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Get Smarter at the San Francisco Small Business Week!

There’s no such thing as a free lunch, but there is such a thing as free advice! San Francisco hosts a wealth of resources and organizations that offer free services to help you achieve your vision and increase your odds of long-term business success. San Francisco Small Business Week is THE opportunity to connect with business resources, community leaders, and attend free workshops. Stand with city organizations and small business resources dedicated to your success!

Attend the Small Business Conference: 43 Free Cutting Edge Workshops
Join this free event with 43 workshops on topics that will help you build and grow your business. Don’t see a topic you’re interested in, let us know and we’ll try to book it for next year! And a special thank you to all of our volunteer instructors and sponsors for hosting these great topics! Register today!

Session 1 9:00AM – 10:30AM
  • Access to Capital (In Mandarin) 商業貸款
  • Crowdfunding Marketing Basics
  • Empowering Women! Lessons Learned from Female Business Owners Grow Your Business Online
  • Grow Your Business Online
  • Growth Capital for Your Business Expansion
  • How Your Business Can Save Money by Going Green
  • Navigating Shipping Costs: Finding the Right Mix for Your Business
  • Restaurant Resources – Alternative Staffing Solutions for Your Restaurant
  • Retail Innovation Trends To Drive Profit
  • The Visual Business Plan
  • Who’s Your Jenny? How to Identify Your Target Market
Break – 10:30 – 10:50AM Small Business Expo Open
Session 2 10:50AM – 12:20PM
  • Expanding Company and Employee Benefits
  • Essentials of Small Business Bookkeeping
  • Four Steps to a Perfect Logo
  • Franchising Basics: What You Should Know to Consider a Franchise Getting
  • Certified for Contracting: Will it Work for You?
  • How to Start a Business in San Francisco (In Cantonese)
  • How to Start a Mobile Food Venture
  • Social Media: Friend or Foe?
  • Start-up Financing; Alternative Ways to Finance New Businesses
  • Tap Into Opportunity: Resources to Leverage Tourism and Support
  • Transform Your Business Easily with Accessible Technology
Lunch Break – 12:20 – 1:30PM Small Business Expo Open
Session 3 1:30PM – 3:00PM
  • Building the Perfect Elevator Pitch
  • Commercial Real Estate: Buying a ‘Home’ for your Business
  • Doing Business at San Francisco International Airport
  • Fearless Digital Marketing: Driving Leads to Small Businesses
  • How to Generate New Business Using Video
  • How to Make a Living Making Food
  • How to Negotiate Change
  • Networking 101: Confidence and Ease at Business Networking Events
  • Private Business, Public Purpose: Doing Well By Doing Good for Your Small Business
  • The Art of Storytelling: Better Marketing for Your Small Business
  • Using Contracts to Protect Small Business and Personal Assets from Unforeseen Threats
Break – 3:00 – 3:20PM Small Business Expo Open
Session 4 3:20PM – 4:50PM
  • B2B Lead Generation – Jumpstart Your Business
  • Founders Stories: Equator Coffee & Teas, Three Twins Ice Cream, & Goorin Bros.
  • Get Known Everywhere
  • How to Make a Living Making Beer
  • Influential Selling: How to Turn Connections Into Revenue
  • Innovation in Payment Processing (EMV and Mobile Payments)
  • Managing Your Most Important Asset: Online Reputation & Digital Presence
  • The Future of Video Marketing
  • What do Lenders Look For

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We’d like to thank Bank of America for joining us as the Presenting Sponsor, Comcast Business for joining us as the Small Business Conference host, and San Francisco Office of Small Business for joining us as the Flavors of San Francisco hosts for the 12th Annual San Francisco Small Business Week. We’d also like to thank the following organizations for their sponsorship and for making SF Small Business Week possible: City View at Metreon, San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency, Wells Fargo, Airbnb, Bank of the West, Bay Area Development Company, Capital Access, Google, Kabbage, San Francisco International Airport, Main Street Launch, San Francisco Green Business, San Francisco-Marin Lawyer Referral and Information Service, Recology, CDC Small Business Finance, Endicia, Staffly, Sterling Bank, Straus Events, TMC Financing, VEDC, Visa, U.S. Bank, YP Marketing Solutions and San Francisco Business Times.