street San Francisco, CA 94103

3:20pm

Leverage Your Business Opportunities Through National Certification
Limited Capacity seats available

Learn how to gain access to buyers from major Fortune 500 companies.

Do you feel you are basically alone when trying to figure out how to gain access to major corporations?  We have an answer for you. Invest in your business by getting certified through WBENC or NMSDC and you will be given a key to opportunities and advocacy from skilled supplier diversity professionals and other like-minded successful entrepreneurs like you. You will learn how to qualify for this program and what the values are for pursuing national certification as a business. Plan to attend this workshop and learn the secret sauce for success. 

Sponsored by: Astra


Moderators
MQ

Mark Quinn

District Director, U.S. Small Business Administration, San Francisco

Speakers
avatar for Suzanne Lackman

Suzanne Lackman

VP and Program Manager, Astra Women’s Business Alliance, a regional partner of WBENC


Wednesday May 15, 2013 3:20pm - 5:00pm
San Francisco State University Downtown Campus 835 Market Street San Francisco, CA 94103

3:20pm

Online Tools for a Productive Business Workflow
Limited Capacity seats available

As a small business owner you wear multiple hats – or quite possibly all of the hats. With limited resources, testing dozens of tools to filter out the useful from the useless is not realistic nor ideal. To help you be more effective, we've done the groundwork for you. In this seminar, we'll talk about proven online tools that can help your business streamline processes, encourage collaboration, connect remote teams, and save time and money. The online apps and sites we'll be showcasing are products we are constantly using in our business and/or recommending to our customers. Best of all, every tool we share is either free or low cost! 

Jimdo and the San Francisco Citizens Initiative for Technology and Innovation (sf.citi) are proud to host this workshop to help facilitate better communication and partnerships between San Francisco's tech and small business sectors.

Sponsored by: SFC Media Services


Speakers
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Adeel Ahmad

Adeel Ahmad is the founder of sf.citi member company Shopseen - a startup that simplifies and modernizes all aspects of managing a retail small business. Shopseen is currently in private beta with more spots opening soon. Adeel is also co-owner of Vacation - a curated vintage clothing shop in downtown San Francisco and online.
BG

Brent Gummow

Brent Gummow has been building websites for small businesses, non-profits, artists, and educators for the past 17 years in both Ohio and California. He currently serves as the Multi-talento in Jimdo's San Francisco office, solving problems, educating users, and helping to grow awareness about Jimdo, the easiest website builder on the web.


Wednesday May 15, 2013 3:20pm - 5:00pm
San Francisco State University Downtown Campus 835 Market Street San Francisco, CA 94103

3:20pm

SOLD OUT - 10 Ways to Act Like a Big Business with a Small Business Budget

As small business owners, you don't need a big budget to act big. You need a smart budget so you can act like big business and attract big customers. 

In this session you will learn 10 ways to build up your business (from low cost to the psychology of being big) so you can take on big customers and big revenues!  We will address technology, staffing, branding and marketing as well as process and leveraging all of your resources.

Sponsored by: Ooma


Speakers
EY

Edith Yeung

Edith is the Head of Marketing for Dolphin Browser and also a founding partner atRightVentures. Her focus is mobile and consumer Internet companies. Prior to hercurrent work, Edith founded BizTechDay, the insightful voice of news, events & researchfor the SMB Internet market and SFentrepreneur, San Francisco's 3700+ member-entrepreneurs. Edith has previously worked with AT&T Wireless, Oracle, Siebel,Autodesk, Cisco, Telstra and Hungary... Read More →


Wednesday May 15, 2013 3:20pm - 5:00pm
San Francisco State University Downtown Campus 835 Market Street San Francisco, CA 94103

3:20pm

SOLD OUT - Alternative Funding Toolkit

The workshop will explore the alternative funding landscape through a spirited panel discussion with SFEDA member organizations, microlenders and crowdfunders.

Sponsored by: CDC Smal Business Finance


Moderators
Speakers
SM

Sandy Mackovich

Sandy Mackovich is the Director of Outreach & Business Development at Working Solutions. She joined the organization in 2008 with an extensive background in commercial finance and lending. At Working Solutions, Sandy assists local microenterprises and small businesses access the capital, resources and support they need to grow and succeed. Sandy previously owned her own micro business in San Francisco and stays active in her local community by... Read More →


Wednesday May 15, 2013 3:20pm - 5:00pm
San Francisco State University Downtown Campus 835 Market Street San Francisco, CA 94103

3:20pm

SOLD OUT - Business Law for Entrepreneurs

Yes, you CAN use business law to help you launch your business successfully, strengthen your business growth, and prevent costly legal disputes.  This basic business law workshop introduces self-help methods and resources for: business contracts, intellectual property protection, funding agreements, customer agreements, employee and independent contractor agreements, vendor agreements, commercial leases, and legal entity choices.  You will also learn how to carefully investigate and choose the right parties to do business with.  This class does not constitute legal advice.  


Speakers
FV

Felicia Vallera

Felicia Vallera is an experienced business attorney and former corporate financial/technology executive. She received her MBA from the University of Southern California and her JD from Hastings College of the Law. After an internship with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission she joined the firm of Lillick & Charles LLP, then successfully launched and operated The Law Office of Felicia Vallera serving privately-held small... Read More →


Wednesday May 15, 2013 3:20pm - 5:00pm
San Francisco State University Downtown Campus 835 Market Street San Francisco, CA 94103

3:20pm

SOLD OUT - Create a Quick and Easy Marketing Plan Using Email and Social Media

As a busy small business, social media is probably just one more thing to add to your already exhaustive list of things to do and understand.  We're here to say social media isn't really that hard – really! And if you're already sending email marketing campaigns to your customers, it's even easier. 
Join VerticalResponse as we break down social media and email marketing into actionable strategies and tactics that nearly any small business, regardless of your level of marketing or tech knowledge, can implement immediately. You'll come away with four easy ways to leverage the power of your email marketing and social media efforts, and get the most out of your time. Topics include how to:

  • Use the content you already have
  • Increase your reach with Twitter and Facebook
  • Build email, Twitter and Facebook lists through cross-promotion
  • Determine which metrics matter for your business
  • Use free/low-cost tools to measure engagement/growth

Sponsored by: Vertical Response


Speakers
JB

Jill Bastian

Jill Bastian is the Training and Education manger at VerticalResponse. She has been with the company for 8 years, starting in the Customer Support department and eventually moving to the Marketing team. Her experience in the organization, her understanding of the product and email and social marketing make her a great resource for both customers and employees alike.


Wednesday May 15, 2013 3:20pm - 5:00pm
San Francisco State University Downtown Campus 835 Market Street San Francisco, CA 94103

3:20pm

SOLD OUT - How to Start a Mobile Food Venture

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 learn from industry experts and City agencies what you need to know from government regulations, permits and licenses, food preparation, what to consider when purchasing a pushcart or truck, and the capital needed to start your mobile food business. Plus, learn about other resources that are available to run your operation.

Sponsored by: Wells Fargo


Speakers
MC

Matthew Cohen

Matt originally found his love of street food while living in Japan eating Tonkotsu Ramen. In 2010, Off the Grid started at Fort Mason Center in San Francisco with the simple idea of bringing people together over a shared food experience in an environment evocative of asian night markets. Off the Grid today currently runs 19 weekly locations throughout the Bay Area, and is proud of our record of supporting small businesses and artisanal food.
MY

Martha Yanez

Small Business Assistance Center, Office of Small Business


Wednesday May 15, 2013 3:20pm - 5:00pm
San Francisco State University Downtown Campus 835 Market Street San Francisco, CA 94103

3:20pm

Tales from the Trenches: The Truth About Running a Small Business
Limited Capacity seats available

Attend this session to learn from a panel of successful entrepreneurs about what it really takes to run a small business…the good, the bad and the ugly!  From start up, to marketing to hiring contractors or employees, benefit from their real experience, as they discuss the true challenges and rewards of being a small business owner in San Francisco. 

Sponsored by: Aquaria Funds


Speakers
SC

Shawn Connolly

San Francisco Skate Club
TN

Thuy Nguyen

San Francisco Skate Club
BP

Beth Peterson

Owner, BPE Global
CR

Corey Rennell

Founder, CEO, CORE Foods  
JW

Jake Wall

Co-Founder & Chief Creative, Artful Gentleman


Wednesday May 15, 2013 3:20pm - 5:00pm
San Francisco State University Downtown Campus 835 Market Street San Francisco, CA 94103

3:20pm

The Basics of Importing and Exporting
Limited Capacity seats available

This workshop is a must for anyone looking to join the global marketplace. Topics will include:

  • Getting started with successful import & export marketing including the procedures and policies of international transactions.
  • Finding and developing agreements with overseas relationships.
  • Learning the role of freight forwarders and customs brokers.
  • Financing International transactions.

Speakers
AM

Allison Mello

Allison Mello, CGBP | Program Services Coordinator, Bay Area Center for International Trade Development


Wednesday May 15, 2013 3:20pm - 5:00pm
San Francisco State University Downtown Campus 835 Market Street San Francisco, CA 94103
 
Thursday, May 16
 

6:00pm

Latino Entrepreneurs: Their Visions & Journeys

Join us for an exciting conversation with an amazing group of Bay Area Latino entrepreneurs. Come listen to their success stories, their journeys and find out how they have dramatically reshaped the business landscape through their innovative ideas.

This a must attend event for anyone interested in hearing from the nation’s leading Latino business leaders.

Agenda

6:00 – 6:30 Networking & Zacapa Experience
6:30 – 7:20 Power Your Negocio
7:20 – 8:30 Panel discussion and Q&A
8:30 – 9:00 Networking

 

Member Cost: Free with RSVP

Non-Member Cost: $20

 

For more info: http://lam-network.com/events/latino-entrepreneurs-their-journeys-stories/


Thursday May 16, 2013 6:00pm - 9:00pm
Runway 1355 Market Street
 
Friday, May 17
 

5:30pm

SFEDA & San Francisco Small Business Week Mixer

A Small Business Week tradition hosted by the San Francisco Economic Development Alliance (SFEDA), a collaboration of nonprofit organizations that provide training, funding and ongoing support for small and micro businesses.  Come mingle with your other small business owners at this “no host” mixer and learn about some terrific local business resources.

Onigilly, San Francisco's favorite Japanese eatery and SFEDA Small Business Award winner will also be in attendance, serving light fare.

The members of the San Francisco Economic Development Alliance include La Cocina, the Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Community Center, the Mission Economic Development Agency (MEDA), Pacific Community Ventures, Renaissance Entrepreneurship Center, San Francisco Small Business Development Center (SBDC), Inner City Advisors, Urban Solutions, Women’s Initiative for Self Employment, SF Made and Working Solutions.

 


Friday May 17, 2013 5:30pm - 7:30pm
111 Minna 111 Minna Street, San Francisco, CA 94105
 
Saturday, May 18
 

9:00am

San Francisco Sidewalk Sales: In a Neighborhood Near You!

All across San Francisco you’ll find Sidewalk Sales with bargains and the latest new sales, both on sidewalks and in participating stores, at more than 15 different merchant corridors. See below for the general locations, and stay tuned for more information!

 

Saturday, May 11, 2013

Bayview Merchants Association
3rd Street between Jerrold Avenue and Shafter Avenue

Valencia Corridor Merchants Association
Valencia Street between Market Street and Cesar Chavez Street
Various side streets including McCoppin Street and 14th-26th Streets between Guerro Street and Mission Street.


Saturday, May 18, 2013

Clement Street Merchants Association
Clement Street between Arguello Boulevard and Funston Avenue
Various side streets, including Arguello Boulevard and 3rd, 5th, 6th, and 9th Avenues generally between Cornwall Street and Geary Boulevard.

Excelsior Action Group
Mission Street between Silver Avenue and Geneva Avenue

Fillmore Merchants and Improvement Association
Fillmore Street between Post Street and Jackson Street

Glen Park Merchants Association
Chenery Street between Thor Avenue and Natick Street
Diamond Street between Bosworth St and Surrey Street

Haight Ashbury Merchants Association
Haight Street between Central Street and Stanyan Street

Irving Street
Irving Street between 19th Avenue and 26th Avenue
Irving Street between 45th Avenue and 47th Avenue

Merchants of Upper Market and Castro MUMC
Castro Street between Market Street and 19th Street
18th Street between Hartford Street and Diamond Street
Market Street between Castro Street and Sanchez Street
Church Street between Market Street and 15th Street

Mission Creek Merchants Association
The area bounded by 16th Street, Capp Street, 23rd Street and Potrero Avenue.

Noe Valley Merchants Association
24th Street between Diamond Street and Chattanooga Street

Noriega Street
Noriega Street between 44th Avenue and 47th Avenue

Polk District Merchants Association
Polk Street between Filbert Street and Sutter Street
Side Streets along Polk Street between Van Ness Avenue and Larkin Street

Sacramento Street Merchants Association
Sacramento Street between Spruce Street and Broderick Street

Taraval Street
Taraval Street between 19th Avenue and 28th Avenue

Union Street Association
Union Street between Steiner Street and Franklin Street

West Portal Merchants Association
West Portal Avenue between Ulluoa Street and 15th Avenue


Saturday May 18, 2013 9:00am - 5:00pm
San Francisco

9:00am

Sidewalk Saturday on Clement Street

celebrate sf’s small business week on clement street!

 

stroll down clement st. from arguello to park presidio and shop local!

food | shops | fun | community | beauty | eats | drinks | art 

 

sponsored by the clement st. merchants association 

contact us about membership: clementstreetsf@gmail.com

 

for more information: clement st. merchants association


Saturday May 18, 2013 9:00am - 7:00pm
Clement Street Between Arguello & Park Presidio

10:00am

Sacramento Street Outdoor Market

Great deals and sidewalk sales - just in time for summer!

Enjoy our sweet French mime & roaming magician + live music

See website for more information. Sacramento Street Shop



Saturday May 18, 2013 10:00am - 6:00pm
The Sacramento Street Shopping Corridor Sacramento Street from Broderick to Spruce

3:00pm

Fillmore Sidewalk Sale

LIVE JAZZ - RAFFLE PRIZES - SIDEWALK SALES - NETWORKING - BOOK SIGNING PARTY - WINE - REFRESHMENTS

 

For $20, you get a chance to win over $3,500 in raffle prizes from the fabulous boutiques in Pacific Heights. You also get a FREE copy of Body, Mind, and Solo, written by the founder of TangoDiva, Teresa Rodriguez.

We end the day with a big celebration and book signing at Kiehl's at 6:00 pm where you'll enjoy beautiful wines and light hors d'oeuvres. 

Register Here 

Check in and pick up your raffle tickets at LIMU (2237 Fillmore @ Clay)


Raffle Prizes:

  • ASMBLY HALL: $50 gift certificate & serving wine
  • Athleta: $50 gift card & fun in-store activities
  • Benefit: $800 beauty bash
  • Copynet: $50 gift card
  • Cotelac: $425 bag
  • Gallery of Jewels: Two $100 gift certificates
  • HEARTfood at The Root & The Branch: Eating psychology coaching ($100 value)
  • Hi Ho Silver: $100 raffle
  • I Luv My Body Fitness: 3 personal training sessions ($300 value) enjoy wine & refreshments during the stroll
  • International Orange: $100 gift card
  • Jurlique: $130 facial
  • Kiehl’s: $200 of Kiehl’s favorites
  • Limu: 1-hr wardrobe consultation ($200 value)
  • One Medical Group: First-year membership ($149 value)
  • Paolo Shoes: $50 gift card & serving wine
  • Pizzeria Delfina: $50 gift card
  • Prana: $50 gift card
  • Renaissance Salon: Two Raffles ($400 value), outside styling station & product discounts
  • Ruti: $100 gift card accompanied by wine & refreshments
  • Spice Ace: $49 “Spice Sensations” 6-jar best-seller set, plus a gift card

 

6:00 pm Meet at Kiehl’s for a Book Signing Party and your complimentary copy of Body, Mind & Solo.

 

PROCEEDS BENEFIT WOMEN’S COMMUNITY CLINIC

SPONSORED BY THE FILLMORE MERCHANTS ASSOCIATION

 



Saturday May 18, 2013 3:00pm - 6:00pm
Fillmore Street 2237 Fillmore @ Clay