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Monday, May 6
 

3:00pm

Succeeding as a Freelancer
This workshop shows participants how to use the gig economy as a strategic tool to support themselves while launching their business, but also market products and services to acquire new clients. 

Interested in learning more? Register for this 1.5h workshop on how to accelerate your small business growth using independent work. Attendees will learn about:

1. Understanding the gig economy: trends, platforms, opportunities and challenges
2. Using independent work to support yourself while launching your business 
3. Leveraging gig platforms to acquire new customers

REGISTER HERE

Co-sponsorship Authorization #19-0912-17. SBA’s participation in this cosponsored activity is not an endorsement of the views, opinions, products or services of any cosponsor or other person or entity. All SBA programs and services are extended to the public on a nondiscriminatory basis.

Reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities will be made if requested at least two weeks in advance. Contact Noah Brod, noah.brod@sba.gov.


Speakers
avatar for Jesse Bisignano

Jesse Bisignano

Samaschool
Jesse is the Curriculum Manager at Samaschool, a San Francisco-based nonprofit that equips people with the skills they need to succeed as freelancers and leverage independent work to achieve their career goals. As Curriculum Manager, he designs and implements in-person, virtual, and... Read More →


Monday May 6, 2019 3:00pm - 4:30pm
SBA Entrepreneurship Center 455 Market Street, 6th Floor
 
Tuesday, May 7
 

8:30am

How to Make a Living Making Food
Making food is one thing, making a living is entirely different. In this brief workshop, La Cocina and the San Francisco Department of Public Health  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 and the department of public health will cover basic permit issues that food entrepreneurs should be aware of before launching.

REGISTER HERE 

Co-sponsorship Authorization #19-0912-17. SBA’s participation in this cosponsored activity is not an endorsement of the views, opinions, products or services of any cosponsor or other person or entity. All SBA programs and services are extended to the public on a nondiscriminatory basis.

Reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities will be made if requested at least two weeks in advance. Contact Noah Brod, noah.brod@sba.gov.


Speakers
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Zach Parsons

Senior Inspector, San Francisco Health Department
avatar for Emiliana Puyana

Emiliana Puyana

Program Director, La Cocina
Emiliana has always been in love with food and cooking. Early experiences in her family’s kitchen in Venezuela taught her that food has the extraordinary ability to bring and keep people together. She landed her first restaurant job at the age of fifteen in Caracas and has continued... Read More →


Tuesday May 7, 2019 8:30am - 10:00am
SBA Entrepreneurship Center 455 Market Street, 6th Floor

9:00am

A Simple Plan for Your Business: Step by Step for Success
Entrepreneurship is risky business, but you can reduce small business risks with good planning. This means defining your offerings, doing specific market research, recognizing the management skills you need, and creating realistic financial projections. In short, you can reduce risks when you write and use a business plan. In this workshop, small business owner and teacher Paul Terry and small business jewelry owner Sharon Zimmerman will share how to create a simple, effective plan of action for your emerging business. They will share their tips and experience in creating small business success.

Location: Renaissance Entrepreneurship Center

REGISTER HERE

Speakers
avatar for Paul Terry

Paul Terry

Senior Business Consultant, Renaissance Entrepreneurship Center
Paul Terry is principal of Paul Terry & Associates, which provides business management consulting and training to help small business owners solve challenges and plan for growth, transition and succession.  Paul is the Senior Business Consultant at Renaissance Entrepreneurship Center... Read More →
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Sharon Zimmerman

Consultant and Owner, Renaissance Entrepreneurship Center and Sharon Zimmerman Jewelry


Tuesday May 7, 2019 9:00am - 11:00am
Renaissance Entrepreneurship Center 275 5th Street

1:00pm

How to Start and Grow an E-Commerce Empire
Have something you want to sell online, but not sure how? Or already have an online store, but know it could be doing better? If so, then this is the workshop for you! During this 1.5-hour workshop, we will take you from concept to a fully executed online store. We’ll cover product sourcing, digital marketing and everything in between.

REGISTER HERE

Co-sponsorship Authorization #19-0912-17. SBA’s participation in this cosponsored activity is not an endorsement of the views, opinions, products or services of any cosponsor or other person or entity. All SBA programs and services are extended to the public on a nondiscriminatory basis.

Reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities will be made if requested at least two weeks in advance. Contact Noah Brod, noah.brod@sba.gov.


Speakers
avatar for Ramin Ramhormozi

Ramin Ramhormozi

Marin SBDC
"Ramin has helped start-up ventures strategize their e-commerce goals, taking their products from concept to market. He focuses mainly on e-commerce platform selection on-site and offsite marketing initiatives, search engine optimization with keyword analysis, social marketing strategies... Read More →


Tuesday May 7, 2019 1:00pm - 2:30pm
SBA Entrepreneurship Center 455 Market Street, 6th Floor

1:00pm

A Panel Discussion on ADA/ABE for Small Businesses
In 2016, San Francisco passed an ordinance that requires existing buildings with a place of “public accommodation” to have all primary entrances accessible for people with disabilities.

In partnership with the Office of Small Business, California Commission on Disability Access, and Pacific ADA, the San Francisco Small Business Development Center will host a panel discussion for small business owners who want to learn about being compliant with federal, state, and local laws to reduce your risk of litigation.

Location: Office of Economic and Workforce Development

REGISTER HERE

Moderators
avatar for Louise Dawson

Louise Dawson

Restaurant Business Advisor, San Francisco Small Business Development Center

Speakers
avatar for Jan Garrett

Jan Garrett

Pacific ADA Center
avatar for Angela Jemmott

Angela Jemmott

Executive Director, California Commission on Disability Access
avatar for Rhea Aguinaldo

Rhea Aguinaldo

Assistant Project Manager | Business Case Manager, Office of Small Business | City and County of San Francisco


Tuesday May 7, 2019 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Office of Economic and Workforce Development (OEWD) 1 South Van Ness Avenue, 2nd Floor Atrium

3:00pm

How to Survive as a Small Business Owner
There are times when pivotal decisions have to made to stay in the game as a small business.   In order to remain competitive and sustainable you have to remain driven and focused.  Come hear what tips that these business owners suggest for business survival.  

REGISTER HERE

Co-sponsorship Authorization #19-0912-17. SBA’s participation in this cosponsored activity is not an endorsement of the views, opinions, products or services of any cosponsor or other person or entity. All SBA programs and services are extended to the public on a nondiscriminatory basis.

Reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities will be made if requested at least two weeks in advance. Contact Noah Brod, noah.brod@sba.gov.


Speakers
avatar for Brigette LeBlanc

Brigette LeBlanc

San Francisco African American Chamber of Commerce
avatar for Vaneese Johnson

Vaneese Johnson

Leadership Coach, Speaker, Brand Strategist & Author, The Boldness Coach
Vaneese Johnson, The Boldness Coach™, is a Global Leadership Coach, Keynote Speaker, Brand Strategist and Author.  She teaches, empowers, and challenges professionals to step into their Bold, Big & Bad ™ and up-level their career choices and successes with intention, ownership... Read More →


Tuesday May 7, 2019 3:00pm - 4:30pm
SBA Entrepreneurship Center 455 Market Street, 6th Floor
 
Wednesday, May 8
 

8:30am

Running an Environmentally Sustainable Business
Do you work in or own a small business and are pressed for time, but are looking to make a real-world difference on your business's environmental impacts?  This workshop is will cover common resource conservation issues such as supply chain management, reducing waste, green cleaning, water efficiency, and energy conservation. A diverse panel of speakers include a utility expert, the Green Business Program Coordinator, an B-Corp consultant, and a certified Green Business.  They panelist will cover environmental best practices and resources available to help your business take the next step on you sustainability journey.

REGISTER HERE

Co-sponsorship Authorization #19-0912-17. SBA’s participation in this cosponsored activity is not an endorsement of the views, opinions, products or services of any cosponsor or other person or entity. All SBA programs and services are extended to the public on a nondiscriminatory basis.

Reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities will be made if requested at least two weeks in advance. Contact Noah Brod, noah.brod@sba.gov.


Speakers
avatar for Ruth Sandoval

Ruth Sandoval

Supply Chain Responsibility Expert, Pacific Gas & Electric
Ms. Sandoval is currently a Supply Chain Responsibility Expert at Pacific Gas and Electric Company. Her responsibilities include Marketing and Communications, Technical Assistance Programs and Small Business.With over 20 years of business experience with Fortune 500, corporate and... Read More →
avatar for Kevin Kumataka

Kevin Kumataka

Green Business Coordinator, City of San Francisco Green Business Program
Kevin Kumataka is the Coordinator for the San Francisco Green Business Program, a program housed in the San Francisco Department of Environment.  The Green Business Program offers free technical support services to promote sustainability and recognizes businesses for meeting a high... Read More →
avatar for Carolina Miranda

Carolina Miranda

Founder, Cultivating Capital
Carolina Miranda is the founder of Cultivating Capital, a Certified Green Business and B Corporation that works with small businesses to implement sustainable business practices. As a sustainability professional with ten years experience in the field, she has worked with hundreds... Read More →
avatar for Jeff Kubis

Jeff Kubis

Lean and Zero Waste Program Manager, Heath Ceramics
Jeff Kubis is the Lean and Zero Waste Program Manager for Heath Ceramics, a handmade dinnerware and tile manufacturer based in San Francisco and in Sausalito since 1948. Jeff has been at Heath for 7 years, working in dinnerware and tile production, engineering, to now managing the... Read More →


Wednesday May 8, 2019 8:30am - 10:00am
SBA Entrepreneurship Center 455 Market Street, 6th Floor

2:30pm

Navigating On-Demand Services for Small Business
Hundreds of San Francisco brick and mortar merchants are incorporating on-demand delivery into their models to grow their businesses. Learn how powerful on-demand can be for small business and how to integrate it to better compete in the current business landscape.

REGISTER HERE 

Location: San Francisco Chamber of Commerce

Moderators
avatar for Rodney Fong

Rodney Fong

President and CEO, San Francisco Chamber of Commerce
A fourth generation San Franciscan, Rodney Fong has an extensive business and civic background, including serving on the San Francisco Planning Commission for eight years, with two years as President. He formerly served as President of the San Francisco Port Commission, Chair of the... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Vikrum Aiyer

Vikrum Aiyer

Vice President of Public Policy and Strategic Communications, Postmates
Postmates helps people unlock the best of their cities – and their lives, with a reliable on-demand "anything" delivery network. Launched in 2011, Postmates pioneered the on-demand delivery movement in the US by offering delivery from restaurants and stores previously only available... Read More →
avatar for Rahim Ali

Rahim Ali

Owner, Cheers Market
Cheers Market is an Alamo Square small business with a wide range of grocery products, ice cream, fine wine, craft beer, etc. Owned by Rahim Ali since 2014, Ali oversaw the transformation of the market when he embraced on demand services to share his products across the city, experiencing... Read More →


Wednesday May 8, 2019 2:30pm - 4:00pm
San Francisco Chamber of Commerce 235 Montgomery Street, Suite 760

3:00pm

Growing a Sustainable Business - Get the Help You Need to Build a Strong Business
There are myriad free and low-cost resources available from all different corners of the small business support ecosystem (business planning, legal, financial, marketing support, access to capital, real estate assistance). This workshop will focus on how best to harness these resources in the most strategic and meaningful ways for businesses to scale.

Location: Impact Hub

REGISTER HERE

Speakers
avatar for Jennifer DaSilva

Jennifer DaSilva

Founder & Executive Director, Start Small Think Big
avatar for Naldo Peliks

Naldo Peliks

COO, Centro Community Partners
Naldo is responsible for developing Centro’s operational capacities, leading the organization’s advisory services, and overseeing product development. He brings 14 years of business strategy and product development experience in technology, banking, retail, and education. Naldo... Read More →
avatar for Rani Langer-Croager

Rani Langer-Croager

Co-Founder, Uptima Business Bootcamp
avatar for Eddie Tang

Eddie Tang

Small Business Consultant, SF LGBT Center
Eddie is the Small Business Consultant at the SF LGBT Center where he runs a small business program and a business incubator.He has also been running his own small business for the last 4 years. After leaving the bank where he managed a $100M portfolio, he moved to San Francisco... Read More →


Wednesday May 8, 2019 3:00pm - 4:30pm
Impact Hub 1885 Mission Street
 
Thursday, May 9
 

8:30am

How to Grow Your Small Business Using Instagram, LinkedIn & Yelp
Forbes says, “LinkedIn is where 80% of B2B leads are generated on social media”.

Business Insider reports, “72% of Instagram users say they have purchased a product they saw on the app.”

Review Trackers shares, “45 percent of consumers say they are likely to check reviews on Yelp before visiting a business. Yelp’s percentage is only second to Google (64 percent).”

Do you want to get more from your Instagram, LinkedIn and Yelp profiles? Are your profiles on these platforms helping you to:

Create visibility for the great work you’re doing
Attract prospective customers
Engage with existing customers
Generate consistent referrals
Increase your revenue

Many small business owners find it difficult to get amazing business results on these popular platforms.

We’ve invited our friends from Instagram, LinkedIn and Yelp to join us for a hands-on workshop, featuring insider secrets, on how to use the online profiles you already have to meet your goals for 2019.

During this session we will:
Review the basics of optimizing your profile so you can be found easily online
Introduce you to FREE features and tools you may have overlooked
Explain how to use the profiles consistently to create the results you’re looking for
Plan now to join us on Thursday, May 9, 2019, for this hands-on WORKshop!

You don’t want to miss this opportunity to work directly with experts from Instagram, LinkedIn and Yelp! Their experience and insider tips will give you insights that will uplevel your marketing efforts.

Location: Google Community Space

REGISTER HERE

*please note there may be a fee associated with attending this workshop.


Speakers
avatar for Nichole McNiel

Nichole McNiel

Product Researcher, Instagram
Nichole McNiel is a Product Researcher at Instagram, and has been leading SMB-focused research for the past year. Prior to Instagram, Nichole led research for Cisco’s cloud products. Before that, Nichole was an advertising strategist at Orange142 where her clients included SMBs... Read More →
avatar for Matt Donazella

Matt Donazella

Local Business Outreach, Yelp
My goal is to build a thriving network of Bay Area business owners, connecting with you and connecting you with each other. I host a series of events to provide business owners with resources that help them succeed and grow. I'm also your local Yelp For Business Owners educator in... Read More →
avatar for Julia Cabral

Julia Cabral

Senior Product Marketing Manager, LinkedIn
Julia Cabral leads a product marketing team at LinkedIn that focuses on the small business audience. Her team’s mission is to make LinkedIn the most valuable and easy-to-use business platform for the busy people who run their own companies. Julia has led extensive research to better... Read More →
avatar for Sydni Craig-Hart

Sydni Craig-Hart

Smart Simple Marketing and NAWBO, CEO, and VP of Corporate Partners
Are you a small minority-owned or woman-owned business looking to attract more clients and increase your revenue? Sydni Craig-Hart is a 4th generation entrepreneur and CEO/co-founder of Smart Simple Marketing, a multi-award winning digital content marketing agency. Since 2006, she... Read More →


Thursday May 9, 2019 8:30am - 12:00pm
Google Community Space 188 The Embarcadero

9:00am

Supporting Your Business Model: Pricing, Positioning and Payment Options/Open House
Bunker Labs is a nationwide non-profit dedicated to helping military veteran and spouse entrepreneurs build and grow successful businesses. On May 9th, during San Francisco Small Business Week, the Bunker Labs Incubator Cohort will open their doors to the public for their session on Supporting Your Business Model: Pricing, Positioning and Payment options with guest speaker Eric Chan from Chargebee. Feel free to come and chat with our cohort members, the Bunker Labs Leadership team and stop by between 9am-3pm to be a part of the Business Model Session.

Location: WeWork Market Street

REGISTER HERE

Speakers
avatar for Eric Chan

Eric Chan

Chargebee
Eric is a Marketing Leader with 20+ years of experience at Global 2000 firms and startups. As a Head of Marketing, he has created and launched several Go-To-Market Strategies for innovative products reaching tens of millions globally. He built high-performance teams and scalable operations... Read More →


Thursday May 9, 2019 9:00am - 3:00pm
WeWork - Market Street 995 Market Street, Suite 1401

3:00pm

Keeping the Business Going: Transition Your Business to the Next Generation Through Employee Ownership
One of the most pressing issues for business owners is how to successfully transition their business to the next generation of ownership. This workshop will feature experts in worker and employee ownership and business owners who share their personal stories. It’s never too early to start planning a smooth transition to ensure the long-term future of your business.

REGISTER HERE

Co-sponsorship Authorization #19-0912-17. SBA’s participation in this cosponsored activity is not an endorsement of the views, opinions, products or services of any cosponsor or other person or entity. All SBA programs and services are extended to the public on a nondiscriminatory basis.

Reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities will be made if requested at least two weeks in advance. Contact Noah Brod, noah.brod@sba.gov.


Speakers
avatar for Donna Sky

Donna Sky

Business Development Manager, Project Equity
Donna is a long time social entrepreneur and San Francisco business owner. She is the founder of Love & Hummus Co., a mission-driven food start up she operated starting in 2009 and grew from inception into a national brand. Love & Hummus is nationally recognized for its innovation, social and environmental impact and was named twice by B Corp as a “Best for the World Company.” Donna began... Read More →
avatar for Kirk Vartan

Kirk Vartan

General Manager & Founder, A Slice of New York
Kirk Vartan is a native New Yorker, NBC technologist, former hi-tech professional, community activist, and small business founder of two pizza shops, A Slice of New York, in San Jose/Santa Clara and Sunnyvale. In July 2017, A Slice of New York became the first retail worker cooperative... Read More →


Thursday May 9, 2019 3:00pm - 4:30pm
SBA Entrepreneurship Center 455 Market Street, 6th Floor
 
Friday, May 10
 

8:30am

Selling to the Government and Corporations: An Insider's Guide
Did you know that the federal government is the largest economy in the world, spending half a trillion dollars on goods & services each year, and the state of California ranks number five, just ahead of the UK & France! 

The government purchases nearly EVERYTHING from office supplies to construction services to art instruction services, and everything in between. If your small business sells it, the government probably buys it. Plus, there are special considerations for businesses certified as small, minority-owned, woman-owned, veteran-owned and more. Learn how to make the government your next customer, or learn how to expand your current government customer base at this free workshop series hosted by the Norcal Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). 

Agenda 
8:30 AM – 9:00 AM: Introduction to Government Contracting (Kristina Kunkel, Norcal PTAC Program Director)
Learn the basics of getting started in the government marketplace. 

9:00 AM – 10:00 AM: Government Contracting Panel with DGS, NASA, City & County of SF 
Hear the inside scoop from government agencies and utilities who purchase from small businesses like you. Learn about upcoming forecasts and have a chance to ask questions. 

10:00 AM – 11:00 AM: Why Your Company Should Get Certified (Christina Jones, Norcal PTAC Sr./Lead Procurement Specialist)
A brief overview of the benefits of certifications available for small businesses and businesses owned by women, minorities, veterans, and others.

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM: How to do Business with the Golden State Warriors(tentative)

REGISTER HERE

Co-sponsorship Authorization #19-0912-17. SBA’s participation in this cosponsored activity is not an endorsement of the views, opinions, products or services of any cosponsor or other person or entity. All SBA programs and services are extended to the public on a nondiscriminatory basis.

Reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities will be made if requested at least two weeks in advance. Contact Noah Brod, noah.brod@sba.gov.


Speakers
avatar for Christina Jones

Christina Jones

Sr./Lead Procurement Specialist, Norcal PTAC
Christina Jones is an expert business consultant and facilitator with over 20 years of experience in developing process improvement and training programs to position small businesses for government sales. She specializes in 8(a) certification, contract vehicles to include GSA, and... Read More →
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Kristina Kunkel

Program Director, Norcal PTAC


Friday May 10, 2019 8:30am - 12:00pm
SBA Entrepreneurship Center 455 Market Street, 6th Floor

9:30am

Starting Lean with Social Impact
How do we know that our business ideas are going to create the positive change we want to see in the world? Or that our ideas have a chance of becoming a thriving business that serves our community?

In an environment where the majority of new businesses fail, lean principles aim to give small businesses a better chance of success by helping entrepreneurs learn more quickly what works and discard what doesn’t. As a small business owner, you can use lean practices to test, validate, and adapt your vision, shorten your business development cycle, and measure progress and gain valuable feedback on your products and services.

In this one-day intensive, you will receive valuable training, resources and support to apply lean startup principles and tools in starting a business with positive social, environmental and economic impact. Through a combination of discussions and hands-on activities, you will:

- Learn the build-measure-learn approach that characterizes lean methodology
- Develop hypotheses regarding your business idea and the problem it is solving
- Learn how to test your business idea with potential stakeholders
- Gain a “lean mindset” for building a thriving social enterprise

This workshop is appropriate for anyone who wants to try out lean methodologies to start a new business.

Location: Impact Hub SF

REGISTER HERE

Speakers
avatar for Rani Langer-Croager

Rani Langer-Croager

Co-Founder, Uptima Business Bootcamp


Friday May 10, 2019 9:30am - 4:30pm
Impact Hub 1885 Mission Street