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SF Small Business Week. Celebrate Small Business.


Thank you to all of our 2016 Sponsors for making this event possible!


Presenting Sponsor:

Bank of America

Bank of America has a nationwide network of banking centers and professionals that are committed to its more than 3 million small business clients and their local communities. The personal connection of small business bankers and client managers contribute to the success of small businesses and their communities by making expertise more accessible. The resources of Bank of America help small business owners succeed by offering convenient interactions and comprehensive banking, credit and investing solutions. For more information, go to

Small Business Conference Host:

Comcast Business

Comcast Business offers Internet, Ethernet, Voice and TV for businesses with Internet speeds up to five times faster than DSL, super fast Ethernet, a variety of Voice options and TV. Built for business, customers value the diverse, private network and 24×7 dedicated business support. For more information, go to

Flavors Hosts:

Office of Small Business

The Small Business Commission and Office of Small Business function as the City’s central point of information and assistance to small businesses in San Francisco. The office provides direct services through customized one-on-one assistance, collaborations with other City agencies and referrals to various small business resources. By championing “business friendly” policies, the Small Business Commission and its Office of Small Business work to support and enhance an environment where small businesses can succeed and flourish. For more information, go to

Forum Hosts:

Wells Fargo

Wells Fargo serves approximately 3 million small business owners across the United States and loans more money to America’s small businesses than any other bank (2002-2014 CRA government data). To help more small businesses achieve financial success, in 2014 Wells Fargo introduced Wells Fargo Works for Small Business® – a broad initiative to deliver resources, guidance and services for business owners – and a goal to extend $100 billion in new lending to small businesses by 2018. For more information about Wells Fargo Works for Small Business, visit: Follow us on Twitter @WellsFargoWorks.

San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA)

The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) is the city’s mobility manager and operates the entire surface transportation network encompassing pedestrians, bicycling, transit, traffic and parking. The agency also regulates the taxi industry. With a workforce of nearly 5,000, the SFMTA is in motion 24 hours a day, every day of the year, ensuring that the streets of San Francisco are safe and sustainable for current and future generations of residents and visitors. For more information, go to

City View at Metreon

The vantage point from City View at METREON is panoramic and unparalleled. On the fourth floor, City View at METREON is at the center of the city—and on top of it all. Floor-to-ceiling windows provide an unobstructed view of San Francisco’s renowned cityscape, and the inside is just as breathtaking with a modern, luxe interior that opens to an expansive 12,000-square-foot garden terrace. From product launch to cocktail party, from 200 people to 2,000, City View at METREON makes every event a special occasion. For more information, go to

Workshop Hosts:

Bay Area Development Company

Founded in 1981, Bay Area Development Company is licensed by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) as a “Certified Development Company” or “CDC” and 504 lender. This enables Bay Area Development Company to provide commercial real estate financing with below-market, fixed-rates, low-down payments, and long-terms to growing companies throughout Northern California. Over our history we have provided over 2,000 California companies with over $4 Billion of 504 project financing. For more information, go to

Capital Access Group

Capital Access Group is a Certified Development Company that offers 90% financing at below-market, fixed interest rates through the SBA 504 loan program for growing businesses to purchase commercial real estate. We have funded in excess of $1 billion dollars of real estate transactions and helped thousands of business owners achieve their dreams of owning their own buildings. Our expertise in financing commercial real estate combined with our personalized service from start to finish gives our clients an advantage in a competitive real estate market. For more information, go to

CDC Small Business Finance

CDC Small Business Finance is a non-profit lender that provides low-interest financing to small businesses so they can expand, grow and create jobs in San Diego and throughout California, Arizona and Nevada. The company specializes in SBA lending, including the SBA-504 loan for purchasing commercial/industrial buildings. CDC also offers smaller loans, including the Community Advantage loan for working capital, equipment, inventory, tenant improvements and business acquisition. SBA Microloans are also in CDC’s financing arsenal. In 37 years, CDC has helped more than 10,000 small businesses grow, many of them owned by minorities, women and military veterans. Through small business expansion, CDC has been a catalyst for the creation of over 165,000 jobs. For more information, go to

TMC Financing

Own the business? Own the building. With as low as 10% down, small business owners like you can control rising rent costs and secure a strong financial future for your brand and your family. Occupancy costs are a small business’ largest expense after labor. Owning your facilities controls those costs, builds equity and allows you to make improvements that make your business run better. The SBA 504 program offers below-market interest rates, long terms and much lower down payments than conventional financing. Most for-profit companies qualify and TMC Financing can help you make the most of this federal program. TMC is the largest provider of SBA 504 commercial real estate financing in the Bay Area (and all of Northern California!). TMC consistently ranks among the top CDCs nationwide, funding projects totaling more than $8 billion across California and Nevada. Nearly 5,000 businesses have benefited from this financing, resulting in the creation or retention of an estimated 48,500 jobs. For more information on SBA 504 loans and the Bay Area businesses they support, visit


Airbnb is a trusted community marketplace for people to list, discover, and book unique accommodations around the world — online or from a mobile phone. It was founded in August of 2008 and is based in San Francisco, California. Whether an apartment for a night, a castle for a week, or a villa for a month, Airbnb connects people to unique travel experiences, at any price point, in more than 34,000 cities and 190 countries. And with world-class customer service and a growing community of users, Airbnb is the easiest way for people to monetize their extra space and showcase it to an audience of millions. For more information, go to

Bank of the West

Bank of the West is a regional financial services company chartered in California and headquartered in San Francisco with $71.7 billion in assets. Bank of the West is focused on and dedicated to serving small businesses. Our knowledgeable business bankers take the time to get to know our clients – understanding their business challenges and goals. We offer a full suite of financing, cash management and financial advisory services to help business owners pursue their vision and grow. For more information, go to

Endicia and Endicia (a wholly owned subsidiary of are the leaders in transforming mailing and shipping for small business, enterprise mailers, e-commerce sellers, and high volume shippers utilizing the U.S. Postal Service®. Together we offer solutions that help ecommerce businesses of all sizes run their operations more smoothly and function more successfully. For information on mailing and shipping products and services visit For information on Endicia shipping products and services, visit


Google’s mission is to organize the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful. Our company has packed a lot into a relatively young life. Since Google was founded in 1998, we’ve grown to serve millions of users and customers around the world. For more information, go to


Recology is a national leader in recycling and composting collection programs. We see a world without waste. Our goal is to help the city of San Francisco achieve Zero Waste by 2020 by making recycling and composting convenient for residents and businesses. San Francisco’s current diversion rate is 80%, the highest of any major city in North America. Recology’s operating companies provide collection, recycling and disposal services for everything from residential food scraps to construction and demolition debris. Recology is 100% employee-owned and supports bay area businesses by purchasing goods and services locally. For more information, go to

Sterling Bank

As a key part of Bay Area neighborhoods, the bank has 14 neighborhood branches in San Francisco and one in Burlingame, San Rafael and San Mateo, California, with an additional branch in the main office in Southfield. Our mission is to create exceptional value for customers, employees, investors and the community through innovative and creative products, services and activities; and to profitably grow as an independent, national company by providing superior financial solutions that exceed customer expectations. For more information, go to

Straus Events

We help your small business achieve success through special events and project management. By coupling your goals with our expertise, we enhance your capacity to do and think big and ultimately achieve measurable success. Special events and projects are effective tools in reaching your goals – but are often stressful and unsuccessful without the needed resources or capacity. We are proud to support the San Francisco Small Business Week Committee and look forward to engaging you at the many special events throughout the week! For more information, go to

U.S. Bank

U.S. Bank provides financing, education and banking services to help businesses thrive. We offer custom business solutions tailored to your business needs, best in class service and a strong dedication to your business. What’s more, whether you’re just starting a business or looking for resources to help run your existing business, U.S. Bank offers Connect – an online resource center stocked with free online toolboxes, videos, articles. Visit and follow Connect on Twitter @usbankconnect and on Facebook at to learn more.


VEDC is a leading non-profit small business lender that is changing the way small business lending is done by making it more available and impactful. As a national small business lender, VEDC offers small business loans ranging from $50,000 to $700,000 in the Bay Area. VEDC has a 40 year history of supporting small business owners with a goal of creating jobs and small businesses. For more information, call (800) 304-1755 or go to

Visa Inc.

Visa is a global payments technology company that connects consumers, businesses, financial institutions, and governments in more than 200 countries and territories to fast, secure and reliable electronic payments. We operate one of the world’s most advanced processing networks — VisaNet — that is capable of handling more than 56,000 transaction messages a second, with fraud protection for consumers and assured payment for merchants. Visa is not a bank and does not issue cards, extend credit or set rates and fees for consumers. Visa’s innovations, however, enable its financial institution customers to offer consumers more choices: pay now with debit, pay ahead of time with prepaid or pay later with credit products. For more information, go to, and @VisaNews.


YP is a leading local marketing solutions provider in the U.S. dedicated to helping local businesses and communities grow. YP’s flagship consumer brands include the popular YP℠ app and, which are used by nearly 70 million visitors each month in the U.S. (Internal Data, August 2015). YP solutions include online presence, local search, display advertising, direct marketing and print directory advertising. YP maintains relationships with nearly half a million advertisers. For more information, visit us at Follow us on Facebook: and on Twitter: @ypforbusiness. For more information, go to

Bar Association of San Francisco Lawyer Referral and Information Service

Serving San Francisco and Marin County, The Bar Association of San Francisco’s Lawyer Referral and Information Service provides the public with referrals to qualified, experienced attorneys. Multilingual interviewers screen each call and email inquiry, finding the appropriate attorney or legal agency referral for the client. Referrals made in over 100 areas of the law. Small businesses can gain assistance with a variety of matters including: Business Formation, Contracts, and more. (415) 989-1616

Main Street Launch

Since 1979, we have empowered small business owners in the Bay Area, beginning in Oakland and expanding to serve San Francisco and veteran-owned businesses in California. Through our core services of business advising and loans up to $250,000 to new and existing businesses, we help small businesses expand in size, increase their profits, and reach their goals. We are honored to work with successful, innovative, and community-oriented entrepreneurs. We believe in the power of entrepreneurship to transform lives and communities. In the last 10 years we’ve made 600 loans that totaled more than $41,000,000. Our borrowers have created thousands of new local jobs. For more information, go to


Staffly is a new staffing service that is 100% focused on Retail Staffing. As your retail staffing experts, we focus on recruiting, screening, and hiring great people and matching them to your store. It’s all we do—so you don’t have to. For more information, go to


Kabbage provides fully automated funding to small businesses in minutes. Kabbage leverages data generated through business activity such as accounting data, online sales, shipping and dozens of other sources to understand performance and deliver fast, flexible funding in real time. For more information, visit For more information, go to

San Francisco International Airport

San Francisco International Airport (SFO) is the Bay Area’s airport of choice, serving more than 50 million passengers annually. With 45 airlines, travelers have access to 115+ global and 75+ domestic destinations, nonstop. SFO’s mission is “to provide an exceptional airport in service to our communities,” and working with small, local businesses is a key element in achieving this goal. For up-to-the-minute departure and arrival information, airport maps and details on shopping, dining, cultural exhibitions, ground transportation and more, go to

SF Green Business Program

The San Francisco Green Business Program (SFGBP) is a voluntary recognition program for small to medium size businesses that meet stringent environmental standards. Our mission is to help San Francisco businesses adopt environmental practices that are sustainable as well as profitable. SFGBP serves a comprehensive services package for businesses, providing access to a host of city services and resources at no cost to the business including rebates, toolkits, videos, and assessments. For more information, go to

Media Sponsors:

San Francisco Business Times

Each week, the San Francisco Business Times provides important breaking news on Bay Area business. The Business Times’ pages are packed with strategies and insights that will help you grow, and tips and leads that will bring you more business. The San Francisco Business Times is the region’s leading business news publication and leading source for local business news. For more information, go to