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SF Small Business Week. Celebrate Small Business.


Thank you to all of our 2018 Sponsors for making this event possible!


Presenting Sponsor:

Bank of America

Bank of America® is committed to making the financial lives of our 3.1 million small business clients better, as well as strengthening the local communities we serve. Our small business bankers, client managers and Practice Solutions specialists provide banking, credit and cash management solutions to meet the unique needs of small business owners. Our Small Business group primarily focuses on businesses with up to $5 million in annual sales. For more information, go to

InspireSF Sponsor:

Comcast Business

Comcast Business offers technology solutions ranging from Ethernet, internet, and WiFi connectivity to voice, television, and managed Enterprise solutions to power businesses of all sizes to perform better. From small businesses to mid-market and large Enterprise organizations, Comcast Business serves business customers across the country. Powered by an advanced, Gig-speed network and backed by 24/7 technical support, Comcast Business is one of the largest contributors to the growth of Comcast Cable. The organization is the nation’s largest cable provider to small and mid-size businesses and has emerged as a force in the Enterprise market, recognized by leading industry associations as one of the fastest growing provider of Ethernet services. For more information, go to

Forum 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

Pacific Gas and Electric Company

In 1976, PG&E became one of the first utilities in the nation to offer energy efficiency programs to our customers. And we’ve been a leader ever since. Using energy more efficiently is more than simply the right thing to do – it saves our customers money on their energy bills. It is also the fastest, most cost effective way to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and combat global climate change. In fact, over the past 30 years, PG&E and our customers have kept over 125 million tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) out of the atmosphere.For more information, go to or

San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA)

The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) is the department of the City and County of San Francisco responsible for the management of all ground transportation in the city. Whether you take Muni, walk, bike or drive, the SFMTA gets you where you need to go and keep your communities connected. For more information, go to

InspireSF Venue:

City View at Metreon

Centrally located in San Francisco, City View at METREON is a newly renovated event venue capable of hosting receptions, conferences, and everything in between. Remodeled to be more flexible and upscale than ever before, City View boasts over 31,000 square feet of divisible space that can accommodate 200 or 2,000. Floor to ceiling windows offer an unobstructed view of San Francisco’s magnificent skyline, and the expansive outdoor terrace provides an open-air experience unlike any other venue in the Bay Area. For more information, go to

InspireSF Catering Partner:

Bi-Rite Family of Businesses

The Bi-Rite Family of Businesses is a multi-generational family-owned San Francisco institution, founded in 1940. We have two neighborhood Markets, a world-renowned Creamery, a full-service catering operation, a small Sonoma farm, and opening in 2018, Bi-Rite Cafe at Civic Center Plaza. Another member of the Bi-Rite Family is 18 Reasons, a nonprofit community cooking school that teaches more than 7,000 Bay Area residents every year how to shop, cook and enjoy good food. Bi-Rite’s mission is Creating Community Through Food and we strive every day to build meaningful relationships with each part of our community, from our staff and our guests, to our producers and partners, and other local, small businesses. Bi-Rite is proud to be a Certified B Corp. For more information, go to

Tech After Dark Presenting Sponsor:


As a market leader in enterprise application software, SAP helps companies of all sizes and industries run better – startups, small and medium businesses and the Fortune 500. From back office to boardroom, warehouse to storefront, desktop to mobile device – SAP empowers people and organizations to work together more efficiently and use business insight more effectively to stay ahead of the competition. SAP applications and services enable more than 378,000 business and public sector customers to operate profitably, adapt continuously and grow sustainably. Actually more than 80% of our customers are small and medium-sized companies, and for 30 years we’ve been working together with growing companies in the Bay Area to help them achieve their business goals.
For more information, go to

Business Innovators:

American Express

What’s changed about American Express® Card acceptance? The things you wanted most. You can find a rate that’s right for your business and a faster, easier way to accept the Card, plus more ways we have your back. 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. For more information, visit or call (415) 989-1616 and follow:
Twitter: @SFLawyerRef

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


Better Energy for a Brighter Future
CleanPowerSF is a not-for-profit program operated by the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission that provides more renewable energy for San Francisco. As a CleanPowerSF customer, you will help reduce our City’s carbon footprint and fight climate change. For more information, go to

Golden State Warriors

The Golden State Warriors organization, currently in its 72nd season, is a charter member of the National Basketball Association. Founded in 1946, the Warriors called the city of Philadelphia home for 16 memorable years before moving to the West Coast in 1962 to become the San Francisco Warriors and ultimately, in 1971, the Golden State Warriors when the team moved across the Bay to its current home in Oakland. The team’s storied history includes five NBA Championships, an NBA-record 73 wins during the 2015-2016 season, six of the NBA’s 50 Greatest Players and 25 members of Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.

The Golden State Warriors are also privately funding the construction of Chase Center, the state-of-the-art sports and entertainment complex being built in San Francisco’s Mission Bay neighborhood. Chase Center, which is slated to open for the start of the 2019-2020 NBA season, will play host to a variety of events, including concerts, family shows and conventions, in addition to Warriors basketball. For more information, go to


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 help with your business, go to


HSBC Bank USA, National Association (HSBC Bank USA, N.A.), with total assets of US$203.7bn as of 30 September 2016 (US GAAP), serves 2.4 million customers through retail banking and wealth management, commercial banking, private banking, asset management, and global banking and markets segments. It operates more than 225 bank branches throughout the United States. There are over 100 in New York City as well as branches in: California; Connecticut; Delaware; Washington, D.C.; Florida; Maryland; New Jersey; Pennsylvania; Virginia; and Washington. HSBC Bank USA, N.A. is the principal subsidiary of HSBC USA Inc., a whollyowned subsidiary of HSBC North America Holdings Inc. HSBC Bank USA, N.A. is a Member of the FDIC. For more information, go to

Potluck Consulting

Potluck Consulting is a woman-owned digital marketing company that specializes in strategy and implementation for social media, e-mail marketing, content development and search engine optimization (SEO). The Bay Area company is passionate about helping businesses grow their digital presence and reach online goals through consulting, marketing services and interactive workshops. For more information, go to


Recology is San Francisco’s recycling and composting collection company. Our goal is to provide the best customer service possible and make recycling and composting easy and convenient for all San Franciscans. We provide collection, recycling and disposal services for everything from residential food scraps to construction and demolition debris. Recology is 100 percent employee-owned and supports Bay Area businesses by purchasing goods and services locally. For more information, go to or call us at (415) 330-1300.

Sterling Bank and Trust

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

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 #1 CDC in Northern California and has ranked in the top five CDCs nationwide for two decades, funding projects totaling over $9 billion across California and Nevada. Nearly 5,000 businesses have benefited from this financing, resulting in the creation or retention of an estimated 60,000 jobs. For more information on SBA 504 loans and the Bay Area businesses they support, visit

U.S. Bank

U.S. Bancorp, with 73,000 employees and $462 billion in assets as of December 31, 2017, is the parent company of U.S. Bank, the fifth-largest bank in the United States. The Minneapolis-based bank blends its branch and ATM network with mobile and online tools that allow customers to bank how, when and where they prefer. Member FDIC. For more information, go to

Small Business Supporter:

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

Media Sponsor:

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