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Tuesday, May 6
 

5:30pm

Mixer hosted by Fisherman's Wharf, Marina, North Beach, Polk Street, and Union Street Merchants

Celebrate the accomplishments of our city's merchants associations.

Toast, mix, and mingle while enjoying tasty bites and learning what merchants associations do, why business owners join, and how you can benefit.

Event hosted by:

Fisherman's Wharf, Marina, North Beach, Polk Street, and Union Street Merchants.

For additional information visit: http://prolocal-sf.com/Events 


Tuesday May 6, 2014 5:30pm - 7:30pm
Tonic 2360 Polk St San Francisco, CA 94109
 
Wednesday, May 7
 

5:30pm

Mixer hosted by Divisadero Merchants, Fillmore, Hayes Valley, and Lower Haight Merchants Associations
Celebrate the accomplishments of our city's merchants associations.

Toast, mix, and mingle while enjoying tasty bites and learning what merchants associations do, why business owners join, and how you can benefit. 

Event Hosted by:
Divisadero Merchants, Fillmore, Hayes Valley, and Lower Haight Merchants Associations

For more information visit http://prolocal-sf.com/Events

Wednesday May 7, 2014 5:30pm - 7:30pm
Noir Lounge 581 Hayes St San Francisco, CA 94102
 
Saturday, May 10
 

TBA

San Francisco Sidewalk Sale on Mission Street
All across San Francisco you’ll find Sidewalk Sales with bargains and the latest new sales, both on sidewalks and in participating stores, at more than 15 different merchant corridors. Visit Prolocal-sf.com/Events for more details!

Saturday May 10, 2014 TBA
Mission Street

TBA

San Francisco Sidewalk Sale on Valencia Street
All across San Francisco you’ll find Sidewalk Sales with bargains and the latest new sales, both on sidewalks and in participating stores, at more than 15 different merchant corridors. Visit Prolocal-sf.com/Events for more details!

Saturday May 10, 2014 TBA
Valencia Street
 
Monday, May 12
 

7:30am

Small Business Week 2014 Kickoff @ Twitter HQ
Limited Capacity seats available

Join us as we bring together leaders from the small business, government, consumer and high-tech communities to raise awareness for #smallbiz across the nation. We'll also share exclusive content to help you learn how social media can be integrated into marketing strategies to help drive your business growth.

This event takes place at Twitter HQ in San Francisco, CA - you must be able to be in-person at Twitter HQ on 5/12 in order to register for this event.

Your registration is not complete until you receive a confirmation email. Due to the limited space, we cannot accommodate +1 guests. There is no cost to attend this event.

Location:

Twitter HQ
1355 Market St
San Francisco, CA 94103 

Time:

Monday, May 12, 2014 from 7:30 AM to 12:00 PM (PDT)

Monday May 12, 2014 7:30am - 12:00pm
Twitter HQ 1355 Market St San Francisco, CA 94103

6:00pm

Flavors of San Francisco
Limited Capacity seats available

Flavors of San Francisco

6:00pm - 8:00pm
Square SF
1455 Market Street
San Francisco, CA 94103

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

Start off San Francisco Small Business Week 2014 with a bang on Monday night, May 12, 2014 from 6:00 to 8:00pm.  Join the festivities at Flavors of San Francisco for a fun filled celebration at Square SF! Meet and mingle with a variety of small business owners and community leaders. Connect with dozens of business resources. Savor and sample food from San Francisco’s local restaurants, bars and food entreprenuers.

This is a great opportunity to connect with leaders from across the small business community while an abundance of restaurants, catering companies and bars will serve food and drink to liven up the conversation. Below are the featured restaurants, catering companies and beverage companies for Flavors of San Francisco:

Here's what past attendees said:

"My business was absolutely improved from this experience. How you ask? Contacts! I met people that are incredible vendors, potential business partners, mentors and resources to tap into as I grow."

"This is a great networking and learning event for entrepreneurs from all industries. Thank you for all your hard work and sponsorship in making San Francisco a very attractive place for innovation."

"I have gotten over $2,000 in business directly attributed to networking at your event. It was an excellent venue."

"Flavors of SF is a wonderful event and I'll be sure to attend it again next year!"

"Until this event, I was not aware that there are so many organizations that would help people who want to start a business."

 

Please note that we will be charging a $20 admission fee for entrance to Flavors of San Francisco this year. This low entrance fee is needed to keep up with the growth of the event and to continue to keep it as the leading small business networking event of the year. 

This event sells out - buy your tickets now! 

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

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

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

 

 

All programs are extended to the public on a nondiscriminatory basis.  Reasonable arrangements for persons with disabilities will be made, if requested at least 2 weeks in advance.  For more information, contact info@sfsmallbusinessweek.com



Monday May 12, 2014 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Square SF 1455 Market Street
 
Tuesday, May 13
 

8:00am

Starting a Business in San Francisco
Limited Capacity seats available

In this informative San Francisco Small Business Week presentation, 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.


Tuesday May 13, 2014 8:00am - 10:00am
U.S. Small Business Administration office 455 Market Street, Suite 600, San Francisco

9:00am

Go Green Go Global Conference
Learn about business opportunities in clean technology and international trade:
- Doing business with Government agencies and PG&E
- Market trend and opportunities in clean technology
- Export opportunities
- Small business financing options
  

Tuesday May 13, 2014 9:00am - 1:00pm
PG&E Conference Center 851 Howard Street, San Francisco, CA 94103

10:30am

Who's Your Jenny? How to identify your target market
Limited Capacity seats available

Who's Your Jenny? How to identify your target market.

10:30 AM – 12:30 PM 

Identifying your ideal target market may be the most vital task for every small business owner, because it enables you to craft a precise marketing plan that gets results. However, new business owners are often afraid to eliminate anyone as a potential target.  Using interactive exercises and examples like Old Navy's fictional, typical customer, “Jenny,” Ken Stram and Kristy Lin Billuni will teach small business owners how to paint a clear and specific picture of their ideal customer.  Arriving at a clearly defined target audience will help you: choose the most appropriate messages, tactics, and brand images; make decisions about how to spend your limited marketing budget; and

grow the business of your dreams. This lively workshop will include exercises and group activities, and helpful handouts and worksheets will be provided.


Tuesday May 13, 2014 10:30am - 12:30pm
U.S. Small Business Administration office 455 Market Street, Suite 600, San Francisco

1:00pm

Alternative Financing for Your Business
Limited Capacity seats available

In this informative San Francisco Small Business Week presentation, a panel of experts representing SBA, a microlender, an SBA Community Advantage lender, a bank or credit union, and an alternative lender, 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. 

Tuesday May 13, 2014 1:00pm - 3:00pm
U.S. Small Business Administration office 455 Market Street, Suite 600, San Francisco

3:30pm

San Francisco Board of Supervisors Small Business Award Ceremony
In 2014 the San Francisco Small Business Commission will once again team up with the Mayor and the San Francisco Board of Supervisors to honor and recognize an exceptional small business from each of San Francisco’s 11 districts and citywide.



Small Business Week 2014 Recognition Ceremony
Tuesday, May 13, 2014 3:30pm Special Order
Board of Supervisors Chamber, Room 250

Tuesday May 13, 2014 3:30pm - 4:15pm
San Francisco City Hall, Board of Supervisors Chamber, Room 250 1 Doctor Carlton B Goodlett Place San Francisco, CA 94102

3:30pm

Be the Boss! Franchise Ownership Options and Resources
Limited Capacity seats available

Who doesn’t love the idea of being their own boss, controlling their own destiny or acquiring another semi-absentee business?  But how can we meet our goals and maximize our chances of success?  IT’s all about discovery.  In this informative San Francisco Small Business Week presentation, you will become educated and enlightened on the numerous options available in the franchise world.  Why now is a great time to consider franchise ownership; What is a full format franchise?; Franchise industry overview;  The pros and cons;  The economic outlook for 2014;  Which industries are likely to be more successful and exciting new categories;  How much they cost and financing options;  The four financial must have’s for your next business;  Presenter:  Gordon Dupries, SCORE member and president of Frannet San Francisco.

Tuesday May 13, 2014 3:30pm - 5:30pm
U.S. Small Business Administration office 455 Market Street, Suite 600, San Francisco

5:30pm

MEGA Make Contact LGBT Mixer
Make contact and connect with the LGBT business community at the Golden Gate Business Association's networking night, co-hosted by the Castro Merchants and the SF LGBT Center.  Tickets wil be $20 at the door. Visit ggba.com to pre-register

Tuesday May 13, 2014 5:30pm - 7:30pm
San Francisco LGBT Community Center 1800 Market Street, San Francisco, CA 94102

6:00pm

12 BIG Mistakes Small Employers Make
Limited Capacity seats available

12 BIG Mistakes Small Employers Make

6:00 PM – 8:00 PM 

This workshop covers the highlights of common mistakes small employers make which can get them in hot water with either the state or expose them to expensive litigation.  Topics to be covered include employee misclassification, wage and hour law, employee handbooks, injury illness prevention plans, vacation policies, reasonable accommodation, leaves of absence, San Francisco’s new Family Friendly ordinance, workers’ compensation and much more.


Tuesday May 13, 2014 6:00pm - 8:00pm
U.S. Small Business Administration office 455 Market Street, Suite 600, San Francisco
 
Wednesday, May 14
 

8:30am

Small Business Conference Opening Session
Limited Capacity seats available

The Small Business Conference will open with keynotes from state and local leaders, and include TED-Style Talks, Success Panels, procurement panels and a procurement expo and free workshops and seminars designed specifically for small business owners.

List of Speakers
  • Leslie Milloy, San Francisco Chamber of Commerce & Regina Dick-Endrizzi, Office of Small Business
  • Emily Shanks, Senior Vice President, Bank of America 
  • Mayor Edwin Lee, City and County of San Francisco 
  • Donna Davis, Region IX Regional Administrator and Mark Quinn, US SBA
  • Victor Aranda, Region President, San Francisco Region, Wells Fargo
  • Demetrios Marantis, Head, International Policy, Government, and Regulatory Affairs, Square 
  • Barbara A. Vohryzek, Deputy Director for Small Business, Small Business Advocate, California Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz) 
  • Governor Edmund Brown, State of California (Pre-Recorded Video)
  • Panel: Small Business Innovating Into the Future
    • San Francisco Supervisor Mark Farrell (Moderator)
    • Claudia Viek, CAMEO  
    • Hunter Walk, Homebrew
    • Sam Mogannam, Bi-Rite Market
    • Gwen Kaplan, Ace Mailing
    • Mary Huss, San Francisco Business Times


Wednesday May 14, 2014 8:30am - 10:00am
Holiday Inn Golden Gateway 1500 Van Ness Ave, San Francisco, CA 94109

10:15am

TED-Style Talks
Limited Capacity seats available

TED-Style Talks

Join us for six impactful, tac(tical)-talks to inspire and educate.  During these talks you will hear from small business community leaders  who have a unique insight on what it takes to run a successful small  business through personal struggles and triumphs.  Each 90 minute session will showcase 5, hand selected, unique speakers. 

Resilience/Communication/Branding

Lenore Estrada, Co-Founder, Three Babes Bakeshop, www.Threebabesbakeshop.com

Description:  Rather than chasing trends (and ending up with a generic brand), draw on your own values to build a unique and meaningful brand. Then, use Lean Startup methodology to make thoughtful, strategic choices and bring your business to market.

Biography: Lenore Estrada is the co-owner, along with Anna Derivi-Castellanos, of Three Babes Bakeshop, a pie business committed to promoting organic farming methods and American manufacturing. Lenore has a BA in History from Yale University and has worked for Google, The Blackstone Group, Chevron Energy Solutions and as a luxury wedding planner in Manhattan. She is also a cancer survivor and an advocate for community-minded action. Find Three Babes on Saturdays at the Ferry Plaza Farmer's Market.

 

Cashless Small Business Restaurant

David Silverglide -  CEO Split Bread Company/Mixt greens

Title: Cashless Small Business Restaurant

Description: While ‘cash only’ is a familiar refrain within many small businesses, ‘cards only’ is a far less common phenomenon. David Silverglide, co-founder of the Mixt Greens chain, explains why he and his partner made the decision to be a cashless business and the impact it has at their Split Bread restaurant.

Biography: Andrew Swallow and David Silverglide successfully built Mixt Greens to 8 units in the San Francisco Bay Area and Los Angeles before deciding to turn their sights on revolutionizing sandwiches the same way that Mixt Greens revolutionized salads. Their management company, Good Food Guys is incredibly passionate about bringing great food to as many people as possible and operates both Mixt Greens and Split Bread.

 

Show Me the Money!
Kendra Weinisch, Customer Relationship Manager, PG&E
Description: PG&E Energy Efficiency Specialist Kendra Weinisch takes 10 minutes to show you five things that can save you money on your energy bill today.
Biography
: Kendra Weinisch began in residential energy efficiency but has since transitioned to the commercial sector. She assists some of PG&E’s largest commercial customers with their energy-related needs, focusing primarily on reducing customers' energy costs through energy efficiency, renewable energy, and integrated demand side management strategies and technologies. She has spoken on energy efficiency at numerous events and considers herself lucky to be at the forefront of the marriage of technology and environmentalism.

 

Personal Development

Lisbeth "Lis" McKinley, M.A., CPO®, LET'S MAKE ROOM, Letsmakeroom.com

Description:  An engaging introduction to the one-word system that will change the way you think about paper and inspire you towards your own compelling vision of organization.

Biography: Lisbeth "Lis" McKinley is a certified professional organizer specializing in residential organizing and move management. Lis and her team at LET'S MAKE ROOM, manage the logistical details of organizing their clients homes as well as preparing them to move in, move out, sell or remodel. Lis, who received her training as a family therapist also advises clients on issues related to personal productivity, time management and how to ensure a safe, fair and minimally stressful move. Lis, a native of New York City, lives in Oakland, California with her husband, Mason, a special education teacher.

 

Social Story Telling for SMB

Mike Wolpert, Founder, Social Jumpstart, Socialjumpstart.com

Description: How to tell your business stories so that your customers love you and new prospects flock to you. Turning social media into marketing that works.

Biography: Mike Wolpert is founder and CEO of Soci@l Jumpstart, the Social Marketing Consultancy that advises brilliant entrepreneurs and small businesses on creating a space for their brands to live and breathe on the online and thrive with social media. Mike’s 20 years of experience as a marketing expert and media sales trainer gives the company a clear focus on the sharing of big ideas and the telling of great marketing stories.


What's the greatest ROI?

Teresa Goines, Founder/CEO, Old Skool Café, Oldskoolcafe.org

Description: We are made to be connected. Staying connected to our passion ignites life within us that produces vision and tenacity that are keys to a successful business.

Biography: Teresa Goines has a singular goal that has defined her success as a freedom fighter for at risk youth. She feeds dreams and starves self-doubt and condemnation for her kids that often spins out of the destructive cycles in economically disadvantaged areas. Her work as Founder and CEO of Old Skool Café has captured the heart of San Francisco and altered the destiny of the youth by inspiring them to run this innovative supper club, Old Skool Cafe.

 

 

Energy Efficiency for Businesses

Kendra Weinisch, Customer Relationship manager, PG&E

 

Teresa Goines, Founder/CEO, Old Skool Café, Oldskoolcafe.org

 

Description: PG&E Energy Efficiency Specialist Kendra Weinisch takes 10 minutes to show you five things that can save you money on your energy bill today.

Biography: Kendra Weinisch began in residential energy efficiency but has since transitioned to the commercial sector. She assists some of PG&E’s largest commercial customers with their energy-related needs, focusing primarily on reducing customers' energy costs through energy efficiency, renewable energy, and integrated demand side management strategies and technologies. She has spoken on energy efficiency at numerous events and considers herself lucky to be at the forefront of the marriage of technology and environmentalism.

 

 


 

Small Business Conference

Holiday Inn Golden Gateway

1500 Van Ness Ave

San Francisco, CA 94109

 

Wednesday, May 14, 2014
Session 1, 10:00 - 11:45 AM

Emerald Conference Room

 

 

All programs are extended to the public on a nondiscriminatory basis.  Reasonable arrangements for persons with disabilities will be made, if requested at least 2 weeks in advance.  For more information, contact info@sfsmallbusinessweek.com

 


Wednesday May 14, 2014 10:15am - 11:30am
Holiday Inn Golden Gateway 1500 Van Ness Ave, San Francisco, CA 94109

10:15am

Access to Capital for Growth and Expansion
Limited Capacity seats available

Access to Capital for Growth and Expansion

What are the options available for the growth and expansion of your existing small business? Choices include bank loans, SBA-guaranteed loans, 504 Certified Development Company loans for real estate and equipment and other loan programs. We will discuss them all, including their features, qualification requirements, and application processes.

Sponsor: Wells Fargo

Small Business Conference

Holiday Inn Golden Gateway

1500 Van Ness Ave

San Francisco, CA 94109

 

Wednesday, May 14, 2014
Session 1, 10:15 - 11:45am

Oregon Conference Room

 

 

All programs are extended to the public on a nondiscriminatory basis.  Reasonable arrangements for persons with disabilities will be made, if requested at least 2 weeks in advance.  For more information, contact info@sfsmallbusinessweek.com


Moderators
avatar for Steve Bangs

Steve Bangs

Steve Bangs is the Assistant District Director for Lender Relations with the San Francisco District Office of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). In his present position he oversees SBA’s small business loan programs throughout the San Francisco Bay Area and the Northern California coastal counties, working closely with lending institutions that provide small business financing with SBA’s guarantee. He is also responsible... Read More →

Speakers
CC

Claudia Cohen

Claudia Cohen, VP & Director of Marketing, has been with Capital Access Group for 10 years. In that time, she has helped over 400 business owners access more than $300,000,000 in SBA 504 financing for a total real estate purchase consideration of approximately $800,000,000. Claudia’s financing background and SBA expertise allows her to work directly with borrowers, banks, and real estate brokers to guide projects from start to finish, and... Read More →
CP

Carly Perera

As Pacific Community Venture’s (PCV) loan officer, Carly Perera recruits, underwrites, and manages PCV’s innovative Small Business Advising Integrated Lending Loan Fund (SAIL Fund) portfolio. Carly works with the Director of Lending Initiatives to grow the SAIL Fund to reach even more Bay Area small businesses who are spurring job creation in low income communities. Prior to PCV, Carly worked with Mission Asset Fund, C.E.O. Women, and... Read More →
avatar for Ivan Ruiz

Ivan Ruiz

Ivan Ruiz is a currently a Vice President for Wells Fargo’s Business Banking team in San Francisco. He is  | responsible for developing new business and bringing new relationships to the bank thought out bound | calls and community involvement. | Ruiz has been with Wells Fargo for 15 years and started as a teller in Santa Maria California. Ruiz worked his way thought the retail ranks and moved from San Luis Obispo to San Francisco... Read More →


Wednesday May 14, 2014 10:15am - 11:45am
Holiday Inn Golden Gateway 1500 Van Ness Ave, San Francisco, CA 94109

10:15am

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

Doing Business with the City of San Francisco

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

Small Business Conference

Holiday Inn Golden Gateway

1500 Van Ness Ave

San Francisco, CA 94109

 

Wednesday, May 14, 2014
Session 1, 10:00 - 11:45am

Redwood Conference Room

 

 

All programs are extended to the public on a nondiscriminatory basis.  Reasonable arrangements for persons with disabilities will be made, if requested at least 2 weeks in advance.  For more information, contact info@sfsmallbusinessweek.com


Moderators
RD

Regina Dick-Endrizzi

Director, Office of Small Business

Speakers
BF

Bayard Fong

Contract Compliance Officer, Contract Monitoring Division
JW

Judy Wong

Acting Assistant Director, Office of Contract Administration


Wednesday May 14, 2014 10:15am - 11:45am
Holiday Inn Golden Gateway 1500 Van Ness Ave, San Francisco, CA 94109

10:15am

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

Get Started with Email Marketing in the Social Age

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

Sponsor: Vertical Response

Small Business Conference

Holiday Inn Golden Gateway

1500 Van Ness Ave

San Francisco, CA 94109

 

Wednesday, May 14, 2014
Session 1, 10:15 - 11:45am

Washington Conference Room

 

 

All programs are extended to the public on a nondiscriminatory basis.  Reasonable arrangements for persons with disabilities will be made, if requested at least 2 weeks in advance.  For more information, contact info@sfsmallbusinessweek.com


Speakers
JB

Jill Bastian

Jill Bastian is the Training and Education manger at VerticalResponse. She has been with the company for 9 years, starting in the Customer Support department and eventually moving to the Marketing team. Her experience in the organization, her understanding of the product and email and social marketing make her a great resource for both customers and employees alike.


Wednesday May 14, 2014 10:15am - 11:45am
Holiday Inn Golden Gateway 1500 Van Ness Ave, San Francisco, CA 94109

10:15am

Mixing at Business Networking Events
Limited Capacity seats available

Networking 101

Does the thought of entering a busy roomful of strangers cause you to feel fear? Is it your goal to meet these new people, to increase your pipeline of business prospects? Are you unsure about how to efficiently sift through the crowd to find your prospects? Do you want better guidance than another elevator speech lecture?

Unearth the reasons many do not go to business mixers, and then - overcome them. Learn a before-mixing checklist that will prepare you and help you feel at ease. Gain new and effective mixing skills and strategies, plus techniques to maximize your follow-up with your newfound prospects.

Sponsor: Comcast Business

Small Business Conference

Holiday Inn Golden Gateway

1500 Van Ness Ave

San Francisco, CA 94109



Wednesday, May 14, 2014
Session 1, 10:15 - 11:45am

California Conference Room


All programs are extended to the public on a nondiscriminatory basis.  Reasonable arrangements for persons with disabilities will be made, if requested at least 2 weeks in advance.  For more information, contact info@sfsmallbusinessweek.com

Speakers
avatar for David M. de Leeuw

David M. de Leeuw

David M. de Leeuw brings 34 years of sales and sales management success to his workshop, “Mixing 101.” | | He built his success on networking, especially at mixers held by local Chambers of Commerce. By fine-tuning a system of mixing and follow up, David’s business thrived. | | In 2009, David founded The Chamber Link (www.thechamberlink.com) as a service for his local chambers, and as an advertising vehicle. Today, his... Read More →


Wednesday May 14, 2014 10:15am - 11:45am
Holiday Inn Golden Gateway 1500 Van Ness Ave, San Francisco, CA 94109

10:15am

Running Your Business in the Cloud
Limited Capacity seats available

With all the hats that you wear as a small business owner, you need to be able to do business from anywhere. In this session, we'll show you how you can easily manage most of your business from your mobile device or tablet. Learn how to go from meeting a prospective client, to creating a quote or invoice, and accepting payments on the spot. We will show you how small businesses are paying their employees, paying bills, and running a cash flow statements while on the go.

Sponsor: Xero 

Small Business Conference

Holiday Inn Golden Gateway

1500 Van Ness Ave

San Francisco, CA 94109

 

Wednesday, May 14, 2014
Session 1, 10:15 - 11:45am

Nevada Conference Room

 

 

All programs are extended to the public on a nondiscriminatory basis.  Reasonable arrangements for persons with disabilities will be made, if requested at least 2 weeks in advance.  For more information, contact info@sfsmallbusinessweek.com


Speakers
avatar for Amy Vetter

Amy Vetter

Amy is accountable for developing and executing the education strategy for Xero worldwide, such as Xero University (XeroU). Her role includes creating global consistency for the creation and management of training programs for Xero’s accounting partners, implementation partners and customers. Prior to Xero, she was the CPA Programs Leader for Intacct Corporation and performed many roles in the accountant professional division with Intuit... Read More →


Wednesday May 14, 2014 10:15am - 11:45am
Holiday Inn Golden Gateway 1500 Van Ness Ave, San Francisco, CA 94109

10:15am

Small Business: Big Benefits
Limited Capacity seats available

Small Business: Big Benefits

Having to make a choice between offering an attractive, robust benefits package (which digs into profits) or cutting back on total offerings (and risk losing employees to the competition) leaves many small businesses caught between an rock and a hard place. A growing trend toward voluntary benefits has emerged, providing the perfect solution for small business employers that want to strengthen their existing benefits packages while adding little or no additional cost.

Sponsor: Colonial Life

Small Business Conference

Holiday Inn Golden Gateway

1500 Van Ness Ave

San Francisco, CA 94109



Wednesday, May 14, 2014
Session 1, 10:15 - 11:45am

Monterey/Carmel Conference Room

 

 

All programs are extended to the public on a nondiscriminatory basis.  Reasonable arrangements for persons with disabilities will be made, if requested at least 2 weeks in advance.  For more information, contact info@sfsmallbusinessweek.com


Speakers
avatar for Kyle Rice

Kyle Rice

Kyle Rice of Brentwood, Calif., is the Territory Sales manager for the Northern California territory of Colonial Life & Accident Insurance Company. In his new position with Colonial Life, Rice is responsible for building a sales team to market the company’s products, programs and services in the area. His office is located in Concord, Calif. | | Rice joined Colonial Life in 2009 as an agency sales representative. He was promoted to a... Read More →


Wednesday May 14, 2014 10:15am - 11:45am
Holiday Inn Golden Gateway 1500 Van Ness Ave, San Francisco, CA 94109

1:00pm

Beginning Government and Corporate Sales
Limited Capacity seats available

Beginning Government and Corporate Sales

What must a small business do to be eligible to sell to local, state and federal government agencies? We will discuss various certifications, getting started processes, common correctable mistakes, and give tips as to organizations that favor opportunities for start-ups. Each panelist will describe their agency or company requirements and the guidelines generally int heir category. There will be particular emphasis on supplier diversity opportunities for women, minority and disabled veteran owned firms. The last 30 minutes will be focused on Q&A.

Powered by Business Matchmaking & Sponsored by HP

Small Business Conference

Holiday Inn Golden Gateway

1500 Van Ness Ave

San Francisco, CA 94109

 

Wednesday, May 14, 2014
Session 2, 1:00 - 2:30pm

Redwood Conference Room

 


All programs are extended to the public on a nondiscriminatory basis.  Reasonable arrangements for persons with disabilities will be made, if requested at least 2 weeks in advance.  For more information, contact info@sfsmallbusinessweek.com.  



Moderators
CA

Chuck Ashman

Chuck Ashman is the Founder and Executive Producer of Business Matchmaking, a leading non-profit initiative supporting small business throughout the country. He has been honored by the SBA and Small Business Development Centers on multiple occasions since Business Matchmaking has enabled 90,000 appointments resulting in several billion dollars in sales by women, minority and veteran owned companies to government agencies and major corporations... Read More →
avatar for Kristin Johnson

Kristin Johnson

Kristin Johnson is Region Director for the Northern California Small Business Development Centers (Norcal SBDC).  In this role she oversees SBDC's 12 Centers and 30 outreach locations located in 13 Northern California counties, including the San Francisco Bay Area.  Kristin served as State Chair for the statewide SBDC program from 2010-2012 and has been with the SBDC program since 2001. | Prior to 2001, Johnson worked for Nike as... Read More →

Speakers
LF

Lori Falkenstrom

Lori Falkenstrom has over 27 years of federal experience with the small business program. She works for GSA’s Office of Small Business  Utilization and is also a member of the DOD Western Regional Council  | since 2004. Lori is one of GSA’s Small Business Advocates for all small, small disadvantaged, small woman owned, HubZone, small veteran and small service disabled veteran owned businesses.  She is... Read More →
DF

David Feldman

David Feldman is the Manager of Chevron’s Local Content/Supplier Diversity program in where he is responsibility for advocating for the utilization and development of local, small, and diverse suppliers to support the company’s international and domestic operations. Feldman assumed this role in 2014 where he promotes an inclusive work environment and a supply chain reflective of the communities where Chevron operates. Feldman represents... Read More →
avatar for Lana Gosnell

Lana Gosnell

Lana Gosnell is a VP and Supplier Diversity Manager at Union Bank since 2012, but has been a longtime employee of the bank since 1977. Prior to her moving into her current role, she served as the CFO of the bank’s Corporate Real Estate group, where she was also the internal advocate for diverse business enterprise opportunities in commercial real estate suppliers. Lana is active in community outreach where she volunteers regularly at the... Read More →
avatar for Wayne Gross

Wayne Gross

Wayne Gross has thirty-nine years of customer service skills starting from his early days as a USAF Captain. Wayne currently serves as a Customer Liaison and SB/DVBE Advocate for the State of California Department of General Services, Procurement Division, Certification and Outreach Branch. In this role, he educates the business community and ensures that Small businesses (SB) and Disabled Veteran Business Enterprise (DVBE) businesses can... Read More →
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Charleen Hamel

Charleen Hamel brings twenty two years of experience in procurement and supplier diversity to her position as Supplier Diversity Manager for Brocade. She has an extensive background and passion working with small and diverse businesses. Prior to joining Brocade, Charleen was an International Subcontracts Specialist at Space Systems Loral. Prior to joining Space Systems Loral, Charleen was employed by Cisco Systems, Inc. as a Supplier Diversity... Read More →
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Joan Kerr

Joan Namahana Kerr is PG&E’s Director of Supplier Diversity and Sustainability. Under her leadership, PG&E has more than doubled its annual spend with diverse business enterprises, to over $2.3 billion. PG&E strives to improve results in all areas of diverse spend, while focusing on finding qualified diverse businesses enterprises (DBEs) in areas that offer the greatest opportunity. PG&E’s 2013 supplier diversity... Read More →
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G.H. Swaleh

G.H. Swaleh is Director of Global Category Centers and Supplier Diversity for Hewlett-Packard. He is responsible for leading HP's Global Procurement organization's sourcing, negotiating and contracting centers of expertise located in Mexico, Romania and Malaysia. In addition, he heads HP's industry-leading Supplier Diversity Program. G.H. began his career with Hewlett-Packard in 1996 and has held various procurement leadership roles. Prior to his... Read More →


Wednesday May 14, 2014 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Holiday Inn Golden Gateway 1500 Van Ness Ave, San Francisco, CA 94109

1:00pm

Connecting Tourism to Neighborhoods
Limited Capacity seats available

Connecting Tourism to Neighborhoods

San Francisco Travel Association encourages visitors to stay longer and return often by encouraging them to explore San Francisco's many diverse neighborhoods. In this workshop we will discuss the impact and importance of tourism and ways to capture this key audience.

Carol Perry has spent over eight years at San Francisco Travel and is responsible for communicating the importance of San Francisco’s tourism industry to key community and travel industry stakeholders. In her role as Director, Stakeholder Engagement, Carol develops programs to ensure positive and productive relationships with neighborhood associations and merchant groups. She staffs the Community Engagement Council, assists in implementing Public Policy initiatives and also oversees the programming and management of SF Travel's Board of Directors.

Sponsor: Recology

Small Business Conference

Holiday Inn Golden Gateway

1500 Van Ness Ave

San Francisco, CA 94109

 

Wednesday, May 13, 2014
Session 2, 1:00 - 2:30pm

California Conference Room

 

 

All programs are extended to the public on a nondiscriminatory basis.  Reasonable arrangements for persons with disabilities will be made, if requested at least 2 weeks in advance.  For more information, contact info@sfsmallbusinessweek.com


Speakers
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Carol Perry

Carol Perry has spent over eight years at San Francisco Travel and is responsible for communicating the importance of San Francisco’s tourism industry to key community and travel industry stakeholders. In her role as Director, Stakeholder Engagement, Carol develops programs to ensure positive and productive relationships with neighborhood associations and merchant groups. She staffs the Community Engagement Council, assists in implementing... Read More →


Wednesday May 14, 2014 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Holiday Inn Golden Gateway 1500 Van Ness Ave, San Francisco, CA 94109

1:00pm

Growing Your Business with Content Marketing and an Amazing Website
Limited Capacity seats available

Growing Your Business with Content Marketing and an Amazing Website

Joe DeMike, a Google executive and founder of a successful content marketing company, will demonstrate methods that small businesses can use to improve their content marketing performance. The session will include an overview of how a search engine finds and sorts content, how to prepare your content for search engines, and how to design your site and content to increase conversions (sales or leads).


Sponsor: Google

Small Business Conference

Holiday Inn Golden Gateway

1500 Van Ness Ave

San Francisco, CA 94109

 

Wednesday, May 14, 2014
Session 2, 1:00 - 2:30pm

Washington Conference Room

 

 

All programs are extended to the public on a nondiscriminatory basis.  Reasonable arrangements for persons with disabilities will be made, if requested at least 2 weeks in advance.  For more information, contact info@sfsmallbusinessweek.com


Speakers
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Joseph C. DeMike

Joe DeMike is a leader in Google's Global Business organization, where his team consults with companies to improve their advertising campaigns. Prior to working at Google, Joe founded TripleCurve, Inc., a content marketing company supporting large online retailers worldwide. The company now runs itself, and employs over 1500 people worldwide. Joe previously worked as an internal business consultant and strategic planner in the biotechnology... Read More →


Wednesday May 14, 2014 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Holiday Inn Golden Gateway 1500 Van Ness Ave, San Francisco, CA 94109

1:00pm

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

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

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

Sponsor: Wells Fargo

Small Business Conference

Holiday Inn Golden Gateway

1500 Van Ness Ave

San Francisco, CA 94109

 

Wednesday, May 14, 2014
Session 2, 1:00 - 2:30pm

Monterey/ Carmelo Conference Room

 

All programs are extended to the public on a nondiscriminatory basis.  Reasonable arrangements for persons with disabilities will be made, if requested at least 2 weeks in advance.  For more information, contact info@sfsmallbusinessweek.com

 

Speakers
CA

Craig Alexander

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


Wednesday May 14, 2014 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Holiday Inn Golden Gateway 1500 Van Ness Ave, San Francisco, CA 94109

1:00pm

Life After Employee #1: What To Know About Hiring, Taxes, and More
Limited Capacity seats available

Life After Employee #1: What To Know About Hiring, Taxes, and More

If you want to grow your business, you’ll need help. As you bring new people on board, you might feel overwhelmed by the host of legal obligations, liabilities, expenses and, of course, paperwork.  


Hiring is important and it should be empowering, not scary! In this workshop we’ll take you through the basics of being a new employer and making sure you’re compliant with key federal and state regulations. Whether you’re just launching your company or you’ve been in business for years, it’s all here—helpful pointers about the hiring process, plus inspiring guidance about how you, your employees, and your business can succeed together.


Sponsor: Zen Payroll

Small Business Conference

Holiday Inn Golden Gateway

1500 Van Ness Ave

San Francisco, CA 94109

 

Wednesday, May 14, 2014
Session 2, 1:00 - 2:30pm

Oregon Conference Room

 

 

All programs are extended to the public on a nondiscriminatory basis.  Reasonable arrangements for persons with disabilities will be made, if requested at least 2 weeks in advance.  For more information, contact info@sfsmallbusinessweek.com


Speakers
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Erin Colbert & Steve Johnsen

Erin Colbert is on the marketing team at ZenPayroll. She’s working to help businesses navigate the complexities of the payroll ecosystem so they can focus on what they do best - growing their business. | | Steve Johnsen leads the compliance efforts at ZenPayroll. He's responsible for ensuring the success of our customers and helping to educate companies and back-office service providers on the latest payroll regulations that affect their... Read More →


Wednesday May 14, 2014 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Holiday Inn Golden Gateway 1500 Van Ness Ave, San Francisco, CA 94109

1:00pm

Master Your Finances & Grow Your Business - Anytime, Anywhere
Limited Capacity seats available

Master Your Finances & Grow Your Business - Anytime, Anywhere

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

Sponsor: Xero 

Small Business Conference

Holiday Inn Golden Gateway

1500 Van Ness Ave

San Francisco, CA 94109

 

Wednesday, May 14, 2014
Session 2, 1:00 - 2:30pm

Nevada Conference Room

 

 

All programs are extended to the public on a nondiscriminatory basis.  Reasonable arrangements for persons with disabilities will be made, if requested at least 2 weeks in advance.  For more information, contact info@sfsmallbusinessweek.com


Speakers
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Carla Caldwell

Carla looks after US training for accounting professionals at Xero. She has been training accounting professionals and small business owners for over 10 years on multiple small business and mid-market accounting packages including Sage. As a former business owner and consultant, Carla brings real-world experience (and a little humor) to her training classes.


Wednesday May 14, 2014 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Holiday Inn Golden Gateway 1500 Van Ness Ave, San Francisco, CA 94109

1:00pm

TED-Style Talks
Limited Capacity seats available

TED-Style Talks

Join us for five impactful, tac(tical)-talks to inspire and educate.  During these talks you will hear from small business community leaders  who have a unique insight on what it takes to run a successful small  business through personal struggles and triumphs.  Each 90 minute session will showcase 5, hand selected, unique speakers. 

CSR design, Local Manufacturing
Jen Bennett Schwab, Designer & Founder, Jendarling, Twitter: @jendarling_bags
Description: The idea of why local manufacturing matters and how it can keep costs down and your eyes on quality control saving money in the long run. Serving your audience, why buy local? The educated consumer appreciates and buys Made in USA quality and likes to be a responsible citizen supporting “local.”
Biography
: Jen started designing garment bags in 2008 with a passion to create something stylish, yet reusable. Jendarling’s collection encompasses garment bags, shoe bags, totes and pouches and have been featured in numerous press outlets including Treehugger, Entrepreneur, San Francisco Chronicle, Marie Claire, and NBC among others, toting its eco chic qualities. The line of eco-travel bags is sold at Gump’s and specialty boutiques nationwide. Jen holds a master’s from the University of San Francisco Masagung School of Management and a bachelor's in communications.

Mental and Logistical Challenges of Running a Small Business
Helen Todd, Co-founder & CEO, Sociality Squared
Description: The road to success can be bumpy when it comes to running and growing a business. These are six mistakes to avoid to help make your journey a little smoother.
Biography: Helen Todd is a social media marketer and CEO of Sociality Squared, a full service social media agency based in New York City since 2010. Having a WOMMY award and Integrated Marketing Communication Master’s degree under her belt, Helen understands how powerful the social web can be for brands. As a leading Facebook marketing expert, Helen has spoken on the subject across the country including Social Media Week NYC, SXSW V2V, and BlogWorld.

Praying for Competition
Nenna Joiner, Owner, Feelmore Adult Boutique, @Feelmore510 on Twitter/Facebook
Description: A unique understanding on how to embrace competition and turn your business into a preference. By changing your perspective you will decrease any misconceptions about starting your own business in the face of others.
Biography
: Nenna used Dreaming, Work, Drive, Focus, and Dedication to start her business, Feelmore Adult Boutique. The Feelmore brand has appeared in over 45+ magazines, periodicals and globally. She is still working towards the original vision by using her film business (2 Feminist Porn Awards), Novelties, and now her first book: ‘Faith, Flesh and Finance’; and soon to come 2nd book, ‘Praying for Competition’, to help secure her future.

Financial Fundamentals for Entrepreneurs and Small Business Owners
Amy Vetter, Global VP of Education & Enablement, Xero
Description: You may be great at what you do, but does that mean you know how to run a business? Learn about Amy’s journey as a Yoga Studio Owner and how it can help you focus on the right things in your business so you can get back to what you love!
Biography
: Amy is accountable for developing and executing the education strategy for Xero worldwide, such as Xero University (XeroU). Her role includes creating global consistency for the creation and management of training programs for Xero’s accounting partners, implementation partners and customers. Prior to Xero, she was the CPA Programs Leader for Intacct Corporation and performed many roles in the accountant professional division with Intuit, Inc. Additionally, Amy has experience running client accounting services practices, whether it be her own company or as a Partner in a CPA firm. She has authored a number of accounting technology reference materials and has been a contributor and a national speaker on financial and technology topics at conferences and universities throughout the United States.

Using Modern Technology to Run Your Small Business
Joshua Reeves, CEO and co-founder of ZenPayroll, @ZenPayroll on Twitter/Facebook
Description: Gone are the days of filling out paper forms by hand, manually transferring data from one system to another, and needing a training manual to understand how software works. Joshua Reeves, CEO and co-founder of ZenPayroll, will explain how small business owners like you can embrace modern, easy-to-use tools to take care of critical tasks — so you can get back to doing what you love.
Biography
: Joshua Reeves is the CEO and co-founder of ZenPayroll, a Silicon Valley startup on a mission to deliver delightful, modern payroll to businesses everywhere. Joshua was selected to the 2012 Forbes 30 Under 30 list and is a regular contributor to the Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Entrepreneur and Business Insider. Joshua holds a BS & MS in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University, where he was a Mayfield Fellow and a recipient of the Terman Engineering award.

The Nexus of Small Business and Crowd Funding
Premal Shah, President and Co-Founder, Kiva, zip.kiva.org
Description
: Access to capital was once one of small businesses biggest hurdles.  Now there are many alternatives to funding your business as a whole, a project within your existing  business, or opportunities for growth.
Biography: Premal first began dreaming of “internet microfinance” while working at PayPal, the online payments company. In late 2004, Premal took a 3 month leave from PayPal to develop and test the internet microfinance concept in India. When he returned to Silicon Valley, he met other like-minded dreamers and quit his job at PayPal to help bring the Kiva concept to life and eventually to scale. Kiva today raises over $1 million each week for the working poor in +60 countries and was named a Top 50 Website by TIME Magazine. For his work as a social entrepreneur, Premal was named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum and selected to FORTUNE magazine's "Top 40 under 40" list. Premal began his career as a management consultant and graduated from Stanford University.

 

Small Business Conference
Holiday Inn Golden Gateway
1500 Van Ness Ave
San Francisco, CA 94109

 

Wednesday, May 14, 2014
Session 2, 1:00 - 2:30 PM

Emerald Conference Room

 

 

All programs are extended to the public on a nondiscriminatory basis.  Reasonable arrangements for persons with disabilities will be made, if requested at least 2 weeks in advance.  For more information, contact info@sfsmallbusinessweek.com


Wednesday May 14, 2014 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Holiday Inn Golden Gateway 1500 Van Ness Ave, San Francisco, CA 94109

2:45pm

Bank Requirements for Business Lending - Early-Stage and Startup Financing
Limited Capacity seats available

Bank Requirements for Business Lending - Early-Stage and Startup Financing

This session is ideal for early-stage and startup businesses seeking financing opportunities. Businesses in the "startup" stage range from pre-revenue to a company with two-to-three years of full-sales history. Learn about the various criterion required to obtain capital, what to consider when applying, and what would make a business owner successful in securing funding.

Sponsor: Bank of the West

Small Business Conference

Holiday Inn Golden Gateway

1500 Van Ness Ave

San Francisco, CA 94109

 

Wednesday, May 14, 2014
Session 3, 2:45 - 4:15pm

Oregon Conference Room

 

All programs are extended to the public on a nondiscriminatory basis.  Reasonable arrangements for persons with disabilities will be made, if requested at least 2 weeks in advance.  For more information, contact info@sfsmallbusinessweek.com


Moderators
AZ

Anna Zuo

Anna Zuo is Senior Vice President and Business Banking Regional Manager at Bank of the West. In this role, Ms. Zuo is responsible for managing Bank of the West’s Business Banking for the San Francisco and Silicon Valley Region. She has over 10 years of experience in the banking industry. Prior to joining Bank of the West in 2013, Ms. Zuo was at Wells Fargo Bank. She served as Vice President and Team Lead for the Business Banking and... Read More →

Speakers
TD

Trevor Deng

Biographny not available
EG

Emily Gasner

Working Solutions is a nonprofit Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) in San Francisco that provides microloans up to $50,000 combined with business coaching, mentoring, and advising to underserved microentrepreneurs in the San Francisco Bay Area that want to start or grow a business but have limited or no access to traditional financing. | | Ms. Gasner manages a $5 million microloan fund. She has assisted hundreds of local... Read More →
JR

Jesse Roderick

Jesse Roderick serves as Vice President and SBA Business Development Officer for Bank of the West. In this role, he is responsible for managing Bank of the West’s SBA lending in San Francisco, San Mateo and Marin counties. Mr. Roderick has nine years of experience in SBA Lending. Before joining Bank of the West in 2012, Mr. Roderick was an SBA lender in Phoenix, Arizona for Wells Fargo then Bank of America. Mr. Roderick received his... Read More →


Wednesday May 14, 2014 2:45pm - 4:15pm
Holiday Inn Golden Gateway 1500 Van Ness Ave, San Francisco, CA 94109

2:45pm

Business Law for Entrepreneurs
Limited Capacity seats available

Business Law for Entrepreneurs

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

Sponsor: Chevron

Small Business Conference

Holiday Inn Golden Gateway

1500 Van Ness Ave

San Francisco, CA 94109

 

Wednesday, May 14, 2014
Session 3, 2:45 - 4:15pm

Nevada Conference Room

 

All programs are extended to the public on a nondiscriminatory basis.  Reasonable arrangements for persons with disabilities will be made, if requested at least 2 weeks in advance.  For more information, contact info@sfsmallbusinessweek.com


Speakers
avatar for Felicia Vallera

Felicia Vallera

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


Wednesday May 14, 2014 2:45pm - 4:15pm
Holiday Inn Golden Gateway 1500 Van Ness Ave, San Francisco, CA 94109

2:45pm

Established Government and Corproate Sales
Limited Capacity seats available

Established Government and Corproate Sales

How can a company leverage it's experiences and grow with more government and major corporate opportunities? Our experts will detail the mistakes that are made that cost contracts, present and future. Also, we will review "teaming" and "mentor-protege" programs with actual successful case studies. The last 30 minutes will be focused on Q&A.


Powered by Business Matchmaking & Sponsored by HP

 Small Business Conference

Holiday Inn Golden Gateway

1500 Van Ness Ave

San Francisco, CA 94109

 

Wednesday, May 14, 2014
Session 3, 2:45 - 4:15pm

Redwood Conference Room

 

 

All programs are extended to the public on a nondiscriminatory basis.  Reasonable arrangements for persons with disabilities will be made, if requested at least 2 weeks in advance.  For more information, contact info@sfsmallbusinessweek.com


Moderators
CA

Chuck Ashman

Chuck Ashman is the Founder and Executive Producer of Business Matchmaking, a leading non-profit initiative supporting small business throughout the country. He has been honored by the SBA and Small Business Development Centers on multiple occasions since Business Matchmaking has enabled 90,000 appointments resulting in several billion dollars in sales by women, minority and veteran owned companies to government agencies and major corporations... Read More →
MK

Marty Keller

Marty Keller, a recovering bureaucrat, is the founder and CEO of Keller & Associates, committed to helping small businesses and veterans business owners find success and profitability in the face of the challenges and obstacles that today’s globalized and dynamic markets present. He currently serves his main client, the California Disabled Veterans Business Alliance, as their Deputy Executive Director. Mr. Keller previously served as Director... Read More →

Speakers
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Lori Falkenstrom

Lori Falkenstrom has over 27 years of federal experience with the small business program. She works for GSA’s Office of Small Business  Utilization and is also a member of the DOD Western Regional Council  | since 2004. Lori is one of GSA’s Small Business Advocates for all small, small disadvantaged, small woman owned, HubZone, small veteran and small service disabled veteran owned businesses.  She is... Read More →
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David Feldman

David Feldman is the Manager of Chevron’s Local Content/Supplier Diversity program in where he is responsibility for advocating for the utilization and development of local, small, and diverse suppliers to support the company’s international and domestic operations. Feldman assumed this role in 2014 where he promotes an inclusive work environment and a supply chain reflective of the communities where Chevron operates. Feldman represents... Read More →
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Lana Gosnell

Lana Gosnell is a VP and Supplier Diversity Manager at Union Bank since 2012, but has been a longtime employee of the bank since 1977. Prior to her moving into her current role, she served as the CFO of the bank’s Corporate Real Estate group, where she was also the internal advocate for diverse business enterprise opportunities in commercial real estate suppliers. Lana is active in community outreach where she volunteers regularly at the... Read More →
avatar for Wayne Gross

Wayne Gross

Wayne Gross has thirty-nine years of customer service skills starting from his early days as a USAF Captain. Wayne currently serves as a Customer Liaison and SB/DVBE Advocate for the State of California Department of General Services, Procurement Division, Certification and Outreach Branch. In this role, he educates the business community and ensures that Small businesses (SB) and Disabled Veteran Business Enterprise (DVBE) businesses can... Read More →
avatar for Charleen Hamel

Charleen Hamel

Charleen Hamel brings twenty two years of experience in procurement and supplier diversity to her position as Supplier Diversity Manager for Brocade. She has an extensive background and passion working with small and diverse businesses. Prior to joining Brocade, Charleen was an International Subcontracts Specialist at Space Systems Loral. Prior to joining Space Systems Loral, Charleen was employed by Cisco Systems, Inc. as a Supplier Diversity... Read More →
avatar for Joan Kerr

Joan Kerr

Joan Namahana Kerr is PG&E’s Director of Supplier Diversity and Sustainability. Under her leadership, PG&E has more than doubled its annual spend with diverse business enterprises, to over $2.3 billion. PG&E strives to improve results in all areas of diverse spend, while focusing on finding qualified diverse businesses enterprises (DBEs) in areas that offer the greatest opportunity. PG&E’s 2013 supplier diversity... Read More →
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Michael McQuarry

Michael McQuarry - Michael McQuarry is a Strategic Procurement Manager and Commercial Small Business Liaison Officer for Hewlett-Packard Company. As a core member of HP’s industry leading Supplier Diversity Program, he is responsible for developing, preparing and executing the pan-HP Commercial Small Business Subcontracting Plan, and manages the reporting and analytics in support of the program. Michael joined HP in 1999 and has held... Read More →


Wednesday May 14, 2014 2:45pm - 4:15pm
Holiday Inn Golden Gateway 1500 Van Ness Ave, San Francisco, CA 94109

2:45pm

Marketing & PR: Strategies, Plans, Tactics, and Inspiration
Limited Capacity seats available

Marketing & PR: Strategies, Plans, Tactics, and Inspiration

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

Reinventing Marketing: Ken Stram
• A new way to think about marketing
• How to choose the right tactics for your target market
• How to integrate all your marketing tactics
• How to plan, evaluate, and monitor your marketing efforts.

PR Basics: David Perry
• Understanding the media
• Building & fostering relationships with reporters
• How social media has transformed the media
• Four principles for success

Sponsor: US Bank

Small Business Conference

Holiday Inn Golden Gateway

1500 Van Ness Ave

San Francisco, CA 94109

 

Wednesday, May 14, 2014
Session 3, 2:45 - 4:15pm

California Conference Room

 

 

All programs are extended to the public on a nondiscriminatory basis.  Reasonable arrangements for persons with disabilities will be made, if requested at least 2 weeks in advance.  For more information, contact info@sfsmallbusinessweek.com


Speakers
DP

David Perry

David Perry is the President and Founder of David Perry & Associates (DP&A). His specialities include community and government affairs, social media, public/media relations and crisis communications. DP&A understands that in a 24/7 increasingly wired world the concept of media has shifted dramatically. But while the world of traditional media has changed forever, the concept of story-telling – no matter how that story is told – has not... Read More →
KS

Ken Stram

Ken Stram is a small business communications expert and founder of 2Bridge Communications, a San Francisco-based communications agency specializing in strategic positioning, business development, public relations, marketing, and word of mouth communications. 2Bridge is a San Francisco-based, communications consulting firm specializing in strategic positioning, public relations, social media, and communications training for growing businesses... Read More →


Wednesday May 14, 2014 2:45pm - 4:15pm
Holiday Inn Golden Gateway 1500 Van Ness Ave, San Francisco, CA 94109

2:45pm

San Francisco Gross Reciepts Tax Workshop
Limited Capacity seats available

San Francisco Gross Reciepts Tax Workshop

In 2014, the City will phase in a Gross Receipts Tax and reduce the Payroll Expense Tax over the next five years. The Gross Receipts Tax will only apply to businesses with more than $1 million in annual gross receipts, exempting most small businesses. Business Registration Fees will also change for all businesses

The workshop will include an overview of the new changes and a schedule of tax filings.  

Small Business Conference

Holiday Inn Golden Gateway

1500 Van Ness Ave

San Francisco, CA 94109

 

Wednesday, May 14, 2014
Session 3, 2:45 - 4:15pm

Monterey/Carmel Conference Room

 

 

All programs are extended to the public on a nondiscriminatory basis.  Reasonable arrangements for persons with disabilities will be made, if requested at least 2 weeks in advance.  For more information, contact info@sfsmallbusinessweek.com


Speakers
GK

Greg Kato

Greg serves as the Office of Financial Empowerment’s departmental liaison to the Board of Supervisors and city agencies; as public information and media officer; and as departmental contract compliance administrator. Before joining the OFE, Greg was a municipal finance consultant, helping school districts secure public financing for capital projects. He holds a Masters in Public Policy from the Goldman School of Public Policy at UC Berkeley.


Wednesday May 14, 2014 2:45pm - 4:15pm
Holiday Inn Golden Gateway 1500 Van Ness Ave, San Francisco, CA 94109

2:45pm

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

Tales From the Trenches: The Truth About Running a Small Business

This session will be broken into two parts. Over this session will offer you a glimpse into the lives of several successful small business owners. In the first panel, hear from a group of successful entrepreneurs about what it really takes to run a small business…the good, the bad and the ugly! From startup, to marketing to hiring contractors or employees, benefit from their real experience, as they discuss the true challenges and rewards of being a small business owner in San Francisco. In the second panel, join the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce and executives from three leading Bay Area companies that have taken the leap from small to not-so-small business. Hear insights and advice on how to take the next step and lead your company on a trajectory of growth.

First Panel:  2:45 - 3:30pm

Speakers:

Heidi Gibson | The American Grilled Cheese Kitchen
Heidi Gibson is and entrepreneur, a small business advocate and an experienced Internet product leader. Owner of The American Grilled Cheese Kitchen, a finance instructor at the Renaissance Entrepreneurship Center and with 5+ years of experience in software/internet startups, currently VP of Product Management at Tanjarine, Heidi has a wide breadth of experience to share. After winning more grilled cheese competitions than anyone else on the planet it seemed obvious that this MIT grad should become a cook and open grilled cheese restaurants! With her first restaurant opening 4 years ago, and a second 1.5 years ago, she is now working on a 3rd location. In addition to her grilled cheese empire she is back to working in software at a restaurant technology startup and splits her time between the two ventures. 

Jake Wall, Co-Founder + Chief of Creative Artful Gentleman | Fine Clothing for ALL

secretagents@artfulgentleman.com
 

artfulgentleman.com -- facebook.com/artfulgentleman

Jake Wall is co-founder and Creative Director of Artful Gentleman. Inspired very simply by the idea that clothing should be designed to suit the individual and not the hanger, Artful Gentleman. offers a highly curated approach to style and mixes classical tradition with a modern touch and defiant spin. Jake, a 2013 ‘Designer In Residence’ at The Fashion Incubator San Francisco at Macy’s Union Square as well as one of 7x7 Magazine’s ‘Hot 20 2013,’ is a UC Berkeley Alum with an MBA and a penchant for good manners. In 2010 Jake had what he seems to affectionately call his very own “eat, pray, love” moment while traveling through Hong Kong and the Southeast Asia. To hear Jake tell it, he is nothing more than a tinkerer and maker who in having a classically tailored bespoke suit made one day got to thinking: What would happen if I never had to settle again? What would happen if one could get equal parts quality, comfort, fit, and style all in one package? That was all the spark Jake needed. Guided by these values, Artful Gentleman. was born. Producing fine made-to-measure suiting, shirting, separates and formalwear, Artful Gentleman. is addressing the fashion needs of all people who value individualism. Translating this into clothing, Jake has worked hard to make a space that champions customization with a process that offers up to 500,000 unique combinations so that no two suits or separates are alike. It is Jake’s personal mission to inspire others to express themselves and their true style through a well-fitted, stylish wardrobe. He is committed to the city’s LGBT community’s fashion sense and is a published author on gender construction, with a focus on gender roles in modern comic books. Artful Gentleman. suits were worn by folk rock band The Lumineers to the 2013 Grammy Awards and have been featured in San Francisco Chronicle, Gastronomique En Vogue, Tantalum Magazine, The Bold Italic, and Bay Area Reporter. Jake was also a feature designer at San Francisco Fashion Week 2012 as well as SFBA Fashion Network presents SNOW 4: an all white fashion experience in 2013. Artful Gentleman was the style curator for the nationwide 2013 “Modern Man: Art of the Suit” event, part of the Chivas Regal “Brotherhood” marketing campaign and “Suit Up for Equality: a benefit for the Human Rights Campaign.”


Brigitta Melendy, Skin City, LLC
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Brigitta Melendy is a native San Franciscan and sole proprietor of Skin City LLC, a well-established urban skin care oasis located on the Divisadero Corridor in San Francisco. She has been working in the skin care industry for 21 years.

Ms. Melendy developed a passion for wellness and furthered her education of cosmetic ingredients, its applications and holistic health practices. Her initial attraction to skin care was to provide information, treatments and a solid home care regimen to correct problem skin. She realized early on that clear skin is directly related to a ‘clean’ diet. She firmly believes that what you eat and think, is ultimately who you are.

Since the founding of Skin City in 1995, her focus has evolved beyond skin care to becoming an advocate for the underserved. As a devoted business owner, she has become a supporter of various businesses in her community and consistently donates to local childcare centers, children’s schools, and battered women’s shelters. Her latest partnerships also include the Shanti Project and the Women’s Oncology Unit at UCSF. Skin City provides pro bono facial services for women diagnosed with cancer and those living with HIV/AIDS.

Ms. Melendy is currently studying to become a holistic nutritional consultant. 

Second Panel: 3:30pm - 4:15pm

 

Moderator: Representative from Bank of America


Jeanine Cotter, President and CEO

Luminalt Solar
Jeanine co-founded Luminalt to bring clean, reliable, local power to the Bay Area and create good jobs. Under her leadership, Luminalt has designed and built more solar systems in San Francisco than any other company. One of few women CEOs in solar, and one of fewer still who holds the company’s contractors license, she is widely considered an industry expert.  Jeanine is on the Board of Directors of CALSEIA, California’s solar industry trade organization, serves on the Workforce Investment Board of San Francisco and is on several other national and local committees focused on establishing solar industry standards, renewable energy advocacy, creation of inner city jobs, small business and sustainable business practices. She is committed to creating pathways into solar for people underrepresented in the field and acts accordingly. Jeanine established Luminalt as the first workforce development certified solar company in San Francisco. Her work has earned her recognition from the CA Legislative Assembly, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, and several nonprofits.

Russell Glass, CEO

Bizo

Russell Glass is the CEO of Bizo, an online B2B marketing platform.  Based in San Francisco, he founded Bizo in 2008 and has led the company's growth to over $40 million in annual revenue run rate in five years.  Mr. Glass is a serial technology entrepreneur, having founded or held senior positions at four venture-backed technology companies.  Prior to Bizo, Mr. Glass led the marketing and product management teams as a senior vice president and general manager at ZoomInfo, a business information search engine, where he honed his B2B marketing skill-set and developed his love for data.  In 1999, he founded and led AGEA Corp., an interactive notification software company, until selling it to Avalon Digital Marketing in 2003, where he served as Vice President of Enterprise Solutions. Mr. Glass is a graduate of Duke University.

 Eric Canupp, Director of Operations & Special Events

La Costanera Restaurant Group

Having worked in the Hospitality Industry for 20 years and counting, Eric has seen everything.from the Trenches, to the Front Line, and in the War Room.  His career path has taken him on an adventure within San Francisco's vibrant restaurant and nightlife scene.  He started out managing The Canvas, a café & art gallery space and booked nightly entertainment for the venue as well.  He spent time managing San Francisco's most popular pub, The Irish Bank, where he organized The City's largest St. Patrick's Day Festival & Block Party to date.  He worked in nightclubs as a General Manager & Talent Director, booking world class entertainment while also doing permit expedition to help new clubs obtain Place of Entertainment permits.   He was Director of Operations & Events for the Murad Restaurant group from 2006-2010, with Medjool in San Francisco, Medallion in the South Bay, and Mansion, nightclub in Spain, managing a corporate client portfolio that generated millions of dollars in event sales for the company and even spent time in Spain as the managing partner at Mansion.   Since then, Eric has held the position of Director of Operations & Special Events for the La Costanera Restaurant Group, which includes Mochica and Piqueos in San Francisco, 3 Sanguchon food trucks all over the Bay Area, and La Costanera, a two time Michelin Star destination restaurant just outside of San Francisco.  Eric manages over 200 events a year, and in 2013 booked 70 wedding…


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Eric Canupp

Having worked in the Hospitality Industry for 20 years and counting, Eric has seen everything.from the Trenches, to the Front Line, and in the War Room. His career path has taken him on an adventure within San Francisco's vibrant restaurant and nightlife scene. He started out managing The Canvas, a café & art gallery space and booked nightly entertainment for the venue as well. He spent time managing San Francisco's most popular pub, The... Read More →
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Jeanine Cotter

Jeanine co-founded Luminalt to bring clean, reliable, local power to the Bay Area and create good jobs. Under her leadership, Luminalt has designed and built more solar systems in San Francisco than any other company. One of few women CEOs in solar, and one of fewer still who holds the company’s contractors license, she is widely considered an industry expert. Jeanine is on the Board of Directors of CALSEIA, California’s solar... Read More →
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Heidi Gibson

Heidi Gibson is and entreprenuer, a small business advocate and an experienced Internet product leader. Owner of The American Grilled Cheese Kitchen, a finance instructor at the Renaissance Entrepreneurship Center and with 5+ years of experience in software/internet startups, currently VP of Product Management at Tanjarine, Heidi has a wide breadth of experience to share. After winning more grilled cheese competitions than anyone else on the... Read More →
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Russell Glass

Russell Glass is the CEO of Bizo, an online B2B marketing platform. Based in San Francisco, he founded Bizo in 2008 and has led the company's growth to over $40 million in annual revenue run rate in five years. Mr. Glass is a serial technology entrepreneur, having founded or held senior positions at four venture-backed technology companies. Prior to Bizo, Mr. Glass led the marketing and product management teams as a senior vice president and... Read More →
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Kelly Lawrence

Kelly first became a client of Beyond Pix in 1993 and knows Ray Santiago, the company's founder, well. As a loyal and frequently returning customer, Kelly has observed Ray build his business over the years. | | Kelly Lawrence leads sales and business development for Beyond Pix Studios. Working as the first West Coast sales rep for the New York based media relations firm News Broadcast Network, Kelly was instrumental to grow the company's... Read More →
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Brigitta Melendy

Brigitta Melendy is a native San Franciscan and sole proprietor of Skin City LLC, a well-established urban skin care oasis located on the Divisadero Corridor in San Francisco. She has been working in the skin care industry for 21 years. | | Ms. Melendy developed a passion for wellness and furthered her education of cosmetic ingredients, its applications and holistic health practices. Her initial attraction to skin care was to provide... Read More →
avatar for Jake Wall

Jake Wall

Jake Wall is co-founder and Creative Director of Artful Gentleman. Inspired very simply by the idea that clothing should be designed to suit the individual and not the hanger, Artful Gentleman. offers a highly curated approach to style and mixes classical tradition with a modern touch and defiant spin. Jake, a 2013 ‘Designer In Residence’ at The Fashion Incubator San Francisco at Macy’s Union Square as well as one of 7x7... Read More →


Wednesday May 14, 2014 2:45pm - 4:15pm
Holiday Inn Golden Gateway 1500 Van Ness Ave, San Francisco, CA 94109

2:45pm

The Beginners Guide to Online & Mobile Marketing
Limited Capacity seats available

The Beginners Guide to Online & Mobile Marketing

The Mobile Web is exploding! iPhones, Androids and other always-online devices are everywhere. Discover what you need to know about this exciting new medium. You’ll learn: The key facets of mobile technology; Mobile web versus desktop web – how it differs and why it matters for business success; Selling with mobile – what sales and direct-response marketing approaches work with the mobile channel; Leveraging mobile with time-tested “offline” print and display advertising; and low cost ways to get started now.


Sponsor: Comcast

Small Business Conference

Holiday Inn Golden Gateway

1500 Van Ness Ave

San Francisco, CA 94109

 

Wednesday, May 14, 2014
Session 3, 2:45 - 4:15pm

Washington Conference Room

 

 

All programs are extended to the public on a nondiscriminatory basis.  Reasonable arrangements for persons with disabilities will be made, if requested at least 2 weeks in advance.  For more information, contact info@sfsmallbusinessweek.com


Speakers
avatar for Edith Yeung

Edith Yeung

Edith Yeung is VP of marketing/business development at Dolphin Browser, a Sequioa-backed mobile browser with over 100 million installs worldwide (http://techcrunch.com/2014/01/15/dolphin-labs/). | | She also founded RightVentures (http://rightventures.com)- seed stage investment firm focusing on mobile and consumer internet companies. Some of her investments include Fleksy, Mighty Text, Pack, Bounce.io etc. She is also an advisor to Strikingly... Read More →


Wednesday May 14, 2014 2:45pm - 4:15pm
Holiday Inn Golden Gateway 1500 Van Ness Ave, San Francisco, CA 94109

4:30pm

Small Business Conference Reception
Limited Capacity seats available

After the Small Business Conference join us for a no-host reception in the expo area.  Meet and mingle with small business owners, educators and small business resources.


Wednesday May 14, 2014 4:30pm - 6:15pm
Holiday Inn Golden Gateway 1500 Van Ness Ave, San Francisco, CA 94109

5:30pm

Mixer hosted by Bayview, Potrero Dogpatch, SOMA, and South Beach Mission Bay Merchants Associations

Celebrate the accomplishments of our city's merchants associations.

Toast, mix, and mingle while enjoying tasty bites and learning what merchants associations do, why business owners join, and how you can benefit.

Event Hosted by:
Bayview, Potrero Dogpatch, SOMA, and South Beach Mission Bay Merchants Associations

For more information visit http://prolocal-sf.com/Events

Wednesday May 14, 2014 5:30pm - 7:30pm
Shyp 755 Brannan St San Francisco, CA 94105

6:00pm

Tenderloin Business Owners Happy Hour @ Boozeland!
The Tenderloin Economic Development Project (developed by North of Market Neighborhood Corporation),  will be hosting​ a Happy Hour for all of the business owners in the Tenderloin, with a special invitation to retailers.  ​This Happy Hour will be ​a chance for   ​business owners to connect and share ideas. Business owners will also have  the opportunity to think about collaborations with the emerging tech companies in the neighborhood.  We encourage business owners in the TL to  invite business owners that they know who are already in the TL as well as any ​business owners they know who are looking to start or expand their business in the TL. 

The event will take place on Wednesday May 14th at Boozeland (510 Larkin) starting at 6 pm. 

Wednesday May 14, 2014 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Boozeland 510 Larkin
 
Thursday, May 15
 

9:00am

How to Start a Mobile Food Venture
Limited Capacity seats available

This workshop will provide the nuts and bolts of how to start a mobile food business in San Francisco. Whether you want to operate a pushcart or mobile truck, you will learn from industry experts what you need to know (permits and licenses, food preparation, what to consider when purchasing a pushcart or truck, and the capital needed to start your mobile food business). Plus, learn about other resources that are available to run your operation.

Thursday May 15, 2014 9:00am - 11:00am
U.S. Small Business Administration office 455 Market Street, Suite 600, San Francisco

11:30am

How to Make a Living Making Food
Limited Capacity seats available

Making food is one thing, making a living is entirely different. In this brief workshop, La Cocina, the San Francisco Department of Public Health and the FDA San Francisco District Office will review the fundamental considerations that any food entrepreneur should consider before launching this next phase of their life.La Cocina will review business planning resources, available kitchen spaces, techniques for assessing the marketplace and referrals to support organizations.  The San Francisco Department of Public Health will address the California Homemade Food Act (AB1616), also known as the Cottage Food Act, allowing small food businesses that produce "low-risk foods" (such as bake goods, candies, jam/jellies, desserts, and nuts) to operate out of a private home with limited regulatory oversight, as long as certain criteria are met.  The SFDPH will address the law, permitting process, who's qualified, and provide examples of a good Cottage Food Operations.The FDA San Francisco District Office will focus on getting your product ready for the market. If you sell across state lines or on the Internet, you must comply with federal regulations. Learn about registration; the small business exemption; where to find the food labeling regulations and a nutrient database; and how to properly label your product (ingredients, allergens and the nutrition facts statement).

Thursday May 15, 2014 11:30am - 2:00pm
U.S. Small Business Administration office 455 Market Street, Suite 600, San Francisco

2:30pm

Creating and Using Your “Elevator Pitch”
Limited Capacity seats available

Creating and Using Your “Elevator Pitch”

2:30 PM – 4:30 PM 

All entrepreneurs need to have a clear and engaging elevator pitch.  Volunteer Instructor, Julie Bennett, JB Consulting, will teach you how to have people listen to you, understand you and be compelled to help you or seek assistance from your business.  Learn the how's, why's and word choice to include in your pitch and most importantly, practice saying it. In this interactive class, attendees will stand up and read the elevator pitch written, try to memorize it and then they ultimately work towards delivering it with confidence.


Thursday May 15, 2014 2:30pm - 4:30pm
U.S. Small Business Administration office 455 Market Street, Suite 600, San Francisco

2:30pm

Hospitality: A Business Philosophy
Limited Capacity seats available

Hospitality: A Business Philosophy

2:30 PM – 4:30 PM

Volunteer instructor, Timothy M. Felkner - www.vigilantehospitality.com, will teach you how to incorporate hospitality into every aspect of your business.  You will learn to be a stronger leader, ways to motivate your employees, and how to improve your guest experience by implementing a business philosophy of hospitality.  Ultimately, these tools will lead to higher sales, better staff retention, increased customer loyalty, and more.


Thursday May 15, 2014 2:30pm - 4:30pm
U.S. Small Business Administration office 455 Market Street, Suite 600, San Francisco

5:00pm

Will Your Business Idea Work?
Limited Capacity seats available

A lot of people come up with business ideas that excite them. They rush into production and find out, too late, that the idea that excited them has not excited customers. A lot of people skip the market research step and go directly into business. The results are often tragic. In this informative San Francisco Small Business Week presentation, we will discuss exactly how to research the market for your business idea, whether you're planning a service, a retail business, or wholesaling a product. We will also tell you how to think about how much in sales you need in order to become profitable. Additionally, we will talk about:  The best kind of corporation to form for your particular situation; Where to go to raise money; Elements of a business plan; How to market your business.  This lecture will be very, very specific in detail. We will not speak in generalities.  Bring a pen with a lot of ink.  Presented by San Francisco SCORE  Mentor Steve Gordon.

Thursday May 15, 2014 5:00pm - 7:00pm
U.S. Small Business Administration office 455 Market Street, Suite 600, San Francisco

5:30pm

Mixer hosted by Calle 24, Mission Creek, Mission, North East Mission, Outer Mission, Valencia Corridor, and Visitation Valley Merchants Associations
Celebrate the accomplishments of our city's merchants associations. 

Toast, mix, and mingle while enjoying tasty bites and learning what merchants associations do, why business owners join, and how you can benefit.  

Event Hosted by:Calle 24, Mission Creek, Mission, North East Mission, Outer Mission, Valencia Corridor, and Visitation Valley Merchants Associations.

For more information visit http://prolocal-sf.com/Events

Thursday May 15, 2014 5:30pm - 7:30pm
Slate Bar 2925 16th St San Francisco, CA 94103

5:30pm

San Francisco Economic Development Alliance (SFEDA) & Small Business Network (SBN) Mixer
Limited Capacity seats available

San Francisco Economic Development Alliance (SFEDA) & Small Business Network (SBN) Mixer

This event is hosted by the SFEDA and SBN, two organizations dedicated to supporting small business in San Francisco. This hit event will give you one more chance to mingle with fellow conferees and learn about resources for San Francisco’s small and micro-businesses.

Rye, 688 Geary Street

5:30-7:30PM 


Thursday May 15, 2014 5:30pm - 7:30pm
Rye 688 Geary Street

6:00pm

Latino Entrepreneurs: Their Visions & Journeys
Limited Capacity seats available

Join us for an exciting conversation with an amazing group of Bay Area Latino entrepreneurs. Come listen to their success stories, their journeys and find out how they have dramatically reshaped the business landscape through their innovative ideas. This a must attend event for anyone interested in hearing from the nation’s leading Latino business leaders. And enjoy complimentary cocktails hosted by Zacapa Rum.

Note: This event is part of San Francisco Small Business Week.

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


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


Thursday May 15, 2014 6:00pm - 9:00pm
Impact Hub SF 925 Mission Street, San Francisco

6:30pm

Noe Valley Merchant Awards
You're invited to celebrate the accomplishments of the Noe Valley Merchants and Professionals Association (NVMPA) at their annual Awards celebration. 

For more information visit http://prolocal-sf.com/Events

Thursday May 15, 2014 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Wells Fargo Bank 4045 24th St San Francisco, CA 94114

6:30pm

Fillmore Business Card Exchange Networking Event
Brothers For Change, Urban Solutions, the Fillmore Merchants, Community members and community organizations and our Supervisor London Breed are working hard to keep the Fillmore in an economic growth. This business card exchange event is just another way for businesses to do business with each other and welcome the newest addtion to the Fillmore Family, Electric Bicycle Super Store.

Thursday May 15, 2014 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Electric Bicycle Super Store 1385 Fillmore Street San Francisco, CA
 
Friday, May 16
 

8:00am

1st Annual Women in Construction Expo
The 1st Annual Women in Construction Expo “Expo" is the first of its kind in Northern California and will empower women in the trade by providing tips on how to work a room, navigate the City’s bidding process, network, and establish partnerships to develop contracting opportunities. The SFPUC’s Small Firm Advisory Committee  and the Contracting Monitoring Division (CMD) hosts of the Expo are working in collaboration with the National Association of Women in Construction and Women’s Business Enterprise National Council.
For more information, visit http://conta.cc/PoI8xQ.

EVENT LOCATION: Hotel Whitcomb

  • Registration opens - 7:30 a.m.
  • Light Breaksfast Commences - 8:00 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.
  • Program Commences - 8:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
  • Program Concludes at 10:30 a.m.

BREAKOUT SESSIONS

Morning sessions 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

  1. How to Work a Room - Lee Cunningham, Owner of BT Metals and Fabrications
  2. Bonding, financing, and insurance

Lunch 12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.  

keynote speaker Naomi Kelly, City Administrator, San Francisco

Afternoon sessions 1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

3Doing Business with the City:

  • SFPUC
  • CMD
  • Office of Labor Standards Enforcement
  • Office of Economic Workforce  Development
  • Department of Public Works
  • Municipal Transportation Authority

4. Estimating and prequalification - Webcor, Turner, and Flat Iron

  • All Attendees must be registered
  • Please RSVP online by 5 pm on May 5th

Friday May 16, 2014 8:00am - 3:00pm
Hotel Whitcomb 1231 Market St San Francisco, CA 94102
 
Saturday, May 17
 

9:00am

San Francisco Sidewalk Sales: In a Neighborhood Near You!
All across San Francisco you’ll find Sidewalk Sales with bargains and the latest new sales, both on sidewalks and in participating stores, at more than 15 different merchant corridors.  Visit Prolocal-sf.com/Events for more details! Participating neighborhoods include: West Portal, Union Street, Sacramento Street, 18th Street (Potrero Hill), 22nd Street (Dogpatch), Noe Valley, Polk Street, Hayes Valley, Glen Park, Excelsior, Mission Creek, Haight Street, Marina, Lombard Street, Bernal Heights, Outer Sunset (Irving Street), Noriega (32nd – 33rd & 44th – 47th), Taravel (19 -18th).

For more information go to http://prolocal-sf.com/Events

Saturday May 17, 2014 9:00am - 5:00pm
San Francisco
 
Wednesday, May 21
 

5:30pm

Mixer hosted by Bernal Heights, Excelsior, Glen Park, and West Portal Merchants Associations

Celebrate the accomplishments of our city's merchants associations.

Toast, mix, and mingle while enjoying tasty bites and learning what merchants associations do, why business owners join, and how you can benefit.

Event Hosted by:
Bernal Heights, Excelsior, Glen Park, and West Portal Merchants Associations

For more information visit http://prolocal-sf.com/Events

Wednesday May 21, 2014 5:30pm - 7:30pm
Philosophers Club 824 Ulloa St San Francisco, CA 94127
 
Thursday, May 22
 

5:30pm

Mixer hosted by Inner Sunset, Judah, and Outer Sunset Merchants Associations
Celebrate the accomplishments of our city's merchants associations.  Toast, mix, and mingle while enjoying tasty bites and learning what merchants associations do, why business owners join, and how you can benefit. 

Thursday May 22, 2014 5:30pm - 7:30pm
Durty Nellys 2328 Irving St, San Francisco, CA 94122