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Monday, May 14
 

8:30am

Entrepreneurial Mindset: Finding your Flow and Embracing Change
Limited Capacity seats available

Entrepreneurial Mindset:  Finding your Flow and Embracing Change
Time:  8:30 - 10:00 AM
Category:  Motivational


I am excited to bring you an engaging and interactive 1.5 hour seminar where you will make deep connections and accelerate your entrepreneurial path. I am passionate about creating safe and inclusive spaces to connect purpose-driven entrepreneurs, and facilitate them in elevating and supporting one another to reach their goals.

This workshop will be part inspirational talk and part hands-on group coaching workshop. Get ready to dive deep and learn how to:

  • Understand and elevate your current mindset around being a successful entrepreneur
  • Get out of your head and into flow; embrace the perpetual pivot and play with possibility
  • Take networking to the next level and attract people and profit
  • Engage with your purpose and grow your business with a virtuous marketing cycle grounded in service

During this seminar you will practice engaging with your deepest motivations, step out fearlessly and create a cycle of abundance that will accelerate your business to the next level while remaining in alignment with your core values and vision!

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Co-sponsorship Authorization #18-0912-39. 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 Iarrusso

Brigette Iarrusso

CEO, Embrace Change
I am passionate about empowering and accelerating diverse purpose-driven entrepreneurs and transformational business leaders. I am a curator of deep connections, networking opportunities and safe spaces to elevate one another’s careers and projects. I also design programs and initiatives... Read More →


Monday May 14, 2018 8:30am - 10:00am
San Francisco Small Business Administration (SBA) 455 Market Street, 6th Floor, San Francisco, CA 94105

8:30am

How to Start a Business in San Francisco
Limited Capacity seats available

How to Start a Business in San Francisco
Time:  8:30 - 10:00 AM
Category:  Business Basics


In this informative class you will hear directly from the San Francisco Office of Small Business on rules, regulations, and important considerations for starting a business in San Francisco.  Learn how to register your business, file a fictitious business name, and obtain other permits and licenses.  You will also receive information on city programs and resources, including small business loans, tax credits and incentives, and technical assistance providers.

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Co-sponsorship Authorization #18-0912-39. 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
MP

Martha P. Yáñez

Supervising Business Case Manager, City of San Francisco, Office of Small Business
Martha Yáñez is Supervisor and Business Case Manager of the Small Business Assistance Center of the city's Office of Small Business.  The Small Business Assistance Center is the city's central point for small business information and assistance, providing one-to-one case management... Read More →


Monday May 14, 2018 8:30am - 10:00am
San Francisco Small Business Administration (SBA) 455 Market Street, 6th Floor, San Francisco, CA 94105

8:30am

CANCELLED: Boots to Business: Reboot
Limited Capacity seats available

THIS WORKSHOP HAS BEEN CANCELLED. WE APOLOGIZE FOR ANY INCONVENIENCE.

Boots to Business:  Reboot
Time:  8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Category:  Business Basics

*Location:  PG&E: 245 Market Street, Room 1411

A full day entrepreneurial training program designed for veterans and their dependents that have already made the transition back to civilian life. The program includes steps for evaluating business concepts, the foundational knowledge required to develop a business plan and information on resources available to help access start-up capital and support. Veterans of all eras, service members (including National Guard and Reserve) and their spouses are eligible to enroll in classes.

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Co-sponsorship Authorization #18-0912-39. 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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Kenneth Freeman

Lead Business Advisor, Veterans Business Outreach Center
avatar for Stephen Leung

Stephen Leung

Lender Relations Specialist, U.S. Small Business Administration
Stephen Y, Leung joined the Small Business Administration 2007 annd is a Lender Relations Specialist with the SBA San Francisco District Office.Prior to SBA, Stephen Leung served as Chief Financial Officer of a beverage company in California for fifteen years, He also served as Chief... Read More →


Monday May 14, 2018 8:30am - 5:00pm
PG&E PG&E: 245 Market Street, Room 1411, San Francisco, CA

10:30am

Funding for Your Business Startup and Growth
Limited Capacity seats available

Funding for Your Business Startup and Growth
Time:  10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Category:  Finance


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

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Co-sponsorship Authorization #18-0912-39. 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 Karla De Leon

Karla De Leon

Vice President, Economic & Business Development, Main Street Launch
Karla De Leon is the Vice President for Economic and Business Development at Main Street Launch, a non-profit lender and Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI).  She specializes in client development, loan packaging, and establishing strategic alliances with community... Read More →
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Adria Moss

Manager, PCV Loan Program, Pacific Community Ventures
As the Manager of Pacific Community Ventures’ loan fund, Adria works with the small business lending team to underwrite, approve, and monitor the organization’s portfolio of loans.Prior to joining PCV, Adria worked in the financial services office at Ernst and Young where she... Read More →
avatar for Laurie O’Hara

Laurie O’Hara

Director of Business Development and Marketing, Working Solutions
Laurie O’Hara is the Director of Business Development and Marketing for Working Solutions, a non-profit microlender. She brings over 20 years experience in marketing and acquisitions of credit products, having worked as a Director for JPMorgan Chase and Citibank in New York City... Read More →
avatar for Marlow Schindler

Marlow Schindler

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


Monday May 14, 2018 10:30am - 12:00pm
San Francisco Small Business Administration (SBA) 455 Market Street, 6th Floor, San Francisco, CA 94105

10:30am

The Legal Essentials for Doing Business Online
Limited Capacity seats available

The Legal Essentials for Doing Business Online
Time:  10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Category:  Legal


This workshop will cover:

  1. Website terms and conditions and privacy policies, including whether and when you need to use them, what you should include, and what they mean
  2. How to avoid copyright infringement issues when adding textual and photographic content to your business website
  3. Social media's intersection with business and law, including website comments sections and employee privacy.

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Co-sponsorship Authorization #18-0912-39. 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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Jessica Annis

Attorney, Start Small, Think Big
Start Small Think Big is a non-profit organization that connects low-to-moderate income entrepreneurs in the Bay Area to free high quality legal, financial, and marketing advice. Presenters of this workshop are attorneys from the law firm, Gibson Dunn.
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Henry Pruitt

Attorney, Start Small, Think Big
Start Small Think Big is a non-profit organization that connects low-to-moderate income entrepreneurs in the Bay Area to free high quality legal, financial, and marketing advice. Presenters of this workshop are attorneys from the law firm, Gibson Dunn:


Monday May 14, 2018 10:30am - 12:00pm
San Francisco Small Business Administration (SBA) 455 Market Street, 6th Floor, San Francisco, CA 94105

1:00pm

Build Credit to Grow Your Business
Limited Capacity filling up

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


Your business can have its own credit reports and scores. Learn how to leverage yours for better terms with vendors, increased financing options, business opportunities and more. You'll also learn about the FICO business credit score used in some popular business loan programs. Join Lydia Roth from Nav as she explains how to build and use business credit to your advantage.

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Co-sponsorship Authorization #18-0912-39. 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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Lydia Roth

Marketing Manager, Nav
Lydia Roth is a Marketing Manager for Nav, which provides business owners with simple tools to build business credit and access to lending options based on their credit scores and needs.


Monday May 14, 2018 1:00pm - 2:30pm
San Francisco Small Business Administration (SBA) 455 Market Street, 6th Floor, San Francisco, CA 94105

1:00pm

Guerilla Marketing for the Small and Mighty
Limited Capacity seats available

Guerilla Marketing for the Small and Mighty
Time:  1:00 - 2:30 PM
Category:  Marketing


Learn how to design your own creative potential with easy and effective techniques that will make your brand thrive. Whether a life coach, photographer, business owner, lawyer or doctor, we all need to share our story with the world. Using design thinking and storytelling techniques, we will explore the WHY of your business or service so you can leverage low-cost and unconventional marketing strategies that yield maximum results.

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Co-sponsorship Authorization #18-0912-39. 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 Bart Skorupa

Bart Skorupa

Vice President of Leadership Development, Figur8 Cloud Solutions
After an eye emergency in Madagascar that literally changed his vision on life, Bart Skorupa dedicated his life to improving the wellbeing of people by investing in leadership on a global scale. He is the co-founder of Groundwork Opportunities (GO), a nonprofit that began with a $1,000... Read More →


Monday May 14, 2018 1:00pm - 2:30pm
San Francisco Small Business Administration (SBA) 455 Market Street, 6th Floor, San Francisco, CA 94105

3:00pm

Five Characteristics of Successful Small Business Owners
Limited Capacity filling up

Five Characteristics of Successful Small Business Owners
Time:  3:00 - 4:30 PM
Category:  Motivational


Ever wonder what makes a small business owner successful? Their leaders share a set of characteristics that predispose them to success! This interactive presentation reviews a short list of these characteristics, diving into each one while engaging in a vibrant discussion around them. You, as a business owner, will have the opportunity to try these characteristics, seeing which ones you currently employ, and which ones you’d like to adopt. Come prepared to learn, grow, and set you and your business up for success.

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Co-sponsorship Authorization #18-0912-39. 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 Kris Carey

Kris Carey

Owner, Moxie, Inc.
Coach Kristine Carey brings enthusiasm, expertise, and humor to her work. She has more than 14 years of experience coaching free agents, micro businesses, and the otherwise self-employed, empowering them to align their talents and passions with their business goals. She is a trained... Read More →


Monday May 14, 2018 3:00pm - 4:30pm
San Francisco Small Business Administration (SBA) 455 Market Street, 6th Floor, San Francisco, CA 94105

3:00pm

How to Make a Living Making Food
Limited Capacity seats available

How to Make a Living Making Food
Time:  3:00 - 4:30 PM
Category:  Business Basics


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.

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Co-sponsorship Authorization #18-0912-39. 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 Emiliana Puyana

Emiliana Puyana

Program Director, La Cocina & Department of Public Health
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 →
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Jonathan Rubingh

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


Monday May 14, 2018 3:00pm - 4:30pm
San Francisco Small Business Administration (SBA) 455 Market Street, 6th Floor, San Francisco, CA 94105
 
Tuesday, May 15
 

8:30am

A Guide to Patents, Copyrights and Trademarks
Limited Capacity filling up

A Guide to Patents, Copyrights and Trademarks
Time:  8:30 - 10:00 AM
Category:  Legal


Join attorney Mark A. Pearson for a discussion on the basics of intellectual property law. Topics of conversation will include (a) the differences between copyrights, trademarks and patents, (b) an overview of the registration systems and why it’s important to register your IP; and (c) an opportunity for you to ask questions about the complex world of IP. You will take away a better understanding of how IP works in connection with new and existing businesses and how to avoid costly and time-consuming pitfalls.

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Co-sponsorship Authorization #18-0912-39. 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 Mark A. Pearson

Mark A. Pearson

ARC Law Group
Mark A. Pearson is an attorney with ARC Law Group where he counsels creative, talented and entrepreneurial clients in the areas of business, entertainment, sports and technology law. Mark works with headlining musical acts, Academy-Award nominated filmmakers, Emmy-Award winning television... Read More →


Tuesday May 15, 2018 8:30am - 10:00am
San Francisco Small Business Administration (SBA) 455 Market Street, 6th Floor, San Francisco, CA 94105

8:30am

How to Stand Out and Get Rave Reviews Online
Limited Capacity seats available

How to Stand Out and Get Rave Reviews Online
Time:  8:30 - 10:00 AM
Category:  Marketing


This workshop will go over ways that consumers are using review-based sites to decide how and where they will make a purchase, how business owners can set up a strong page on any social media platform, and how to get reviews without "asking for them". There are also many tools built within the accounts and things they can do with their own websites, store fronts, biz cards etc. to generate more buzz about their business. You will also learn best practices for handling both positive and negative reviews.

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Co-sponsorship Authorization #18-0912-39. 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 Matt Donzella

Matt Donzella

Local Business Outreach, Yelp
My name is Matt Donzella. 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... Read More →


Tuesday May 15, 2018 8:30am - 10:00am
San Francisco Small Business Administration (SBA) 455 Market Street, 6th Floor, San Francisco, CA 94105

10:30am

How to Understand and Approach a Commercial Lease
Limited Capacity filling up

Questions to Ask Before You Sign a Commercial Lease
Time:  10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Category:  Legal


A practical approach to understanding your commercial lease. Questions all business owners should ask prior to signing their lease.

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Co-sponsorship Authorization #18-0912-39. 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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Joseph Lepera

Attorney, The Bar Association of San Francisco
Joseph A. Lepera is a San Francisco-based attorney specializing in real estate, business and employment litigation for the past 18 years. He is also a licensed General Contractor.


Tuesday May 15, 2018 10:30am - 12:00pm
San Francisco Small Business Administration (SBA) 455 Market Street, 6th Floor, San Francisco, CA 94105

10:30am

Start and Grow Your E-Commerce Empire
Limited Capacity seats available

Start and Grow Your E-Commerce Empire
Time:  10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Category:  Marketing


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.

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Co-sponsorship Authorization #18-0912-39. 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

SKU Agency
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 →
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Michael Trang

SKU Agency
Constantly in search of new challenges in his professional and personal life, Michael found his way out to Santa Rosa, California all the way from St. Louis, Missouri back in 2014. As Managing Partner at SKU, he brings with him a wealth of knowledge that's backed by an impressive... Read More →


Tuesday May 15, 2018 10:30am - 12:00pm
San Francisco Small Business Administration (SBA) 455 Market Street, 6th Floor, San Francisco, CA 94105

1:00pm

Purchasing Commercial Real Estate to Start or Expand Your Small Business
Limited Capacity seats available

Purchasing Commercial Real Estate to Start or Expand Your Small Business
Time:  1:00 - 2:30 PM
Category:  Finance


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

Learn to:
  • Stabilize your occupancy costs.
  • Preserve working capital.
  • Purchase, build or renovate commercial property and heavy equipment.

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Co-sponsorship Authorization #18-0912-39. 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 Stephen Leung

Stephen Leung

Lender Relations Specialist, U.S. Small Business Administration
Stephen Y, Leung joined the Small Business Administration 2007 annd is a Lender Relations Specialist with the SBA San Francisco District Office.Prior to SBA, Stephen Leung served as Chief Financial Officer of a beverage company in California for fifteen years, He also served as Chief... Read More →
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Anna O’Brien

Business Development Officer, TMC Financing
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Ole Tustin

Vice President/SBA Division/Business Development, US Bank


Tuesday May 15, 2018 1:00pm - 2:30pm
San Francisco Small Business Administration (SBA) 455 Market Street, 6th Floor, San Francisco, CA 94105

1:00pm

The Five Keys to Rapid Results in Your Start-Up
Limited Capacity seats available

The Five Keys to Rapid Results in Your Start-Up
Time:  1:00 - 2:30 PM
Category:  Motivational


Small business drives our economy, generating over $8 TRILLION of the US GDP. The problem is 8 out of 10 small businesses FAIL in the first 5 years. Even worse, less than 1 out of 10 solopreneurs EVER
generate over $100K in revenue.

It doesn’t have to be this way. Join Sherri Coffelt to learn the 5 keys to creating a simple,
profitable, service-based business that allows you to share your gifts AND get paid well to do it.
You’ll discover…

  • The #1 thing you must do before you make any move to start your business
  • The biggest mistake new entrepreneurs make that keeps them overwhelmed, overworked and, oftentimes, broke
  • Why most service-based entrepreneurs struggle to attract the right clients (and the secrets to avoiding these traps)
  • The one limiting belief that trumps everything else when it comes to growing your business
  • And more!

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Co-sponsorship Authorization #18-0912-39. 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 Sherri Coffelt

Sherri Coffelt

Coach, Results Partner Consulting
With over 30 years of experience as a “Corporate Survivor”, Small Business Owner, Global Marketing Consultant and Coach, Sherri Coffelt has dedicated herself to supporting entrepreneurs to create a life and business that creates the time and financial freedom they desire. What... Read More →


Tuesday May 15, 2018 1:00pm - 2:30pm
San Francisco Small Business Administration (SBA) 455 Market Street, 6th Floor, San Francisco, CA 94105

3:00pm

Sharing Your Story Through Video
Limited Capacity seats available

Sharing Your Story Through Video
Time:  3:00 - 4:30 PM
Category:  Marketing


Today’s consumers can watch video content whenever and wherever they want. This creates an opportunity for businesses to reimagine the role of video content in their marketing strategy. Join this workshop to learn best practices for connecting with consumers through online video.

In this session we’ll introduce tips for:

  • Understanding the role of video as a marketing tool
  • Finding your ideal target audience
  • Creating eye-catching video
  • Optimizing video content for improved results

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Co-sponsorship Authorization #18-0912-39. 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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Y

California High Speed Rail Authority


Tuesday May 15, 2018 3:00pm - 4:30pm
San Francisco Small Business Administration (SBA) 455 Market Street, 6th Floor, San Francisco, CA 94105

3:00pm

Small Business Innovation and Research (SBIR) Federal Funding Opportunities
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Small Business Innovation and Research (SBIR) Federal Funding Opportunities
Time:  3:00 - 4:30 PM
Category:  Finance


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

  • Overview of the SBIR and STTR programs
  • Qualifications and eligibility requirements for SBIR/STTR funding
  • How to determine if your innovation is a good fit for SBIR/STTR funding
  • How to search for SBIR/STTR solicitations and topics
  • Steps to preparing a SBIR/STTR proposal

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Co-sponsorship Authorization #18-0912-39. 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 Charles Eason

Charles Eason

Consultant, Tech Futures Group
Charles Eason is the Small Business Innovation and Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) specialist for the Tech Futures Group which is part of the Northern California Small Business Development Center Network.  He has been assisting businesses in securing... Read More →


Tuesday May 15, 2018 3:00pm - 4:30pm
San Francisco Small Business Administration (SBA) 455 Market Street, 6th Floor, San Francisco, CA 94105
 
Wednesday, May 16
 

8:30am

Communication Skills for High-Stakes Presentations
Limited Capacity filling up

Communication Skills for High-Stakes Presentations
Time:  8:30 - 10:00 AM
Category:  Marketing


As a leader, do you…

  • Find it hard to translate your leading edge ideas to mainstream listeners?
  • Talk about what your company is doing rather than why they should care?
  • Watch other speakers and think, “I’m twice as smart. Why isn’t that ME up there"?

Join Elizabeth Bachman as she shares her 30+ years of expertise in moving an audience to take action.  Elizabeth shows you specific exercises and techniques including:

  • The 3 Biggest Reasons even Smart, Savvy Presenters Don’t Get the Results they Want
  • Why Compelling Delivery is the Key to Success
  • How to Feel at Ease in Front of Any Audience

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Co-sponsorship Authorization #18-0912-39. 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 Elizabeth Bachman

Elizabeth Bachman

Coach and Presentation Skills Trainer
International Opera Director & Presentation Skills Trainer, Elizabeth Bachman helps business professionals, authors and speakers learn how to stand in their power, find their unique voices, attract exciting new customers and close more sales.


Wednesday May 16, 2018 8:30am - 10:00am
San Francisco Small Business Administration (SBA) 455 Market Street, 6th Floor, San Francisco, CA 94105

8:30am

Financial Modeling for Small Businesses
Limited Capacity seats available

Financial Modeling for Small Business
Time:  8:30 - 10:00 AM
Category:  Business Basics


There are many reasons why you need to build a financial model and projections for your small business including: testing your assumptions, make important business decisions, project your growth, pitch to investors or banks. A robust model can help you better understand, forecast and thus, run your business. This class will show you the basics of putting together a P&L projection for your business and best practices for putting together a financial model. We will be using Excel in this workshop. Basic Excel skills are required.

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Co-sponsorship Authorization #18-0912-39. 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 Jing Cai

Jing Cai

Retail Consultant
Jing is a retail consultant with over 10+ years of experience in the finance and retail industries. She specializes in helping small business and companies evaluate new business opportunities through building business plans and financial models. She graduated magna cum laude from... Read More →


Wednesday May 16, 2018 8:30am - 10:00am
San Francisco Small Business Administration (SBA) 455 Market Street, 6th Floor, San Francisco, CA 94105

10:30am

Authentic Storytelling for Small Businesses
Limited Capacity seats available

Authentic Storytelling for Small Businesses
Time:  10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Category:  Marketing


As a small business owner, your success depends on the relationships you have with your clients or customers. You need to be able to connect and build trust with people. You do that by being vulnerable, and telling them why you do what you do. In this class, you'll learn strategies for how to tell compelling personal stories that infuse seamlessly into your overarching business narrative.

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Co-sponsorship Authorization #18-0912-39. 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 Jared Karol

Jared Karol

Founder, Storytelling for Good
Jared Karol is the Founder of Storytelling for Good. A Certified Purpose Coach with Imperative, Jared's work is at the intersection of purpose, story, and inclusion. He transforms entrepreneurs and emerging leaders into innovative, purpose-driven leaders.


Wednesday May 16, 2018 10:30am - 12:00pm
San Francisco Small Business Administration (SBA) 455 Market Street, 6th Floor, San Francisco, CA 94105

10:30am

Business Law Basics
Limited Capacity seats available

Business Law Basics
Time:  10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Category:  Legal


Current and prospective business owners will get an overview of important legal issues faced by small businesses including choosing the right legal entity, contract drafting and negotiation, intellectual property, hiring employees, and commercial leases, presented by an experienced business lawyer. This class does not constitute legal advice.

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Co-sponsorship Authorization #18-0912-39. 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
CM

Carlos Mojica

Attorney, Lawyer's Committee For Civil Rights


Wednesday May 16, 2018 10:30am - 12:00pm
San Francisco Small Business Administration (SBA) 455 Market Street, 6th Floor, San Francisco, CA 94105

1:00pm

How to Finance Your Business' Growth and Expansion
Limited Capacity filling up

How to Finance Your Business's Growth and Expansion
Time:  1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
Category:  Finance


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

Sponsored By: Bank of America
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Co-sponsorship Authorization #18-0912-39. 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
AA

Asad Anwer

Bank of America
avatar for Noah Brod

Noah Brod

Economic Development Specialist, U.S. Small Business Administartion
Noah Brod is an economic development specialist with the U.S. Small Business Administration. In his role he works to support and encourage small business ownership and growth throughout northern California.Noah grew up co-running family businesses and prior to the SBA he worked with... Read More →
KD

Karine Decker

Small Business Finance, CDC
Karine Decker is a 12-years of commercial lending veteran and loan officer with CDC Small Business Finance, the nation’s leading nonprofit lender.   She is focused on expanding SBA lending to small businesses in the South Bay.  She works with small business owners to get them... Read More →
avatar for Victor Hsi

Victor Hsi

Business Director, SEACC
Mr. Hsi has been a small business lender and financial consultant for more than 25 years.  Currently the Business Director at SEACC’s SBA 7(m) Microloan program, he has approved and funded more than 300 loans to small businesses and has provided advice to thousands of business... Read More →
avatar for Stephen Leung

Stephen Leung

Lender Relations Specialist, U.S. Small Business Administration
Stephen Y, Leung joined the Small Business Administration 2007 annd is a Lender Relations Specialist with the SBA San Francisco District Office.Prior to SBA, Stephen Leung served as Chief Financial Officer of a beverage company in California for fifteen years, He also served as Chief... Read More →



Wednesday May 16, 2018 1:00pm - 2:30pm
San Francisco Small Business Administration (SBA) 455 Market Street, 6th Floor, San Francisco, CA 94105

1:00pm

Why Most Fail But You Won't: Crush it with Online Ads
Limited Capacity seats available

Why Most Fail But You Won't: Crush it with Online Ads
Time:  1:00 - 2:30 PM
Category:  Marketing


Are you running Facebook advertising, but nothing seems to work? Does it ever feel like you're just throwing ads out there and hoping that something sticks?  Compared to other PPC platforms like AdWords, Facebook can seem difficult to conquer at first.  That's because most businesses focus on the wrong things. In this class, we'll break down Facebook ads strategy, that if followed, will help you build a foundation of success. This includes:

  • Audiences: Where to focus and prioritize and in what order.
  • Ads: Ad types and what your ad content should be focused around.
  • Solutions: If your ad isn’t performing like you want, how to fix it.

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Co-sponsorship Authorization #18-0912-39. 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 Molly O'Kane

Molly O'Kane

Marketing Consultant, San Francisco Small Business Development Center
The San Francisco Small Business Development Center (SBDC) is a results oriented program that provides expert no-cost advising and workshops in English, Spanish, Mandarin and Cantonese, to guide small businesses to success.


Wednesday May 16, 2018 1:00pm - 2:30pm
San Francisco Small Business Administration (SBA) 455 Market Street, 6th Floor, San Francisco, CA 94105

3:00pm

Choosing the Right Legal Entity for Your Business
Limited Capacity seats available

Choosing the Right Legal Entity for Your Business
Time:  3:00 - 4:30 PM
Category:  Legal


This workshop will cover details and considerations for business owners that are thinking about what type of legal entity their business should be.

Choosing an entity will cover in detail differences and considerations that business owners should take into account for establishing:

  1. Sole proprietorships
  2. Partnership and limited partnerships
  3. Limited liability companies
  4. Corporations

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Co-sponsorship Authorization #18-0912-39. 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 Eric Milliken

Eric Milliken

Attorney, The Bar Association of San Francisco
Milliken thrives as an attorney because of his love and passion for his job. He has deliberately chosen his profession to surround himself with smart, optimistic, and ambitious people who want to change the world.In 2011 Milliken founded Sutter Law to serve small businesses in the... Read More →


Wednesday May 16, 2018 3:00pm - 4:30pm
San Francisco Small Business Administration (SBA) 455 Market Street, 6th Floor, San Francisco, CA 94105

3:00pm

Empowering Women Business Owners: Inspiration - How To Get It And Keep It
Limited Capacity seats available

Empowering Women Business Owners: Inspiration - How To Get It And Keep It
Time:  3:00 - 4:30 PM
Category:  Motivational


Making the decision to be an entrepreneur is exciting.  Find out what motivated these women to not only make their dream a reality but to remain sustainable in challenging times.  Learn how to stay relevant and appeal to all audiences.

Sponsored By: Bank of America
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Co-sponsorship Authorization #18-0912-39. 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 Sheila Bennett

Sheila Bennett

Real Estate Broker, Mortgage Loan Officer, Author, Public Speaker
A Silicon Valley native, Sheila has an extensive background in real estate, information technology and has worked in senior management as Information Technology Manager and Software Sales Engineer for over 15 years. As former CFO of Catalyst Real Estate, she was a key contributor... Read More →
avatar for Paula J. Harrell

Paula J. Harrell

Founder of P. Harrell Wines, P. Harrell Wines
Paula J. Harrell is a San Francisco native and founder of P. Harrell Wines.  She received a BA in History and minor in Spanish from UCLA, during which time she studied abroad in Madrid, Spain, where her love affair with wine began! After college, she then obtained her MBA from San... Read More →
avatar for Brigette Renee LeBlanc

Brigette Renee LeBlanc

Board of Directors, San Francisco African American Chamber of Commerce (SFAAC)
San Francisco African American Chamber of Commerce/LeBlanc and Associates, LLC – Event Management Brigette R. LeBlanc, a native of San Francisco is the principle of LeBlanc and Associates, LLC. Formerly, LeBlanc Events in Washington, DC. In 2002 Brigette returned to San Francisco... Read More →
avatar for K. Patrice Williams

K. Patrice Williams

CEO, BrandGOV
K. Patrice Williams has led a unique career. The various titles she has held, including chief marketing strategist, adjunct professor, and director of marketing, have provided her opportunities to engage with a diverse range of organizations, from iconic global brands to grassroots... Read More →



Wednesday May 16, 2018 3:00pm - 4:30pm
San Francisco Small Business Administration (SBA) 455 Market Street, 6th Floor, San Francisco, CA 94105
 
Thursday, May 17
 

8:30am

A Simple Plan for Your Business: Step by Step for Success
Limited Capacity seats available

A Simple Plan for Your Business:  Step by Step for Success
Time:  8:30 - 10:00 AM
Category:  Business Basics


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.

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Co-sponsorship Authorization #18-0912-39. 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 Paul Terry

Paul Terry

Senior Business Consultant, Renaissance
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

Renaissance and Sharon Z Jewelry


Thursday May 17, 2018 8:30am - 10:00am
San Francisco Small Business Administration (SBA) 455 Market Street, 6th Floor, San Francisco, CA 94105

8:30am

Doing Business with the City of San Francisco and Local Certifications
Limited Capacity seats available

Doing Business with the City of San Francisco and Local Certifications
Time:  8:30 - 10:00 AM
Category:  Finance


Running a small business can be expensive in San Francisco.  Learn how the San Francisco Green Business Program can help you and your business save money. During our session we will go over how we help businesses improve their efforts around water conservation, energy efficiency, waste diversion, and pollution prevention. We will also go over marketing benefits to being a ‘certified Green Business’ with the City and County of San Francisco. Our new three-tiered program means we meet you where you’re at. Join our community of Green Businesses today. People, Planet, Profit -- now that’s a win-win-win!

Following the Green Business certification presentation, Stephanie Tang, Certification Manager for The City of San Francisco's Local Business Enterprise program, will present information about the Local Business Enterprise (LBE) Certification and how these benefits are used in the contracting process.

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Co-sponsorship Authorization #18-0912-39. 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 Kevin Terry Lee

Kevin Terry Lee

Green Business Associate, San Francisco Department of the Environment
As the Green Business Associate with San Francisco Department of the Environment, Kevin Terry Lee works with businesses throughout San Francisco to lower their overall environmental impact while helping them increase cost savings. Using his background in environmental and science... Read More →
ST

Stephanie Tang

Contracts Division, City of San Francisco
Stephanie Tang is the Certification Manager for the Local Business Enterprise program.The City of San Francisco Contract Monitoring Division oversees the economic justice opportunities for certified local businesses through Chapter 14B.  This workshop will go over what it takes to... Read More →


Thursday May 17, 2018 8:30am - 10:00am
San Francisco Small Business Administration (SBA) 455 Market Street, 6th Floor, San Francisco, CA 94105

10:30am

Como iniciar su negocio en San Francisco (How to Start a Business in San Francisco)
Limited Capacity seats available

Como iniciar su negocio en San Francisco (How to Start a Business in San Francisco)
Time:  10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Category:  Business Basics


En esta clase informativa, un representante de la Oficina de Negocios Pequeños proporcionará información sobre las reglas y requisitos para comenzar un negocio en San Francisco. Aprenderá a registrar su empresa, presentar un nombre comercial ficticio y otras consideraciones importantes, tales como licencias y permisos, zonificación, y accesibilidad. También aprenderá sobre los programas y recursos para pequeñas empresas, incluso préstamos para pequeñas empresas y proveedores de asistencia técnica.

In this informative class you will hear directly from the San Francisco Office of Small Business on rules, regulations, and important considerations for starting a business in San Francisco.  Learn how to register your business, file a fictitious business name, and obtain other permits and licenses.  You will also receive information on city programs and resources, including small business loans, tax credits and incentives, and technical assistance providers.

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Co-sponsorship Authorization #18-0912-39. 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
MP

Martha P. Yáñez

Supervising Business Case Manager, City of San Francisco, Office of Small Business
Martha Yáñez is Supervisor and Business Case Manager of the Small Business Assistance Center of the city's Office of Small Business.  The Small Business Assistance Center is the city's central point for small business information and assistance, providing one-to-one case management... Read More →


Thursday May 17, 2018 10:30am - 12:00pm
San Francisco Small Business Administration (SBA) 455 Market Street, 6th Floor, San Francisco, CA 94105

10:30am

Understanding Contracting Solicitations
Limited Capacity seats available

Understanding Contracting Solicitations
Time:  10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Category:  Business Basics


Learn the details of a solicitation so you have an understanding of what is being asked of you in each section. We’ll cover:

  • Parts of a solicitation
  • Solicitation review process
  • Tips and tricks for understanding solicitations
  • Importance of past performance

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Co-sponsorship Authorization #18-0912-39. 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

Procurement Specialist, Northern California Procurement Technical Advisory Center (PTAC)
Christina Jones, Norcal PTAC Procurement Specialist, is a business consultant and facilitator with over 20 years of experience in developing process improvement, training programs and strategically positioning small businesses for government sales. The Norcal PTAC (Procurement Technical... Read More →


Thursday May 17, 2018 10:30am - 12:00pm
San Francisco Small Business Administration (SBA) 455 Market Street, 6th Floor, San Francisco, CA 94105

1:00pm

How to Do Business with the Federal Government: GSA, VA, NASA and the Forest Service
Limited Capacity seats available

How to Do Business with the Federal Government:  GSA, VA, NASA and the Forest Service
Time:  1:00  - 2:30 PM
Category:  Finance


The Federal Government is the world’s largest buyer of goods and services.  In this session, you will learn all about doing business with federal governments, including:

  • Where to look for government opportunities
  • What government agencies look for and how they work
  • The process for getting certified to secure government contracts
  • The difference between certain certifications, and how you can leverage them to grow your business

Presenters from NASA, the Veteran's Administration (VA), and The General Services Administration (GSA) will also talk about the types of solicitations and needs that their respective agencies are looking for.

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Co-sponsorship Authorization #18-0912-39. 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
JC

Jeanne Chun

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
LF

Lori Falkenstrom

U.S. General Services Administration
RJ

Renee Jewell

U.S. Forest Service
avatar for Christine Munroe

Christine Munroe

NASA
She currently serves as the Small Business Specialist at NASA Ames Research Center (ARC) Moffett Field, CA.The vision of the ARC Small Business Office is to promote and integrate all small business into the competitive base of contractors that pioneer the future of space exploration... Read More →
avatar for Tong Qin

Tong Qin

Deputy District Director, U.S. Small Business Administration San Francisco District Office
Tong Qin is the Deputy District Director for the Small Business Administration (SBA) in the San Francisco District Office and Director for Asian American and Pacific Islander Outreach for the SBA.  Qin is a seasoned financial management executive with 15 years of experience in the... Read More →


Thursday May 17, 2018 1:00pm - 2:30pm
San Francisco Small Business Administration (SBA) 455 Market Street, 6th Floor, San Francisco, CA 94105

1:00pm

How to Get Certified for Contracting with the Federal Government
Limited Capacity seats available

How to Get Certified for Contracting with the Federal Government
Time:  1:00 - 2:30 PM
Category:  Business Basics


Getting your business certified can improve your chances for gaining access to contracts, both federal and commercial. By law, federal agencies are required to establish contracting goals and set aside a portion of their contracting dollars for small business. There are many advantages to being certified. Come discover how you can get certified and use it to grow your business.

This workshop is beneficial to existing small businesses who are interested in learning about details of the 8(a) program,  HUBZone Program and the Women-Owned Small Business (WOSB) Program.  These three certification programs each offer different benefits to business owners that are looking to do business with the federal government.  Eligibility requirements, application and certification process will be explained.  

In a Panel Discussion, you will also be hearing from both sides of the table -  A success story from Miguel Galarza,  a successful 8(a) small business owner, about his insights and challenges.  You will also hear from Hanh Kent, an award-winning Supplier Diversity counselor will share with you her perspective from  the role of contracting officer/buyer"

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Co-sponsorship Authorization #18-0912-39. 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
MG

Miguel Galarza

President, Yerba Buena Engineering & Construction
avatar for Benny Gutierrez

Benny Gutierrez

Business Opportunity Specialist, U.S. Small Business Administration
Benny Gutierrez is a Business Opportunity Specialist with the SBA. SBA is an independent federal agency established to empower entrepreneurs and small business owners with the resources and support you need to start and grow your business.  Mr. Gutierrez works at the San Francisco... Read More →
avatar for Hanh Kent

Hanh Kent

Small Business Consultant, SCORE
Formerly, Hanh led and managed an award-winning Small Business Program at Berkeley Lab for 10 years and served as the subject matter expert in providing guidance on diversity in government contracting. Hanh has more than 25 years of professional Supplier Diversity, Small Business... Read More →
MM

Mark McComas

Business Opportunity Specialist, 8(a) BD Program, U.S. Small Business Administration


Thursday May 17, 2018 1:00pm - 2:30pm
San Francisco Small Business Administration (SBA) 455 Market Street, 6th Floor, San Francisco, CA 94105

3:00pm

Doing Business with Transportation Agencies
Limited Capacity seats available

Doing Business with Transportation Agencies
Time:  3:00 - 4:30 PM
Category:  Finance


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

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Co-sponsorship Authorization #18-0912-39. 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 Emylene Aspilla

Emylene Aspilla

San Francisco International Airport and California High Speed Rail Authority
Emylene Aspilla is responsible for developing and implementing programs and services that promote the social and economic well-being of the Airport's communities. In addition to the Airport’s various economic, workforce, and community development programs, Emylene oversees the Quality... Read More →
avatar for Tong Qin

Tong Qin

Deputy District Director, U.S. Small Business Administration San Francisco District Office
Tong Qin is the Deputy District Director for the Small Business Administration (SBA) in the San Francisco District Office and Director for Asian American and Pacific Islander Outreach for the SBA.  Qin is a seasoned financial management executive with 15 years of experience in the... Read More →
HS

Hoa Sin

Small Business Specialist, BART


Thursday May 17, 2018 3:00pm - 4:30pm
San Francisco Small Business Administration (SBA) 455 Market Street, 6th Floor, San Francisco, CA 94105

3:00pm

Succession Planning and Employee Ownership
Limited Capacity seats available

Succession Planning and Employee Ownership
Time:  3:00 - 4:30 PM
Category:  Business Basics


This workshop will train attendees on how to prepare for business succession needs among retiring business owners.  Often viable mid-size businesses close due to a lack of succession planning.  This workshop will address the potential impacts on San Francisco businesses.  Attendees will learn how to help employees buy businesses from retiring owners by converting them to employee ownership. Attendees will learn the basic conversion process, see case studies of businesses that have become employee-owned, and understand the field of partners and specialized technical expertise needed to complement the role of a local guide. Get practice identifying businesses in your community that are well-suited for employee ownership and help owners explore this opportunity!

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Co-sponsorship Authorization #18-0912-39. 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
KG

Keith Goldstein

Owner, Moxie, Everest Waterproofing
MH

Monika Hudson

Director, USF Gellert Family Business Resource Center
avatar for Todd Leverette

Todd Leverette

Program Manager of Legacy Business Initiatives, Democracy at Work Institute (DAWI)
Todd Leverette is the Program Manager of Legacy Business Initiatives at the Democracy at Work Institute (DAWI), where he works with business owners, economic developers & community members to expand the world of employee ownership.  He is a former Wall Streeter and co-founder of... Read More →


Thursday May 17, 2018 3:00pm - 4:30pm
San Francisco Small Business Administration (SBA) 455 Market Street, 6th Floor, San Francisco, CA 94105
 
Friday, May 18
 

8:30am

Franchising Basics: What You Should Know to Consider a Franchise
Limited Capacity seats available

Franchising Basics: What You Should Know to Consider a Franchise
Time:  8:30 - 10:00 AM
Category:  Business Basics


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

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Co-sponsorship Authorization #18-0912-39. 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
LN

Lee Ng

Franchise Consultant, Frannet
Lee works closely with clients to understand their needs and help coach them through the process of learning about franchising, and whether or not it is a fit for them. His goal is to listen to his clients and assist them in making a sound decision on small business ownership. He... Read More →


Friday May 18, 2018 8:30am - 10:00am
San Francisco Small Business Administration (SBA) 455 Market Street, 6th Floor, San Francisco, CA 94105

8:30am

Take Better Photos for Your Business With the Camera You Already Have
Limited Capacity seats available

Take Better Photos for Your Business With the Camera You Already Have
Time:  8:30 - 10:00 AM
Category:  Marketing


Struggling to connect with your audience? Is your photography failing to produce the results your business needs? I will show you how to create storytelling images that will help make your brand stand out from the noise…using the equipment you already own! From cell phones to DSLRs, chances are you already own a great camera. I will share strategies and techniques that will immediately improve the results your photos produce.

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Co-sponsorship Authorization #18-0912-39. 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 Tyler Chartier

Tyler Chartier

Founder, Tyler Chartier Photography
Curious. Obsessive. Passionate. Commercial photographer by day + father by night. Combining a passion for the craft of photography with a strong marketing/branding perspective, I help my clients build emotional connections with their people by creating images that tell stories.


Friday May 18, 2018 8:30am - 10:00am
San Francisco Small Business Administration (SBA) 455 Market Street, 6th Floor, San Francisco, CA 94105

10:30am

Influential Selling: How to Turn Connections Into Revenue
Limited Capacity seats available

Influential Selling: How to Turn Connections Into Revenue
Time:  10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Category:  Marketing


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

Sponsored By: Bank of America
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Co-sponsorship Authorization #18-0912-39. 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 Tony Wilkins

Tony Wilkins

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



Friday May 18, 2018 10:30am - 12:00pm
San Francisco Small Business Administration (SBA) 455 Market Street, 6th Floor, San Francisco, CA 94105

10:30am

The Art of Social Video: A Formula for Small Business
Limited Capacity filling up

The Art of Social Video:  A Formula for Small Business
Time:  10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Category:  Marketing


Video has become a critical component for any business, large or small. In this workshop, you'll hear from social video experts and learn how you can leverage video for your business quickly and effectively.  Learn the five elements of thumb-stopping videos, a simple formula for creating videos for social, and other video marketing best practices that will give you the knowledge you need to jumpstart your social video strategy.

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Co-sponsorship Authorization #18-0912-39. 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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Jeff Kahsen

Senior Director of Strategic Partnerships, Animoto
Jeff Kahsen is the Senior Director of Strategic Partnerships and business customer advocate with Animoto. With over 15 years experience in video production and video marketing, he's now on a mission to help everyone understand and leverage of the power of video for business, both... Read More →


Friday May 18, 2018 10:30am - 12:00pm
San Francisco Small Business Administration (SBA) 455 Market Street, 6th Floor, San Francisco, CA 94105

1:00pm

PG&E Business to Business Resources and Tools for Small, Diverse Businesses
Limited Capacity filling up

PG&E Business to Business Resources and Tools for Small, Diverse Businesses
Time:  1:00 - 2:30 PM
Category:  Business Basics


This workshop is designed to provide small and diverse suppliers with resources and tools both as a supplier and customer. The Supply Chain Responsibility portion of the workshop, presented by Lynette Hall, focuses on useful tips suppliers can incorporate to become competitive by implementing internal supplier diversity and sustainability initiatives.

In addition, Herb Gong and Bettina Cross, Customer Relationship Managers for Pacific Gas and Electric Company, will also cover tools and resources for successfully doing business with PG&E that will offer quick and easy ways to manage your energy, including:

  • Rebates and incentives
  • 0% interest financing options
  • Online energy management tools and more!

We’ll also share details of PG&E’s Supplier Diversity program and help you understand how you can become a supplier for PG&E.

Sponsored By: Pacific Gas & Electric Company

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Co-sponsorship Authorization #18-0912-39. 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 Bettina Cross

Bettina Cross

Customer Relationship Manager, Pacific Gas and Electric Company
Bettina Cross has been working for Pacific Gas and Electric Company for four years and works for the Business Energy Solution Organization as Customer Relationship Manager. She helps Small Business customers to identify and achieve their energy efficiency goals and provide support... Read More →
avatar for Herb Gong

Herb Gong

Customer Relationship Manager, Pacific Gas and Electric Company
Herb Gong - PG&E Customer Relationship Manager. Over 20 years of experience promoting PG&E’s energy efficiency programs facilitating customer involvement in various rebate programs and services.
avatar for Lynette Hall

Lynette Hall

Small Business and Disabled Veteran Business Enterprise Program Manager, Pacific Gas and Electric Company
Lynette Hall is the Small Business and Disabled Veteran Business Enterprise Program Manager at Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E).  She has been an advocate for supplier diversity for over 5 years. PG&E is an industry leader in Supplier Diversity and was recently inducted into... Read More →


Friday May 18, 2018 1:00pm - 2:30pm
San Francisco Small Business Administration (SBA) 455 Market Street, 6th Floor, San Francisco, CA 94105

1:00pm

商業貸款 中文授课 (Loans for Small Business Owners)
Limited Capacity seats available

商業貸款 中文授课 (Loans for Small Business Owners)
Time:  1:00  - 2:30 PM
Category:  Finance


入门课程,為業主和準備創業者提供小企业融资的知識 。
課程大綱和目標: 貸款前必要的準備, 貸款類型, 貸款基本要求, 企業計畫書, 貸款所需文件。

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

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Co-sponsorship Authorization #18-0912-39. 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 Karla De Leon

Karla De Leon

Vice President, Economic & Business Development, Main Street Launch
Karla De Leon is the Vice President for Economic and Business Development at Main Street Launch, a non-profit lender and Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI).  She specializes in client development, loan packaging, and establishing strategic alliances with community... Read More →
avatar for Stephen Leung

Stephen Leung

Lender Relations Specialist, U.S. Small Business Administration
Stephen Y, Leung joined the Small Business Administration 2007 annd is a Lender Relations Specialist with the SBA San Francisco District Office.Prior to SBA, Stephen Leung served as Chief Financial Officer of a beverage company in California for fifteen years, He also served as Chief... Read More →
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Bronia Leung

FVP-SBA Regional Sales Manager, Small Business Lending Department, East West Bank


Friday May 18, 2018 1:00pm - 2:30pm
San Francisco Small Business Administration (SBA) 455 Market Street, 6th Floor, San Francisco, CA 94105

3:00pm

How to Manage Social Media for Small Business in 1 Hour a Day
Limited Capacity seats available

How to Manage Social Media for Small Business in 1 Hour a Day
Time:  3:00 - 4:30 PM
Category:  Marketing


Your company’s social media strategy has been planned out, but now you need to know how to implement it efficiently without wasting time and money. You'll leave this lecture with an understanding of time management for social media, a list of new tools, how to use them to save time and get better insights, and what the priorities really are when implementing your social media strategy. Bring a cup of coffee and your questions because you won’t be sitting idly in this interactive workshop!

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Co-sponsorship Authorization #18-0912-39. 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 Rose Souders

Rose Souders

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


Friday May 18, 2018 3:00pm - 4:30pm
San Francisco Small Business Administration (SBA) 455 Market Street, 6th Floor, San Francisco, CA 94105

3:00pm

如何在三藩市創業 (How to Start a Business in San Francisco)
Limited Capacity seats available

如何在三藩市創業 (How to Start a Business in San Francisco)
Time:  3:00  - 4:30 PM
Category:  Business Basics


在課程中你將學到办企业的法规,规章和應該考慮的因素。您也将學到城市规划和资源,包括小企业贷款,税收优惠和鼓励政策,以及為創業者提供 的 技術援助。你還將在課程中可學到怎樣註冊公司 , 註冊公司名字, 如何獲得其他的許可證和執照.

In this informative class you will hear about rules, regulations, and important considerations for starting a business in San Francisco. You will also receive information on city programs and resources, including small business loans, tax credits and incentives, and technical assistance providers. We will tell you how to  register your business, file a fictitious business name and obtain other permits and licenses.  This workshop is in Cantonese.

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Co-sponsorship Authorization #18-0912-39. 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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Lawrence Lui

Business Advisor, San Francisco Small Business Development Center
Lawrence Liu (廖紀聖) 是三藩市小商業發展中心的商業顧問和專案經理,過去9... Read More →


Friday May 18, 2018 3:00pm - 4:30pm
San Francisco Small Business Administration (SBA) 455 Market Street, 6th Floor, San Francisco, CA 94105